1 Freddie Mercury
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.
He was the front man for Queen. This guy had a set of pipes that were out of this world. Freddy was one of the few front man that actually took singing lessons before he wanted to be come a big rock star.
This guy knew what nobody knew, he sang like nobody sang.
Strong, unique, amazing voice, the best of all time.
Awesome singer, frontman, songwriter and musician. Miss him so much.
2 Dimebag Darrell
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.
Rest In Peace Brother
3 Chuck Schuldiner
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
4 Cliff Burton
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 Umeå whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
5 Bon Scott
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.
We Salute You R. I. P (Rock In Peace)
6 Ronnie James Dio
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.
7 Layne Staley
Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.
It's nice to see Layne in the top 3 on this list, he doesn't typically get the credit he deserves. An amazing vocal presence, he say with such passion and soul. He will live on through his fans for a very long time. RIP Layne - always remembered!
8 Jimi Hendrix
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.
9 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.
10 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.
GREATEST ENTERTAINER, SINGER AND DANCER THAT EVER LIVED! LONG LIVE Michael!
11 John Lennon
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.
John Lennon is the best songwriter ever and he formed the beatles great voice and spread peace through his music. Great man and musician definitely should be number one
12 Lemmy Kilmister
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.
13 Jeff Buckley
Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.
One of the greatest male singers and guitar players ever
Ironically, his father [Tim Buckley] was an even better singer/songwriter, and also died tragically.
14 Bradly Nowell
this guy had an awesome bonghit voice. He came from the punk/ska scene of Cali. But had a powerful voice that should always be remembered.
15 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.
16 Jeff Hanneman
Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
17 Elliott Smith
18 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.
He is a terrible singer. He isn't that good of a guitarist, but he was one of the coolest people to ever live. Ill miss you Kurt
This guy could argubly be ether the worst or the best on this list. This guys writing style was ugly. He voice was even worst.
but people loved his bad ass sensitivity.
19 Nick Drake
Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.
nick in another musician from the 60s. This guy should have been huge but he was so shy. He never wanted to be in any interviews and hated to be videotaped.
20 Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
Jim had the best singing voice ever. His lyrics may have been slightly strange but that doesn't stop the doors being the greatest band ever!
This guy was from a band in the 60's called (if you haven't guessed it) the doors. He wrote lyrics with a mix of nature and a bad acid trip.
Jim is my personal favorite (John Lennon was close) but Jim has one of the best voices in history.
21 Bob Marley
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
Bob Marley was the messiah of reggae. Think about it he literally created/forged a whole new genre of music I mean every one has heard three little birds. And I think If the Jamaican people could they would make one of his songs the anthem of Jamaica. I am amazed that he didn't even make it in the top five. He is the official hero of Jamaica. Enough Said.
22 Hide (X Japan)
Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name Hide, was a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan.
One of the most influential and visual musician and guitarist you have probably never heard of - over 50. 000 People attended his funural. Check out his music and the music of X Japan, where he was lead guitarrist.
He might be gone, but his music lives on and will never be forgotten!
R. I. P. pink spider
23 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan
James Owen Sullivan, professionally known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician, composer and songwriter, best known as the drummer, composer, songwriter, co-lead vocalist and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold.
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25 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.
Should be number 1, with Biggie in 2nd