Most Important People In the Rock and Roll Industry


The Top Ten

1 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 .

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.
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.

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2 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a 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 he has been more. V 1 Comment
3 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. more. V 1 Comment
4 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King more.
5 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.

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

6 Dave Davies 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

7 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.
8 Jim Marshall

Have you ever heard of Marshall Amplification?

Jim Marshall aka The Father of Loud - pioneer of guitar amplification. - Metal_Treasure

9 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.

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.

10 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 .

The Contenders

11 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.
12 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

13 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

14 Pete Townshend 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 .
15 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
16 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. more.

Broke down the barriers against singers writing and arranging their own material.

17 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

"Dylan goes electric", other than the Beatles and Elvis' debuts, probably the most important single event in the history of rock music.

18 Jimmy Page 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. V 1 Comment
19 Tony Iommi 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.
20 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .
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