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 more.

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

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

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. - Skuller

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

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 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.

Why is the top tens so obsessed with queen.

Not the best band ever but they have a way like no other. - AngusCash

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 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 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.

Stairway to heaven. Can there ever be a better single.

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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 - VeritusEro

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 more.

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

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 most amazing shooting sounds mixed with top notch music and lyrics. Simply the greatest original band of all time. Thank you so much Mr. David Gilmour and the rest of the band! I love you thank you.

Simply the greatest.

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". 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. - benjaminparker1356

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! - AliBab

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 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.

Best music artist of all time! '

EMINEM bought REVOLUTION. The only white rapper who made a breakthrough to achieve what no one could ever even think of, becoming the greatest artist of all-time, his fanbase is unmatched to any other artist here.

He deserves to be considered as one of the Greatest musician without question...

8 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. 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.

I think Beatles are the best, but Elvis is pretty good and was a good musician. (Drake beat the Beatles by the way, but this is a world where people have no taste is music.) - GamerXS

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.

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.

The greatest of them all, a fantastic artist and a wonderful man. Ridiculous, laughable that he is placed here at number 8. We all know that elvis is the greatest no matter what.

9 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 more.

I'm the idiot that's american

No have bad album

Every album good

Best band after the beatles

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). more.

It's sad that this is only 11. It is #2 in my option. - GamerXS

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

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? Jars of Clay Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. They met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.
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The Contenders

11 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 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. - ParasN2000

Why is a rapper higher on the list

The best rock band every

The purest form of rock and roll.

12 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 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.

Best band ever, deep lyrics, great vocals RIP Chester

Numb is my fave - Gaming_With_Kay

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. - Mcgillacuddy

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

There it is! My internet must be broken. I had to scroll for far to long. - Nebular65

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 more.

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

Best band ever

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?

15 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. more.

The most unique and original artist of all time.

His lyrics painted great pictures and told great stories.

Under pressure

My song I like is Life on mars (2016)

16 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.

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

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

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

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

17 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. more.

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

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

Kurt's death was the biggest music loss in the 90s.

No way in hell is imagine dragons better than nirvana

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

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 more.


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

Best vocal and guitarist duo ever
axl and slash - mjurke

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

19 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

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

I love their songs, believer, thunder, and many more

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

20 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 more.

Bellow Linkin Park, nirvana, Metallica and Green Day?

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

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

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

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

Shame that Jimi Hendrix is only 20th.

This list is a perfect example of how dumb this site is. Hendrix should easily be top 10, even top 5. The most important guitarist to ever live and one of the most important artists in general. Half of the artists ranked above himnis absolutely a joke. Nirvana? No. Green Day? AT 10?!? Haha NO. Linkin Park? Radiohead? Give me a break. Metallica, ACDC...smfh. Most of these artists have Jimi to thank for having the opportunity to do what they've done. I've never come across and actually accurate list on this site, except for maybe Best Rappers, but even then it's close. This site is a wack joke.

21 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 more.

The best band of all time, bar none. Long Live Rock! - wylie

The who are in the top 5 music artists of all time

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

22 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.

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

Or, in reality, Brendon Urie and the Touring People - 24601

They're amazing!

This should be changed,Dallon isn't it panic anymore he sings/plays bass in his own band (listen to I don't know how but they found me) - poppunk

23 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 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'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.

Why is he on the list? - RobertWisdom

Because someone added him to the list do you know how this website works? - Powell

Overrated! - DaWyteNight

Probably the greatest artist of all time

24 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 more.

Clocks is my fave song by them - Gaming_With_Kay


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.

Coldplay is not better than rhcp

25 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”. more.

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

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


26 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). more.

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

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.

*sigh* why? - Pointingfingers

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

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

Their songs are GLORIOUS! - KalloFox34

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. - DCfnaf

People are sick this must be in top 10

28 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 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. - BonJovi17

Ohh, we're halfway there...


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. - lastcig

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.

29 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.

53 highly successful years in the music business - LEGEND!

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

Eltons still standing- yeah yeah yeah

30 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. 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.


They make one of the best riffs! - Pointingfingers

31 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 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

32 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 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.

33 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 more.

How is this not no. 1 - PleseDont

They are probable the top 10 of my list.

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

34 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, more.

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

He has sick flow

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

He is a Classical Musician, not dumb rap and hip hop garbage. - GehennaTheSecond

35 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

36 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.

One of the best songwriters of all time

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

He is the best musician ever

Absolute Legand

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

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

This is the top ten in my opinion.

1 The Rolling Stones 2 The Beatles 3 Blue Cheer 4 Led Zeppelin 5 Deep Purple 6 The Who 7 Jimi Hendrix 8 Cream 9 Bob Dylan 10 The Byrds

@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.

How did Blue Cheer went all the way back down? This makes not sense. It should not go down that fast when it was at 19 today. There is no way Blue Cheer should not like the top artists when The Who, The Rolling Stones, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix are like the top artists. Name me one artists that Rock more than Blue Cheer that is not metal or have influence from Metal.

38 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.

I haven't listened to fall out boy in YEARS but they should be higher smh - poppunk

Pretty good

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!

Great lyrics and great sound. Love their old sound as well as their new sound. Follie a Deux is a must listen

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

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

Why the heck is Evanensence and TDG higher - Ljubo1950

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

Frusciante is better than Jesus

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

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

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

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

He created rock n roll. Enough said.

Should be much higher up the list. Elvis Presley stole his whole act. - RobertWisdom

Chuck Berry is that one forgotten artist who basically wrote all of the rules for lead guitar in popular music. - AlexZoraj

Puting chuck berry at number 52 just shows what these idots know about music chuck berry is in the top 5 of all time can any of these other artists play guitar like chuck berry his music is timeless

42 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.

Not high art but really great 80's hard rock. - ThatDudeRoss

Just rocking

How the hell is this not higher?

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

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?

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. - AlexZoraj

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.

Man, it's incredible how a band so great and inspiring is so low in this list.

44 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 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

Way too low for 2pac top 15 100%

That's pretty low for him

Legend. Just unbelievable. No one can compare their rap to the GOAT

45 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). more.
46 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 more.

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

These guys are bad to the bone.

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

I'm glad they got this high, but it's an absolute crime that bands like Three Days Grace, Evanescence and Imagine Dragons are above them. The Velvet Underground were way ahead of their time in a way that was much less mainstream than the Beatles (not to diss the Fab Four). - ThatDudeRoss

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

48 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.

My favorite black sabbath singer - EzP2

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

Higher than Bowie? - SomewhereInLondon

I don't like gingies. He looks like Chucky.

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

Should be much much higher. In my top 10!

Should be in the top 10.

Free bird...all needs said

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.

50 Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Should be highr, ever heard don't stop belivin or any way you want it?

They have a lot of albums and songs, creatively named in sequence. Examples are: (Departure, Arrival) (Captured, Escape) (Decade, Century, Millennium) exc. Each album has a song with the same name, and Journey has a lot of the Greatest hits, like Don't stop believing, Seprate ways, Any way you want it, and many more. To me journey will always be one of the greats.

Vote for journey

Should be #1

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