Best Musicians of the 20th Centuryarmthehomeless06 These are individual artists, not bands, the people you add to the list may be a member of a band though.
The Top Ten
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
Great MusicianV 15 Comments
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.
He was a great person and great musician.
A musician is about more than being a singer. They need to play at least one instrument so Michael Jackson shouldn't be on this list.V 34 Comments
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.
His songs are so meaningful and they inspire and stimulate actions... and that's something no other artist achieved... He always have that presence, charisma that unites anyone and gets everyone moving.. - graciadolinobv
Music is about reaching the soul and damn MJ new how to do that. His voice and music touched my heart and soul in ways other musicians could never do. The depth of songs like Stranger In Moscow, Who Is it, and Morphine go beyond the lyrics; the mood, the feel, and especially what it makes me feel is magical.
HIS VOCALS, HIS DANCE MOVES, HIS LYRICS, HIS EVERYTHING WAS LEGENTARY!V 38 Comments
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.
Coolest of them all. Charisma, looks.V 14 Comments
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.V 2 Comments
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
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.
Hair, eyes, lips and butt and still looks sexy at 64
Absolutely the best and my all-time favorite.
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
By far the most influential musicians of all time.
Even his song writing any style was amazingly different to what anyone else was doing. Number one definitely of the 20th century. Gods gift.
Wonderful...He is best...😍
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.
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
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.
She is the all time best female singer of India. Period.
She is the great musician of India
Fabulous songs and I loved it
She is the Goddess of Music - Sangeetha Saraswathi.
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
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 is simply the Greatest Vocalist of 20th century... ❤🏆👑♂🎶V 4 Comments
Same for Aretha!
As Bruce Springsteen said "Chuck Berry was Rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock n roll songwriter that ever lived"
I can't stop listing to chuck berry's johnny b goode
Chuck Berry was the original. There is no elvis, there is no clapton there is no rock and roll without Chuck Berry yall
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 Marley and the Wailers used music to not only communicate about the troubles of the world, but to give hope and an optimistic view that humanity can unite to solve our problems - played with positive vibrations. They are one of the greatest musicians of all time, and their music is definitely medicine for the soul without negative side effects and impossible to overdose.
Bob is the reference for others
Forever an iconV 4 Comments
Frank Sinatra, in my humble opinion, was the best singer of the 20th century. His voice was pure gold, and I'm not talking about that 98.93745937201113456 pure gold type of brick. I'm talking 100%.
Love Frank Sinatra beautiful beautiful voice so relaxing clean clear and sharp and most of all its classic and will always be
Dominated the airwaves for decades. So many memorable songs.
He is the first, talking professional and personal.V 9 Comments
An American original.
He is brilliant. Listen to TOm Traubert's BLues, or Downtown Train - VaticanCameos
Paul McCartney's melodies are beautiful and heartwarming. I find that many songs of his I just like to hear them played. His best are the ones that tell a story, where you can see characters, or feel an emotion that a circumstance has caused. As I listen to that sort of a McCartney song, I learn the words, then I sing it along. And then for the rest of my life I have a song that corresponds to a certain circumstance of life. You know, like Waterfalls, or Put It There, or One Of These Days, or Somebody Who Cares, or Baby's Request, or Little Willow, or Follow Me. McCartney is also very good at pop songs, entertaining songs, either heavier rock or dance songs, rock and roll for fun. And of course there are the songs with very personal lyrics, messages in them. Very touching those. And he has written many anthem-like songs, peace songs. like Pipes Of Peace, Tug Of War, there is so many. And the most Fantastic thing about McCartney is, his melodies are all so different! He is really good. ...more
Paul McCartney is without a doubt in my mind the most important musician of the 20th century. The fact he is ranked much lower than fellow Beatles John and George on this list is to me a crime. It was McCartney's Musical sensibilities that alongside and often in contention with Lennon drove the vast majority of the early Beatle's hits as well as the most experimental and successful moments of the band's entire 23 album career. I would argue that being the key song writer of arguably the most popular/successful band in history as well as making music in such a way for nearly 6 decades that simultaneously acknowledges and makes the most of the past that came before him, shaping the zeitgeist of not just musical but all pop culture both in his own youth and beyond, and irrevocably shaping the future of all of music in his wake, releasing his 17th solo album this year staying as relevant as ever, and being among the greatest influences on the vast majority of popular musicians in the ...more
Paul should be in the top 5. He was a Beatle for crying out loud! He wrote the songs Yesterday; Hey Jude; Live and Let Die; Maybe I'm amazed; and Band On The Run by himself. He wrote A Day In The Life; Let It Be; Come Together; Here Comes the Sun; Eleanor Rigby; Help! ; Twist and Shout; While My Guitar Gently Weeps; I Want To Hold Your Hand; All You Need is Love; Helter Skelter; and Revolution with his fellow Beatles. He should be top 5 hands down.
How is George Harrison higher than him. No offense to george who was an amazing guitarist, singer, and person. God rest his soul. But compared to Paul there is no comparison.V 7 Comments
Greatest female pop star of all time, second only to the Beatles (a group) and Michael Jackson.
The most iconic female singer of the 20th Century! So many iconic hits!
She rules more than 30 years in music and only 18?
Well...it's Madonna. Case closed.V 1 Comment
Really? The Guitar god at 29? John Lennon at 1? Lennon is overrated and Jimmy Page deserves to be 1
Best guitarist ever, enough said
Wow. I can't believe I had to ADD Elton John to this list. How insulting! In terms of music artists of the 20th century, there's The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and then there Elton John. Come on people get real!
Best musician of any century!
Definitely NOT John Lennon!
Composer, hitmaker, singer, consummate live performer... Sir Elton John is absolutely THE BEST musician of the 20th century.V 1 Comment
Eddie van halen is below britney spears...
Greatest artist of the 20th century.
What Tupac below Eminem?!
... Do you know when the 20th century was? There are way better people than this bozo.
He sings about his past
When you are one of the founding fathers of jazz, you better be on the list. He was around before Frank Sinatra himself.
The most important musician in the 20th century period
I love Louis Armstrong's hello dolly
He is a visionary
Although this list is full of great musicians, she should definitely be placed in the top 20. Her voice was immaculate.
He should be top 10 definitely. First musician to perform in the soviet union after the berlin wall and his music defined a generation.
Billy Joel's piano man inspired me to learn how to play piano
31? Billy Joel is number 31? He never made one song that I didn't like.
He is not a genius... never, never, enver... and I like his music.V 1 Comment
An absolute TRAVESTY that Brian Wilson is not in the top ten. To list him after most of these artists makes this list invalid
He was a musical genius. FACT. Founder of the Beach Boys.
Should be top 3
He is fantastic. Shame he's not higher.
Always started a new trend or music but was already on the next one before it became too much of a scene
37th? This list is a joke, should be 1st or at least top 10 - GamingGodPrime
RIP Bowie / Starman / Ziggy / Thin White Duke / MUSIC LEGEND
Under Pressure! Immortal song
Just an incredible voice
Fantastic, awesome artist
impossible he's not #1, he was the drummer for nirvana and the singer of foo fighters, how much better can you get
Dave grohl should be up there with kurt cobain
Anyone related or married to jay z is awesome to me
Queen B is undeniably the most iconic/talented living musician of this generation. She's got amazing vocals, she's the best live performer/ entertainer and she changed the entire music industry with the release of her selftitled album and Lemonade. She literally can stop the world!
She has good types of music
Whoever added this is clearly a Swiftie and clearly does not know about music.
Everything in guitar, piano and voice you hear in MUSE, comes from this amazing musician. VOTE!
Bellamy the Best Musician of 00' - Mortymerdied
Serj is a genius. This is his best discography:
1. Chop Suey!
4. Lonely Day
One of the greatest and most unique and incredible singers/poets of the 20th century. Like Hendrix, he gave his live and lived on the edge, as far out there as he could to create greatness.
I'm sorry but how THE HELL is taylor swift ahead of Mr. Mojo rising
By far one of the most distinguished voices in British Pop who revolutionised the industry whose work is still echoed in music today.
Still underrated. No. 1 composer, producer, arranger etc etc...
The French are glad to die for love,
They delight in fighting duels,
But I prefer a man who lives and gives... Expensive Jewels,
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental,
But Diamonds are a girls beat friend.
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