Many of the world's greatest musicians remain highly respected even in death. The world often mourns the loss of the artist and the songs that the artist never got to write. If you go looking through your iTunes or Spotify libraries, you will likely find dozens of those dead musicians. You'll probably want to bring back more than a few, even if it's just so that they can write one more song.
In the whirlwind world of music, numerous rock stars die before their prime. Their untimely demises pose a difficult question, one that needs an answer.
We asked you, our audience, "Which artist would you bring back from the dead to write one more song?" And your answers have been both surprising and satisfying. Artists who died before ever reaching thirty, from Kurt Cobain to Aaliyah, are among your choices but a few prolific artists who had time on their side, such as Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen, also showed up in your responses. Some people believed that these legends were still capable of genius even in their old age.
While no one determined for certain which dead artist needs to make one more song, each answer still reminds us of how much these musicians continue to impact the world.
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal, Pop rockFreddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rockJohn Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for the... more
Genres (Music): Opera, Classical musicLudwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metalJames Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years,... more
Genres (Music): Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music, Protopunk, Glam rockDavid Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is... more
Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and bluesPrince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was known... more
Genres (Music): Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music, Dance-pop, New jack swingMichael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of... more
Genres (Music): Opera, Ballet, Art song, Chamber music, Classical musicWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. Born in... more
Genres (Music): Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rockKurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. He is remembered as one of... more
Genres (Music): Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana, Rock music, RockabillyJohn R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold... more
Genres (Music): ReggaeRobert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae,... more
Genres (Music): Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, JazzElla Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an African-American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock, Rock and rollThomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,... more
Genres (Music): Christian music, Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rockElvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock, Rock and roll, Psychedelic rockJames Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter and poet, who served as the lead vocalist of the rock band the Doors. Due to his poetic lyrics, distinctive... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, World music, Experimental musicGeorge Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Jazz fusionStephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Folk music, Rock and rollEric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series... more
Genres (Music): Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and bluesMarvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an... more
Genres (Music): Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop, Heavy metal, Rhythm and bluesChristopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music, Acid rock, Soul musicJanis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. After releasing... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, JazzAretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Soft rockKaren Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who was part of the duo the Carpenters alongside her brother Richard. She was praised for her contralto... more
Genres (Music): Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly, Pop rock, Rock and rollCharles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of mid-1950s... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B, Dance music, Rhythm and bluesWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains... more