Greatest Living Rock Musicians

The Top Ten

1 Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki Hayashi Yoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success more.

Yoshiki Hayashi... a composer, pianist, drummer, band leader and music producer who puts his life on stake for the sake of his music.
No other artist is as brave as him, putting his music beyond his own limit, with the music itself, undoubtedly breathtaking, deep, beautiful, as dark as a devil's sin and as serene as an angel's heart. - kurotenshi

Yoshiki Hayashi is a music genius, listen to his songs. The way harmony of the melody and composition of his songs are superb. He can compose from rock to ballad. He plays piano very well too and drum (don't ask) just watch X-Japan's concerts or listen to their songs. Art of Life*

This guy is music itself! If music takes a form of a human, that'll be Yoshiki. - kurenai_tenshi

The entire list is a joke, right? - somekindofaguy

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2 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

Ann should be in the hall but only if she goes with Derozier, Fisher, Nancy, Leese and Steve Fossen. These people have a huge role in making Ann what she is today. She is the greatest rock singer ever....

As long as Ann Wilson (HEART) is not in the R&R Hall of Fame, the hall is a joke. Get REAL rockers in there. Ann Wilson is one of the best. Man or female. She is THE QUEEN of rock!

As long as Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART is not in the R&R Hall of fame, the hall is a joke!! Ann is THE QUEEN of Rock. Period.

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3 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

This list is awful. Yoshiki hayashi is at number one? What about Neil Peart, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Les claypool, Mike Portnoy, geddy Lee, Dave Lombardo, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, flea, Chuck Berry, and and John Paul Jones? They are some of the best Musicians ever - ryanrimmel

jimmy page behind jared leto? are you nuts? - LucasMota

Yeah,I agree with @ryanrimmel here,though it fixed a lot but still why most of the legendary musicians are on low? - zxm

4 Steve Perry Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

who forgot to put him on the list? Invented the power ballad, greatest voice in rock history, has had regular radio play since he picked up the mic. Most downloaded song in history, etc.

5 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Robert plant is undoubtedly more influential than the rest of the people on this list, not quite sure why he's #8 right now...
Granted, Steve Perry does have an equally stellar voice, but when was the last time you heard him put out music?

Plant has been churning out music for the last 30 years and is still doing remarkable; and oh ya! Didn't he win a Grammy for album of the year recently...? Hm

There's no one close

Robert Plant on #16?! You must be kidding me, he's one of the most Beautiful voices in Rock n Roll history

One of the best singers of all time - Ajkloth

6 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Personally I don't think james is the greatest living rock musician, but he's up there.

I still wonder, that he is alive after than pyrotechnics and alcoholism. - LeperMessiah

Part of the best band ever great man and has changed his life around from rehab - usmcmike43

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7 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.

He is a great, perfect guitarist in all style, he has amazing voice, full of passion, so VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
King of Swing

8 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

Great drummer & lyricist. Enough said. - guitargirl_94

Most experts think he is the greatest rock drummer of all time. His body of work with Rush speaks for itself, 20 studio albums is amazing. Look up his Der Trommler drum solo;you will be amazed

9 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.

ONLY person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame THREE different times with three different acts.

Look at his body of work then greatest comes to mind - Clyde2112

10 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones. V 1 Comment

The Newcomers

? Tom DeLonge Tom DeLonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975 . When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game . He also used to play the more.

This dude is one of the best lyricists of the 21st century, his music truly has power and meaning that it makes you cry, but he also has fun and cheerful songs, he has songs for all moods, anger, sadness, and happiness. With this century of lyrics about twerking and parties, Tom writes about stuff such as how messed up society is, the experience of a divorce, and about his brother fighting in a war. He can also play guitar very well and has greatly improved in playing since his first day in Blink-182, now he plays it better than ever. I saw a recent live show of his on YouTube, and man, his guitar playing kills it! He has progressed so much in his guitar playing. His singing voice is so unique, that raspiness and loud, high pitchness to it, and he has many good vocal performances since he has power to his voice and actually adds emotion to his voice, not just randomly sing. Even if he sings bad on some performances, at least he actually sings and not lipsyncs, he would rather be known ...more - AnimeDrawer

The Contenders

11 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

I don't really understand him when ever he speaks... hahah, but dang, he can sing great live and his songs are awesome. Ozzy FTW! - rharris1997

I'm honestly kind of surprised he's still alive - Cheese567

Ozzy rules
Ozzy is one of the greatest singers n performers ever! - OzzyVanHalen

ozzy is so awesome and his music rocks

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12 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise .

Technically he might not be the best. Even his range is limited when compared with other prominent names. But this guy has got a wonderful voice and he puts all of his emotion into it. Listen to classics like carousel, breaking the habit, crawling, and one, let down, my december and let me know if you think otherwise.

The best by a long shot. Chester Bennington and Linkin Park kept music alive when others tried to destroy it. - lukestheman4

Have you heard him sing? If you have you would agree that he is the best.

Chester is the best singer of all time!

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13 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

One of the biggest infulences on modern music. Certainly the best song writer of our time!

14 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.

I have never seen anyone put so much feel into his guitar. - russian

15 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 .

PAUL SHOULD BE #1! Paul McCartney is the best. He is the greatest musician who ever walked the earth. He is a legend and he is 69 and still touring. AND HE IS BRITISH! YOU GOTTA LOVE EM BRITS. Paul McCartney changed my life, literally. Not because I'm a crazy fan but because I would not have my bff if it weren't for him. The Beatles are awesome and Paul has the best band ever now! So if you don't like or know Paul (not in person) you are weird! Old pop rocks. New pop sucks. Justin beiber fans put Paul in this position (no offense Justin, hope I hurt you girls)

Silly... Ask the 17 artist ahead of Paul here... THEY would ALL say that PAUL MCCARTNEY is NUMBER 1... REALLY let's stop grasping at straws here... I realize that Paul has been with us for 50 YEARS but face it... It STILL hasn't gotten ANY BETTER than Paul McCartney! We should feel blessed that we were here to experience McCartney's MAGIC! - frank

There is NO reason why Paul McCartney should be this low. Come on people! The Beatles were legen *wait for it* dary! And he still sounds amazing to this day.

This is do stupid to have him listed way down here...Who runs this page. CNN?

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16 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.

Brian May is one of the greatest out there and he will continue to be. He's still rocking to this day and I doubt he's ever gonna stop. Too bad Deacy did though. I understand why he retired but I still want him back. And Freddie, we all miss you.

17 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 more.

Greatest guitarist of all time. He can play amazing bluesy solos with so much feel in them, very weird middle eastern sounding solos only he is truly capable of pulling off and extremely technical classically inspired solos that laid the groundwork for the shredders of the 80s. Plus he wrote some of the greatest riffs of all time. - TheStargazer

18 Matt Shadows Matt Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

His voice cheers me up when I'm down but I love the whole band

Awesome singer from a great band!

19 Phil Collins Phil Collins Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins is an English singer-songwriter and musician, who has also worked as a record producer and actor.

Why isn't Phil Collins higher on this list? He may not have been Madonna or Michael Jackson, but he's still one of the greatest hits of the 80s, and always will be. One of his nicknames is "Little Elvis", but if you ask me, he's even better than Elvis!

i love my phil! true genius with songs.

20 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 .

Paul and John retort: we wrote Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, and Abbey Road.

Sorry Paul and John, Waters wrote the Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and the Wall

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