Top Ten Greatest American Music Artists of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

He is sensational yet I'm not keen on his music - jmepa1234

Kind of a joke, his music was just glorifed disco. For the first 10 years of his career, he was the Justin Bieber of his time, and he was not even considered a serious musician until he was teamed with producer Quincy Jones.

He should be ahead of Elvis. Look at what he's done for music compared to Elvis.

The true KING will always be MJ not Elvis who didn't even write his own song and stole his songs from various artists I am glad MJ is making his way to beat Elvis historically because that's how it always should have been glad to see the change!

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2 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Only the Beatles have sold more records than Elvis!

This is right easy number 1 on this list

Elvis is the 2 best music artist of all time behind the Beatles

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3 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

He should be higher than maroon 5

He is perfect

He is voice of America!
Should be on no.2 spot for sure..

He the best

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4 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more. V 1 Comment
5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Emeimem and Maroon 5 are the only people who keep this list modern - TopTenListmaker

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6 Simon and Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.
7 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.
8 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

I listened to them once and really liked them - jmepa1234

9 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.
10 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

Some of the others don't really belong on this list as they don't write, compose, sing and play instruments with expertise and versatility - Billyv

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The Newcomers

? Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
? Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.

The Contenders

11 Billy Joel Billy Joel

If Hendrix made kids want to pick up a guitar, Joel made kids want to sit down at the piano.

Awesome guy

12 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

Probably the most famous female singer - jmepa1234

13 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Brian Wilson inspired the Beatles to create their best work. He was one of the first auteurs of the studio music process. Pet Sounds, Smile, and many early compositions like California Girls, In My Room, and I Get Around prove this.

Inspired the Beatles to fame - jmepa1234

14 The Eagles The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
15 The Cars The Cars The Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.
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17 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys . She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching ...read more.
18 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer.
19 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

After Jackie came along I lost interest in every other performer, past or present. - BobG

After the Beatles elvis Presley chuck berry Led Zeppelin the who buddy holly beach boys rush pink flowd the kinks came along I lost interest in all the new crappy music that is out now the best music is the 1950s to 1960s to 1970s rock and roll music

Very proud of this bright young star

20 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nope, you are right that Maroon 5 should not be in the top 10, the rest definitely belong, and artists like Hendrix, Sinatra, Aretha, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, or even Barbra Streisand deserve that remaining spot more than Nirvana.

Um, excuse me, they should be, uh I dunno.. IN THE TOP TEN, IF NOT NUMBER ONE. - MontyPython

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