Most Influential Music Artists Ever

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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 ...read 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

I see a lot of dissing of Beatles influence on these rankings. take it from someone who's lived thru music morphing from bobby sox crooners thru todays electronic stuff - the Beatles changed the course of popular music! Because of their exposure as children to many various styles of music due to living in the port city of Liverpool (seamen brought back music from around the world) they blended those many styles into their own unique style, while their choice to use only rhythm, bass & lead guitars with drums was a radical idea in the early 60's. Also insisting on being their own songwriters was something that was NOT DONE til they forced the issue. As they matured they grew as musicians & songwriters, always pushing the envelope of musical composing and recording. Because of the era & situation they were born into, not to mention their combined musical genius, there will never again be a confluence of factors that join to form the influential greatness that was the Beatles.

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.

The best songs. The best studio work (and the best producer). A raw band (proto-punk) at the beginning (hear the concerts in Hamburg). Great humor. Better singers than most. The ultimate and prototype band. Nothing comes close in the 20th century. Maybe in the next 100 years, I hope.
Enjoy the variety of their songs.

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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 ...read 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

I do agree he's better than Elvis but definitely not ahead of The Beatles! - AliBab

There is no way the Beatles are more influential than Michael Jackson. People who voted for the Beatles need to get their head out of their ass because out of the us and UK no other artist has more influence in music than Michael Jackson! He revolutionized pop music and how music videos should be made

Michael jackson isn't even rock and roll music he shouldn't even be in the top 10

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.

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3 Elvis Presley 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.

His influence is still everywhere today, record sales, stage shows and films of his life, magazines, books and so on. When the others have faded away, Elvis will still be influencing the music world.

Influenced many stars, the beatles said without elvis their band would never have existed, and many other singers said the same. Jackson was obsessed with him. He changed the world's culture. His influence was so great.

The most influential singer who ever lived. Without Elvis those who came after him would not even have a career. He was the one they all wanted to be, the great Elvis, the King, the greatest icon who ever walked the earth.

He invented influence, without him none of the big stars would have existed. Changed the world with his amazing musical artistry. Still influencing music and singers today

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4 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.

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?

He 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.

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5 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 ...read more.

Generic, pseudo-innovative pop band for the dumb masses.

If Queen never existed, music nowadays would be more or less unchanged. - Morpheus19

This has to be one of the dumbest comments I have ever heard...have you heard more than 3 queen songs to get in this conclusion? - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

These guys deserve top spot. I'm 14 and even I know that they are the best.

Freddie had a unique/special singing voice in his expression of emotion, his range, and his use of vibrato and subharmonics. He was a talented pianist who, as Brian May said, played as if a drummer sat down at a piano and learned it; he had perfect timing. Roger Taylor's falsetto in the 70s is like no other, Brian May has always been a skilled (I love his runs and bends) with a pleasant warm tone to his singing voice, and John Deacon wrote several iconic bass- heavy hits in Another One Bites The Dust and Under Pressure, among others. These four really revolutionized music, even the music video, with their MV for Bohemian Rhapsody. I'll love them always

Unique Style and great songs. But since freddy was gone, they went down a bit, yet still count for a legend

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6 Bob Dylan 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.

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.

Should be 2, but I am satisfied that he is 8

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.

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7 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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 ...read more.

Best rock n roll band ever

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.

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8 David Bowie 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.

He deserves to be in the top 3

Bowie was something different. He came from the district of South London, but he was so serious with his music. He had so much character.

He painted such great pictures and told great stories.

Why is he not up higher? He was very influential. BOWIE FOREVER

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9 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 ...read more.

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Amazing being

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

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10 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

The greatest of them all...
Without them my life would be worthless because metal would never exist...

They were one of the first bands to be METAL, and nothing else, so they laid the groundwork for all the metal music to come.

You can argue these guys are number 1,2,3 or 4. They started Heavy Metal which has become a giant genre or music. You ever go to Metallica, Slayer? These guys sell out everywhere. Underrated for sure

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.

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The Newcomers

? Germs

Again, a band that created a genre. - JoLeKosovo

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.

Why are the Beatles number 1? The Beatles were emulated greatly by Chuck Berry these voters are clueless.

He should be closer to the top of this list.

Modern music owes everything to Chuck Berry. He was arguably one of the first, if not the first, storyteller in music. It should also be noted how he incorporated a social movement in the song "Roll Over Beethoven", a song that signiefies rock and rolls increasing popularity, at the time. Without Berry, it's extremely difficult to see where music would be today.

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

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12 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read 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 would have voted for the Beatles, but Pink Floyd needed to be higher on this list. - Doom

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13 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 ...read 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?

Madge is on the same level with Beatles, Elvis or Frank Sinatra.
She makes the music history - Alexandr

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14 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. ...read more.

Affected Millions

Kurt god cobain, no more words

Kurt Cobain changed the music industry like no other artist had before. Undeniable. Should be in the top 5

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"

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15 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.

The Rod Stewart troll, again. - JoLeKosovo

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

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

Globally he is probably somewhere between 1 and 3. Put him lower than that and the list is biassed.

One Love!

U just can't ignore his voice and messages

Yes

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17 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). ...read more.

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Rolling Stones! There's a reason why The Stones are known as the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band.

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

18 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" .

I saw him live on so many occasions, but only met him once. He was an interesting guy who had a different thought process to us normals... he remans the most inspirational guy I ever met in my life... he should be number 1

Best musician of all time. He wrote and sang tons of songs.

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

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

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19 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's the one who stop their men from sending "send bobs and vagene" to the world.

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.

Ks chitra mam world best singer

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

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20 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read 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

21 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

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.

Invented funk. Where would hip hop be w/o JB?

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

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22 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.

Rock and Roll and all subsequent music would not be had it not been for the influence of Buddy Holly. What would music be like today if it weren't for that unfortunate plane crash in 1959?

I idolize the fella. And a part of the admiration is due to his immense influence. Charles Hardin sure was the man.

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

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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23 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.

For sure. Without doubt #1. #2 should be Igor Stravinsky. #3 should be Miles Davis. #4 and #5 should be John Cale and Lou Reed.

How the hell is he not 1

what

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

Forgetting about Progressive genres which stem from Baroque Pop which as the name suggests takes huge influence from Baroque. - Idontreallycaretoomuch

24 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 ...read more.

better

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

He should be in the top 20 no doubt.

25 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.
26 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

How in the whole heck of the world is Ariana grande above BEETHOVEN. That's a swift no from me, dawg

She is the most influences person in my life. She has showed people that there is more to life sitting there and waiting for your dreams to come true she is saying if you want your dreams to come true then make it happen. She has gone though so much that I look up to her in my life.

She good

27 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 ...read more.

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

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

Bow Down for the Queen. We love Beyonce

She is the best

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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, ...read more.

Great classical composer, but not the 2nd most influential. - Alkadikce

He is a very good composer

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 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 ...read 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

The Greatest Vocalist of all-time! She singlehandedly changed the way pop/soul singers deliver vocals.

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30 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.

Punk Rock
Lo-Fi
Dream Pop
Progressive Rock - Idontreallycaretoomuch

The Beach Boy's Pet Sounds Album is the most influential album of all time. McCartney said this was his favorite and the album that inspired The Beatles to make Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with it's innovative instrumentation.

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

31 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 ...read more.

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

32 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

AC/DC ROCK LITERALLY

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 greatest ever!

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 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie D., Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.
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. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

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

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36 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.
37 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.
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.

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39 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

Do you know one singer that has not been influenced by Aretha?

She should be in the top 10. She revolutionized music. Totally changed pop music.

How is she behind beyonce?!

40 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

He made Hip Hop, what it is now.

Who changed hiphop 4 times, created a new genre and owns one of the most successful shoe brands

No other rap artist has done what he has done in terms of impact both inside and outside of rap and music as a whole

Influential...

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41 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 ...read more.

Should be wayyy higher than this

what?

42 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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43 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.

44 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!

45 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

46 Kraftwerk Kraftwerk Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.

Kraftwerk should be number 2 after the Beatles since every Pop, techno, rap and mainstream musical artist can thank this band for modern mixing, harmonizing and experimentation of eclectic and synthesized sounds. You wouldn't have turn tables and sound samples without Kraftwerk. They didn't just break the mould they created it.

I am truly shocked to see Kraftwerk so low on this list despite being one of the most influential bands in pop history and one of the most sampled. Kraftwerk is the basis of Electro, Techno, Hip Hop and House and the reason that some of the top bands on this list exist!

I can't believe Kraftwerk is so low on this list...so many artists above Kraftwerk in this list were bits off their sound, whether they realize it or not

They invented electronic music, and heavily influenced modern pop and hip hop.

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47 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.

Underrated Music Artist. Can sing, can dance, can act, can play instrument and writes her own song. She's not so influential but she's the most talented I think

She gave pop culture a fresh brand new start and she is one of the most iconic personas ever. She fights over equality and love. She is 100% talented she can dance, sing, write, act.

Won more than ten rewards and with her recent single "Million Reasons", GaGa didn't fail to please the audience both spiritually and physically.

While I'm not her biggest fan, you have to admit she has immensely influenced the modern pop AND fashion culture

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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 ...read more.

Best classic singer of all time

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.

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49 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

She influenced so many nowadays popular singers and you still denying she's not the most influential artist? She deserves top 5

Surprised how low she is on this list. People do not give her enough credit. It is ashame.

She should be top 10! She is the songbird supreme and that should be enough to describe what an amazing vocalist she is. She has one of the widest ranges in the music industry today and has produced, wrote and changed the music industry to what is it today. Many artists are inspired by her it's sad how underrated she is on this list

Not even mentioning her range but her influence in hip hop and pop changed the music industry! #18 number #1's and 250+ Million records sold.

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50 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 ...read 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

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