Musicians You Would Bring Back From the Dead

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The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the 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 ...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 b/c of their incredible brilliance. So, it's hard to move on from my favorites b/c 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!

If Freddie came back, Queen could reunite and we could have real music again. No more Miley Cyrus (or Hannah Montana) or Jonas Brothers or Rhianna. I could actually say I listen to "modern music". haha - ObsessedwFreddie

If Freddie were still alive, Queen may still be alive and kicking today, instead of a shadow of its former self. After Freddie died, John left the group. Supposedly he became depressed and is still depressed today. Brian and Roger wouldn't have to try and substitute someone for Freddie, because you can't substitute Freddie.

He is awesome

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2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

When I was little, about 6 or 7, only a couple days after his tragic death, my parents and my sisters and me 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 or the best singer 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, and started to sob, not even knowing who he was. My parents asked, "Whats the matter? " And I just flat out screamed, "I MISS Michael JACKSON! " And to this day, that was a little embarrising, but now I know I meant it. He was an outrages man. He was great, spectacular, fantabulous, I could go on. I miss this guy, A LOT. - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

Let's just say that if he did come back we'd be listening to actual music instead of hearing some prepubescent kid with women's jeans say "baby over and over again.

(Then again, if he did, those tabloids would print more fake bull crap about him again. )

Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer that ever lived. He gave us such beautiful music that will be listened to forever. He sang with such passion and love, when you listen to him you could just hear God working trough him. He was also such a loving, beautiful person who really cared about the world and people. It is a shame that he is not here

The best ever

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3 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE 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 .

He didn't deserve to get shot. - InsertNameHere

Got shot. Needless death, didn't need to get shot. No motive was there. Left us far too soon John. I hope Chapman dies and rots alone.

Why isn't Lennon number 2? He should be!

This should be #1
He is one of the greatest songwriters and singers. It was a huge tragedy that he was shot to death. I wish he was still living on this earth :( - VenomxShocker

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4 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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.

This guy must return... A few more albums and songs needed! The last real rockstar who ever lived

Bring back Kurt! We miss him :'( also bring back (Elvis, Mj, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, & Jim Morrison) but especially Kurt.

He is just too good not to revive. His voice is perfect.

a dude

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5 Cliff Burton 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 in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

man, Cliff should totally be in the top ten. he had way more talent than Eazy-E or Kurt Cobain. Cliff was the reason why I learned bass. Man you guys should go listen to "anesthesia" - latinometalhead94

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.

Only reason I didn't vote cliff is that with him alive, In my Darkest Hour, To Live is to Die, and other songs like that wouldn't exist. Still, RIP Cliff.

Without his death, I doubt there we would have Enter Sandman and stuff like that

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6 Dimebag Darrel

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. Rip boys

This guy doesn't even have a PICTURE! He sure as Heck deserves one! Rip Dimebag.

Unique guitarist of all time

Yes for D Darrel

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7 Jimi Hendrix 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 ...read more.

A talented white blues guitarist in Tacoma, Washington State once described Jimi Hendrix like this "...he was a COMPOSER...he can take a song and play it and that thing will come out different everytime..." 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 Jimi even cried when someone threw it off the bus when they thought Jimi stole from them! - rahighsucks

Come on this list is crap. Aaliaya, Eazy-E, Kirk 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. - Chris-1

He is a better musician than most people nowadays and he would bring back classic blues and rock!

How isn't Hendrix number one? If he came back, there wouldn't be anymore pop garbage around. Then him and SRV could finally meet if Stevie came back too. - BrianScott01

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8 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

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

Elvis is #1 for sure! Everyone knows it! - Alexandr

it wouLd be awesome if we couLd... He died so younq =( - rebeLLious

He died of heart disease or something. - Music_Lover123

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9 Ronnie James Dio 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 ...read more.

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

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.

He's honestly a metal version of Freddie Mercury in my opinion

Is their a better vocalist existing? Why even consider that? Because he is superior to all last name literally means God! - Lucretia

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10 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan 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 heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

In one of my favorite bands of all time and had unbelievable amount of talent and skill, sad he's gone

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

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

I miss he

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The Newcomers

? Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.
? Frédéric Chopin

You are all a shame to music! how can this master of music not be on the list?! - OstrichGuitar

The Contenders

11 Jim Morrison 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! Only lasted 5 years and look how much great music and poetry has been written by him! I'm surprise The Doors didn't have more #1 hits. - westofohio

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

Yes Jim. You were such a kind man when I knew you. You will always be remembered

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

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12 Jeff Hanneman 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!

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13 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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

Wouldn't expect him to be here. Glad he is!

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

Should totally be in top ten! He's my favorite Beatle!

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14 Tupac 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 ...read more.

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

HE achieved so much in only 5 years on the map, only 25 years old and produced substantial amounts of music if he had another ten years on the scene he wouldn't have just changed rap but the world! He would have been by far the best music artist ever

If you brought MJ back from the dead he was retired and Tupac would be in his Prime its only common sense to bring Tupac Shakur back - roblist

What are u all talking about. He's alive in Cuba.

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15 Keith Moon Keith Moon

Then there could be a The Who reunion yay - Lucretia

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16 Notorious BIG

He put east coast rappers on the map!

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

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

Karen needs to be higher on this list...

Tragic death of a beautiful singer.

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18 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.

Buddy, so much in such a short time, you died in 1959 at age of 22, and we still miss you.

Buddy Holly is one of the first people I think of, with singer-songwriters who should have kept living...

"The Day the Music Died" was a very sad day.

19 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

Can't believe I had to add this legend

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20 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

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 was what shaped the stars of the world from Debbie Harry and Madonna, the Clash to the Trews and Nine Inch Nails. The creativity never stopped. Each album was entirely different. And always one to point out what he liked and hated in his own work. ( Tonight was not one he liked well, he claimed he was under so much pressure 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 Which 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 labels 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 ...more

Definitely want Bowie back. He was so musically active til the end. Gives me chills to think about what he would've created if he had more time with us.

Did more with music than any other artist. There wasn't a style that he couldn't put his own thing on.

I wish I was born a few decades earlier so I could really marvel in this legends work

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