Most Iconic People in Rock Music

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1 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.

A Icon? For sure. Important in Rock? Yes. More important than Elvis Presley? No. Your argument about covers is very lame. Elvis covers in 1954-55 are better than the originals ( " Baby Let's play house ", " Blue moon of Kentucky ", " Mystery Train ", " Milcow Blues boogie " etc... ) because he covered them with his distinctive style. After 1956 ( exept for some songs ) many songs that Elvis recorded were especcially written for him and not covers. Also, your argument about Elvis as being more Country / Pop is lame. Elvis is pure Rockabilly while at Sun Records and when he moved to RCA in 1956 till 1958 ( after that he was drafted in the army till 1960 ) he only recorded Rock and Roll, Ballads and Gospels. There's only 0,1% country pop during that period. About your " Berry defined Rock and Roll... " comment. Just read or listen ( at YouTube ) to what Chuck Berry himself said about Elvis " Elvis Presley is the greatest there ever was, is, or ever will be... ( Chuck Berry quote ) ". And ...more

Yes, he was much more important than Presley! While Presley made only covers and his songs were more like country/pop songs, Berry defined Rock and Roll as well. Also, more bands covered Berry's songs than Presley's... - somekindofaguy

Aw yea the founder

Most iconic figure in R nR history indeed! :-)

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2 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer ...read more.

Great voice and frontman! - Bobdobb

3 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.
4 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a 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.

Without him this list would not even exist.

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As Much As I Love Dio, More People Would Reginize Elvis - Du

5 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.

One of the best and most innovative guitarists ever. Had a guitar with him almost everywhere he went. - Bobdobb

6 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 ...read more.
7 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.

Fantastic musician that also played with Hawkwind, a psychedelic, electronic rock band from the early 70s. Slayed it all with Ace of Spades song.
Only human I've seen that could do meth and bourbon every day and live as long and healthily as he did. Amazing. - Bobdobb

8 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 .
9 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
10 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, 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.

Another fabulous vocalist and frontman. Remade his characters constantly. Had great relationships with singers and muscians across many genres of music. From Iggy Pop to Bing Crosby. - Bobdobb

The Newcomers

? Jack Black Jack Black Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black is an American actor, singer, musician and comedian. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. Black is the lead vocalist of the comedic rock group Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with friend Kyle Gass. They have released the albums Tenacious ...read more.

Starred in School of Rock, The Pick of Destiny, and the lead singer of Tenacious D, the band which made a song called The Metal. Also fully endorsed by Dave Grohl and Dio. - SoldierOfFortune

The Contenders

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

Defined the term "frontman", and was among the most literate of songwriters. Morrison over Freddie? Absolutely!

Outstanding rebel frontman with a dynamic vocal ability. - Bobdobb

12 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.
13 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.
14 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.

Excellent starter of pop rock. - Bobdobb

15 Little Richard Little Richard Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter.

One of the most important figures of early rock and roll along with outstanding showmanship and a larger than life personality. Talent beyond most of his peers. - Bobdobb

The Architect of Rock&Roll.

16 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.
17 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 ...read more.
18 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.
19 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.

One of the best Rock vocalists and frontmen ever. - Bobdobb

20 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.

The only "three time" inductee to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

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