Best Musicians of the 20th Century

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These are individual artists, not bands, the people you add to the list may be a member of a band though.

The Top Ten

1 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 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

It's amazing how overrated Michael Jackson has become since his death. Based on how many people worship him, you'd think he was God himself. He's not God people; calm down. Top ten definitely, but definitely not number one.

The king of pop and a legendary icon of music! - roblist

Became more popular Posthumous than when he was alive. So, saying that he is the best musician of the 20th century is a very overrated statement. He didn't start any main revolution in music or changed music. Talented? Sure. But the best? No way.

He is genius.

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2 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer ...read more.

Beautifully exquisite. The man was perhaps best known for his flamboyancy and weirdness as a man. As the singer of one of the most memorable bands in the world and a man who cared little of what people thought of him, it sure is ironic that his legacy isn't the one to have bitten the dust.

Greatest of all time, no question.

Fantastic performer.
Fantastic songwriter.

The best of the best should be number 1 no one will ever replace him THE KING!

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3 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

It's obvious most of those voting are too young to remember how great the Beatles were.

What on earth is John Lennon doing so low down! Michael Jackson 1st... Bloody hell! Lennon is the best! And always will be!

Individual artists the best are elvis Presley john lennon paul McCartney chuck berry ray Charles Michael Jackson isn't even rock and roll music its disco crap Michael Jackson can't even play guitar

Always john. Always, always...john!

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4 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a 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.

Elvis changed the history of music... he was a phenom of music.
Fantastic performer also. Best musician ever with over 1billion sales worldwide.
1. Elvis Presley
2. John Lennon
3. Bob Dylan
4. Paul McCartney
5. Michael Jackson
6. Freddie Mercury - i-love-rock-n-roll

I can't believe he's not #1 or at least in the top 3. Its hard to rate musicians who were the kings of their genres. In my opinion it should be

1. Elvis Presley
2. Michael Jackson
3. Johnny Cash (how the hell wasn't he even in the top 10? )
4. John Lennon
5. Stevie Wonder (Don't know why he wasn't here either)

Then the rest are debatable.

People don't call him the king for nothing! He has been the highest grossing dead celebrity for years. Right now he's probably second to Michael, which is typical when a different icon passes away recently.

I never get the love for him. He didn't invent rock and roll and he made mostly covers. He's probably on the top because he's a "handsome man" and the girls liked him... - somekindofaguy

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5 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

I'm a beatlesfan, but I cannot deny Dylan has changed the surface os the music world even more than The Beatles, so I voted for mr. Dylan. Anyone who voted on James Hetfield is insane. Metallica never had 1 percent of the impact on the music as Dylan / The Beatles had. - Panther

Paul McCartney is famous for the Beatles. Freddie Mercury is famous for Queen, Bob Dylan is famous for Bob Dylan. He's done as much for music as those higher on the list, but did pretty much everything himself. That is why he is the greatest musician who ever lived.

Bob Dylan is the most literary and experimental musician of the century. No one can be compared with him. He is the Shakespeare of 20th century music world.

It's Mister Dylan.

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6 Steven Perry

Actually, his name is spelled Stephen.
Stephen Perry is an amazing singer. He was the lead singer for Journey from 1977 to 1996. He also had two solo albums, one in 1984 and one in 1994. Not only does he have a beautiful voice, but his range is breathtaking.

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7 Ville Valo Ville Valo

What can I say! The most underrated, amazingly talented singer of all time. MOre people should pay attention to just how talented this man is!

Enchanting deep voice, great lyrics, perfect face. He always gives his fans everything he has in his heart

Ville Valo is definitely the best. He's every bit deserving of the 20th and the 21st till the end of time.

8 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 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 ...read more.

Wait... johnny cash is all the way down here?

My favorite anyway no matter what you think... Jake

Him Elvis bob Dylan frank sinatra and definitely bb king

9 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

She is the all time best female singer of India. Period.

She is the great musician of India

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10 Jimi Hendrix 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.

How is he not higher than this. He started the whole acting insane on stage thing. Angus Young wouldn't even be half of what he is now without Jimi Hendrix as his inspiration. - UFasten8Me

Hendrix did it all in three years. 50 years later we are still searching for new unheard Jimi music. NO ONE changed pop music more than Jimi Hendrix. PERIOD

Hands down the best guitarist ever... Just an evil genius nobody compares

Jimi Hendrix was like my friend even though I never met him he inspired me to learn how to play my electric guitar I call her lucile

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The Contenders

11 Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".

Absolutely the best and my all-time favorite.

12 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

he made metallica what it was - aman28

if I were a girl and 25 years older id marry him - kman73

Michael Jackson is so overrated, I bet ya, best looking woman, he would come first, people James is the writer rhythm guitarist and singer

13 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Wonderful...He is best...šŸ˜

14 Eric Clapton 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.

Great guitarist, music writer for guitar, beautiful emotional melodic playing, great style. - wsl777

if you add up all of his accomplishments there is no comparison - armthehomeless06

Why must everyone vote for Michael jackson? He was terrible and he was not the king of pop. Eric Clapton has always been brilliant and is the king of blues rock.

15 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.
16 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

What a terrible list of musicians to pick from. Where's Bruce hornsby? Ask Clapton!? Neil Peart best on the list though!

Greatest drummer ever changed the whole drumming, In music.
Geddy Lee and Alex lifeson. Are some of the best power trios ever.
Vote Beatles UP by the way

17 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

For a man who had a troubled life, he sure was capable of making amazing music. He will be remembered along with the rest of these men and women whether people would like it or not.

Probably one of the best songwriters of all time. Capable of making incredible music, and should forever be remembered as a legend.

Nevermind was the ever album

He was fabulas

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18 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singerā€“songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. V 1 Comment
19 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Bob's music is medicine to our minds, soul and body. His songs are spiritual and uplifting and speaks truth. It brings a message to all people. Bob was one of the great spiritual messengers of our time. His music is always fresh and new. That reggae beat throbs with the heart and soothes the whole being.

Bob is the reference for others

Bob is the message we need

Forever an icon

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20 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

I can't stop listing to chuck berry's johnny b goode

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