1 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was an 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.
However, The Beatles influence on music is much broader than Elvis Presley.
The Beatles music influenced songwriters, on how music was produced, presented and instrumentally.
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.
He spat bars like no one else. I think he was one of the most influencial rappers of the late 15th century
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 500,000,000 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
James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".
6 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
7 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
Chuck Berry IS Rock n Roll!
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
8 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!
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.
Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.
11 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.
12 Fats Domino
Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. was 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. He died on October 25, 2017.
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.
She is not rock 'n' roll. - Psychedelic_Madness
She ain't rock.She's pop - zxm
14 David Bowie
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was 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 Ray Charles
Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
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
17 Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is a rock 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.
18 Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
19 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.
20 Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
21 Little Richard
Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
"The Architect of Rock-n-Roll".
22 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.
23 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.
24 The Who
The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.
25 The Kinks
The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.
26 The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
27 The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
28 Frank Zappa
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
29 Bill Haley
30 The Byrds
The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial ...read more.
31 Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath were 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.
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.
33 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.