Best Musicians of the 20th Century


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41 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

Always started a new trend or music but was already on the next one before it became too much of a scene

RIP Bowie / Starman / Ziggy / Thin White Duke / MUSIC LEGEND

Under Pressure! Immortal song

42 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

Everything in guitar, piano and voice you hear in MUSE, comes from this amazing musician. VOTE!

43 Bob Seger Bob Seger Robert Clark "Bob" Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s.
44 Whitney Houston 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.

Although this list is full of great musicians, she should definitely be placed in the top 20. Her voice was immaculate.

45 Kate Bush Kate Bush

By far one of the most distinguished voices in British Pop who revolutionised the industry whose work is still echoed in music today.

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46 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys . She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching more.

Whoever added this is clearly a Swiftie and clearly does not know about music.

47 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

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

48 Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. She more.

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.

49 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
50 Sandra Sandra Sandra Ann Lauer, commonly known under her stage name Sandra Maria Magdalena", "In the Heat of the Night", "Everlasting Love", "Secret Land", "Hiroshima" and "Don't Be Aggressive".
51 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long more.

She is the eternal phoenix she has had at least one number one hit in 4 decades. She paved the way for people like Madonna and many female artists on this list, not to mention she is still going and still being innovative. There is rarely a star like her she should at least be in the top 20.

52 John Bonham John Bonham John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the more.
53 Glenn Frey Glenn Frey Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.
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55 Adele 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.

She hasn't released anything before 2000...

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56 Chris Martin Chris Martin
57 Hideto Matsumoto
58 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. V 1 Comment
59 Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
60 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing more.

The iron lunged hurricane that took AC/DC from looming over the edge of personal tragedy, stepped in and sang his heart out. And at that moment Bon Scott's memory was peacefully lifted up to heaven, because everything was gonna be alright for AC/DC from then on; more than just alright. Johnson' vocals backed with a new album at the time, new lyrical direction and a more concentrating amplified sound that just keeps getting better is what made these guys the era defining classic rock. Without Johnson, AC/DC would never have been 'Back In Black' or anything at all. 'You Shook Me (ALL NIGHT LONG)' which is the greatest song by them and is our nations call out to a pop sexual symbol

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