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... 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... more
Genres (Music): Opera, Classical musicLudwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17... more
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metalJames Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18,... 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 (,... 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,... 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,... 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... more
Genres (Music): Opera, Ballet, Art song, Chamber music, Classical musicWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus... more
Genres (Music): Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rockKurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American singer, songwriter, and... more
Genres (Music): ReggaeRobert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter.... more
Genres (Music): Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana, Rock music, RockabillyJohn R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American... 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,... 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... 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... 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... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, World music, Experimental musicGeorge Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician,... 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,... 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,... more
Genres (Music): Pop music, Soft rockKaren Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who... 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,... 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... 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,... 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... 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... more