<![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[The Greatest Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-rappers-of-all-time
Best rappers of all time. From the early '80s to present day, this list counts down rap's best lyricist and game changers in history. Lil' Wayne, Method Man, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and T.I are among the artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Rappers from all cities, both genders, and all races are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper of all time.

What makes a rapper great? There are a number of differing definitions and philosophies. Rapper J. Cole (who finds himself on the Ultimate List below) cites consistency as the most important attribute, and says it's important to look both for the big humorous "punch" lines as well as the underlying message of the rapper's songs. Nas (another MC featured on the list) focuses as well on the meaning of the songs, as well as the scale and ambition of the rapper's narratives and storytelling. (He has also gone on the record as saying that there is no such thing as the "best rapper" or "Greatest of All Time" - often abbreviated as G.O.A.T.)

Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a rapper must display a sense of rhythm and an ability to compliment the beat in unpredictable and exciting ways. A gift for lyricism and vocabulary is similarly essential - you can have the flow of the century, but if the words don't come together to tell a compelling story or present a unique point of view, it's still not going to translate into a great hip-hop song. But of course there's also an intangible element that elevates some rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rappers who stand heads above the competition? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or making your own list of Top Rappers.
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André 3000

Dr. Dre

Eminem

Ice Cube

Jay-Z

Nas

Rakim

Snoop Dogg

The Notorious B.I.G.

Tupac Shakur


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<![CDATA[The Best Female Vocalists Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-female-voice-ever
List of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you. Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list includes everyone from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades. Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers.

Vote: The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences. Vote up those great female voices you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Click "rerank" to make a list of your own!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time
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Adele

Aretha Franklin

Barbra Streisand

Celine Dion

Donna Summer

Ella Fitzgerald

Karen Carpenter

Mariah Carey

Tina Turner

Whitney Houston


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<![CDATA[The Best Movies About Music]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-music/ranker-film
The films on this list of the best movies about music have been ranked as the best. This list features the best music movies and is compiled from the most popular titles on the subject of music, including both feature films about bands and musicians as well as music documentaries. What are the best films about music? Which music films are the greatest? These films are about the greatest rock bands and musicians, whether fictional or real, and surely have some of the best film soundtracks as well.
 
This list includes titles that have been top box office hits and many of the films featured on this list have are award winners as well. Some of the these films about musicians and music feature (or are based on) true events, while others are completely fictional in nature. A variety of genres are also covered, including drama, comedy, documentary, and romance.
 
The top music movies on this list feature many famous film stars and include films like Walk the Line, Ray, Dazed and Confused, Woodstock, The Doors, American Hardcore, Singles, Almost Famous, and The Blues Brothers. Vote up the best movies about music below or add a film that you think is great but isn't already on the list.
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Almost Famous

Amadeus

Coal Miner's Daughter

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Ray

School of Rock

The Blues Brothers

The Doors

This Is Spinal Tap

Walk the Line


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-pop-songs-by-one-hit-wonders/ranker-music
A list of the greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders. Are you looking for that special song to play for a special occasion? Browse through this list of the greatest pop songs by one-hit wonders, and you may just find that one special nostalgic song that you haven’t heard in a long time. Ranked in order of the most popular one-hit pop song wonders to the least popular, you can see which pop songs are favorites by viewers just like you. Feel free to place your votes for your favorite one-hit pop songs as well, and see them get raised to a higher position on the list. You can also copy and paste from the list to make your own list of favorite songs.

Do you not see your favorite one-hit pop song on the list? Go ahead and add it to the list so that others can listen to it as well. There are many different types of music in the world, and some song artists have fared better than others. Although the artists with one-hit wonders may not have been able to repeat their performance with other songs, many of these great one-hit pop song artists have made a lasting impact on their fans.

 Sometimes it is hard to believe that these artists only had one big hit. From popular hits like “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor to “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia, these songs and artists are so well know that we would imagine them as having many top hits. However, even though none of their other songs made the top 40 list, they still have some great albums that have been enjoyed by many. So go ahead and look for some new favorite music from the list of greatest pop songs by one-hit wonders.
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Take On Me
A-Ha
Mickey
Toni Basil

Walkin on Sunshine
Katrina and the Waves

Tainted Love
Soft Cell

My Sharona

Come on Eileen
Dexy's Midnight Runners

99 Luftballons
Nena
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Tokens

Spirit In The Sky
Norman Greenbaum

Video Killed the Radio Star (single version)
Buggles

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<![CDATA[Biggest Music Beefs of 2014]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/biggest-music-beefs-of-2014/michael-wojtas
The beef has traditionally been a rite of passage for upstart MCs, as well as an opportunity for reigning top-tier rappers to defend their thrones. 2014 certainly saw no shortage of good-old-fashioned hip-hop beefs (think Jay-Z vs. Drake). Yet it was also a banner year for unexpected, odd and just plain ridiculous feuds. Rock feuds, pop star fights, diva battles - you name it, it was going dpwn in 2014. 

The year saw everyone from classic rock legend Neil Young to guitar-slinger Jack White and electro-pop star Lorde get mixed up in headline-making conflicts and rivalries of their own. This roundup of the biggest music beefs of 2014 spans all genres in search of such memorable feuds, weighing the competitors against each other and picking the winners. 

Of course, this begs the question of just how one does win a beef. Does coming out on top always mean outwitting your opponent? Or can taking the stoic approach be just as effective? And is there always something to be gained be resorting to the beef in the first place?

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Jay-Z vs. Drake

COMBATANTS: All-Time Great MC vs. Kid-Actor-Turned-Rapper
 

BEEF: After Drake clowned Jay-Z’s recent, art-obsessed verses in a Rolling Stone interview, Hov recorded a diss (presumably) aimed squarely at the younger rapper, calling his opponent “soft as a lacrosse team.” (Source: MTV News)
 

WINNER? Lacrosse. Responding to Jay-Z’s clueless diss, Major League Lacrosse took it upon themselves to completely shut down Hov by reminding everyone that the fast-moving sport is anything but soft. “Mr. Carter would not last one minute on a lacrosse field,” read the league’s official statement.


U2 vs. iTunes Listeners

COMBATANTS: Arena-sized Rockers vs. Listeners Everywhere
 

BEEF: U2 controversially released their 2014 album Songs of Innocence as a free album which, without advance warning, automatically showed up in the iTunes accounts of a half billion listeners worldwide. There were plenty of detractors, polarizing reviews and confused listeners. (Source: Rolling Stone)
 

WINNER? U2. Despite some dubious publicity, the stunt undeniably renewed interest in the band, leading to 17 of U2’s prior albums suddenly making their way into the iTunes Top 100 chart. Bonus points: Bono even (shockingly) admitted that “a drop of megalomania” might have been involved in the record’s marketing strategy.


Jack White vs. The Black Keys
COMBATANTS: Outspoken Guitar-Slinger vs. Throwback Blues Rockers
 
BEEF: White openly voiced his distaste for The Black Keys in a Rolling Stone interview. Said White: “I'll hear TV commercials where the music's ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it's me. Half the time, it's the Black Keys.” (Source: Rolling Stone)
 
WINNER? Draw. White probably does have a point about having heavily influenced The Black Keys, but his long, long history of pointless beefs calls this potential victory into question.

Lorde vs. South Park

COMBATANTS: Electro-Pop Star vs. Cartoon Parody of Herself
 

BEEF: South Park mimicked the New Zealand singer’s distinctive sound with the parody track “Push (Feel Good on a Wednesday).” For her part, Lorde actually seemed kind of flattered. (Source: Washington Post)
 

WINNER? Both. Being able to laugh at yourself is always a good look, and South Park scored one of their funniest satires in recent memory.


Neil Young vs. David Crosby
COMBATANTS: Legendary Singer-Songwriter vs. Hippie Icon
 
BEEF: Neil Young and David Crosby both experienced some of the greatest commercial highs of their careers as members of Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, but 2014 saw Crosby lashing out at Young’s guitar playing and current choice of girlfriend. Young struck back by vowing to never tour with CSN&Y again, but wished Crosby “the best with his life” on Howard Stern. (Source: Rolling Stone)
 
WINNER? Young, for making peace with the situation while cleverly drawing attention to 2014 album Storytone and Pono music player.

Robin Thicke and Pharrell vs. The Marvin Gaye Estate

COMBATANTS: Troubled Soul Singer and Major Beat-Maker vs. Gaye Estate (and Each Other)
 

BEEF: Gaye’s estate filed a lawsuit claiming that “Blurred Lines” ripped-off the deceased soul icon’s song “Got to Give Up.” Pharrell and Thicke both tried to distance themselves from “Blurred Lines,” each, rather ironically, claiming the other wrote the bulk of the massive 2013 hit. (Source: Onion A.V. Club)
 

WINNER? Nobody. Thicke and Pharrell both did a lot of embarrassing backtracking here, further complicating a major legal headache.


Julian Casablancas vs. Brunch
COMBATANTS: Grumpy Strokes Frontman vs. Late-Morning Meal
 
BEEF: In September of 2014, GQ published a profile on Casablancas. The one part of the interview that the Internet latched onto was the lifelong New Yorker’s pretty much hilarious reason for moving out of his home city: “I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon.”
 
WINNER? Brunch. It’s somehow a bit sad to see a once-great rocker getting more press for dissing late-morning meals than for his music.

Deadmau5 vs. Disney

COMBATANTS: Top House DJ vs. Animation Heavyweights
 

BEEF: Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) found himself in hot water after Disney claimed that the producer’s famed mouse logo infringed on their iconic Mickey character. Lengthy countersuits followed and Zimmerman lost-out on a bid to remix the theme song to the Disney-owned Star Wars Rebels cartoon (undoubtedly a lucrative offer).

(Source: Billboard)
 

WINNER? Disney. Zimmerman may be huge in the world of EDM, but seems to be getting in over his head with the truly colossal Disney. 


Arcade Fire vs. The Washington Post

COMBATANTS: Canadian Critics’ Favorites vs. One Extra-Harsh Review
 

BEEF: The Washington Post ran an especially negative review of Arcade Fire’s 2013 album Reflektor, which referred to the band as “gigantic dorks.” Apparently still reeling from the review, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler fired back in a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, namedropping famous friends David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen and stating “I’m not a dork. I’m a f*cking rock star!” (Source)
 

WINNER? The Washington Post. Nothing says “I’m a rock star” less than actually saying “I’m a rock star.”


Morrissey vs. Canada

COMBATANTS: Witty Brit Singer vs. An Entire Country
 

BEEF: Former Smiths’ lead singer Morrissey has almost made a second career out of writing cranky, extra-long letters to people, institutions, and, in this case, entire nations which offend him. Moz's focus this time around: Canada’s lax attitude toward seal hunting, which he denounced as “greedy and barbaric.” (Source: Aux.tv)


WINNER? Morrissey. Who else could sign off with a putdown as crushing as “Canada is regrettably fashionably dead”?



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<![CDATA[Which Indie Bands Are You Excited to See Live This Fall?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-indie-bands-to-see-live-fall-2014/bestnewbandscom
This fall, tons of great indie bands and musicians are hitting the stage all over the United States. But which are you most excited to see in the coming months? From Hozier to Bastille, these are some of the best indie music acts performing today, and seeing them live is a must. If you love their music, you won't be disappointed. Cast your votes now for the indie artists whose shows simply have to go to this fall.
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The War on Drugs

Fitz and The Tantrums

Sharon Van Etten

Ben Howard

Bastille

Charli XCX

Chvrches

Alt-J

Hozier

Kongos


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<![CDATA[The Sexiest Artists of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/sexiest-artists-in-music
If you've got it, flaunt it, and that's what these rock stars do. And for that they've been rewarded with the honor of sexiest artists of all time. Many of these artists have maintained their sex appeal for decades, take Madonna and Janet Jackson for example. Then there's rock gods like Bruce Springsteen and Sting, who still make hearts race during live shows. Many of whom are steaming up a new generation of music fans, while Britney Spears, Usher, and Justin Timberlake grew up with their fan base, artists like Trey Songz, Katy Perry, and Rihanna won over new music fans. And some of whom made your parents (or grandparents) melt with their steamy videos and performances like Elvis (he invented sex appeal in rock n' rolll) and Tina Turner. While some may no longer be with us, musicians like Aaliyah, 2Pac and Leslie Cheung will always be remembered for their massive sex appeal. Rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop, even country--it's all here. Steamy videos are included.
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Beyoncé Knowles

Britney Spears

Christina Aguilera

Elvis Presley

Jennifer Lopez

Jon Bon Jovi

Madonna

Michael Hutchence

Shakira

Marco Mengoni


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<![CDATA[The Best Albums of the 2000s]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-25-best-albums-00_s
List of the best albums of the 2000s decade, voted on and ranked by fans and critics. This list includes the greatest albums released between January 2000 and December 2009. Despite the rising popularity of song singles and accessibility through iTunes and other mp3 formats, the titles listed prove that the in the 00s, the album was as strong and creative as ever. This list contains the best 00s albums from all genres, from hip hop to pop to indie rock to metal. Vote for your favorites to move them up the list, or press "rerank" to create your own personalized order that will impact this ultimate list.
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Hail to the Thief

In Rainbows

Is This It

Kid A

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

White Blood Cells

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Funeral

Elephant

Songs for the Deaf


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<![CDATA[The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-coveted-male-singing-voice/carlybobarly
What male singer's voice would you most like to have? This is a different question than "who are the best vocalists ever?" - or even the best rock vocalist. Some of the greatest singers of all time have very distinct voices that may not suit your needs when, say, singing '90s alt rock at karaoke or narrating what your pets are doing (in song). What famous male singer do YOU wish you could sound like? Which voice would be the most fun to treat your friends with at parties? Which would best equip you to sing your favorite songs? Which is the most versatile? Which could make you the most money?

When you're done here, go vote on the same question for women: What great female singers do you most wish you could sound like?
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David Bowie

Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra

Freddie Mercury

Jim Morrison

Johnny Cash

Marvin Gaye

Nat King Cole

Peter Gabriel

Robert Plant


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<![CDATA[The Best Beatles Songs]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-beatles-songs
List of best songs ever recorded by The Beatles, the iconic British rock band joining John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Between the years 1960 and 1970, the band recorded 12 studio albums and a few other scattered songs and recordings, across a diverse range of styles. The albums have all proved massively influential, particularly the band's later experiments with psychedelia, world music and conceptual long-form albums. Each member of the so-called Fab Four found later success as a solo artist (with McCartney and Starr continuing to record albums and sell out concerts to the present day), and their combined efforts are consistently ranked among the greatest rock music of all time.

Childhood friends McCartney and Lennon originally formed a band in the late '50s called The Quarrymen, and soon after brought in George Harrison as a guitarist. After playing in Hamburg, Germany, and rotating through a few other musicians, the group returned to the UK in 1962 and joined with drummer Ringo Starr (then of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.) By 1963, the group started releasing popular songs, including "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do." The phenomenon of "Beatlemania," typified by mobs of young girls screaming and rioting whenever the band appeared in public, took hold this same year. A trip to the US, highlighted by an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, is commonly associated with the increasingly popularity of British music in America, often called the "British Invasion."

More successful albums followed - including the soundtrack for the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Days Night." In 1965, the band released the landmark "Rubber Soul," followed by "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." which added a good deal of complexity to the band's previously "bubblegum" pop sound. (The Beatles would later reveal that much of the change in their sound was due to their increasing experimentation with drugs like marijuana and LSD during this period.)

Vote: The Best Solo Songs by Former Beatles

The band's final two albums - "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" - were recorded during a period of intense strife and conflict between the band members. McCartney and Lennon were infamously feuding and difficult to work with, prompting Harrison to essentially quit the band and leave the studio. (He eventually returned and brought in keyboard player Billy Preston to hopefully change the dynamic in the studio.) In 1969, Lennon released the first solo song from a Beatles member - "Give Peace a Chance," credited to the "Plastic Ono Band." (It was a reference to Lennon's new wife, Yoko Ono.) In September of that year, Lennon announced his intention to leave the group to his fellow band members.
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In My Life

Eleanor Rigby

Here Comes the Sun

Let It Be

Yesterday

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Come Together

Strawberry Fields Forever

Hey Jude

A Day in the Life


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