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List Rules The best musicians and singers who didn't make it to thirty

List of the greatest musicians who died before they reached the age of 30. On this list you’ll find all of the musicians who had the misfortune to die before turning 30 — from all time periods and including rock stars who died young and singers from other genres. Some died in horrific ways, others were the victims of unfortunate accidents or genetics, but they all left the world a little too soon, earning them a place on this, the list of the most amazing musicians who died before 30.

This list includes members of The 27 Club — those young and rising stars who died at the age of 27. Tragically, many died of overdose or under drug-related circumstances, including Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, and Kurt Cobain. Other musicians on this list died from poisoning (Robert Johnson), plane crashes (Otis Redding, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper), and even murder (Mia Zapata). In the hip-hop world, both Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were killed outright, both having been shot repeatedly. No one knows for certain who murdered the two rap legends, but it is beyond a doubt that the musicians died too young. The two rappers may be gone, but they live on in fans’ memories.

On this list you can find all of the musicians who died too young, never reaching the age of 30. The list contains rock musicians, rappers, guitar players, drummers, singers, jazz musicians, and more, but the musical style differences aren’t important. Fans still mourn these great artists, often wondering what might have been had these musicians lived.

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock - Died at 27 (1942-1970)

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock - Died at 27 (1943-1971)

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock - Died at 27 (1967-1994)

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Otis Redding Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music - Died at 26 (1941-1967)

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Died at 27 (1943-1970)

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly - Died at 22 (1936-1959)

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap - Died at 25 (1971-1996)

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Duane Allman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Duane Allman Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion - Died at 24 (1946-1971)

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Ronnie Van Zant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Ronnie Van Zant Rock music, Southern rock - Died at 29 (1948-1977)

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul - Died at 27 (1983-2011)

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul - Died at 22 (1979-2001)

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Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Brian Jones Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Ritchie Valens Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock and roll - Died at 17 (1941-1959)

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Selena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Selena Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music - Died at 23 (1971-1995)

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Randy Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Randy Rhoads Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal - Died at 25 (1956-1982)

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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Robert Johnson Rock music, Blues, Country blues - Died at 27 (1911-1938)

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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Hank Williams Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music - Died at 29 (Sep. 1923-Jan. 1953)

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop - Died at 24 (1972-1997)

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Tammi Terrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Tammi Terrell Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music - Died at 24 (1945-1970)

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Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Cliff Burton Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal - Died at 24 (1962-1986)

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Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Sid Vicious Rock music, Punk rock - Died at 21 (1957-1979)

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Shannon Hoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Shannon Hoon Rock music, Folk music, Grunge - Died at 28 (1967-1995)

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Marc Bolan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Marc Bolan Psychedelic folk, Protopunk, Pop rock

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Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Gram Parsons Rock music, Country rock, Country - Died at 26 (1946-1973)

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Ian Curtis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Ian Curtis New Wave, Gothic rock, Punk rock - Died at 23 (1956-1980)

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Bradley Nowell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Bradley Nowell Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Ska punk

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Frankie Lymon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Frankie Lymon Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music - Died at 25 (1942-1968)

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Eddie Cochran Rock music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll - Died at 21 (1938-1960)

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Sam Cooke Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock - Died at 26 (1948-1974)

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Christina Grimmie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Christina Grimmie Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Tim Buckley Traditional music, Folk music, Experimental rock - Died at 28 (1947-1975)

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Tommy Bolin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Tommy Bolin Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion - Died at 25 (1951-1976)

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Rudy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Rudy Lewis Rhythm and blues - Died at 27 (1936-1964)

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The Rev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
The Rev Progressive metal, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Shorty Long is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Shorty Long Rhythm and blues, Soul music - Died at 29 (1940-1969)

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Mitch Lucker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

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Richey Edwards is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Richey Edwards Alternative rock, Glam punk, Hard rock

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Euronymous is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Euronymous Thrash metal, Black metal, Death metal

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Chris Bell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Chris Bell Rock music, Power pop - Died at 27 (1951-1978)

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Chris Bender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30
Chris Bender Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues