Top 10 Musicians Who Became More Famous After They DiedThis is a list of musicians who received more popularity after their death.
During his lifetime, he had no commercial success and very little recognition. He was a blues singer who showed singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that influenced later generations of musicians of blues and rock and roll, such as Eric Clapton (from the Yardbirds, Cream, and Derek & the Dominos), Bob Dylan, Robert Plant (from the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin), and Keith Richards (from the Rolling Stones). One of his songs "Cross Road Blues" was popularized by Cream in the late 1960s as "Crossroads". Ever since the 1960s or 70s, his life was being rediscovered by historians. For example, there are three discovered verified photographs of him today.
He had received little success and recognition during his lifetime. His albums sold less than 5,000 copies. But after his death in 1974, it started to reach a cult following and critical acclaim for his acoustic guitar style and lyrics. One of his most known songs was "Pink Moon". He influenced artists such as Robert Smith (The Cure), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and Beck.
Sure he was popular, but not as much as he is today. You see, back in the 1960s, African-Americans were treated unfairly, and the Civil Rights movement was happening at the time, so it was rough for him to be more popular and commercial before his death. When he died on a plane crash in December 1967, everybody mourned about it and in the next month, his label Volt Records released the single "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", which quickly went to number one, becoming his signature song, his first and only #1 hit, and the first posthumous #1 hit. And for now, he has inspired many artists and is one of my dad's favorite artists.
He was known for being the bassist for the punk rock band The Sex Pistols, but when he stabbed her girlfriend Nancy Spungen, things started to go wrong. He committed suicide by overdosing on heroin in 1979. He left the band a year before his death. The band's only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols started to receive critical acclaim and Vicious was known as a legend since then.
He was a blues, alternative, and folk rock artist who had little commercial success and recognition during his lifetime. When his only studio album Grace was released in 1994, it had poor sales and mixed reviews, and reached #149 on the Billboard 200. But after he died in 1997, it received critical acclaim and is listed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. Ever since his legacy, he has inspired Muse, Adele, and Lana Del Ray.
He was a Hawaiian musician who played music on a ukulele. But sadly, he suffered from obesity and died in June 1997. But sometime in 1999, one of his songs, which is a medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", gained notice when it was used in commercials for eToys.com (the internet subsidiary of Toys R Us). It was later used in movies such as Meet Joe Black, Finding Forrester, and 50 First Dates. The YouTube video for the song has over a billion views, and in 2021, the song was inducted into the National Recording Registry as part of the heritage in American recorded sound.
Sure he was popular during his lifetime but not that much famous as he is today. By the time he died in a plane crash on September 1973, he had four Top 40 singles, with two Top 10 hits and one No. 1 hit, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". And shortly after his death, his fame exploded, and the song "Time in a Bottle" was released and quickly went to #1. His songs were featured in popular movies and TV shows, such as Stranger Things.
He was an underground rapper in the East Coast, and didn't receive much recognition at the time. His debut album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous was released in 1995 and only peaked at #149 on the Billboard 200 charts. After the album was released, he was slowly becoming more popular, which led to Jay-Z planning to sign him to Roc-A-Fella. But four years later, he got murdered, and his second album The Big Picture was unfinished. It was released the following year with remixes and additional stuff added to finish the album. He has influenced many rappers and is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
He was the lead singer of the post-punk band Joy Division. He suffered from both epilepsy and depression that he took his own life during the band's NA tour in 1980. After his death, one of the band's albums, Unknown Pleasures started to receive critical acclaim, and his music influenced U2 and the Cure.
He was a rapper associated with Brooklyn drill, a trap-like style that emerged in Brooklyn, New York. He was about to be popular during his lifetime, but he unexpectedly got murdered in his home on February 2020. His death was mourned by rap fans. When his debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was released, it became very popular by debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, and is 2x Platinum as of October 2021. He is regarded as a legend to rap fans.
It's kind of weird to think that a year and a half into the 2020s arguably the biggest new artist of the decade was dead. R.I.P to him and everyone else on this list.
There are a lot of rapper being killed each year. Imagine how big they would be.
Fun facts: There's more rappers died in 2021 than the entire of 1980s and 1990s. Or 20th century.