Top 10 American Icons

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.

The Top Ten

1 Martin Luther King, Jr.
2 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a 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.

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 King.

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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3 Superman Superman 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.The more.
4 Abraham Lincoln 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 through its Civil War - its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis .

He kept the country together and handed the politics of his time!

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 America Captain America is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
6 Batman Batman 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.

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7 Spider-Man Spider-Man Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe.
8 Marilyn Monroe 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. 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!

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9 Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong

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.

The Contenders

11 George Washington 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.
12 Stan Lee Stan Lee Stan Lee is a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
13 Walt Disney 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.

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14 Beyonce Knowles 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 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

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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 Madonna Madonna 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 more.
17 Ronald Reagan 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.

18 Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.
19 Mickey Mouse 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.


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20 James Dean 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.
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