1 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.
I think that he is quite good but I'm better
Brilliant musician, singer, songwriter and frontman.
Massive talent. There could never be another Freddie Mercury.
He is the most important man in the music industry, it's sure. He was an extremely talented musical artist. His vocal range was amazing, it surprises me again and again. There could never be another Freddie. We are lucky that we had him. RIP Freddie. You'll be always in my heart.
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2 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.
He was the first really big teen idol
40 years after his dead about 50.000 people have paid hommage at Graceland and you think that he is less important for the rockindustry than Freddie Mercury, Richie Blackmore, John Lennon, Chuck Berry and Jim Marchall? His impact on a social cultural level and in rock's history is so important that this rank on this list is just ridiculous. None of the above would be there playing important roles in rock's industry if Elvis would never have existed.
Should definitely be #2 behind L/Mc, with MJ a distant 3rd. FM et al not even in the running for top 10.
3 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.
A brilliant, amazing, cutting edge, other worldly musician and composer who imbued his work with the importance of peace, honesty and brotherhood. John Lennon...you'r the greatest!
John Lennon changed the face of music. He did it with his tremendous heart, searing brilliance, boundless compassion and unstoppable courage!
I'm not sure that the top-selling music acts are (necessarily) the most important people in the industry. The top-selling music acts should be on a different list (Top-selling music acts). Just saying.
The most important people in the industry are those musicians who did something revolutionary. There are also inventors, producers, and so on. How about Jim Marshall? Can you imagine contemporary rock music without amps? - Metal_Treasure
Lennon/McCartney are the only names that should be at the top of this list, as the Beatles are by far the top-selling music act of all time.
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Elvis Presley should be #2, since he is in second place for all-time sales.
MJ is in third place for sales, but has sold less than half of what Elvis and The Beatles have each sold.
There is some argument about who is in 4th place, with Led Zeppelin, Madonna, and Elton John the most likely contenders.
4 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.
Chuck is the uncrowned king
Chuck is the single most influential rock artist that has ever lived
He should be number 1 on this list - christangrant
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.
What he did is not really that difficult; high-school kids can play all of his solos these days.
How he thought of it is absolutely impossible, Hendrix has been gone for over 40 years, and nobody has caught up with him yet.
6 Robert Plant
Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
7 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.
A pioneer of heavy metal and hard rock.
He was the first one who wrote rock songs based on scales typically used in classical music, now known as heavy metal. So sad that people know only Smoke On The Water (killer riff though). - Metal_Treasure
8 Jim Marshall
Have you ever heard of Marshall Amplification?
Jim Marshall aka The Father of Loud - pioneer of guitar amplification. - Metal_Treasure
9 Dave Davies
The guy from The Kinks who famously split the speaker cone of his amplifier with a single-sided Gillette razorblade and invented a louder and more biting guitar sound. - Metal_Treasure
10 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.
Better than anyone
11 Pete Townshend
Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.
12 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 .
13 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.
Not the most appreciated but one of the most important and influential songwriters. - ParasN2000
"Dylan goes electric", other than the Beatles and Elvis' debuts, probably the most important single event in the history of rock music.
14 Robert "Mutt" Lange
Record producer and songwriter - innovations in multitrack recording. He has produced albums for artists such as AC/DC, definitely Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Billy Ocean, Shania Twain, Outlaws, The Cars, The Corrs, Maroon 5, Nickelback, Muse. - Metal_Treasure
15 Desmond Child
A professional songwriter/composer (several Grammy winners). Play these songs and feel his touch - more than 50 great hits of this calibre:
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Bad Medicine, This ain't A Love Song, Keep the Faith, Diamond Ring, and many more.
Aerosmith - Crazy, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Angel, What it Takes, Hole in My Soul, etc.
KISS - I Was Made for Lovin' You, Heaven's on Fire
Joan Jett - I Hate Myself for Loving You
Alice Cooper - Poison
Cher - Just Like Jesse James, Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
Ricky Martin - Livin' la Vida Loca, She Bangs, Nobody Wants to Be Lonely, Shake Your Bon-Bon
… and so on. - Metal_Treasure
16 Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
17 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.
18 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.
He's one of my favorite musicians in the music industry. While many of his songs are hard core and badass, he also sings more mellow and beautiful songs as well. It's understandable that so many people love him. I also love how he doesn't change for anyone and he's a free spirit who does what he wants.
19 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.
20 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.
Broke down the barriers against singers writing and arranging their own material.
21 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.
22 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.
How is he not on the list? - Songsta41
23 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.
24 Chuck Schuldiner
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
25 Ahmet Ertegün
If you don't know who he is, then you don't know anything about rock music.
26 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.
27 Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.
28 Clive Davis
29 Bill Graham
30 Sam Phillips
31 Alan Freed
Coined the term "Rock and Roll".
32 Berry Gordy
33 Col. Tom Parker
34 Quincy Jones
Quincy Delightt Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.
For the first 10 years of his career, Michael Jackson was the Justin Bieber of his day, and his fans were all 11-year old girls.
MJ was not even considered a serious artist until he teamed up with producer Quincy Jones for "Off the Wall".
35 George Martin
Truly "The Fifth Beatle".
36 Phil Spector
Phil Spector is American record producer known for his work with Leonard Cohen, Ramones, John Lennon and The Beatles. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson in 2007.
37 Trent Reznor
Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
38 Les Paul
Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor.
39 Marilyn Manson
Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
40 David Bowie
David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.