<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Music Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//music http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//music <![CDATA[Best '00s Rappers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-_00s-rappers/whatevayoulike
The best '00s rappers include any and all worthy artists who influenced hip-hop music between 2000 and 2010. This decade brought with it some of the most talented rappers the music world has ever seen, including the likes of Lil' Wayne, Rock Ross, Nas and Drake. Some rappers on this list were also fantastic in the 90s, but continued to be extremely relevant during subsequent years. Agree with the choices on this best '00s rappers list? Vote them up! Obviously, you can also vote down those artists you don't think deserve to be listed. Also? If you have a particular favorite rapper from the '00s that isn't on this list, by all means, add away!

Rap music skyrocketed to popularity in the 2000s, with artists like Eminem leading the way, as the genre went totally mainstream. In addition, the '00s saw a whole slew of cross-over rap artists charting, including the likes of OutKast and Gnarls Barkley. Some of the biggest selling albums of this decade were rap albums, including Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' albums, Nelly's 'Country Grammer' and 2000's 'The Marshall Mathers LP' by Eminem (produced by Dr. Dre). Diddy, formerly known as Puff Daddy in the 90s (and formally known as Sean Combs), released the album 'The Saga Continues...' as "P. Diddy" in 2001 and, after changing his stage name (again) to just "Diddy," he released the wildly popular album 'Press Play' in 2006. And, while Ludacris released his first album in the 90s, his major label debut came in 2000 with 'Back for the First Time.' He followed that up with 2001's 'Word of Mouf' -- thus, earning a spot on this list of the best rappers of the 2000s.

And of course, no discussion of the best '00 rappers would be complete without a mention of Kanye West. West produced for others during the 90s and early 2000s (including incredible work on Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' album), but in 2004, with the release of his debut album, 'The College Dropout,' Kanye became a huge commercial success. 'The College Dropout' established West as one of the most talented rappers/hip hop artists of the decade.

Yes, it's easy to put together a list of the best '00s rappers with names like Eminem, Kanye West and Jay-Z, but digging a little deeper produces some outstanding artists like Talib Kweli and Jadakiss.
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50 Cent

Dr. Dre



Kanye West



Snoop Dogg

Kendrick Lamar

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<![CDATA[The Hottest Female Pop Stars]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-25-sexiest-women-in-pop-music
The sexiest pop divas in music from all over the world have been voted on and ranked by fans, music experts, and most likely guys that aren't blind. This is the definitive list of sexy female pop singers, and all other list are null and void. Who are the hottest female pop stars of all time? The most gorgeous and talented female pop singers include women who are veterans of the music industry and a few newcomers as well. What makes a truly hot pop star? It's a combination of raw charisma and talent that is impossible to ignore -- or deny. This list includes hot female pop stars who've earned their rightful place in music history. Many of them are among the best current female singers around.

Who is your favorite? Vote them up! And of course, feel free to vote down any female pop singers you don't think are sexy, for whatever reason. You can also rerank this list your way, ranking each female pop singer in the order you prefer.

Who comes to mind instantly when you think sexy pop diva? Beyonce would certainly be near the top of many people's lists, along with Shakira, Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry. How about Rihanna? She's proven her hotness time and time again in recent years. Christina Aguilera has as well. And is there any doubt in anyone's mind that Alicia Keys is one of the sexiest singers ever to grace a stage?

Beyoncé Knowles

Britney Spears

Cheryl Cole

Christina Aguilera

Gwen Stefani

Jennifer Lopez

Nicole Scherzinger



Katy Perry

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<![CDATA[The Sexiest Women in Rock]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-top-10-sexiest-rockers
The sexiest women in rock are counted down on this list from best to worst (hottest to still hotter than every other woman you know). These sexy female singers and musicians are not only some of the most talented women in the world, they're some of the best current female singers and the best female rock vocalists ever. Sexy, talented, sexy...what more can you ask for?

These hottest women in rock represent hard rock (Amy Lee of Evanescence), alternative rock (Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), indie rock (sexy Zooey Deschanel of She & Him), and the multi-talented, very hot Gwen Stefani (what doesn't No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani do?). These gorgeous women of rock are sure to make your heart beat and your foot tap all at the same time.

Who are the hottest women in rock & roll? If you have an opinion, vote for the sexiest woman in rock by liking them on this list of the hottest women in rock. If you don't see your favorite hot female singer on the list of the hottest women in rock, make sure to add her and vote for her to take the top spot as the hottest woman in rock.

Avril Lavigne

Debbie Harry

Gwen Stefani

Hayley Williams


Stevie Nicks

Susanna Hoffs

Zooey Deschanel

Katy Perry

Lzzy Hale

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<![CDATA[The Best Female Rappers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/female-rappers/whatevayoulike
A list of female rappers and women known for their skills on the mic. Since the early days of hip-hop, women have taken a large part in crafting the genre's overall tone and sound. Though hip-hop music is commonly associated with misogynist lyrics and a glorification of male-exclusive camaraderie, there have always been women taking part as well, off-setting this attitude with a steely, seen-it-all perspective of their own. Sometimes, women would make up a part of a successful rap group, such as Digable Planets. But just as often, women would pursue their own solo rap careers, often with the assistance or stewardship of an established male rap act. (For example, Bahamadia got an early boost in the '90s from Gang Starr's Guru. Lil' Kim, as well, was mentored in the rap game by none other than the late Biggie Smalls himself.)

Who are the best female rappers? As of today, many ladies who rap are just as notable and get just as much buzz for new releases as men, and the female MC is an accepted part of mainstream hip-hop culture. So much so, in fact, that more recent female hip-hop acts like Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea are more like commentaries on the place for women in rap culture.

Da Brat


Foxy Brown

Lauryn Hill

Lil' Kim

Lisa Lopes

MC Lyte

Missy Elliott

Queen Latifah


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<![CDATA[The Greatest White Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/greatest-white-rappers-of-all-time
A list of the greatest white rappers of all time. Though it took a while for the music to catch on with them, some of the best rappers in hip hop history are white. While this may be hard to fathom or even accept for some, white rappers have not only been some of the most unappreciated or scoffed at in the game, but frequently fly under the radar. These white rappers are getting the due they deserve, since after all, they are considered some of the best in history. Beginning with the introduction of the Beastie Boys (Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D) in the late 1980s, it became culturally acceptable for white rappers to be accepted by the larger hip hop community. In addition to the groundbreaking Beastie Boys, in 1999, after years of mainstream white hip hop diluted the pool, Eminem became one of the most popular and respected MCs of his time. With provocative and controversial lyrics, along with association with legendary producer Dr. Dre, Slim Shady catapualted to the top of both the album charts and became at one point one of the best rappers in the game.

More recently, Macklemore has become one of the most popular rappers on the planet. His socially conscious lyrics combined with the slick production of Ryan Lewis have combined two elements of hip hop to create one of the catchiest, and most acclaimed sounds in recent memory. While there are still some people who can't stand his brand of rap, Macklemore is easily one of the greatest white rappers of all time.

This is the Ultimate List of the greatest white rappers of all time. If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add him or her. Vote on who you consider to be the best white hip hop artist of all time.

Aesop Rock

Beastie Boys

Brother Ali






Mac Miller


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-musicians-who-died-before-40/ranker-music

This list ranks the best musicians whose lives were taken before they turned 40, whether intentionally or accidentally. They may all come from different genres and backgrounds, but the loss of each of these musicians left a major emptiness in the world of music. These musicians didn’t live to 40, but they did live long enough to secure a lasting legacy in music history.

Many people think of rock stars when they consider musicians who died young, but the world of rap music can be just as deadly. Who can forget the feud between Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.? While no one has ever conclusively proven who killed the two stars or even that the two deaths were linked, there is no doubt that both musicians were killed far too early. These musicians were murdered in their prime, and hip hop fans still mourn them.

Other deaths have rocked the music world as well. Can any fan of hip hop or R&B every truly recover from Aaliyah’s death in 2001? She was only 22 years old when her plane crashed in the Bahamas, killing not only her but also eight others. This gifted musician died before reaching the age of 40, and the world of R&B is not the same for her loss.

On this list you’ll find musicians who died before they turned 40. The gifted performers on this list come from all genres except rock and roll. (For the greatest rock stars who died before age 40, see this list.) Many of the musicians here died in unfortunate and horrific circumstances, while others passed away more peacefully. Whatever the case, they have all earned their spots on this list of the greatest musicians who died before 40.


Bob Marley
Died at 36 (1945-1981)
Charlie Christian

Frédéric Chopin

George Gershwin
Died at 38 (1898-1937)
Jim Croce
Died at 30 (1943-1973)
Karen Carpenter
Died at 32 (1950-1983)
Otis Redding
Died at 26 (1941-1967)
Robert Johnson
Died at 27 (1911-1938)
Sam Cooke
Died at 33 (1931-1964)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Died at 35 (1954-1990)

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<![CDATA[The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-rappers-lyricist-of-all-time
A list of the best rap lyricists of all time. Since hip hop and rap music became popular at the beginning of the 1980s, many fans of the genre have focused on the message described in each rapper's lyrics. A form of street poetry, rap lyrics focus on many different things, dependent on who is speaking of the harsh realities of the streets. Others, contrarily, rap about the glamorous life and what it's like to live large. Sometimes, rappers fluctuate between both of these extremes. The best rap lyricists are universally respected by both their peers and fans for the honesty and the way they use their words in a creative fashion. Some of the most respected wordsmiths came from the golden age of hip hop. Here, you had groups like Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, N.W.A. and Black Star and individual rappers like KRS-One and Nas who are universally known as the best lyricists. On the other side of the coin, you have two of the greatest rappers of all time, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., who connected with millions of hip hop fans due to their strong lyrics that touch on the harsh realities of urban culture. A rapper who has switched from rapping about his rough upbringing to glitz and glamour is Jay Z. His debut album was universally praised for talking about life in Brooklyn during his youth, and his recent album was panned for praising brands like Tom Ford and excess.

This list includes many of greatest rappers of all time, who are also among the genre's most popular as well. The one thing that these rappers have in common is that their lyrics are considered some of the best in the history of hip hop music. These top lyricists are the greatest of all time, and it's up to you to decide who is the best lyricist in rap music.

André 3000





Mos Def



The Notorious B.I.G.

Tupac Shakur

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-rock-stars-who-died-before-40/ranker-music

On this list you can find all of the hottest, most talented rock stars - from any decade or genre - who didn’t make it to their 40th birthdays. Some died younger than others, and some were more famous than the rest, but all of them were taken far too soon. Most, though, left legacies, even if incomplete, that will live on forever.

Although many people think of drug overdoses when considering rock stars who died young, there is one other cause of death that has taken many rock stars — transportation accidents. After all, rock stars are on the road constantly when touring. The unlucky ones simply don’t beat the odds of being in a crash. To make matters worse, sometimes these accidents cause the death of multiple rock stars.

Perhaps the most famous example of several rock stars dying in an accident is “The Day the Music Died,” February 3, 1959. On this date, a plane crash tragically claimed the lives of The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens, three highly influential early rock musicians who were all under the age of 40. Their influence reached to everyone from Elvis Costello to the Rolling Stones. Who can say how much they may have contributed to music had they lived?

Fortunately, the music doesn’t stop when great musicians pass away, even when they do so far too soon. The greatest rock stars who died early left behind their albums and other recordings so that they may live on in the memories of music lovers and fans. Dying too soon may be a hazard of the rock and roll lifestyle, but being forgotten doesn’t have to be, and all the greats are right here, on this list of the greatest rock stars who died before 40.


Bon Scott
Died at 33 (1946-1980)
Buddy Holly
Died at 22 (1936-1959)
Janis Joplin
Died at 27 (1943-1970)
Jeff Buckley
Died at 30 (1966-1997)
Jimi Hendrix
Died at 27 (1942-1970)
Jim Morrison
Died at 27 (1943-1971)
John Bonham
Died at 32 (1948-1980)
Keith Moon
Died at 32 (1946-1978)
Kurt Cobain
Died at 27 (1967-1994)
Ritchie Valens
Died at 17 (1941-1959)

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<![CDATA[Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rock-stars-who-died-at-30/ranker-music

This list is composed of the greatest rock stars who died at the age of 30. They all died under different circumstances, but most fans and music lovers would agree that their deaths were untimely, cutting short their legacies. Despite this, these rock stars who passed away early are still remembered today and most likely won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Two of the greatest folk rock singers of all time had the misfortune to die at only 30 years old: Jim Croce and Jeff Buckley. The two had attained completely different levels of success in their lifetimes, however. By 30, Croce had already produced two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits: “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.” Buckley, on the other hand, didn’t see such a level of success in his lifetime, although critics have hailed him as one of the greatest singers of all time since his death.

The causes of death among rock stars who died at 30 vary widely. Croce died in a plane crash, Buckley drowned in a river, and Criss Oliva, a founding member of the band Savatage, was killed by a drunk driver. And, of course, many rocks stars who died at only 30 years of age went the traditional rock and roll way: a drug overdose, often involving heroin.

No matter how they died, every rock star on this list, most would agree, passed away far too young. Fans cannot forget these great musicians, and for that, they each deserve a place on this list of rock stars who died at 30.


Andy Gibb
Andy Gibb was a well-loved member of the Bee Gees While many believe that Gibb died of a drug overdose, it was actually a heart problem that took him, although he was more susceptible to the problem because of years of drug abuse.
Chuck Willis
Chuck Willis is remembered as both a legend of R&B and “The King of the Stroll” for his prowess at performing a popular 1950s dance called the "Stroll." He passed away in 1958 during a surgical procedure in Chicago.
Criss Oliva
Criss Oliva is known for his work in the heavy metal genre and for being a founding member of Savatage. He was taken from the world by a drunk driver in 1993.
Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley was a folk and rock singer whom many consider to be one of the greatest singers of all time. He drowned in 1997 during an impulsive swim in the Wolf River in Tennessee.
Jim Croce
Jim Croce, who hailed from Pennsylvania, had two Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers: “Time in a Bottle” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” He died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1973.
Johnny Burnette
Johnny Burnette helped found the rockabilly band The Rock and Roll Trio. He was killed in 1964 when he drowned after a cabin cruiser struck his fishing boat, throwing him from the vessel.
Little Willie John
Little Willie John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his contributions to R&B music in the 50s and 60s. He died while incarcerated in 1968 from what was ruled a heart attack.
Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon is best remembered as a founding member of The Pretenders, a rock band from Hereford, England. He died of a heroin overdose in his bathtub less than a year after being fired from the group because of his drug addiction.
Steve Clark
Steve Clark will forever be remembered for his part in the band Def Leppard serving as both songwriter and co-lead guitarist. He passed away in 1991 when he overdosed on alcohol and several prescription drugs.
Johnny Kidd
Johnny Kidd, born in North London in 1935, founded the rock group Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. He is most famously remembered for his song “Shakin’ All Over,” a hit in 1960. He died in Lancashire, England in 1966 after being in an automobile accident.

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<![CDATA[Rock Stars Who Died at Age 29]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/rock-stars-who-died-at-29/ranker-music

Female or male, alive from the 1950s to the 2000s, each of these rock stars and musicians were tragically taken before they reached their 30th birthdays. They may be gone, but none are forgotten thanks to each of their places on this list of the greatest rock stars who died at 29 years old and devoted fans who keep their music alive.

While it is always tragic when rock stars die young, it is worsened when several of the greats die at once. Such was the case in October of 1977, when the plane carrying Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi. Both Van Zant and Cassie Gaines were 29 years old; Steve Gaines was only 28. The music ended far too soon for this trio of rock stars, but Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will never forget them.

Another great rock star who died young in a transportation accident is Marc Bolan. This star was frontman of T. Rex, the 1970s glam rock band from England. Bolan was riding as a passenger in an automobile when the car crashed and Bolan was killed - only two weeks before he would have turned 30. While drugs do claim the lives many rock stars, transportation takes its toll as well.

On this list, you will find the rock stars who died far, far too young. They each died under different circumstances, but they were all tragedies. Their legacies live on, however, on this list of the greatest rock stars who died at 29.


Brian Cole
Brian Cole, who played bass guitar, was one of the original members of the 60s folk rock band The Association, known for hits such as “Along Comes Mary” and “Cherish.” He met his end when he overdosed on heroin in 1972.
Cassie Gaines
Cassie Gaines was a part of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s backup trio, called The Honkettes. A plane crash in 1977 in Mississippi killed her and fellow band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, who was also her brother. 
Clarence White
Clarence White was not only a member of the rock group The Byrds, he was also an in-demand session musician, playing with The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, and Joe Cocker, among others. He was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 1973.
Danny Whitten
Danny Whitten, who was born in Columbus, Georgia, is remembered for his tenure with Neil Young and Crazy Horse. With them, he contributed vocals to the hit “Cinnamon Girl” and other songs. While Whitten had suffered from heroin addiction, it was a lethal combination of Valium and alcohol that killed him in 1972.
Ingo Schwichtenberg
Ingo Schwichtenberg is remembered as a founding member of Helloween, a power metal band from Germany. He suffered from both drug addiction and schizophrenia, leading to his suicide in 1995.
Jay Reatard
Jay Reatard, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., played with both The Reatards and Lost Sounds. He is remembered for his influential punk and indie music. In 2010 his roommate found him dead in his home, and his death was eventually attributed to cocaine toxicity. 
Marc Bolan
Marc Bolan, who hailed from England, is well-known as the frontman of T. Rex, a 1970s glam rock band. He was killed in an automobile crash in 1977 a mere two weeks before his 30th birthday.
Richard Fariña
Richard Farina is not only remembered for his folk music but also for his novel, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me. He was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1966.
Ronnie Van Zant
Ronnie Van Zant was a founding member of the Southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was their lead vocalist until 1977 when he was killed in the same plane crash that took his fellow band members Cassie Gaines and Steve Gaines.
Shorty Long
Shorty Long was more than an R&B and Motown musician, he was also an influential record producer and songwriter. He was died in 1969 when he drowned after his boat capsized. 

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