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21 Most Notoriously Introverted Rock Stars Of All Time, Ranked By How Much They Rock

Updated July 10, 2020 993 votes 151 voters 72.4k views21 items

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Despite the fact that you can usually find them rocking out on stage in front of a sold-out crowd, several of the biggest rock stars in the world are believed to be introverts. Some of these shy musicians cope with being introverted by developing elaborate stage personas, while others dive deep into the creative process without help from any collaborators.

Who is the most famous rock star who is an introvert? Michael Jackson tops our list. Michael Jackson had often spoke about being shy in interviews. Likewise, in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Jimi Hendrix's brother Leon said, "Jimi was always introverted. My dad didn't like him playing music, and that hurt his feelings. He went inside with his art and music."

Neil Peart is one of the best drummers in the world, and he's also an introvert. He said, "It is true, but I’m less comfortable in a gregarious social situation, and you can be introverted and still share everything." Other introverted rock stars include David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Freddie Mercury.

Are you surprised that so many famous rock stars are introverts? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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  • George Harrison may have been in the biggest band of all time, but he was an introvert. Perhaps that is why he became known as "The Quiet One."
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, World music, Experimental music
    • Albums: All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine, Living in the Material World, Thirty Three & 1/3, George Harrison
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Photo: Hannu Lindroos / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Jimi Hendrix's brother Leon said, "Jimi was always introverted. My dad didn't like him playing music, and that hurt his feelings. He went inside with his art and music."
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal
    • Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock
    • Nationality: United States of America

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  • On stage, Freddie Mercury was larger than life, but off stage he was known to be shy and introverted.
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal, Pop rock
    • Albums: The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy, Time, Guide Me Home
    • Nationality: Zanzibar

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  • Kurt Cobain
    Photo: Bill Donald Bailey / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
    Kurt Cobain was shy and sensitive. He is often listed as an introvert.
    • Genres (Music): Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
    • Albums: 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
    • Nationality: United States of America