Most Influential Music Artists Ever

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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 ...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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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 ...read more.

Should be wayyy higher than this

what?

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 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

49 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.

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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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

51 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.

Not the most influential of all time, but definitely the most influential of the 21st century in the rock world. - Hollaegt

52 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.

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.

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

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

1 one!

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53 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

ALL of today's biggest names in pop music are influenced by Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty. Most people know she was influenced by her brother Michael but neglect to realize that he was equally influenced by her. She may not be the top of the list in sales statistics, but her artistic influence dominates the pop music industry in ways that only the great legends like MJ and the Beatles can aspire to compare to.

The comments on Janet and so many artists listed are ridiculous and idiotic. Was this a night school student, no won't give them that much credit, a elementary student who wrote this article... #A joke and #Insulting

Best female dancer, influenced Ciara,Beyonce and so many others

54 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

Kraftwerk clearly is the most influental music creator ever. comparable to bach, beethoven or mozart, and taken time into account, they surely end up above the beatles. think about it...

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55 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 has definitely changed the landscape of hip hop. Love him or hate him, you absolutely cannot deny all he has done for modern rap.

The College Drop Out, Late Registration, Graduation, 808's and Heartbreak and My beautiful dark twisted fantasies has had the greatest impact on Hip Hop in the 21st Century then any other albums.

This generation closest thing to Einstein

Generational.

56 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.

Green Day should at least be in the top five. They are influential, as they made their own way in the music industry and write their own music. Best band ever! - georgielikesgreenday

How can be Green Day so down the list? Just fell it's influence in songs like "Wake me up when September ends", "Boulevard of broken dreams", "Before the lobotomy", "21 guns" and "Basket Case"...
Come on people, Vote for Green Day...

Green Day made music for 3 generation of youth..
They have influenced many teenagers to live on their dreams

Amazing

57 Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire

This should be on top 20

58 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching ...read more.

Doesn't even deserve to be called a musician.

Very influential!
Best songwriter this decade!

59 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

Please, 52? They played for the music and for the fans, not for the money like the majority in the list. They were raw, unique and took what the Beatles and the Stones started to a different level and created a generation. More the anything, they cared about the music. They were the "only band that mattered"!

Come on, they were pioneers in their chosen profession. Influential, some of the best and biggest alternative and punk bands wouldn't exist if not for the Clash. Especially Rancid, and the US. Bombs!

The clash influenced so many bands its crazy such as U2, the Foo Fighters and more. They also showed how you can mix punk with pop and ska

"The only band that matters"

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60 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Amazing band. best of all time to be honest

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