List of the greatest musicians who died before they reached the age of 30. On this list you’ll find all of the musicians who had the misfortune to die before turning 30 — from all time periods and including rock stars who died young and singers from other genres. Some died in horrific ways, others were the victims of unfortunate accidents or genetics, but they all left the world a little too soon, earning them a place on this, the list of the most amazing musicians who died before 30.
This list includes members of The 27 Club — those young and rising stars who died at the age of 27. Tragically, many died of overdose or under drug-related circumstances, including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse are among the female singers who have died at 27. Other musicians on this list died from poisoning (Robert Johnson), plane crashes (Otis Redding, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper), and even murder (Mia Zapata). In the hip-hop world, both Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were killed outright, both having been shot repeatedly. No one knows for certain who murdered the two rap legends, but it is beyond a doubt that the musicians died too young. The two rappers may be gone, but they live on in fans’ memories.
On this list you can find all of the best artists who died young, never reaching the age of 30. The list contains rock musicians, rappers, guitar players, drummers, singers, jazz musicians, and more, but the musical style differences aren’t important. Fans still mourn these great artists, often wondering what might have been had these musicians lived.
Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at WoodstockDied at 27 (1942-1970)
Albums: 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CADied at 27 (1967-1994)
Albums: Paris Jim, DionysusDied at 27 (1943-1971)
Albums: Buddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been A-Missin', The Buddy Holly Story, That'll Be The DayDied at 22 (1936-1959)
Albums: Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, The Essential Janis JoplinDied at 27 (1943-1970)
Albums: Pain in My Heart, King & Queen, Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, The Soul Album, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul BalladsDied at 26 (1941-1967)
Albums: The Complete Ritchie Valens, The Very Best Of Richie Valens, Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Ritchie Valens, La BambaDied at 17 (1941-1959)
Albums: 2Pacalypse Now, Strictly 4 My Niggaz, Thug Life: Volume 1, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Me Against the WorldDied at 25 (1971-1996)
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Albums: Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, Hillbilly HeroDied at 29 (Sep. 1923-Jan. 1953)
Albums: Selena, Ven Conmigo, Entre a Mi Mundo, Amor Prohibido, Dreaming of YouDied at 23 (1971-1995)
Albums: Bom, Collide, Avicii et al: Swedish House Collection - Taken from Superstar, Avicii Presents Strictly Miami, True
Died at 28 (1989-2018)
Albums: Ready to Die, Life After DeathDied at 24 (1972-1997)
Albums: Frank, Back to BlackDied at 27 (1983-2011)
Albums: Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, One in a Million, AaliyahDied at 22 (1979-2001)
Albums: Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Macadelic, In the Air, But My Mackin Aint Easy, On and On and Beyond
Died at 26 (1992-2018)
Albums: Duane Allman: An Anthology, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, Ton-Ton Macoute!, Duane & Greg Allman, Duane Allman: An AnthologyDied at 24 (1946-1971)
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Albums: Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka
Died at 27 (1942-1969).
Albums: From Four Till Late, Hellhound on My Trail, Sweet Home Chicago, Kind Hearted Woman BluesDied at 27 (1911-1938)
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Albums: Goodbye & Good Riddance
Died at 21 (1998-2019)
Albums: 20th Century Boy, The Beginning of Doves, Christmas Box, Billy Super Duper, Love and Death
Died at 29 (1947-1977)
Albums: GP, Grievous Angel, The Gilded Palace of Sin, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Safe at HomeDied at 26 (1946-1973)
Albums: Unknown Pleasures, CloserDied at 23 (1956-1980)