Most Talented Musicians

The Contenders: Page 2

21 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

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

22 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

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.

What is up with this low rating

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23 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.
24 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

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.

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25 Patrick Stump Patrick Stump Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.

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 voice

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26 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the more.

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.

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27 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.
28 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

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.

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29 Mike Shinoda Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

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

30 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

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

31 Chris Martin Chris Martin

Very talented.. Breath of fresh air today..

32 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

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.

33 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

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!

34 Elton John Elton John

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.

35 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

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

This Man was Music!
He was his own GENRE!
People just don't know what he did!

The Biggest Genuis of our times!

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36 David Foster David Foster David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.

"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.

37 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

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!

Great Vocals!
Writes all his songs!
Writes songs for others!
Plays guitar!
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!

38 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams

Still the only one I like in this list.

39 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .

Pink Floyd, enough said. - alfey99

40 Slash Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He is the most talented guitarist to ever live. Plus, he can play bass and the banjo!

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