Musicians With the Most Successful Music Careersryanrimmel
The Top Ten
-He was in a band with his brothers as a little kid, The Jackson 5
-He then had an extremely successful solo career until his death in 2009.
-He was given the title, The King of Pop - ryanrimmel
-He was in a Blues band called The Quarrymen from 1957-1960
-He was the bassist and a singer for the pioneering Rock band, The Beatles from 1960-1970
-He then created a new Rock Band called Paul McCartney & The Wings from 1970-1981
-He has had a successful solo career from 1981-present and is still releasing great music today! - ryanrimmel
Second highest grossing musician of all time, behind Andrew Lloyd Webber. - ignoble
Seeing as he's the best seling songwriter of all time, it's kind of hard to vote for someone else. - PetSounds
-He was the frontman of the first Heavy Metal band of all time, Black Sabbath from 1968-1979
-He then had an extremely successful solo career from 1979- present
-He reunited with Black Sabbath and released an album with them in 2013 and has another one coming out in 2015.
-He started an annual touring music festival known as Ozzfest
-He has been given titles such as The Prince of Darkness and The Godfather of Heavy Metal. - ryanrimmel
-He was in The Quarrymen with Paul McCartney, 1957-1960
-Became the singer and guitarist for The Beatles from 1960-1970
-Had a very successful solo career until his murder in 1980. - ryanrimmel
At first I thought Dave Grohl was Ringo, and was just happy to be along for the ride.
Later I thought he must be George, just soaking up all the excess genius that was flying around the room, and putting it to very good use.
Now I realize he is Paul, and none of it would have happened without him.
-He was in a Hardcore Punk band called Scream from 1986-1990
-He became the drummer of the first Grunge band, Nirvana from 1990-1994
-He then created one of the most successful modern rock bands, The Foo Fighters, 1994-present.
-He became the drummer of a supergroup called Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
-He has produced albums and performed studio drums for many successful acts, such as Ghost, Zac Brown Band, and Verbena
-He has appeared with many other bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Tenacious D. - ryanrimmel
-He was the lead singer of pioneering hard rock band Led Zeppelin from 1968-1980
-He has had a successful solo career from 1982-present - ryanrimmel
-Co-founded Pink Floyd and remained the songwriter, singer, and guitarist from 1965-1985.
-He's had a successful solo career from 1985-present - ryanrimmel
-He was the lead singer and bassist of Hard Rock band Elf from 1967-1975
-He then became the lead singer of the Metal/Hard Rock band Rainbow from 1975-1979
-He then replaced Ozzy Osbourne as lead singer of Heavy Metal band Black Sabbath from 1979-1983
-He then started his own Heavy Metal band, Dio from 1983-2010
-He then reunited with former Black Sabbath members under a new band name called Heaven and Hell - ryanrimmel
-He was the lead guitarist of pioneering Thrash Metal band Metallica from 1981-1983
-He then founded Megadeth and has been the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter from 1983-present - ryanrimmel
-He was the very popular and beloved singer of Reggae band Bob Marley and the Wailers.
-He was an activist towards peace and marijuana legalization, which made him a beloved musician - ryanrimmel
Pretty sure he made a couple recordings, live appearance or 2. Probably even wrote a song. - Billyv
One of the most covered songwriters/artists.
. Innovator, experimenter, pioneer.
Acoustic & electric. Folk, country, Rock, blues, R&B, Tradiitonal, Christian, Disco,...
So much that defies genre or label or category... and now Sinatra ballads as well.
Never Ending Tour. Never ending creative mind. - Billyv
Second-biggest seller of all time, only the Beatles have sold more.
He was given the title "The King of Rock and Roll", or just "The King".
How can Elvis be so low in rank? Elvis is in the guiness record book multiple times ; Most hit singles on US charts ( 149 singles ), Most US number 1 albums ( 9 ), Most weeks on the UK singles chart ( 1,149 weeks with a total of 111 hits ), Most RIAA certificate units held by a individual artist ( 235 [ 132 gold, 70 platinum, 33 Multi-platinum ), Most charted artist in the UK ( 1,155 weeks ), Biggest selling individual artist ( The Beatles are the biggest selling band ) etc... If that's not a successful music career, what is? Many ranked higher on this list will never archieve during their whole life what Elvis archieved during his 23 years career.
The only musicians who are more successful than Elvis as far as long term popularity and sales are Lennon/McCartney [and technically Harrison/Starr].
Otherwise, nobody is close; not MJ, not Zep, not Madonna, nobody.
There is a pitched battle for third place behind the Beatles and Elvis, but those two stand alone.
Elvis has been dead for almost 40 years, and his estate still rakes in millions for the use of his image, let alone his music.
Was a staple in one of the greatest mid-60's Hall of Fame American rock bands, Buffalo Springfield.
Was a founder of the Hall of Fame band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Was the leader of the awesome group Crazy Horse.
Still leading an amazing solo career, with the occasional reunion gig with the above acts.
Seems like his sentimental favorite is Buffalo Springfield.
Since we're talking musicians here, not rock singers, we have to include the highest grossing musician of all time... by a large margin. 50% more than McCartney, twice as much as Bono. Webber is the only billionaire musician. - ignoble
Just to clear things up. Zayn Malik is not a musician. He is in a boy band that will be forgotten in 5 years. It is completely stupid to compare him to Elvis, McCartney, or anyone else on this list.
HAHAA well he has left this terrible boy band, one less terrible singer for "1D" - ryanrimmel
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