If you dust off your old reference books and look up the word "icon," you'll discover that accurate synonyms include "symbol" and "representation." A national icon is someone who, by the mere mention of their name, will remind people of their country. Whether they like it or not, they are representatives of their nation to the rest of the world.
1 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman. ...read more.
3 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.
He was simply the best. He was so generous and not to mention his great voice. He changed America, in a time period that changed the world. He drove girls crazy and was named the "King", and the King of Rock n' roll, the staple music of America. If you mention music Elvis will have to come up somewhere. He is
The man who started modern music not only in America but worldwide. Like John Lennon once said ; " Before Elvis there was nothing ".
Elvis quite clearly number one. He embodied all factions of the U.S. While many American icons like John Wayne represented a strong image for one piece of America, Elvis embodied the entire country and all of its peoples including Black, White, Italian, Irish, White Southerner, etc. He will be remembered along the lines of how Julius Caesar was remembered for Rome, Elvis Presley will ring for America.
A singer above someone who played a huge part in equality? Proof that America is messed up. Smh. - LemonComputer
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4 Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.
He kept the country together and handed the politics of his time!
Should be #1. MLK would never have existed if not for Lincoln.
It takes a man with a vision to lead a country during it’s bad times. And, that man was Abraham Lincoln. He led our country through the American Civil War. He strived hard and did his best to keep the people of the country together or else, today, America would have been many smaller countries instead of one big country. - TechnoTarantino
5 Captain America
Captain Steven Grant Rogers, most known as Steve Rogers or Captain America, is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a World War II veteran and is known as the world's first superhero. The character was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and ...read more.
Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael ...read more.
Isis is correct
Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the ...read more.
8 Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. ...read more.
Marilyn Monroe was a trend setter following her dreams and achieving more than she was asked for and that's why we see her as an icon, because she helped people see no matter were you're from or where you come from you can do anything you want to.
A woman who came from nothing, and with incredible ambition and hardwork obtained everything she ever wanted. A classic rags to riches take. Marilyn Monroe did what only few ever achieve!
Agreed Great 3 people to start
9 Neil Armstrong
Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
I weep for our educational system if anyone actually thinks the Russians beat Neil Armstrong to the Moon.
In 10,000 years, the ONLY name on this list that is remembered will be Neil Armstrong.
First human being to leave the planet and walk on another world.
He is awesome
10 John Fitzgerald Kennedy
So inspirational a true leader who cared.
11 Stan Lee
Stan Lee is a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
12 George Washington
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
13 Walt Disney
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
Walter Elias Disney, commonly referred to by his alias "Walt", is without a doubt a great man in cinematic history. With many great and sucessful movies to his name, and being the very first voice of his legendary creation, Mickey Mouse, Disney is a great American icon. God knows why it took 47 years for him to be portrayed in a movie.
Sadly,walter Disney passed away before he could see the jungle book god bless him😭
14 Beyonce Knowles
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.
She is basically the face of the american entertainment buisness at the moment. As she has endorsed such brands as loreal, pepsi, armani, tommy hilfiger and vizio. She is also the leading female music artist at the moment which makes her being an american icon much more influential and effective. - fisto77
i love her
15 Harriet Tubman
As an American historical figure, she led 75,000 slaves to the free North, and did so without being detected once. Tubman truly is an American legend.
16 Ronald Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader .
Hollywood golden era to the oval office and all from a broken home. What else would make the concept of an American icon more real?
The most important person of the 20th Century, he literally saved a dying nation.
17 Clint Eastwood
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.
Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.
19 Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse is a funny animal cartoon character and the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928.
20 James Dean
James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.
Love this guy!
21 Sylvester Stallone
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and producer.
Yes she is really really indpiring. She did so many things! They were all good. She never made a bad decision in her life.
You must be retarded because there's a picture of a man right next to your post... - SpaceCakes
22 Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced ...read more.
23 Conan O Brien
24 John Cena
John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (/ˈsiːnə/; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host signed to WWE, where he is assigned to the SmackDown brand. ...read more.
I love jonhn cena!
25 Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.
26 Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
One of the three greatest athletes of all time who showed the true meaning of having an assassins mentality in sports
The best of the best
27 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 ...read more.
Anyone who remembers being alive in the 90's remembers Kurt Cobain and his impact on music, youth, an culture overall.
Kurt continues to influence music twenty years after his death. He was a legend while he was alive.
He plants houses and builds trees
Number one. All day.
28 Stone Cold Steve Austin
Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), better known by his ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is an American actor, media personality, producer, and retired professional wrestler who is signed to a legends contract for WWE. ...read more.
29 Steven Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.
America's film industry eclipses that of the rest of the world, and Steven Spielberg is the crown jewel of this tremendous culture. Through film, Spielberg has shaped the way that we as a society view or shared hopes and dreams, and the effects of his contributions have rippled out into the rest of cinema.
30 Britney Spears
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar ...read more.
Shes the legendest of all and is the icon of all americha f you wanna se iconic look up I'm A SL AVE 4 U 2001 on Yourtube, sorry from my brad englandish I'm from americA
31 Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
32 Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
33 Tupac Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.
34 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.
Are you kidding me? Michael supposed to be number 1 on this list
35 Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
36 Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.
37 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s.
38 Hulk Hogan
Terry Gene Bollea, better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and rock bassist.
Hollywood hogan biggest icon ever full stop
Biggest icon that ever lived
39 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, former professional bodybuilder and former politician.
40 Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.
41 Biggie Smalls
Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.
43 Johnny Cash
John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.
44 Richie Sambora
Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. He is known for his work with Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013 when he left the group so he could spend more time with his daughter, Ava, who is ...read more.
45 Jon Bon Jovi
John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He ...read more.
46 Ronnie Coleman
47 Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of 60 years.
48 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.
49 Uncle Sam
50 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.
An icon in fashion and business!