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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more
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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (feat. piano: Cyprien Katsaris)
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more
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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his ...more
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999
Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs
David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added Rick Sings Nelson, Rudy the Fifth, The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972
Eric Hilliard Nelson – known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson – was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The ...more
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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more
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Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in ...more
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Sun Is Shining, One Love, Rainbow Country
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison
John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more
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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Valdave added Karen Carpenter
Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming ...more
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop ...more
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion
Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty and the ...more
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Paris Jim, Dionysus
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and ...more
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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
What's Going On, Here, My Dear
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a ...more
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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Dimos Dicoudis added All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World
George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. ...more
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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas
Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more
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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse's 2003 ...more
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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 25 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