1 Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)
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.
Greatest loss of the music industry. Gone too soon...
Unforgettable and unbeatable.
I miss him so much. He was such a talented singer and musician, he wrote iconic and timeless songs. And his voice! ! His voice always gives me goosebumps. Rest in peace Freddie Mercury, your legacy will live forever.
One of my personal idols and one of the best musicians of all time. Gone far too early in my opinion, but at least fellow Queen fans will remember his legacy forever. - Mrveteran
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2 John Lennon (1940-1980)
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.
He was one of the most cutting edge, forward thinking, compassionate, endlessly self critical and honest in his lyrics and his life. He was the most life changing musician/human in my life. Hearts were irreparably broken when he was taken from us. The day the music died!
Has to be Lennon as his life was taken rather than disease or self destruction.A more interesting solo artist than almost anyone. More than a singer, a symbol a flawed person like most with an honesty you rarely find in his songs. Forever searching and questioning, you felt he could have gone from strength to strength. Doubly upsetting as he seemed to have found contentment with his young family. Immeasurable loss.
3 Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
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.
4 Cliff Burton (1962-1986)
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.
5 Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004)
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.
Guitar god. He never played the guitar; he shredded.
6 Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)
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.
Jimi was really one of the biggest pioneers in the rock genre. Sad that his life was cut short - Mcgillacuddy
7 David Bowie (1947-2016)
David Robert Jones (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.
Most of these musicians died before my birth.So I don't know about others but I was shocked when I heard David Bowie's dead - zxm
8 Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)
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.
This dude made so much impact on today, if he was still here things would be different.
9 Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)
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 ...read more.
10 Lemmy Kilmister (1945 - 2015)
Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
11 Jim Morrison (1943-1971)
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
12 George Harrison (1943-2001)
George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
13 John Bonham (1948-1980)
14 Gary Moore (1952-2011)
He was the musician with the widest range of music genres I know - blues, blues rock, heavy metal, hard rock, soft rock, jazz. - Metal_Treasure
15 Jon Lord (1941-2012)
16 Richard Wright
Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .
Yes, oh my god, how is he last? Anyone that has listened to Pink Floyd knows how important and influential he was & he will be missed.
He was one of if not the best rock keyboardist/pianist ever
17 Paul Gray (1972-2010)
18 The Rev (1981-2009)
James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative metal/ metalcore ...read more.
19 Glenn Frey (1948-2016)
Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.
20 Chuck Schuldiner (1967-2001)
21 Lou Reed (1942-2013)
22 Ronnie Montrose (1947-2012)
23 Johnny Winter (1944-2014)
John Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.
24 Jerry Garcia (1942-1995)
Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.
25 Paul Kantner (1941-2016)
26 Buddy Holly (1936-1959)
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.
I don't want to believe nobody added it until me, but there's The Rev, Chuck Shuldiner and Paul Gray... today's generation!
27 Peter Steele (1962-2010)
28 Chris Cornell (1964-2017)
29 Layne Staley (1967-2002)
30 Avicii (1989-2018)
31 J Capri (1991 - 2015)