Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon


The Top Ten

1 Kurt Cobain (27) Kurt Cobain (27) 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.

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!

2 John Lennon (40) 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.

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 :(

3 Freddie Mercury (45) Freddie Mercury (45) Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer with Persian ancestry, 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 vocal range. more.

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

We all miss you Freddie. - bzsuzsi0128

4 Jimi Hendrix (27) 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 more.
5 Jeff Buckley (31) 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. more.
6 Brian Jones (27) Brian Jones (27) Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
7 Jim Morrison (27) Jim Morrison (27) James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
8 Michael Jackson (50) 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 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

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

It's so sad that he died that young.he is my favorite singer.he is the best singer of all time.he died when I was 3 years almost makes me cry when I think how young he died.i wish I could of went to one of his was sad how he lived.

9 Buddy Holly (22) 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. more.
10 Janis Joplin (27) 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.

The Contenders

11 John Bonham (32) 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 more.
12 Aaliyah (22) 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. 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

13 Amy Winehouse (27) 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.
14 Chris Cornell (52) Chris Cornell (52) 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. He died on May 17, 2017.
15 Elvis Presley (42) Elvis Presley (42) 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. more.
16 Cliff Burton (24) 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 more.

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 :(...

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18 Bon Scott (32) 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, more.
19 Ian Curtis (23) 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. more.
20 Dimebag Darrell (38) 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 :(...

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Freddie Mercury (45)
2. John Lennon (40)
3. Jimi Hendrix (27)
1. Aaliyah (22)
2. Buddy Holly (22)
3. Amy Winehouse (27)
1. John Lennon (40)
2. Kurt Cobain (27)
3. Michael Jackson (50)

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