Top 10 Greatest Music Artists of All Time

A music artist or musician is a person who composes or performs music, such as songwriters, composers, singers, and instrumentalists. This list includes the most acclaimed music artists of all time.
The Top Ten
1 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.

They did in less than 8 recording years what nobody has done in 50 years. They also showed that individually they could score number one hits and albums. Nothings come close although they were not the best singers or instrumentalist around...but the sum of their talent was what made them the best. Furthermore, they were the first rock/pop starts in becoming "artists"... opening doors and windows for the rest...

Indescribable. So amazing whether you like them or not. They can't be beat. They were the greatest band who ever lived. John and George were no Hendrix at guitar. Paul wasn't any John Enwistle. And Ringo was no Neil Peart! But none of that mattered. At all. They just wrote incredible songs. They didn't need insane guitar solos. They were insane songwriters. The songs this band wrote can not be explained. If you haven't, take a listen to a couple albums by the Beatles. Even if you HATE the Beatles cause your a stubborn baby who likes only rap or like heavy metal, you'll find at least one song that you love by this band. You will be amazed at the talent of each one of these four lads from Liverpool.

Those saying MJ should be number one surely are living under a rock. See what they did in just 8 years. They got most hits on US charts despite not being American, sold most albums in US and worldwide and all in a span of 8 years. Sure MJ broke racial barriers but he could not even do half of what Beatles did. Beatles had impact on culture and were a minor force in bringing down communism in USSR. Beatlemania is one of first show of feminist movements. Their music touched hearts whereas MJ just amused people. See the wikipedia page of cultural impact of the Beatles it is 5 times bigger than MJ's page of cultural impact.

I will vote for The Beatle not be because I like them them the most, but because I experimented with every other band which ironically or unironically is a rip off of The Beatles.

Take Queen or Led Zeppelin or Pink floyd or Velvet Underground or any other 60'S or 70's band, have they ever had a more popular song than the Beatles, yes is the answer. They had, but the number of incredible songs is less. Beatles explored all the areas of music. They are number one not because they are cliche but because they explore every aspect of now popular music. Name a song in every genre and Beatles haven't made a song about it. They were experimental and that's what made the great.

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. Dubbed the King of Pop, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. ...read more.

The most successful entertainer, and most recognizable man on earth, even nearly a decade after his death. Michael Jackson was simply phenomenal, sold records like no tomorrow, broke through all racial barriers, his performances were masterpieces, his dance moves iconic, and his music unmatched in its reach. Famous all over the world from childhood. Over 30 years after it's release and the 1983 Thriller is still the best selling album of all time, and his other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), all rank among the most successful albums of all time. Jackson received an unmatched amount of celebrity, and in his prime everyone wanted to be like him. His dance has influenced the masses even more than his singing in some ways, and he is widely regarded to be the greatest, and one of the most influential dancers of all time. From his amazingly choreographed music videos such as Thriller, Beat It, Bad, and Smooth Criminal, to outstanding ...more

Michael Jackson is the best artist of all time PERIOD. And once and for all, would someone please explain why they name these countdowns as the "greatest music artists of all time" but then compare a band to a solo artist?! It makes NO sense. They do NOT belong in the same category! Simply put, Michael Jackson was initially part of a band (Jackson 5) but peaked as a solo artist. You can't say that for any of the Beatles members. Not one of the Beatles members managed to break away and obtain the same fame, success and recognition as Michael Jackson. They simply aren't talented enough. So, in other words, Michael Jackson, ALONE, can achieve even more than the Beatles as a band could. And Michael could entertain all races, ages, genders, etc. He can sing, dance and put on a classic show with his signature moves, singing and outfits. Another thing I notice is that these countdowns fail to consider or point out that Michael had to overcome racism here in the US but still managed to ...more

He is the best. PERIOD. Only white supremacists would think the Beatles are better; these are the same people who voted for Trump, I bet. Well, maybe they're the best for white America, but fortunately, the U.S. is NOT the world. Ask the entire world now who deserves the number one spot, and, undoubtedly, Michael Jackson would be the answer. If anything, they wouldn't even know who/what the Beatles are! There's an obvious reason to that. Michael Jackson's music touched people of all nations, races, ages, religions, etc. Beatles now? Just the US and Europe. I lived overseas as a little girl as my father was active duty in the US Navy and stationed out of the country. I never heard of the Beatles until we returned to the US. And another thing, quit comparing a band to a solo artist. I can guarantee you if the Beatles band broke up, not one of them could achieve everything and all that Michael Jackson accomplished: not a single one of them! Time has proven this already! Michael Jackson ...more

On my opinion, Michael Jackson should basically be considered the King of Music. He has went through more contributions to help music than anyone else. He has won more Grammy's than any other artist in history, and that's just a start. With the worlds biggest selling album of all time also. Jackson was a major icon for not only fans, but the tabloids. He went through a lot with the child molestation case, which was 100% false. The child accuser admitted it was a lie. That definitely took a turn in his career, causing him to write songs about racism, peace, love and most importantly, his feelings. He will forever be the best in my opinion. And for whoever doesn't like him for whatever reason, maybe they should go listen to his music.

3 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.

The Beatles are understandable at number one, they were a phenomenon. I don't agree with Michael Jackson at 2, but he was unique. What really kills me are the Zeppelin fans. Cover bands shouldn't be on any list, especially the ones who steal music and songs and claim them as their own originals. Zeppelin is the MOST overrated band in history. I know it was cool to listen to them in high school to impress your friends, but adults should do a little research to see everything they stole. Queen on the other hand is the whole package; originality, talent, showmanship...they never needed to steal the work of others. RIP Freddie, I hope you and Bowie and send down some heavenly music ASAP!

Their style is unique, no one can imitate them.
Freddie Mercury's voice is literally amazing, and they are original.
I like them, it's close if they or Beatles should be numbers one... In doubt linkin park

Should be at 3 behind MJ, despite queen being my favourite. Some people think that Queen are overrated and that led zeppelin and the stones and such were better, but led zeppelin and the rolling stone's music is not as relevant in today's industry as queen and MJ and the beatles because of the style that they played. Queen are my favourite and deservedly high on this list; Freddie's vocal are beyond compare, Brian's guitar playing was phenomenal and the red special had such a distinctive sound, Roger's drums were superbly solid and so was John's and all of the 4 had great ability to sing harmonies. Queen were also the greatest band live, as seen when they dominated live aid. Queen are around where they should be on this list #4.ut not higher and no lower than #

There is no element of music and musical performance in which Queen did not excel and best its competitors. Incredible song writing, glorious instrumental aptitude, and sheer theatrics are defined by this group in a way that no individual or band has been capable of before or since. Weaving effortlessly through genres and styles, oftentimes within the course of a single song, Queen made the creation of generation-defining music seem like another day at the office. This group is the Prometheus of music, delivering fire to the masses and altering the course of human history.

4 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.

Led Zeppelin is fantastic. There is no other way to put it. When I got into rock music (Something that only happened because of Green Day, in fact) I was blown away by the emotion of political angst amongst other things, but when I first turned on everybody's first experience with Led Zeppelin, the almighty Stairway to Heaven, I knew that my entire life from that point onwards would be solely based around rock music, and for that song and many others that inspired me so much, I have nothing but respect for this band. Truly one of the greatest of all time that will be remembered through the ages as the first supergroup.

Will never be topped. Timeless music that still captured the sound of the rock era, while pushing the boundaries of various genres in their decade long run of sold out concerts and globally acclaimed records, right from the very first album. Basically Led Zeppelin was the once in a millennium meeting of fortune of the four best rock musicians in their respective instruments of sound into one unbelievable band. Whether you listen to Led Zeppelin, whether you listen to rock even, hell if you don't listen to music full stop, you have heard the heartpulsing emotional vocals of Plant, or the ripping tone of Page. Without a doubt, the best there was and most likely ever be.

Those who say The Beatles are the greatest band should try listening to Led Zeppelin. Beatles were a band that had good songwriters, below average vocalists and way too overrated instrument players. Led Zeppelin had one of the greatest vocalists, best guitarist after Jimi Hendrix, arguably the best drummer and a great bassist that is not overrated like Sir Paul Mccartney. Listen to KASHMIR, It will absolutely stick to your mind. What is great about Hey Jude. way too repetitive. Just because BEATLES is more popular than Led Zeppelin and more successful in terms of sales doesn't make them better. Also, Just because Beatles started earlier, that doesn't make them better either. Only band that is comparable to ZEP is Pink Floyd, Another band that is way more talented than The Beatles.

Michael jackson! A great singer maybe but took credit for the music! Elvis wasnt that great, queen good, beatles were good as well but led zeppelin were the kings of everything! John bonham best drummer, jimmy page best guitarist, john paul jones maybe not the best but definitely top 5 and can play 11 instruments or something, robert plant, maybe not the best singer but one of them, led zeppelin I, amazing for a debut album, led zeppelin ii, amazing! Every song was perfect, led zeppelin I, takes a while to grow on you but still amazing, led zeppelin iv doesn't even need explaining!, houses of the holy, every song was so good, a really mix in music, physical graffiti, was really great as well!, presence was good not brilliant but saved by in through the out door which was amazing as well! The most underrated artisit ever! Everyone needs to listen to them a few times and you will understand and thank me after trust me!

5 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). Their best works include songs like Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfication (Which ranked no. 2 in The Rolling Stones Magazine’s best songs of all time list). The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Amazing, The Rolling Stones music make you feel like you can be yourself. I could never really explain why I loved the Stones so much, every time I listened to them I wanted to dance and jump in the air. Watching Mick Jagger dance on stage and how comfortable he was to do any kind of dance and not even care if he was embarrassing himself or not is inspiring.

You can see why I am having then at number 4 because there is the most rock artist. There a great rock artist they made great songs like Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Angie, Jumping jack flash, Wild Horses, There truly are better than The Beatles because there harder. I know there are a lot of other bands harder than The Beatles but The Rolling Stones and happen to be better. The Rolling Stones are just very good. This is the best I can get to explained why I think The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles. The reason I did not explained why the first 2 I think was better than the Beatles because Alice in Chains are my favorite and people has a different favorite artist and people should not be saying mean things to me why the Beatles are better or completing why there better and keep going on. It is not like there a bad artist there a good artist. I am fine people saying to why they think the Beatles are better than Alice in Chains. ...more

They are the worlds' greatest rock and roll band and are still going more than The Beatles! They are extremely popular and sound amazing. They should be number 1 on every list because they ARE #1!

I cannot accept Eminem being higher than Elvis OR the rolling stones. Eminem is good, but he's not revolutionary. The Rolling Stones released complex, well structured songs.

6 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy. ...read more.

This isn't even contestable. Elvis started in the 50's and is still a household name today in 2019, The King paved the way for so many other artist and gave inspiration to the likes of not only Michael Jackson but Bruno Mars as well. Ever wonder where Bruno's moves come from.- "Elvis the pelvis."
There were his earlier hits like "Jailhouse Rock," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Hound Dog". Then there is one of the most beautiful performances of any song ever with "Can't Help Falling".
My Top 10 greatest musicians or musical groups of all time is as follows:
1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles (side note: they have the most #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits of any other band or artist)
3. Bruno Mars (Bruno is only in his 30's and he already has so many hit songs that everybody knows. I always say that he is today's Elvis.

All those artists ranked above him wouldn't be there if Elvis would never have existed. He started more than only Rock and Roll worldwide. He opened the doors for black music to all people ( he made it popular when this was called " race music " ), he invented a attitude for teenagers ( before him there was not really a music or a teen-culture ). The Beatles were rockers when they started, Michael Jackson would never had a chance as a popular musician if there would still a segegration of black / white music, Led Zeppelin and Queen would never had the oppurtinity to take Rock further... Elvis started it all! I'm not saying that all those artists ranked above him had no talent, I'm just saying that all those artists wouldn't be on this list without Elvis.

Elvis Aaron Presley will always be the greatest musical icon of all time. Argue and debate and try to ignore all you want..
No one comes close. The Memphis Flash, Hillbilly Cat, Gospel, Country.. Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Pop, Opera... He was the first Rebel.. He gushed sex appeal, style and was dangerous.. The first Punk rocker.. He did everything before anyone did anything. I know "E" wasn't fond of the moniker.. But with all these self obsessed, self proclaimed "artists".. Elvis will truly always be the real deal.. The King.

Elvis should be no. 1 on this list not te beatles. They wouldn't have existed if elvis had not been there. That's what john lennon said. Elvis had a fantastic beautiful voice, gorgeous looks and amazing stage presence. Read what all the big stars have said about him, he was the greatest entertainer who has ever lived! He was also a great humanitarian giving large sums to charity and indviduals. Known all around the world by his first name and loved by millions of fans. Artist of the century, and as leonard berstain said 'elvis was the greatest cultural force of the 20h century.' He was a rebel and a pioneer, a giant in music, he stands alone in music history. Rest in peace, darling man.

7 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.

Bob Dylan cannot be overrated by any sense. He's not a great musician for his voice. Dear Lord, it's not his voice. But his talent for multiple instruments, sometimes at once, and his lyrical genius put him above the rest. A greater writer than even The Beatles or The Faces. He is a masterful lyricist and poet. His writing won him a presidential medal of Freedom and he will live on in history for decades due to his influence on such a wide spectrum of musical genre's.

His lyrics were genius, He led movements, he was a poet and extremely talented. There was a reason why many during his time thought he was some kind of prophet. Even though technically his vocals weren't the best, He knew how to take advantage of it and use his vocals to perfectly match his music. He sang about racism and many other important issues. He inspired the Beatles to write more deep music. He is one of the greatest lyricists of all time.

Dylan isn't as popular as he is today because of The Beatles; if they never existed Dylan wouldn't be so shadowed and he really shouldn't be today. Dylan is the Robert Frost of music; his lyrics are true poetry unlike The Beatles'. "Like a Rolling Stone" made the writing process more relaxed: you don't really need sheet music. We were very fortunate to have The Byrds, if not we wouldn't enjoy Dylan.

Deserves to be much higher on this list. Played numerous instruments most occasions at the same time. the voice of a generation. Most influential solo artist of all time. Countless artists have done versions of his songs. Hendrix, byrds, Clapton, stones, Springsteen, Cash, Stevie Wonder, and more. Stirred up the world and changed it by going electric at the new port folk festival. He is defined as what a MUSIC artist should be. Brilliant songwriter and poet. Earning numerous grammy's the presidential medal of freedom, and even PEFORMING FOR THE POPE! Influenced the biggest names in music, Beatles, Stones, Nirvana, Hendrix, and so much more! His importance to music is to that of the Beatles and maybe more.

8 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.

There a great artist there one of the most famous artist and should be in the 10 ten of most famous artist and it is one of the top 10 most famous artist. They have great songs like all the songs from the albums The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here If you listen to the albums the albums would sound good. The Dark Side of the Moon, and The Wall what a classic those albums were even Wish You Were Here were but not as the other 2. The Dark Side of the Moon has all the best Pink Floyd songs in it for me but there are 2 other of the best Pink Floyd songs that is not on the album witch are Wish You Were Here and High Hops. I like all those songs the same. The album is a classic from begging to end that is like a greatest hits album. That is how good the album is. The Wall album was like that for me too.

This band is god-tier. Any other musician, artist, or band can't even come close to the talent and otherworldly beauty that is Pink Floyd. To have them below Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and even Jimi Hendrix would do them a disservice. Every experimental musician, hip-hop artist, metal band, or alternative/indie rock band probably has inspiration from Pink Floyd. Unlike other music, Pink Floyd's music takes you on a deep emotional journey through space and time. Even Jim Morrison said at the time when Pink Floyd first started as an experimental psychedelic rock band that they were on another level. This band was way ahead of their time, even compared to most music in the 2020s, in how revolutionary their sounds and talent were. Whenever I listen to Time, it takes me back to that first summer after my first semester of college getting stoned with my friends, but you don't have to be stoned to appreciate the beauty that is Pink Floyd (even if it makes it 3x better). ...more

The single greatest music artist ever. With most songs I can't remember the words too well but with EVERY Pink Floyd song not only can I remember the words but I can sing along to the guitar. Their music takes you on a journey from start to finsh, from Astronomy Domine (their first song) to High Hopes (their last). Before I heard Pink Floyd I didn't know the meaning of life. But after hearing songs like Echoes, Time, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Money, Comfortably Numb (I could easily go on... and on) I found the meaning of life to be listening to Pink Floyd. I will forever be in debt to David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett.

They should be at #1. Each song is it's own story. Just listen to the albums dark side of the moon, meddle, the wall, and wish you were here. It is unlike anything I have ever heard. You can just sit there doing nothing with their albums playing and just sit there pondering about everything. The songwriting is incredible, and even some of their songs have no vocals, yet it is the best thing I have ever heard. Their album Dark Side Of The Moon stayed on the charts for 741 WEEKS! That is the longest any album has ever been on there. Pink Floyd deserve to be at the top.

9 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.

Such a bad-ass band. While Black Sabbath sort of pioneered the metal sound, Metallica was truly the beginning of heavy metal, including thrash metal which was their subgenre. All of the heavy metal elitists who only listen to obscure Black and Death metal bands call Metallica "sell-outs", which is a heavily overused term. To me, selling out is not just when you make it big, it's when you make it big and drop your music quality in the interest of making money. Metallica never lost their quality, even during their Black Album years during the 90s. So many legendary metal tracks came out of this band with amazing guitar solos that I have to put them at number 8 on the top 10.

I never rate musicians by my liking.. I have seen a lot of people put Eminem's song writing down? I do admit although I do like some of his music, I am definitely not a huge M fan! But I give credit where credit is due! He is extremely talented! But with that being said, he is not as diverse with his topics and doesn't write with the intellectual ability that Hatfield and crew do! I am a huge Metallica fan,but its not the reason I say Metallica is a definite top 3! It's based solely on talent and ability! Metallica will be releasing billboard #1 albums long after most on this list have completely faded away! Metallica 4 EVER!

I am very very disappointed, why are Metallica so far down the list, this is so stupid Metallica is the best by the length of the universe! Metallica has produced all kinds of music from fast tempos, thrash metal, hard rock, heavy metal, and speed metal so come on people vote Metallica!

I call on fans of all metal to get this brilliant metal artist above the crappy little Eminem who not only is a bad role model but has sampled ONE! ONE! Metallica's classic song from... And justice for all. So lets kick the pirate off of his pedestal

10 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 ...read more.

Why did I get into rock music? One answer - Green Day's American Idiot musical. They will surely hold the title for the greatest punk band of all time alongside the likes of The Clash, and with a gritty, fantastic voice like Billie's with his powerful guitar and keys, Mike's awesome bass playing and Tre kicking ass on the drum kit, they will go down in history for sure. Also, not an opinion that shows up too much, but I like to think that Green Day is also one of the most experimental bands of all time. If you want proof, check out the entirety of the Nimrod and Warning albums as proof that these Gods can do anything.

Green Day solely kept punk rock going in an era of drought after bands such as the Ramones retired. Billie has the ability to create great guitar parts that play with the song, and has an amazon range, eg listen to dookie and then listen to some songs such as 21 guns or goo riddance. Tre is an amazing drummer and Mile is an amazing bassist. You don't have to play the most flashy possible to be a good band, Green Day knows that an plays for the music, add that, Billie's voice and their innovative ideas towards music and you have one of the greatest bands of all time, and I haven even started on how amazon they are live..

In my opinion this is one of the best bands in the history of music. Billie Joe rocks out on guitar and piano, Tre plays the drums hard and smooth with Mike Dirnt playing some sick bass!

No question, they are the best band ever. Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are a powerhouse trio that can't be ignored. Once you hear any of their songs, you will be hooked.

The Newcomers

? Hank Snow
? Flatt and Scruggs
The Contenders
11 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson to front the band. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band.

SERIOUSLY?!?!? , 14th place isn't an acceptable position for these absolute legends. Need I say more? , they've appealed to all generations of people for 4 decades now and are the best rockers out there. With over 200 million album sales and over 50 million on back in black alone (the best selling rock album of all time). With Hits that never have/will get old like Thunderstruck, You shook me all night long, Highway to hell, Hells bells, Back in black AND THE LIST GOES ON. The best of the best and always will be. For those about to rock, we salute you

Best rock band of all time. no way in hell Green Day and My Chemical Romance should be above them. love both those bands, but neither compares to the legend that is AC/DC

I'd put AC/DC 5 because they've been around forever. Their songs are so iconic.

14th place!? This iconic rock 'N roll band should easily be in the top 5!

12 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 definitely deserves to be here. The main reason there are some negative comments on here is because he's controversial and new. In ten/twenty years, he'll be seen as one of the best by almost everyone. - Unnamed Google User Reamde (I really need to get a better name)

Eminem is the most extraordinary musician to ever live. No artist comes even close to the emotion Shady brings to the mic. He created the best album of all time in the Marshall Mathers LP. He became the best rapper to ever live, while being the ONLY white rapper on the scene in the early 2000's. Which makes everything he did more impressive. No artist has ever beat the odds better than Marshall Mathers. The king of rap.

Very impactful guy. He may not be recognized as the #1 artist yet, but give it a few years and people will look back on this guy and recognize him in the same group as Michael Jackson, the Beatles, and the other greats. The fact an artist that came out just 16 years ago is number 5 already really makes a statement. In my opinion his lyrics have more meaning then the others on this list by quite a bit. JUST AN OPINION

He deserves this spot! He can play with words better than anyone else. He can insult anyone without even the person realizing. His songs are so inspiring. He makes all kinds of songs- funny, emotional, 3rd person etc. I think he was, is and wil always be the best rapper.
Love you Eminem. your music is the best I've heard. I'm listening to you even now as I'm typing this.

13 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.

I love bands like Green Day, or even Queen and the like, but they're not better artists than Ziggy Stardust himself. No one has gone through so many transformations so seamlessly like Bowie has. His creative brilliance is reflected in records like the legendary "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars," "Low," "Blackstar," etc. David Bowie was one of those rare artists who was able to make not one, but multiple masterpieces. Green Day is great, Linkin Park isn't, but both need to be behind this man in terms of artistry. R.I.P.

Besides how great his best work was David Bowie for a long time was also very consistent. for quite a few albums I don't think he made a song that I would call outright bad which isn't something I can say with quite a few of my favorite artists.

How is this guy not higher on the list? Seriously, how? This man was fearless when it came to music and revolutionized the pop music industry. He always wanted to do what he wanted. He was an absolutely brilliant lyricist, an amazing singer, and did fantastic shows. He should most definitely be one of the greatest musicians/ artists in history

David Bowie was one of the most influential artists of all time - he inspired modern pop and rock music. On top of being a musician, he was a performer, a designer, and a brilliant songwriter. He continued to produce some of the best art in the world up until the day he died...and somehow Demi Lovato is ahead of him.

14 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.

One of the best bands that changed music in general. Their lead singer Kurt Cobain (one of the most greatest musicians of all time) influenced many generations and in my opinion improved how music was back then. Therefor why is Nirvana N.12? It should at least be N.9 or in the Top 10.

Through their short 7 year career, Nirvana almost shook the world with their 3 albums... Imagine if Kurt Cobain would've been still alive then maybe... Today Nirvana would've been probably bigger than Metallica too.. RIP Kurt Cobain...

One of the only bands held in such high regard despite only being around for a few years, without nirvana, the 90s would have been a very dull decade musically. Kurt cobain was a genius and it's still tragic to this day he was unable to cope. RIP Kurt

Nirvana has been the one of the most influential bands ever. Kurt Cobain will be missed for ever. In his lifetime he had everyone's jaws dropping to the floor! Nirvana revolutionized grunge and 90s alternative music!

15 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.

Though I have loved Metal/Hard Rock music all my life, even some Death Metal... but Iron Maiden well... I was around 14 I think living in Helena, MT at the time. Walking home from school I always stopped into the local record store to see if anything good has come out. I had just recently got into albums from Judas Priest, Scorpions, Rush, Van Halen...and man I really like this stuff, but why in the heck ya never heard it on the radio always puzzled me!? Anyhow, guy at the counter said check this out it's "Where Eagles Dare" from Iron Maiden, the album is called Piece of Mind... and wow what a cover, check it out... he handed it to me and well...(you fill in the rest). Just turned 50 this year. Up The Irons!

Theres nothing more exciting than watching Bruce sing "Fear Of The Dark", "Hallowed Be Thy Name ", "Aces High " ,"Trooper" , "Sign Of The Cross " , "The Wicker Man " , " The Clairvoyant " , " Heaven Can Wait " and so on there's a lot of great songs... Along with the triple guitar attack of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith , and Janick Gets... Along with Steve Harris' s galloping style and Nicko's fast yet melodius drumming... Iron Maiden is like living a dream of heavy metal...

Ok, I can live with them not being at the top, but out of top 10? Just no. And to the guy who compared them to The Beatles: if having the highest charting songs is a measure of how good an artist is, then Justin Bieber is the best artist ever. Iron Maiden built their success with barely any airplay, yet they're still regarded as one of the best bands of all time.

Greatest band of all time!

Awesome songs!
Awesome albums!
Awesome lyrics!
Awesome cover artwork!
Awesome members!
Awesome fans!

Whats not to like?

16 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 Rock, Hip Hop and Techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Roots and Aphex Twin. ...read more.

What can I say...
I don't know if it's the best band ever, because I'm not an expert, but of sure it's my favourite.
In the end is just amazing, and even castle of glass, lost in the echo, Numb, new divide... They made the best songs ever (even fall out boy)
And I know that people like a lot more hybrid theory and more heavy songs, but the lot of different styles that they've got is one of my favorite things about this band (I honestly prefer living things)

Just read the damn lyrics, you haters.
And no, they didn't become famous because of Chester's Death. They became famous because of Hybrid Theory and Meteora, which were great albums. Sure, they might have made a few "pop" songs, but every song had excellent lyrics. Not liking Linkin Park because of the music is fine, but not liking Linkin Park because of the lyrics is not understandable. Calling them idiots is stupid too. They have 1-2 overrated songs, but they have a million underrated songs.

Linkin Park is really underrated. But that's because people really don't give them a chance. They have all kinds of different styles like rap, electronic, rock, and even screamo. I thin Linkin Park should be higher on this list

They are without doubt the best band today.
their lyrics are fantastic and their music is the perfect fusion of alternative rock and rap.
to say a little, chester's voice is one of the best in the entire rock history, so powerful and versatile, and can go from melodic vocals to screams easily. mike is a fantastic rapper and a good melodic singer, and also a good songwriter . brad is a way too underrated guitarist, and the other members, phoenix, rob and joe are underrated too.
if you listen to their songs you feel the emotions they put into their art.
In my opinion, they need to be at least in top 5.
There are a lot of people who hate on them because they were nu metal, because of one more light etc.
There is nothing wrong in trying different genres. It only proves they are talented.

p.s. numb is not overrated, just listen to it and try to be open minded.

true legends

17 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". Hendrix is consistently ranked on lists of musicians who died too soon.

He was an incredibly gifted and talented musician during the 60s countercultural movement and brought a very bluesy element to psychedelic and acid rock that very few have successfully recreated. His guitar solos are the most legendary, especially in the ways in which he could play the guitar (even with his tongue or behind his back). He was an artist very ahead of this time and people still listen to him today. So many newcomer rock artists look up to him as the demi-god of rock and roll, I'd say even better than Elvis Presley or the Beatles could do. Definitely deserves the number 2 spot on my list.

Jimi Hendrix, shouldn't be below top 10. His combination of Blues, Jazz and his psychedelic rock touch completely transformed rock and music today. Not only is he considered to be the man who changed rock and music, he is considered to be the one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His technical ability with the guitar transformed the guitar and is the standard which everyone tries reach, but yet no one can apart from him. a lot bands have the Hendrix DNA in there songs, its unfair to place him at this level because half of the bands have been so heavily influenced by him. Not only is he so underrated on this list but what he did for modern day music is still underrated to this day.

I do not have a top 10 favorite artist if I had to pick. So to make it fear I top the most famous artist that is not one of my favorite artists on list besides the artist Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Bob Dylan. Why one of them are not on 10 but he is when those artist are more famous then him because I like him more than Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. I like him more because he is harder and he is more of my typ. I like Bob Dylan just as much as jimi Hendrix. I put him over Bob Dylan when he is more famous then jimi Hendrix and when I like them the same because jimi Hendrix has more of my type of music. If I put jimi Hendrix over Bob Dylan people would may say why do you not like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson much as other artist or/and have one of them on the list instead of him when you do with Bob Dylan when he other artist has more of your type of music. So Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson should be on the list instead of jimi Hendrix. Or people may say he should be ...more

One of the greatest guitarists of all time, People literally strummed only before Hendrix hit the stage. His performances were beautiful, he was revolutionary and he had so much passion when playing live. Seeing him perform live is a unique experience, He destroyed Clapton when playing live with Cream for the first time and did his own version of Killing Floor.

His way of thinking was definitely ahead of his time.

18 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 got heavily interested into Radiohead very late. The first time I've ever heard of this band was when their 2016 album "A Moon Shaped Pool" was released, and I was mesmerized with my first time hearing it. It was unlike any other rock music I've ever heard. It's extremely experimental, softcore, and minimalist in nature and I loved every bit of it. I began to dig deeper into this band's discography and I must say that it's been a while since I've found a band that's had such consistency. Radiohead's lyrics are fantastic and their style is always unique and hypnotic, and I also may be a sucker for Thom Yorke's voice. I got hooked on this band so hard and so fast that I must say that they need to have my #1 spot.

Are you actually kidding me?

Coldplay, who said themselves 'we are a version of Radiohead' are higher? Let alone all the other rubbish like My Chemical Romance and OneRepublic... I usually respect the people of this website but... come on. OK Computer, Kid A, The Bends and In Rainbows, all some of the most critically acclaimed and best albums of all time, and their other albums like Amnesiac and A Moon Shaped Pool are alone better than half the artists above this.

I can understand Radiohead not being some people's cup of tea but for me, they are fabulous. They are not scared to take a chance and experiment - I won't say that I like everything that they do but that's probably what makes them stand out from the crowd.

The most inventive band of all time. Thom Yorke is an incredible singer, but he's an even better songwriter. OK Computer is the greatest album of all time, and had such great insight on the time then and the future (now) with songs like Paranoid Android and The Tourist

19 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 ...read more.

Definitely the musician that had the most impact on my life. His music has lifted me up from absolute bottom twice throughout my life due to how his melodies and voice absolutely pierce through my soul.

He is one of only few artists that I know that have many unknown gems that are as good or even sometimes better than his hits. Highly reccommend albums like Tumbleweed Connection, Made in England, and Songs from the West Coast as prime examples of that.

I am just so appreciative of his music and how much he has given to the world of music and even charity. He remains to this day very active in the music field, and goes out of his way to ensure new great talent is discovered and provided with proper guidance to handle the pressure of being a celebrity. He remains after many years of music my all time favorite artist, and I sinceirly hope future generations discover his music and get that same impact I got from him.

For Elton not to be at the top 5 goes to show that some people don't truly know his music or history. He has sold more than 30 albums and 250 million records with no concert that goes with an empty seat is absolutely ridiculous. Nonetheless he is one of the greatest musical artists of all time, with more than 45 years beyond his prime he still is on fire and is loved by generations of both past and present time. Truly one of the most phenomenal artists in music to walk the Earth.

He's sold more than almost any artist and along with this has the best selling single of all time. He released 5 major #1 albums in a row and has more hits than any other artist except for Elvis and the Beatles. He's also just a genius, piano prodigy at age 4, got a scholarship for the London Royal School of Music at age 11.

So many lost tracks this guy has made. I encourage you to find some "Indian Sunset" and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" are good places to start, as well as the " Tumbleweed Connection" album.

20 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 in the chart-topping singles "Radioactive" and "Demons". Rolling Stone named "Radioactive", which holds the record for most weeks charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the "biggest rock hit of the year".

I don't know why a lot of people hate them...
They made so good songs, like demons, warriors and enemy.
I personally love imagine dragons, they are one of my favorite bands

Huge fan of Imagine Dragons, they're alternative style is fantastic and their songs are very deep and dark. Demons, radioactive, monster, I'm so sorry (my favourite), it's time, bleeding out the list goes on. However I would consider them nowhere near top 200. (in their defense maroon 5 isn't even top 1000 and they're 25 as of now). Still one of the best alternative bands top 20 in my opinion

Best artist of all time, can't love them less, they will forever be my favourite band of all time. my best song from them is beliver, look like the song is made for me, it my personal anthem, radioactive is so great my second favourite, bad liar, on top of top of the word, thunder, it time born to be your, natural, next to me and so all, I love them all.

Beatles + Queen + Cold play+ Eminem + David bowie + Navania + Radiohead + Metallica + 21 pillot + Beach boys+ Green Day + U2 = Imagine dragon

Seriously, anyone who made bad comments or underrate them, does not really know them, probably they have only listened to radioactive and thunder out of their songs. Believe me I love must of the artist from the, 70s, 80s and 90s but the Dragons are my favorite and the they're the Best Artist of all time, I can say it anywhere.

21 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, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. ...read more.

As a rock fan who also enjoys some classical music Beethoven should be top 10 because without him or his fellow composers rock or all genres of music today would not exist!

Pop/rock and every other genre of modern music pales into insignificance compared with the breathtaking music Beethoven and other classical musicians composed.

By the time at this writing Classical musicians shouldn't be here and if they are they should be TOP 5 AT LEAST it's almost a little to no competition if were talking classical musicians here, and I don't get why some people feels like their rapper or pop star needs to be like top 20 NO The greatest rappers should only be top 50 to 60 at BEST and the other good pop singers here should be the same or even less, there's a lot of Artists out here who have much more complexity and motivational stuff into their lyrics but they're quite really really low because their underrated. 2pac could be around 50 Eminem, BIG could be around 60, Bruno etc. could be around there too Hard Rock Bands should be at least top 30's and Classical should be at the TOP. But if classical musicians aren't added then Elvis Should be NO 1 while the Beatles at 2

The greatest music artist of all time. He did NOT compose songs of any kind. He composed glorious concertos, symphonies, sonatas and an opera.

22 Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

It's a damn shame how low he is on the list. Hell, most of the artists on this list wouldn't have existed without Chuck Berry. He was one of rock 'n' roll's most influential pioneers and helped bring the electric guitar to the forefront in contemporary music. And his classic songs still resonate today.

Eminem sucks and Elvis didn't write any of his songs. And Linkin Park? They just have some guy screaming. Why are these artists above the TRUE king?

Chuck Berry is that one forgotten artist who basically wrote all of the rules for lead guitar in popular music.

Berry was the first to write about rock and roll stardom, and he was the first to write surf rock (The Beach Boys themselves stole one of his tunes, "Sweet Little Sixteen", for their song "Surfin' USA. ")

23 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 associated with heavy metal. ...read more.

Should be top ten. Also why is linkin park and Eminem in top ten. I love linking park and I'm fine with th em being tip twenty. Eminem, I personly hate rap. But he is good so also top twenty. But why imagi me dragons, kendrick lamar, tupac shakur, and Kanye West in the top fifty. Rap sucks. Imagine dragons is very good but should be lower than the likes of the who, Elton john, Billy joel, and black sabbath. Also maroon five is good, should not be in top 50

They're a great artist. Their album Appetite for Destruction is great. I remember listening to the album when I was younger. It sounded so cool and was good. The songs on the album are great. The album is hard. There are songs on the album like Sweet Child o' Mine and Rocket Queen Sound nice. Not very hard but have a nice beat to them.

I'm shocked why Guns N' Roses is not in top ten. I think it's the best band ever. They were so proffesional anx artistic and really ver very different. They broughg out a different type of rock/metal and even rock n' rock. Its sure the line up with axl, slash, duff, izzy and steven is the best. Their song sweet child o mine has given the most importance but I think that there's no more song like nov rain its really different and obvously made by Guns N' Roses. Thank you for reading this hope you all will agree with it...

Green Day and Linking Park are higher than Guns N' Roses. Why am I even wasting my time voting.

24 Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". With global sales of over 75 million records, Franklin is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present.
25 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.

Although Black Sabbath didn't originally invent the metal genre, they pioneered its way to popularity. This is one of the all time best hard rock bands, but they had influences from other genres such as stoner metal and rock, metal, psychedelic rock, and blues rock. Definitely a talented band and had some bad ass guitar solos. Great to listen to them stoned. Definitely deserves the number 3 spot on my list.

Below Green Day? That needs to be switched. These guys are what cemented metal and created a name for the genre. They are the ones who created it and made it a thing. They especially created the doom metal/psychedelic rock subgenres as well. Lets keep voting and get these guys higher on the list!

Black Sabbath is awesome! They're one of the bands that practically inspired many of the bands we have today. They deserve so much more credit. Long live Black Sabbath!

They didn't invent the music term "heavy metal" (that credit goes to Steppenwolf), but they helped lay the foundations of the genre more than any other band.

8Load More
PSearch List