Greatest Musicians of All Timeanthonybecerra831
The Top Ten
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.
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?
Michael Jackson does not belong at number one. Maybe number one performer, maybe top 3 singers, but he did not write his own songs or play his own instruments.
He is the king n remain the same forever.V 24 Comments
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!
I respect this man so much for his contributions to music. He really has made an impact on the world, and our thoughts. From Please Please Me to New, he's still rolling. Making him my favorite artist of all time.
Paul mccartney is the greatest musician of all time then john lennon then elvis presley nobody else compares to them.
Can write, compose, play and sing. The best of the best!V 14 Comments
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.
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.V 5 Comments
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.
Bohemian rhapsody. Enough said
He wrote the greatest music of the planet!V 3 Comments
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 makes every other musician on this list seem utterly amateur and insignificant. His accomplishments are fantasies to mere mortals.
It shows what pathetic knowledge people have to even THINK that Michael Jackson or John Lennon are even worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Ludwig van Beethoven!
And then Mozart is at 11, and JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH isn't even on this list. EMBARRASSING, this list is...
What a pathetic disgrace!
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 songwriter, singer and has played more than 25 instruments.Still one of the most underrated musicians of his time.RIP
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.
Hendrix played a right handed guitar left handed, this is talentV 2 Comments
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 5V 1 Comment
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!
Best guitarist ever in my opinion
Just love him and his music
Whoa whoa, that makes him so overrated. - zxm
Hail to the king vocals sums that up
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
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
Mozart should be 1V 5 Comments
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.
How is he and Kurt not tied for first?
This is just wrong
A Man like this should at least be in the top 10
David Bowie is an excellent performer who's whole life revolved around music. everything from his costumes to his voice is outstanding. I mean serioslly HOW IS SOMEONE LIKE M. SHADOWS BETER?!V 2 Comments
One of the best lead guitarist of all time!
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
No comment neededV 9 Comments
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.
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?
No question he is among the greatest musician we ever have
he should be in top ten.He has great voice and no one will find such a great voice. HE IS THE KING OF HIP-HOP AND KING OF RAP LAST FOREVER.
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.
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!V 1 Comment
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!
I'm hungry for bats - matthewwilliams2
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!
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