Top Ten Artists That Are the Best at Their Genre


The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho - Classical Crossover Jackie Evancho - Classical Crossover Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, more.

The Princess of Classical Crossover. There is no one like her. - BobG

This young lady has the music in her. Music. - Trancas

Jackie is one of a kind!

She sucks and that's a fact. Even Ariana Grande is better and that's saying something. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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2 Michael Jackson - Pop

For the first 10 years of his career, MJ was the Justin Bieber of his time; he was not even considered a serious artist until he teamed up with Quincy Jones for "Off the Wall". To have him, or anyone, ahead of the Beatles is a joke.

Does that mean that people were raving on TheTopTens about him back in the old days? - swrs1234

He's better then swift that's for sure!

Runner up: the Beatles - gemcloben

Pop stands for popular. MJ was the King of Pop. He should be #1

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3 The Beatles - 60s Pop

What kind of an idiot classified the Beatles as 60's pop? Probably the same kind of idiot who thinks they are any kind of runner-up to Michael Jackson.

Biggest-selling music act of all time.

Damn, I love the Beatles. Well I wouldn't say love, just like. - EpicJake

What the hell? they're rock, psychedelic rock, they're more classic rock than pop - waldo

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4 Elvis - Rock N Roll Elvis - Rock N Roll Elvis Presley was an 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. more.

Biggest solo artist of all time, and second-biggest seller, only The Beatles have sold more.

Originally called "The King of Rock and Roll", but most people just refer to him as "The King".

Runner up: chuck berry - gemcloben

Look up Chuck Berry. - 445956

5 Eminem - Rap Eminem - Rap 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 more.

To this guy who said, that Eminem said that Tupac was the best rapper; he didn't. In his song "'Till I Collapse" he clearly mentions his list: "Reggie, Jay-Z, Tupac and Biggie, Andre from Outkast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas and then me." I disagree with his list, as he should be higher than that.

That's true, he really is the best rapper. - ShyChick

Like it or hate him, he thrusts hard rap - MaxBravo

Amazing rapper but I think Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper. - DarkBoi-X

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6 Metallica - Metal

Lets see whisky in the jar, for who the bell tomes, and sand man are all very good - thebounty

People will disagree on this but this is my pick - Sabbath

St anger and lulu may suck but load and reload are still metal you idiots. it piss me off when people hate a band cause they change

Black Sabbath is betetr - 445956

7 Queen - Rock

I love Queen! Bohemian Rhapsody is one of my favourite songs and is also the one song I ask for when I do karaoke. Don't stop me now and I want to break free are also great songs and memorable too.

Runner up: the who - gemcloben

The best rock band of all time.

8 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Classical Ludwig Van Beethoven - Classical Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

Beethoven was indeed amazing composer! He was very important in the transition from the light, Mozart-like Classical classical music to the more artistic, emotionally, expressive Romantic classical music, paving the way for later composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Bartok, Wagner, Mahler, Stravinsky, etc... His monumental symphonies and beautiful piano sonatas are some of the greatest classical music pieces ever, and his works have so much emotion and just plain awesomeness in them. Beethoven is the greatest Classical composer.

A great composer, possibly the greatest ever, but we have absolutely no idea how he was as a performer, which every other name here is based on.

Isn't he supposed to be the greatest.

I prefer vivaldi

9 The Who - Classic Rock
10 Deadmau5 - Progressive House

One of the most integral electronics artist to the gerne ever. Not only did he innovate the genre but he also brought it to a more mainstream audience. I love deadmau5.

Kshmr is surely the best

The Newcomers

? Boyz II Men - R&B Boyz II Men - R&B Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies.
? Big Daddy Kane - Old School Rap Big Daddy Kane - Old School Rap Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective the Juice Crew.

The Contenders

11 Nirvana - Grunge

Definitely! Not to mention, alternative overall! They glamorized 90's music! People everywhere loved them! They're legends! Go Nirvana! - MontyPython

Not Grunge, Alice in Chains should be there - waldo

I don't know how the hell this list makes any sense, because it's asking for the best artist in their respective genre, not the very best artist overall. So if I say Nirvana is the best at grunge because they're my favorite band, I'm basically saying that AC/DC isn't as good because it's not grunge. Nirvana is my favorite, but what if AC/DC is just as influential and iconic as Nirvana but in its own respective genre? And it's not just AC/DC, it's each artist on this list, whether I like them or not.

12 Iron Maiden - Heavy Metal

The best band ever. Never mind best metal band. - IronSabbathPriest

I like iron maiden. He makes good music - EpicJake

13 Joe - R&B
14 Moby - Electronic Moby - Electronic Moby is an American musician, who has produced inventive new styles to various subgenres of electronic music, inspired by 1950's gospel as much as by modern rock, and musicians from New Order to David Bowie. more.
15 Louis Armstrong - Jazz Louis Armstrong - Jazz Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.
16 Maxwell - Neo-soul
17 AC/DC - Hard Rock

Runner up: guns n roses - gemcloben

What the (Highway to) hell? - waldo

18 Blind Guardian - Symphonic Metal Blind Guardian - Symphonic Metal Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

This is what people call a master class (Wheel Of Time, Sacred Worlds, The Throne). - Metal_Treasure

19 Blind Guardian - Power Metal Blind Guardian - Power Metal Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

I couldn't agree more. Several power metal bands are very good but Blind Guardian is the band with the stellar musicianship. - Metal_Treasure

I would say that Helloween and Manowar are better. - 445956

Sabaton is better. - DarkBoi-X


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20 Jaheim - Hip Hop Soul
21 Ozzy Osbourne - Shock Rock
22 Electus - Chillstep
23 Brian McKnight - Adult Urban Contemporary
24 Nirvana - Alternative Nirvana - Alternative 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. more.

I think they are most popular alternative band. I like The Killers even more than Nirvana. And if its pure "Alternative Rock". then I would choose Pearl Jam over them. Eddie Vedder has better voice than Kurt Cobain. And their lyrics are also better. - zxm

Nirvana is Grunge - Inart

Nirvana founded grunge not alternative

No, grunge was created by other bands, Nirvana only popularized it. - Metal_Treasure

@Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak you are right that green day is pop punk.But they were punk rock in early stage 90s and they became alternative in 2004 to 2009 and they changed again to pop-punk and punk rock in 2010s.And songs like 21 guns,boulevard of broken dreams,wake me up when the September ends,whatsername,time of your life are alternative.So they are also an alternative rock band - zxm

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25 Björk - Electronic Björk - Electronic Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.
26 Locksmith - Hip Hop
27 Nero - Dubstep Nero - Dubstep Nero are an English electronic music trio, specialising in dark vocal dubstep, electro, drum & bass and drumstep, consisting of Daniel Stephens, Joseph Ray and Alana Stephens (née Watson). They are well known for creating a wide variety of styles of dubstep and drum and bass, combining deep vocals more.
28 Lil Wyte - Southern Rap
29 Robbie Williams - Pop Rock/Swing


30 Chase and Status - Drum & Bass
31 The Shadows - Instrumental Rock
32 Nine Inch Nails - Industrial Rock
33 David Bowie - Glam Rock David Bowie - Glam Rock David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

Under pressure was his best

Velvet Underground? - waldo

34 Flo Rida - Pop Rap Flo Rida - Pop Rap Tramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida is an American rapper and pop music artist from Carol City, Florida. He is known for songs such as "Low", "Right Round", "Sugar", "Club Can't Handel Me", "Good Feeling", "Whistle", "Wild Ones", "My House" and "GDFR."
35 Rush - Progressive Rock Rush - Progressive Rock Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

Not even close in all honesty.

36 Praga Khan - Newbeat
37 Ellie Goulding - Pop Ellie Goulding - Pop Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . more.
38 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Classical Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Classical Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.
39 The Chemical Brothers - Electronic
40 Yngwie Malmsteen - Neo-classical Rock Yngwie Malmsteen - Neo-classical Rock Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Runner up: Jason becker. - gemcloben

41 Jimi Hendrix - Acid Rock Jimi Hendrix - Acid Rock Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.
42 Bob Marley - Reggae Bob Marley - Reggae Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
43 Kate Bush - Art Rock Kate Bush - Art Rock
44 Fall Out Boy - Pop Punk Fall Out Boy - Pop Punk Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

Fall Out Boy is one of the worst... things ever conceived. No way should they be on a "best" list for anything. Unless its best at sucking big time.

45 Gareth Emery - Uplifting Trance
46 Johnny Cash - Country Johnny Cash - Country John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) 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. He died of more.
47 Miley Cyrus - Disney Pop

Uh, no. She's at her worse.

Seriously? Why is this even on here? - Minecraftcrazy530

48 Green Day - Punk Rock

The Ramones are better - 445956

49 Korn - Nu Metal Korn - Nu Metal Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

Rage Against the Machine is way better in my opinion - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

50 Daft Punk - Synthpop Daft Punk - Synthpop Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

Love their work since their first album, but wouldn't say it's Synthpop, it's House music, French house or just Electronic as they have evolved in this genre from their beginnings in Acid house and Techno, to Disco, etc - Lotuscandy

Synthpop is wrong. House music!

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