popular opinion The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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List Rules The best artists of any genre

When VH1 polled fellow artists to name the greatest artists of all time, it seemed like a good idea---but in reality, the list was truly flawed. According to them, Coldplay is better than Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey is only greater than six artists, etc! Not to mention other impactful artists were left off of the list. So I thought that maybe we try the countdown one more time, only this time with the perspective of true music fans...YOU..

This list will begin in no particular order, you will see some names that didn't appear in VH1's version, no artist appears on the countdown twice, and the order is not my personal opinion (I personally think Bob Marley is the greatest artist of all time). If you don't like how the list looks, you have the power to change it. This list includes some of the greatest female vocalists of the past 10 years, and many of the best rock bands and artists of all time. Many of them are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - and some will be, eventually.

So many questions will be answered with the voting results on this list. Nirvana or Pearl Jam? 2Pac or Biggie? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston? Is Michael Jackson still the King or is Elvis the true immortal? Is Madonna still the undisputed Queen of Pop? Does anyone rock harder than Hendrix? Are Jay-Z and Beyonce the most powerful couple in music history? It's up to you to decide!

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The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Simon and Garfunkel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Ludwig van Beethoven 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music

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Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

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The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Bob Marley Reggae

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Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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John Lennon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Johann Sebastian Bach 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Classical music

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Miles Davis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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ABBA 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Abba Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Ella Fitzgerald 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Frank Sinatra 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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Buddy Holly Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Nat King Cole 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Opera, Ballet, Art song

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Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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The Kinks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Louis Armstrong 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Paul McCartney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock