Top Ten Artists that Created Their Own Genre

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The Top Ten

1 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley 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.

Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Little Richard, he did not create rock and roll. He stole it from black artists. Great. Vocalist though. - 445956

Genre Created: Rock n' Roll - AnHonorableMention

He have mixed black rhythm and blues with white country which gave Rockabilly ( the primitive form of Rock and Roll ) while he was at SUN records. No sound like that was heard before ( there were rhythm and blues songs that almost sounded like Rock and Roll and even country songs [ hillbilly boogie, Western swing etc...] that sounded close to Rock and Roll ). It's the mix of these two cultures ( who were still separated on radio, the fifties ) that opened the doors to what would become popular Rock and Roll. He created Rockabilly ( a mix of two existing genres ) and made Rock and Roll popular worldwide.

Really? Do some research. He did NOT "create" rock 'n' roll, and he would have been the first to say so. He POPULARIZED it.

2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

Pop means popular, you can't create popular music. - 445956

Yes but over time Pop music has become more of a distinct thing genre and has become more than just popular music. - ParasN2000

Pop and rock were "mixed" before Jackson was born. Yer battin' zero.

Genre Created: Mix of Pop and Rock - AnHonorableMention

Soul Pop Jazz, I think? - kontrahinsunu

3 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One more.

What is the genre? - Misfire

Genre Created: Mix of Rap, Rock, and Pop, Almost Like Poetry With a Beat Behind it. - AnHonorableMention

Poetry with a beat behind it. Sounds like Dylan (and others) to me - Billyv

4 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

They just like Elvis ripped off every black artist they could think of. - RobertWisdom

Really? - Misfire

This list seems like it didn't have any research at all. The Beatles did NOT invent psychedelic rock music, they popularized the genre. - Swellow

The Beatles more than any other artist or band were innovators. There's no way you could classify them as rock or pop in their mid-to-late recording years; they were simply the Beatles.

5 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his more.

He and his band popularized grunge, but they did not invent it. - Misfire

Whoever made this list clearly has very little understanding of the history of music. Nirvana did not invent grunge, they popularized it.

Genre Created: Mix of Grunge and Alt. Rock - AnHonorableMention

Nirvana created grunge. - BigBadBeast

6 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.
7 Babymetal Babymetal Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

They mixed metal and pop (j-pop to be more precise), their music is really catchy and awesome, quite original I must say

8 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

Now this I know. Queen created thrash metal! - Misfire

HAHA... I don't think so!

Genre Created: Thrash Metal. He wrote the song "Stone Cold Crazy" when he even wasn't in Queen but it was released later with Queen in 1974. - Metal_Treasure

I know how dumb this sounds. But the nile song by pink Floyd is like 5 years older and kinda sounds like thrash metal

No, Nile Song by Pink Floyd sounds more like a Nirvana song, especially vocals. - Metal_Treasure

9 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Wow. Run DMC created rap rock. - 445956

Rap rock

10 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Prince did not create Funk, Rock or soul. - RobertWisdom

Genre Created: Mix of Hip Hop, Pop, and Awesome Guitar Solos - AnHonorableMention

The Contenders

11 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Genre Created: Swing With a Little Bit of Jazz - AnHonorableMention

12 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 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.

Genre Created: More like a full-on movement created with the headline "Dylan Goes Electric! "

Energizing rock with Shakespearean verses. Superb. - higgsboson2142

13 Deep Purple Deep Purple 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.

They created heavy metal - Userguy44

14 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.
15 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.


16 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Did not create R&B. - RobertWisdom

Genre Created: Mix of Doo-Wop and Rock - AnHonorableMention

"Doo-Wop? " Uh, no. A mix of soul and R&B.

17 David Bowie David Bowie 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.

Most of his works were just amazing glam versions of the genres of their time, but I believe David Bowie did create a new and very unique sound with Blackstar. - higgsboson2142

Genre Created: Mix of Rock and Electronic - AnHonorableMention

Nope. Try Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

18 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".

Genre created: Psychedelic Rock

Butterfield's East-West [released July 1966] was NOT the original psychedelic record, both the Byrd's 8 Miles High and the Yardbirds Heart Full of Soul predated it, though Butterfield can be credited with the practice of aimless psychedelic noodling, from back when LSD was actually legal.

Nope. That grew out of a single cut by the Butterfield Blues Band called "East-West," from the album of the same name.

19 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.

Progressive rock

And I know a lot of you probably think it was Pink Floyd, just because they came first, but they were space rock at the time King Crimson debuted. - Songsta41

20 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.
21 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.
22 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards

He created a genre called 'ah'.

23 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

Genre Created: Rock, Pop, and the Ability to Rock out With a Piano - AnHonorableMention

So Reggie "created" rocking' piano? Good grief. You really have no clue what you're talking about. Ever hear of Professor Longhair? Otis Spann? Pinetop Perkins? Dr. John?

24 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". more.

Metallica didn't create anything. They made Trash Metal populair - Userguy44

25 Adele

She's literally singing in 50s/60s soul style so how in the world did she create something before she was born? - RobertWisdom

No, that would be Ariana Grande. Adele is neo soul

Genre Created: Mix of Soul and Pop - AnHonorableMention

26 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

"You really got me" may have been the first hard rock song. Well, at least, it undoubtedly defined the British invasion. - JoLeKosovo

27 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

Punk Rock - zxm

28 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

Ok technically James invented funk but it's a sub-genre of R&B/Soul. - RobertWisdom

Mr.Brown should be in the number 1 spot for inventing Funk, (his songwriter Ted Wright wrote a song to allow Brown's band to give a hint to their rthymic innovations with 'Out Of Sight'. Brown himself wrote 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' (Part 1) and his most famous song; ' I Got You (I Feel Good)' which later developed these innovations). It was with his 1967 hit 'Cold Sweat' (Part 1 and Part 2) with which Brown and his band would declare Funk as their own. This song was written by Brown and his saxophonist, Alfred Ellis. It dramitacally emphasised playing on the first beat of each bar (the song is in 4/4 time) and was melodically inspired by Miles Davis' earlier, equally radical composition 'So What' from his 1959 album 'Kind Of Blue'. This album, like Brown's composition, was innovative itself, as it layed the groundwork for a new sub-genre of jazz; 'Modal Jazz'.

He created funk for cryin out loud! - higgsboson2142

29 Melanie Martinez Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

She did not create dream pop or dark wave. Perhaps she popularized it, but even then...

Genre Created: Idek - AnHonorableMention

What's IDEK?

30 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
31 Starset Starset Starset is an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio, formed by Dustin Bates in 2013. They released their debut album, Transmissions, in 2014 and their second album, Vessels, on January 20, 2017. The band has found success in expanding the ideas of their concept albums through social media and YouTube, more.

Best Of It's Kind...But Surely Too Much UNDErrated...!

Cinematic rock. - LarkwingFlight

32 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

What did she create? - RobertWisdom

Genre Created: Mix of Pop and Rock - AnHonorableMention

I noticed you said that three different artists created the same genre: mix of Pop and Rock - Songsta41

33 Korn Korn 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.

Genre created: Nu-Metal

34 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

Prog pioneers, even before King Crimson. - JoLeKosovo

Genre created: Prog Rock, by mid-1967 they had created "Knights in White Satin" among others, beating everybody else by a year or more.

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38 Primus Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys more.

Genre created : Primus
(it's an id3 genre) - JoLeKosovo

39 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.

Genre created : everything smashed together in a nineties bowl. - JoLeKosovo

40 Whitney Houston

Genre Created: Mix of Pop and R&B - AnHonorableMention

Again, see Aretha, Etta James, Gladys Knight...

41 Celine Dion

Genre Created: Mix of Pop, Rock, and Powerful Vocals - AnHonorableMention

Apparently, you're totally unfamiliar with Ann Wilson.

42 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Much like Adele, she sang in an old style of R&B/Soul so she did not create that. - RobertWisdom

Genre Created: Mix of Pop, Rock, Doo-Wop, and Soul - AnHonorableMention

43 Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan, also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood", "King Khan", he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards.

He is known as the king khan or king of romance of Bollywood and Indian cinema. Biggest rich star he is..

44 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

Sorry but no. Thrash was created even before Metallica, probably by Freddie Mercury (Queen) - the song "Stone Cold Crazy", 1974. But if you are sceptical about Freddie/Queen, check out bands like Venom or Anvil. - Metal_Treasure

Creator of thrash metal back when he was in Metallica. - Songsta41

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46 Lorde Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
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48 Melvins Melvins The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.

The Melvins were one of the creators of grunge along with Soundgarden and Green River; they also have influenced many other grunge bands. They also made sludge metal (Well, to be fair, the roots of sludge metal can be traced back to Black Sabbath and black flag experimented with sludge metal on their "my war" album.) However, the Melvins were really the first band to establish it as a genre. The underground was full of bands playing very fast. When the Melvins slowed down their music, many of the underground bands did the same and thus sludge metal was created/considered to be a genre. Also their music is great and most of the artists on this list didn't create anything new.

49 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial more.

Why are they not here? they created folk rock.

50 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 more.

Seriously, get this off the list! - RobertWisdom

Whoever added Eminem needs to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. 😒 - RobertWisdom

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