Most Talented Musicians

These are the most talented musicians to ever walk this great Earth.

The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer ...read more.

A travesty having this guy at #1, when there are a bunch of vocalists who were and are far better. In rock or pop, Elvis Presley, Levi Stubbs, Frank Sinatra, and Marvin Gaye to name just a few are much better, and that's not to mention classical singers like Luciano Pavrotti and Andrea Bocelli who make Freddie look like an amateur. And as for comparing Freddie to Beethoven or Mozart, he is not even in the same universe.

Best singer ever! How can anyone compete with him? An angel in a mans body!

I think there's nothing more to say...

An Indian glad to see this Legend in top 1..


HE IS LEGEND, am an Indian proud of Him, british stole everything from India including Farrokh bulsara

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2 Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, ...read more.

Aren't we taking about musicians here? Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach should be 1, 2, and 3. Todays society has vastly neglected true musical geniuses throughout history.

Freddie Mercury is very talented but I don't think he is more talented than Beethoven and Mozart. (my personal opinion). - zxm

This isn't real music

Music? Tallent? There Is Absolutely No One More Talented Than Beethoven - 12cc

3 Mozart Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.

Come on he's number 1, Hands Down, his abilities to write symphonies concertos with hardly any mistakes or rewrites is simply amazing... + his body of work speaks for itself.He's talent was almost supernatural... The rest are all extremely talented. The real question is who's the next best.. Easily Beethoven!

Please, everyone knows Mozart is n°1. I don't listen to classical music much but it's pretty much the father of all music and more complex than anything most musicians could ever hope to achieve, sorry all you Paul fans out there but there is nothing amazing about him compared to the true legends.

The musician ever in my eyes played the piano for the Austrian emperor when he was only 3 years old

I don't think Freddie Mercury should outrank Beethoven and Mozart. On number 3 it'd great. But number 1 is kinda overrated. - zxm

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4 Michael Jackson 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 has the whole package! He wrote and composed most of his songs, he had an incredible voice along with inhuman dance skill. There's just no comparison.

The man who created dance and music, wasn't even trained but yet the greatest entertainer to ever live!

Simply the greatest entertainer msuic ever saw. He was the greatest dancer. Greatest singer. A talented lyricist and composer. In the end, he was MJ.

Talents

1. Greatest Dancer of All Time
2. Greatest Entertainer of All Time
3. One of the Greatest Vocalists of All Time
4. One of the Best Songwriters of All Time
5. Second-Greatest Child Star after Mozart
6. Lead Singers of one of the best boy bands of all time.
7. Wrote the Greatest Pop Songs of All Time- Billie Jean and Thriller.
8. Wrote the Best-Selling Album of All Time- Thriller.
9. Wrote Other Famed Albums- Bad, Dangerous and History.
10.Did the Moonwalk.

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5 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Where do I start? One of the greatest bass players of all time, master of the piano and had a smooth melodic voice, with a great vocal range for somebody who could be considered a baritone and an amazing screamer at the same time, a living legend

One of the greatest songwriters of all time, one of the greatest bassists of all time, one of the greatest singers of all time and great at playing pretty so many different instruments.

He is a brilliant composer who never runs out of ideas. His vocal range is amazing, and his voice is heavenly. Finally, he's a very talented and expressive piano and bass player!

Freddie Mercury is a great singer but Paul McCartney can play ANY type of instruments + he has a better voice than Freddie. Get this man top 1.

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6 Brian Jones Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.

RIP Brian Jones. You will always be my favorite Rolling Stone band member. He was the founding member and even came up with the bands name. He played...

Piano
Guitar
Vocals
Sitar
Hermonica
Xylophone - Doggyface12345

Unbelievably talented. Rest in Peace, Jones! You were one of the biggest highlights of the 60's! - MontyPython

Most talented musician of all time.

7 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Out of all the guys in the Beatles, he knew the most about music. Listen to With you without you, learn the story behind it, and you'll see what I mean.

Best lead guitarist/composer.

He can play just about any guitar ever created!

Guitar
Ukelele
Mandolin
Sitar
Tambura
Sarod
Swarmandal
Bass

And, like Paul, he can sing like a boss! (Here Comes the Sun= Best vocals in any song ever! )

8 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

The greatest most beautiful soul besides for jesus to walk the earth. Not only inspiring but thought provocking. He and paul both don't even know how to read or write music that proves both of there genius!

Honestly, I don't think he is the most talented, but he's better than #10 to #4 so I guess he's the fourth most talented.

The best human and musician to ever walk this planet

Crazy and great composer.

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9 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Damn, his presence at the helm says it all.. I don't think there is anyone in the Thrash game who can write what he does.

10 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .

For my money, the greatest songwriter of all time (even if it's not a popular view), one of the greatest guitarists, a great-ish keyboardists, a decent singer, and a proficient player of pretty much every other instrument. Wrote the two greatest rock operas of all time (Tommy and Quadrophenia), at least 3 of the greatest rock albums of all time (My Generation, A Quick One, Who's Next), and at least one of the greatest concept albums of all time (The Who Sell Out). He also wrote a range of other (non musical) material on all kinds of things.

Most imaginative songwriter to ever live, one of the greatest ever guitarists and sings too but also plays bass, piano, drums and many more I'm sure. He was also one of the first musicians to make use of the synthesizer and also one of the first to use feedback. On top of this he helped invent the Marshall Stack. An absolute musical genius

Not only an excellent guitar player, but one of the greatest songwriters in rock history. You think writing a song is hard? Try writing an entire albums revolving around a single story. He did that. Twice. He single handily created what are almost universally considered the two greatest rock operas of all time, Tommy and
Quadrophenia.

Excellent guitarist

Also plays keyboard, drums, bass guitar, piano and many more instruments

He is completely self taught with all of those instruments

Great voice

Truly amazing songwriter. He wrote almost all of the songs for the who, which is considered one of the greatest rock bands in history.

Pretty much invented the rock opera and wrote the 2 most successful and acclaimed rock operas in history. For those who don't know a rock opera is an album that tells is centered around a single story.

He is a musical genius and should be number 1.

The Contenders

11 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

This is musicians not vocalists, jimmy plays a ton of instruments fluently and of course one of the best guitarists of all time

Page is an incredible musician, but I believe John Paul Jones is even better. You're comparing genius with genius, though, so how can you go wrong?

No one on this list besides Beethoven is more talented then Page. Paul McCartney is half the musician Page is

He is a genius with guitar

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12 Billy Joel Billy Joel

My favorite piano player of all time

Billy Joel is absolutely AMAZING!

13 Neil Peart Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

Best drummer ever, enough said.

Absolutely the most talented musician of all time! he wrote all of Rush's music and the lyrics he wrote are some of the most thoughts provoking and beautiful ever! that and he is one of the best drummers of all time too so that says a lot

14 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
15 John Paul Jones John Paul Jones John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.

Can play so many instruments and is amazing at each of them

Also, JPJ did string arrangements on songs by the Rolling Stones, beautiful mandolin player (several Zep songs, including "That's The Way"), extremely versatile & intuitive session player (like Jimmy Page).

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16 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

He has the widest vocal range of any singer in rock music

Should be higher

17 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan Jimmy The Rev Sullivan James Owen Sullivan, professionally known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician, composer and songwriter, best known as the drummer, composer, songwriter, co-lead vocalist and founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

Greatest metal musician ever!

Not only could he play drums like a boss, he could also play the following excellently:

Guitar
Bass
Piano
Keyboard

He also can sing like a boss and has written the band's biggest hits like:

Afterlife
A Little Piece of Heaven
Almost Easy
Fiction
Save Me
Brompton Cocktail

The Rev did so much for Avenged Sevenfold. He wrote the band's greatest hits!

Afterlife
A Little Piece of Heaven
Brompton Cocktail
Almost Easy
Fiction
Save Me

He can also play:
Drums
Guitar
Bass

He was also a great metal singer!

Definitely the most talented metal musician!

Easily the best and most underrated musician of all time! The Dave Grohl of metal!

He is amazing - EliHbk

18 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
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20 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more. V 1 Comment
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