Greatest Deceased Rock Artists

For the past 37 years, we have seen the best of the best go, but who is the greatest out of these dead musicians?

The Top Ten

1 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.

If you're not transfixed by Melina's voice you should probably get your hearing checked.

Well-deserved place, he was the best. Much more talented than Lennon and Elvis in singing and songwriting...and I don't speak about stage presence...he was miles away from Lennon and Elvis, he was amazing!

He was an amazing singer, songwriter, pianist, and frontman for the band. His charisma and sheer talent were a huge part of Queen's success. God save the Queen

What? Number 2? Who's number 1? I'm sorry to say, my friends, but I have no idea who that is. Freddie is known worldwide. MOSTLY BY ME. BROUHAHA! ARUGULA! Uh, continuing, he is very influential. I love him, he will always be in my heart forever.

2 Hideto Hide Matsumoto Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name Hide, was a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan.

He's Japanese most influential guitarist. He's unique, brilliant, colorful, and sparkling. Miyavi is dull compare to him.

Legendary guitarist the greatest ever.

Whatever it is, he's legendary.

I have a better idea: No.

3 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.

John Lennon transcended music... He changed our culture and our world! Music and the world have felt the void created on 12/8/80... Visit Central Park's "Strawberry Fields" and you WILL feel the connection! Visit The Dakota Building and your blood will chill when you see how trapped John was that horrible night... It appears SO much bigger on T.V... This wonderful man had no chance to defend or protect himself. What a cowardly and senseless act of violence! John Lennon was magic! Thank god we've had Paul McCartney for so long... He keeps it all alive and well!

A truly inspirational artist...he touched the world with his beautiful music...

when he died, the world suffered

John Lennon was a pop singer, not a rock singer.

4 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.

Kurt was a genius and is responsible for some of the greatest songs ever like smells like teen spirit, come as you are, heart shaped box, in bloom plus many MANY more...

Millions of people miss him even though they weren't born when Nirvana was around (like me). Kurt is able to connect with people long after he died and that's what makes him a legend to this day

Lots of people miss Kurt. Not only were his songs good, but they had deep messages in them. Take Pennyroyal Tea for example

Kurt Was Great and we still remember him today

5 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.

Most influental guitarist EVER. And you can't argue with that.

This guy is overrated and died by choking on his own vomit what an idiot!

Easily the best guitarist ever, though his career was short

The best I always listen to his music

6 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.

Elvis is the best and will always be forever and he should be #1

7 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 Umeå whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

R.I.P Clifford Lee Burton. his solos revolutionized the bass.

If only he were still alive, metallica may have been even better.

Rest in peace. The greatest bassist ever

8 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.

John Bonham was the greatest rock drummer that ever lived. His death meant the end of the king of all rock bands... Led Zeppelin. Bonham, Hendrix & Lennon should top this list if were talking about tragically lost talent.

Base this list on skill, innovation & influence on their respective instruments and you have John Henry Bonham sitting easily at #1...the greatest rock drummer who ever lived.

Hope he is on the Stairway to Heaven.

9 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.

This guy is one of the gods of metal with an amazing voice. Was very surprised and disappointed to not see him in the top 10.

RIP
O, how the mighty have fallen

10 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.

One of the greatest guitarists of all time... second best to jimi...

The Newcomers

? Steve Clark Stephen Maynard Clark was an English musician. He was the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard, until 1991, when he died from alcohol poisoning.

The Contenders

11 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
12 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.

surely top 10 atleast! Bon and Jim Morrison RIP!

13 Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

Duane is arguably one of the 5 best guitarists of all-time he passed away too early

14 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.

Shouldn't be on this list. HE WAS A POP SINGER.

"rocker" king of pop

I don't like to see his name on this list; but, MJ was the best. RIP Michael xo

#8? Are u kidding' me?!

15 Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
16 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
17 Jon Lord Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.
18 Dimebag Darrell Lance Abott 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.

Amazing guitarist. One of the most influential guitarists of all time. R.I.P. Dime

Best metal guitarist. Rip dimebag

19 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (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.
20 Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

What Layne Staley left us was the most incredible vocals to some fantastic songs. He also wrote some very honest, painful lyrics. He was a very influential artist when he was alive. I wish he was still here making music, but will always cherish what he gifted us. RIP Dear Layne, you will never be forgotten and Imitations Are Truly Pale!

One of the most underrated singers. Very few can even match his talent. Closest in my opinion is Chris Cornell.

21 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.

Johnny Cash wasn't a rock star... he was a COUNTRY SINGER.

22 Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Rip lemmy

23 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.
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.

Buddy Holly actually inspired some famous people, should be at least in the top 10.

25 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan James Owen Sullivan, professionally known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician, composer and songwriter, best known as the drummer, composer, songwriter, co-lead vocalist and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold.

he's the best can't believe he's not on this lists. he's better than betohven er whatever AMAZING! R.I.P.

Jimmy is foREVer I love his drumming so much and think he should be higher

Amazing drummer, he will be missed.

foREVer

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