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List of famous musicians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top musicians in the world? This includes the most prominent musicians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable musicians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic musicians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned musicians.

Paris Hilton and Jimi Hendrix are only the beginning of the people on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known musicians to the lesser known musicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the musician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous musicians ever?" and "What are the names of famous musicians?" then you're in the right place. (1697 items)
Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is a retired American actress, writer and former model. She has frequently appeared in comedies throughout her career, while also earning critical ...more

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star ...more

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Aly Michalka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Alyson Renae Michalka (born March 25, 1989) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She gained fame for playing the role of Keely Teslow in the Disney Channel series Phil of the ...more

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Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti; November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009) was an American actress and singer. A native of Atlanta, Murphy moved to Los Angeles as a ...more

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Musicians
William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Musicians
W. Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's ...more

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's ...more

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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ...more

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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Musicians
Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. Thornton had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One ...more

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Musicians
George Robert Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor, noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery. Newhart came to prominence in 1960 when his ...more

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Abigail Breslin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Bill Kaulitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Musicians
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