Top 10 Musicians You Would Bring Back from the Dead

The Top Ten
1 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40. Lennon was characterised by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing and drawings,... read more

When he died, many people from every corner of the world wept endlessly. This was a given choice to begin with, not just because of the impact his departure from the world left, but because it seemed like he was trying to become a better person for real this time. When he was shot, not only had he just finished most of Double Fantasy, he had also become a much better father with Sean and was reconciling with both Paul and Julian after the turmoil he had with both.

John Lennon's death was the number one tragic event. People were shocked and grieved beyond anything imaginable. He was just coming back to us after a five-year hiatus during which he continued his soul searching and raised his younger son. He was an amazing, beautiful, peace-loving, flawed, and brutally honest and loving musician, and a giant among humans. He will be forever missed and is irreplaceable on every level.

2 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been in 3 other bands (Ibex, Sour Milk Sea,... read more

This is in response to the comment I just read about the Queen fan who doesn't listen to much else other than Queen anymore. We must've been separated at birth! You sound just like me. Once I 'discovered' Queen, finally, I really didn't care to listen to anyone else either. After Freddie's amazingly magnificent voice, everyone else is a let-down. Plus, it took me so long to finally find the perfect band that it just doesn't interest me to hear anyone else now. And I'm going to make up for lost time. Plus, there's so much to explore.

I still cannot get over what a fabulous voice Freddie had. It simply blows me away. Songs I've heard tons of times will suddenly just stun me because of their incredible brilliance. So, it's hard to move on from my favorites because they still captivate me so much.

So, yes, if I had the chance to bring a musician back, it would definitely be Freddie, the greatest/best singer ever to grace the Earth!

Happy Birthday, dear sweet Freddie!

3 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

When I was little, about 6 or 7, only a couple days after his tragic death, my parents, my sisters, and I were watching a collection of his music videos. I loved his voice, so I asked my mom, "Who is that guy, Mommy?" And she answered, "That's Michael Jackson, sweetie. He's claimed to be one of the best singers ever born." So I smiled and said, "He's a wonderful singer." Then it came to me, and I asked, "Will I get to meet him?" My parents stopped and looked at me. My mom smiled and my dad took a sip of his drink and said, "Sorry, sweetie. He's dead." I paused and looked at the screen, then started to sob, not even knowing who he was. My parents asked, "What's the matter?" And I just flat out screamed, "I MISS Michael JACKSON!" And to this day, that was a little embarrassing, but now I know I meant it. He was an outrageous man. He was great, spectacular, fantabulous. I could go on. I miss this guy a lot.

Michael Jackson was the "King of Pop". This dancer and singer performed many great songs including "Beat It", "Thriller", and "Billie Jean". Michael Jackson's "Thriller" caused the Filipino Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center to rise to fame in 2007. The King of Pop's "Billie Jean" was a duet with Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Michael Jackson tragically died on June 25th, 2009, of respiratory arrest due to drug overdose.

4 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

If there was someone I could say needed nothing more than a second chance at life, it was him. He had it rough from the get-go, and because he was dealt such a terrible hand in life, that is the one person I can say with absolute conviction needs to come back. Not just because his music influenced the world so much, but because he deserved a second chance. He had a difficult wife which really worsened his life and also left his daughter behind when he died.

Kurt is an amazing person, who made genuinely beautiful and poetic music that really speaks to mine and everyone's heart and soul. However, we don't need to bring him back. There is a reason that he killed himself, and one reason is that there was simply too much sadness in the world. Another reason is that people saw him as the spokesperson of that generation, and he did not want that. He just wanted to make music, not to be looked at as a god because of what he played.

I promise you all, I love Kurt. He was the one man who spoke to me through a cloudy time in my life, and his music inspired me to teach myself to play guitar. He inspired all of us to live our lives to the fullest and accept that sadness will be there sometimes. So why don't we let our hero rest? We all know this poor, weary soul needs it.

5 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... read more

A talented white blues guitarist in Tacoma, Washington State once described Jimi Hendrix like this: "He was a COMPOSER...he could take a song and play it, and that thing would come out different every time." It's not about technique, good looks, gimmicks, etc. It's about EMOTION and CONNECTING with the listener. Jimi Hendrix could do that and blur categorization. Jimi would sleep with his guitar, go to the restroom with it, and even cried when someone threw it off the bus, thinking Jimi had stolen from them!

Come on, this list is crap. Aaliyah, Eazy-E, Kurt Cobain, and freakin' Left Eye from TLC or whatever they were called in the top 10? That's a disgrace. To have real legends like Hendrix, Harrison, SRV, and Marvin Gaye behind people like that is unacceptable.

How isn't Hendrix number one? If he came back, there wouldn't be any more pop garbage around. Then he and SRV could finally meet if Stevie came back too.

6 Tupac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was assassinated on September 1996 at the age of 25... read more

2Pac was a rap legend! He never gets old! Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on. To be honest, I would have 2Pac, Biggie, Aaliyah, and tons of other legends, rap or not, back on Earth. If that were to happen, mumble rap and modern pop music, including Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj, would be no more. Music, including rap, would be restored to its former glory. 2Pac should be the president of music as he would make music great again.

He was a great artist, period, in every field from music to acting and poetry. I would bring him back because I feel that he had so much more to accomplish. He achieved so much in just 25 years, but I feel he had much more to do and say. He wasn't perfect, like most of us, and I think he would've evolved and taken interest in other areas but would've stayed close to rap. I believe he would've done a lot more for his people and helped them succeed. Man, I just miss him so much. The world and hip-hop need him.

7 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... read more

It would be wonderful to have such an amazing artist with us again, a dream come true. God bless you, Elvis, the greatest entertainer who ever walked the planet. I am so glad that I lived in his lifetime, the darling man.

Most of you must be too young to realize what he brought to the table for all of rock and roll. Truly talented and a great showman.

The man invented rocking out a cover song. Not to mention he had quite a few amazing originals.

8 Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums.
He died after the driver of the bands tour bus lost control on a patch of black ice and crashed at the town Dörarp in Sweden whilst promoting Metallica's third album "Master of Puppets"

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For Cliff, The Bell Tolls. Gave us hellaciously good music and was flung out of a bus window for doing so. That fateful night in September changed Metallica forever.

Maybe he'd keep Metallica in the metal arena. In Metallica's darkest hour, you would keep them from becoming a rock band.

How can't you bring back Cliff?! He was the greatest bass guitarist of all time! Leaving him out would be like leaving out Neil Peart.

9 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

A great musician, a great friend to those who knew him, founder of the Traveling Wilburys, and a man we lost far too soon.

Knew him personally and a too kind and gentle soul to leave us so soon.

He deserves more recognition. He wrote some of the best songs for the band.

10 Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums,... read more

Whitney deserves to be at least number 3!

She was an amazing singer.

We'll always love you!

The Contenders
11 Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

I literally came to this list just to see if Dime was on it. He's here but lower than I thought, sadly. I hope Dime, Cliff, and Bonzo are jamming away as we speak. Rest in Peace, boys.

If he were alive, there would have been a time where Pantera was finally reunited and would be providing us with a good load of awesome albums.

It's a shame that's never happening. Rest in Peace, Dime.

Why is there a child molester at #3 (MJ) and King Dime is #7? This man has the most skill and by far the best music of the list. Number ONE!

12 Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. Before he was known for Linkin Park, Bennington was the lead singer of post-grunge act Grey Daze who was heavily inspired by Stone Temple Pilots they released two albums with Chester before his death. Wake Me and No Sun Today,... read more

If I got a choice to bring anyone back from the dead, not just a musician, but anyone, I'd choose Chester. He touched so many lives with his music and gave people hope again. He had a family and kids who miss him and would love it if he came back. He was one of the kindest people ever. I would have done almost anything to see him in person while he was still alive.

I would bring back Chester. I don't even care if I never got to meet him. It would be worth it. He didn't deserve the crap that happened in his life that made him end his life. He deserved to have a happy and good life. I would do almost anything to bring him back. I wish I could trade my life for his and die so he could come back to life. Yes, I'm completely serious. RIP my idol, we miss you, Chester.

Chester's death was tragic and shook me deeply. I was touched by his music the minute I bought Hybrid Theory and I remained a huge fan until his passing. I still cannot believe he's gone. I will continue to listen to him as a tribute to the emotion he poured into his music.

13 Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

All around beautiful. Her voice. Her personality. Her appearance. If I could bring her back from the dead, she'd remain one of the best-selling singers to this day because she was that talented and beautiful.

I could only imagine what else she would have sung or created. There is no other alto that can match her style and clarity!

Beautiful woman. Beautiful voice. I wish someone could have found a way to help her.

14 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... read more

It still kills me that he was taken away from us on January 10, 2016. He was a very unique and very iconic musician and loved by many. He even made a great actor. I loved him as Jareth the Goblin King in Jim Henson's Labyrinth. His wardrobe in his day was odd but at the same time, unique. David Bowie really was amazing. R.I.P. David Bowie. You really were an amazing musician.

David was more than music... He was creativity at its finest. Never one to shy away from originality for originality's sake, he was visual, visceral, graphic, and "out there" when the world was stuck in the state of "The Formula" of success. His music shaped the stars of the world from Debbie Harry and Madonna, to The Clash, The Trews, and Nine Inch Nails. The creativity never stopped. Each album was entirely different.

He was always one to point out what he liked and hated in his own work. For instance, he didn't like "Tonight" very much. He claimed he was under so much pressure that he put it out. He said in an interview that he didn't feel it was allowed to flow or develop in his usual process. This was a great experience because he really went back to being himself, not what the sales or labels wanted.

These days there are so many acts that rely on a label's idea of what they are and not what they really are. His sound was unique and his voice was both haunting and warm all at once. He basically made tours what we see today because before him the theatrical aspect was rare. The many looks and "cha cha changes" were always inviting both visually and musically.

There are few who can do both and he had an eye for the future. He once forecasted the rise of streaming music and fully believed that copyright would become pointless and irrelevant. Once told he was too "Avant Garde to be successful" in the late 60's, he went on to show that being on the cutting edge can be an inspiration to an entire generation.

He also became a role model to so many because he was "Different" and never seemed to blend into the blur of what we call "Pop" music. As a musician, he was vulnerable and invincible all in the same song. He discovered and nurtured bands that were relatively unknown and often was classed as "Alternative" before the great movement of alternative music really gained in the early to mid 90's.

After 26 number 1 hits in the UK,... more

15 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" .

I wish I had discovered your music when you were alive. You're amazing, and thank you for giving my parents lots of great music to dance to. Rest in Peace.

Prince was loved by everyone. Was a great artist in the 80s, which in my 45 years was the best time in music.

16 Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.

At the age of 10, she appeared on the show, Star Search and performed beside Gladys Knight, her aunt. At the age of 12, she signed a contract with Jive Records and her... read more

I wish she were still alive. She was an angel and a beauty to all of R&B's womankind. Try Again, yes. Rock the Boat, yes. Romeo Must Die, yes. Talent, yes. Meaning, yes. Please, if I could trade modern pop artists for Aaliyah, I would. Aaliyah could have kept R&B as it should be. Diana Ross, Tina Turner, or Aretha Franklin (I don't know) brought R&B love songs to life. Aaliyah preserved it. But Nicki Minaj ruined it and set a bad role model for women. Had Aaliyah stayed alive, I would not have written the last sentence I just did. RIP Aaliyah 16/01/1979 - 25/08/2001. Gone, but your legacy will live on for many generations to come. Hopefully…

Aaliyah was just entering her prime at the time of her death. She sang like an angel and had great dance moves. What I really love about her is her personality. She was never trashy. Aaliyah carried herself like a lady. She was very mature for her age and was very sweet. The angels took her too soon. I wasn't even born at the time of her passing. RIP Baby girl, she really should be higher on this list.

17 The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only 24. To this day it’s unknown who murdered him... read more

He's still really good. Though I don't care, he rivals with Pac.

R.I.P. to the God of the East Coast rap game.

He put East Coast rappers on the map!

18 Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

He was a great singer who made some of the best music ever and he needs to be at least top 10 on this list. His quotes were amazing and deep. He was the best musician of his time.

Bob Marley was the only REAL artist on this list. He deserves to be at the top.

Brought Reggae to the rest of the world. Great, great musician.

19 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan James Owen Sullivan, professionally known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician, composer and songwriter, best known as the drummer, composer, songwriter, co-lead vocalist and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold.

He needs to be higher. Michael Jackson is seriously overrated. Freddie Mercury rightfully deserves his spot, but The Rev does too.

The Rev is amazing and he should not be dead. The Rev, Cliff Burton, and Michael Jackson are who I want back.

He is my favourite drummer ever. I wish we could bring him back. They haven't been the same since he died.

20 Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Nobody played like Jeff. Slayer is in my TOP 5, that is saying Pink Floyd, Prince, Slayer, Mozart, Beethoven!

Should be higher. At least 3rd.

21 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul"... read more

Seriously? Marvin Gaye should be number one on this list. The above artists don't even compare to his genius. No one before or after Marvin can even come close to his talent. Never will.

22 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

Really! Why isn't Jim in the top 10? He only lasted 5 years and look how much great music and poetry has been written by him! I'm surprised The Doors didn't have more number one hits.

Come back Jim, we need you! We'll trade in Justin Bieber or something.

One of the first "rockstars" and he lived it like no one since. Not only a great frontman but also a great poet, very intelligent. The Doors are one of the most underrated bands ever. Long live the Lizard King.

23 Keith Moon Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.

Hell yes! We miss you, Loon!

King of The Who.

24 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

Loved her. Soulful and brilliant.

25 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. Dio possessed a powerful versatile... read more

My dad and I will listen to his music in the car a lot. He brought me closer to my dad, and he helped to bring me (13 yr old girl) into the world of hard rock and heavy metal. It's pretty impressive to get a thirteen-year-old on the rock side.

He had an amazing voice and was one of the best singers that ever lived. I was sad when he died. I would love to bring him back if I could.

What a masterpiece. Definitely deserves the number one spot. So legendary in the world of metal, and more generally, MUSIC.

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