Greatest Musicians of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson 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 was a great singer, dancer, and songwriter, but not musician. To have him ahead of anyone in the top ten is laughable. He's not on the best guitarist, bass, drum, or any brass instrument list. I do think to even be eligible for this list you have to play SOMETHING. What did he play?

Best singer, best dancer and by far the best entertainer in my opinion. His musical career, influence, sales and sheer number of number 1 hits dwarfs those of almost all other musicians. Despite dying an untimely death, Michael's legacy will continue to live on. The man was a legend on his own league.

While I'm not stating that michael wasn't great or important, I would like to say that he was nearly not as great or important as the beatles, for example. And as an added bonus, let's play a game. Name 10 michael jackson songs from between 2000-2009 and tell me why they are better than anything the beatles produced - Topcansuckit

No doubt about it.

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2 Paul McCartney 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 .

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.

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!

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.

He plays over 50 instruments guys. He's a Beatle, started his own successful band (Wings), continues music to his day (and he's 70! ) and was half of the most amazing songwriting duo history has ever seen.

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3 Andy Gibb Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb was the most amazingly talented singer. I still love to listen to all of his songs, many of which hit number 1. He was gorgeous and brilliant!

I Just Want to be Your Everything is a awesome song Andy Gibb sings! I could listen to this song all day long! Plus Too Many Looks in Your Eyes.

My Everlasting Love. Love of my life. My starlight that lights my dreams, I'm his Desire I go for him

Who's this loser? - Topcansuckit

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4 John Lennon 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.

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.

Obvious

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5 Ludwig van Beethoven 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.

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

Beethoven for president oh wait he is dead

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6 Freddie Mercury 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.

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.

Freddie mercury has a very sweet sense of humor he played the piano beautifully and had a beautiful personality

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7 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 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.

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.

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.

It you water it all down, you will find that all the music we have today is based on the work of Mozart. - queen11

That he's even on the same list with frauds like Slash, Faul McCartney or John Lennon tells us how far music has fallen.

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8 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison 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.

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

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

Great songwriter, singer and has played more than 25 instruments.Still one of the most underrated musicians of his time.RIP

9 Jimi Hendrix 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.

legend

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10 Elvis Presley 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.

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

can't stand his music but he is the king of rock and I just got to except that

Like many in this top twenty, a great and legendary performer but not a great musician.

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.

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The Newcomers

? Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.
? Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

The Contenders

11 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...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 - Topcansuckit

Hell yeah bowie for the win rip best musician ever

Classy!

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12 Leigh Stephens Leigh Stephens
13 Paul Whaley Paul Whaley
14 Bob Dylan 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.

He should be in the top 5 because he is very talented musician I love his songs

He should be in the top 5

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15 M. Shadows 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...)? - Metal_Treasure

Whoa whoa, that makes him so overrated. - zxm

who? - Topcansuckit

Hail to the king vocals sums that up

16 Slash 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.

Best guitarist ever in my opinion

Just love him and his music

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17 Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer) Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer)
18 Eminem 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.

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

Making beats is like playing an instrument, it’s just more digital than manual. Who says he can’t play an instrument? A lot of beats are made with a keyboard.

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19 Kurt Cobain 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.

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 defined a time period and is still influencing many generations

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20 Synyster Gates 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!

21 Gary Lee Yoder
22 Frank Sinatra 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 greatest right by dean martin

23 Tony Rainier
24 Louis Armstrong 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.
25 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

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

To the idiot who said "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? " :

Waters didn't write the entire of any of those albums idiot. He only wrote 3 of the songs on DSOTM by his self. And if it wasn't for David Gilmore the album would sound like garbage.He was the one that did all the coordination between the band members.

However I don't deny your statement on The Wall because it's kinda true.

26 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

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!

Cool guy!

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27 Randy Holden
28 Luciano Pavarotti 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.
29 Dave Mustaine 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

He does have an amazing voice and Megadeth rocks!

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

30 Ozzy Osbourne 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!

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.

I'm hungry for bats - matthewwilliams2

31 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.
32 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

How is this amazing human being so low on this list? He is the mastermind behind The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and almost every Pink Floyd album in between. He has written some of the greatest lyrics of all time. - Doom

How can he be below David Gilmour?
Gilmour was an amazing guitarist but listen to the stuff Floyd released after waters left. Waters wrote most of Dark side of the moon and the wall by himself and that shows an amazing creative mind. I agree that 22 is about where he should be but I disagree 28th who is above him and he physically can't be below Gilmour

33 Pete Quaife
34 Travis Barker 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.
35 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.
36 Deryck Whibley Deryck Whibley Deryck Jason Whibley (Born March 21, 1980) is a Canadian musician, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and producer of the punk rock band Sum 41.
37 James Hetfield 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?

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39 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

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.

40 Hayley Williams Hayley Williams Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.
41 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

His guitar skills, songwriting ability, and absolutely perfect voice put Clapton in the top 5. It takes an intelligent mind to understand and appreciate the music of this time.

He's one of the greatest guitar players ever, among Hendrix and Page of course

He's literally the most influential guitarist to ever exist

Definitely deserves to be in the top 10

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42 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.

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.

43 Keith Richards Keith Richards Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

Keith should be in the top 15 at the very least. - Metarock

44 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.

Tony is and absolute legend! Should be at least top 20. He is t

45 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
46 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
47 Fat Mike
48 Barry Gibb Barry Gibb Barry Alan Crompton Gibb is a British singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the group Bee Gees, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed groups in the history of popular music.

THE BEST

49 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

The greatest musician that ever lived on this planet. Best song writer, best guitar player, best producer, best performer, best dresser, best looker.

Listen to his discography and watch him perform; if you do, then you'll understand why he is the most talented musician of all time.

Since this list is MUSICIANS, he should be top ten.

True musician makes music like he said his mike was always on never sampled

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50 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.

One of Ozzy's best guitarists and a legend. Too bad he died. He was great.

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