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.

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.

I'm a musician and I can say from my experience that The Beatles are the greatest musical act in modern time. The only ones that probably beats them I Schubert and Mozart, but that's it. They changed the whole world, not just the music world. I've played with and met MANY musicians, all with different taste when it comes to music. But they all respect The Beatles. As a musician it's impossible to not know how much they did to push everything forward. Everyone that came after them were inspired by them. Trust me, everyone. I know this better than most people and music is what I do. It's what I know best. It's actually musicians that understands and knows this the best. It's our job. We should know it.

The thing is that (and this may sound rude) the only people that ever fully can understand the importance of Beatles is the musicians. As a musician its your job to take part of the Beatles legacy. The truth is that most non-musicians, doesn't really know that much about music at ...more

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

So what? Overrated doesn't mean bad, it means that it gets higher praise than it deserves. It is an important band, I agree, but is it the most talented band ever?

John, Paul, George and Ringo, they are known as The Fab Four for one good reason. With a career together spanning less than decade they revolutionized music forever and it will be hard to beat their influence, they tried everything that was popular at the time, classic rock, pop, psychedelic rock and got even time to make some powerful ballads. Their influence is irrefutable and in my opinion the only other artists that could come hand-in-hand with them is Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, but I prefer The Beatles work as a whole.

2 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.

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.

They are just the best. Freddie has the best singing voice of all time, and don't forget that they wrote Bohemian Rhapsody

Freddie Mercury is the best singer of all time. Queen had so many masterpieces.

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.

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

The King of Pop's career has been surprisingly overlooked by many critics including Rolling Stone Magazine! MJ's music is still hear on the radio and on the dance floors today; his version of rock, which can be hear in "Beat It" has never been imitated an is impossible to imitate. He was bigger than most of the artist we put such an emphasis on.

Michael Jackson is the greatest. He broke the Beatles and Elvis Presley records. No other artist has done that. Or have his world wide appeal in music. The Beatles and Queen are legends of rock but Michael Jackson is a legend of music.

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.

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.

Its not fair describing Led Zeppelin as music. Zeppelin is just something else, its closer to experience strong emotions rather then just music.

Deserving of the runner up spot (the beatles are obviously number 1) They are just so damn good with their mix of hard rock and folk

This band had the biggest impact in Rock history since The Beatles.

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.

Only one group has the incomparable David Gilmour. Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin.

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.

What can I say. Syd Barrett and roger waters. Animals, wish you were here and dark side were the albums of the last century.

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.

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.

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.

My everything in music, the band that started it all for me, no one will replace them in the number 1 spot in my soul, long live thrash, AND LONG LIVE THE FAB FOUR (plus a few extra) OF METAL!

They are great but placing them in the top ten is a big exaggeration! There are so many artists of any genre better! This is just propaganda!

Metallica is garbage the beatles are number 1 elvis presley 2 led zeppelin 3 who 4 5chuck berry 6 buddy holly

7 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.

Doesn't deserve to be above the Rolling Stones, Green Day, ACDC, Nirvana, or Jimi Hendrix

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.

8 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.

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!

How is Eminem above Green Day? They are one of the best bands ever and were super influential and revived punk rock!

Eminem was also super influential and revived Hardcore Hip Hop

They have many solid solos and you can always count on them to give you a show

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..

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.

THE greatest music artist of all time. Elvis the man with the voice of liquid gold, every song he sang was absolutely amazing. He led the world in changing culture and he will always be with us. He stands alone in the history of music.

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.

The greatest music artist EVER is Elvis the King. Before anyone did anything elvis did everything. He is untouchable, those above him here are not ever good enough to tie up his shoelaces! Long live the king the greatest ever.

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

One of the best bands to ever live and defintely better then Green Day they should be at least number 5 but I guess not they wrote so many great songs

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

Any list that has the Rolling stones lower than 3 is ludicrous!

The Newcomers

? Obituary Obituary is an American death metal band formed in October 1984 in Tampa, Florida, United States, under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner before eventually changing their name to Obituary in 1988. The band comprises vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist ...read more.
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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.

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.

This is the best band ever. The lyrics and the vocals are amazing and unique in the history of music

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

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

I love AC/DC but I think 14, it is now 12th, was a very acceptable ranking. It isn't far from the top.

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

Why is a rapper higher on the list

13 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).

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.

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

Great band, but not as monumental as many of their fans would say.

14 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.

They're like Black Sabbath on steroids, you know, just with a lot of attitude and balls.

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!

Greatest band of all time!

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

Whats not to like?

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

15 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

People are allowed to like whatever they like for the most part. I'm not a fan of ID but calling someone stupid for liking a band is rude.

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.

One of the best bands out there. Dan's vocals are awesome. But, nothing will beat the beatles.

beatles are are mediocre band with good melodies beaten on many occasions by the Queen itself. Queen has beaten beatles in the poll of best english group BBC2. A recent poll also confirmed that Queen is more known than beatles.

There awesomeness one of my favorite singers shame on those who waste their time write things about how there bad, wait it not a waste of time for them they have no life

16 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.

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.

Millions of people in the united states started to give up on rock and roll, me included...then came Nirvana...hope restored.

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.

This guy had the ability to keep switching planes and still be incredible.

When Roger Daltrey introduced David Bowie on BBC's Top Of The Pops back in the 70s, he said, " and now, here is... the Guv'ner! " Need I say more.

Bowie was something different. He came from the district of South London, but he was so serious with his music. He had so much character.

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.

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.

I love almost every Guns N' Roses song.
Respect for Slash and Axel Rose

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

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?

19 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.

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.

The Movie made so many BANDWAGON QUEEN fans. I mean they are great but have become overrated.

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.

One of the most influential music artists ever, if not the most

20 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

Early Panic! material is absolutely perfect, pretty much it was all great until it became DOAB.

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

21 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.

I think this bands music is awesome my personal favorite is viva la vida

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.

22 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.

Jimi Hendrix, shouldn't be below top 10. His combination of Blues, Jazz and his psychedelic rock touch completely transformed rock and music today. Not only is he considered to be the man who changed rock and music, he is considered to be the one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His technical ability with the guitar transformed the guitar and is the standard which everyone tries reach, but yet no one can apart from him. a lot bands have the Hendrix DNA in there songs, its unfair to place him at this level because half of the bands have been so heavily influenced by him. Not only is he so underrated on this list but what he did for modern day music is still underrated to this day.

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.

23 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and ...read more.

Tøp is literally a band that has the most introspective lyrics ever. I was so shocked when I saw they weren't on this list.

All of their songs have a really deep meaning behind them, even if it's about one of their mothers. Even then, you can relate to it.

Everyone I met that hadn't ever listened to them fell in love with them immediately, all because of maybe one song.

They may change their genre a lot, but every single type suits them. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that they saved me, and I'm so grateful and glad that I'm alive at the same time as them.

If you haven't listened to them yet, I recommend that you do.

To all twenty one pilots haters, I have five words for you.
Regional. At. Best. And. Trench.
All 28 songs from both albums are absolutely heavenly.
Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

One of my favorites but I think it is good at 58 because there are better bands

Twenty one pilots is overrated as shown by my username

24 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.

Very classical/ operatic feel on some songs, listen to lyrics carefully on some songs like so far away, they speak beautifully and painfully

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.

25 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...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.

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.

The Who is one of the greatest music artists/bands of all time. They are the one of the most important rock acts of the British Invasion. Should be in the top 10

26 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.

Let's face it, this guy can write very powerful and cohesive concept albums that doesn't confuse, manipulate, force or construct you think differently or act differently. He's actually smart and studies the game of hip Hop and knows how to execute any idea he can think of whether it's though his rhymes and instumentals also while simultaneously creating unique song structures and pushing the boundaries of hip Hop music but still maintaining a mainstream appeal. With only four albums, he's proven and keeps proving he'll have a very important discography with impact, innovation and influence on music and by the end of his career...it's a great chance that he'll be recognized as the best ever in Hip Hop music especially because of the topic he raps about and how creative he was conveying a stories/messages.
He's already in my top 10 rappers ever in my opinion.

Overrated!

One of greatest rapper should be higher

Probably the greatest artist of all time

27 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.

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

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.

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

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

Beautiful songs and a haunting voice singing them..what more could you want?! I love this band!

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

People are sick this must be in top 10

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

29 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!

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 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!

They make one of the best riffs!

30 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Alternative/ Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror ...read more.

Come on they got popular when they released wait and bleed and unsainted. They are legends

Wow, they are so Underrated

OK I know they aren't like the best ever but 287th?! COME ON GUYS!

Justin Beiber One direction and P! Nk above the mighty and powerful Slipknot?! This will not do! Whoever voted for those 3 artist are idiots who only listen to mainstream music (I'm not a hipster). Corey has amazing vocals from hectic screaming to soft angel singing. Plus Slipknot are really funny guys. Sure thy May have expliced lyrics like "I wanna slit your throught and f*** the wound" but if you want it softer listen to Vol 3 very few profanity plus genius song writing please listen and vote for these people

31 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Excellent metal band, even if they can be a little too heavy for me.

Honestly, one of the most talented groups of all time. They deserve more credit.

One of the most influential metal bands of all time

Wow kanye west above tool
i'm OUT...

32 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

There is just the best artist for me. Their music is just right. If you hear their music it just sound the best. Alice in chains is there best album for me. It is grange and dark and hard but great. Songs like Haven besides you, man in the box, roster, and others are great. I can’t explain more why there so great. I like all their songs and albums better than all other songs and albums better than all other from all other artist. Now people do not say mean things to me because how I feel about Alice in Chains why Because 1 Alice in Chains are great and does not make bad music Like Justin Bieber and other nowadays artist. 2 It is my Favorite artist. 3 I am not over 18 and I am that is one of those fans who are not Justin Bieber fans and other not good music. 3 It is not nice to be mean and I do not be mean only if someone be mean to me first. My school said never to be mean to others. Grownups should not pick on kids or teenagers because grownups are order. Grownups that are being ...more

33 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.

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.

Billboard has named Elton John as the Top Male Solo Artist of All Time (November 2019).

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.

34 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

Countdown to extinction is my all time favorite album in metal.

Justin Beiber above Megadeth? Is this some sick joke?!

Megadeth are the kings of Thrash Metal!

How come Bieber ahead of Megadeth? IS THIS A JOKKKE
How come he even made himself into TOP 100

35 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!

If there is a heaven for musicians, Johnny Cash and Elvis will be on either side of the front gates to greet you...Chuck will be chilling in a lawn chair giving orders.

36 Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.

Great man great lyrics great voice great music with full of emotions that what's special in Bruno I love his music

His recent music has been nothing short of gold

Look at that hair

A great singer,
Deserves to be higher up on the list.

37 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

This band should be at #1000 of this list. Just terrible

I'm sorry but why is this band higher than music legend David Bowie?

I like some of Maroon 5's stuff, but I am really surprised to see them this high out of all the musicians that ever existed

They are a decent pop music band but over the history of music they are definitely not top 100.

38 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.

Pop/rock and every other genre of modern music pales into insignificance compared with the breathtaking music Beethoven and other classical musicians composed.

The greatest music artist of all time. He did NOT compose songs of any kind. He composed glorious concertos, symphonies, sonatas and an opera.

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

Could somebody please explain to me why people here are commenting about him being a rapper and him making rap music?

39 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Supposedly WAY better when Richie was still in the band, I can't quite comprehend why Coldplay, specifically is ahead of Bon Jovi. Not that I don't like Coldplay, but I think their lead vocals said they're "not Bon Jovi yet". Say what you want about my credibility, or how Coldplay is better than Bon Jovi, but I'm interpreting that as admitting Bon Jovi's better than Coldplay (and honestly, their music is all cut out of the same cloth as Viva La Vida. Anyway, not to keep harping on them, it's time to explain why Bon Jovi deserves a better spot. In the 80s, Jon may have incorporated a small joke about virginity into "Never Say Goodbye" and written a couple of songs about cheating on a spouse, but all the band members (except maybe Alec. Don't know much about him) lived relatively clean lives. Their album 2020 is revolving around social issues, but to be honest, in a way they've been doing that for a while. Like Dry County is about America's oil industry, Keep the Faith shows cynicalness ...more

A lot of people would be saying "Why aren't they #1? " and whatnot. Truthfully, that's exactly what I'm thinking, but I think I can live with #30. Could be a lot worse. I think they could go up a few spots, but like I said: #30 is a pretty sweet spot.

I don't like to criticise peoples opinion, but it's hard not to when the band that wrote songs like livin' on a prayer, always, it's my life and other big hits including 4 billboard hot 100 no. 1 hits isn't even on the first page (hopefully when you are reading it Bon Jovi will be in the top 20 or something). It is also confusing because people have voted them and their songs very high on other lists, including livin' on a prayer at the top of the best 80s songs list. BON JOVI FANS, DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE FOR THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD.

Listen to their debut album, up to These Days; satisfaction is guaranteed. (Really I like all their albums.) Better than Beethoven, and still touring; releasing new albums. And they know how to gain fans. I’m 18. Went to my first concert two years ago, second one last year. They know how to keep fans and gain new ones.

40 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.

How is this not higher? Super unique and influential. Flea is probably the greatest bassist of all time. Amazing vocals.

Green day, the beatles, narvana and queen higher? COME ON nirvana is not even good

Sheesh... I mean my favorite band Gorrilaz isn't on here.. might as well vote my 2nd favorite band?

Why the heck is RHCP so low and how can Ed Sheeran and Panic at the Disco be higher

41 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.
42 Billy Joel William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Please mate. Listen to this guy's songs. Be amazed. The others are junk.

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.

Vienna is one of the best songs ever written, along with Piano Man, Only the Good Die Young, etc., so to see Billy Joel below Green Day and Imagine Dragons is a disgrace.

This man is the great one. He is the Gretzky of music, I saw many groups and people above him on this list that made no sense. Billy is an iconic legend and opened the road to so many musicians everywhere.

43 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.

Brian Wilson is one of the most important musicians in the last hundred years. As a composer, he was as good as anyone, and he did what Lennon and McCartney and Harrison and producer George Martin did all by himself. He changed the way music was written, arranged, and produced, and he and his brothers, cousin, and friends are Top Five material. Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, and everyone else can fight for the fifth spot. The Who? The Kinks? Queen?

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.

The Beach Boys should AT LEAST be in the top 15. I mean, come on. It's the Beach Boys. I, personally, don't really listen to them that much, but it doesn't mean they're bad. I tend to separate what I like from what I think is the best (For example Led Zeppelin is my favorite band but I think the Beatles are the overall best band) and this is an example of that. Listen to "God Only Knows" or any of the other masterpieces on one of the first albums to be a work of art in its own right and not just a few hits mixed in with some filler to cash in a bit more: Pet Sounds (I know how ridiculous that name sounds, but trust me, it's good) and you'll change your mind. Probably.

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.

44 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

FOB were one of the 2000's best bands, pretty much everything after Save Rock & Roll is bad, but the rest is amazing.

Sugar We're Goin down
Saturday
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
What a Catch, Donnie

Need I say more

One of my favourite bands. Sure, they may not be the best but they aren't as bad as people say. There are many artists who are worse than them and don't get even half the hate this guys get!

Legendary band

45 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.

Is it because his black? Top 10 hands down... Go argue with your ancestors. How does Kendrick Lamar rate above 2 Pac this list is a joke

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.

46 Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

THE TRUTH? Listen to Bob Dylan, David Bowie & Lou Reed if you want the real TRUTH

Higher than Bowie?

My favorite black sabbath singer

Probably one of the good Pop musician of this time

47 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.

21 GRAMMYs, every album is at least 8/10 up until KIDS SEE GHOSTS. And now a billionaire. Truly the Greatest Of All Time. Listen to Saint Pablo or I Wonder and then tell me he isn't higher than Eminem.

After Michael Jackson's death, if there is an artist who is as good as him in artistry is Kanye West.
Accept it or not, he's the greatest of all time.

One of the most consistently great and polarizing artists making music today

"I have never known someones as consistently great as him" is how Rick Rubin the engineer who has served acts like Metallica, AC/DC and many more legendary acts, for fifteen years he has consistently pushed the boundaries of modern-day music, from his soul-chopping The College Dropout to his rock heavy buzzsaw wrenching Yeezus he has shown he is the greatest artist, not only of our generation but of our lives.

48 Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

What Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, RHCP, Twenty One Pilots, Bon Jovi, PATD, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Radiohead higher than this?

How is nirvana higher? van halen is way better, not only do they have the greatest guitarist but best frontman

How is Van Halen not in the top 20 at least. The have the greatest guitarist, and their songs are known to millions worldwide. They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in history

How the hell is this not higher?

49 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

These guys are bad to the bone.

50 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. ...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.

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