Most Influential Rock 'n' Roll Artists
The Top Ten
1 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was a 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.
Elvis Presley is a legend that will live on forever. What an amazing 24-year career he had. He did more things from 1954 to 1977 than most people do in there life.
Elvis is the king of rock and roll.
Michael jackson is good but he's not exactly a rockstar, he's a pop star, the king of pop not rock and roll - Ajkloth
2 The 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.
The Beatles did more for popular music than anyone. Elvis didn't even write his songs, he was just a singer.
Elvis belongs at #1, and the Beatles belong at #2; after that it really doesn't matter.
Only two artists need to be on this list; The Beatles and Elvis.
No others need apply; ALL the rest were influenced by them.
Elvis kicked the door open, but The Beatles picked up the ball and quite literally changed the world [not just the music world].
3 Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin were 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.
4 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 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.
He is not rock 'n' roll. - Psychedelic_Madness
Not even Rock 'N Roll
He's king of pop.Not rock.His place fits for Led Zeppelin - zxm
5 James Brown
6 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.
The best rock and roll band ever!
7 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
8 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.
Should be much higher. Elvis Presley was important for rock n roll music. But Chuck Berry was also very important. His solos are considered as one of the oldest rock solos of all time. - zxm
Why he is at number 8? Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry were both important for rock music. Especially rock n' roll music. However Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Beatles and most other artists here are not rock n' roll but rock artists.
Even if you consider them rock n' roll artists, still Chuck Berry outstrikes them. Elvis Presley was important for his rock n' roll voice/vocals. Chuck Berry was important for his rock n' roll guitar. Any rock guitarist who is using distortion, bear Chuck Berry's distorted guitar playing. - zxm
9 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.
10 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.
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. V 2 Comments
12 Fats Domino
Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. is a French Creole pianist and singer-songwriter. He released five gold records before 1955 and had 35 hit records in the U.S. Top 40.
13 Ray Charles
Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
14 David Bowie
David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
Without a doubt most influential!
15 Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is a Funk Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.
16 Lou Reed
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.
17 The 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.
18 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.
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.
How comes a majority of the artists on this list are as far away from the rock'n'roll genre as an artist can be?
Rock'n'roll = Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richards,...
Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles,... are other genres of rock. Maybe one can argue that some LZ songs, e.g. Black Dog, have a rock'n'roll resemblance, but the band overall is a hard rock group.
And Madonna, David Bowie and Michael Jackson are not even rock musicians.
I could as well add Tupac Shakur, Frank Sinatra or Pink Floyd, because yeah, they were without a doubt influential. - Martin_Canine
20 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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