Greatest Music Artists of All Time

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A list explaining the greatest artists placed in order from 10-1 (1 being the greatest).

The Top Ten

1 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Indescribable. So amazing whether you like them or not. They can't be beat. They were the greatest band who ever lived. John and George were no Hendrix at guitar. Paul wasn't any John Enwistle. And Ringo was no Neil Peart! But none of that mattered. At all. They just wrote incredible songs. They didn't need insane guitar solos. They were insane songwriters. The songs this band wrote can not be explained. If you haven't, take a listen to a couple albums by the Beatles. Even if you HATE the Beatles cause your a stubborn baby who likes only rap or like heavy metal, you'll find at least one song that you love by this band. You will be amazed at the talent of each one of these four lads from Liverpool. - camp0112

Putting them atop this list almost seems like a cliche, but a heave emphasis on the word "almost". Does always labeling them as the best musicians of the post-jazz era make them overrated? Absolutely not, because without them, you may very well also have to live in a world without Aerosmith, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Metallica, Nirvana, Oasis (Duh! ), Pink Floyd, Queen, Rush, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Who, Neil Young, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Deep Purple, Eminem, Genesis, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Prince, The Police, R.E.M., The Talking Heads, Yes, and so on! Along the lines of the songs themselves, you can The Beatles have written everything from what could be considered early heavy metal songs, such as "Helter Skelter" and "I Want You (She's so Heavy)", to more gentle beauties, such as "In My Life" and "Here Comes the Sun", to psychedelic trips such as "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", (which Paul finally ...more

The Beatles changed the way I look at life. They also inspired me to continue playing music. Every single song on every single album is a rock and roll masterpiece. Some of my favorites include:
Hey Jude, Let It Be, Helter Skelter, Come Together, A Day In The Life, And Your Bird Can Sing, Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine, I Wanna BE Your Man, It Won't Be Long, Paperback Writer, I Saw Her Standing There, In My Life, and Twist and Shout.

No doubt they are the greatest!

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2 Michael Jackson 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.

Why on earth would you bump him? Let me tell you why Michael Jackson was the greatest of all time and maybe you'll put him back at number 1. Michael Jackson was a great singer, dancer, songwriter, and composer. He was the total package. Why do you think he's set many records today? He's also very achieved. Till this day, I don't know a more accomplished artist. He has 13 grammies, 8 in one night, 26 American music awards, over 4 presidential awards, over 100 billboard awards,over 100 RIAA awards, and humanitarian awards given most famously by the King of Africa, 2 presidents of the USA, and the Princess of England. He's left an impact on both music and the music industry. He changed music by defining the pop genre eliminating disco. Pop became the genre of the 80s. He's changed the industry by releasing Thriller basically. The album saved the industry, broke racial barriers, setting the standards for music videos, and changing the style of fashion and dance. The album went number 1 in ...more

The most successful entertainer, and most recognizable man on earth, even nearly a decade after his death. Michael Jackson was simply phenomenal, sold records like no tomorrow, broke through all racial barriers, his performances were masterpieces, his dance moves iconic, and his music unmatched in its reach. Famous all over the world from childhood. Over 30 years after it's release and the 1983 Thriller is still the best selling album of all time, and his other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), all rank among the most successful albums of all time. Jackson received an unmatched amount of celebrity, and in his prime everyone wanted to be like him. His dance has influenced the masses even more than his singing in some ways, and he is widely regarded to be the greatest, and one of the most influential dancers of all time. From his amazingly choreographed music videos such as Thriller, Beat It, Bad, and Smooth Criminal, to outstanding ...more

He is the best. PERIOD. Only white supremacists would think the Beatles are better; these are the same people who voted for Trump, I bet. Well, maybe they're the best for white America, but fortunately, the U.S. is NOT the world. Ask the entire world now who deserves the number one spot, and, undoubtedly, Michael Jackson would be the answer. If anything, they wouldn't even know who/what the Beatles are! There's an obvious reason to that. Michael Jackson's music touched people of all nations, races, ages, religions, etc. Beatles now? Just the US and Europe. I lived overseas as a little girl as my father was active duty in the US Navy and stationed out of the country. I never heard of the Beatles until we returned to the US. And another thing, quit comparing a band to a solo artist. I can guarantee you if the Beatles band broke up, not one of them could achieve everything and all that Michael Jackson accomplished: not a single one of them! Time has proven this already! Michael Jackson ...more

This comment is utter nonsense. People judge people off of their talents. Not their color or any of this. This is like saying saying, if Michael Jackson was #1, "The beatles only bumped down because of those Hillary Black Supremacists." Maybe, if you've thought about it, Beatles are number one because they have more records sold, which means more people like them. - SoldierOfFortune

KING OF MUSIC. No question asked.

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3 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

QUEEN IS THE BEST BAND THERE IS. Never will there be a band as great as Queen or even half as great as Queen. This band consisted of 4 gods and one of those gods are now up in heaven singing for the Lord. They had the greatest song in the entire music history. Freddie, John, Roger, and Brian. 4 musical legends that will never be forgotten! QUEEN FOREVER.

Queen is my favorite artist. Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite song. Nothing will ever be like queen. Queen is the biggest dynamite and laser beam. With out queen the world would not be the same and I will not be the same, I would probably be listening to todays music without queen, they changed my life because each song is a masterpiece.

The Beatles are understandable at number one, they were a phenomenon. I don't agree with Michael Jackson at 2, but he was unique. What really kills me are the Zeppelin fans. Cover bands shouldn't be on any list, especially the ones who steal music and songs and claim them as their own originals. Zeppelin is the MOST overrated band in history. I know it was cool to listen to them in high school to impress your friends, but adults should do a little research to see everything they stole. Queen on the other hand is the whole package; originality, talent, showmanship...they never needed to steal the work of others. RIP Freddie, I hope you and Bowie and send down some heavenly music ASAP! - ByronLee

Whoever you are, keep your incorrect & nasty comments to yourself!

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4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Michael jackson! A great singer maybe but took credit for the music! Elvis wasnt that great, queen good, beatles were good as well but led zeppelin were the kings of everything! John bonham best drummer, jimmy page best guitarist, john paul jones maybe not the best but definitely top 5 and can play 11 instruments or something, robert plant, maybe not the best singer but one of them, led zeppelin i, amazing for a debut album, led zeppelin ii, amazing! Every song was perfect, led zeppelin i, takes a while to grow on you but still amazing, led zeppelin iv doesn't even need explaining!, houses of the holy, every song was so good, a really mix in music, physical graffiti, was really great as well!, presence was good not brilliant but saved by in through the out door which was amazing as well! The most underrated artisit ever! Everyone needs to listen to them a few times and you will understand and thank me after trust me!

They are the opposite of underrated. Jimmy Page was a rapist and the band as a whole were pirates when it came to music, they are a cover band with covers that don't fall under fair use. Plus I heard that they used drugs too. I still like their music and would probably like to see them live but the negative things they've done brings them down from great to just good. - Skullkid755

Their improvisation live was amazing, their timing whilst playing live was amazing, John Bonham's drumming was beautiful, John Paul Jones was a great bass guitarist, Robert Plant's vocals were beautiful and Jimmy Page well do I really have to explain why Jimmy Page is so amazing? - Mun

There a great artist you can see why there on the list because there one of the most famous hard rock band or the most famous heavy metal. There really a hard rock band but some people called it a heavy metal artist. They make good songs like Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman), The Ocean, Fool in the Rain, All My Love, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Misty Mountain Hop, and like other songs from the album Mothership and more.

Kings of Rock.

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5 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

You can see why I am having then at number 4 because there is the most rock artist. There a great rock artist they made great songs like Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Angie, Jumping jack flash, Wild Horses, There truly are better than The Beatles because there harder. I know there are a lot of other bands harder than The Beatles but The Rolling Stones and happen to be better. The Rolling Stones are just very good. This is the best I can get to explained why I think The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles. The reason I did not explained why the first 2 I think was better than the Beatles because Alice in Chains are my favorite and people has a different favorite artist and people should not be saying mean things to me why the Beatles are better or completing why there better and keep going on. It is not like there a bad artist there a good artist. I am fine people saying to why they think the Beatles are better than Alice in Chains. ...more

Amazing, The Rolling Stones music make you feel like you can be yourself. I could never really explain why I loved the Stones so much, every time I listened to them I wanted to dance and jump in the air. Watching Mick Jagger dance on stage and how comfortable he was to do any kind of dance and not even care if he was embarrassing himself or not is inspiring. - Mun

They were a huge hit, widely considered as one of the greatest bands ever. They were the "sloppy beatles", but they rocked. - camp0112

They are the worlds' greatest rock and roll band and are still going more than The Beatles! They are extremely popular and sound amazing. They should be number 1 on every list because they ARE #1!

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6 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.

There a great artist there one of the most famous artist and should be in the 10 ten of most famous artist and it is one of the top 10 most famous artist. They have great songs like all the songs from the albums The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here If you listen to the albums the albums would sound good. The Dark Side of the Moon, and The Wall what a classic those albums were even Wish You Were Here were but not as the other 2. The Dark Side of the Moon has all the best Pink Floyd songs in it for me but there are 2 other of the best Pink Floyd songs that is not on the album witch are Wish You Were Here and High Hops. I like all those songs the same. The album is a classic from begging to end that is like a greatest hits album. That is how good the album is. The Wall album was like that for me too.

The single greatest music artist ever. With most songs I can't remember the words too well but with EVERY Pink Floyd song not only can I remember the words but I can sing along to the guitar. Their music takes you on a journey from start to finsh, from Astronomy Domine (their first song) to High Hopes (their last). Before I heard Pink Floyd I didn't know the meaning of life. But after hearing songs like Echoes, Time, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Money, Comfortably Numb (I could easily go on... and on) I found the meaning of life to be listening to Pink Floyd. I will forever be in debt to David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett.

2% votes. This must be a joke. They at least deserve to be 5th or 4th. For me they are the best band. Dark side of the moon is the best album. Check it out in any website if you want. The Wall and Wish You Were Here are also very good. Animal is good but under appreciated. They have never made bad songs. Their instrumentals and effects are superb and have awesome lyrics to back it up. They also touch deep thoughts and not shallow or soft ones. They are the best.

I personally like Led Zeppelin more, and maybe the Beatles. As a favourite artist, I would say Led zeppelin. But as the greatest artist? Best lyrics, best albums? Pink Floyd. They’re the only band ( that I listen to) that can tell and Long, fully explored, dark, depressing story, about disconnect from society, drug abuse, abuse teachers, and an overprotective mother. And that was ONE album. It’s not just one of my favourite albums, but even one of my favourite story’s. it’s so well told with methfors and suddelty, hidden behind incredible solos, and great songs. When the wrote a song, they had a meaning. Pink Floyd had meaning. That’s why they are the best artists, of all time. Better then Zeppelin, better then Queen, far, far better Then the Rolling Stones, and even better then The Beatles.

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7 Elvis Elvis Elvis Presley was a 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.

I don't mind The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin being higher than Elvis but what the butt is Eminem higher than doing on this list higher than Elvis. Basically all the modern singers could be mute but you would still hear their songs since it's an electronic device making all the noise. - FrankP

No one was there when this music magician appeared on world scenario and changed the definition of entertainment. Others just filled the space he left vacant. He triggered modern music entertainment industry, that's why deserve to be number 1.

Elvis is the one who started it all. He had some of the greatest songs of all time. Elvis created what would become one of the most important music genres of all time; Rock and Roll. He is the King and deserves to be higher than #4.

Without Elvis, none of the above would have done the things they did. None!

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8 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

He's just the best. Has the best lyrics, flow, wordplay, and he actually raps from the heart. I'm listening to him right now.

Has the greatest rap lyrics of all time and is a total genius at putting words together. He is truly the greatest of all time. Other people rap about anything they do he raps about the truth and nothing but the truth

Hell Yeah!
He deserves to be above Kid Cudi anyways...

Kid Cudi is good, except for that alt rock album. Eminem is the worst musician of all time. - 445956

He is the best

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

His lyrics were genius, He led movements, he was a poet and extremely talented. There was a reason why many during his time thought he was some kind of prophet. Even though technically his vocals weren't the best, He knew how to take advantage of it and use his vocals to perfectly match his music. He sang about racism and many other important issues. He inspired the Beatles to write more deep music. He is one of the greatest lyricists of all time. - Mun

Deserves to be much higher on this list. Played numerous instruments most occasions at the same time. the voice of a generation. Most influential solo artist of all time. Countless artists have done versions of his songs. Hendrix, byrds, Clapton, stones, Springsteen, Cash, Stevie Wonder, and more. Stirred up the world and changed it by going electric at the new port folk festival. He is defined as what a MUSIC artist should be. Brilliant songwriter and poet. Earning numerous grammy's the presidential medal of freedom, and even PEFORMING FOR THE POPE! Influenced the biggest names in music, Beatles, Stones, Nirvana, Hendrix, and so much more! His importance to music is to that of the Beatles and maybe more.

Dylan isn't as popular as he is today because of The Beatles; if they never existed Dylan wouldn't be so shadowed and he really shouldn't be today. Dylan is the Robert Frost of music; his lyrics are true poetry unlike The Beatles'. "Like a Rolling Stone" made the writing process more relaxed: you don't really need sheet music. We were very fortunate to have The Byrds, if not we wouldn't enjoy Dylan.

"If The Beatles never existed Bob Dylan wouldn't be so overshadowed." Well that was one of the dumbest comments I've ever heard. The Beatles got famous because they are just as talented as Dylan. They both deserve the fame they have gotten. - MontyPython

This man is amazing.

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10 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.

Green Day solely kept punk rock going in an era of drought after bands such as the Ramones retired. Billie has the ability to create great guitar parts that play with the song, and has an amazon range, eg listen to dookie and then listen to some songs such as 21 guns or goo riddance. Tre is an amazing drummer and Mile is an amazing bassist. You don't have to play the most flashy possible to be a good band, Green Day knows that an plays for the music, add that, Billie's voice and their innovative ideas towards music and you have one of the greatest bands of all time, and I haven even started on how amazon they are live..

I did not want to vote for stupid Green Day. I want to vote for something better. Instead it went and put me that I click on Green Day. Stupid website. Green day is great but I am mad at the stupid website. How long do I have to wait to know it is fully loaded. Websites should be fast to load you.

No question, they are the best band ever. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are a powerhouse trio that can't be ignored. Once you hear any of their songs, you will be hooked. - NvGNick

They're the best! - Shourya51

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The Contenders

11 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

I am very very disappointed, why are Metallica so far down the list, this is so stupid Metallica is the best by the length of the universe! Metallica has produced all kinds of music from fast tempos, thrash metal, hard rock, heavy metal, and speed metal so come on people vote Metallica!

How in the hell is Nirvana and Eminem above the best Metal band of all time!? Don't get me wrong, I like both Nirvana and Eminem, but come on, this is Metallica we're talking about.

Metallica should not be behind Linkin Park. Linkin Park is great. It's good to listen to, but it's not revolutionary. Metallica deserves a place ahead of the,

METALLICA IS UNDERRATED.
BUT LINKIN PARK IS EVEN MORE UNDERRATED.
SO I VOTED FOR LP.
BOTH ARE 1 OF MY FAVORITE BUT I THINK LINKIN PARK DESERVES AT LEAST 11 - wriddhak

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12 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

I would vote for Eminem, but this seriously deserves a higher spot.

Where has everybody's taste disappeared? Linkin Park was in top 10 for a long while before other nonsense came in. What on Earth is happening to music?

Linkin Park is really underrated. But that's because people really don't give them a chance. They have all kinds of different styles like rap, electronic, rock, and even screamo. I thin Linkin Park should be higher on this list

They make really good Alternative Rock and Rap-Rock music.They even music that combines those 2 genres with electronica and it's also good.-DarkBoi-X

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13 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

One of the most influential bands ever. Kurt Cobain will be missed forever. If Nirvana were still alive today, punk rock wouldn't be "emo and loser" music.

They were Great there's no denying that but we're they that influential? Grunge Died The same day Kurt died. - 12cc

Nirvana's Nevermind is a great album that tuned alternative into grunge rock.

This band revolutionized grunge and 90s alternative music. Kurt Cobain had people's jaws dropping. - camp0112

One of the best bands that changed music in general. Their lead singer Kurt Cobain (one of the most greatest musicians of all time) influenced many generations and in my opinion improved how music was back then. Therefor why is Nirvana N.12? It should at least be N.9 or in the Top 10.

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14 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled ...read more.

Previously one of my favourite bands, Maybe I'm being biased when I put them eighth on the list. Keith Moon was unbelievable entertaining on the drums, Roger Daltrey as he swings his microphone live, Pete Townshend ripping out his guitar and plays it as everyone's jaws drop and John Entwhistle a bass guitarist who could outstage a lead guitarist any time. Their album Tommy is one of the greatest rock operas. This band nearly convinced me to try to die some how before I got old. - Mun

With Pete Townshend's wildly fast and crazy guitar playing, his incredible ability to write some of the best Rock N Roll songs, and his outstanding Piano and Keyboard playing... and with Keith Moon as drummer, (notably the 3rd best drummer of all time) with his extremely fast and beaty drumming, especially on their album, "Who's Next". Roger Daltrey, with is famous high pitched screechy voice, well suited for a Rock N Roll band. And John Entwistle as Bass guitarist, with his fast n loud low notes that make him probably the best Bassist of all time. Now that I've said that, I hope you understand why I'm disappointed that they're at #14 for the best music artists of all time, instead of something like #5 or 6

The Who was part of the British Invasion. They were of the British-Rock bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and many more. This British rock band stands out though because they were a damn good one. - camp0112

The who should be in the top 10 of all time

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15 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.

Bellow Linkin Park, nirvana, Metallica and Green Day?

I like some of those bands and think nirvana (and to a certain extent Green Day) deserve to be on this list but would any of them exist without Hendrix? I doubt it.

I also love Pink Floyd but he should be higher than them... Maybe behind the Beatles, Dylan, whoever the best blues guys were and either one of Johnny cash or hank Williams he should be in probably 6th place but all lists like this are completely subjective as there can never be a best artist. Even the Beatles can't be undisputed leaders because there were people who influenced them and without those guys the Beatles wouldn't exist.

I also think on lists like this people say ' best of all time' but leave out early blues, bluegrass, folk and country guys ( I think there may be some overlap there but I'm no music expert) who probably made it all possible for everyone on this list. And what about classical music? Just because its not popular nowadays ...more

I do not have a top 10 favorite artist if I had to pick. So to make it fear I top the most famous artist that is not one of my favorite artists on list besides the artist Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Bob Dylan. Why one of them are not on 10 but he is when those artist are more famous then him because I like him more than Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. I like him more because he is harder and he is more of my typ. I like Bob Dylan just as much as jimi Hendrix. I put him over Bob Dylan when he is more famous then jimi Hendrix and when I like them the same because jimi Hendrix has more of my type of music. If I put jimi Hendrix over Bob Dylan people would may say why do you not like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson much as other artist or/and have one of them on the list instead of him when you do with Bob Dylan when he other artist has more of your type of music. So Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson should be on the list instead of jimi Hendrix. Or people may say he should be ...more

One of the greatest guitarists of all time, People literally strummed only before Hendrix hit the stage. His performances were beautiful, he was revolutionary and he had so much passion when playing live. Seeing him perform live is a unique experience, He destroyed Clapton when playing live with Cream for the first time and did his own version of Killing Floor.

His way of thinking was definitely ahead of his time. - Mun

Hendrix, the Beatles and Elvis should all be tied at number one. Without any of them, where would music be today?

The father of modern guitar music, with some of the greatest riffs of all time.

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16 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, ...read more.

When it comes to having a unique sound or unique writing style, I don't really see where this band would fall. Their music is...I can't even describe it. It's odd. That's the best I can say. They didn't start anything new or develop any new genre on their own. Every music artist had some influence from someone or somewhere, and it's not like Blue Cheer suddenly could play music just like that. They had to have some inspiration from somewhere. Considering they're coming from the American 60s psychedelic/hard rock sound, best I can say is that they were influenced by the music artists that influenced Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, and Cream. So likely 40-50s blues and rock n roll artists. They're a nice band, but not the greatest to ever exist.

Blue Cheer is very fuzzy and distortion. When I listen to Blue Cheer it feels like it is something special and very cool. Blue Cheer takes me somewhere where other artists do not. Blue Cheer feels very deep. You need to listen to or had listen to early Blue Cheer to understand or just have to understand. Other Rock artists are just like another Rock artist. Name me one artist that has the same feel as Blue Cheer? You may say this artist use distortion but not has the same feel as Blue Cheer but more like Jimi Hendrix but heavier or deeper. The Beatles are something too but later music of The Beatles feels like Bob Dylan and The Byrds in a way. I know The Beatles like started Rock that is not part of the Rock N’ Roll but that does not make them the best. There were other Rock artists before The Beatles. When Blue Cheer came out, Blue Cheer played Rock the best as a Rock artist can play. Blue Cheer rocks more than any artist that is not Heavy metal or influence by Heavy metal. - BlueFuse

@issaonrtdmtr Yep, on your side here. "All Time" seems to be a term used very loosely, and we only seem to look at our own generation, because that's where we found the music to be thriving. This band, along with many others on the first...3 pages, should be much lower, with much older musicians taking over the top. If we truly were looking at the greatest of all time, the first page would probably be 75% classical composers and 25% other iconic musicians. So this band, definitely deserves to be much lower, along with everything else in the top 20. Yes, EVERYTHING else. - naFrovivuS

They have been over looked for too long - rbwilliver42

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17 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.

Bowie was a chameleon, constantly changing his image and music to stay relevant. Glam rock, blue-eyed soul, funk, experimental, David did it all. He never made a dull record.

If Space Oddity, Changes, Starman, Rebel Rebel, and "Heroes" don't appeal to you, get your hearing checked. - PetSounds

One of the best, if not the best, music artist of all time. I just love his songs. Also, and forgive me for my use of caps, WHY ARE DEMI LOVATO, TAYLOR SWIFT, Linkin Park AND ARIANA GRANDE HIGHER IN THIS LIST. Bowie should at least be in the top 3.

RIP David Bowie. You will be sorely missed.

There is no question that David Bowie is one of the greatest artists in the history of music.

Immortal songs: Space Oddity, Under Pressure, Fame, Life on Mars, Lets Dance, Modern Love, Starman, Rebel Rebel, Heroes, Ziggy Stardust,

Great fella

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18 Johnny Cash 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.

No one comes close to Cash. Most of the people on this list would never have got into music if it hadn't been for Johnny Cash. His music is inspiration and down to earth; it's something people can relate to, it's real music. He is the only one on this list that could relate with any generation of listener and get that person to like his music.

Such a raw, inspirational artist, I always felt as though he was telling a story and it was apparent how much his words meant to him; no one could even come close. Cash made you feel something, which is rare.

Hands down the best artist ever. In a career that spanned 5 decades he gave us some of the first rock, some great country, and some great folk songs. From Get Rhythm to Ghostriders in the Sky to Further On Up, he was truly the greatest artist ever. I said ever!

Best musician of all time

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19 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Are you actually kidding me?

Coldplay, who said themselves 'we are a version of Radiohead' are higher? Let alone all the other rubbish like My Chemical Romance and OneRepublic... I usually respect the people of this website but... come on. OK Computer, Kid A, The Bends and In Rainbows, all some of the most critically acclaimed and best albums of all time, and their other albums like Amnesiac and A Moon Shaped Pool are alone better than half the artists above this.

Why is this so much down below? I know it's everyone's opinion, but come one!

Just "Lucky" by them bashes out half of all the artists above Radiohead.

Maroon 5 is higher than Radiohead? I just lost all faith in humanity.

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20 Elton John Elton John

For Elton not to be at the top 5 goes to show that some people don't truly know his music or history. He has sold more than 30 albums and 250 million records with no concert that goes with an empty seat is absolutely ridiculous. Nonetheless he is one of the greatest musical artists of all time, with more than 45 years beyond his prime he still is on fire and is loved by generations of both past and present time. Truly one of the most phenomenal artists in music to walk the Earth.

Not at top 10? Nonsense, He has been an icon for 40 years, still making records in 2013, he shall be in top 5. Not to mention he is one of the most prolific artist in music history

So many lost tracks this guy has made. I encourage you to find some "Indian Sunset" and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" are good places to start, as well as the " Tumbleweed Connection" album. - LPR20

Elton John is the greatest music artist EVER!

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21 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.

The greatest, the best, the legend, the boss with albums such as born to run, darkness on the edge of town, Nebraska, The River and Born in the USA with songs as Thunder road, backstreets, Born to run, Jungleland, Badlands, The promised land, racing in the street, prove it all night, darkness on the edge of town, out in the street, the river, hungry heart, glory days, Born in the USA, no surrender, dancing in the dark and many more

This guy is THE BOSS, just listen to some of his most well known songs (that are in the 100 best songs of all time).

They don't call him the boss for nothing!

If not the best, surely the awesomest - RecklessGreed

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22 Guns N' Roses

There a great artist. There album Appetite for Destruction is great. I remember listen to the album when I was younger. It sound so cool and was good. The songs on the album are great. The album is hard. There are songs on the album like Sweet Child o' Mine and Rocket Queen Sound nice not very hard but have a nice beat to it.

Why is Linkin Park higher than guns n' roses?

Green Day and Linking Park are higher than Guns N' Roses. Why am I even wasting my time voting.

Are you kidding me?! Why the hell is Nirvana higher than Guns N Roses? Don't get me wrong, I love Nirvana but Guns N Roses are better than them and more musical. In my opinion, November Rain and Sweet Child O Mine are better than Smells like Teen Spirit. Kurt Cobain is a great singer, but Axl is even better! I grew up with this band and I'm only 14.

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23 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

SERIOUSLY?!?!? , 14th place isn't an acceptable position for these absolute legends. Need I say more? , they've appealed to all generations of people for 4 decades now and are the best rockers out there. With over 200 million album sales and over 50 million on back in black alone (the best selling rock album of all time). With Hits that never have/will get old like Thunderstruck, You shook me all night long, Highway to hell, Hells bells, Back in black AND THE LIST GOES ON. The best of the best and always will be. For those about to rock, we salute you

Best rock band of all time. no way in hell Green Day and My Chemical Romance should be above them. love both those bands, but neither compares to the legend that is AC/DC

This should be ahead of imagine dragons and many others, one of the best rock bands

These guys are awesome.

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24 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

One of the best singing groups, I hope they continue singing

Frusciante is better than Jesus

Blood sugar sex Majik is one of my favorite albums!

daft

25 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.

Can't believe Stevie Wonder is so far down! An absolutely fantastic artist with a sensational voice who creates beautiful songs. He is definitely my favourite and his music always cheers me up.

Stevie Wonder at this placement is crazy! Stevie Wonder should be in the top 10 undoubtedly! This man is a musical genius. His vocals are basically responsible for modern R&B. His songs and their composition... no words. This list ain't doing justice to Stevie at all.

I think he should be on number one. He's the greatest musician I ever heard. He can plays any instrument and sing very well in all genres! The lyrics he made are very touching with "catchy" melody. However, with his disability, he can create a magical music, many great musician inspired his music. that's why he called Stevie WONDER. He's WONDERFUL.

Stevie Wonder is a genius,definitely one of the best musicians in history and should be among the top 5 in my opinion...
Really unfair for such an incredibly talented artist...

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26 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

You people put skrillex above these guys? Faith in humanity has been lost

27 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

39! ARE YOU SERIOUS! Maiden have been up there for nearly 40 years. If people think the beatles are the best, you need to understand the complicated music is EPIC! Not just like the beatles where they played a basic tune. IRON MAIDEN FOREVER

Ok, I can live with them not being at the top, but out of top 10? Just no. And to the guy who compared them to The Beatles: if having the highest charting songs is a measure of how good an artist is, then Justin Bieber is the best artist ever. Iron Maiden built their success with barely any airplay, yet they're still regarded as one of the best bands of all time. - kk2001

Who sold more albums or cds beatles or iron maiden who has more number 1 albums or singles beatles or iron maiden who is always voted number 1 on the best music artists of all time I will tell you who the beatles are they are the best music artists and elvis Presley they are the two best than led zeppelin

Amazing!

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28 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Love this artist. Should be way higher! - Donut

My favorite band of all time. By the way, they're coming back in 2016.

29 Billy Joel Billy Joel

This is billy Joel, I don't think you heard me so I'll say it again, billy piano man joel. This is a man who should dominate this list. It takes a great artist to be able to learn from other people's sounds and make a much better outcome from them.

I'll put this simply. He is very simply the greatest musician of all time. He should absolutely be in the top 10 or 5. And putting Green Day, Eminem, Metallica, and Nirvana above him is a gross miscarriage of justice. - ATiM

He is number 21 of all time but number 35 of the 20th century. That makes no sense. This list also includes bands and he is still higher. He is my favorite musician.

Billy Joel should be in the top 10, he's one of the greatest artists of all time - TYGERTY

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30 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

Even if you're not into the type of the music that is the beatles (like me) you still have to respect them for being pioneers that made bands like avenged sevenfold the possibility of having a career. I guess I'd grudgingly put elvis above A7X also, but I have no respect for the Rolling Stones. A7X should be number 3 (maybe 4) but only below their influences. Though I wonder why no one's added the founder of the best genre of all time. Carcass who founded melodic death metal. Not top ten, but certainly should be close.

You've got to be kidding me. Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Ariana Grande are all higher than Avenged Sevenfold?! What is this world coming to?! - Rorywilbren

What is that. No 25. What the hell is going on? They should be in Higher.

Avenged Sevenfold is amazing

31 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.

This is the right answer: The Queen Of Pop: Madonna (400 Millions Of Albums Sold)

Her impact in the pop culture is endless.

What How is Madonna, the Queen of Pop!, down here.

Trashy

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32 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Coldplay are already too high. It's a joke that people think they should be higher. They have made a few decent pop songs but there's a reason they have never been anywhere near as high on any music critic's lists.

Should be way higher on the list. Their music is amazing with every album they do...they always try new things and they are very good in doing so. They have made their mark in music history

Their recent stuff sucks. If they kept on making music the way they did 10 years ago I would rate them way higher.

In this era of 'musical drought' where music is all about rap and edm,Coldplay is the probably the only band which is bringing out some cherishable music. Probably might not ever reach the likes of the Beatles or pink Floyd, but they are sure carrying on the legacy of rock music. The scientist is one such song, just listen to it and every time it times down to a memory lane.

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33 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress . She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom, "Victorious". She later become a singer ...read more.

What's this? Ariana? Miley? Selena? Demi? They are all no-talent pop starlets who get outclassed by almost everyone in at least one way. - WonkeyDude98

So many trash artists above good artists and good bands. For example: Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, and many more. Pantera inspired Linkin Park and Linkin Park is miles higher. What a sad world. - Powerfultekin

Higher than David Bowie? What a joke

Definitely shouldn't be on any greatest artists list. Even if it top 1000 she shouldn't be there.

NaH, This Retard Doesn't Deserve To Be Anywhere Near the top 300, let alone 53 - VideoGamefan5

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34 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

Talented rapper! Rappers should have their own list. I mean how the hell can you compare Eminem to Led Zeppelin? Totally different styles in music!

TUPAC IS #26?!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Demi Lovato and my chemichal romance are above this man?!
THE GOD OF HIP HOP? THIS LIST IS A JOKE

Greatest ever in my opinion. Must be in top 5. Please vote for the rose that grew from concrete.

Best ever.

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35 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

How is My Chemical Romance, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift above Blink-182? This is the best band ever, My Chemical Romance is not bad, but they are kinda overrated and mostly mediocre at best. Taylor Swift is one of my most hated music artists, she has no creativity, Tom DeLonge is way more original and creative than she is. And Kanye West is not even a good rapper. - AnimeDrawer

36 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

It's sad how this list doesn't rank artists in order of talent but instead of popularity, if it was in order of talent there is no doubt in my mind that the velvet underground as well as Simon and garfunkel would be hire, however this is not the case and this list seems to have been overrun by mediocre (in many cases poor) pop artists, it's a shame that my generation seem to struggle to discover music outside of the charts

Second most influential band of all time, they have long cemented their place in the history of rock music. I understand why they are not higher. Their music fits right in with the other sounds of today, and they have not recorded an album since 1970 (don't say Squeeze). They don't have the ubiquity of The Beatles, or Elvis, and they don't have the recency of bands like Linkin Park (17? What? ), but that doesn't mean they should be forgotten.

Their music was amazing, listening to their album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" felt like listening to a philosopher speaking words of wisdom. If the Beatles are the kings of mainstream music, then these guys are definitely the kings of alternative music. - Mun

Top 5 for me!

37 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

Chuck berry is in the top 5 music artists of all time every body took some of his songs can michael jackson play guitar like chuck berry or the beatles or rolling stones or led zeppelin I don't think so michael jackson doesn't belong in the top 20

Chuck berry should be in the top 5 music artists of all time nobody can play guitar like him his songs are timeless the only artists that are better than him are the beatles led zeppelin and elvis Presley other than them he should be in the top 10

I was very sad to hear that chuck berry died he is in the 5 best music artists of all time beatles number 1 led zeppelin 2 elvis Presley 3 4 rollin stones number 5 chuck berry those are the 5 best music artists ever

Oh god, he is right bellow Kanye West. God is dead - SoldierOfFortune

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38 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

This is an outrage that the Beach Boys are so low, they belong among the top five. the Beach Boys Vocal Harmonies are among the Best in the World, Though they did not have great sales during the late Sixties and Seventies, They're Albums Pets Sounds (1966), Surf's up (1971), Sunflower (1970), Wild honey (1967), Smiley Smile (1967), and many others are some of the best psychedelic/Baroque rock/pop music, I suggest people listen to these albums. Pets Sounds in My opinion, is the greatest album of All time, and it raised the bar for Pop Music forever, and I think that it has never been surpassed, I have never liked Sgt Pepper, though I have listened to it many times, but it just never got me. It just wasn't my taste. SMiLE is a great album one of the greatest, they're music is a credit to America. In my list of Greatest Artists, The Beach boys and the Beatles are my Top 2, and I think they equally deserve the recognition. This is my opinion, but I hope some people agree.

I didn't come to this list expecting The Beatles to be ranked anything below first (though I don't think they merit a ranking of anything above about 1,000th), but The Beach Boys stand as the figurehead of 60's psychedelic music; Pet Sounds is incredibly innovative and the like, as well as a truly beautiful, nostalgic experience; SMiLE contains the greatest music ever recorded, among Beethoven's Ninth and Pachelbel's Canon; an unrelenting, moving, and, most especially, fun insight into the mind of an insane genius. Their music is the finest in creation.

During the British Invasion, this band was of the few American bands to compete with the Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, etc. They did write surf, but even wrote melodic, harmonic, songs and ballads. One album that demonstrated this was Pet Sounds, an album only to be topped by the all-mighty Sgt. Pepper's album. - camp0112

Basicaly, this means brian wilson. - RecklessGreed

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39 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's ...read more.

No matter what they say Three Days Grace is and will always will be #1. Adam Gontier, Barry Stock, Brad Walst, and Neil Sanderson are my heroes. Their music is focused on every emotion that every person feels wether if its angry, sad, happy, love, or hate. Their music gets me through the tough times and that is why they are #1.

40 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

Black Sabbath is awesome! They're one of the bands that practically inspired many of the bands we have today. They deserve so much more credit. Long live Black Sabbath!

Black Sabbath created metal! Why are they ranked 61! should be at least top 20!

Why is this at 120? it should be way higher

Why is one direction above this?!

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41 James Brown James Brown

The Hardest working man in show business should be in the top ten.
It's so typical that when there's a list that any fool can vote on, MJ makes the top. He shouldn't be in the top ten. He shouldn't even be in the top 15. And yes I know; he was an amazing entertainer (probably the best) and yes he danced incredibly good and always put on a show. And yes, he could sing in a very special and great style, he' s one of the greatest singers ever. But unfortunately for him, this is a list over the Greatest Musical Artists of all the time. MJ has not made that much to push music forward. He was very succesfull and he became EXTREMELY popular and he still is. But he's not the king pop. Could he even play any instruments.
I'm a musician myself and as many of us musicians think, it's really frustrating when this man always shows up at these kinds of lists. It' s annoying when non-musicians who doesn't really know that mich about music, talks as he was the biggest thing that ever happened ...more

This guy created funk. Enough said.

Want to know who Michael Jackson copied? Look no further than James Brown.

42 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

At last a list that gives My Chemical Romance the credit they deserve :) My Chemical Romance isn't just a band is a way of seeing life, is hope, is happiness, is also sadness, is life itself with everything that it has for a human beign. My Chemical Romance touched hearts of a lot of people on earth and also they do saved lives... Many lives. They are a band to look up to without a doubt and in my opinion the greatest band ever.

43 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.

One of greatest rapper should be higher

One of the most critically acclaimed artists of all time - Themusicman

Should be WAY higher on this list..

New and creative

44 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.

I do like his music a lot but he is definitely too high already.

Damn, damn, DAMN! KANYE WEST WASN'T ON THIS LIST?! I THINK I'm GOING CRAZY! RAR! How on Earth... What the... Why is... This guy should be in top ten. Sure, he's a cocky show off, but that doesn't effect his incredible music! The best rapper ever, next to Chamillionaire eminem! WORD OUT, NOOBS

The sad thing is, Kanye West is the greatest music artist of all time the world just doesn't know it yet, when he dies, that is when it will be known.

Every one of his albums is a classic, way better than dumb pop artists like ariana grande who are higher than him

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45 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Sorry, but there is no way that Imagine Dragons is a better band than Evanescence. - DCfnaf

People are sick this must be in top 10

50? Should be at least 5, these guys are awesome. - GREYBOYY

HOW IS ARIANA GRANDE ABOVE THIS? , JUST HOW? - VideoGamefan5

46 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Huge fan of Imagine Dragons, they're alternative style is fantastic and their songs are very deep and dark. Demons, radioactive, monster, I'm so sorry (my favourite), it's time, bleeding out the list goes on. However I would consider them nowhere near top 200. (in their defense maroon 5 isn't even top 1000 and they're 25 as of now). Still one of the best alternative bands top 20 in my opinion

Of all time Imagine Dragons might be top 200 but they are lots of better artists. This is definitely too high people should listen to more music.

They have 5 times as many great songs as what they have on the radio.

Good

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47 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

The artist is one the list because of the song Free Bird. I know that is only one song but lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the best artist and good artist can be good in their own way. If I had to pick a favorite song besides from my favorite artist it would be Free Bird. Why because the song has a nice beat to it. It is soft but it has a hard beat in it but not too hard.

Yeah baby these guys are awesome

Just listen to sweet home alabama

48 Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, ...read more.

I love the banging tune he released last year it was sick

Beethoven all by himself is worth more to music than all the rappers who ever existed.

His raps are sick

I consider him the best artist of all time, all rappers and porners (or whatever you call'em) will be forgotten in a century or two but his name with many other classical artists will be here for eternity!

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49 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

The greatest of all time!

Why is Jackie higher than sinatra? This is just stupid - 12cc

Why the heck is he not top 3?

Kanye West and Maroon 5 are above this - Himalayansalt

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50 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Pearl Jam needs to be WAY higher in this list. Why's Nirvana higher than them? I actually love Nirvana but Pearl Jam is way better than them! Ten is 10x better than Nevermind. Nevermind is great, but overrated! Kurt Cobain is a great singer, but Eddie Vedder's voice is way better than his and just pure flawless.

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