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 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the ...read more.

She deserves the top spot.

I'm going to fix this list! - Userguy44

Wrong, she was never creative. As part of the Disney machine, they had dozens of actual creative people coming up with stuff, she was little more than a trained monkey, doing what they told her to do.

She was creative back during Hannah Montana, but now she's a loser.

2 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.

I love this woman. I vote for her because she is one of my favorite artists and that is my honest opinion. I also like Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Kate Bush and a few more. I don't think I am the one who added her to this list but if I were it would be because I honestly think she is creative, not because I am a troll.

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.

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3 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.

Who made this list? - Userguy44

Userguy44, the comment was "... he wasn't JUST great in singing" meaning he was great in singing and he was also great in all the other attributes that were posted.

Bohemian Rhapsody is the most creative song ever. He wrote it. So he had to be very creative.

He has to win this.

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4 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 .

Why is Miley Cyrus at the top? Paul was in THE BEATLES! - TopTenTed

Very odd list.

5 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.
6 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist 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

7 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...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

Number 1 With A Bullet - BeatlesFan1964

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8 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.
9 Kurt Cobain 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.

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

10 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.

The Contenders

11 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 .

He should be higher. - Userguy44

12 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.
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 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.
15 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.
16 Keith Moon 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.

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

17 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

18 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
19 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 alternative metal/ metalcore ...read more.

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

20 Lindsay Buckingham

*Lindsey Buckingham. - Userguy44

21 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.

He isn’t even in the top 10? That’s a shame! - Userguy44

22 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.
23 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

24 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.

Very underrated singer. - Userguy44

Creative lyrics and creative songs!

25 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.

Get him higher please! - Userguy44

26 Ginger Baker Ginger Baker Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of "rock's first superstar drummer," while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms.
27 Adrian Borland
28 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.
29 Kate Bush Kate Bush
30 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.
31 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.

How is she below Nicki Minaj?

32 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.

No. - Userguy44

33 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

34 Toby "Radiation" Fox
35 David Byrne

Incredibly creative and original

36 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. ...read more.

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...

37 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.

He’s a great singer. - Userguy44

38 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

As well as being one of the best guitarists you'll most likely hear today, he manages to create imagery unlike anything I've personally seen before. He works in multiple genres, excelling in every one he plays. His first album, Bucketheadland, sets you on a trip through his own imaginary theme park. It's weird and may not make sense most the time, but it's still really interesting. Day of the Robot is an album that shows he can be heavy, and I mean heavy. Colma is the opposite. It's an album that shows he can play with feel. He's released quite a few albums, and around 400+ short albums (akin to EPs) he calls pikes. Using his many influences and ideas to drive this madhouse of an experience that is his music, I believe Buckethead is one of the most creative artists, because he simply thinks up some of the most different, strange, and insane songs, and even some very down-to-earth, soft, and beautiful songs, and they mostly manage to be great, if not, amazing. But that's just my ...more

39 Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren
40 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.
41 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

He should be first

42 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.
43 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.
44 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
45 Steven Wilson Steven Wilson Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.
46 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.
47 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.

48 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.
49 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
50 Gene Clark Gene Clark Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds.
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