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

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:-
The Top Ten
1 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, more.

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.

The greatest classical composer of all time, the one who started it all, doesn't even get a mention on Rolling Stone's list. This only just starts off to show how disasterous was their original list.

Greatest musician of all time bar none. All the classical musicians should be high on the list.

Classical Composer that should be on the list bare minimum:

2 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, more.

When RS said "all-time", they meant artists who debuted in 1955 or later. If they had clarified that, it would have explained the obvious omissions like Beethoven and even Frank Sinatra.

I’m honestly surprised that they weren’t on it, they were super influential to heavy metal. Pixies should’ve been on the list too.

3 Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. The band has had an iconic lineup since 1975, which included Neil Peart (Drums, Percussion), Geddy Lee (Vocals, Bass, Keyboards), and the guitarist, Alex Lifeson. Peart passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer in January of more.
4 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.

5 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.
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.

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.

Should be there.

7 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 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.

They really should be

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

8 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”. more.
9 ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
10 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.

I'm not saying they deserve it but c’mon you cannot include some that I respectfully wont name and leave genesis out. It’s a disgrace

The Contenders
11 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.

12 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 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).

13 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 more.

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

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

14 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.

15 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 more.
16 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 more.
17 John Lee Hooker
18 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. more.

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

The song ”Rain On Me” with Lady Gaga is huge right now!

19 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.

Rap artist/groups that should be on the list at a bare minimum:
Eric B and Rakim
Wu Tang Clan
Grand Master Flash or Sugar Hill Gang
Lauryn Hill
OutKast or Public Enemy

20 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.

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

21 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 more.

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

22 The Cramps
23 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 more.
24 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

25 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 more.
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