Top 10 Music Artists Who Started Off Popular

Some of them may still be good or not .But these music artists were poplar from the beginning.And by "From the Beginning" I meant within 4 or 5 years .

The Top Ten

1 Metallica Metallica 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". more.

They became a sensation in the metal community after their debut album Kill Em All (1983) but needed 1-2 more albums to become more popular. - Metal_Treasure

Not 2 or 3 years from the beginning but after 1984. - zxm

2 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Became famous within few years - zxm

3 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

Formed in 1964 but became popular before 70s - zxm

4 The Beatles 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 more.

UaThe Qaurrymen, consisting of John, Paul, and George, were formed in 1957. The Ed Sullivan Show debut was 1964, that is 7 years of hard work before becoming an overnight success.

2 or 3 years - zxm

5 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley 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. more.

Started singing in mid 50s,became famous before 60s - zxm

6 Queen Queen 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 more.
7 The Rolling Stones 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). more.

Formed in early 60s.Became popular within releasing two or three albums.Release great albums before 70s - zxm

8 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, more.

Yes, they were extremely good - formed in 1968, debut album in 1968 and big success in 1970 (with the album Deep Purple in Rock, which was hard and heavy). - Metal_Treasure

9 Nirvana Nirvana 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. more.
10 Annihilator Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

I see the list title was changed - the original title focused on bands who were good since the beginning but the current title focuses on popularity. With the new title metal bands will be underrated because metal is an underground genre and most of the best metal bands never become popular. Example - Justin Bieber is very popular but Annihilator are 1,000,000x better than him (both acts are Canadian). - Metal_Treasure

Their debut album Alice In Hell (1989) earned them respect immediately among the metal musicians. Even Dave Mustaine was impressed and asked Jeff Waters to join Megadeth as a lead guitarist. Jeff declined because he wanted to be independent and play own music. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah @Metal_Treasure is right it was "Best" not "Popular" - zxm

Yeah,the original title was supposed to be best nor popular.otherwise I wouldn't add boston cause they are underrated since the beginning - zxm

The Contenders

11 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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 more.

They plagarised some songs of blues artists but still Robert Plant had a great voice and John Bonham is also a great drummer.Beside Paul has some great skills on bass and the way,Formed in 1968.Became popular before within 4 or 5 years - zxm

Completely and totally WRONG.
The Yardbirds were formed in 1964, and evolved first with Eric Clapton, then Jeff Beck, and finally Jimmy Page. They were very popular.
Then singer Keith Relf left the band, and Page hired Robert Plant, calling the band "the New Yardbirds"
People were confused, so Page changed the name again to Led Zeppelin.

12 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time more.
13 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
14 Bon Jovi 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 more.
15 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.
16 Oasis Oasis Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.
17 The Doors 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.
18 Boston Boston Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.
19 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.
20 Pentatonix Pentatonix Pentatonix is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.
21 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 more.

Killer debut album. - Undistinguished

22 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills & Nash first performance was at Woodstock! - Garjen

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