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.
Love you, Freddie, your legend lives on!
If only you'd stuck around long enough to give us Hair, Nose and Teeth, the world would be a better place. Miss you.
I heard 'Under Pressure' on the radio today and was in tears. Made me remember just how fantastic he was. Really miss you Freddie!
Greatest vocalist and entertainer of all time. I wish I was old enough to have experienced queen live.
The God of Rock. Rest in peace Mr. Fahrenheit!
2 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.
This death only happened 2 years ago and he's the King of Pop, so of course he's going to be missed the most.
I suppose he is missed by pop culture adherents, but musically his personal contributions don't equal 1/10th of John Lennon's.
He will be missed by everyone.
He is the best ever!
3 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.
He was one of the greatest singers in the world and had such an amazing voice.R.I.P. You will be missed!
Andel voice now sings with angels
4 Dimebag Darell
Either dimebag darell or John Lennon should be #1. They were both shot and killed by crazy people and it is just so horrible. Lennon was killed near his apartment, but Dimebag was shot and killed on stage while performing.
5 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.
Amazing singer, amazing appearance. Went away way too fast. :(
6 Bon Scott (AC/DC)
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.
7 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 Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
Cliff Burton was the most gifted and most talented person in the entire world and he will forever be my favorite bass player and one of my favorite musicians ever! Cliff Burton was a virtuoso of a bass player. R.I.P. clifford Lee Burton (1962-1986) You will be missed forever.
Wasn't even alive when he was, but I still miss him - TuxIsAPerson
8 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.
You were the best Alternative Rocker, a true genius. You were unique, you were always yourself and will never be forgotten.R.I. P Kurt.
Kurt cobain was the influence that lead me to wright music
Should be number 1. End of story.
Courtney killed him.
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.
Tupac was one of the greatest lyricists of all time and rap. Tupac was so missed that years later he has released more posthumous albums then anyone in the game. The words that he spread were of peace and equality in the world and especially in the ghetto. His lyrics touched the hearts of more youth than even Eminem and that's saying a lot. Since his death many M.C. S have tried to copy his style and swagger but no one can compare or replace him as a legend or a martyr of the rap game. Long story short he will be missed on and on for generations to come for his outspoken preachings of equality of race, sex and humanity.R.I.P. Tupac lives on.
10 Gary Moore
Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
11 Randy Rhoads
Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.
One of the greatest guitarists that ever lived. Enough said.
Should be like 7 he died at 25 in an airplane accident dose anyone notice that the greatest musicians, actors, athletes die in plane crashes? He should be higher because he was a success in only 2 years! I love him for how amazingly he plays because he is one of a kind R.I.P Randy Rhoads 1956-1982
12 Duane Allman
Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.
Gone too soon. WE LOVE YOU AALIYAH. Your in a better place now.
So beautiful and sweet
She was a quadruple threat she had it all beauty kindness singer actress model and a dancer it sucks that she went far before her time but what can you even say, still shocked till this day 12 years later, well I love you Aaliyah and we haven't forgotten about you rest in paradise angel. <3 if anyone deserves it its you.
You truly are more than a woman, you are an inspiration, a legacy, and so much more, WE MISS YOU 😭😭
14 Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.
Had so much potential an died too early.
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 Jon Lord
Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.
17 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.
I'm confused as to how John isn't number 1. He was not only the founding member of the greatest band of all time, but he was also an ambassador for peace. John Lennon wanted love. And in return he was killed. I don't know why these things have to happen, but let it be known that John Lennon is forever missed. He will always be the best and I love him more than words can say.
How is he on 24th? What the hell? I don't even know all of the above, and how is a child rapist who took Paul McCartney his discography away on #2? Can we please just swap them?
How is John Lennon not #1?
John is by far #1 on tis, or any similar list.
In 500 years, the only names on this list that will be remembered will be John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.
18 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.
The loss of Layne Staley was a tragedy, his musical talents and his commitment to honesty in the music created by AIC will live on forever in his true fans. RIP Layne Thomas Staley.
RI. P Layne... Miss ya
This is hard to decide because nearly all the "fathers" of what music is today are dead. But Layne Staley had a voice and style that was unheard of at the time. He knew how to use his voice as an instrument. For me number 2 is MCA. He was an inspiration musicly and personaly
I miss Layne everyday...For someone I've never even met his powerful & emotional voice touched me personally...Wish he was still here making music, art and whatever else he loved...Such a tragic loss...There is nobody like him and never will be...
19 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.
Jimi...Is the greatest! Love him...Miss him...Without him the world of music would be horrific pop & country...He always makes me smile...
20 Eazy E
21 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.
One of the greatest musicians of all time... Elite drummer, great pianist, played guitar, bass, and every other instrument necessary to a rock band. Not to mention an amazing voice to go with everything. R.I.P. Rev
22 Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.
GOD BLESS THE NOTORIOUS SOUL!
23 Lisa Lopes
Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.
She was an amazing female rapper. I like her because she was real and always rapped about what was on her mind and it always came from the bottom of her heart. Sadley' she is no longer with us. REST IN PEACE LISA, WE LOVE AND HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU. REMAIN IN PEACE SWEETHEART!
One of the most amazing female rappers. Sadly, she was taken away before her first solo career could begin. - Swellow
24 Bob Marley
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
25 Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.
26 Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
He was the greatest showman, he was wild and while being strung out on drugs he still sung amazing
27 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.
28 Hillel Slovak
Hillel Slovak (April 13, 1962 – June 25, 1988) was an Israeli American musician best known as the original guitarist and founding member of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Prior to his death of a heroin overdose in 1988, Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley (1985) ...read more.
One of the most influencing Guitarist and musician in the history, will be remembered forever... Also the most memorable musicians for The Red Hot Chili Peppers! He should at least be in top 5
29 George Harrison
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.
30 Keith Moon
Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.
Why isn’t my baby higher in this list? He’s such a great drummer and was unique and hilarious. I miss him SO much.
31 Jerry Garcia
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.
Jerry was an amazing human. An eclectic musician, Jerry was able to play psychedelic, folk, bluegrass, rock, and many more genres. He became an icon for a generation and a leader for the giant tribe of fans that will forever revere him.
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead wrote and played the only masterpiece in modern time that can be compared to people like Beethoven and Mozart. This is not my opinion this is a statement made by people who study and interpret music.
Jerry lives forever in the hearts of his fans. His legend will be passed down through the generations.
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33 Bradley Nowell
Bradley James Nowell was an American musician who served as the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime.
The god of ska, we miss you
34 Amy Winehouse
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.
I like her music.
35 Frank Zappa
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
36 Ian Curtis
Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more.
37 John Bonham
John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.
Greatest drummer to have ever lived
38 Mitch Lucker
Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.
39 Merle Haggard
Merle Ronald Haggard was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound.
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
Just hair raising brilliant
41 Sky Saxon
42 Jenni Rivera
Jenni was an amazing singer
She supported men and women who
And her children are very young
And they still need their mother
And on top she suffered through out her entire
Life and its ungaor that she died so quickly and
43 Paul Gray
Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.
44 Lou Reed
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.
46 Brian Jones
Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
47 David Bowie
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (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.
David Bowie was so awesome and so influential, especially back in his day. He's a legend. It makes me sad he died January 10, 2016. He was a great musician and a great actor. I hate how the great musicians eventually leave us and they're replaced by crap musicians. When I found out that Bowie died, I couldn't stop thinking about him and I listened to his music for days. R.I.P. Bowie. You were amazing.
48 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.
49 Chris Cornell
Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.
50 Joe Strummer
John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.