Most Creative Musicians

Creativity is one of the key elements for a successful musician! While many musicians are great, because they're talented, technical or just overly skilled, these creative ones are responsible for some of the most unique sounds in music!

Also I will count guitarists, singers, drummers, bassists, keyboardists and more for this list!

The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury 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.

He wrote the song Stone Cold Crazy considered by many the first thrash metal song, recorded in 1974 - 9 years before Metallica. Metallica did a cover. - Metal_Treasure

He was multitalented, he wasn't just great in singing, but he was a great songwriter, a great piano-player and a talented in drawing, watch his drawings and paintings on internet!

Need no explanation.

He wrote the song: Stone cold crazy, which was the first trash metal song.
He wrote the song: Bohemian Rhapsody, which is he best song of all time (widely considered). It is the most timeless and iconic song of all time.
He wrote many other iconic and very good songs: Somebody to love, Killer queen, Innuendo, We are the champions, Love of my life...etc.
He is the best singer of all time.
He is the best frontman of all time.
He was a very good piano player.
And he made the famous Queen logo himself!
So he was the more multitalented and most creative artist.

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2 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Very odd list.

3 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
4 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
5 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.
6 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer 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. ...read more.

Came here to add this myself. Bro fist. - RockFashionista

So pumped to hear his new album. - PetSounds

Too bad he died though. - BeatlesFan1964

Bowie was more creative than Freddie Mercury. He wrote many types of different music genres. ¨Life on Mars" is the most creative song and his music reached out to many people including young kids.

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7 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

His songwriting skills are one of a kind. He's definitely very creative with his work. Although I believe Roger Waters is the most creative in songwriting and the bass. - MontyPython

8 Dimebag Darrell 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.
9 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
10 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .

Roger Waters is a genius. He is the mastermind behind many of Pink Floyds greatest albums, including The Wall, Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, and Wish You Were Here (etc). Even his solo stuff like Amused to Death is amazing. He is the king of the concept album, and to this day, wrote some of the best, deepest lyrics ever. - Doom

The Contenders

11 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .
12 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan Jimmy James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Avenged ...read more.

I don't have interest in A7x, but I would like to say, he was a genius - Ananya

13 John Lennon 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.
14 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

Yes, he is a bloody genius indeed. nice list! - gemcloben

South Park! - BeatlesFan1964

15 Richard Wright Richard Wright Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .
16 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.
17 Lindsay Buckingham
18 Elton John Elton John
19 Ginger Baker Ginger Baker

You can clearly hear his jazz influences! I mean this is one of the best drummers of all time! Also 15 minutes Live Version of Toad! - CastlevaniaFanboy128

20 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
21 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

What's this joke doing on the list?

She's nothing but a stupid hoe, Take this off the list.

Look at this list first and then decide if you should post her here. What would even give you the notion to type. Should have moved on and found a list that would be more appropriate. If there is one.

Obvious troll added this here.

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22 Adrian Borland
23 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
24 Toby "Radiation" Fox
25 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
26 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

What the hell... These people are the guys with most creativity when compared to other artists.From Hybrid Theory to One More Light they just experimented with every song.Every song is different.But lol these guys are very underrated in this list...

27 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.

Not a musician like some others on the page but a magician or music God

28 Keith Moon Keith Moon

My favorite drummer of all time and as well an amazing drummer he is incomparable to any other drummer without a doubt. - Seventies-Music-Fan

29 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.

@visitor - I had in mind the heavier/harder sounding spectrum of rock music! I would like to add that Ritchie started the relevant experiments in bands before Deep Purple.

Things are logical though: Ritchie Blackmore was a Jeff Beck fan and Yardbirds fan. I know that Ritchie did at least 3 different cover versions of Still I'm Sad by Yardbirds. And while the original isn't metal, Ritchie's instrumental cover is (he did it with Rainbow). Ritchie didn't only make the sound heavier but he also removed the blues elements from the original. The Rainbow versions with both Dio and D. White on vox are pretty cool, too. - Metal_Treasure

The guy from Deep Purple who started writing heavier sounding rock songs based on classical music, now known as heavy metal. Everybody else with more or less heavy sound wrote rock songs based on blues (circa 1970). So Ritchie Blackmore changed revolutionary the rock music paradigm in its heavier spectrum as well as the stylistic origins of hard/heavy rock music by adding classical music. In terms of creativity, he is #1 for me and will always be. - Metal_Treasure

Incorrect, Justin Hayward and John Lodge were including classical at least 3 years before that in 1967 for the Moody Blues, and it could be argued that huge classical fan Jeff Beck started including it in Yardbirds work as early as 1965.

30 Kate Bush Kate Bush
31 Dan Reynolds Dan Reynolds Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is an American musician, most famous as frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. He has also released an Extended Play titled Egyptian - EP as a duo with Aja Volkman under the moniker Egyptian.
32 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and ...read more.

Creative lyrics and creative songs!

33 Bjork Bjork 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.
34 Mike Portnoy Mike Portnoy Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

He came up with so many of Dream Theater's signature tracks (not to put him above everyone else in DT, they're all geniuses) and created a signature drum sound. He's got to be somewhere up top. - Songsta41

35 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
36 Adam Jones Adam Jones Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.
37 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

The only THREE time inductee into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

38 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
39 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
40 Gene Clark Gene Clark Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds.
41 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
42 Arthur Lee Arthur Lee Arthur Taylor Lee was an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the frontman of the Los Angeles rock band Love, widely recognized as one of the most influential pop groups of the sixties.
43 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren
44 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.
45 Sting Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead singer for the English band The Police
46 John Cale
47 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell
48 Laurie Anderson
49 Brian Eno Brian Eno Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist.
50 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked ...read more.
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