Greatest Music Artists of All Time

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The Contenders: Page 2

21 Billy Joel Billy Joel

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

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

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

YES!

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

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

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

They don't call him the boss for nothing!

If not the best, surely the awesomest - RecklessGreed

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

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

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

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

So amazing. Who hasn't heard black in black?

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

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

Blood sugar sex Majik is one of my favorite albums!

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

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

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

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

Basicaly, this means brian wilson. - RecklessGreed

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26 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

One of the most talented female singers ever! Period!

She should definitely be higher, at least in the top 20

A talented singer, deserves to be higher up on the list

She is dam should be next to Eminem

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

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

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

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

0.5 percent is perfect for them - Lucretia

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

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

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

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

Demons, On Top of the World, Radioactive, It's Time, all ONE ALBUM. THAT'S AWESOME

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

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

People are sick this must be in top 10

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

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

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

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

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

Berry was the first to write about rock and roll stardom, and he was the first to write surf rock (The Beach Boys themselves stole one of his tunes, "Sweet Little Sixteen", for their song "Surfin' USA. ")

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

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31 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

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

Her impact in the pop culture is endless.

Should be 150th or something like that.

Trashy

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

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

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

Not even rock their pop although they have good songs and occasionally plays guitar but doesn't do much with it was overrated but because of music now rated

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

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33 James Brown James Brown

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

This guy created funk. Enough said.

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

34 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel ...read more.

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

35 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

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

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

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

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

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36 Guns N' Roses

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

Why is Linkin Park higher than guns n' roses?

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

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

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

Are you actually kidding me?

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

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

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

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

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38 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

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.

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

Greatest artist of all time

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

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

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

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

Top 5 for me!

40 Fall Out Boy 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.

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

Just the best sound in the industry, hands down.

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