Best Solo ArtistsWhat's your favorite solo artist?
Qualifications, has to be the only official member to a band or group.
The Top Ten
Why is this #1? I don’t even know who this is.
He was of pure originality. He made mega hits in every genre of his time. RnB, Rock, Pop, even Black or White had a bit of Hip Hop, and they were all hits. MJ is the G.O.A.T.
I highly doubt their will be anyone greater than him.
Michael Jackson should be #2 but who is Han Geng. Elvis should be #1 by sales, but as of opinion, Michael Jackson is #1. He has some the most known songs like, "Thriller", "Billie Jean", and "Beat It". Who doesn't know at least one of those songs.
Despite rumors to the contrary, MJ is NOT the biggest-selling solo artist.
That honor belongs to Elvis Presley, and by quite a large margin.
Both Elvis and the Beatles have each sold more than double MJ's total.
The King of Music... too many haters just judge a book by a cover! Don't understand how this world works.. More than just a legend.. The King Of Music.. PERIOD!
He was a true poet, and possibly the most important musician of the twentieth century. The Beatles looked up to him, and he influenced an entire era of music. Bob Dylan was basically the voice of his generation, and he has undoubtedly created three of the greatest albums of all time: "Highway 61 Revisited", "Blonde On Blonde" and "Blood On The Tracks" (or possibly even four, if you include Bringing It All Back Home). Plus, he has written and recorded several of the greatest songs ever made (anyone who's heard of Bob knows at least a few of these).
It doesn't matter if you're one of those people that just doesn't like Bob's music, nobody can doubt that he is in fact the greatest solo artist of all time, due in large part to his musical talents, his incredible ability to write poetry into his songs, and his unfathomable influence in 1960's popular culture and music.
Dylan influenced everyone that followed him, his mystical lyrics and simple music struck a chord with the age he worked in and continues to influence musicians today. His blend of Folk, country and rock n roll and pop can still be heard in the DNA of today's pop stars. Dylan is number 1 unlike the paedo who currently graces the number 1 spot.
There was music before bob dylan and then there was music after bob dylan. He changed the way that music was heard. The Beatles were influenced by him. Go on YouTube and look up "Beatles on bob dylan" also like a rolling stone is considered the greatest song of all time.
Should be 1, he changed music forever, his music is not radio meant pop trash like todays junk, Bob Dylan's music is true art, poetry, everything. He also won the nobel prize of literature, that is not just an achievement.
I was just rolling along minding my own business and not caring about music all that much other than listening to the usual rock songs. Then I ran across this girl with a voice so pure and perfect I couldn't stop listening to her. Her newest album Two Hearts is loaded with songs styles all over the place from opera to Pop. Her voice is just spectacular.
No flashy lights, twerking, explosions, autotune, maximum decibels or other distractions. Just an incredible young lady with an amazing voice in front of a piano or a symphony orchestra singing everything from Rachminioff to Morricone, U2 to Taylor Swift, and originals. Every concert is an amazing evening.
There are no words to describe the talent and charisma of this young performer. She leaves her audiences weeping with joy or numb with emotional exhaustion. She has to be seen live to be believed.
She is my singer, I follow no one else!
The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station To Station, Low, Heroes, Scary Monsters and The Next Day. All for me absolute masterpieces. He has done some bad albums such as Never let Me down, Tonight and Black Tie White Noise but I can't think of any other solo artist that has contributed as much as David Bowie.
Bowie has mastered so many different genres of music from Rock to Soul. He recently came back with the best comeback I've ever heard and has cemented his legacy. Should be number one on list in my opinion.
I think David Bowie is the best and most influential artist of all. He influenced several artist as well as fashion. Just simply the best
Rest In Peace, Starman. You have finally gained the recognition you deserved, albeit too late.
Elvis emerges during the late 50's and doesn't it tell those unbelievers why he is called "King" and why he is known to be the most imitated performers of all times. 36 years after his dead and yet his presence and influence is very much around. Elvis music is timeless and have withstand the test of time. He is the first and original American idol.
He should be number 1. Second to none! 36 years after his death, his influence can still be seen and fan clubs worldwide are still active and growing! There will always be a new generation of Elvis fans! ( Fyi:I don't belong from his era! ) Who can beat that?! He's "the king"!
He wrote the book, he was the first real Rock Star. Unlike many artist on this list, Elvis could sing Rock, Country, Blues, Ballads, Gospel and a little Funk and Soul thrown in. Nobody else like him, never was, never will be.
Meh. He didn't write his own songs and poorly played guitar. Both of these things are reason enough for me to think that he isn't "The King" of anything. Either John Lennon or Paul McCartney is.
Elton is the best ENTERTAINER and always seems like immersed in the songs. Always SOlid Performance even though he tours so much and still sells out stadiums wherever he goes which for his age is LEGENDARY. Also is charitable his AIDs Foundation and has been instrumental in helping and bringing budding starts to forefront. ex. Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga.
I'm sure if Elton sees this he wouldn't mind or care, he knows he's no. 1 and he's right.
He should be top 3 probably number one for near everything. Musicianship, songwriting, (though Bernie writes the lyrics) lyricism, and playing ability/talent is amazing.
Elton John was knighted for a reason
Best solo artist on this poll and beyond.
Moat of Hendrix's career he was not a solo artist.
Backup band for Little Richard, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, the Experience, Band of Gypsies; he was awesome but not a solo.
Have to love Hendrix, I understand MAYBE below Jackson and Dylan, but should be 3.
Good at geetare
One of the greatest musicians of all time. Great rock voice! Amazing songwriter. The Beatles is the best rock and roll band of history, influencing many performers. He belongs in the top ten.
A true legend, gave the world peace and love and was part of one of the most truly mind blowing bands who changed the face of popular music forever. No one has beaten his record hits.
Lennon's strong belief in atheism is what gave him a will to work towards world peace thorugh his songs, not god.
One of the best lyricists of all time!
Should be number 1
Maybe not great as the above mentioned, but slim is always unique in his own way.My greatest inspiration and which can be reflected from his lyrics.
Rap God... Rabbit, Shady, Slim Shady, Em, Emin3m, Marshall... The best rapper of all time... You can call him the GOAT.
Form the streets of Detroit vote for the on and only marshal mathers
Please vote for him he deserves to be on the top 5
Neil young is a brilliant and at times somewhat underrated solo artist. It takes a few listens to get hooked but once your hooked, your hooked for life.
Deserves to be higher on this list. Only artist that hasn’t released anything in almost 30 years, but still plays live and hasn’t had a concert yet that has not sold out.
How the hell is he behind anyone else on this list? He has the most unique ability of story telling thru his music that he should easily be number 1.
How is he so low on this list? Piano Man beats most of the songs the other solo artists on this lists ever made.
He is the best selling solo artist of all time! His sales actually top EVERYONE on this list
His broken voice For that I am speechless
He is awesome
How is The Man in Black only at number 15 on this list he is easily the best metal singer of all time and has more talent and established himself more then just about anyone on this list and had more hit's then someone can name
She is the greatest singer of all time.
She has perfect pitch & perfect tune. I love all her songs.
She could sing any song & make it a hit. "
"Most certainly, without a doubt the greatest singer off all-time... And incredible musician over all. You can't tell me her voice is not the most unique as well
A nice person
What is this man doing behind beyonce? He revolutionized blues and rock and roll. This is dis respectful
Surely one of the greatest guitarists ever!
I know he had the E Street Band, but it was all about Bruce
Bruce is top 5
It's not just Ozzy it's all his other talented musicians backing him up as well. They deserve credit as well
Singer, songwriter, dancer, editor, director, entertainer...!
A Star Is Born!
Best female performer of all time. Period.
What an amazing classical performer!
Paul McCartney should take his spot
Truly one of the greatest performers of all time, with an incredible body of work. He can play numerous instruments and has a great rock voice, as well as being able to sing ballads. He remains one of the greatest song writers ever. His work with The Beatles is outstanding.
Are you serious? He was the best beatle ever (and I'm a huge ringo fan) and his solo career included him creating wings, an amazing band. He's the best! how is he at number 44
How is he below Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Kanye West? He should be top ten at least
Name a song better than maybe I'm amazed,... Bet you can't