Most Influential Music Artists Ever

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21 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath are 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, ...read 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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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.

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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.

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

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

She should be number 5 or 6

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 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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29 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven V 1 Comment
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.

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 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.

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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