Greatest Musicians of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

He is my favorite artist of all time! His music is VERY catchy and just amazing. He was a super talented man! I have every single song he wrote. Just AMAZING!

Whatever opinions you have of Michael the person, you simply can not deny the mans incredible talent. Pop isn't even my style of music - metal and rock is. but michael WAS a rock star.

Michael Jackson was the greatest musician because he mastered every craft of music that he practised. Which is singing, dancing, writing, beatboxing, cheographying and composing all of his own music. He was

Greatest all around musical talent. Bar none. Closest would be the Beatles but even they as a group didn't have near the longevity or become a global influence as this dude!

2 Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

How is Michael Jackson in the first place? Don't get me wrong, I love his music but Paul knows how to play at least 50+ instruments! Michael Jackson only knows how to play the keyboards, the guitar and the drums

This man is the greatest musician in modern time.
I get pissed when I read that people believes that MJ is a greater artist than Beatles, Dylan, Stones and so on. These people often like MJ better and can't just separate the two different things.
But this may be the dummest thing I've ever seen. It's one thing to like someones music more, but MJ is hardly considered a musician. He is considered an artist, but as a musician myself I can say that no musician really considers him a great musician. Is he even a musician? Is there any proof that he has ever even played an instrument? He cab sing and write music, but he's not even close to being a good musician.

Paul McCartney not only was part of the greatest band in the world, but has done more in music by setting standards and records that many others have to only dream about. Although his music is not as diverse as say David Bowie's, he still sets the bar very high that makes the music we listen to that much more enjoyable and remembered.

Except for the amazing vocals in Beatles he had a really successful solo career. The first 12 years of his solo career he had nine number one singles and seven number one albums in the United States.

3 Andy Gibb Andrew Roy Gibb was an English singer, songwriter, performer, and teen idol. He was the youngest brother of the Bee Gees.

Doing volunteer work and charity functions doesn't make a person the greatest musician of all time. His brothers - Barry, Robin and Maurice - were far and away more gifted than Andy was. The Bee Gees remain one of the greatest musical groups of all time, and that doesn't include Andy Gibb.

The greatest musicians in the world are the classical composers... Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky et al NOT Andy Gibb who was part of the music scene for a very limited amount of time.

Andy Gibb was a brilliant talented singer, songwriter, and musician. His looks and voice made girls everywhere just love him. He'll always be loved, missed, and remembered by his family, friends, and fans all around the world.

Andy was a talented singer and performer who would still be making hits songs if he did not leave us at a young age. He would have been singing with his brothers the Bee Gees. And Andy loved his fans he is truly missed..

4 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, ...read more.

Beethoven's music challenges the listener to experience deep swings of emotion from agony to elation, from peaceful to triumphant. His music is complex and ever-changing, it can be intentionally atonal in one moment, then rhythmic or melodic the next. It is that constant dynamism which makes his music brilliant, it guides the deep-thinking listener through an experience synonymous to life itself. And, at the risk of sounding shallow, his music is often so ridiculously exuberant, inspirational, and life-affirming that no one--Mozart, Bach, or the greats of our current era--comes even remotely close to matching his otherworldly genius.

He should be NUMBER 1. No one has ever created the absolutely mind-blowing music he composed. He leaves all these pop/rock jocks far behind in the distance.

Beethoven the greatest, purest, deepest, most original musical mind ever. His music is quality in a very beautiful and elegant form. He composed many pieces that is humanly impossible. But he did it! He wrote great music notwithstanding his health problems. What more if he had lived longer and healthy?

The so-called music of today doesn't compare with the glorious music composed by the greatest composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven.

5 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

His music is so powerful that words can't desribe how it has impacted the world and the millions who still listen to it. Countless masterpieces have been crafted by this man, from the beginning of his career to his heartbreaking death (which still brings tears to my eyes today). Nobody has ever revolutionized music in the way that Lennon did, and his remarkable quality and consistincy in musical prowess is astounding. Not only was he a musician, but he was an icon, charming teens during the early 60s with his wit and charm, spearheading the counterculture movement in the late 60s, and becoming an icon of peace movements during the 70s, inspiring millions to this day. Nobody has and ever will come close to how he has revolutionized culture, society, music, and the world as a whole, as he is a remarkable phenomenon that will never be topped or matched again.

Should be the best for he is the masterpiece of singing - songwriting. John Lennon also the most inspiring and most influential, not only in musical talents but in peaceful activities too. John Lennon should be a gift from heaven, should be a son of God for he is a peace - minded person. Go John Lennon for the win!

John Lennon is the greatest musician of all time! Nobody will ever math to his greatness! in my opinion. I think he has the best vocals, the best musical personality. And is just all around the greatest. He is the #1 or at lest should be. There are some who can do great. But others who can do much greater.

John Lennon was a musical genius, and belongs in the top 3. He wrote many classic songs and pushed music to new heights. He had the greatest impact on music and without him, music today would never be the same.

6 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

You deserve more than number four on this list, Freddie mercury always was and will remain the best singer that ever lived, and one of the best songwriters to grace us with his presence on this earth, He sung to the best of his ability to the very end, loving and cherishing every minute of it. While this man was sick and dying and was filled with so much pain he could not even stand he propped himself up against a table downed a vodka and vowed "I'l sing till I bleed" if you can't call that legendary then I sincerely doubt you will ever find who your looking for.

Best singer ever, don't make me laugh. I think the most overrated singer ever. He is outgunned by singers like Caruso, Pavarotti and Bocelli. And in rock by singers like Orbison and Franklin.

Freddie Mercury was not just a rockstar, he was a legend. His whole life he was discriminated from his teeth to his race and his talent. He came from nothing but a worker at heathrow airport for removing baggage to a rock legend. He didn’t achieve fame at a young age like most in the time. But he genuinely worked at it. He trained his voice and took advantage of his four octave vocal range. Simply listen to his voice while singing with his prior band “Ibex” then listen to the Show Must Go On. Not many people grow up to have such a powerful voice till they die.

Greatest LEGEND THERE IS. It's right that he's number one here. He made songs out of great fun and out of pure genius. No one can compare to how genius Freddie was. His music will be forever cherished till the end of time... RIP Freddie Mercury, you were truly the greatest.

Well this is legend not musician what is he doing on this list he should be at 1 st place at top 10 legends list.

7 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

I don't even listen to classical music much. I like it though, since I like pretty much all music.
I'm a musician, and for us educated its obvious that the greatest musicians of all time isn't Macca, Dylan or Lennon. they're the greatest modern world musicians, but the graeatest of all times is the classical ones. Mozart is the number one.
MJ shouldn't be on this list since he isn't a musician

This is completely and insanely baffling that he is not 1. He was by far the greatest musical mind to have ever lived. This absolutely outrages me to the point of complete loss of sanity.

Mozart wasn't only a prodigy but a revolutionary. His work was more ground breaking and original than Beethoven's in his particular time period. Imagine if had lived to old age.

Beethoven above Mozart is fine and Elvis, Beatles and Queen being above him is not exactly right, but they're pretty awesome... Screw Michael Jackson being at number 1 though

8 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Jimi Hendrix wasn't a guitar player, the guitar was an extension of his mind and soul. It was through his guitar that Jimi expressed himself. It represented the way he talked, walked and even breathed. Due to this extreme relationship between a man and his instrument, Jimi became a master songwriter, a soulful vocalist and a studio genius who crafted, with ease, lots and lots of songs which had a life for themselves. This organic characteristic is unparalleled among rock musicians. Since his death, there has not been a single guitar player as important or as revolutionary, but his work has remained so vital and inspirational that his influence over the music world has defeated his death, and therefore he gained his immortality.

Here is why Hendrix is ranked too low: He is ubiquitously recognized as the best guitarist of all time. In concerts he would play behind his back and with his tongue. He is a prodigy, and he can also write songs. He belongs in the top 5 best musicians without doubt.

Best guitar player of all time a genius he could play guitar left handed right handed wonky handed and with his very easily he has great stage presence and emotion.

Great songwriter, most influential rock artist and easily the greatest guitarist of all time.

9 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

George was a great musician, but among the ten best of all time? That's a bit of a stretch, but I did love the guy.

It was very hard to choose a beatle to choose, but I eventually chose john. George is amazing though

Great guitarist except for his sitar stage

Why george is no. 5? I think its no. 4?

10 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

The greatest most fabulous music artist of all time. No one can or ever will compare to elvis. God bless him, he gave so much pleasure to millions and still does. Artist of the century. Mozart of the 20th century.

Elvis Presley, one talented man of course, but after his death there aren’t any more songs anymore. My favourite song is Hound Dog! Back then he was a rock for our grandparents and parents but I still watch, learn and get inspired to the videos.

A legendary singer one of the best selling over all musicians and the best selling solo musician

Fantastic musician, no one will ever equal him. It doesn't get any better than Elvis! Number 1.

The Newcomers

? Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Was looking at this list to see if slash was even on it at all, certainly didn't expect this high, but it makes sense!

Some say Slash doesn't exist. He's like Santa, too good to be true.

How does this no talent make this list?

Best guitarist ever in my opinion

12 M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

LOL. Isn't he too overrated at #9 (even higher than Mozart...)?

Whoa whoa, that makes him so overrated.

Hail to the king vocals sums that up

13 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

So many of the top people on this list are lead singers who don't play an instrument. I think a lot of folks voting on this list don't realize they're not voting for a singer or writer, but someone who plays an instrument, or preferably, several instruments.

Definitely the best rapper ever. He has definitely changed the rap genre of music, and makes some of the best music out there

Excuse me, I was looking for the best musicians list? Can anyone tell me where I can find it?

This guy is a genius. The best rapper of all time I think he should be among the top five(5).

14 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.

Should be ranked 2nd. Changed popular singing. Greatest lyricist of all time. His influence in music is unmatched. Going electric at the Newport folk festival and his doings in the civil rights movements changed pop culture and the world. There would be no Hendrix Springsteen nirvana and the genre of rap in general if it weren't for Dylan give credit where credit is due!

Bob Dylan practically invented, if not literally invented the song writing process. his music and lyrics are LEGENDARY!, the use of metaphors and his voice are quite entertaining.Not only did he bridge together the cultures of the beatniks and hippies of the time with his catchy and simple melodies combined with his metaphorical lyrics that you can just listen to again and again.

Undoubtably the number one spot. He has impacted not only the world of music, but the world a whole more than any other musician ever. He is not only the greatest living poet, but perhaps the greatest musician ever to walk this earth.

Bob Dylan is number 1! No songwriter will ever surpass the one and only Dylan. He is THE LEGEND of Music. Without Dylan, music would not be. First Dylan, then followed by Jackson, McCartney, and so on.

15 Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

One of the best lead guitarist of all time!

What improvisation skills!

16 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

The phrase "You can do whatever you set your mind to" isn't true... unless you are David Bowie. Bowie managed to stay relevant in the changing music world since the early 70's. He has written and performed countless genius songs. He belongs in the top 10.

I personally voted for john lennon, but if I could pick a second it would definitely be bowie

All I'm saying is that he is the greatest musician of all time.

A truly great artist, he should be higher on the list

17 James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

31th, seriously? Get him into top 10 at least dude! Don't you listen to music anyway?

One of the most underrated musisian ever. Pure talent, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, real frontman.

changed the sound of thrash metal evolving through the years.

18 Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

By far the greatest musician I've ever heard in my life!

He is one of the greatest right by dean martin

I don't see why this guy isn't No. 1 He is brilliant.

He's the best

19 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.

You always notice that stage where celebrities often do drugs and die from them. Especially what happened to kurt cobain. My theory is that some of them are just scarred. Like, they're scarred of being famous and they just want to be left alone. Now I don't know if this was true with kurt but he did say that the fame was too much for him. Think about it people, when you're on top of the world it gets really overwhelming. There are some people out there who are planning for a future but are scarred to be famous because they are just normal people who want to be left alone. And whether if they're artists some of them didn't plan for their work to stand out from all the others, they've probably done their work just for themselves and for others to enjoy. If you are so famous that you'll be remembered throughout all of history wouldn't that be way too much pressure? Do you really want to waste your life for the hell of stardom? In my opinion, we should only chose art that really stands ...more

I honestly want to be famous because I want to make a difference. I want to do people a favor by doing something totally new and extraordinary whether it be science, art, sports, politics, or any kind of subject. I don't care if I get famous because I don't care about myself (I'm an atheist, but I'm a really nice guy). So I'm willing to sacrifice my life for the new things I want to bring to humanity. So don't worry about me. I'm doing just fine. As long as I make a difference then humanity will be having new ideas, whether we can use them to help us uncover the secrets of life and the universe as we know it.

It must also not be easy dealing with people when you're famous. Whether someone talks about your work in a bad way, someone hates you, or someone makes fun of you in a depressing or offensive way. you have to be strong about that. It really takes a lot of guts if you have enough.

Kurt Cobain is the best musicians of the world. I am enjoying his songs always. It's my favourite songs.

20 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

The trumpet was made for him! No one can manipulate an instrument like he did.

21 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Ozzy should be at least in the top ten. He ROCKS! He isn't called the "Prince of Darkness" or the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" for nothing. I LOVE Ozzy! He deserves so much more credit than this. Ozzy forever!

Ozzy is so danm great, he should be number 1, he has been doing music for so danm long, he's done multiple music genres, done stuff in movies, ozzy is god

One of the founders of heavy metal. He is a genius of that music, I was going to choose Michael Jackson, but he only has written a few of his songs... and hardly played anything.

iron man really nice work

22 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

No one in this world will ever strike the notes this guy ascended to!

23 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

He started with Metallica, got thrown out (for a reason), this made him depressed for his whole life, he wrote some classic Metallica songs (metal militia, phantom lord and even parts of leper messiah) made up megadeth wich is (as Thrash Metal band) even more popular. He is awesome and will always be it

beginning in metallica and going through some tough times following his unwanted departure. overcame adversity and thrived as megadeaths frontman

He does have an amazing voice and Megadeth rocks!

How Can Eminim be higher?! He's 10 times better!

24 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.

The original and one of the best

jouny be good good job

25 Travis Barker Travis Landon Barker is an American musician and producer, and the drummer for the American rock band Blink-182. Barker has also performed as a frequent collaborator with hip-hop artists, and with the alternative rock band +44, the rap rock group the Transplants, and the alternative rock band Box Car ...read more.

without a doubt a top drummer if not the top for me. changed the sound of blink 182 and then the music of multiple generations

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