1 Frank Zappa
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
A highly proficient guitarist, anti-drug, anti-censorship and anti any thing that made him PO. Worked with mostly the best musicians of the day. He is an 'original' music artist in the best sense of the word. he took his craft seriously and had fun at the same time. Could he be called a Modern Classical composer like Phillip Glass and Terry Riley? -
He made an impression on all kinds of music
Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.
Amazing guy, he has literacy changed my life and my musical taste when I first discovered him! Love his work from old to new.
I don't know what it is. I just love Beck, he's genius. -
Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.
Interesting lyrics, interesting vocals and very few like her. -
She is one of the best musicians out there and artists.
Music is great
Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.
The most unique, incredible, original, creative band to ever live. So underrated. The best band, not only to the 90's but of all time. There is no comparison. This is where music should just give up no one will ever be as good as tool. theyre to intelligent nd musically inclined to match. It might seem like I'm taking this kind of far but I don't think so. Best Band EVER
The start of the end when it comes to metal, but despite what some people say, this is a very clever and quite a consistently great band. -
5 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.
Listening to Michael Jackson songs today makes me believe the way his music sounds was totally different to what was considered pop at the time. He totally reinvented it by making it so much different.
His melodies were completely unique and flowed almost perfectly. People are still borrowing ideas and quirks from Michael to this day. A true legend.
This is the guy who created Billie Jean! THRILLER! He single handly created POP!
Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.
Ween is an American experimental rock band formed in 1984, in New Hope, PA. It's members are Dean and Gene Ween.
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).
There is a reason they're high on everyone's list, it's because they're awesome. -
Definitely Radiohead. Grunge, arena rock, prog, electronica, ambient, jazz, krautrock, and rhythm all in one band.
Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.
Very unique sound. Damon Albarn is very creative and free with the Gorillaz, which is uniquely accompanied by Jamie Hewlett's original art style.
This band is just unique as hell. Using animated characters, it's hard not to pay attention to their zombie pop like style
Nothing else sounds like them, all of their songs sound different, and they mix genres together in a way that works.
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10 Robbie Williams
His songs have interesting lyrics that sometimes have a double meaning to them.
His voice is unique and he has an amazing personality.
11 The White Stripes
The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.
The music is catchy and Jack White is a brilliant guitarist. -
They only have 2 members but they're better than half of the stuff out today. - InsertNameHere
Very Catchy. Love "Blue Orchid"
12 Marilyn Manson
No-one like him, in some peoples opinion that's a good thing. He's just so varied and definitely one of a kind. -
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13 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.
I know what you're thinking but when he started no-one did what he did and he changed the face of music forever. For that reason he's here. -
Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.
The creators of nu metal.
15 Mr. Bungle
One does not simply get more original than Bungle. All of Mike Patton's other projects are 29 times more original than any of the other artists on this list.
16 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.
He's the greatest guitar player that ever lived and has his very own distinctive style of playing music.
Just listen to his control of the guitar and you'll see. -
The way he uses the guitar
17 Kate Bush
She's very good. Kind of like a female David Bowie, in the art rock sense, doing music for the music and whatnot.
Interesting lyrics, interesting vocals and very few like her. This may or may not have been copied. -
18 The Residents
The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents, the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs.
19 Jeff Buckley
Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.
Varying styles and the way he used the 'wrong' chords is great. -
Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
21 Tom Waits
Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...read more.
Every album he does is different from the other, you really don't know what will he do next.
Elvis Presley at 11? Really? As far as I know he somehow stole black music and sold it to a wider audience so I don't see why's that original
Wow, this is a really solid top 10... apart from Robbie Williams being in it - DontTouchMyPogoStick
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 invented everything our modern so-called "pop stars" are doing (B. Spears, C. Aguilera, G. Stefani, Pink, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, K. Perry... just to name a few). She is new with every new album so year. Madonna is very original artist -
23 Amy Winehouse
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.
This woman is just Originality with special vocal -
you can't get any more original than that - Celestius
24 System of a Down
System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
A teen artist. Come on guys, she's supah talented and writes songs from her surroundings. Not songs about stuff like 'stay the night' or some stupid stuff like 'still into you'
26 Bryan Adams
unique special voice, great lyrics, great everything -
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.
28 Panic! at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.
Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
31 Marina Diamandis
Marina Lambrini Diamandis, known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
Sandra Ann Lauer, commonly known under her stage name Sandra Maria Magdalena", "In the Heat of the Night", "Everlasting Love", "Secret Land", "Hiroshima" and "Don't Be Aggressive".
34 Belinda Carlisle
Belinda Jo Carlisle is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time.
Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics were formed that year in London.
36 Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Eclectic, talented, and extremely innovative, Bela Fleck and his band are undoubtedly a collection of some of the most talented musicians the world has to offer. There music cannot be classified as one genre, and the unpredictability in each song is something to look forward to in each of their songs.
37 Gogol Bordello
38 Sergei Rachmaninoff
Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
They were one of the first big music groups to come from a country other than England or America. Their sound is completely unique, especially with their accents.
41 Talking Heads
Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.
42 Joy Division
Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
43 Tim Buckley
Timothy Charles "Tim" Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music and style changed considerably through the years; he began his career based in folk music, but his subsequent albums incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde ...read more.
44 The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
45 Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.
46 Todd Rundgren
47 Laura Nyro
48 Joni Mitchell
49 Sinead O'Connor
Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra.
50 Van Morrison