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Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the artists you would love to see do one final song.

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.

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Buddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been A-Missin'
Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in ...more
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added The Tenors, Tutto Pavarotti, Rigoletto (Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all ...more
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Selena is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dreaming of You, Amor Prohibido, The New Girl in Town
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known by the mononym Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions ...more
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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. B.B. King
B.B. King is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ...more
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Oscar Peterson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Four, The Oscar Peterson Trio Plays, Jazz in Paris: Stéphane Grappelli Quartet
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his ...more
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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Christmas With You, Unforgettable: With Love, This Will Be Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love
Natalie Maria Cole is an American singer, songwriter, and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Cole rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as a R&B artist with the hits "This ...more
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, widely known by his stage name George Michael, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Michael rose to superstardom during the ...more
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Chester Bennington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
High Rise, No Sun Today, Out of Time
Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Linkin Park. He was originally the lead vocalist for Sean ...more
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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Dock of the Bay, The Immortal Otis Redding
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a ...more
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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Aaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television ...more
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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Kiss Me Kate, Kiss Me, Kate (1948 original Broadway cast)
Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more
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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
benq1787 added Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning
Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead ...more
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George M. Cohan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Yankee Doodle Dandy, George M! (1968 Original Broadway Cast), Yankee Doodle Dandy
George Michael Cohan, known professionally as George M. Cohan, was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. Cohan began his career as a child, ...more
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Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Nothing to Lose, The Best of Eddie Money, Good as Gold
Eddie Money (March 21, 1949 – September 13, 2019) was an American rock guitarist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter, who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and ...more
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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours, Christmas Songs by Sinatra
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more
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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more
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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Classical Anthology, Vivaldi 5 Concerti Per Oboe; Concerto Per Oboe & Fagotto RV 545; Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during ...more
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Rodgers and Hammerstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team, usually referred to as Rodgers and Hammerstein. They created a ...more
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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more
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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Complete Edition, Classical Anthology, Chopin: Complete Works
Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer.
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", ...more
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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A
Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter. She achieved fame as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. Lopes ...more
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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood
Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is ...more
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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl
Roy Kelton Orbison, also known by his nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark ...more
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more