Whether you like them or not, there's no doubt, they'll still be talked about for many years to come.
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 ...read 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 ...read more.
Is the best
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.
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). ...read more.
4 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 ...read more.
It's almost 50 years of Led Zeppelin and stairway to heaven is still the best rock song ever - zxm
5 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 ...read more.
Then it will be reality... - waldo
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 ...read 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.
Adele is one of the best modern artists, but unless she can constantly pump out extraordinary material like she's doing now, she has no power to stay. - WonkeyDude98
If only because a bunch of 60-something-year-old women will remember her.
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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
7 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. ...read 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
8 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. ...read more.
9 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.
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
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
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 ...read more.
People will still know them even 100 years later. - Userguy44
It's been 40 years and people still sing along to them...I don't understand why Adele ranks higher than them...
Why is adele higher?
What? 25th? It is a joke!
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12 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.
One of the best female artists ever - FerrariDude64
Only 46 more years! - WonkeyDude98
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.
"Whether you like them or not", I am 100% sure about them. - Metal_Treasure
Oops, they're already rusting in peace! - anonymonstrum
14 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
15 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, ...read more.
Absolutely! Classical music will never be killed off.
Sure, he's popular now, but will his music stand the test of time? - Torchpost
16 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
17 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. ...read more.
18 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.
19 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.
20 The Who
The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.
21 Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal 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 guitarist Adrian ...read more.
22 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, ...read more.
23 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.
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.
Eh no. - Userguy44
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) - anonymonstrum
The sound of a generation, a decade, and maybe even a century. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak
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.
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
Nobody cares now. Don't count on her achieving "classic" status 50 years on.
26 Muddy Waters
McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
27 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 ...read more.
Definitely not - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak
28 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.
29 Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.
Kendrick's albums sound like they could be released during any time period and never feel dated. His projects are lyrically deep, thought-provoking, and don't try to chase trends. - Zach808
With luck he will be forgotten in the next 50 weeks.
ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
31 Kanye West
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
32 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 ...read more.
Linkin Park will be remembered as one of the greatest bands of the 21st century.
33 Missy Elliott
Melissa Arnette Elliott is an American musician, hip hop recording artist, dancer and record producer.
I only know one of hers...and I've forgotten what it's called... - Britgirl
AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.
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.
Eminem remains a hip-hop legend along with Tupac and Biggie. All three of these people are hip-hop legends and will never be forgotten. Every other hip-hop artist like Drake, Jay-Z, Nas, Rakim and more will be forgotten, but Em, Biggie, and Tupac will always be remembered.
36 Phil Collins
Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.
He's better be remembered! His music is amazing! He's also a workhorse! - Curti2594
37 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".
Comparing that flyweight Kanye West with the immortal James Brown is like comparing a yapping little Chihuahua with a Bull Mastiff.
38 Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.
It goes without saying. She'll be remembered and played for many many years.
Thank you to the person who added her and also the beautiful Bing Crosby - Britgirl
39 Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.
40 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.
41 Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.
42 Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.
43 Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.
Very catchy and fun, but strictly "Flavor of the Month".
44 Jimi Hendrix
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 ...read more.
Jimi is arguably the greatest guitar player ever, and he will likely keep that position at #1 forever. I wouldn't be suprised if he still gets radio play 50 years from now. - Doom
45 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.
Taken too young, such an amazing voice.
46 Cliff Richard
47 Avril Lavigne
Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
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 ...read more.
Primarily will be remembered for her Booty Shake, not her singing.
49 Vicente Fernandez
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.
Expecting that Pos will still be around... - Billyv