Most Talented MusiciansThese are the most talented musicians to ever walk this great Earth.
The Top Ten
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.
Freddie is God. He wrote the music, he played the instruments, he sang, AND he was probably the best front man of any band in history. Freddie is indeed comparable to Mozart or Beethoven. Elvis had his teenybopper fans wetting their days of the week panties, but Freddie was a virtuoso.
Best singer ever! How can anyone compete with him? An angel in a mans body!
Freddie was made on heaven.V 15 Comments
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
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 actually kinda think Paul Mccartney should be higher than Mozart to be honest - TonyjpgrV 3 Comments
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!
I hate paul for being so inspired. Its like Shakespeare or Da Vinci, genius flows consistently and make me want to quit. Just so beautiful, just so natural!V 7 Comments
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.
Best should be 1V 14 Comments
Endlessly talented and contributed more than any other musician I know in terms of knowledge, kindness and forward thinking. Absolutely brilliant on every level.!
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!
The best human and musician to ever walk this planet
No one compares to his brilliance, lyric writing and his forward, cutting edge thoughts and ideas. Simply, the best"!V 4 Comments
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...
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.
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!
And, like Paul, he can sing like a boss! (Here Comes the Sun= Best vocals in any song ever! )
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.
Simply amazing - Morbid_Deth
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
Also plays keyboard, drums, bass guitar, piano and many more instruments
He is completely self taught with all of those instruments
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.
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 guitarV 7 Comments
My favorite piano player of all time
Billy Joel is absolutely AMAZING!
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
He has the widest vocal range of any singer in rock music
Should be higher
Pop music? Gotcha. Heavy metal? Done. 50’s Italian Jazz? Yep. Screamo? Sure. Opera? You bet. Oh you need monster noises for I am legend and the Darkness videogame? I gotchu fam
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).V 2 Comments
Greatest metal musician ever!
Not only could he play drums like a boss, he could also play the following excellently:
He also can sing like a boss and has written the band's biggest hits like:
A Little Piece of Heaven
The Rev did so much for Avenged Sevenfold. He wrote the band's greatest hits!
A Little Piece of Heaven
He can also play:
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
Best guitarist ever!
Many people who knew Prince as merely just a talented musician with a funny name and a few big hits in the 80's haven't seen how much his songwriting and musicianship blossomed as he matured. Leaving the big record companies in the dust and carefully controlling the ownership and copyrights of his music as well as the release of his live performances kept his profile lower and it meant his new material was never on the radio. Many people haven't seen anything he's done in the last 20 years. However, anyone who has been lucky enough to catch his incredible live performances knows better. Move him up the list where he belongs, please.
Absolutely. When I saw that this list existed, the first three names I thought of were Prince, McCartney, and John Paul Jones. Kudos to those who thought of the masters like Beethoven and Mozart, though. They should probably be on more of these lists.
I can't believe that Prince is at number 24 on this list! Prince is the most talented musician of my lifetime. Most people just think about what he did in the 80's. I remember him as an innovator of fashion, business man, risk taker, song writer and his ability to play any instrument he put his hands on. Come on, vote him up.
Ridiculous that he is so low on the list.V 9 Comments
He is considered by many to be the greatest songwriter of ALL TIME. Not to mention he played sang, played guitar, and played harmonica simultaneously. He is one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century period.
His ability to awaken thought and stir emotion with his choice of words is completely unrivalled.
Truly the best songwriter of all time, lyrically
The ultimate vocalist legend - Morbid_Deth
The most lyrically talented rapper of all time. He isn't the stereotypical "drugs, money, and girls" rapper. Eminem may have been the most controversial artist over the last decade, but he treats rap as an art; a way of venting his frustrations and feelings he's dealt with during his life. Look past the violence and anger in his older songs and realize he was just venting about all he had to go through to get where he is today, and that when shady was in his prime his personal life Was a downfall. His wife cheated on him, his daughter got no privacy, and his best friend died. He wasn't angry for no reason. SlimShady Lp, Marshall Mathers Lp, The Eminem Show, Recovery. All classics. Eminem is one of the greatest artists of all time.
This is a list for musicians, this guys a wrapper/singer/songwriter. I think I'm right in saying that most of his songs are now written by ghost writers. Its not that I don't like the guy, I mean he pretty mush defined my generation, and his stuff is incredible and definitely musically important. Regardless of this however he isn't top 20 material, he's not far off, and its only because there are more than 20 better musicians. On my list he'd be like 25 and that's still high praise
Eminem is by far the most lyrically talented artist to have ever appeared in the music industry. Whether it's rhyming words that no one else can or rapping with both unimaginable speed and lyrics that talk about real life situations, he is one of a kind and will be remembered forever.
Without a doubt the most talented songwriter of all time in terms of lyrics.V 4 Comments
Patrick Stump has most amazing vocal ranges ever. Patrick played every instrument on his solo album "Soul Punk", including vocals. He also wrote the lyrics for "Soul Punk". He can play drums, guitar, piano, bass, trumpet, and many more. Patrick writes most of the music for Fall Out Boy, and also help Pete Wentz write lyrics. I have too add that this man can not read sheet music, but despite this still manages to play all of these instruments and make really great music. Search "What a Catch, Donnie Fall Out Boy live" on YouTube and watch "Fall Out Boy-"What a Catch, Donnie" and "Where Did the Party Go" (Live in Los Angeles 6-13-13)" to get a taste of his vocal range.
When people hear the name"Fall Out Boy" the first thing that comes to mind is Pete Wentz. Well, he is pretty great, but if he quit the band, Patrick Stump could totally play bass instead of him. If Pete was really great, he would be able to do more than bass guitar. Patrick Stump is the true star of Fall Out Boy, the world needs to see that.
With a vocal range to rival Paul McCartney's and the ability to play 14+ different instruments all without ever being taught to read sheet music, Patrick Stump is one of the most talented musicians of our generation
I love his voiceV 2 Comments
Dave Grohl. Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D. Sings, Drums, Plays guitar. I think that's all that needs to be said.
He's a natural. That's talent... Talent runs through his veins.
Its rare you see this much talent as down to earth as him
Dave this low is stupid.V 1 Comment
He and Dave Grohl are hands down the most talented that's active today.
Guitar, drums, keyboards, sampling, rapping, screaming, singing, percussion, artist, producer, MUCH MORE
Should be a lot higher on this list, IF he isn't already he will soon be considered one of the best guitarists that ever lived. His voice is completely unique, his musical arrangements, song writing ability, musical accomplishments and instrument proficiency put him at about number 10 on this list.
Matt has more talent in his pinkie finger than any of these other guys.
Matt is my favorite musician, right after Freddie Mercury.
No doubt in the top 5 musicians of all time.V 3 Comments
First, singers aren't musicians are they? This list is just a "flavorists" list! Using any kind of objectivity at all, Petrucci, Myung, Rudess and Mangini, through in the former drummer as well, Portnoy! If it's hard to remember the best musicians, you can just say Dream Theater! Easy enough!
"He is the best guitarist in the world"... His melodies will be stuck in your mind for a really long time, trust me.
A guitarist who makes 20 minute long track without any repetition is under Tupac? What
This man is one of the greatest musicians that has ever lived. The fact that he isn't much higher is a travesty.
You should know exactly who this man is and what awesome music he made, the voice of his generation, and still some of the younger generation that still listen and apperciate good music.
Best musician and artist of all time.
Very talented.. Breath of fresh air today..
Part of a trio of musicians who have excelled for five decades
One third of the best band in the galaxy
Few people can play the bass, or keyboard as good as he does.. Now how many people can you name that play them, at the same time?! As well as have one of the most recognisable voices in history... Don't even get me started on song writting.. ! Come on, vote!
Breathtaking skills with piano, always putting the right emotional touch in his vocals that perfectly fit with his superb songwriting and melody composition. Best of all, his live performances are second to none and consistent with quality even after all these years.
This man is a top 5 talent hands down. I'm not even a huge fan, but he could do it all. Not to mention a god on he piano and had vocals along with it.
More talented than any one else on this list... Yes even Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. NONE of the Beatles should be on this list
Why isn't this man Number 1? He did the CRAZIEST off beats and he worte songs for THE London SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA he exposed the illuminati and hated big government he was like an alien sent from mars to tell everyone it's gonna go down unless you listen to me
This man should be number 1.. His discography proves this... Way ahead of his time.
This guy was his own GENRE!
His bands and music will NEVER be matched!
He was one of the first artists in the 60's with his own recording studio, by the 80's he needed no one, answered to no one, he wasn't tied to any label!
Needed zero radio play or a label!
Completely self contained artist!
It was all talent, genius and work ethic.
JUST look at the cats that played in his bands!
Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty, Chester Thompson, Eddie Jobson,
Ian Underwood,Don Sugar Cain Harris...etc
Frank Zappa was introduced by Ted Kopple on Night Line ABC...Ted introduced Frank as
A MUSICAL EXPERT!
This Man was Music!
He was his own GENRE!
People just don't know what he did!
The Biggest Genuis of our times!
Pink Floyd, enough said. - alfey99
"The Hit Man", between writing, producing, and playing, has over 500 million total sales, only Elvis and the Beatles sold more. Kind of like George Martin with a livelier personality.
David Foster has written some of the most beautifully, well-crafted songs over the past four decades.
Ed really deserves to be voted, but so do the others:) Not all of them (just my opinion, if you don't agree just ignore it) of course. It's hard to vote. Such a shame that the most of those talented people are dead. Excuse my English...
Really really really a gift for the world.
He is the best with Shape of you!
Writes all his songs!
Writes songs for others!
Doesn't use auto tune!
Does his own loop pedal!
Can make a song about a drug abuser sound like it is sent from heaven!
Do I need to say more? If so, just listen to him.
You will love!
Still the only one I like in this list.
He is the most talented guitarist to ever live. Plus, he can play bass and the banjo!
How is someone who is recognized as one of if not the greatest guitarist of all time at number 44. He should definitely be in the top ten for sure
Why is he so low? He revolutionized and shaped classic rock, which is the root of all greatness!
Hendrix was no doubt the greatest guitar player that the world has seen. Confused as to why he's behind "Ed Sheeran"...
Why is he below ed sheran - Morbid_DethV 1 Comment
The greatest rapper of all time and the most passionate musician of all time. He was misunderstood by those who only saw the "thug life" side of him and not the deep and insightful poetic side. Listen to " Dear Mama", "Keep ya Head up, "Brenda's Got a Baby" or one of his many poems and see for yourself that rappers really do have talent.
David Bowie is one of the most talented musicians ever
Great vocalist, producer, guitarist, pianist, drummer, amasing lyricist and artist, his best quality being his extremely broad, creative style
Personally think he is one of the few genius' of our generation. his multi instrumental abilities are freakish, coupled with his timing and co-ordination put him in a class only few have and ever will achieve. legend
Harmonica and others. He is the best and most talented musician ever!
Totaly a top 20 - Morbid_Deth
Huge vocal range, very versatile and is a genius with his lyrics. Everything from soft rock to extreme metal.
Most talented artist of his generation, shame the public has a negative view on him and he'll never reach the potential stellar heights he could've.
Can sing, dance, rap, direct, write. He has been involved in a lot of feuds such as the famous Rihanna incident, but you've got to admire his talent. - Forhad_765
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