Top Ten Shocking Music Moments

The Top Ten
1 John Lennon's Assassination

There will never be another John Lennon, and that's all I have to say about that.

Lennon's influence was far beyond music. Truly a citizen of the Earth.

How is a clearly self-destructive pop star's overdose more shocking than one of the greatest musicians of all time being shot dead by a nutjob? This is the saddest moment too.

2 Michael Jackson's Death

Wasn't expecting it in the slightest. It came as a huge shock.

Laugh out loud. How is this not number one? That's odd.

My BFF waited 6 hours in line just for the This Is It concert... and well... bam, he died.

3 Kurt Cobain Committing Suicide

Amazing artist who was extinguished in his prime... Sadly, by himself. But he leaves behind truly monumental and timeless music.

When Kurt Cobain committed suicide, '90s rock was silenced. If Kurt Cobain had not committed suicide, NIRVANA would have been the best rock band ever!

There were some people who killed themselves over this. It was a major moment in music.

4 The Death of Freddie Mercury

Surprised this isn't in the top 5, at the very least.

5 The Notorious B.I.G.'s Death
6 Tupac Alive Death Rumors
7 Cliff Burton's Death

Thinking about the difference that would have been made in the legacy that Metallica has created, and the level to which he would have taken the genre of heavy/thrash metal, sends chills down my spine. If he were alive, he would possibly be one of the best songwriters of today.

On that tragic day, the heavy metal genre (the whole art of music in general) lost a priceless jewel before he could even reach the pinnacle of his songwriting.

I feel like this should be higher than Taylor Swift's VMA speech being interrupted. As stupid as it was, no one died or was injured.

8 Elvis Presley's Death
9 Kanye West Interrupting Taylor Swift's VMA Speech

Sorry for Taylor Swift. Kanye, what were you thinking? Go somewhere else. I agree with you about Beyoncé having a great video, but that? Are you even crazy?

10 Jay-Z Leaving Roc A Fella
The Contenders
11 Dimebag Darell Assassinated

This should be higher than Lil Wayne in jail.

12 Lil Wayne In Jail

Who cares about Lil Wayne in jail? He put himself into that situation anyway.

13 Chester Bennington's Suicide
14 Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj Beef

I'm gonna be honest. If this feud didn't exist, then Stupid Hoe wouldn't exist.

15 Fantasia Tries to Commit Suicide
16 Bon Scott's Death
17 The Rev's Death

He deserved the songs dedicated to him and more. Just not death. RIP.

18 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper Killed In a Plane Crash
19 Swizz Beatz Leaves Wife for Alicia Keys
20 Jason Newstead Leaving Metallica

WHAT?!? I only just found out about this... Oh, that is awful. I almost cried when I saw this. I wish he hadn't left. Poor James, that was random.

21 Marvin Gaye Shot Dead by Father
22 Milli Vanilli Exposed as Lip Synchers
23 John Lennon's "More Popular Than Jesus" Remark
24 John Lennon & Yoko Ono Two Virgins Album Cover

I cannot believe (even still to this day) that I saw John Lennon naked! John, I love you, but you went too far this time.

25 Rick Allen Car Crash
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