Top Ten Music Artists That Were the Best of Their Decade

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The Top Ten

1 The Beatles (The 60s) The Beatles (The 60s) 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.

Even for the period 2000-2010, the Beatles were the #2 most successful act of the new millennium, exceeded only by Eminem for that time frame.

No one could touch the Beatles for pure cutting, edge creativity and relatability. They were pure geniuses and pioneered so much for so many artists who openly and effusively acknowledge them.

Stones were far better than the beets.

2 Michael Jackson (The 80s) Michael Jackson (The 80s) 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.

Michael Jackson was popular in other decades, but his most successful decade was definitely the 80s - Ajkloth

My favorite music artist... A great singer and a great person. - EpicJake

Michael Jackson, hands down the best artist in the music industry, he had a unique voice and character. Michael Jackson had also an influence on society and a message with his singles and expressed his views and words in ways that capture you, like songs Black or White and Earth Song. How can you not love the finesse and essence it brings. Ever since his passing music wasn’t the same and lost it’s message and meaning, if only he where still alive or came back, it would take a miracle to have someone rise up into the music industry to be like him, but also earn the title “Next King of Pop” or be like him in ways that are not fake but stay real and have a unique character that can reach out to others with a message of their own and show that of what can capture you. Shame on others who try to take the title when they should’t have it. Fact is however Michael Jackson is and will always remain “The King of Pop” and let his songs be everlasting.

3 Led Zeppelin (The 70s) Led Zeppelin (The 70s) Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.
4 Elvis Presley (The 50s) Elvis Presley (The 50s) Elvis Presley was an 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.
5 Rihanna (The 2000s) Rihanna (The 2000s) Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

Muse was the best of the 2000s - ryanrimmel

According to the charts Rihanna was the best. 4 #1's to 0 by Muse - westofohio

Music charts are not reliable sources for when the quality of music is to be sought in artists. The proof is in today’s crap music that somehow reaches the Top 10 in the Billboards.

6 Mariah Carey (The 90s) Mariah Carey (The 90s) Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

Nirvana was the best of the 90s - ryanrimmel

Screw Mariah Carey, have a look at PANTERA

7 Katy Perry (The 2010s) Katy Perry (The 2010s) Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Definitely not katy Perry. My vote for the 2010s would have to go to the arctic monkeys or black keys - ryanrimmel

No one might believe in me but Lady Gaga deserves it, - ArigatoKawaii

8 Queen (The 70s) Queen (The 70s) 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.
9 AC/DC (The 80s) AC/DC (The 80s) AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

AC/DC

10 Pink Floyd (The 70s) Pink Floyd (The 70s) Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Eminem (The 00s) Eminem (The 00s) 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.
12 Muse (The 2000s) Muse (The 2000s) Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.
13 Nirvana (The 90s) Nirvana (The 90s) 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.
14 Metallica (The 80s) Metallica (The 80s) Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.
15 Elton John (The 70s) Elton John (The 70s) Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

A truly brilliant musician of the '70s & beyond, and he's still performing!

16 Frank Sinatra (The 40s) Frank Sinatra (The 40s) Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.
17 Bing Crosby (The 30s) Bing Crosby (The 30s) Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.
18 Marilyn Manson (The 90s) Marilyn Manson (The 90s) Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. ...read more.
19 The Rolling Stones (The 70s) The Rolling Stones (The 70s) 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.

They were more prominent in the 60s. - zxm

20 Zedd (The 2010s) Zedd (The 2010s) Zedd is a Russian- German DJ known for his hits such as Clarity, Transmission, and Break Free. He is best known for his album True Colors, which has the highest debut on the Billboard 200 for an EDM album (tied with Skrillex's Recess). He is one the the richest EDM artists in the industry.
21 Pantera (The 90s) Pantera (The 90s) Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.
22 Iron Maiden (The 80s) Iron Maiden (The 80s) Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.
23 Black Sabbath (The 70s) Black Sabbath (The 70s) Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
24 Judas Priest (The 80s) Judas Priest (The 80s) Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.
25 Nine Inch Nails (The 90s) Nine Inch Nails (The 90s) Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
26 Ghost (The 2010s) Ghost (The 2010s) Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.
27 Rush (The 70s) Rush (The 70s) Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.
28 Queensryche (The 80s) Queensryche (The 80s) Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.
29 Ronnie James Dio (The 80s) Ronnie James Dio (The 80s) 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 ...read more.
30 The Smashing Pumpkins (The 90s) The Smashing Pumpkins (The 90s) The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative ...read more.
31 Pearl Jam (The 90s) Pearl Jam (The 90s) Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.
32 Guns 'N Roses (The 80s)
33 Ed Sheeran (The 2010s) Ed Sheeran (The 2010s) Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
34 Kendrick Lamar (The 2010s) Kendrick Lamar (The 2010s) Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.
35 Tupac (The 90s) Tupac (The 90s) 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.
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1. The Beatles (The 60s)
2. Michael Jackson (The 80s)
3. Rihanna (The 2000s)
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1. The Beatles (The 60s)
2. Rihanna (The 2000s)
3. Michael Jackson (The 80s)
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1. Led Zeppelin (The 70s)
2. The Beatles (The 60s)
3. Michael Jackson (The 80s)
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