Greatest Music Artists of All Time

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

The Beatles are and were the most influential band of all time. Their career saw them light up the charts in virtually every genre of music (some they actually developed for others to follow). Their influence on everyone who came after them is undeniable. In their seven years of charting from 63 to 70 they held the number one chart position 20% of the time. Simply put every other band on earth combined to lead the charts for the remainder of the time... think about that

They are the best of all time. The most recent artist to write over 100 'good' songs, they have way more historic and best songs than anyone. They didn't write any songs of the likes of imagine, stairway or the greatest song; bohemian rhapsody, but they wrote more good songs than anyone since the likes of Beethoven and mozart. Queen and MJ should be swapped, despite Queen being my favourite but I could go on all day about why the beatles are the GOAT.

The greatest artists/band of all time. There will never be a group half as good as them. Every single song they made was great. It's actually quite unbelievable. They were the greatest songwriters and incredibly versatile musicians. They transitioned from pop rock in the early to mid 60s and went more experimental and psychedelic. Then, their later music was more bluesy. Their medley on Abbey Road is incredible. I could go on and on, but I'll stop here lol.

Not even a contest honestly. I don't think an artist will ever be able to pull of what they achieved in just 7 years. They did it all. Started off in the deep dark caves of The Cavern and ended up on the top of the world at the rooftop concert.

2 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, 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 ...read more.

Should be at 3 behind MJ, despite queen being my favourite. Some people think that Queen are overrated and that led zeppelin and the stones and such were better, but led zeppelin and the rolling stone's music is not as relevant in today's industry as queen and MJ and the beatles because of the style that they played. Queen are my favourite and deservedly high on this list; Freddie's vocal are beyond compare, Brian's guitar playing was phenomenal and the red special had such a distinctive sound, Roger's drums were superbly solid and so was John's and all of the 4 had great ability to sing harmonies. Queen were also the greatest band live, as seen when they dominated live aid. Queen are around where they should be on this list #4.ut not higher and no lower than #

Thw greatest band of all time. They covered many genres. Their songs are all great and complex. All mambers are great in their fields and all of the wrote 1# hit songs and they were all inducted into the songwriters hall of fame.

There is no element of music and musical performance in which Queen did not excel and best its competitors. Incredible song writing, glorious instrumental aptitude, and sheer theatrics are defined by this group in a way that no individual or band has been capable of before or since. Weaving effortlessly through genres and styles, oftentimes within the course of a single song, Queen made the creation of generation-defining music seem like another day at the office. This group is the Prometheus of music, delivering fire to the masses and altering the course of human history.

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!

3 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.

I'm a Turkhis. And I can tell you, the most famous and talented person in the world is Michael Jackson. I don't think there's even 1 Beatles fan in Turkey. Because they don't have the skills to shake this place up. Queen has recently become popular. But doesn't deserve number 1 next to Michael Jackson at Queen or Beatles. Michael can do some great rock songs like Dirty Diana, Beat It, Give In To Me. But Queen or BEATLES can't make pop music. Michael the king of music. Queen and Beatles are just fine in their own kind. Get Michael back to number 1.

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

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 grammys, 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

Michael Jackson is the best artist of all time PERIOD. And once and for all, would someone please explain why they name these countdowns as the "greatest music artists of all time" but then compare a band to a solo artist?! It makes NO sense. They do NOT belong in the same category! Simply put, Michael Jackson was initially part of a band (Jackson 5) but peaked as a solo artist. You can't say that for any of the Beatles members. Not one of the Beatles members managed to break away and obtain the same fame, success and recognition as Michael Jackson. They simply aren't talented enough. So, in other words, Michael Jackson, ALONE, can achieve even more than the Beatles as a band could. And Michael could entertain all races, ages, genders, etc. He can sing, dance and put on a classic show with his signature moves, singing and outfits. Another thing I notice is that these countdowns fail to consider or point out that Michael had to overcome racism here in the US but still managed ...more

4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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.

The fact that Led Zeppelin is below Queen is a disgrace. They were the Kings of rock and roll. Don't get me wrong, Queen were very good, but Led Zeppelin were EASILY better. The have more overall talent than any band ever. Jimmy Page is the greatest guitarist ever! John Bonham is the greatest drummer ever! John Paul Jones is one of the greatest bassists ever and Robert Plant is the greatest rock and roll singer ever. And they had way more great songs than Queen ever had.

Zep, during their first recordings, sounded like a garage band but with a great rhythm section. Jimmy Page was a better composer than a guitar player which helps Zep stand out from the crowd.

Black Dog is, right now, my favorite rock song; rhythm, lyrics, guitar work especially the leads, are pure Rock 'n Roll; it still feels raw and complete.

Will never be topped. Timeless music that still captured the sound of the rock era, while pushing the boundaries of various genres in their decade long run of sold out concerts and globally acclaimed records, right from the very first album. Basically Led Zeppelin was the once in a millennium meeting of fortune of the four best rock musicians in their respective instruments of sound into one unbelievable band. Whether you listen to Led Zeppelin, whether you listen to rock even, hell if you don't listen to music full stop, you have heard the heartpulsing emotional vocals of Plant, or the ripping tone of Page. Without a doubt, the best there was and most likely ever be.

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!

5 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

The Kings of psychedelic rock! Their music is absolutely beautiful to listen to. Richard Wright's keyboard skills were incredible. He created so many great sounds. David Gilmour is one of the top 5 guitarists of all time. Listen to his solo on Comfortably Numb and try to convince me otherwise. Roger Waters is one of the greatest songwriters and bassists of all time. Dark Side Of The Moon is the greatest album of all time.

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.

They should be at #1. Each song is it's own story. Just listen to the albums dark side of the moon, meddle, the wall, and wish you were here. It is unlike anything I have ever heard. You can just sit there doing nothing with their albums playing and just sit there pondering about everything. The songwriting is incredible, and even some of their songs have no vocals, yet it is the best thing I have ever heard. Their album Dark Side Of The Moon stayed on the charts for 741 WEEKS! That is the longest any album has ever been on there. Pink Floyd deserve to be at the top.

6 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 never rate musicians by my liking.. I have seen a lot of people put Eminem's song writing down? I do admit although I do like some of his music, I am definitely not a huge M fan! But I give credit where credit is due! He is extremely talented! But with that being said, he is not as diverse with his topics and doesn't write with the intellectual ability that Hatfield and crew do! I am a huge Metallica fan,but its not the reason I say Metallica is a definite top 3! It's based solely on talent and ability! Metallica will be releasing billboard #1 albums long after most on this list have completely faded away! Metallica 4 EVER!

Metallica=The Best band ever, and this is said by a metalhead, but not a metal fanboy, I also love The Beatles and Michael Jackson, but Metallica is great, I love ALL their albums, and while many people say they've sold out, ok, maybe their first five albums were better than the rest of them, but come on, isn't it nice to find a band that doesn't always have a repetitive sound, one of the few awesome bands to be repetitive is AC/DC. But Metallica is just SO AWESOME! They're my favourite band ever!

This band is the band that got me into metal. I'm really young, so it was only 2015 when I got into this band, but still, this band is awesome. Enough said.

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!

7 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. 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 ...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..

In my opinion this is one of the best bands in the history of music. Billie Joe rocks out on guitar and piano, Tre plays the drums hard and smooth with Mike Dirnt playing some sick bass!

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.

Nice to see the Green Day isn't 80 while one direction and other crappy pop stuff is in the top ten although Green Day isn't in the top ten at least it's not 80 with a bunch of crappy why say their musical artists in the top ten plus I like the choices that are ahead
Of Green Day but Green Day is my favorite

8 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 not my absolute favorite rapper, but without a doubt, the greatest rapper of all time. He's so passionate in all of his songs. Stan is an absolute masterpiece.

Eminem Is The Only Rapper I Really Listen To He Is Awesome. I Like His Old Music Better Than His Newer Music. He Came Up Some Hilarious Ideas For His Old Music

Is this some kind of joke? He does nothing but rap fast about random unnecessary topics over a beat that isn't even his, raps with a grating voice, even stated himself that 2Pac is better, uses homophobic lyrics, and raps about killing his wife. And he doesn't even write his lyrics, and he is higher than Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix is sickening. Black people run rap, not this god awful white poser.

Easily the most overrated rapper, the most overrated artist period! I bet there's not even another rapper on the list. Whoever added him and all those who voted, I guarantee don't even know Hip-Hop. Y'all think he's the only rapper that exists and it's really annoying. Kool G Rap is better than this fraud, Canibus, Pharoah Monche, Big L, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Wise Intelligent, Big Pun, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Jay Electronica, Black Thought, Rakim, Sticky Fingaz, Styles P, Jada, Louch, Ras Kas etc. It's getting out of hand.

9 Elvis 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.

This isn't even contestable. Elvis started in the 50's and is still a household name today in 2019, The King paved the way for so many other artist and gave inspiration to the likes of not only Michael Jackson but Bruno Mars as well. Ever wonder where Bruno's moves come from.- "Elvis the pelvis."
There were his earlier hits like "Jailhouse Rock," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Hound Dog". Then there is one of the most beautiful performances of any song ever with "Can't Help Falling".
My Top 10 greatest musicians or musical groups of all time is as follows:
1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles (side note: they have the most #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits of any other band or artist)
3. Bruno Mars (Bruno is only in his 30's and he already has so many hit songs that everybody knows. I always say that he is today's Elvis.

All those artists ranked above him wouldn't be there if Elvis would never have existed. He started more than only Rock and Roll worldwide. He opened the doors for black music to all people ( he made it popular when this was called " race music " ), he invented a attitude for teenagers ( before him there was not really a music or a teen-culture ). The Beatles were rockers when they started, Michael Jackson would never had a chance as a popular musician if there would still a segegration of black / white music, Led Zeppelin and Queen would never had the oppurtinity to take Rock further... Elvis started it all! I'm not saying that all those artists ranked above him had no talent, I'm just saying that all those artists wouldn't be on this list without Elvis.

Elvis should be no. 1 on this list not te beatles. They wouldn't have existed if elvis had not been there. That's what john lennon said. Elvis had a fantastic beautiful voice, gorgeous looks and amazing stage presence. Read what all the big stars have said about him, he was the greatest entertainer who has ever lived! He was also a great humanitarian giving large sums to charity and indviduals. Known all around the world by his first name and loved by millions of fans. Artist of the century, and as leonard berstain said 'elvis was the greatest cultural force of the 20h century.' He was a rebel and a pioneer, a giant in music, he stands alone in music history. Rest in peace, darling man.

Elvis Aaron Presley will always be the greatest musical icon of all time. Argue and debate and try to ignore all you want..
No one comes close. The Memphis Flash, Hillbilly Cat, Gospel, Country.. Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Pop, Opera... He was the first Rebel.. He gushed sex appeal, style and was dangerous.. The first Punk rocker.. He did everything before anyone did anything. I know "E" wasn't fond of the moniker.. But with all these self obsessed, self proclaimed "artists".. Elvis will truly always be the real deal.. The King.

10 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

I love THE ROLLING STONES music I bought up to 36 of their albums compilation albums and studio albums and live albums and I have 2 concert dvds. As for one direction the boy band I think they are not worthless the only thing that almost bugged me was their lack of producing in their albums I liked that MICK JAGGER and KEITH RICHARDS put much effort both songwriting and production at least they wont let anyone order them to let others do production at least I think so but maybe its just me saying this. The reason I dislike justin bieber is because he shared way too much on production on his solo albums and he didn't even produce any 1 of his singles with only 1 or measly 2 co-producers that's almost the reason I feel like disrespecting him so much. About Jay-z and beyonce and lady gaga I only do not listen to their music because they possibly being part of the global elite a.k.a illuminati. My overall favorite artists goes like this MICHAEL JACKSON, number 1 THE ROLLING STONES number ...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.

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!

The Newcomers

? Rynx
? Ray Eberle
The Contenders
11 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

They are without doubt the best band today.
their lyrics are fantastic and their music is the perfect fusion of alternative rock and rap.
to say a little, chester's voice is one of the best in the entire rock history, so powerful and versatile, and can go from melodic vocals to screams easily. mike is a fantastic rapper and a good melodic singer, and also a good songwriter . brad is a way too underrated guitarist, and the other members, phoenix, rob and joe are underrated too.
if you listen to their songs you feel the emotions they put into their art.
In my opinion, they need to be at least in top 5.
There are a lot of people who hate on them because they were nu metal, because of one more light etc.
There is nothing wrong in trying different genres. It only proves they are talented.

p.s. numb is not overrated, just listen to it and try to be open minded.

true legends

Just read the damn lyrics, you haters.
And no, they didn't become famous because of Chester's Death. They became famous because of Hybrid Theory and Meteora, which were great albums. Sure, they might have made a few "pop" songs, but every song had excellent lyrics. Not liking Linkin Park because of the music is fine, but not liking Linkin Park because of the lyrics is not understandable. Calling them idiots is stupid too. They have 1-2 overrated songs, but they have a million underrated songs.

Why wouldn't linkin park be on #1 I mean yea it hasn't really had any reputation since Chester died but they actually mean the music in their hearts.

Come on, you can't be serious that Linkin Park should be in the top 10! They shouldn't even be in the top 1000! Nothing they have done even comes close to the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan just to name a few, and the fact that they are higher than music God's such as Jimi Hnedrix and The Who is bloody awful.

12 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...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

Sorry not everyone can be in the top ten. Only ten spots. Get over your fandom

13 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock 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 ...read more.

Theres nothing more exciting than watching Bruce sing "Fear Of The Dark", "Hallowed Be Thy Name ", "Aces High " ,"Trooper" , "Sign Of The Cross " , "The Wicker Man " , " The Clairvoyant " , " Heaven Can Wait " and so on there's a lot of great songs... Along with the triple guitar attack of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith , and Janick Gets... Along with Steve Harris' s galloping style and Nicko's fast yet melodius drumming... Iron Maiden is like living a dream of heavy metal...

Though I have loved Metal/Hard Rock music all my life, even some Death Metal... but Iron Maiden well... I was around 14 I think living in Helena, MT at the time. Walking home from school I always stopped into the local record store to see if anything good has come out. I had just recently got into albums from Judas Priest, Scorpions, Rush, Van Halen...and man I really like this stuff, but why in the heck ya never heard it on the radio always puzzled me!? Anyhow, guy at the counter said check this out it's "Where Eagles Dare" from Iron Maiden, the album is called Piece of Mind... and wow what a cover, check it out... he handed it to me and well...(you fill in the rest). Just turned 50 this year. Up The Irons!

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.

Greatest band of all time!

Awesome songs!
Awesome albums!
Awesome lyrics!
Awesome cover artwork!
Awesome members!
Awesome fans!

Whats not to like?

14 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).

The most inventive band of all time. Thom Yorke is an incredible singer, but he’s an even better songwriter. OK Computer is the greatest album of all time, and had such great insight on the time then and the future (now) with songs like Paranoid Android and The Tourist

One of my favorite bands. They were so interesting. I'm glad they didn't continue on the path of grunge rock and became more progressive. Ok Computer is one of the greatest albums of all time.

I got heavily interested into Radiohead very late. The first time I've ever heard of this band was when their 2016 album "A Moon Shaped Pool" was released, and I was mesmerized with my first time hearing it. It was unlike any other rock music I've ever heard. It's extremely experimental, softcore, and minimalist in nature and I loved every bit of it. I began to dig deeper into this band's discography and I must say that it's been a while since I've found a band that's had such consistency. Radiohead's lyrics are fantastic and their style is always unique and hypnotic, and I also may be a sucker for Thom Yorke's voice. I got hooked on this band so hard and so fast that I must say that they need to have my #1 spot.

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.

15 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.

YES Nirvana deserve more credit than they deserve even paul McCartney said kurt was a musical genius and when a musical genius calls someone a musical genius that means something and I agree. dave grohl and krist novoselic continued to make music after kurt was mysteriously murdered by someone kurt could have but he had too much heroin in his system to pull the trigger and it couldn't of been courtney or his bandmates so his killer remains anonymous and so as I was saying krist and dave continued to make music but they know in they're hearts that kurt never died.

Through their short 7 year career, Nirvana almost shook the world with their 3 albums... Imagine if Kurt Cobain would've been still alive then maybe... Today Nirvana would've been probably bigger than Metallica too.. RIP Kurt Cobain...

Greatest grunge band of all time. What particular makes Nirvana so great is that they ended hair metal, and all those garbage 80s bands like U2 and Guns And Roses.

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.

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

Whatever cuxks voted for this have small brain. There are actually so many good bands. Yes, this band is was on the better ones today, since they are the only thing that is really keeping rock alive as all the old ones are close to death. But they should not be in top 30. There are so many that should be higher than them, Jimi Hendrix, guns n roses, Bob Dylan, the who and more. The only other band that is keeping rock alive besides them really old bands is green day, not counting 80s green day because not many people remember that. And they are really good, not having full pop rock, still more hard rock, punk. Father of all may not be good so far, however it is still actual rock

Beatles + Queen + Cold play+ Eminem + David bowie + Navania + Radiohead + Metallica + 21 pillot + Beach boys+ Green Day + U2 = Imagine dragon

Seriously, anyone who made bad comments or underrate them, does not really know them, probably they have only listened to radioactive and thunder out of their songs. Believe me I love must of the artist from the, 70s, 80s and 90s but the Dragons are my favorite and the they're the Best Artist of all time, I can say it anywhere.

I'm only voting for them so I can say this. what the hell are imagine dragons doing on this list! I just scrolled down and saw that they're above Jimi Hendrix. JIMI HENDRIX! I mean, what the hell! they only have 3 ok songs and the rest are utter crap. they're not Led Zeppelin, they're not The Beatles. the worst part about all of this is that they call themselves a rock band. KISS MY ASS.

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

17 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.

I love bands like Green Day, or even Queen and the like, but they're not better artists than Ziggy Stardust himself. No one has gone through so many transformations so seamlessly like Bowie has. His creative brilliance is reflected in records like the legendary "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars," "Low," "Blackstar," etc. David Bowie was one of those rare artists who was able to make not one, but multiple masterpieces. Green Day is great, Linkin Park isn't, but both need to be behind this man in terms of artistry. R.I.P.

How is this guy not higher on the list? Seriously, how? This man was fearless when it came to music and revolutionized the pop music industry. He always wanted to do what he wanted. He was an absolutely brilliant lyricist, an amazing singer, and did fantastic shows. He should most definitely be one of the greatest musicians/ artists in history

David Bowie was one of the most influential artists of all time - he inspired modern pop and rock music. On top of being a musician, he was a performer, a designer, and a brilliant songwriter. He continued to produce some of the best art in the world up until the day he died...and somehow Demi Lovato is ahead of him.

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.

18 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

Should be top ten. Also why is linkin park and Eminem in top ten. I love linking park and I'm fine with th em being tip twenty. Eminem, I personly hate rap. But he is good so also top twenty. But why imagi me dragons, kendrick lamar, tupac shakur, and Kanye West in the top fifty. Rap sucks. Imagine dragons is very good but should be lower than the likes of the who, Elton john, Billy joel, and black sabbath. Also maroon five is good, should not be in top 50

I'm shocked why Guns N' Roses is not in top ten. I think it's the best band ever. They were so proffesional anx artistic and really ver very different. They broughg out a different type of rock/metal and even rock n' rock. Its sure the line up with axl, slash, duff, izzy and steven is the best. Their song sweet child o mine has given the most importance but I think that there's no more song like nov rain its really different and obvously made by Guns N' Roses. Thank you for reading this hope you all will agree with it...

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.

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.

19 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, we don't care whatever rubbish other people say but you have a whole army behind you ." The point is that Coldplay is generally a brittle rock band and its instrumental composition is divine that it fills people heart with joy. For me it all started with the song "Paradise " from the album Mylo Xyloto. I think that's when entered the world of Coldplay out of inspire and curiosity. Seriously this band deserves be at least top 15

Coldplay will forever be the best artist, Period. All their material is hauntingly good. Their 'new stuff' is still amazing compared to the 1st few albums and it still has that Coldplay vibe. They can make anything sound their own. Coldplay have a song for every emotion that our bodies can physically and psychologically feel. The chemistry within in the band is one of the main attributes that puts them head and shoulders above the likes of The Beetles, Queen, MJ, The Rolling Stones... Coldplay will forever be the epitome of music.

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.

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.

20 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

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.

Bob Dylan cannot be overrated by any sense. He's not a great musician for his voice. Dear Lord, it's not his voice. But his talent for multiple instruments, sometimes at once, and his lyrical genius put him above the rest. A greater writer than even The Beatles or The Faces. He is a masterful lyricist and poet. His writing won him a presidential medal of Freedom and he will live on in history for decades due to his influence on such a wide spectrum of musical genre's.

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.

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.

21 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

This is my favorite band of all time. Twenty One Pilots is my second and Fall Out Boy is my third. I feel bad for Brendon Urie because his former band members left him, but he is doing so much better on his own. No one right now persuade me to love a different band. This is my favorite and it will always be.

My favorite vocalist and second favorite band, after God's Favorite Band

So amazing every song is different but still good beebo pours his sol into all of his songs

Or, in reality, Brendon Urie and the Touring People

22 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Should be much, much, higher on this list. 44 is not okay. Especially since they pretty much invented heavy metal and have an overwhelming amount of fantastic songs.

How in the world are these legends below twenty one pilots, link in park, and Arianna grande? They need to be in top 15 at worst

WHY IS JUDAS SO LO W?! t hey're LEGENED S THEY DROVE METAL UNTIL POP messED EVERYTHING UP!

23 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?!

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

Avenged Sevenfold is amazing

24 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

Below Green Day? That needs to be switched. These guys are what cemented metal and created a name for the genre. They are the ones who created it and made it a thing. They especially created the doom metal/psychedelic rock subgenres as well. Lets keep voting and get these guys higher on the list!

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!

I agree there are more talented artists, but not when it comes to riffing and music that makes you feel. This and Hendrix are the best.

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

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

Definitely the musician that had the most impact on my life. His music has lifted me up from absolute bottom twice throughout my life due to how his melodies and voice absolutely pierce through my soul.

He is one of only few artists that I know that have many unknown gems that are as good or even sometimes better than his hits. Highly reccommend albums like Tumbleweed Connection, Made in England, and Songs from the West Coast as prime examples of that.

I am just so appreciative of his music and how much he has given to the world of music and even charity. He remains to this day very active in the music field, and goes out of his way to ensure new great talent is discovered and provided with proper guidance to handle the pressure of being a celebrity. He remains after many years of music my all time favorite artist, and I sinceirly hope future generations discover his music and get that same impact I got from him.

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.

He's sold more than almost any artist and along with this has the best selling single of all time. He released 5 major #1 albums in a row and has more hits than any other artist except for Elvis and the Beatles. He's also just a genius, piano prodigy at age 4, got a scholarship for the London Royal School of Music at age 11.

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.

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