Top 10 Music Artists Everyone Should Know About
No matter your age, there are some bands that you should know, whether you like them or not. These are the bands and musicians that stood the test of time, shaped music as we know it, and most importantly, are simply good musicians.
Note that this list is NOT restricted to rock music (there are plenty of lists for that), so anything goes!
The Top Ten
1 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.
Jackson was the best selling artist of the 80's. His voice was divine, his music genius, and his legacy is huge. No doubt, he is the king of pop. - Tweepster
2 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.
Maybe the most important artist of the 20st century, as he was the one responsible for bringing rock into the mainstream. They didn't call him "the king" for nothing. And, the fact that rock still is a dominating genre is a testament to what he did. - Tweepster
3 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.
The Beatles are a MASSIVE part of music, not only historically, but also due to their massive influence over bands ever since. They may only have been together for a few short years, but they are still the best-selling musical act ever. Innovation. Showmanship. Lyrical brilliance. Talented musicians. The Beatles truly had it all. - Tweepster
4 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.
An absolute musical god.
Most people may not listen to classical music, but most people know of Bethooven. He was an undesputable genius, whose music has stood the test of time, and will continue to do so for a long time. - Tweepster
5 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.
A band that took of in the 60s and are still playing to this day. One of the most influential bands ever, and one that will be big for a long time to come. - Tweepster
6 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg.
A man who made some of the biggest operas and classical musicpieces ever, Mozart was a man whose amazing musical ability can only be matched by that of Bethooven and possibly Bach. Most people have heard his name, and that is several hundred years after his death. - Tweepster
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 ...read more.
A really creative rapper in my opinion. Definitely worth knowing about.
ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
This is what I call REAL POP MUSIC! They made a phenomenal music
9 Jackie Evancho
Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .
10 Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. 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 Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.
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 known as the "queen of pop", and for a good reason. Her music continues to be an inspiration to today's pop music. She was also the first woman to really push the sexual boundaries in music, both in shows and in her lyrics. - Tweepster
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12 Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.
13 Tupac Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.
14 The Doors
The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.
Not enough of my generation appreciate them. - PetSounds
I know right? Younger audiences need to know about the classics.
15 Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
16 Linkin Park
Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.
How are they so low?
17 Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.
18 Kate Bush
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.
They've inspired today's popular rock bands like Slipknot, Evanescence, System Of a Down, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, and more.
These guys are so under appreciated. They invented a genre of their own. Nu Metal (Metal with more hip hop and funk inspired instrumentals).
Definitely an original band and worth knowing about.
Why are they on here? They aren't even that good.
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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.