Some artists, love them or hate them, have made a tremendous mark and influence on the music industry that their deaths have affected everyone in some way.
1 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.
Michael should be #1-MJ was a songwriter, composer, arranger, dancer, and a singer-was voted in the Dance Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of fame2x- Michael is an Artist that wrote 9 #1 songs-has the biggest selling album of all time (Thriller) has the Guiness world record with the most awards- Michael creates music-Mj is the King of Music - Period-
2 Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.
I'm sorry to any Michael fan but Freddie should be number one. He was both Queen AND KING to the music world and having him die at such a young age? That was one of the worst things. He had made so much great music and he had SO MUCH ideas but to his untimely death, his ideas are forever left in his mind which no one will be able to retrieve... Michael at least had half of his life put down already but not Freddie. Hardly half. He didn't even live up to the release of Made In Heaven... RIP Freddie. You were truly the greatest... Now, the greatest lost...
His voice was unique to this world and his talent to write songs is unparalleled. There is a reason you do not see any Freddy Mercury impersonators but you see a ton of Michael Jackson impersonators, Freddy Mercury is one of a kind!
I would trade any other singer fro him to get him back.
He has died 27 years ago and he is still the best.
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3 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.
I like MJ but Elvis is should be #1! Michael Jackson had only 13 hits #1 while Elvis has over 40 hits #1.
Elvis Presley is uncomparable, invincible person of all time - Magnolia
Magnolia, so you think you're Michael's fan? Michael's fan was vote for Elvis?
Please, its simple; no Elvis- no Beatles, no Elvis- no MJ.
Why do you think MJ ripped off the title "King of Pop"?
Because "King of Rock-n-Roll" was taken.
Why do yo think MJ married Elvis' daughter Lisa-Marie?
Because he was obsessed with the fact that not matter WHAT he did, he would never be able to measure up to Elvis.
MJ is also badly in third place behind The Beatles and Elvis for overall most record sales.
MJ's so-called 750K sales were proven to be a PR stunt that was "made up" by the advertising firm in charge of hyping up "This Is It", and the real number is about half of that.
Elvis is THE KING.
4 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.
Number one biggest loss, hands down!
John Lennon was musical genius.
Greatest composer of all times
Greatest human and musician we've ever had!
5 Randy Rhoads
Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.
He had nowhere to go but up. He already proved himself a legend and yet wanted to move on and get a degree in classical guitar playing. I'm a guitarist and I can tell you classical is not easy. All this by the age of 24. Rest easy and thank you for the music - Johnnyt800
Why isn't he at top 10? He was so good!
You where the guitar god! In my eyes you still are. The way you buildt up songs and lifted them up was amazing! A great loss to music :'(
He was so great! Songs like "Mr. Crowly", "Crazy Train" and "Flying High Again" are so magical! The way the guitar "lifts" up the song is amazing! It was such a shame that he died :(
Rest In Peace Randy Rhoads!
Always Remembered, never forgotten
6 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.
7 Jim Hendrix
8 Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 ...read more.
This man was the temporary leader for a generation kids. Saad as it may be that he took his own like at the age of 27, it still doesn't mean that he wasn't great at making good music. He must be really good if e still continues to influence people from today. To me, his death has impacted me the most and I was born more than two years after his death.
The darkside's plan to ruin music: Kill off the lead singer of Nirvana, let Bieber live, and indirectly bring forth "What Do You Mean? ".
9 Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
"I am the Lizard King, I can do anything"
10 Bon Scott
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.
11 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
How can we forget the knife master? Arguably the Best and most innovative drummer of all time. Not only drum, but he is a singer, he can play keyboard, piano, guitar, songwriter of avenged sevenfold. He is a big losses of avenged sevenfold and the members.. They are 5 best friend. And still they are with out the rev... We love you rev foREVer..
He wasn't that good. RIP though - 445956
12 Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
Her voice gave such a raw feel to the music she created. All her songs are an instant attractions and she would have kicked more ass if only she lived to see today.
13 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.
So special and giften and talented in a time where that originality was so scarce.
14 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.
She had the most brilliant voice I've ever heart. Losing her to drugs is so sad. The saddest thing.
15 Stevie Ray Vaughn
An amazing guitarist and will never be forgetten (well he better not be forgotten or there will be hell to pay). - fireinside96
Stevie Ray Vaughn was one of the best guitarists to walk the planet. His loss will always be a sad one
16 Cliff Burton
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
How can we forget cliff? Arguably the Best and most innovative bassist of all time. And unlike many people on this list, cliff didn't die of drug abuse or some crazy suicide. He died in an accident just the age of 24. This makes it all the more sad. I can't even imagine the great heights Metallica would have reached and whole genre of metal would have reached if he was Alive today
No doubt Metallica regained their ground once again after Burton's death but there shall never be any bassist with the style of Cliff Burton...
17 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 ...read more.
One of the greatest drummers of all time.
18 Tupac Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.
His dumb actions led to his death... - SelfDestruct
He should be number one
I don't understand why he isn't in the top 10
19 John Entwistle
John Alec Entwistle, was an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician, film and music producer. He is mostly known as the lead bassist for the rock band The Who.
20 Dimebag Darrell
Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
He was SHOT on stage.
"I KILL PANTERA GUITARIST! RIAA FOREVAH! "
21 Willie Dixon
22 Paul Gray
Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.
23 Bob Marley
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
24 Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
I can't imagine the career and repertoire he would have built
We will never know the contribution he could have made
25 Jerry Garcia
Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.
26 Jeff Porcaro
One of the best drummers of all time... RIP Jeff
27 Nina Simone
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
28 Jeff Buckley
Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more. V 1 Comment
29 The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
31 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".
32 Mohammad Rafi
Mohammed Rafi was an Indian playback singer and one of the most popular singers of the Hindi film industry.
33 Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar was an Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the most successful playback singers of the Hindi film industry.
34 Mukesh Chand
35 Manna De
36 Keith Moon
Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.
37 Jaco Pastorius
John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader.
38 Lou Reed
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.
39 Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
40 Laura Nyro
41 Warren Zevon
Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Zevon's most famous compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy.
42 Rory Gallagher
William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
43 Mick Ronson
44 Miles Davis
45 Frank Zappa
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
46 Captain Beefheart
Don Van Vliet was an American singer, songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart.
47 Waylon Jennings
48 Larrie Londin
49 George Jones
50 Peter Tosh