Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon

The Top Ten

1 John Lennon (40) 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.

The world shared a collective heartbreak when he died...way too soon. Unbelievable!

Unlike most of the others, John died through no fault of his own. - PetSounds

Poor john NO ONE I MEAN NO ONE deserves to die that younger in that way.
Rest in Peace, John Winston Lennon :(

Unparalleled contributions. Sheer genius. Heart of gold

2 Kurt Cobain (27) 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 ...read more.

No doubt in my mind as to who deserves the top spot on this list.

A legend that will never be forgotten.

I wish I could bring him back from the dead!

One of the most important musician ever

3 Jimi Hendrix (27) 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.

Best guitarist of all time in only 4 years making music. - juanjaramillom

4 Freddie Mercury (45) 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 ...read more.

Gone too soon... RIP Freddie, you made music history!

A legend among men, so wish he was still with us

His legacy live on forever.

We all miss you Freddie. - bzsuzsi0128

5 Jeff Buckley (31) Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.
6 Buddy Holly (22) 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.
7 Jim Morrison (27) James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
8 Brian Jones (27) Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
9 Michael Jackson (50) Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away 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 ...read more.

I miss him so much because lot of people they like him when it was long time ago like when he was dating with lisa marie presley, brooke shields, Elizabeth Taylor, madonna, whitney houston, and Debbie Rowe that why everyone love him so much.

I know 50 isn't young but COME ON! Michael jackson was the BEST! - Zombieman99

God I miss him so much, he's seriously one of the most talented people who ever lived. Love you MJ

He was sooo amazing, and I wish he was still with us. He was so caring and so nice to kids. R.I.P MJ

10 Cliff Burton (24) 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.

Dimebag Darrell was a sad sad death. So was Paul Gray's. However, they both died at 38, which both left a great legacy behind and will forever be remebered. However, Cliff Burton? He is only featured on 3 albums! If he was still alive, imagine how great...An Justice or the Black album would have been! He could make bass solos sound awesome and he wrote awesome riffs, harmonies, and songs. The only classically trained musician among Metallica, if he was still alive, he probably would have created entire orchestral arrangements for Metallica songs. Too soon indeed.

One of the best bassists of all time with only 24 year old... - juanjaramillom

One of the most talented musicians of his time and was showing off his talents when Metal reached its peak in 1986.
He didn't even live old enough to be in the 27 Club. Imagine what Metallica could have accomplished if Cliff was still alive. Makes me sad.
Oh, and he died in one of the worst ways imaginable: getting crushed by your OWN bus :(...

The Contenders

11 John Bonham (32) John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.
12 Bon Scott (32) 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.
13 Chuck Schuldiner (34) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
14 Marvin Gaye (44) Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.
15 Amy Winehouse (27) Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

I'm seeing a lot of 27s

16 Janis Joplin (27) 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.
17 Bob Marley (36) Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
18 Elvis Presley (42) Elvis Presley was an 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.
19 Shannon Hoon (28) Richard Shannon Hoon was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer of the band Blind Melon until his death in 1995.
20 Aaliyah (22) 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. ...read more.

Aaliyah should at least be in the top 5. Not saying that the others don't deserve their ranking, but she died in one of the most tragic ways possible at the age of 22 as well. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

21 Otis Redding (26) Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.
22 Dimebag Darrell (38) 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.

One of the greatest guitarists of the 1990's in a band that was able to match even Metallica is an admirable feat in its own right.
Still, can't believe he had to be gunned in front of not just the crowd, but in front of his own brother whom was performing with him. RIP Dime, you'll be missed. At least you're still rocking in Heaven :(...

23 Chester Bennington (41) 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. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

Missing you a lot

It still hurts... - axgelique

Should be #1!

24 Tupac (25) 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 the created rapper of his era

25 Chris Cornell (52) Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.
26 Christina Grimmie (22) Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan ...read more.
27 Selena (23) Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

She was a icon who was about to rise and become more popular than Michael Jackson for sure. I can guarantee you that!

The Queen of Tejano music.

28 Ian Curtis (23) Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more.
29 Lisa Lopes (30) Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.

Tragic! - 23MACCAja

30 Elliott Smith (34)
31 The Notorious B.I.G. (24) 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 ...read more.

Absolute best rapper!

32 Layne Staley (34) Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.
33 David Bowie (69) 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.

An absolutely amazing singer, you will never be forgotten! - SailorSedna

34 Eddie Cochran (21) Edward Raymond "Eddie" Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Rock and roll pioneer, he was only 21 years old when he died in a car crash. ...read more.
35 Ronnie Van Zant (29)

He gave us one of most beautiful pieces of universe. it's sad to think about what more he could possibly make

36 Sam Cooke (33) Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.
37 Eazy-E (31) Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.
38 Adam Yauch (47) Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, singer, musician, songwriter, director and film distributor. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys.
39 Jim Croce (30) James Joseph Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and singles. His songs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
40 Harry Chapin (38) Harry Forster Chapin was an American singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and producer best known for his folk rock and pop rock songs, who achieved worldwide success in the 1970s and became one of the most popular artists and highest paid performers.
41 Prince (57) 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" .
42 Keith Relf (34) Keith Relf was an English musician, well known as the lead singer for the psychedelic band The Yardbirds.
43 Joe Strummer (50) John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.
44 Aretha Franklin (76) Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.
45 Cory Monteith (31) Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. He died in 2013 of a drug overdose.
46 Per Ohlin (22)
47 Whitney Houston (48) 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 ...read more.

Excuse me! 41! People! - 23MACCAja

48 Per "Dead" Ohlin (22) Per Yngve Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish black/death metal vocalist and lyricist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He committed suicide in 1991 in which former guitarist Euronymous took a few pictures of his corpse and used one of them as the ...read more.
49 Kevin DuBrow (52)

Lead singer of Quiet Riot. - MountainDewKid101

50 Paul Gray (38) Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.
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