Musicians Who Would Be The Coolest To Have As Your Grandfather

The people included in this list do not have to be grandfathers in reality, but:
1. they must have lived until the age of 50
2. if they are/were younger, they have to be real grandfathers.
One does not have to be alive to join the list, since noone added will live forever.

The Top Ten

1 Jon Lord Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.

Definitely yes. A wise and balanced person that I think would listen to you. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure

I know he's dead, but he lived until a grandpa age (~70) - Alkadikce

2 David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

A guitar legend as your grandpa. I'm sure I would have him! - Userguy44

"Hey, grandpa, could you give me guitar lessons? "
[Thirty years later...]
"Those guitar lessons were the most valuable experiences of my life." - Gg2000

3 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

I know they're old enough, but it's just crazy for me to think of the Rush members as granddads. It would still be awesome, though. - Gg2000

All Rush members actually. - Metal_Treasure

I've just noticed I agree more with your remix than with my original order. - Alkadikce

4 Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

This reminds me of an interesting story I read about Paul and his actual grandchildren. Apparently, they were all playing the Beatles version of Rock Band and Paul was losing to his grandchildren and they were making fun of him. He said something like, "You may be winning here, but I made the original records, so shut up! " (Jokingly, of course). Wouldn't it be great to play those songs for real with your granddad? I would think it would be awesome. - Gg2000

Great singer, down to earth person. What more could you want? - 3DG20

I am not a Beatles fan but I agree he must be a cool grandpa - Alkadikce

5 Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

Bruce would be the most badass grandpa - TermonatorT888

YES! That's what I said by adding him to this list and putting him at #1 on my remix. - Metal_Treasure

6 Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Yes, I think he might be great. When he doesn't sing angrily, he is smiling all the time. And he already looks like Santa Claus 😊 - Metal_Treasure

7 Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.

"Hey, granddad, what are you doing in that silly old outfit? "
"Silly?!? Why, I'll have you know, when I go out on stage in this uniform, the people love it! "
"Ok, then..." - Gg2000

Yes, it would be cool. - Metal_Treasure

I don't like AC/DC, but imagine him as your grandpa in his cap. - Alkadikce

8 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 more.

He was wise, kind, balanced, ethical and patient. R.I.P. Dio.
He had no his own kids but he and his wife adopted a boy, which proves he wanted kids and liked them. - Metal_Treasure

9 John Fogerty

Oh yeah. I think that John would be a cool grandfather. - Gg2000

10 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

I watched some recent interviews with him. He is modest, down to earth, with a warm personality, he is that good guy who can tell you many great stories and would be a cool grandpa. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making more.
12 Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.
13 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.
14 Nicko McBrain Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.

I think he's a great and cool guy. - Userguy44

15 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

Nah, I don't want him for a grandfather.
He wasn't a good father. He wouldn't be a good grandfather either. And he's got a very bad reputation. He can't be a role model at all. - Metal_Treasure

16 Eric Burdon Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was previously the vocalist of rock band The Animals and funk band War. He is regarded as one of the British Invasion's most distinct singers with his deep, powerful blues-rock voice.
17 Jello Biafra Eric Reed Boucher, better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is a American singer who is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

Tell me more about the government Grandpa Jello. - THC13

You know what? In my head, I can picture him reading picture books and nursery rhymes to his kids explaining how the government is flawed. - Gg2000

18 Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

As far as I know, he is a good husband and father of 4, and would be a good grandpa. - Metal_Treasure

He's got strong Christian beliefs and this might make him sound "preachy". But it isn't a big sin. Overall, he's in the team of the good guys. - Metal_Treasure

19 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political more.
20 Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
21 Johnny Rotten John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.
22 Elvis Presley 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. more.

Please don't vote for him, Kurt and Adam. I've written the conditions to be included in the description. - Alkadikce

I don't think he was old enough to be a grandfather. He was 42 when he died. - Gg2000

23 Kurt Cobain 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 more.

Definitely not old enough to be a grandfather. - Gg2000

Gg2000+1. Irrelevant item. - Alkadikce

24 Adam Levine Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. more.

He's 39 years old. Don't call him a grandpa; he's still got quite a bit of life in him. - Gg2000

Is somebody dumb? - Userguy44

25 Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.
26 James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
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