Top 10 Most Creative Music Artists and Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

Is there the slightest doubt that they are the most deserving of the number one spot on this list? They put in so much effort into making all of their songs creative and to express areas of human life in spectacular beauty utilizing the power of music to their advantage of expressing what they have to say through the song. Wikipedia also tells that they had put in a lot of creative effort in producing the Dark Side of The Moon and at some point of time, they had to drop off and disband because of fear of loss of creativity which means to say that they always wanted their music to be flawless. But they never stopped and they've released the most memorable tracks we know today. Compared to artists like The Beatles and overrated modern pop artists, Pink Floyd hasn't gotten the recognition it most deservedly needed. - Zizz

Every Pink Floyd Albums are distinctive and original.Their music have great bass foundation, tremendous dynamics while some of the most interesting music belies in subtle and more quiet messages. Roger Waters' lyrics should have earned him Noble prize for literature (Bob Dylan is good also). After hearing thousands of times, I can still find something new and fresh. If you are for timeless music... there is no other band than Pink Floyd.

THese guys should be number 1. They are arguably one of the greatest bands of all time. - DoroExploro13

Kc is more creative, but they are not on this list..., so it is PF

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2 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is the most creative song ever. - DCfnaf

It may be one of Queen's most popular songs, and it is admittedly great, but if you dig deeper you can find even more creative songs such as my favorite Queen song, March of the Black Queen. As for the most creative song ever, my vote might have to go to Pink Floyd's Echoes, but there may be even more creative songs I have never heard. - chevygolderado

Combine opera with rock is the most creative thing in music!

Bohemian Rhapsody
March of the Black Queen
In the lap of the gods...etc.

3 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was 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. ...read more.

I love Lorde but David Bowie should be higher. David has been the inspiration to many. - Swellow

4 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

The beatles had a tremendous amount of creativity. There music and CREATIVITY had the biggest effect on music history. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were brilliant in there creativity during the writing of the songs they wrote. The Beatles have the best creativity of all time for any band anywhere. They are #1

"I am the walrus " is probably the most creative song ever!

Their music wasn't confined to a single or couple of genres. It was more diverse and versatile. Beginning with the Mersey-beat and Rock n roll, their stretched it to folk, psychedelic and even classical and what not. The fact that they chose to include sitar(Love You To, Within You Without You) and sound of moving tapes in "Tomorrow Never Knows" or even re-imagining music as another band(in Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band). It was altogether a perfectly synced quartet.

Lorde # 4, Beatles # 5!
Learn your music history people.
The Beatles opened the door for so many artists with their song writing, recording studio innovations, stadium shows, etc.

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5 Lorde Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.

She's one of my favorite mainstream artists because she reminds me of the days music wasn't luxury brag. - Swellow

Wattpad @kidges

Songs are super unique and one of a kind. Listen to Green Light, Magnets, Yellow Flicker Beat, Homemade Dynamite... Yeah.

6 Melanie Martinez Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

Melanie is extremely creative. Who else has a song called Play Date, Mrs Potato Head, and Pity Party? Child-like topics with adult meanings. Her album, Crybaby is a story about a poor girl.

The fact that she is even on the same page as The Beatles, The Who, and Bob Dylan, much less AHEAD of them, means the world is coming to an end soon.

She deserves #1! Crybaby 4 life!

Creative, or moonbat-whacko, that is the question.

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7 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Best rapper ever - DCfnaf

8 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

One of the most creative metal bands for sure. - Metarock

10 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Besides creating many great songs and mixing and crossing genres, Dylan records and performs in concert several very different versions of nearly all of his songs. He's constantly altering and rearranging, and it takes some excellent musicians to support him on tours and keep up with these changes, often from one show to the next. - Billyv

Maybe someday he will measure up to Melanie Martinez.

Yeah I agree with @Billyv.Bob Dylan's voice may not be great but his songs are great especially the lyrics.he is a creative artist. - zxm

The Contenders

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12 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.

I would quote a visitor comment on another list because I can't say it better: "A genius that merged classical music and rock with a guitar... Pure Genius."
What he did became the template for metal music (except some small subgenres like doom). - Metal_Treasure

"Pure Genius" I like that phrase @Metal_Treasure,ritchie blackmore is a great guitarist.his solos are fast and heavy.he is the creator of heavy metal music. - zxm

13 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, ...read more.

Well, duh - DCfnaf

14 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.
15 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.
16 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One ...read more.

There is no real uniqueness in their music. They don't have much creativity in any aspect of music. Writing, composing, etc. I consider them to be the most generic and overrated band to ever exist. - naFrovivuS

Creative as they get. Every song is a new genre. Their most recent album blurry face has rock music, pop music, rap music, piano music, sad music, happy music, etc etc all in 14 songs. Impressive if you ask me.

People like to say they aren't actually creative, but I'd say they are creative because they make popular music that isn't just "I have a big butt, tons of money, I like sex, etc." - DCfnaf

Above Queen? What a joke - christangrant

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17 Daft Punk Daft Punk Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.
18 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.
19 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Creator of metal - zxm

20 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Greatest power trio in the world!

Clearly the most creative.

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22 Radiohead

Please explain how Eminem is musically sophisticated.

This is one that needs no explaining

I was expecting to see Radiohead in the top 5, but they’re definitely the most creative band of all time. The transformation they’ve made from Pablo Honey through to A Moon Shaped Pool is astonishing. Every album is unique and breath takingly beautiful.

23 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Creativity =/= Plagiarism - DCfnaf

24 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.
25 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
26 Mat Kearney Mat Kearney Mathew William "Mat" Kearney is an American musician born in Eugene, Oregon, now based in Nashville, Tennessee.
27 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
28 GWAR GWAR Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.
29 Halsey Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated ...read more.

22? Really? Top 20 at least. Come on, Halsey.

30 NF NF Nathan "Nate" John Feuerstein, whose stage name is NF, is an American Christian hip hop rapper, singer and musician from Gladwin, Michigan.
31 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
32 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.
33 Tame Impala Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.
34 Oh Wonder Oh Wonder Oh Wonder are a London-based alt-pop duo, consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. Since releasing their DIY debut album, they have seen international success with their mellow, slow-grooving, R&B-flecked alt-pop tunes.
35 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
36 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
37 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.

I'm so surprised that she's not on top!

You may call her unoriginal, but what other artists writes their music like this:

"Rah rah ah ah ah! Roma, romama, Gaga, ooh lala! " - DCfnaf

38 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.
39 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

She is definitely one of the most creative out there. - DCfnaf

40 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
41 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
42 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.
43 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.
44 Björk Björk Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

Why is she on here twice? But she is creative though, her songs are very original. Who would make a song like It's So Quiet? She sure has really good songs. They sound weird, but in a good way. - AnimeDrawer

45 Prince Prince 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" .

Prince is way too low on this list. He should be in the top 10. He was an extremely creative artist, always pushing the envelope with his sound and themes. He was one of the most inventive and daring mainstream artists of the last 30 years. - Eddiej

46 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.
47 BABYMETAL BABYMETAL Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal".

This one is pretty self explanatory. - TwitchandVinegar

48 Beach Boys Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

Yeah, of course they aren't on he re. i f you don't already know why brian wilson deserves top ten, you can look it up, I'm not going to bother to explain - RecklessGreed

49 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 ...read more.

The power, emotion, and effort she puts in every track is stunning really. You could say that her song topics and whatnot are not very creative but she's creative in her voice (cause it's unique) and her popular music. - DCfnaf

Personally I don't listen her songs.but she has a good vocal skills - zxm

Fine, but good vocal skills (or any specific technical ability) does not equal "creativity". - Billyv

50 Primus Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

Deserves to be in the top 5, at LEAST

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