List of Famous Musicians People

List of Famous Musicians

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List of famous musicians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top musicians in the world? This includes the most prominent musicians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable musicians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic musicians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned musicians.

Paris Hilton and Jimi Hendrix are only the beginning of the people on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known musicians to the lesser known musicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the musician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous musicians ever?" and "What are the names of famous musicians?" then you're in the right place. (1698 items)


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    Cameron Michelle Diaz is an American actress, producer and former fashion model. She rose to stardom in the 1990s with roles in The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding and There's Something About Mary. Other high-profile credits include Charlie's Angels and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, voicing ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Diego
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Shrek, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich, There's Something About Mary, Shrek 2, + more
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    Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian-French singer and songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, and spent most of her youth in the town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Belleville, Canada
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: American Idol, Over the Hedge, Fast Food Nation, Going the Distance, The Flock, + more
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    Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. He is best known for his ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Songwriter, Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Happy Gilmore, Saturday Night Live, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, + more
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    Alicia Keys
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    Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Smokin' Aces, The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, America: A Tribute to Heroes, + more
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    Bruce Willis
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    Walter Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting. He is perhaps best known for his role of John McClane in the Die Hard series, which were mostly critical and ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, The Fifth Element, + more
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    Alyson Renae "Aly" Michalka is an American actress and recording artist. Michalka gained fame for playing the role of Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel original series Phil of the Future. She is also known for her roles as Marti Perkins in the CW television drama Hellcats, Taylor Callum in the Disney ...more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Model, + more
    • Credits: Easy A, Bandslam, Phil of the Future, The Roommate, Hellcats, + more
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    Brittany Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American film and stage actress, singer, and voice artist. Murphy, a native of Atlanta, moved to Los Angeles as a teenager, and pursued a career in acting. Her breakthrough role was in Amy Heckerling's Clueless, followed by ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1977-2009)
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Atlanta
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Clueless, Sin City, Frasier, King of the Hill, Boy Meets World, + more
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    William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, What About Bob?, and Groundhog Day. Murray garnered ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: USA, Wilmette, Illinois
    • Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Zombieland, Lost in Translation, + more
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    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous, + more
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    Andy Dick
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    Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial behavior. His first regular television role was on the short-lived but influential Ben Stiller Show. In the mid-1990s, he had ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Charleston
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Being John Malkovich, Old School, Knocked Up, Zoolander, The Cable Guy, + more
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    Axl Rose
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    W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal range and energetic live performances, Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Fairfield Township, USA, Lafayette, Indiana
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Dead Pool, Touch and Go
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    Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: GoldenEye, Across the Universe, BrĂ¼no, The Million Dollar Hotel, Sightings of Bono, + more
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    Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam influences, ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Bexley, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Performer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Disc jockey, + more
    • Credits: Electric Dreams, The Wolves of Kromer, Slaves of New York, Twice Upon a Time, The House That Made Me, + more
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    Adam Noah Levine is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the alternative rock band Kara's Flowers, of ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Entrepreneur, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Voice, Begin Again
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    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, 19, was also released ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, + more
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    William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was an American comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material, encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy, was controversial, and often steeped in dark comedy. He criticized consumerism, superficiality, mediocrity, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1961-1994)
    • Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Critic, Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Artist
    • Credits: No Cure for Cancer, Totally Bill Hicks, Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen, Ninja Bachelor Party, Patrol, + more
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    Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1945-1981)
    • Birthplace: Jamaica
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Credits: Want So Much To Believe, Third World
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    Billy Bob Thornton
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    Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, and singer-songwriter. Thornton made his first break with co-writing and starring in the 1992 thriller One False Move and came to international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the independent drama Sling Blade, for which he won an ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: USA, Hot Springs, Arkansas
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Armageddon, Love Actually, Princess Mononoke, Bad Santa, Friday Night Lights, + more
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    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana working class, sometimes political sentiments centered on his ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer
    • Credits: High Fidelity, Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night, America: A Tribute to Heroes, Dead End Street, Blood Brothers, + more
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    Bob Newhart
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    George Robert "Bob" Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album of comedic monologues The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart was a worldwide bestseller and reached number one on the ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Accountant, Copywriter, Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Big Bang Theory, Elf, The Rescuers, The Rescuers Down Under, Horrible Bosses, + more
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