Most Influential Music Artists Ever


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21 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 changed music forever and when kurt died rock died with him. his lyrics tell us that it is okay for us to be different and that we should be ourselves no matter what, he influences still so many people and was one of the greatest artists of all time. period.

The most impressionist band ever

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22 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.

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

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

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

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23 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.
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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.

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26 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven V 1 Comment
27 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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28 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.

29 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, more.

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?

They created the greatest music genre we will ever see

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

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30 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

31 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

32 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.
33 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

34 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.

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

35 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!

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38 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

She is the best

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39 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.
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.

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