Greatest Living Rock Musicians
The Top Ten
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
Best drummer because he's genius, music is to inspire not become best technically. I'm sure Yoshiki can be best technically but he know real music, fast but powerful and very beautiful drumming.
He put everything in music, and such multitalented person no other artist can come close to Yoshiki
And more awesome Yoshiki is the only asian musician in top ten list, this prove how overrated is media all about west
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.V 1 Comment
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
What drugs have you been taking? Some guys from X Japan or the Guitar God from LED ZEPPELIN
Yeah,I agree with @ryanrimmel here,though it fixed a lot but still why most of the legendary musicians are on low? - zxm
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.
I LOVE STEVE PERRY...HE DID SO MUCH FOR MUGIANS EVERYWHERE...AND MUSIC...HIS VOICE IS SO MYSTICAL...BEAUTIFUL...HE IS WONDERFUL...AND GOOD HEARTED...THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE LIKE HIM...LOVE YOU STEVE...AND ROCK ON...
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
Is he really under some generic anime looking ass?
One of the best singers of all time - Ajkloth
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
Another underrated man - waldo
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
He is the best. Period. No comment
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
He should be #1! - Medmac
He is a great, perfect guitarist in all style, he has amazing voice, full of passion, so VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
King of Swing
Come on. Just... Just come on.
One of the biggest infulences on modern music. Certainly the best song writer of our time!
Won the Nobel Prize in Literauture.
I have never seen anyone put so much feel into his guitar. - russian
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!V 4 Comments
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 is one of the greatest singers n performers ever! - OzzyVanHalen
ozzy is so awesome and his music rocks
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?V 12 Comments
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
Brian May is highly under rated but definitely the Best Living Rock Guitarist ever! He never got much recognition when Freddie was alive & when Freddie passed... he didn't play publicly! But now he & Roger Taylor have decided to revive QUEEN & have chosen to collaborate with Adam Lambert as the front man! They each have their time in the spotlight now & that's the way it should be! The three of them are Great! Brian should be much higher on this list!
Still rocking and bringing 100% after all these years, Queen with Freddie were outstanding, and unforgettable and now Roger and Brian with Adam Lambert are still filling venues to 3 generations of fans,...bravo...Brian is as good as he ever was and still thrills us.
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.
Brian May is undoubtedly one of the best (and most underrrated) guitarists and singers of all time. Maybe that's because Freddie got all the attention. Sure he deserved it. Obviously.
Without a doubt, the best guitar player living today!
His voice cheers me up when I'm down but I love the whole band
Awesome singer from a great band!
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
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.
Really...so low come on...
Iron Maiden is one of the most influential metal bands! This man is a legend and should be at least #5! - gibsonrock53
WHAT? HOW IS HETFIELD NO #5 AND BRUCE NO. #26? #1 OR #2 WITHOUT A DOUBT!
What the hell is wrong with people? He is and has always the been the greatest rocker in the world along with Eddie Van Halen.
This man is the greatest bassist ever in my opinion. He plays an amazing bass, an amazing keyboard, and sings at the same time! He needs top 10. At least - ryanrimmel
I agree again with @ryanrimmel,this man is so low on the list - zxm
An amazing artist, he can shake the hearts of his fans
Jon Bon Jovi has survived the test of time! Three decades later we still croon to 'you give love a bad name'!
he's a legend!
one of the greatest rock voices! - richie4life
Chris is an amazing songwriter who has written some of the most beautiful songs of all time and sings them incredibly well. Also, the frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave... I mean really, I'm surprised there is even another person on this list!
This shouldn't even be a question its so easy. This guys the best of the best.
Bowie is dead
Best of the absolute best hands down.
The looks, the songs, the voice, the performance. Chuck Berry is the father, teacher and idol of all the above! His guitar style was a blueprint for 10.000 popsongs. Chuck Berry (born 1926) should be at number one!
So sad; we lost him.
Best vocalist, best multiinstrumentalist, best lyricist, best composer from the band l'arc~en~ciel - ronluna
The coolest musician worlds
He made great riffs for Ratm
Should be a milk carton for his mysterious absence off this list.
In my opinion third only to Jagger and page. Image plays a huge part in these categories as well as the work, sure not technically the best. But an artist you can love not just respect,ps I wouldn't consider Dylan rock hence the omission.
The multitalented Dave Grohl ranked at 32 is a gross abomination. The drummer for the legendary "NIRVANA", frontman for the "FOO FIGHTER" that after nearly a 20 year career are still winning Grammys, collaborated with Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age. His drumming abilities are not human. He wrote the hymn "Everlong", and has a voice which can screech with energy and emotion and at times be do gentle and soothing. This man is a musical genius and just an extraordinary human being in general.
How is Dave Grohl this low?! He is the best drummer ever and in addition to that plays guitar, bass, and sings too, all of which he does very well. He even produces music and not just his own; he did a great EP for Zac Brown Band. He has played with Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Them Crooked Vultures just to name a few. He is not the best singer, guitarist or bassist, but he is good at all of them; with his amazing drumming he is definitely the best overall musician!
plays like fifty six thousand instruments and is a master at all of them, great frontman, song writer, guitar player, drummer and more
He knows how to play drums, guitar, can sing and write songs and is a nice guy. He is very talented.V 2 Comments
Knopfler should be in the top 20... Not only is he an amazing guitarist, but a great songwriter too. Is songs like sultans of swing, tunnel of love and brothers in arms are masterpieces!... Even Bob Dylan said he's good and played with clapton and Chet Atkins!... Should be higher in the list
Amazing guitarist, still going strong. - RedStripedd
The man, the myth, the legend.
One of the best bassists and songwriters ever
he is known as the vocalist of SAVER TIGER, D'ERLANGER, DIE EN CRIES and BUG, has solo and become the legendary rock frontman in japan - ronluna
other newer japanese musicians respect him for being the greatest frontman in japan. they call him kyo-sempai - ronluna
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