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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)
Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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, ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: USA, California, San Diego

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: There's Something About Mary, Shrek, Gangs of New York, Being John Malkovich

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#63 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#92 on The Best Living American Actresses

#87 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#60 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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: 32

Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Guitarist, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Alice in Wonderland, Bruce Almighty, American Wedding, Eragon

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#24 on The Best Current Female Singers

#95 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#62 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#49 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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 ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Comedian, Television producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Grown Ups 2, Grown Ups, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore

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#84 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#33 on The Funniest People of All Time

#81 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#12 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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: 36

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor

Credits: Men in Black, The Great Gatsby, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ali

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#54 on The Best Singers of All Time

#14 on The Best Current Female Singers

#21 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#36 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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: 60

Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Armageddon

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#76 on The Best Actors Working Today

#51 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#76 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#40 on The Best Living American Actors

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Aly Michalka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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 ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Model, + more

Credits: Easy A, The Roommate, Bandslam, Phil of the Future

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Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Profession: Musician, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: King of the Hill, 8 Mile, Clueless, Girl Interrupted

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#83 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#39 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#35 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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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: 66

Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters II

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#30 on The Best Actors Working Today

#11 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#14 on The Best Living American Actors

#59 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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