Most Influential Music Artists Ever


The Top Ten

1 Beatles Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Creative studio geniuses is what this group really were. This is their legacy and how they should be remembered and revered. Their commercial success was almost in spite of what they were doing rather than because of it. Don't forget they only toured for the first 3 years of their career and for the rest from the end of 65 until their split at the end of 69 they just locked themselves in the office. Yes they had to keep the record labels happy so they would throw out a number 1 every few months to achieve that. But it wasn't their focus and isn't how they should be assessed. Their ground-breaking studio recording techniques and experimentation are the core of this group, and they laid the foundations for the 50 years of rock and pop music that has followed, leaving no area of music untouched by their influence. They belong in a category entirely on their own. - gotlbh

John Lennon had the greatest voice of all time, and was the greatest lyricist of all time. Strawberry a Fields a Forever, A Day in the Life, In My Life, and Girl are some of the greatest songs ever. Paul McCartney is right behind Brian Wilson when it comes to melody. I mean Hey Jude, Let It Be, Blackbird, etc. George Harrison is behind Hendrix and Berry when it comes to most important guitarist, with songs like something, while My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Here Comes the Sun. And Ringo is a very talented drummer. This is the most important band of all time. They created the album as an art form with the help of Dylan and Wilson. They created the music video, the stadium rock concert, they changed studio recording almost 100%, and they inspired more people to pick up guitars, basses, drums, and microphones than any other musician ever.

Since the 1960's every artist has copied The Beatles, Michael Jackson liked them so much he bought their catalogue and covered their music. No one has been more imitated by top artists than The Beatles. Even the typical rock band format was established by them - most previous stars just sang and had back-up musicians, these guys ran the whole show, even deciding which songs to release and record their own songs when the record label wanted them to do covers.

It's sad people are not talking about them so much recently. If it weren't for The Beatles, other great music acts would not have made it big.

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2 Michael Jackson 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 more.

The greatest artist, the greatest entertainer, a superb composer, a brilliant person in terms of business and making music and most importantly a great humanitarian and a good person though a bit odd sometimes but it is what made him magical, cosmic and unique... he broke a lot of records having 31 Guinness world records including best entertainer of all time, an artist who donated most to charities donating not less than $350 million, best selling album of all time, highest paid artist of all time and many more. He is the most popular and the most famous.. Though a lot of elvis and Beatles fans won't agree.. however wherever site you go, still Michael Jackson remains at the top.. moreover some may not say so especially if you're a westerner but the fact is that he is the most famous in the whole world, ask anyone, may it be illiterate, someone from the alps or someone who knows no civilization, if you mention the name "Michael JACKSON" then they'd all smile and say "hey I know that ...more - graciadolinobv

Elvis Presley opened the doors worldwide for white people to listen to black music ( in the fifties they were separated at radios for Airplay ). B.B. King, James Brown, Little Richard etc... all said it. Elvis made black music popular. I'm not here to give critics at the talent of Michael Jackson but without Elvis, Michael would never made it in popularity ( not because of his talent but because of racial issues ) and therefore never be able to be influential. I think Elvis should be number one, The Beatles number two and Michael Jackson number three. Since we're not talking about talent or taste on this list but about influence I believe that my statement has some truth when it comes to popular cultural facts in the history of music. Don't get me wrong, I love Michael Jackson ( especcially his late seventies records and early eighties records ) but Elvis Presley deserves to be above him on this list.

Michael Jackson was by far the greatest entertainer in history of Show Business. Michael could do it all: Sing, Dance, Write music for himself as well as other artists, Compose, Organize, Choreograph everything that most artists including the so-called king of rock and roll could never do himself. Michael Jackson accomplished a great many things in his 50 years of life. He would have accomplished a lot more that he lived on. None of this begins to describe the magic and electricity Michael brought to show business and what he brought to the music industry. Not to mention all the money he's generously and selfllessly donated to charitable causes over the years. None of this begins to describe the magic and electricity Michael brought to show business in particular the music industry. In my opinion Michael Joseph Jackson, "The King of Pop" should be ranked number ONE!

The king... period.

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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.

Obviously the most influential of all time. All of the artist that are above and below would tell you that. That voice, charisma, those hips & lips. The remarkable ability he had to connect with an audience. One billion people watched aloha from Hawaii - on average half a million people from around the world visit Graceland ( the most visited residence, 2nd only to the whit House) He mixed multiple genres to create a sound, even thoug, it was just instinct. Humble, fun loving and loved all over the world to this Day. Hard to believe that he has that much influence globally, both then and today. He's the most imitated, impersonated man there is. Yep, he's the king. I'm only 40 so don't presume I'm a baby boomer.

Elvis was an innovator, being able to merge his influences into a new style. He influenced Buddy Holly, among many others. Because Elvis had such remarkable success, others wanted to follow, including the Beatles. Rock and roll is something that needed to happen to help bring blacks and whites together. Elvis was that man. And, if Elvis wasn't around, where would the Beatles get a big inspiration?

Undoubtly number one ever. Like the Beatles said 'before Elvis there was noting, we only wanted to be like him'. He opened the world for black music. In the beginning he was banned, because of the impact he had on young people. The Russian government officially stated that this must be a new weapon from the US, and forbid anybody to listen (no joke). And there's so much more..

Elvis gave rock and roll what it needed to be bigger than anything ever before sexuality.

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4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

THE BEST BAND EVER, objectively all band member are the best technical wise in their categories. Combined with their love for hard rock and blues and creativity in later years they are unprecedented and visceral almost enigmatic as gods of rock. I don't consider the Beatles a Rock Band they are more than that, but as the best rock band the throne goes to the hammer of the gods: LED ZEPPELIN!

Classic musicians in their own right. Their music is still popular, and can be heard around the world, on the radio throughout the day. Their timeless style, influencing and drawing in young and old fans alike.

Where would we be without legendary Led Zeppelin? Their music is so diverse and truly inspiring. You never get sick of Bonham's thundering drums, page's singing guitar, plant's bluesy screams and Jone's funky bass. In a relaxed mood? Zeppelin. In a workout mood? Zeppelin. In a mood where you want to punch through a drywall? Zeppelin. Want to be truly blown away? ZEPPELIN.

Pretty much started that whole hard rock sound. I say hard rock because although they were considered heavy metal, they really were only heavy metal compared to other bands before and during their time. Bands like AC/DC and Kiss were heavier than they were, but this band no doubt set the standard for what hard rock could be and became.

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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 more.

Jimi Hendrix played from the heart, his soul was channeled through his music. He revolutionized the guitar sound and techniques. Inspired many of latter-day's great guitarists and musicians in general and continues to be an inspiration. Even 45 years after his death, he is the greatest guitarist that has ever lived. I unfortunately wasn't born yet to witness his powerful, beautiful and genuine performances, but I'm appreciative to be able to hear and watch him jam in videos. What a blessing to the whole world! Rest in peace, Jimi.

He was the first left handed guitarist and one of the first African American people or man to be so influential that when he died people were so sad they had many people go on a riot

Do you ever wonder if the musical landscape would be different if Hendrix would have lived another 50 years?

I like his guitar

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6 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

QUEEN FOREVER NUMBER ONE. He inspired countless musicians and even till this day, he is acknowledged for his greatness. Despite Michael being slightly more popular than Queen, Queen has had much more influence to today's artists than you think. Maybe the mainstream hail Michael but the mainsteam sucks, if you actually look at the ones who don't suck like the Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and blah blah blah... They don't suck and their inspiration's Queen. Sorry, Michael, you were great, but Queen's better.

I hear artist talk about Freddie's voice and ability to hold stadiums in the palm of his hand. Great musicians, song writers and composers.

You guys are the real Deal! I put only Elvis ahead go queen.

Even Michael Jackson just adored Freddie and of course Elvis.

As John Lennon said "before Elvis there was nothing

Queen Rocks

The band that changed my life! Thank you, mom, for buying that first Queen album for me when I was a little one. Now I play guitar myself!

no doubt!

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7 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. more.

Bowie changed musical direction at an amazing speed( especially in the 70's and early 80's), influencing entire musical movements in the process but still managing to stay ahead of the curve. Bowie is up there with The Beatles for me, compared to Michael Jackson, Bowie was a lot more inventive and groundbreaking, Jackson did not constantly change musical direction while still influencing the main stream industry.Jackson was a better dancer that's it...but this is about music not dancing moves..

He spanned decades, genres, mediums. He's the artist's artist. Almost everything you see is a variation of something he created. Long after the current hits fade from the charts, there will still be David Bowie.

David Bowie has been around for decades, continuously changing and adapting his music style, experimenting with new things nobody would have otherwise touched. His lyrics are beautiful, and he has inspired many on his way. RIP

David Bowie is the single greatest musical artist in history. Need I say more?

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

If you have listened to any music after the 1960s you are listening to music that was affected by Bob Dylan. Go look up on youtube the beatles comments on bob dylan and you can see the effect that he had on the greatest band in the history of music. Behind the beatles, he is the most covered artist of all time. He blended the depth of folk music with rock. He Sung blowing in the wind at the march on washington right before MLK jr gave his I have a dream speech. He didn't just change music He changed the world.

Bob Dylan makes the case for the most influential of all time. His popularity is surpassed by more famous acts such as the Beatles and Elvis but it can be easily argued Bob Dylan has been more influential. If there were a pedigree of musicians allowing influences and styles to be traced to the beginning of modern music, Bob Dylan would be at the very beginning.

He, along with the Beatles, made pop music acceptable as high art. The fact that he was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature demonstrates how highly esteemed he is. My guess is that if you took a poll of musical artists popular over the past 50 years, Dylan would be voted the most influential.

For me there's no question that Bob Dylan is the most inflentual musician since Beethoven.

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9 Rod Stewart Rod Stewart Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

Pearl Jam, Black Crowes, Rage Against The Machine and even the Sex Pistols claim they were influenced by Rod Stewart and the Faces. Need I say more? - phr

10 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Not only did Bob Marley fight for the rights of Jamaica and other countries, actively, he also made a career after having to fight his whole life in a violent part of Jamaica. Then with his career he also fought for the rights of the world as his fame increased steadily and eventually, the whole world was his stage. I also consider him the first person in the world to actually Practice what he Preached

He was one of the greatest people to ever be famous

Not just an influential musician, but an inspiration to mankind.

#1 in my book

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The Newcomers

? George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

The Contenders

11 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.

Set the stage for a whole new generation of rock and he was black. In his time this was unheard of! He really is the king, Elvis is #2. - fireinside96

Chuck berry, buddy holly, bill haley. All great singers that people seem to have forgotten, sadly

Should be top 5... And the Beatles are overrated because they wouldn't exist without guys like this

Influenced the Beatles and ACDC

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12 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Nirvana brought grunge into the mainstream. Their story is interesting. They were the soundtrack to teens lives in the nineties. Iggy Pop said, and I quote,"Kurt Cobain was truly a nobody from nowhere who reached out and touched the world. And he may have touched it right in its wound"

Why Nirvana is so low on the list? They are the kings of their genre. They changed the face of music in 90's. Cobain is one of the most influential musicians of all time. Common people!

Nirvana was the last band to shake the world. All bands that followed were just a joke. Best band of 90's and the greatest icon of Generation X.

Kurt inspired an entire generation and changed the face of music forever. definitely should be in the top 5.

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13 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

I love Pink Floyd ( especially their psychedelic period ) but to say like one of the comments that they should be higher than Elvis Presley is ridiculous. The start of modern music begins with Elvis Presley in the fifties ( " Before Elvis there was nothing " said John Lennon once ) and when raw rock started to fade away in the sixties came the British invasion. The Beatles and many other groups came with a new sound based on raw rock ( Them, The Animals, The Kinks, The Yardbirds etc... ). Even Pink Floyd ( just listen to their Demos from 1966 ) were influenced by that. Later on Pink Floyd developed their own sound. But you can't in historical chronology put Pink Floyd before Elvis Presley in matter of influence because that doesn't make sense.

It's totally my opinion.I am not writing this to disgrace Pink Floyd, as I also want them to be higher on the list. But it's wrong to say that they should be above Elvis or Beatles. Yes there is no doubt they are great, even I listen to them more than any artist after Beatles and Eric Clapton. (And two of the Albums from my top 5 favourite albums are : "Wish you were here" and "Dark side of the moon")

Pink Floyd, the greatest rock band of all time on number 16? While Elvis Presley has been ranked higher than them! Pink Floyd deserve to be on #1 or #2

I love pink Floyd but they aren't the 12th most influential musician of all time

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14 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

A band that has been performing for over 50 years.
They weren't the originators of blues rock but they made it their own and influenced many others in the process.
Keith Richards is not the most technical guitarist in the world and he knows that, he leaves it to people like Clapton and page. But no on compares to him and his rhythm. His variations in tuning means that when he plays it's the perfect tone for what he wants to achieve. Tom morello said himself that even though he's persisted for many years he still can't achieve the same sound Keith does with his riffs. Bear in mind Keith also did this without all the effects and distortion tricks of many other guitarists.
Mick jagger again another huge influence on music everywhere and has one of the most iconic although jittery dance styles ever(hence moves like jagger by maroon 5)
What other band can you just see a logo and automatically know who it is?

They are the best

15 2pac 2pac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.

2pac has got to be at least in the top 3, he was way more than just a rapper! He fight's for what he believes in and doesn't back down. Fought for women's rights and black rights against the goverment and police. He had a thug side to him because he was raised in the ghetto and at the same time a intelligent side when he tried to get his message across though his songs. His thug side was brought out even more when he was shot in 1994 and went to jail in 1995 for a crime he didn't commit. The system was always out to get him. Live by the gun, die by the gun.R.I. P

Though Pac is a great rapper, your missing two who should be way ahead of him, first james brown, the godfather of soul, without him he there would be no MJ or Pac. Your also forgetting the greatest lyricist of them all Biggie- he really grew up in the streets selling drugs and who not, as opposed to 2pac who came from a family of African American extremists, and actually live a middle class live and studied ballet and Shakespeare at a wealthy high school before he realized there was more money in rapping. I'm not trying to take anything away from him, I think he has just be slightly overstated on his influence in the music scene...slightly

I think this list is very genre biased (90% of the options have some sort of rock basis). Also this list incredibly "baby boomer" biased, meaning the vast majority of artists on this list became popular during the baby boomer generation. This list speaks more on the demagraphics voting as opposed to who was truly was most influential in their genres, and in rap, no man is truly more influential than Tupac Amaru Shakur. (Kanye West and Radiohead are heavily slighted on this list due to the baby boomer bias).

Upvote this man was the maker of a generation of music AND people (along with N.W.A and biggie) and he helped popularize a whole new genre of music that is one of the most popular today

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16 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

Madonna should certainly be ranked among the top 5. She's up there with Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley as a solo artist. EVERY female pop solo artist since her is directly or indirectly influenced by her. If you removed Madonna from history the whole pop landscape today would be unrecognizable. And I daresay her influence transcends the world of entertainment quite considerably too.

Most influential in the way that if you want it bad enough, you can effectively market yourself and dominate the pop world by being overtly sexual, controversial and self-promoting.

What about Bob Dylan, Paul Mccartney, Mick Jagger and Elton John?

She invented the pop star as we know it, and she broke more ground for women than any other woman in history. come on now.

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17 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

She influenced other singers. They willing to sing like her. This is her success

If you hear chithra voice you easly influenced by her

She is not just so influential, She mean it

This is the "most influential list" yet no one out side India knows her. Everyone knows everyone else on the list. But not her. No offense but it is true.

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18 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

There influence is so great and far-reaching that it's comparable to the Beatles.

Um, you can thank these guys for punk music, and any band that got influenced from this genre.

Very underrated... They influenced more than you think

Influenced way more bands than any other band on this list.

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19 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.

He influenced bob Dylan, famously influenced the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, he was a very talented person.

He influenced the Beatles and he was one of the first people to play a guitar like he did, it's known that John Lennon had the same guitar as buddy holly

A lot of people haven't heard of him. But don't forget, rock music came from America BEFORE England. He affected all rock music to come, which took hold in England

He is the one who came up with the format of, you only need a lead singer, lead guitar and a rhythm section of Bass and Drums.

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20 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, more.

Black Sabbath paved the road for metal. And not only that, they are legends. I think people are forgetting the meaning of this list; it's not the best musicians, it's the ones who influence - SoldierOfFortune

How is Metallica above Black Sabbath? Don't get me wrong, I like both, but without Black Sabbath there wouldn't be any metal at all.

They created and Influenced the whole Heavy Metal scene. Need I say more?

Created metal and laid the foundation's for all it's subgenres They are truly influential

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21 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" .

Rip to an icon who's shows were the stuff of legends. The soundtrack to my youth. He rocked therefore he was! The very best up there with the greats

With today's male artists copying his style, it's safe to say that he is the most influential, probably top 5. Plus, couldn't Prince play like 59 (? ) instruments?

How can this guy be after ANYONE? Almost everybody who plays music today is influenced by Prince to a degree...

Ultimate Genius

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22 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

Basically any on stage pyrotechnics were thanks to these guys. They were the kings of wrecking instruments. Yes, it is true that it doesn't take much skill to destroy an instrument, but the Who were just so good at putting that into shows. Plus, Pete Townsend introduced the Windmill arm for guitarists - VaticanCameos

23 James Brown James Brown

Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Prince all claimed him as a huge influence (with Prince and Michael claiming him as their primary influence). That alone should earn him a place on the top 10, but the fact that he's the most sampled musician ever and laid the groundwork for rap & funk should make him top 5. James Browns loops and yells and horn stabs will be featured on rap & electronic music forever, and his dance moves will be and were watched by any credible dancer that followed him. For him not to be in the top 10 is ignorant

Without The Godfather of Soul, there would be no King of Pop.

Without question, this guy HAS to be in the Top 10

He should be #1 with MJ on second! without James brown there would be no funk, hiphop, rap, no MJ no prince no rappers he chanced the whole music industry

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24 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, 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.

Influenced a generation of musicians and song writers. Gone way to early.

He should be in the top 20 no doubt.

25 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach

How the hell is he not 1


It sounds strange, but he isn't so inflential for todays music:
Where comes todays music from, let's see:

Rock comes (most) from rock'n'roll.
Rock'n'roll comes (most) from blues.
Blues comes (most) from work songs.

Let's do it with Pop:
Pop comes (most) from traditional pop
Traditional pop comes (most) from swing.
Swing is a form of jazz.
Jazz comes (most) from blues.
And we already know where blues comes most from.

What's about hip hop?
Hip Hop comes (most) from funk.
Funk comes (most) from Soul
Soul comes (most) from rhythm and blues.
Rhythm and blues comes (most) from (you know it) blues.
Blues comes (most) from work songs.

Ok what popular genres are there...

Heavy metal?
It comes (most) from blues rock.
Blues rock comes (most) from electric blues.
And electric blues comes from blues.

Punk rock? This comes from rock'n'roll... and we already know from what this genre comes ...more

26 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies.
27 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

"Preacher's Wife" said it all-this is what love sounds like.

She should be number 5 or 6

She is the worlds most famous vocalist ever hands down. - israel08

She is the most influential female singer of all time. its either you wanna dance like Michael or sing like Whitney

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28 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, more.

The inventor of the riff, basically. If it wasn't for his iconic duh duh duh duh symphony (Number 5 ), then nothing would be the same. Just think how many songs and genres rely on riffs - VaticanCameos

29 The Sex Pistols

One of the most seminal acts in punk music. For releasing only one full length studio album and only being around for a few years, they've influenced just about every punk, pop punk band after them in one way or another, with their influence a conscious thing, or not, they are huge.

The sex pistols started everything with out them they showed people that they can show how they feel through there music although only producing one studio album the sex pistols inspired many groups such as U2, the Foo Fighters etc

They are the reason you're not wearing a suit and tie today.

More than the ramones for sure

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30 The Stooges The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are more.

Another American, iconic punk band. Search and destroy, forget about it. Amazing guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. The total package.

31 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.
32 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

Best band ever in my opinion

The origins of "indie" - but also the best live band alongside Led Zepp for me. They need to be nearing the Top 10

33 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

The seminal punk band, period. They started the whole thing. People heard them and said we can do this too. And everyone did.

Defined the punk rock sounds with roots from MC5, changed the face of heavier punk

34 Bee Gees Bee Gees The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.
35 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

Without Sinatra, most of this list wouldn't exist. And his body of work is the standard by which all others are measured.

Frank Sinatra should be in the top 10 he helped JFK get elected and greatly influenced his era.

Sinatra made the music industry what it is today.

In the wee small hours is agruably the first concept album, and is the first classic album - RecklessGreed

36 Public Enemy Public Enemy Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.
37 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

One band that gave us genre defining brilliance, light hearted tunes and good Vibrations!

38 NWA

NWA was one the most influencial music groups of all time. When society and the law enforcement and many struggles stood in their way, they fought harder. This group was determined to spread messages through many of their tracks and they achieved this many times. For many reasons- this group is and will always be in the top 5 for the most influencial artists of the 21st century.

Put above the Stone Roses at the least. It's just a matter of dignity, man.

Go listen. Should be top 10.


39 The Stone Roses

I wanna be adored

40 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Metallica brought about a whole new music technicality and revolutionised the metal and rock genre, especially in terms of the meaning behind a song and how it can tell a story and evolve throughout it's duration.

41 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

One of the best performers of all time. The ability to dance and keep your voice steady is so hard. She also doesn't age. Like at all

She's made tonnes of dance crazes which have swept the world into mimicking the dance. Like crazy in love, baby boy and the most influential music video - single ladies. - fisto77

Bow Down for the Queen. We love Beyonce

LOVE forever

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42 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
43 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.

Should be wayyy higher than this


44 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.
45 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Top 5. EASILY. GREATEST FRONT MAN...E V E R... And their Number of fans have more than tripled in the last Twenty years. AND STILL COUNTING. Teenagers TODAY are listening to the DOORS. And it's 2016.

46 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Shocked to not see any comments on this one. Abba was definitely the most influential group to ever emerge from pop music, damn they invented the soft dancy catchy pop we hear today. Propably not the most influential in terms of music of ALL time, but popular music would be so different without them. Them being hated because of over saturation over the decades doesn't change the fact that no matter what the people think is fashionable at a given time they remain timeless!

47 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

Most famous classical artist, presenting the prestigious models of classical melodies and structures, therefore impacting the European high-class and afterwards the entire world listening and taking inspiration from classical music.

He should be top ten. His name and pieces are more recognizable than most of those in the top ten.

Don't know much about him but I know he should be top 10 at least

48 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of more.

Should be top 10 as he influenced so many genre's and artists over the king spam of his career. If you listen to his music over the course of something like 50 years or maybe longer, his style barely changes and there are not a lot of influential artists like this ( even the style of the Beatles changed over the years). And I think this shows that he was an individual and wasn't really influenced by other musicians ( apart from hank Williams probably) or changed his music to fit in with what was popular. And because of this it's clear that he was the influence on the people he influenced not just social changes ( that sentences sounded retarded but you know what I mean) and the same cannot be said for a lot of other artists

This alone proves that this isn't a list of most influential artists so much as it is people voting for their favorite artists.

Johnny Cash should be within the top ten easily, what are people playing at? Vote Cash up now.

The fact he isn't top ten is a disgrace.

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49 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

It is mind-boggling why U2 is not even #3 only behind The Beatles and Michael Jackson, yet they are the most influential live rock band (listen to how some rock bands try to copy their vibe) and rock music overall. With larger-than-life rock riffs/vibe, Bono's powerful voice, and convincing lyrics (about world peace), U2, still to this day, has remained one of the most influential figures in music, as evidenced by their ubiquitous media presence into the 21st century

And who can forget Bono's glasses?

U2 not only was one of the few rock bands to survive through turbulent periods in rock music, but they have stayed together for over 30 years. They rose to superstar status in 1987 and have only climed uphill since. Bono's influence as an activist for ending poverty and making peace has led to his nomination for the noble peace prize. Perhaps only The Beatles can match the influence U2 has had over the entire world.

U2 has remained relevant going into their fifth decade as a band. They've influenced generations and aren't slowing down anytime soon. At number 50 on this list they are at least 40 spots too low!

U2 is more influential than Queen and Queen is much higher on the list

50 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams should be in the top ten to be honest

Very influential - most artists copy this one

One of the best singer I've known

He should be number one! This man is awesome and sings about current problems that can be very influencial to a lot of people

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