Greatest Music Artists of All Timecamp0112 A list explaining the greatest artists placed in order from 10-1 (1 being the greatest).
The Top Ten
Indescribable. So amazing whether you like them or not. They can't be beat. They were the greatest band who ever lived. John and George were no Hendrix at guitar. Paul wasn't any John Enwistle. And Ringo was no Neil Peart! But none of that mattered. At all. They just wrote incredible songs. They didn't need insane guitar solos. They were insane songwriters. The songs this band wrote can not be explained. If you haven't, take a listen to a couple albums by the Beatles. Even if you HATE the Beatles cause your a stubborn baby who likes only rap or like heavy metal, you'll find at least one song that you love by this band. You will be amazed at the talent of each one of these four lads from Liverpool. - camp0112
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
Nobody comes close to the BEATLES, except at a distant #2..Led ZeppelinV 216 Comments
Why on earth would you bump him? Let me tell you why Michael Jackson was the greatest of all time and maybe you'll put him back at number 1. Michael Jackson was a great singer, dancer, songwriter, and composer. He was the total package. Why do you think he's set many records today? He's also very achieved. Till this day, I don't know a more accomplished artist. He has 13 grammies, 8 in one night, 26 American music awards, over 4 presidential awards, over 100 billboard awards,over 100 RIAA awards, and humanitarian awards given most famously by the King of Africa, 2 presidents of the USA, and the Princess of England. He's left an impact on both music and the music industry. He changed music by defining the pop genre eliminating disco. Pop became the genre of the 80s. He's changed the industry by releasing Thriller basically. The album saved the industry, broke racial barriers, setting the standards for music videos, and changing the style of fashion and dance. The album went number 1 in ...more
The most successful entertainer, and most recognizable man on earth, even nearly a decade after his death. Michael Jackson was simply phenomenal, sold records like no tomorrow, broke through all racial barriers, his performances were masterpieces, his dance moves iconic, and his music unmatched in its reach. Famous all over the world from childhood. Over 30 years after it's release and the 1983 Thriller is still the best selling album of all time, and his other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), all rank among the most successful albums of all time. Jackson received an unmatched amount of celebrity, and in his prime everyone wanted to be like him. His dance has influenced the masses even more than his singing in some ways, and he is widely regarded to be the greatest, and one of the most influential dancers of all time. From his amazingly choreographed music videos such as Thriller, Beat It, Bad, and Smooth Criminal, to outstanding ...more
He is the best. PERIOD. Only white supremacists would think the Beatles are better; these are the same people who voted for Trump, I bet. Well, maybe they're the best for white America, but fortunately, the U.S. is NOT the world. Ask the entire world now who deserves the number one spot, and, undoubtedly, Michael Jackson would be the answer. If anything, they wouldn't even know who/what the Beatles are! There's an obvious reason to that. Michael Jackson's music touched people of all nations, races, ages, religions, etc. Beatles now? Just the US and Europe. I lived overseas as a little girl as my father was active duty in the US Navy and stationed out of the country. I never heard of the Beatles until we returned to the US. And another thing, quit comparing a band to a solo artist. I can guarantee you if the Beatles band broke up, not one of them could achieve everything and all that Michael Jackson accomplished: not a single one of them! Time has proven this already! Michael Jackson ...more
This comment is utter nonsense. People judge people off of their talents. Not their color or any of this. This is like saying saying, if Michael Jackson was #1, "The beatles only bumped down because of those Hillary Black Supremacists." Maybe, if you've thought about it, Beatles are number one because they have more records sold, which means more people like them. - SoldierOfFortune
If you punch in your compter ranker best music artists of all time the beatles beat Michael Jackson in every different age the beatles were voted number 1 in every different age catogeryV 224 Comments
Michael jackson! A great singer maybe but took credit for the music! Elvis wasnt that great, queen good, beatles were good as well but led zeppelin were the kings of everything! John bonham best drummer, jimmy page best guitarist, john paul jones maybe not the best but definitely top 5 and can play 11 instruments or something, robert plant, maybe not the best singer but one of them, led zeppelin i, amazing for a debut album, led zeppelin ii, amazing! Every song was perfect, led zeppelin i, takes a while to grow on you but still amazing, led zeppelin iv doesn't even need explaining!, houses of the holy, every song was so good, a really mix in music, physical graffiti, was really great as well!, presence was good not brilliant but saved by in through the out door which was amazing as well! The most underrated artisit ever! Everyone needs to listen to them a few times and you will understand and thank me after trust me!
They are the opposite of underrated. Jimmy Page was a rapist and the band as a whole were pirates when it came to music, they are a cover band with covers that don't fall under fair use. Plus I heard that they used drugs too. I still like their music and would probably like to see them live but the negative things they've done brings them down from great to just good. - Skullkid755
When you have the best drummer of all time, the best guitarist of all time, one of the best vocalists of all time, and arguably the best bassist of all time in one band, it's hard to say that they're anything but the best. And each musician wasn't just technically proficient in their instruments. They could actually write good music. I mean, when they weren't taking Willie Dixon songs and remixing them. But they still made everything they did sound good. - Aweso
Their improvisation live was amazing, their timing whilst playing live was amazing, John Bonham's drumming was beautiful, John Paul Jones was a great bass guitarist, Robert Plant's vocals were beautiful and Jimmy Page well do I really have to explain why Jimmy Page is so amazing? - Mun
Kings of Rock.V 33 Comments
QUEEN IS THE BEST BAND THERE IS. Never will there be a band as great as Queen or even half as great as Queen. This band consisted of 4 gods and one of those gods are now up in heaven singing for the Lord. They had the greatest song in the entire music history. Freddie, John, Roger, and Brian. 4 musical legends that will never be forgotten! QUEEN FOREVER.
Queen is my favorite artist. Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite song. Nothing will ever be like queen. Queen is the biggest dynamite and laser beam. With out queen the world would not be the same and I will not be the same, I would probably be listening to todays music without queen, they changed my life because each song is a masterpiece.
The Beatles are understandable at number one, they were a phenomenon. I don't agree with Michael Jackson at 2, but he was unique. What really kills me are the Zeppelin fans. Cover bands shouldn't be on any list, especially the ones who steal music and songs and claim them as their own originals. Zeppelin is the MOST overrated band in history. I know it was cool to listen to them in high school to impress your friends, but adults should do a little research to see everything they stole. Queen on the other hand is the whole package; originality, talent, showmanship...they never needed to steal the work of others. RIP Freddie, I hope you and Bowie and send down some heavenly music ASAP! - ByronLee
Whoever you are, keep your incorrect & nasty comments to yourself!V 56 Comments
You can see why I am having then at number 4 because there is the most rock artist. There a great rock artist they made great songs like Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Angie, Jumping jack flash, Wild Horses, There truly are better than The Beatles because there harder. I know there are a lot of other bands harder than The Beatles but The Rolling Stones and happen to be better. The Rolling Stones are just very good. This is the best I can get to explained why I think The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles. The reason I did not explained why the first 2 I think was better than the Beatles because Alice in Chains are my favorite and people has a different favorite artist and people should not be saying mean things to me why the Beatles are better or completing why there better and keep going on. It is not like there a bad artist there a good artist. I am fine people saying to why they think the Beatles are better than Alice in Chains. ...more
Amazing, The Rolling Stones music make you feel like you can be yourself. I could never really explain why I loved the Stones so much, every time I listened to them I wanted to dance and jump in the air. Watching Mick Jagger dance on stage and how comfortable he was to do any kind of dance and not even care if he was embarrassing himself or not is inspiring. - Mun
They were a huge hit, widely considered as one of the greatest bands ever. They were the "sloppy beatles", but they rocked. - camp0112
They are the worlds' greatest rock and roll band and are still going more than The Beatles! They are extremely popular and sound amazing. They should be number 1 on every list because they ARE #1!V 12 Comments
I don't mind The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin being higher than Elvis but what the butt is Eminem higher than doing on this list higher than Elvis. Basically all the modern singers could be mute but you would still hear their songs since it's an electronic device making all the noise. - FrankP
No one was there when this music magician appeared on world scenario and changed the definition of entertainment. Others just filled the space he left vacant. He triggered modern music entertainment industry, that's why deserve to be number 1.
Elvis is the one who started it all. He had some of the greatest songs of all time. Elvis created what would become one of the most important music genres of all time; Rock and Roll. He is the King and deserves to be higher than #4.
Elvis Presley should be in the top 3 music artists of all time beatles number 1 2 led zeppelin 3 elvis presleyV 52 Comments
There a great artist there one of the most famous artist and should be in the 10 ten of most famous artist and it is one of the top 10 most famous artist. They have great songs like all the songs from the albums The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here If you listen to the albums the albums would sound good. The Dark Side of the Moon, and The Wall what a classic those albums were even Wish You Were Here were but not as the other 2. The Dark Side of the Moon has all the best Pink Floyd songs in it for me but there are 2 other of the best Pink Floyd songs that is not on the album witch are Wish You Were Here and High Hops. I like all those songs the same. The album is a classic from begging to end that is like a greatest hits album. That is how good the album is. The Wall album was like that for me too.
The single greatest music artist ever. With most songs I can't remember the words too well but with EVERY Pink Floyd song not only can I remember the words but I can sing along to the guitar. Their music takes you on a journey from start to finsh, from Astronomy Domine (their first song) to High Hopes (their last). Before I heard Pink Floyd I didn't know the meaning of life. But after hearing songs like Echoes, Time, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Money, Comfortably Numb (I could easily go on... and on) I found the meaning of life to be listening to Pink Floyd. I will forever be in debt to David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett.
2% votes. This must be a joke. They at least deserve to be 5th or 4th. For me they are the best band. Dark side of the moon is the best album. Check it out in any website if you want. The Wall and Wish You Were Here are also very good. Animal is good but under appreciated. They have never made bad songs. Their instrumentals and effects are superb and have awesome lyrics to back it up. They also touch deep thoughts and not shallow or soft ones. They are the best.
I personally like Led Zeppelin more, and maybe the Beatles. As a favourite artist, I would say Led zeppelin. But as the greatest artist? Best lyrics, best albums? Pink Floyd. They’re the only band ( that I listen to) that can tell and Long, fully explored, dark, depressing story, about disconnect from society, drug abuse, abuse teachers, and an overprotective mother. And that was ONE album. It’s not just one of my favourite albums, but even one of my favourite story’s. it’s so well told with methfors and suddelty, hidden behind incredible solos, and great songs. When the wrote a song, they had a meaning. Pink Floyd had meaning. That’s why they are the best artists, of all time. Better then Zeppelin, better then Queen, far, far better Then the Rolling Stones, and even better then The Beatles.V 26 Comments
He's just the best. Has the best lyrics, flow, wordplay, and he actually raps from the heart. I'm listening to him right now.
Has the greatest rap lyrics of all time and is a total genius at putting words together. He is truly the greatest of all time. Other people rap about anything they do he raps about the truth and nothing but the truth
He deserves to be above Kid Cudi anyways...
Kid Cudi is good, except for that alt rock album. Eminem is the worst musician of all time. - 445956
Ok? Who even is this guy? Why is he higher than Black Sabbath and Metallica, and Bob Dylan? Doesn't make any sense?V 214 Comments
His lyrics were genius, He led movements, he was a poet and extremely talented. There was a reason why many during his time thought he was some kind of prophet. Even though technically his vocals weren't the best, He knew how to take advantage of it and use his vocals to perfectly match his music. He sang about racism and many other important issues. He inspired the Beatles to write more deep music. He is one of the greatest lyricists of all time. - Mun
Deserves to be much higher on this list. Played numerous instruments most occasions at the same time. the voice of a generation. Most influential solo artist of all time. Countless artists have done versions of his songs. Hendrix, byrds, Clapton, stones, Springsteen, Cash, Stevie Wonder, and more. Stirred up the world and changed it by going electric at the new port folk festival. He is defined as what a MUSIC artist should be. Brilliant songwriter and poet. Earning numerous grammy's the presidential medal of freedom, and even PEFORMING FOR THE POPE! Influenced the biggest names in music, Beatles, Stones, Nirvana, Hendrix, and so much more! His importance to music is to that of the Beatles and maybe more.
Dylan isn't as popular as he is today because of The Beatles; if they never existed Dylan wouldn't be so shadowed and he really shouldn't be today. Dylan is the Robert Frost of music; his lyrics are true poetry unlike The Beatles'. "Like a Rolling Stone" made the writing process more relaxed: you don't really need sheet music. We were very fortunate to have The Byrds, if not we wouldn't enjoy Dylan.
"If The Beatles never existed Bob Dylan wouldn't be so overshadowed." Well that was one of the dumbest comments I've ever heard. The Beatles got famous because they are just as talented as Dylan. They both deserve the fame they have gotten. - MontyPython
This man is amazing.V 23 Comments
Green Day solely kept punk rock going in an era of drought after bands such as the Ramones retired. Billie has the ability to create great guitar parts that play with the song, and has an amazon range, eg listen to dookie and then listen to some songs such as 21 guns or goo riddance. Tre is an amazing drummer and Mile is an amazing bassist. You don't have to play the most flashy possible to be a good band, Green Day knows that an plays for the music, add that, Billie's voice and their innovative ideas towards music and you have one of the greatest bands of all time, and I haven even started on how amazon they are live..
I did not want to vote for stupid Green Day. I want to vote for something better. Instead it went and put me that I click on Green Day. Stupid website. Green day is great but I am mad at the stupid website. How long do I have to wait to know it is fully loaded. Websites should be fast to load you.
No question, they are the best band ever. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are a powerhouse trio that can't be ignored. Once you hear any of their songs, you will be hooked. - NvGNick
They're the best! - Shourya51V 18 Comments
I am very very disappointed, why are Metallica so far down the list, this is so stupid Metallica is the best by the length of the universe! Metallica has produced all kinds of music from fast tempos, thrash metal, hard rock, heavy metal, and speed metal so come on people vote Metallica!
How in the hell is Nirvana and Eminem above the best Metal band of all time!? Don't get me wrong, I like both Nirvana and Eminem, but come on, this is Metallica we're talking about.
Metallica should not be behind Linkin Park. Linkin Park is great. It's good to listen to, but it's not revolutionary. Metallica deserves a place ahead of the,
METALLICA IS UNDERRATED.
BUT LINKIN PARK IS EVEN MORE UNDERRATED.
SO I VOTED FOR LP.
BOTH ARE 1 OF MY FAVORITE BUT I THINK LINKIN PARK DESERVES AT LEAST 11 - wriddhak
I would vote for Eminem, but this seriously deserves a higher spot.
Where has everybody's taste disappeared? Linkin Park was in top 10 for a long while before other nonsense came in. What on Earth is happening to music?
Linkin Park is really underrated. But that's because people really don't give them a chance. They have all kinds of different styles like rap, electronic, rock, and even screamo. I thin Linkin Park should be higher on this list
They make really good Alternative Rock and Rap-Rock music.They even music that combines those 2 genres with electronica and it's also good.-DarkBoi-XV 42 Comments
One of the most influential bands ever. Kurt Cobain will be missed forever. If Nirvana were still alive today, punk rock wouldn't be "emo and loser" music.
They were Great there's no denying that but we're they that influential? Grunge Died The same day Kurt died. - 12cc
Nirvana's Nevermind is a great album that tuned alternative into grunge rock.
This band revolutionized grunge and 90s alternative music. Kurt Cobain had people's jaws dropping. - camp0112
too goodV 33 Comments
Previously one of my favourite bands, Maybe I'm being biased when I put them eighth on the list. Keith Moon was unbelievable entertaining on the drums, Roger Daltrey as he swings his microphone live, Pete Townshend ripping out his guitar and plays it as everyone's jaws drop and John Entwhistle a bass guitarist who could outstage a lead guitarist any time. Their album Tommy is one of the greatest rock operas. This band nearly convinced me to try to die some how before I got old. - Mun
With Pete Townshend's wildly fast and crazy guitar playing, his incredible ability to write some of the best Rock N Roll songs, and his outstanding Piano and Keyboard playing... and with Keith Moon as drummer, (notably the 3rd best drummer of all time) with his extremely fast and beaty drumming, especially on their album, "Who's Next". Roger Daltrey, with is famous high pitched screechy voice, well suited for a Rock N Roll band. And John Entwistle as Bass guitarist, with his fast n loud low notes that make him probably the best Bassist of all time. Now that I've said that, I hope you understand why I'm disappointed that they're at #14 for the best music artists of all time, instead of something like #5 or 6
The Who was part of the British Invasion. They were of the British-Rock bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and many more. This British rock band stands out though because they were a damn good one. - camp0112
The who should be in the top 10 of all timeV 15 Comments
Bellow Linkin Park, nirvana, Metallica and Green Day?
I like some of those bands and think nirvana (and to a certain extent Green Day) deserve to be on this list but would any of them exist without Hendrix? I doubt it.
I also love Pink Floyd but he should be higher than them... Maybe behind the Beatles, Dylan, whoever the best blues guys were and either one of Johnny cash or hank Williams he should be in probably 6th place but all lists like this are completely subjective as there can never be a best artist. Even the Beatles can't be undisputed leaders because there were people who influenced them and without those guys the Beatles wouldn't exist.
I also think on lists like this people say ' best of all time' but leave out early blues, bluegrass, folk and country guys ( I think there may be some overlap there but I'm no music expert) who probably made it all possible for everyone on this list. And what about classical music? Just because its not popular nowadays ...more
I do not have a top 10 favorite artist if I had to pick. So to make it fear I top the most famous artist that is not one of my favorite artists on list besides the artist Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Bob Dylan. Why one of them are not on 10 but he is when those artist are more famous then him because I like him more than Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. I like him more because he is harder and he is more of my typ. I like Bob Dylan just as much as jimi Hendrix. I put him over Bob Dylan when he is more famous then jimi Hendrix and when I like them the same because jimi Hendrix has more of my type of music. If I put jimi Hendrix over Bob Dylan people would may say why do you not like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson much as other artist or/and have one of them on the list instead of him when you do with Bob Dylan when he other artist has more of your type of music. So Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson should be on the list instead of jimi Hendrix. Or people may say he should be ...more
One of the greatest guitarists of all time, People literally strummed only before Hendrix hit the stage. His performances were beautiful, he was revolutionary and he had so much passion when playing live. Seeing him perform live is a unique experience, He destroyed Clapton when playing live with Cream for the first time and did his own version of Killing Floor.
His way of thinking was definitely ahead of his time. - Mun
Hendrix, the Beatles and Elvis should all be tied at number one. Without any of them, where would music be today?
The father of modern guitar music, with some of the greatest riffs of all time.
When it comes to having a unique sound or unique writing style, I don't really see where this band would fall. Their music is...I can't even describe it. It's odd. That's the best I can say. They didn't start anything new or develop any new genre on their own. Every music artist had some influence from someone or somewhere, and it's not like Blue Cheer suddenly could play music just like that. They had to have some inspiration from somewhere. Considering they're coming from the American 60s psychedelic/hard rock sound, best I can say is that they were influenced by the music artists that influenced Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, and Cream. So likely 40-50s blues and rock n roll artists. They're a nice band, but not the greatest to ever exist.
Blue Cheer is very fuzzy and distortion. When I listen to Blue Cheer it feels like it is something special and very cool. Blue Cheer takes me somewhere where other artists do not. Blue Cheer feels very deep. You need to listen to or had listen to early Blue Cheer to understand or just have to understand. Other Rock artists are just like another Rock artist. Name me one artist that has the same feel as Blue Cheer? You may say this artist use distortion but not has the same feel as Blue Cheer but more like Jimi Hendrix but heavier or deeper. The Beatles are something too but later music of The Beatles feels like Bob Dylan and The Byrds in a way. I know The Beatles like started Rock that is not part of the Rock N’ Roll but that does not make them the best. There were other Rock artists before The Beatles. When Blue Cheer came out, Blue Cheer played Rock the best as a Rock artist can play. Blue Cheer rocks more than any artist that is not Heavy metal or influence by Heavy metal. - BlueFuse
@issaonrtdmtr Yep, on your side here. "All Time" seems to be a term used very loosely, and we only seem to look at our own generation, because that's where we found the music to be thriving. This band, along with many others on the first...3 pages, should be much lower, with much older musicians taking over the top. If we truly were looking at the greatest of all time, the first page would probably be 75% classical composers and 25% other iconic musicians. So this band, definitely deserves to be much lower, along with everything else in the top 20. Yes, EVERYTHING else. - naFrovivuS
They have been over looked for too long - rbwilliver42V 10 Comments
Bowie was a chameleon, constantly changing his image and music to stay relevant. Glam rock, blue-eyed soul, funk, experimental, David did it all. He never made a dull record.
If Space Oddity, Changes, Starman, Rebel Rebel, and "Heroes" don't appeal to you, get your hearing checked. - PetSounds
One of the best, if not the best, music artist of all time. I just love his songs. Also, and forgive me for my use of caps, WHY ARE DEMI LOVATO, TAYLOR SWIFT, Linkin Park AND ARIANA GRANDE HIGHER IN THIS LIST. Bowie should at least be in the top 3.
RIP David Bowie. You will be sorely missed.
There is no question that David Bowie is one of the greatest artists in the history of music.
Immortal songs: Space Oddity, Under Pressure, Fame, Life on Mars, Lets Dance, Modern Love, Starman, Rebel Rebel, Heroes, Ziggy Stardust,
Got more classic albums than anyone: The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters, and yeah Blackstar.
Are you actually kidding me?
Coldplay, who said themselves 'we are a version of Radiohead' are higher? Let alone all the other rubbish like My Chemical Romance and OneRepublic... I usually respect the people of this website but... come on. OK Computer, Kid A, The Bends and In Rainbows, all some of the most critically acclaimed and best albums of all time, and their other albums like Amnesiac and A Moon Shaped Pool are alone better than half the artists above this.
Why is this so much down below? I know it's everyone's opinion, but come one!
Just "Lucky" by them bashes out half of all the artists above Radiohead.
Maroon 5 is higher than Radiohead? I just lost all faith in humanity.V 13 Comments
No one comes close to Cash. Most of the people on this list would never have got into music if it hadn't been for Johnny Cash. His music is inspiration and down to earth; it's something people can relate to, it's real music. He is the only one on this list that could relate with any generation of listener and get that person to like his music.
Such a raw, inspirational artist, I always felt as though he was telling a story and it was apparent how much his words meant to him; no one could even come close. Cash made you feel something, which is rare.
Hands down the best artist ever. In a career that spanned 5 decades he gave us some of the first rock, some great country, and some great folk songs. From Get Rhythm to Ghostriders in the Sky to Further On Up, he was truly the greatest artist ever. I said ever!
Best musician of all timeV 6 Comments
For Elton not to be at the top 5 goes to show that some people don't truly know his music or history. He has sold more than 30 albums and 250 million records with no concert that goes with an empty seat is absolutely ridiculous. Nonetheless he is one of the greatest musical artists of all time, with more than 45 years beyond his prime he still is on fire and is loved by generations of both past and present time. Truly one of the most phenomenal artists in music to walk the Earth.
Not at top 10? Nonsense, He has been an icon for 40 years, still making records in 2013, he shall be in top 5. Not to mention he is one of the most prolific artist in music history
So many lost tracks this guy has made. I encourage you to find some "Indian Sunset" and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" are good places to start, as well as the " Tumbleweed Connection" album. - LPR20
The magnificent Sir Elton needs more voters!V 20 Comments
The greatest, the best, the legend, the boss with albums such as born to run, darkness on the edge of town, Nebraska, The River and Born in the USA with songs as Thunder road, backstreets, Born to run, Jungleland, Badlands, The promised land, racing in the street, prove it all night, darkness on the edge of town, out in the street, the river, hungry heart, glory days, Born in the USA, no surrender, dancing in the dark and many more
This guy is THE BOSS, just listen to some of his most well known songs (that are in the 100 best songs of all time).
Without a doubt, the greatest of all time
If not the best, surely the awesomest - RecklessGreedV 9 Comments
SERIOUSLY?!?!? , 14th place isn't an acceptable position for these absolute legends. Need I say more? , they've appealed to all generations of people for 4 decades now and are the best rockers out there. With over 200 million album sales and over 50 million on back in black alone (the best selling rock album of all time). With Hits that never have/will get old like Thunderstruck, You shook me all night long, Highway to hell, Hells bells, Back in black AND THE LIST GOES ON. The best of the best and always will be. For those about to rock, we salute you
Best rock band of all time. no way in hell Green Day and My Chemical Romance should be above them. love both those bands, but neither compares to the legend that is AC/DC
This should be ahead of imagine dragons and many others, one of the best rock bands
These guys are awesome.V 8 Comments
Love this artist. Should be way higher! - Donut
My favorite band of all time. By the way, they're coming back in 2016.
39! ARE YOU SERIOUS! Maiden have been up there for nearly 40 years. If people think the beatles are the best, you need to understand the complicated music is EPIC! Not just like the beatles where they played a basic tune. IRON MAIDEN FOREVER
Ok, I can live with them not being at the top, but out of top 10? Just no. And to the guy who compared them to The Beatles: if having the highest charting songs is a measure of how good an artist is, then Justin Bieber is the best artist ever. Iron Maiden built their success with barely any airplay, yet they're still regarded as one of the best bands of all time. - kk2001
Who sold more albums or cds beatles or iron maiden who has more number 1 albums or singles beatles or iron maiden who is always voted number 1 on the best music artists of all time I will tell you who the beatles are they are the best music artists and elvis Presley they are the two best than led zeppelin
Amazing!V 3 Comments
There a great artist. There album Appetite for Destruction is great. I remember listen to the album when I was younger. It sound so cool and was good. The songs on the album are great. The album is hard. There are songs on the album like Sweet Child o' Mine and Rocket Queen Sound nice not very hard but have a nice beat to it.
Why is Linkin Park higher than guns n' roses?
Green Day and Linking Park are higher than Guns N' Roses. Why am I even wasting my time voting.
Are you kidding me?! Why the hell is Nirvana higher than Guns N Roses? Don't get me wrong, I love Nirvana but Guns N Roses are better than them and more musical. In my opinion, November Rain and Sweet Child O Mine are better than Smells like Teen Spirit. Kurt Cobain is a great singer, but Axl is even better! I grew up with this band and I'm only 14.V 7 Comments
One of the best singing groups, I hope they continue singing
Frusciante is better than Jesus
Blood sugar sex Majik is one of my favorite albums!
You people put skrillex above these guys? Faith in humanity has been lost
This is the right answer: The Queen Of Pop: Madonna (400 Millions Of Albums Sold)
Her impact in the pop culture is endless.
What How is Madonna, the Queen of Pop!, down here.
TrashyV 6 Comments
At last a list that gives My Chemical Romance the credit they deserve :) My Chemical Romance isn't just a band is a way of seeing life, is hope, is happiness, is also sadness, is life itself with everything that it has for a human beign. My Chemical Romance touched hearts of a lot of people on earth and also they do saved lives... Many lives. They are a band to look up to without a doubt and in my opinion the greatest band ever.
This is billy Joel, I don't think you heard me so I'll say it again, billy piano man joel. This is a man who should dominate this list. It takes a great artist to be able to learn from other people's sounds and make a much better outcome from them.
I'll put this simply. He is very simply the greatest musician of all time. He should absolutely be in the top 10 or 5. And putting Green Day, Eminem, Metallica, and Nirvana above him is a gross miscarriage of justice. - ATiM
He is number 21 of all time but number 35 of the 20th century. That makes no sense. This list also includes bands and he is still higher. He is my favorite musician.
Billy Joel should be in the top 10, he's one of the greatest artists of all time - TYGERTYV 8 Comments
How is My Chemical Romance, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift above Blink-182? This is the best band ever, My Chemical Romance is not bad, but they are kinda overrated and mostly mediocre at best. Taylor Swift is one of my most hated music artists, she has no creativity, Tom DeLonge is way more original and creative than she is. And Kanye West is not even a good rapper. - AnimeDrawer
What's this? Ariana? Miley? Selena? Demi? They are all no-talent pop starlets who get outclassed by almost everyone in at least one way. - WonkeyDude98
So many trash artists above good artists and good bands. For example: Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, and many more. Pantera inspired Linkin Park and Linkin Park is miles higher. What a sad world. - Powerfultekin
Higher than David Bowie? What a joke
Definitely shouldn't be on any greatest artists list. Even if it top 1000 she shouldn't be there.
NaH, This Retard Doesn't Deserve To Be Anywhere Near the top 300, let alone 53 - VideoGamefan5V 16 Comments
Coldplay are already too high. It's a joke that people think they should be higher. They have made a few decent pop songs but there's a reason they have never been anywhere near as high on any music critic's lists.
Should be way higher on the list. Their music is amazing with every album they do...they always try new things and they are very good in doing so. They have made their mark in music history
Their recent stuff sucks. If they kept on making music the way they did 10 years ago I would rate them way higher.
In this era of 'musical drought' where music is all about rap and edm,Coldplay is the probably the only band which is bringing out some cherishable music. Probably might not ever reach the likes of the Beatles or pink Floyd, but they are sure carrying on the legacy of rock music. The scientist is one such song, just listen to it and every time it times down to a memory lane.V 13 Comments
Talented rapper! Rappers should have their own list. I mean how the hell can you compare Eminem to Led Zeppelin? Totally different styles in music!
TUPAC IS #26?!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Demi Lovato and my chemichal romance are above this man?!
THE GOD OF HIP HOP? THIS LIST IS A JOKE
Greatest ever in my opinion. Must be in top 5. Please vote for the rose that grew from concrete.
Best ever.V 34 Comments
Even if you're not into the type of the music that is the beatles (like me) you still have to respect them for being pioneers that made bands like avenged sevenfold the possibility of having a career. I guess I'd grudgingly put elvis above A7X also, but I have no respect for the Rolling Stones. A7X should be number 3 (maybe 4) but only below their influences. Though I wonder why no one's added the founder of the best genre of all time. Carcass who founded melodic death metal. Not top ten, but certainly should be close.
You've got to be kidding me. Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Ariana Grande are all higher than Avenged Sevenfold?! What is this world coming to?! - Rorywilbren
What is that. No 25. What the hell is going on? They should be in Higher.
Avenged Sevenfold is amazing
Can't believe Stevie Wonder is so far down! An absolutely fantastic artist with a sensational voice who creates beautiful songs. He is definitely my favourite and his music always cheers me up.
Stevie Wonder at this placement is crazy! Stevie Wonder should be in the top 10 undoubtedly! This man is a musical genius. His vocals are basically responsible for modern R&B. His songs and their composition... no words. This list ain't doing justice to Stevie at all.
I think he should be on number one. He's the greatest musician I ever heard. He can plays any instrument and sing very well in all genres! The lyrics he made are very touching with "catchy" melody. However, with his disability, he can create a magical music, many great musician inspired his music. that's why he called Stevie WONDER. He's WONDERFUL.
Stevie Wonder is a genius,definitely one of the best musicians in history and should be among the top 5 in my opinion...
Really unfair for such an incredibly talented artist...
Sorry, but there is no way that Imagine Dragons is a better band than Evanescence. - DCfnaf
People are sick this must be in top 10
50? Should be at least 5, these guys are awesome. - GREYBOYY
HOW IS ARIANA GRANDE ABOVE THIS? , JUST HOW? - VideoGamefan5
It's sad how this list doesn't rank artists in order of talent but instead of popularity, if it was in order of talent there is no doubt in my mind that the velvet underground as well as Simon and garfunkel would be hire, however this is not the case and this list seems to have been overrun by mediocre (in many cases poor) pop artists, it's a shame that my generation seem to struggle to discover music outside of the charts
Second most influential band of all time, they have long cemented their place in the history of rock music. I understand why they are not higher. Their music fits right in with the other sounds of today, and they have not recorded an album since 1970 (don't say Squeeze). They don't have the ubiquity of The Beatles, or Elvis, and they don't have the recency of bands like Linkin Park (17? What? ), but that doesn't mean they should be forgotten.
Their music was amazing, listening to their album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" felt like listening to a philosopher speaking words of wisdom. If the Beatles are the kings of mainstream music, then these guys are definitely the kings of alternative music. - Mun
Top 5 for me!
Chuck berry is in the top 5 music artists of all time every body took some of his songs can michael jackson play guitar like chuck berry or the beatles or rolling stones or led zeppelin I don't think so michael jackson doesn't belong in the top 20
Chuck berry should be in the top 5 music artists of all time nobody can play guitar like him his songs are timeless the only artists that are better than him are the beatles led zeppelin and elvis Presley other than them he should be in the top 10
I was very sad to hear that chuck berry died he is in the 5 best music artists of all time beatles number 1 led zeppelin 2 elvis Presley 3 4 rollin stones number 5 chuck berry those are the 5 best music artists ever
Chuck berry is in the top 5 music artists of all time john lennon said give rock and roll another name call it chuck berry nobody can play guitar like chuck berryV 11 Comments
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.
The Hardest working man in show business should be in the top ten.
It's so typical that when there's a list that any fool can vote on, MJ makes the top. He shouldn't be in the top ten. He shouldn't even be in the top 15. And yes I know; he was an amazing entertainer (probably the best) and yes he danced incredibly good and always put on a show. And yes, he could sing in a very special and great style, he' s one of the greatest singers ever. But unfortunately for him, this is a list over the Greatest Musical Artists of all the time. MJ has not made that much to push music forward. He was very succesfull and he became EXTREMELY popular and he still is. But he's not the king pop. Could he even play any instruments.
I'm a musician myself and as many of us musicians think, it's really frustrating when this man always shows up at these kinds of lists. It' s annoying when non-musicians who doesn't really know that mich about music, talks as he was the biggest thing that ever happened ...more
This guy created funk. Enough said.
Want to know who Michael Jackson copied? Look no further than James Brown.
This is an outrage that the Beach Boys are so low, they belong among the top five. the Beach Boys Vocal Harmonies are among the Best in the World, Though they did not have great sales during the late Sixties and Seventies, They're Albums Pets Sounds (1966), Surf's up (1971), Sunflower (1970), Wild honey (1967), Smiley Smile (1967), and many others are some of the best psychedelic/Baroque rock/pop music, I suggest people listen to these albums. Pets Sounds in My opinion, is the greatest album of All time, and it raised the bar for Pop Music forever, and I think that it has never been surpassed, I have never liked Sgt Pepper, though I have listened to it many times, but it just never got me. It just wasn't my taste. SMiLE is a great album one of the greatest, they're music is a credit to America. In my list of Greatest Artists, The Beach boys and the Beatles are my Top 2, and I think they equally deserve the recognition. This is my opinion, but I hope some people agree.
I didn't come to this list expecting The Beatles to be ranked anything below first (though I don't think they merit a ranking of anything above about 1,000th), but The Beach Boys stand as the figurehead of 60's psychedelic music; Pet Sounds is incredibly innovative and the like, as well as a truly beautiful, nostalgic experience; SMiLE contains the greatest music ever recorded, among Beethoven's Ninth and Pachelbel's Canon; an unrelenting, moving, and, most especially, fun insight into the mind of an insane genius. Their music is the finest in creation.
During the British Invasion, this band was of the few American bands to compete with the Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, etc. They did write surf, but even wrote melodic, harmonic, songs and ballads. One album that demonstrated this was Pet Sounds, an album only to be topped by the all-mighty Sgt. Pepper's album. - camp0112
Basicaly, this means brian wilson. - RecklessGreedV 3 Comments
One of greatest rapper should be higher
One of the most critically acclaimed artists of all time - Themusicman
Should be WAY higher on this list..
New and creative
Black Sabbath is awesome! They're one of the bands that practically inspired many of the bands we have today. They deserve so much more credit. Long live Black Sabbath!
Black Sabbath created metal! Why are they ranked 61! should be at least top 20!
Why is this at 120? it should be way higher
Why is one direction above this?!V 1 Comment
I do like his music a lot but he is definitely too high already.
Damn, damn, DAMN! KANYE WEST WASN'T ON THIS LIST?! I THINK I'm GOING CRAZY! RAR! How on Earth... What the... Why is... This guy should be in top ten. Sure, he's a cocky show off, but that doesn't effect his incredible music! The best rapper ever, next to Chamillionaire eminem! WORD OUT, NOOBS
The sad thing is, Kanye West is the greatest music artist of all time the world just doesn't know it yet, when he dies, that is when it will be known.
Every one of his albums is a classic, way better than dumb pop artists like ariana grande who are higher than himV 13 Comments
Classical Music Is Never Appreciated. - 12cc
Why is Taylor Swift higher than Mozart on this list? Mozart deserves a better ranking than this because his music is more sophisticated and way better than Taylor Swift's music due to the creativity and hard work he put in into his symphonies. Taylor Swift, on the other hand, "makes" nothing but half-assed mass produced songs that has no creativity, thought, or hard work put into it.
Because CLEARLY Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, One Direction, etc. are all better than Mozart. If they prove me right and compose 4 Seasons, I will retract this comment.
72 only? Respect classics people - PeeledBananaV 4 Comments
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
Huge fan of Imagine Dragons, they're alternative style is fantastic and their songs are very deep and dark. Demons, radioactive, monster, I'm so sorry (my favourite), it's time, bleeding out the list goes on. However I would consider them nowhere near top 200. (in their defense maroon 5 isn't even top 1000 and they're 25 as of now). Still one of the best alternative bands top 20 in my opinion
Of all time Imagine Dragons might be top 200 but they are lots of better artists. This is definitely too high people should listen to more music.
They have 5 times as many great songs as what they have on the radio.
GoodV 4 Comments
The artist is one the list because of the song Free Bird. I know that is only one song but lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the best artist and good artist can be good in their own way. If I had to pick a favorite song besides from my favorite artist it would be Free Bird. Why because the song has a nice beat to it. It is soft but it has a hard beat in it but not too hard.
Yeah baby these guys are awesome
Just listen to sweet home alabama
I love the banging tune he released last year it was sick
Beethoven all by himself is worth more to music than all the rappers who ever existed.
His raps are sick
I consider him the best artist of all time, all rappers and porners (or whatever you call'em) will be forgotten in a century or two but his name with many other classical artists will be here for eternity!V 8 Comments
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