Most Influential Music Artists Ever

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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...

Him and MJ, they are the tops of the 80s to NOW, hands down.

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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 ...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

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's amazing. Deserves to be in the top 10. - 906389

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24 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.
25 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

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

He should be in the top 20 no doubt.

26 Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach

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

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 ...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

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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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 ...read 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 ...read 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 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.
36 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

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

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

Go listen. Should be top 10.

BAD BOIS

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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". ...read 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.

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