popular opinion The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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List Rules The best artists of any genre

When VH1 polled fellow artists to name the greatest artists of all time, it seemed like a good idea---but in reality, the list was truly flawed. According to them, Coldplay is better than Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey is only greater than six artists, etc! Not to mention other impactful artists were left off of the list. So I thought that maybe we try the countdown one more time, only this time with the perspective of true music fans...YOU..

This list will begin in no particular order, you will see some names that didn't appear in VH1's version, no artist appears on the countdown twice, and the order is not my personal opinion (I personally think Bob Marley is the greatest artist of all time). If you don't like how the list looks, you have the power to change it. This list includes some of the greatest female vocalists of the past 10 years, and many of the best rock bands and artists of all time. Many of them are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and some will be, eventually.

So many questions will be answered with the voting results on this list. Nirvana or Pearl Jam? 2Pac or Biggie? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? Is Michael Jackson still the King or is Elvis the true immortal? Is Madonna still the undisputed Queen of Pop? Does anyone rock harder than Hendrix? Are Jay-Z and Beyonce the most powerful couple in music history? It's up to you to decide!

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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Abba Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Bob Marley Reggae

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Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Classical music

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal