1 Michael Jackson
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.
The king of pop will never be forgotten. My favorite songs by him are Smooth criminal and Beat it. - nintendofan126
Why is pop over heavy metal. Metal takes more talent and has more musicianship and musical authenticity than pop music in general. - nickolie
4 The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.
They showed what could be done, although nobody before or since has remotely come close to what they accomplished.
After less than 10 years together, they are the best that ever were, and the best that ever will be.
9 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. ...read more.
The second-largest selling music artist of all time, only those four English lads from Liverpool have sold more than The King.
Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.
11 Jackie Evancho
Still very young, [only 15 as of April 2015], but with an astonishing voice and talent level that immediately elevated her to the elite level. Proved that it is possible to dress appropriately, sing without auto-tune, overdramatic flourishes, or obscenity, and to conduct your personal life without leaving a trail of wreckage in your wake.
Still very young [15 as of April 2015], but with an astonishing voice and talent. Proved to all future artists that you can sing at a world-class level without auto-tune, electronic tricks, or over-singing, and also dress appropriately, act humbly, and conduct your personal life without leaving a trail of rubble in your wake.
Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.
13 Buddy Holly
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.
He was the first popular artist to be allowed to write, arrange, and perform his own music. This breakthrough was crucial to allow rock n' roll and all of its spinoffs to remain constantly creative.
14 David Foster
David Walter Foster is a Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger, who has won 16 Grammys.
Often called "The Hitman", and a triple-threat writer, producer, onstage performer, he was the driving force behind countless huge hits from the 1980's right up until today. If you are wondering where you might have heard him, he was the producer on Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You".
15 Quincy Jones
Quincy Delightt Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian.
For the first 10 years of his career, Michael Jackson was the Justin Bieber of his era. He was not considered a serious artist until he teamed up with producer Quincy Jones for "Off the Wall".
16 Phil Spector
Phil Spector is American record producer known for his work with Leonard Cohen, Ramones, John Lennon and The Beatles. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson in 2007.
Guilty of murder, and currently serving a life sentence in prison, but a music production genius nonetheless.
17 Ahmet Ertegun
If you don't know who he was, you don't know much about music.
18 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 ...read more.
19 Clive Davis
20 Punk Rock
Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked ...read more.