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.

We lost 2 of The Beatles too soon. John Lennon and George Harrison may they Rest In Peace.

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.

He died so young! He made history as the lead singer of Nirvana!

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.

He was awesome! He died so young!

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.

He had a beautiful voice! Queen was awesome! We lost him way too soon! I wish he was still alive! May he Rest In Peace we all love you.

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

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

He was truly the best singer of all time

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.

It’s sad he died so soon!

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.

He died way too soon! The Doors will always be legendary!

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.

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

He is so amazing I like him which %&$#@@@@-+ put him on 9 he should be two

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 Umeå 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 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 :(...

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

The Contenders

11 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.
12 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.
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 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.

Why did she have to die so young?!

16 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

17 Bob Marley (36) Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

He was only 36. It’s so sad that he died. R.I.P. The King of Reggae

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.

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...

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.
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