<![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 Musical Artists of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-musical-artists-of-all-time/ranker-music
When VH1 polled fellow artists to name the greatest artists of all time, it seemed like a good idea---but in reality, the list was truly flawed. According to them, Coldplay is better than Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey is only greater than six artists, etc! Not to mention other impactful artists were left off of the list. So I thought that maybe we try the countdown one more time, only this time with the perspective of true music fans...YOU..

This list will begin in no particular order, you will see some names that didn't appear in VH1's version, no artist appears on the countdown twice, and the order is not my personal opinion (I personally think Bob Marley is the greatest artist of all time). If you don't like how the list looks, you have the power to change it. This list includes some of the greatest female vocalists of the past 10 years, and many of the best rock bands and artists of all time. Many of them are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and some will be, eventually.

So many questions will be answered with the voting results on this list. Nirvana or Pearl Jam? 2Pac or Biggie? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? Is Michael Jackson still the King or is Elvis the true immortal? Is Madonna still the undisputed Queen of Pop? Does anyone rock harder than Hendrix? Are Jay-Z and Beyonce the most powerful couple in music history? It's up to you to decide!
The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time, music, bands/musicians, popular opinion,

Elvis Presley

Led Zeppelin

Ludwig van Beethoven

Madonna

Michael Jackson

Pink Floyd

Queen

The Beatles

The Rolling Stones

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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<![CDATA[Best Male Soul Singers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-male-soul-singers-v1/wilder368
The best male singers of R&B, Soul, funk and disco.
Best Male Soul Singers,

James Brown

Luther Vandross

Marvin Gaye

Michael Jackson

Otis Redding

Prince

Smokey Robinson

Stevie Wonder

Teddy Pendergrass

Wilson Pickett


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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
The Best Female Vocalists Ever,

Adele

Aretha Franklin
See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin
Barbra Streisand
See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand
Celine Dion
See The best Songs Of Celine Dion
Christina Aguilera
See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera
Donna Summer
See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer
Ella Fitzgerald
See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald
Karen Carpenter

Mariah Carey
See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

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<![CDATA[22 Creepy and Violent Stories About Black Metal]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/black-metal-violence-and-creepiness/will-gish
Black metal is the most sinister, bizarre, esoteric, violent movement in modern music. The subgenre, a predominantly Scandinavian phenomenon, exploded from the dingy basements of Norway to worldwide notoriety on the back of a series of disturbing crimes—murder, suicide, and arsonin the early 90s. The music itself is abrasive, sinister, and relentless; its iconography and lyrics steeped in blood, death, and Satanism. But surely some of this must be hyperbole? In some cases, yes. But in fact, the annals of black metal are filled with myriad creepy, violent, and bizarre things, from torture to flying animal heads.
22 Creepy and Violent Stories About Black Metal,

Mayhem's Guitarist Made a Necklace Out of His Bandmate's Skull
Mayhem guitarist Euronymous found the body of the group's vocalist, nicknamed Dead, after his suicide. Before calling the police, he rearranged some items at the scene and took a photo that ended up on the cover of Dawn of the Black Hearts, an official live bootleg. Rumor has it Euronymous also made a stew from Dead's brain and collected pieces of his skull, which he made into a necklace. Apparently he also sent pieces of the skull to other black metal musicians as a sign of respect. The latter has been confirmed by  Morgan "Evil" Steinmeyer Håkansson of the band Marduk, who claims to have not only a piece of Dead's skull, but also brain matter and some lead from the shot that killed him. 
A Concertgoer Was Injured by a Flying Sheep's Head
After years of suicide, murder, and bizarre rumors of the band's evil practices, Mayhem finally put its past in the past and got on with making and performing music. The band was in a good place in 2003 when vocalist Maniac, who replaced Dead, accidentally flung a dead sheep's head into the audience during a macabre bit of performance art. The projectile thwacked a concert goer's noggin and landed him in the hospital. When interviewed about the incident, Manic (whose real name is Per Kristian Hagen) said  "My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air. I have a headache now."
A Black Metal Vocalist Was Twice Convicted of Kidnapping and Torture
Gaahl, vocalist for notorious Norwegian black metal outfit Gorgoroth, has twice been accused of assault. Both crimes involved kidnapping and some light torture. In 2002, he was sentenced to a year in prison for kidnapping and beating a man while threatening to sacrifice him and drink his blood. Four years later, he was sentenced to 14 months for basically doing the same thing again.

For a bit of fun, check out the Vice documentary on Gaahl, in which a chubby, preening hipster gets taken on a hike through the Norwegian winter wilderness with Gaahl, and spends the time whining incessantly about how cold he is. Um, if you're gonna hang with Gaahl, you better bring your A-game. 
Satan's Minister on Earth Is Also a Rapist
Founding Gorgoroth guitarist Infernus considers himself Satan's minister on earth. A theistic Satanist (see Things You Never Knew About Satanism), Infernus is nothing it not true to the diabolical reputation he cultivates for himself. In 2005, he was convicted of rape. In 2006, Infernus appealed the decision, claiming he was so drunk he didn't remember raping anyone. Good for you, buddy. His charge was changed from rape to aggravated sexual assault, gross negligent rape. So he's still a rapist. 


Varg Vikernes, Nazi Terrorist
In 2013, Burzum and Mayhem member Varg Vikernes was arrested in France on terrorist charges. Openly a right-wing extremist with strong anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim opinions, Vikernes, who objects to the term "Nazi," was arrested on suspicion of planning a massacre. This was after he had already served 15 years in prison for murder and arson. 
Satanism Allows Men to Become Kings
In the 2005 Canadian documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, then-Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl gave a very candid and bizarre interview that has since become something of a legend. He was immediately investigated by Norwegian police after the film premiered, as he advocates for more church burnings. 

"Church burnings and all these things are, of course, things that I support 100 percent and it should have been done much more and will be done much more in the future. We have to remove every trace from what Christianity and the Semitic roots have to offer this world. Satanism is freedom for the individual to grow and to become Superman. Every man who is born to be king becomes king. Every man who is born to be a slave doesn't know Satan," he said.
Mayhem's Bassist Burned Down Churches, Then Murdered His Bandmate
Varg Vikernes, Mayhem bassist, sole member of the one-man band Burzum, and the most notorious man in black metal, was convicted of murder and the burning of three churches. In 1994, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Norway. The year before his conviction, a confrontation between Varg, also known as Count Grishnackh, and Mayhem guitarist Euronymous ended with Varg stabbing Euronymous 23 times; the wounds proved fatal, and Varg's motive remains unclear to this day.
"Excuse All the Blood"
Mayhem is the most notorious group in the annals of black metal, and rightfully so. The band's history is soaked in violence. It all began in 1991, when lead singer Dead shot himself in the head and slit his wrists. He left a very short suicide note: "Excuse all the blood," it began.
Gorgoroth Hosted an Illegal Black Mass in the Pope's Birthplace
In 2004, Gorgoroth recorded a DVD at a show in Poland entitled Black Mass Krakow, and in the process, broke all kinds of laws. As it turns out, the staunchly Catholic Poland, birthplace of the then-Pope, has laws against blasphemy. By including crucified nude models and countless Satanic icons in their show, Gorgoroth violated these laws. The use of severed sheep's heads and about 20 gallons of sheep blood also violated Polish animal rights laws. However, because the band was unaware of these laws, and the show's promoter neglected to mention them or to stop the show, they were cleared of all charges. 
What's In a Name?
Apparently a lot, if the painstaking lengths black metal musicians go to name themselves are any indication. A short list of some of the more ridiculous aliases used by prominent members of the scene includes Count Grishnackh, Nocturno Culto (he's Latin, apparently), Hellhammer, Demonaz Doom Occulta (also apparently Latin), King ov Hell,  Tormentor, Lemarchand (French?), Mortiis, Necrobutcher, and Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad. Wait, no, that last one is an actual name. 

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<![CDATA[The Top Metal Albums of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/shreddits-top-metal-albums
Shreddit's top metal albums include some of the best and most classic extreme metal albums ever made. For casual fans, some of these album titles might be new, but they're certainly worth checking out. Longtime fans, however, will likely instantly recognize several of these albums, and realize that they are from some of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. This is where the votes come in: Cast your votes up or down, based on your own personal opinions. You can also add any of your favorites that might not be listed, and of course, you can (and should) re-rank this list of Shreddit's favorite metal albums any way you want. From the doom metal of bands like Sweden's Candlemass to albums by the "stoner" metal band Sleep, the albums listed here reflect the diversity of the metal genre. Again, these are some of the best heavy metal albums you've possibly never heard, but they are all worth your time to track down. Interested in other heavy metal-related lists? Check out and vote on these lists of the best female hard rock/metal guitar shredders, the best screamo bands of all time and the best overall metal guitarists and guitar teams.
The Top Metal Albums of All Time,

Holy Diver

Master of Puppets

Paranoid

Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

Reign in Blood

Ride the Lightning

Rust in Peace

Kill 'Em All

…and Justice for All

The Number of the Beast


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<![CDATA[The Funniest Rappers of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funniest-rappers-and-hip-hop-artists/chris-abraham
Is Lil Dicky the funniest rapper in the game right now? With the release of his new album Professional Rapper, we decided we should rank the funniest rappers of all time. From Eminem to Ludacris, these rappers have the funniest lyrics that are both clever and on point, causing us to laugh while we bob our heads to beat. Vote for the funny rappers that make you laugh the hardest, and downvote any that you don't really think are funny.

Among the funniest rappers of all time are underground heroes like mc chris, a nerdcore rapper who raps about video games, Star Wars and smoking weed. His funnier songs include "Older Crowd" and "Smackababy", a track that is literally about smacking babies. This list features new funny rappers like Lil Dicky, and classic rappers like ODB and Method Man.

If your favorite funny hip hop artist isn't included on the poll already, you can add them to the list. Just make sure whoever you add has funny lyrics that might include puns and wordplay.
The Funniest Rappers of All Time,

Afroman

Donald Glover

Eminem

Ludacris

Method Man

Ol' Dirty Bastard

Redman

Snoop Dogg

Tyler, the Creator

Lil Dicky


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Live Bands of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-greatest-_live_-bands-and-artists-of-all-time
List of the greatest live bands or artists of all time, created and ranked by music fans worldwide asks the question "who is the best live act of all time"? What band or artist had such an impact up on that stage that it took their music to a whole new level? Maybe they had a spectacular stage show - like Floyd - or maybe they just overpowered you with their live presence - like Bruce. Or maybe their music just sounded better in person. Whatever your criteria, vote and rank the musicians you think had the absolute best live act of all time. If you see a group or artist that is missing, be sure to add to this list of the best live bands of all time! 

Share your thoughts on the very best live performers with your friends. To vote on more music lists, check out these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.
The Greatest Live Bands of All Time,

AC/DC

Bruce Springsteen

Jimi Hendrix

Led Zeppelin

Metallica

Pink Floyd

Queen

Rush

The Who

The Rolling Stones


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<![CDATA[Some of the Most Underrated Bands (60s - 00s)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/some-of-the-most-underrated-bands-_60s-00s_/zeppelin911
bands, artists, band, artist, underrated, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 
This list doesn't necessarily present all of the underrated artists/bands, but it certainly shows so many of them of various eras
Some of the Most Underrated Bands (60s - 00s),

Wire
Post-Punk, Art Punk (70s) 
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Post-Punk, Art Punk (70s) 
Mott the Hoople
Hard Rock, Glam Rock (The Island Years 1969 - 1971)
Adolescents
Punk-Rock, Hardcore Punk (80s) 
Spacemen 3
Neo-psychedelia, Alternative Rock (80s) 
The Saints
Punk-Rock (70s) 
Spirit
Psychedelic Rock, Art Rock (60s) 
Meat Puppets
Alternative Rock, Punk-Rock (80s) 
The Stranglers
Punk-Rock, Post-Punk (The United Artists Years 1977 - 1979)
G.B.H
Street Punk, Crossover Thrash (80s)

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<![CDATA[Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-female-jazz-singers/rockboy
The best female jazz singers in music history have a sound that's like no other. Their melodies and tones captivate us and keep us coming back for more. Many of the women on this list have been gone for decades, but their incomparable jazz vocals will live on forever. Vote for your favorite famous female jazz vocalists and vote down any artists you don't like. Also, if you have a favorite who isn't listed here, add her! You can also rerank this list of top female jazz vocalists any way you like, including all of them or just a few. Enjoy!

How can any list of top female jazz vocalists not include the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan? Their unparalleled talents are indisputable. Once you get into the best female jazz singers' top 10, it's really hard to pick one over the other.

Arguments can be made, of course, that Sarah Vaughan's versatility makes her the best. Some might say that no one can or will ever match Ella Fitzgerald's incredible tone (and certainly her scat abilities). Others would argue that Billie Holiday is not only the greatest female jazz singer in history, but one of the best female vocalists ever.

Some of the best modern female jazz singers include the always wonderful Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, and certainly Esperanza Spalding and yes, even Norah Jones. Norah's sound is more of a jazzy fusion, but she makes the list. Defining a pure jazz singer isn't always easy: Like Norah, some of the women listed here are both jazz and blues. Either way, they're all fabulous, so vote!
Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers?,

Anita O'Day
See The Best Anita O'Day albums
Billie Holiday
See The Best Billie Holiday albums
Carmen McRae
See The Best Carmen McRae albums
Dinah Washington
See The Best Dinah Washington albums
Ella Fitzgerald
See The Best Ella Fitzgerald Albums
Nancy Wilson
See The Best Nancy Wilson albums
Nina Simone
See The Best Nina Simone albums
Norah Jones
See The Best Norah Jones albums
Peggy Lee
See The Best Peggy Lee albums
Sarah Vaughan
See The Best Sarah Vaughan albums

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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.
The Best Movies About Music,

Departures

Almost Famous

Amadeus

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Ray

School of Rock

The Blues Brothers

The Doors

This Is Spinal Tap

Walk the Line


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