Top 10 Most Charitable Music Artists

The Top Ten
1 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery,... read more

I don't think I heard anything about U2 in music class at school. In social studies classes their charity work is mentioned every 2nd lesson more or less.

Say what you want about their music but there is no denying how giving these guys are, esp. Bono.

2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose 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 the initials MJ... read more

16? He is literally listed in The Guiness Book Of World Records as the most charitable celebrity of all time. Having donated over half a billion dollars to all different kinds of charities.

One of the most charitable singers ever. He always gave to charities and donated all the sales of Man in the Mirror to charity. He also helped make the charity single "We are the world"

He gave everything he had from his heart and soul to this world and the children.

3 Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including nine number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling chart single of all time. According to Billboard more.

Elton has done more than Taylor I'm sensing a bias metal treasure

4 Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Some of the things he did: According to federal tax forms, one of Prince's charities, Love 4 One Another, gave more than $1.5 million only from 2005 to 2007. An old nursing home on Olson Highway received a check... "Out of the blue one day, a check from Prince came in for $200,000 and it was an absolute game changer". Prince gave $80,000 to Urban Ventures for a recording studio and $20,000 to a former youth leadership nonprofit.

5 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

They give a lot of money away to charity. For example, they donated $500,000 to the Obakki Foundation, an African charity that helped build a child-care centre in Cameroon. Another $50,000 went to the B.C. Children's hospital. Also, in 2006 the group announced that 100% of all digital sales of the song "If Everyone Cared" would be donated to Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada. They also support "STOMP Out Bullying", education programs, and more.

Another reason to stop hating on Nickelback. They are good people.

6 Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., better known by his stage name Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of the hair band Bon Jovi from, which was founded by Jon and his pianist, David Bryan, in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit songs “Livin’ on a Prayer," "You Give Love a Bad Name," and "Wanted Dead or Alive" which were all released in 1986, on the album Slippery When Wet. Jon was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on March 2, 1962.

The guy is generous. In 2006, he made a $1 million donation to build 28 homes in Louisiana. On another occasion he gave money to build 6 homes in Philadelphia. In 2005, his band donated $1 million to the Angel Network foundation. Besides cash donations to different charities, he founded The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in 2006. In 2011, he opened the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant "where patrons pay what they can afford for their meals, either with money or by volunteering work." (volunteer work is like working for 1 hour in the kitchen).
He has also worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, Project H.O.M.E., and other groups. He was named the first founding ambassador of the Habitat for Humanity Ambassador program.

He seems like a nice person in real life!

7 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter.

She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing personal songs and for having won 11 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old, and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin a country music career. She... read more

She was named the most Charitable Celebrity of 2012 and 2013.
Charities: 26 (including The GRAMMY Foundation, Save the Music Foundation and UNICEF)
Causes: 28 (including bullying, homelessness and human rights).
She is active with the UNICEF, Red Cross, Children in Need, and the Wounded Warrior Project. she also founded a campaign to protect children from online predators.

8 Dave Matthews Dave Matthews is a South African born American singer and guitarist most well known as frontman for the rock band Dave Matthews Band.
9 Justin Timberlake Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child.

He regularly donates to and works with Habitat For Humanity, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Kids Wish Network.

10 Avicii Tim Bergling (September 8, 1989 - April 20, 2018), better known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish electronic musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. He is best regarded for his work in Electronic Music during the 2010s in which his works have charted among the Top 40 Radio and for his influence towards 2010's contemporary Electronic musicians. Berling was known to have had health problems in his personal life, which severely impeded his career as a music artist. He retired from touring in 2016 due to being overwhelmed by health complications and needing surgery and medication. Berling committed suicide in 2018 due to thoughts of depression.

His charitable contributions came to light after his death in 2018. He reportedly gave millions to organizations including Feeding America and Radiohjälpen. In a 2013 interview he said "I discovered when I started making money that I didn't really need it. When you have such an excess of money you don't need, the most sensible, most human and completely obvious thing is to give to people in need." Hands down.

The Contenders
11 Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.
12 The Smashing Pumpkins 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 bands of the 1990s.
13 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a grunge/alternative rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. Pearl Jam are most famous for their hit singles "Even Flow", "Black", and "Jeremy" which all appear on their debut album, "Ten", named after the basketball player Mookie Blaylock's jersey number, #10.

Pearl Jam have supported many charities. All proceeds of the band's cover of "Last Kiss" went to help refugees of the Kosovo War. They headlined a Seattle concert in 2001 to support the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and added a date to their 2005 tour to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

14 Jason Newsted Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

In 2004, he signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments to children in underserved public schools throughout the US.

I didn't know that he was one of the most charitable music artists. But there you go, you learn something new every day.

15 Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted Japanese television programs such as Rock Fujiyama and Jukebox English.

After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, he began auctioning off a great variety of his musical equipment and paraphernalia that he used as a member of Megadeth and Cacophony, including some of his signature guitars.

16 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Provo, Utah, and are now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their single "It's Time", followed by their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions (2012), which resulted... read more

Even if you hate this band, you can't deny they're really good people. They also started a charity called Tyler Robinson Foundation - TheDarkOne_221b

It's absolutely amazing!

17 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk/punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. 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 rock. Some of their influences include The Ramones, Sex Pistols, NOFX, and Bad Religion. They are best known for their songs like ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, ‘Basket Case’ and their ‘American Idiot’ & ‘Dookie’ albums. American Idiot sold 6 million copies in the U.S. and won a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album". Green Day have sold over 75 million records worldwide and have won 5 Grammy Awards. They more.
18 Dave Navarro David Michael "Dave" Navarro is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is best known as a former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and as a founding member of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction.

He was a teen when his mother was murdered by her ex-boyfriend and he mostly supports programs for domestic violence.

19 XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and criminal.
20 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
21 Evan Taubenfeld Evan David Taubenfeld is an American singer and musician, best known for being Avril Lavigne's lead guitarist, music director and frequent collaborator.
22 Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

She is the ambassador for Keep A Child Alive and she travels to Africa. She also supports UNICEF, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Oxfam.

23 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

He founded the G-Unity Foundation to provide grants to low-income communities.

24 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.
25 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed themselves "Coldplay" in 1998. Before making their debut album, they recorded and released three EPs: Safety in 1998, Brothers & Sisters as a single in 1999, and The Blue Room in the same year. The Blue Room was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone. more.
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