Top 10 Music Artists Who Should Be on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time but Aren't

Joeljohns249
You might be aware that the magazine Rolling Stones had released a list called "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The list was seemingly good on the top picks but quickly became a disaster towards the bottom. So this list consists of artists who should've been featured on their list, but aren't.

Please note to only add artists that have had exceptional critical reception and formed a huge legacy, not just musicians you happen to like. Please Vote for the artist whom you think deserved a place on Rolling Stone's original list.

Source for the original list:-
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-artists-147446/

The Top Ten

1 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.

Isn't their list defined as the 100 most influential artists of the Rock and Roll era, though, not of all music or in the history of music? - Billyv

The title says ALL TIME. Not the past century, ALL TIME. Beethoven should have been first on the list. At lowest, second below Mozart. Those two are the greatest and no one on that list comes close.

They might has well of called it the 75 greatest rock stars plus 25 other artists just so we could call it the 100 greatest artists - germshep24

Classical Composer that should be on the list bare minimum:
Beethoven
Mozart
Bach - germshep24

1 Comment
2 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.
3 Rush Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.
4 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 .

The Beatle who had the most successful solo career during the Post-Beatles era was ejected from the list. Meanwhile John Lennon, whose solo career was fairly lackluster with a few exceptions like "Imagine", somehow was included on the Rolling Stone's list. - Joeljohns249

While Paul has had the most commercial success and was probably the most talented musician in the group, I think George's and John's post-Beatles work overall are better quality. Though this isn't to say that Paul isn't worthy of consideration for the list. - Billyv

5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 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.

Again, another classical composer who deserved to be included on Rolling Stone's list. It's truly sad to know that Rolling Stones completely ignored classical composers and the entire classical genre on their list. - Joeljohns249

To be fair the ignored almost every genre but hip hop, punk, and rock, if you take of those genres from the list you would have like 5 artists - germshep24

Why are people always talking about just Bach, Beethoven and Mozart when it comes to classical music? - Alkadikce

Should be there. - DarkBoi-X

6 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
7 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock 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 ...read more.

The Pioneers of metal didn't get a mention on Rolling Stone's list. Also please note that Metallica was the only metal band that was featured on Rolling Stone's list. - Joeljohns249

You forgot that Black Sabbath was also on the list, though their definitely just have been more metal bands representing the sub genres, but honestly I think Metallica is on the list pretty much for the popularity of the Black Album - germshep24

The Metal bands that Should be on the list at the bare minimum:
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath
Metallica
Symphony X or Dream Theater or Opeth
Blind Guardian or Helloween
Kamelot or Nightwish
Death
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - germshep24

They really should be

8 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey 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.

I think she should have been on the list. She is a legend. I went through the entire list and I did not see her name, but, correct me if I am wrong, I think I saw Black Sabbath's name (place 85).

9 Rihanna Rihanna 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.

Rihanna is an important artist today and has been important since 2005. I really think she deserves to be top 100.

Beyonce deserves the spot more than Rihanna - germshep24

I would love if both Beyoncé and Rihanna were on the list. I prefer Rihanna, but Beyoncé is very good too.

10 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

Janet is an artist with many great hits. She has legendary status today.

The Contenders

11 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra 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. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Although I'm not a fan of his work, he definitely deserved a mention on the list due to the legacy he left of in popular music. Besides considering Rolling Stones included some unusual never-heard-before names on that list, Sinatra definitely deserved a place on that list. - Joeljohns249

12 Robert Johnson Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
13 Judas Priest Judas Priest 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.
14 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
15 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.
16 Black Flag Black Flag Black Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of ...read more.
17 John Lee Hooker
18 N.W.A. N.W.A. N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.

Probably the greatest hip-hop group and the most influential in hip hop history was ignored by Rolling Stone's. - Joeljohns249

Rap artist/groups that should be on the list at a bare minimum:
Nas
Eminem
N.W.A
Eric B and Rakim
2Pac
Wu Tang Clan
Grand Master Flash or Sugar Hill Gang
Lauryn Hill
OutKast or Public Enemy - germshep24

19 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

The most successful musician at the moment. 2019 has, so far, been her year. She was successful before 2019 too.

20 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.

The fact that Run-DMC and Public Enemy was featured on the list, while this group was ignored shows Rolling Stone's doesn't know jack about Hip hop. - Joeljohns249

Run-DMC and Public Enemy do deserve a spot but so should Wu-Tang - germshep24

21 Miles Davis Miles Davis Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.

I'm not surprised he's not on the original list. Arguably the greatest Jazz musician doesn't even get a spot on Rolling Stone's list. You might also be surprised to know that Rolling Stones completely avoided the Jazz genre on their list. - Joeljohns249

Jazz Artist that should be on the list at a bare minimum:
Miles Davis
Ella FitzGerald
Louis Armstrong
Charlie Parker
Duke Ellington - germshep24

22 The Cramps
23 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.
24 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

RHCP and green day both more than deserve to be on the list.

25 Whitney Houston 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.

Arguably the greatest pop star of all time only beat by Michael Jackson - germshep24

26 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
27 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

Jay-Z is on the list but Nas isn't that's criminal - germshep24

28 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.
29 Selena Selena Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

The single biggest Latina Pop Star of all time, and if she wasn't killed at a young age would have been one of the greatest Pop stars ever - germshep24

30 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, ...read more.
31 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.
32 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
33 Eric B. & Rakim
34 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.
35 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.
36 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.
37 Kamelot Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.
38 Donna Summer Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.

The only star of the Disco Era really worth mentioning and deserve a spot for her influence on the genre - germshep24

39 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
40 Swans Swans

Possibly the most influential post-rock band. - Sop

41 Sean Paul Sean Paul
42 Bing Crosby Bing Crosby 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.
43 Death Grips Death Grips Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
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