Top Ten Artists That Will Still Be Remembered and Played In 50 Years

Whether you like them or not, there's no doubt, they'll still be talked about for many years to come.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Their debut was over 50 years ago, so they have already made it.

They better be. With the way kids are forgetting the best decades in music (60's, 70's, 80's) in favor of the empty fluff that makes the top 40 these days, I fear that real music will be dead in my lifetime. - BKAllmighty

Even after they all die their music won't - anonymonstrum

This is gooing to be what we call Beethoven in 200 years.

2 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.

Who would take the risk to kill the doctor to save Michael Jackson? - FerrariDude64

Please, he'll be remembered and played in hundreds of years from now.

He's simply a legend, but I think that others (Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie etc.) should be remember for their greatnes. They are all icons and they'll be remembered for centuries to come.

Is the best

3 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.


4 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.

I highly doubt she will be remembered and played in 50 years. Her music simply doesn't pack the same punch as the greats on this list, like the Beatles or the Stones. - Doom

I agree completely. She is a great singer, but is just another pop artist with a couple singles like Hello and Rolling in the Deep. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

I'm sorry, Adele is a great artist, but I don't think that she's exactly a revolutionary classic. I'd love to be proved wrong, but I just don't think people will listen to her in 50+ years.

If only because a bunch of 60-something-year-old women will remember her.

EDIT: To be more clear, I think Adele's music has staying power. It's not on the level of the Beatles or David Bowie, but I think it will last. That was a joke about how old we'll all be. Except Britgirl. She'll be 90! :P - PetSounds

You know kids will be complaining in 50 years about how their generation of music is trash and they wish they'd lived in the 2010's when Adele was around. - Jackamalio

5 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.

It's almost 50 years of Led Zeppelin and stairway to heaven is still the best rock song ever - zxm

6 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (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.

OK, OK, I'm being predictable. Whatever.

David Bowie's music will still get airplay in fifty years, because that music is... progressive folk, folk rock, glam rock, hard rock, heavy metal, soul, funk, experimental, pop, disco, R&B, punk, post-punk, electronic, new wave, ambient, industrial, jazz, and even show tunes. The man did damned near everything. - PetSounds

7 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.
8 Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

We still play him hundreds of years later - waldo


9 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.

Then it will be reality... - waldo

10 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.

Ol' Blue Eyes has been popular since he first appeared on the music scene in 1939; that is 77 years and counting.

Best voice ever known to man

Mr. Sinatra will always be the man I return to. - Britgirl

The Contenders

11 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.

Ah, Bach! - Torchpost

12 Ludwig van Beethoven 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.

Sure, he's popular now, but will his music stand the test of time? - Torchpost

Absolutely! Classical music will never be killed off.

13 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 more.

One of the best female artists ever - FerrariDude64

14 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.

"Whether you like them or not", I am 100% sure about them. - Metal_Treasure

Oops, they're already rusting in peace! - anonymonstrum

15 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.
16 Luciano Pavarotti 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.

By far the greatest singer ever captured via recordings. It may be that Enrico Caruso was better, but his career was ending about the time that recordings began, so we have only a scant few of poor quality. Those who mention Freddie Mercury in the same breath as Pavarotti need to go to their room and stand in the corner.

17 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

It's been 40 years and people still sing along to them...I don't understand why Adele ranks higher than them...

People are always going to sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody!

People will still know them even 100 years later. - Userguy44

What? 25th? It is a joke!

18 Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
19 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.

I'll pick Sir Elton John I over this mans music & this Rocket man bette robe remembered 100 years from now! - Curti2594

20 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.
21 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.
22 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, 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 more.

I don't think Madonna will be played in 50+ years. I'm a teen and I never heard 1 of her songs. I'm pretty sure my classmates don't listen to her either just saying'.

The most iconic and famous female singer in the world. Young uneducated kids may say whatever they want...Madonna will be popular in 100 and 200 years. Deal with it, little haters because you can't change it!

Madonna paved the way for other female vocalists and is very influential. Where Madonna led, others followed. - Redhairkid

23 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. more.

The finest band that will not be forgotten second to the Beatles. Rolling Stones might be dead in other places (in our place) but Nirvana will stay alive for at least in 2040. Do you even see the people who wear Nirvana tshirts? (But bet they don't even know what is it)

The sound of a generation, a decade, and maybe even a century.

Eh no.

24 Jackie Evancho 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.
25 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Only slightly less gifted than such barely-human figures as Hendrix or Mozart, Clapton combined extreme musicianship and love of playing, along with the ability to put his emotions "out there" in a way that could reach people like few others in history.

The only THREE TIME inductee into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of two different bands, plus as a solo act. He's a musical chameleon who manages to still stay true to his roots.

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