1 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
In 2009 Bob Dylan was asked to name musicians alive at that time who were more legendary than him. He named one person. The unsurpassed Chuck Berry
Most iconic figure in R nR history indeed! :-)
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2 Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer with Persian ancestry, 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 vocal range. ...read more.
Should be number one.
Great voice and frontman! - Bobdobb
3 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.
Put him up
As Much As I Love Dio, More People Would Reginize Elvis - Du
4 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.
5 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 (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
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.
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
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 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
10 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
11 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
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 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, 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
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 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 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.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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