Greatest Musicians of All Time
The Top Ten
The king of POP rightly named, no one has ever moved all four corners of the world like he did! A true Legend.
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 is by far The most talented human being who ever lived.
Every son he made was deserved a number 1 spot
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!
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.
Paul McCartney is a musical genius. He can play basically any instrument he picks up, and play it well. He was one of two of the driving forces in the greatest band of all time. His versatility is unbelievable (especially the solo career) and he is still making wonderful music!
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.
How anyone else could be number one is beyond me, even if you don't like the beatles, or his solo stuff, the influence he's had on music as a whole and nearly any musician after him is unquestionably what makes him number 1. John and George as well.
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 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..
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.
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.
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?
I can't believe this guy's only fourth! He should at least be ahead of ELVIS. So deep and pure and beautiful! Greatest music ever written
Come on, people! What Beethoven created being deaf no other musician came close to achieving, even with perfect hearing. - amandamop
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!
He had so much meaning in his music he wanted the world to live in peace and love he thinks like no other artist he has so much empathy and compassion for people and he cares about people so much it breaks my heart knowing the fact someone was cruel enough to kill him god bless him
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.
He is the most deserving of this title of anyone on the list. He changed the world and filled it with his love, brilliance and cutting edge thinking and magnificent heart. Love John Lennon! 1
He had a great vocal range and forever changed the music industry.
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. - SintJohn
Greatest singer of all time, don't read any of the comment from this Freddie hater above.
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.
His Symphonies say it all, I believe he was not human, the things he composed are out of this world.
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.
It you water it all down, you will find that all the music we have today is based on the work of Mozart. - queen11
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.
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.
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.
Great songwriter, most influential rock artist and easily the greatest guitarist of all time.
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.
Why george is no. 5? I think its no. 4?
Great guitarist except for his sitar stage
It was very hard to choose a beatle to choose, but I eventually chose john. George is amazing though - Topcansuckit
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.
The greatest ever no one will ever be as good as the king, no one. He was a diamond.
Fantastic musician, no one will ever equal him. It doesn't get any better than Elvis! Number 1.
A legendary singer one of the best selling over all musicians and the best selling solo musician
Those who like this man put a like here. This guy deserves to be on top 20. We will never forget his contributions to music. The nights, hey brother, wake me up and many more... - Dragoon
How does this no talent make this list?
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.
Best guitarist ever in my opinion
Whoa whoa, that makes him so overrated. - zxm
LOL. Isn't he too overrated at #9 (even higher than Mozart...)? - Metal_Treasure
who? - Topcansuckit
Hail to the king vocals sums that up
Should be 1, easily beat musician after everything that happened to him
Musicians is someone who make music not only someone who play music he compose his music made beat and write for himself and is definitely king of rap according to me he should be in top 10 and I am only seeing guys here where are female musician Beyonce Taylor Swift mariah carry Adele madonna shakira seriously female musicians don't get credit they deserve people will rather talk about how hot they look
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
Changed music forever. Nothing you listen to would be the same without him
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.
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 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.
One of the best lead guitarist of all time!
What improvisation skills!
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 - Topcansuckit
A truly great artist, he should be higher on the list
All I'm saying is that he is the greatest musician of all time.
One of the most underrated musisian ever. Pure talent, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, real frontman.
31th, seriously? Get him into top 10 at least dude! Don't you listen to music anyway?
Great dude - AngusCash
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
one of my favrite sangers kit and dave fave song smels like tee spirit
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.
He has change the world with his music he was one of the last real musicians the day he died was the day music died WE MISS you KURT
He is one of the greatest right by dean martin
By far the greatest musician I've ever heard in my life!
He's the best
The trumpet was made for him! No one can manipulate an instrument like he did.
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
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!
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.
VERY creative songwriter
No one in this world will ever strike the notes this guy ascended to!
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
He does have an amazing voice and Megadeth rocks!
How Can Eminim be higher?! He's 10 times better!
The original and one of the best
jouny be good good job
This is the man who played and performed music through his Mind and Halucinations. He translated this music into an Album that is not only influential, but one of the best albums ever created. The Beach Boys are underrated in the Public Eye, but Brian Wilson in particular deserves more recognition, he is a Musical Mastermind.
Gilmour is a much better musician then Waters ever was. Waters was just a better songwriter, and this list is about the best musicians so he should be a lot higher on the list then waters
Am I tripping or is David Gilmour actually rated above the band member who wrote the entire Dark Side of the Moon, and The Wall?
Pink Floyd's only
He should be number 1.
This is one of those guys who’s involved in like 6 bands and was really good in all of them
He is terrible, his only good music was with Nirvana, Foo Fighters are a terrible band. - matthewwilliams2
Now this is the kind of musician who should be in the top twenty.
True talent. - TopTenTed
Multi-instrumentalist, just an extremely talented musician
Though michael jackson is the greatest entertainer Prince bar and none takes the 1 2 and 3 slot as the greatest muscian of all time.. It's a debate with rest of the numbers from 4 on down on whose the best muscian. But this poll here is probably controlled by the Democratic party or some other screwup nut job
He is the greatest MUSICIAN of all-time #1 without a doubt musical genius what he did musically CANNOT even be put into proper perspective he did EVERYTHING!
The greatest musician that ever lived on this planet. Best song writer, best guitar player, best producer, best performer, best dresser, best looker.
No mere human has ever had a more refined voice than sh had. I think she literally introduced a new high note in music.
He was one of the best singers in rock history and he had a darn good voice.R. iP.
Surprised to see he's here. because he remains missing in a lot of good singer lists. - zxm
Tony is and absolute legend! Should be at least top 20. He is t
Cash was an icon and represented and gave a voice to those in misery. A soul-soothing legend.
He sings from the heart and soul. not the best singer but the best songwriter
This man is solid and should be in the top ten at least.
But he make me feel he should go at least 27 or higher
One of the greatest guitarists/songwriters in the world. He's amazing!
Page is one of the best guitarists of all time. But as a musician John Paul Jones is better
Page is great, but where in the $&!? $& is John Paul Jones! YEESH!
Lengendary guitarist in a great band.
Brilliant songwriter in collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Bernie wrote the lyrics, gave them to Elton who then composed the song in 30 minutes. Also superb pianist/keyboardist & a great singer & performer.
Great singer, superb songwriter with Bernie Taupin. Elton can write the melody of a song in 30 minutes & invariably, it becomes a hit.
Best solo artist ever with great everything.
A fabulous musician like no other - SINGER, SONGWRITER & PIANIST/KEYBOARDIST.
A whole movement on his ow, we talk of Reggae you mean Bob the Marley boy
I strongly believe that Bob Marley should be in the top 10. His music was most inspiring and timeless.
He should be higher on the list!
We only had him for a short time but he pourd out words that led to the freedom of many nations and individuals... I think he should be next to MJ
ALL AROUND EPIC GUITARIST
He is a great musician, he has the most unique voice in the world, he should be at top 20 at least
Keith should be in the top 15 at the very least. - Metarock