Top 10 Most Creative Music Artists and Bands

The Top Ten
1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are 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 (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968. ...read more.

Is there the slightest doubt that they are the most deserving of the number one spot on this list? They put in so much effort into making all of their songs creative and to express areas of human life in spectacular beauty utilizing the power of music to their advantage of expressing what they have to say through the song. Wikipedia also tells that they had put in a lot of creative effort in producing the Dark Side of The Moon and at some point of time, they had to drop off and disband because of fear of loss of creativity which means to say that they always wanted their music to be flawless. But they never stopped and they've released the most memorable tracks we know today. Compared to artists like The Beatles and overrated modern pop artists, Pink Floyd hasn't gotten the recognition it most deservedly needed.

Of course Pink Floyd is they mastered the art of psychedelia through music and every album is different and has a distinctive sound. They have great studio experimentation. The best live light and laser shows. Awesome concept album ideas. And lets not forget the 3rd best selling album of all time witch stayed on the charts for nearly 29 years which broke a record for the album to stay longest on the charts. And lets not forget Syd Barret people (R.I.P Syd Barret and Rick Wright)

Every Pink Floyd Albums are distinctive and original.Their music have great bass foundation, tremendous dynamics while some of the most interesting music belies in subtle and more quiet messages. Roger Waters' lyrics should have earned him Noble prize for literature (Bob Dylan is good also). After hearing thousands of times, I can still find something new and fresh. If you are for timeless music... there is no other band than Pink Floyd.

How did they think of things like Interstellar Overdrive, Atom Heart Mother Suite, And Echoes? Incredible to say the least

2 Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide ...read more.
3 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop 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 with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. ...read more.

The beatles had a tremendous amount of creativity. There music and CREATIVITY had the biggest effect on music history. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were brilliant in there creativity during the writing of the songs they wrote. The Beatles have the best creativity of all time for any band anywhere. They are #1

Their music wasn't confined to a single or couple of genres. It was more diverse and versatile. Beginning with the Mersey-beat and Rock n roll, their stretched it to folk, psychedelic and even classical and what not. The fact that they chose to include sitar(Love You To, Within You Without You) and sound of moving tapes in "Tomorrow Never Knows" or even re-imagining music as another band(in Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band). It was altogether a perfectly synced quartet.

Pink Floyd wouldn't have made "Echoes" if not for The Beatles Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, and Magical Mystery Tour. Queen would not have made Bohemian Rhapsody if not for You Never Give Me Your Money.

Lorde # 4, Beatles # 5!
Learn your music history people.
The Beatles opened the door for so many artists with their song writing, recording studio innovations, stadium shows, etc.

4 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, 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 was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He then joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was also recruited to complete the line-up. ...read more.

Just listen to Who Needs You, Sleeping on the Sidewalk, Dreamers Ball, More of that Jazz, Sheer Heart Attack, Staying Power in order. You will understand. Of course there are lots of better songs, but these are more explanatory.

How is Pink Floyd more creative than Queen? One can not even count the genres Queen played and they change their style midway in a song to embrace many styles in one song. How can PF at all compare. Beatles can but they wrote many childiah songs.

Combine opera with rock is the most creative thing in music!

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is the most creative song ever.

5 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. The man who the world knew as David Bowie was an actor, a painter, a philosopher, and many other things. But first and foremost, and what he was known for most, he was a rock star, covering every genre from psychedelic folk to industrial. His influence on fashion, music, and pop culture in general remains as his legacy--along, of course, with his unforgettable music.
6 Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (born 7 November 1996), better known by her stage name Lorde, is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand. She released her first EP "The Love Club" in 2012 and gained worldwide popularity with her song "Royals" at the age of 16. With "Pure Heroine" (2013), "Melodrama" (2017) and "Solar Power" (2021), Lorde has released three studio albums so far. She is is known for songs such "Royals", "Team", "Green Light" and the single "Yellow Flicker Beat", produced for the soundtrack of Frances Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" in 2014.

Wattpad @kidges

Songs are super unique and one of a kind. Listen to Green Light, Magnets, Yellow Flicker Beat, Homemade Dynamite... Yeah.

Her sound was so fresh at the time ,she is exactly what pop music needed

7 Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

Melanie is extremely creative. Who else has a song called Play Date, Mrs Potato Head, and Pity Party? Child-like topics with adult meanings. Her album, Crybaby is a story about a poor girl.

Finally. I've been waiting my entire life for Melanie to be in the top ten of something, and here it is.

I know she's better than ANYONE else.

From Cry Baby.

The fact that she is even on the same page as The Beatles, The Who, and Bob Dylan, much less AHEAD of them, means the world is coming to an end soon.

She deserves #1! Crybaby 4 life!

8 Tool Tool is an American alternative metal/progressive metal band, that was formed in 1990. The band is set together between Maynard James Keenan (Vocals), Danny Carey (Drums), Adam Jones (Guitar) and since 1995 Justin Chancellor (Bass). The band is known for their influences from electronic sounds and their overly complex and strangely structured songs. They released their debut album "Undertow" in 1993 and later put out other famous albums, like "Lateralus" and "10,000 Days". The band has established a legacy as one of the most well-known and beloved progressive metal and alternative metal bands of all time.

I mean, I still have yet find a band that does music similar to the Progressive Alternative Metal that Tool does.

9 Aurora Aurora Aksnes (born 15 June 1996) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter and record producer. She was born in Stavanger.

Absolutely amazing. Music is still alive through this once in a generation talent. Sincere to the very core. Exceptional voice too!

10 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

I was expecting to see Radiohead in the top 5, but they're definitely the most creative band of all time. The transformation they've made from Pablo Honey through to A Moon Shaped Pool is astonishing. Every album is unique and breath takingly beautiful.

The Contenders
11 Eminem 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 da 5'9") half of the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil. Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has had ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and 5 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and 13 worldwide.

Eminem's talent when it comes to wordplay and lyricism is not just the best of his genre, but also the best I've ever seen in the music industry as a whole. Pair that with his undeniable talent and infectious energy, and you have the greatest rapper of all time.

Best rapper ever

12 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Besides creating many great songs and mixing and crossing genres, Dylan records and performs in concert several very different versions of nearly all of his songs. He's constantly altering and rearranging, and it takes some excellent musicians to support him on tours and keep up with these changes, often from one show to the next.

Troubadour for the ages

13 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.

The band became mainstream after improving after their debut album got panned. In 1978, Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Who went to release 2 albums before leaving in 1983, only for Osbourne to return in 1992. ...read more.
14 Iron Maiden 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 Smith, and drummer Nicko McBrain. Smith left the band in 1989 and was replaced by Janick Gers. But returned in 1999, and now the band has three guitar players. ...read more.

One of the most creative metal bands for sure.

15 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with Edge of Sanity, Opeth is credited with being the first progressive death metal band, although they now play progressive rock. Akerfeldt is good friends with Jonas Renkse of Katatonia, and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
16 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, multiinstrumentist and vocalist Troy Donockley, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen (currently on hiatus and replaced by Kai Hahto).
17 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted some previous success with The [original] Yardbirds and was friendly with some big names in rock. Page states it was Keith Moon of The Who that claimed the band could only go down, like a lead balloon -- thus prompting the iconic name of Led Zeppelin. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors ...read more.
18 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/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".

With their first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning reaching underground success, their third effort, Master of Puppets has since become one of the most important heavy metal albums ever, as it became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. The title track has since become the band's most played song live. ...read more.

Best band ever these guys are very creative!

19 Daft Punk Daft Punk was a French electronic music duo consisting of producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.
20 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.

The band was comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass). ...read more.
21 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 amounts of orchestral arrangements. Hansi K├╝rsch creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping harmonies. Thanks to overdubs and numerous backing vocals Blind Guardian stand out with a very dense sound.
22 Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
23 Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011. In 2016 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of original members of Deep Purple.

I would quote a visitor comment on another list because I can't say it better: "A genius that merged classical music and rock with a guitar... Pure Genius."
What he did became the template for metal music (except some small subgenres like doom).

"Pure Genius" I like that phrase @Metal_Treasure,ritchie blackmore is a great guitarist.his solos are fast and heavy.he is the creator of heavy metal music.

24 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that is originally from Columbus, Ohio, who are best known for their songs "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". Currently there are two members, Tyler Joseph (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, ukulele, bass and guitar) and Josh Dun (drums and percussion). Former members include Nick Thomas (guitar, bass, piano and keyboards) and Chris Salih (drums and percussions). The band was formed in 2009 with Joseph, Thomas and Salih. ...read more.

Creative as they get. Every song is a new genre. Their most recent album blurry face has rock music, pop music, rap music, piano music, sad music, happy music, etc etc all in 14 songs. Impressive if you ask me.

Tyler's emotional lyricism is unparalleled, and the way the band redefines itself with every new song is something I've never seen another musical group come close to doing.

Every song is a take on a different genre. They have a sound that is unique to them but each song sounds nothing like anything else ever made.

Hell yeah, Tyler is so lyrical! I can't understand why people don't like them, they're sound is unique and their lyrics are drowning in pure emotion and experience

25 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, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. ...read more.

No explanation needed.

Creator of metal

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