Music Artists & Bands that Should Be Given Honorific Nicknames

There are many artists & bands with honorific nicknames. But many more that have a chance. Some artists, producers & bands have reasons to be honored. This includes living & deceased artists as well as active & disbanded bands.
The Top Ten
1 Sophie Xeon

She should be nicknamed Godmother of hyperpop, Goddess of hyperpop, princess of hyperpop, queen of hyperpop, the new dance/dancing queen, the princess of avantgarde, the new queen of avantgarde, the next big thing, the queen of experiments, the queen of experimental pop, the new goddess of pop, the new princess of pop, the new queen of pop & the trans tycoon of teen (due to her transgender orientation). A.G. Cook (who founded the PC music label) is often credited as the Godfather of hyperpop, but Sophie produced music in the way that truly defined it. She literally put pop music to the extreme & produced music for so many artists we already know of including our biggest types of our time. The world lost Michael Jackson (the king of pop) in 2009 (due to cardiac arrest from drug overdose) & Phil Spector (the 1st tycoon of teen) early January 2021 (due to COVID-19 complications). Yet unlike many other genres, hyperpop is growing so fast & being introduced with so many artists & bands. The world lost the next big producer of music near the end of January due to a fall. She was even gonna beat Bjork as the queen of avantgarde. She should get posthumous nicknames in honor for her amazing achievements like no other producer or artist. There will never EVER be another big producer like her in our lifetimes. She had it all & has left this Earth too soon, never to be replaced Ever. To think the death of Ritchie Valens & Buddy Holly in a plane crash led to "the day music died", think again. If she posthumously gets all those names, she would hold the Guinness World Record for the artist & producer with most honorific nicknames in music. There's no chance of a producer on or over her levels making unique sounds in our lifetimes. She was more than halfway between 34 & 35. R.I.P. SOPHIE (1986-2021).

2 Phil Spector Harvey Phillip Spector (born Harvey Philip Spector; December 26, 1939 – January 16, 2021) was an American record producer and songwriter, best known for his innovative recording practices and entrepreneurship in the 1960s, followed decades later by his two trials and conviction for murder in the 2000s... read more

Although he earned a bad reputation for the murder of Lana Clarkson, he's been nicknamed the 1st tycoon of teen & should be nicknamed the God of pop as well as the architect of pop. He gave music a pattern that's recognized to this day & influenced every artist & band ahead of him. He literally popularized music. He's simply irreplaceable. R.I.P. (at 81 from COVID-19 complications on January 2021).

3 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... read more

He should be nicknamed the prince & king of pop as well as the prince of electropop. There are numerous artists with the same nicknames, so he deserved a chance. He was the peak of all (entirely) electronic music as a solo artist & producer yet became incredibly popular to all other EDM artists & bands. His EDM was better than that of what any other artist ever did in our time & even today. He even helped Coldplay explore house music in the 1st place (thanks to a Sky Full of Stars). Yet he even pioneered country house, therefore should be nicknamed The Godfather of country house. He should also be nicknamed the innovator of EDM. He changed the landscape of EDM. Nobody will EVER replace him as he was the top of the EDM game. R.I.P. (from suicide 3.5 months before turning 29 on April 2018).

4 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... read more

They should be nicknamed the next big group of non-Korean pop. They're the dominating group outside of Korea & have been producing a wide diversity of music in alternative patterns. Rock, synth-pop, house, etc, they got it all. They should also be nicknamed the saviors of Earth since they're trying for us to cut down carbon emissions (that we're creating) by 50% which would make earth better in the future no matter how long it takes for it to work. They released 19 albums so far but unfortunately have 1 more (in 2025) before they retire from making new music as a band.

5 Selena Quintanilla Perez Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.
6 Frederick (Toots) Hibbert

He was the equivalent to Bob Marley & was the leader of Toots & the Maytals (the equivalent to Bob Marley & the Wailers). He made a huge impact on reggae like Marley did since his big hit Funky Kingston. He's the reason TJR produced Funky Vodka which Pitbull ironically sampled in Don't Stop the Party (in which he credited TJR by featuring him). He should be nicknamed the king of reggae as well. Too bad he fell in a comma & passed away in 2020. He was roughly halfway between 77 & 78. R.I.P. Toots (1942-2020).

7 Juice WRLD Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice Wrld (pronounced "juice world"; stylized as Juice WRLD), was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is considered to be a leading figure in the emo-rap and SoundCloud rap genres which garnered mainstream... read more

He should be nicknamed the lucid dreamer as well as prince & king of hyperactive rap. The music he experimented with such as hip-hop & hyperpop shows us he had some versatility in his music. Lucid dreams shows his standard hip-hop side while Come & Go shows his hyperpop side. He worked with artists like Travis Scott who's a big influence in hip-hop lately. R.I.P. (1998-2019 at only 21).

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

From 1993 til 2021, the duo Daft Punk produced music that brought house to the French regions (therefore French house was born) & they had all sorts of styles that would keep people dancing. No other band could do it like them. They should be nicknamed the Beatles of EDM for their impact & endurance they had on all EDM genres worldwide as a band. Just about every EDM & pop artist you can think of was 1 way or another influenced by Daft Punk. Long live to the members of DP.

9 Roy Clark

American country singer and multi-instrumentalist, who should be nicknamed "Mr. Fast Hand" by analogy with Eric Clapton's nickname "Mr. Slow Hand". Check out his performances of "12th Street Rag" (Jimmy Dean Show 1964) and "John Henry". He lived for 85 years from 1933 to 2018.

10 Pinetop Perkins

American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, who should be nicknamed "Grandfather of Rock & Roll Piano" because he inspired a generation of boogie-woogie pianists and taught Ike Turner, who in 1951 played piano on "Rocket 88", which is widely regarded as the first rock & roll song. He lived for 97 years from 1913 to 2011.

The Contenders
11 Arturo Toscanini

Italian conductor, who should be nicknamed "Mr. Sharp Ear & Memory". He lived for 89 years from 1867 to 1957.

12 Giacomo Lauri-Volpi

Italian tenor, who should be nicknamed "Hero of Opera" because his vocals were so powerful that their vibrations could be felt in the top gallery of La Scala, as Franco Corelli told in an interview. Check out his 1942 performance of the aria "Esultate". He lived for 86 years from 1892 to 1979.

13 Amelita Galli-Curci

Italian coloratura soprano, who should be nicknamed "Angel of Coloratura". Check out her rendition of the aria "Sempre libera". She lived for 81 years from 1882 to 1963.

14 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.

He should be nicknamed the prince & king of moody rap as well as the prince & king of Gen-Z. His rap songs have a sad mood (like Changes for example) & he contributed to Gen-Z music more than any other male. R.I.P. XXXTentacion (1998-2018).

15 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken".
16 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American alternative rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The current members include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ), and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park is associated with a mixture... read more

They should've been nicknamed the manly punks of teen.

17 Vangelis Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, known professionally as Vangelis, was a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music.

He should be nicknamed the Greek king of soundtracks as well as the king of slow motion scores & the king of championships. He was known for the score of the film Bladerunner, but best known for the score of the film Chariots of Fire. He should also be nicknamed the Greek king of electronica, as he was 1 of the pioneers of electronic music. He lived from 1943 to 2022 til his 79th year. R.I.P. to the king Vangelis.

18 Loreena McKennitt Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian musician, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes.

She should be nicknamed the gold angel of new age. Her appearance & voice give her a deserving potential nickname.

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20 Michel Baumann

He should be nicknamed the child of house. He's been DJing since he was a child & was producing EDM throughout his life such as deep house. He influenced countless artists including the biggest types. Music will never be the same without him. He was only 24. R.I.P. (1997-2021).

21 Meat Loaf Michael Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He was noted for his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live shows. His debut album, "Bat Out of Hell", is still one of the top-selling albums ever... read more

He was already nicknamed the 1 off, so he should also be nicknamed king of shock rock given his impact on the horror-style subgenre of rock (which Alice Cooper pioneered & became the Godfather of). He should also be nicknamed the opera & playwright of rock & roll. R.I.P. (1948-2022).

22 Kanye West Ye (born Kanye Omari West; June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. He is regarded as one of the most influential, as well as controversial, artists of the 21st century... read more

He should be nicknamed the king of narcissism. He acts like he's Jesus (or Yeezus in his case) & that the world's centered on him. He isn't the center in reality.

23 Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.

He should be nicknamed the operatic voice of the blind & the blind king of classical crossover.

24 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.

He should be nicknamed pop punk prince for his excellent quality as the lead guitarist of punk pop Princess Avril Lavigne.

25 AJR AJR is an American indie pop trio composed of multi-instrumentalist brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Metzger. The trio is a DIY alternative-pop group who write, produce and mix their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment. They are most well known for their songs such as "BANG!", "Weak",... read more
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