Greatest Rock Legends

This list is about people who influenced rock the most.

The Top Ten

1 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 more.

The greatest ever showman / front man / singer / song writer / performer. No-one can ever replace Freddie. No-one else in this list even deserves to be on the same page.

Nobody owned the stage like Freddy Mercury. He could perform to an audience of raving lunatics and have them eating out of the palm of his hand within minuets.
A true legend of rock.

He was one of the best, if not the best performer in the music industry period. Only a very, very small number of people are even on the same page as him.

One of the kind

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2 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

Can't get better than his voice!

The metal poet a mere genius

Not only his golden voice but also his incredible personality - known for paying attention to every fan who has approached him. He talked to fans for hours after the shows. He is the greatest rock personality ever and could be a role model for everyone. R.I.P. Dio!
He is so Number 1. - Metal_Treasure

The greatest metal voice of all time

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3 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

Best ever a master of the trade

The guitar legend

The Man in Black - pioneer of heavy metal and one of the finest guitarists of all time. His unforgettable riffs and solos, played with his unmatched passion are so powerful that can open your 3rd eye.
He formed not only one but 2 legendary bands - Deep Purple and Rainbow. - Metal_Treasure

4 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 more.

As much as he would hate me for saying it; he is truly a rock legend

I think kurts very unseen.. Their song is very simple but its great..

like elvis I can't stand him but he wrote a new chapter in music. - russian

He was truly a legend with great talent.

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5 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

Great singer and personality, too. - Metal_Treasure

6 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

Greatest drummer of all time

7 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Absolutely yes he was a rockstar...

8 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He more.

Love his songs he inspired me to start singing

He's the best with the craziest energy. He needs higher on the list.

Bon Jovi inspired me to start guitar

Been a huge Bon Jovi fan for many, many years and have seen them perform “live” countless times! So happy they made it into the #RRHOF in April 2018! Well-deserved!

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9 Dave Lombardo Dave Lombardo David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
10 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.

John wrote some fantastic hits and will always be the deepest rock preformed. I love his son the baby named chris

Just find some 1 from any time after 1964 I'm sure they all heard of him even the beiber fangirls have. - russian

The greatest! Everybody has to admit John Lennon rocks!

How is John Lennon not number 1 on this list?!?!?! He is hands down the most iconic rock star to ever live! No musician changed the world like he did. And I think he’s also the greatest poet to ever pen rock songs

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The Contenders

11 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

What a legend! I remember growing up we thought he was "the devil" but now his act is respectfully devilish. Not sure what I mean? See him in concert. He's a hoot. I love to read about his life, too. I saw him during his ""Spend the Night with Alice" tour in 2016. He was fantastic.

This man brought theatrics into rock and he is still getting the job done to this very day! Long live the Coop!

What is there to say, he's a GOD!

Alice is 70 but makes perfomances like he is 30. True LEGEND

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12 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

MICK JAGGER is the greatest rock singer ever! FREDDIE MERCURY is number 2 on greatest rock singers ever MICHAEL JACKSON is the greatest singer ever number 1 MICK JAGGER number 3 ELVIS PRESLEY number 2 and FREDDIE MERCURY number 4 and Robert Plant possible number 5 among greatest singers of all time that my opinion if I rank artists I would rank this way MICHAEL JACKSON at number 1 ELVIS PRESLEY at number 2 THE ROLLING STONES at number 3 QUEEN at number 4 then Lez Zeppelin and Eminem at numbers 4 and 5 that's what I think so do not too pissed about this okay guys?.

Why misses Mick Jagger?!
He is the singer of The Rolling Stones, a real rock band.

Must be in the top 10! Jagger is one of the most awesome frontman ever.

13 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. more.

He's the one that started modern music. Before him there was nothing exeptional. He's the one that gave Rock and Roll an attitude ( rebellious, clothes, hairstyle etc... ). His Sun records, his 1956-1958 records have plenty of things that would be inspirational for Rock 's development. Without him none of the " legends " ranked above him would be there. And if you can't stand his Rock songs ( not only his hits! ) then you're not a true Rock lover.

I can't stand his music but got to appreciete what he done. - russian

I name my instruments after rock legends and I named my violin elvis

Simple: He’s the King

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14 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 more.

Unbelievably talented on the guitar. HE IS A GOD

He is the true guitar hero. - russian

This man was so far ahead of his time, it blows my mind why he isn't number 1

The closest thing to a god on Earth.
Greatest guitarist.

15 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.

Swag to the mothership

Great man, great Guitarist. I can't think of any songs by that aren't great. Teaming up with Myles Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with.

Some of rock's most memorable vocals

I am Slash Junior

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16 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 more.

The godfather of metal should be first

Should be First, he changed the sound and history of rock and metal. Every band: alive or dead, is directly or indirectly influenced by Ozzy.

Ozzie is the best rock legend there is and what he did was amazing

A LEGEND that's all I have to say

17 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

practically invented heavy metal. - russian

18 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.

Best singer of all time

Bad ass rocker of all time!

19 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 more.

Anyone who can rise from the ashes to this level of rock lunacy and the find peace in them self is a mortal rock legend in my book🤘

20 Joan Jett Joan Jett Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb". V 1 Comment
21 Kerry King Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.
22 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.

He may not be the best preformer but he's sure 1 dam good songwriter. - russian

He is the greatest lyricists 💕💕💕 and true music artist

23 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

One of the great voices and incredible lyrics

He's a genius who does not get enough credit.

I am the lizard king, I can do anything.

Not just a great singer, he could show and explain the people how he sees the world in a beliveable way... Also a person who showed the true spirit of rock and how to be a rockstar!

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24 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Its Axl need I say more?

Axl rose is the king of rock n roll.

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.

Best ever bitch!

26 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 more.

Legendary concerts and great personality!

27 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.

Longest preforming artist ever. - russian

28 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.


29 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.

he is probably the most well known great guitarist and 1 of hendrix's influences. - russian

Jimi Hendrix for sure and don't overlook Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.

Artist on the wires

Are you crazy; he's the best, people!

30 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Come on this guys the definition of badass his raspy voice has chilled spines for decades his whiskey breath still stands as one of the greatest rock legends of all time

One of the biggest badasses in the business. I grew up with this guys music and to this day I feel like it's the first time listening to it.

31 Angus Young Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.

He is my reason to live


Just look at him holding his SG guitar and bouncing on the stage
great rock legend, he owns the stage when he puts soul to his playing ! - shatti

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33 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

Should be a lot higher. On of the greatest vocalists to ever walk the earth

He is the prettiest man I've ever seen

34 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
35 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at age 29 in a more.

He is the 20th century Boy. Hot love.

36 Dee Dee Ramone Dee Dee Ramone Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for punk rock band the Ramones.

Dee Deezzz Nuts

LOve him

37 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.

Second lead vocals...Really. he was the all the brains and brawn for Floyd.

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39 Meat Loaf Meat Loaf Michael Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is noted for his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live shows.

I've never heard something better than his song. They are overwhelming.

40 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" .

He is amazingly talented!

41 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 more.

Front man for foo fighter and drummer for nirvana

42 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

The real king of rock & Roll. To my opinion he's the only one who can create a different world with his distinctive solo's and long jams.

43 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz.

his diverse sound makes him a true legend. - russian

44 Joey Ramone Joey Ramone Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.
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46 Jerry Cantrell Jerry Cantrell Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist best known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains.
47 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
48 Jeff Waters 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, more.
49 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.

He wrote the greatest rock n roll licks ever. Unbelievable that he was left off if any list of rock legends as he is a top ten without question. In fact he is the definition and litmus test of a rock legend.

50 Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.


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