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 is definitely the ruler of the Classical Crossover kingdom! ❤

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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 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

4 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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5 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

6 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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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 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

10 The Who - Classic Rock

The Contenders

11 AC/DC - Hard Rock

Runner up: guns n roses - gemcloben

What the (Highway to) hell? - waldo

12 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

13 Iron Maiden - Heavy Metal

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

I like iron maiden. He makes good music - EpicJake

14 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.
15 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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16 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.
17 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

18 The Doors - Psychedelic Rock

They were their own genre

The Doors - The Doors

Yeah The Doors were psych but most of all they were The Doors and you can’t top that

19 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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20 Katy Perry - Pop
21 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.
22 Ozzy Osbourne - Shock Rock
23 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.
24 Robbie Williams - Pop Rock/Swing


25 The Shadows - Instrumental Rock
26 Nine Inch Nails - Industrial Rock
27 David Bowie - Glam Rock David Bowie - Glam Rock David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

Under pressure was his best

Velvet Underground? - waldo

28 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.
29 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.
30 The Chemical Brothers - Electronic
31 Kendrick Lamar - Rap
32 Rush - Progressive Rock Rush - Progressive Rock Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.
33 Kate Bush - Art Rock Kate Bush - Art Rock
34 Green Day - Punk Rock

The Ramones are better - 445956

35 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

36 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.

37 Sex Pistols - Punk Sex Pistols - Punk The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history more.
38 Bob Dylan - Folk Rock Bob Dylan - Folk Rock Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
39 Miley Cyrus - Disney Pop

Uh, no. She's at her worse.

Seriously? Why is this even on here? - Minecraftcrazy530

40 Linkin Park - Rap Rock
41 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.
42 Enya - New Age Enya - New Age Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer.

She is the queen of new-age, even she doesn't consider herself as new-age.

43 Slipknot - Nu Metal
44 Deep Purple - Metal Deep Purple - Metal Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.
45 Owl City - Synth Pop Owl City - Synth Pop Owl City is an American Synthpop/Electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is the most successful of several projects by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young.
46 Coldplay - Alternative Rock
47 Luciano Pavarotti - Opera Luciano Pavarotti - Opera Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

Had a chest like a bull elephant, and was the most powerful singer ever.

His voice is amazing!

48 Bring Me The Horizon - Metalcore Bring Me The Horizon - Metalcore Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

I hate Bring me the horizon. One of the worst "metal" bands of all time. - IronSabbathPriest

49 My Chemical Romance - Alternative Rock

More like emo rock. - IronSabbathPriest

50 Sarah Brightman - Classical Crossover Sarah Brightman - Classical Crossover Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.
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