Greatest Singersby phbasketball6 | created - 19 Oct 2010 | updated - 28 Feb 2016 | Public
This list combines the presence of being the frontman, singing ability and voice.
Soundtrack | Metropolis
Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He ...
* #18th Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
2. Robert Plant
Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same
Prior to Hobbstweedle (a pickup blues band formed to honour a gig at West Midlands College Of Education) Robert was the frontman for The Band of Joy - featuring Percy, John Bonham, Paul Lockey (bass), Chris Brown (keyboards) and Kevyn Gammond (guitar). The BOJ were on verge of making a record deal ...
Led Zeppelin, solo
* #15th Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
3. Axl Rose
Soundtrack | Body of Lies
Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, W. Axl Rose is the pure embodiment of decadent late 1980s rockerdom. Brash, slightly misogynistic and notoriously wild, Rose grew up in a maniacally dysfunctional household - molested by his own father at age two; beaten by his abusive stepfather.
When Axl was ...
Guns N' Roses
Soundtrack | Across the Universe
Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2 since 1976. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics ...
* #32nd Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...
Jackson 5; solo
6. Roy Orbison
Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact
Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA as Roy Kelton Orbison. He was married to Barbara Orbison and Claudette Frady. He died on December 6, 1988 in Madison, Tennessee, USA.
* #13th Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
Elvis Presley and Bono both stated his voice was the greatest and most distinctive they had ever heard
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most records sold, most #1s (shared), most covered song, "Yesterday," ...
The Beatles, solo
8. Sam Cooke
Soundtrack | Innerspace
Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...
11. John Lennon
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...
The Beatles, solo
12. Ray Charles
Soundtrack | Ray
A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...
13. Elton John
Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...
14. Elvis Presley
Soundtrack | Girls! Girls! Girls!
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...
15. Levi Stubbs
Actor | Little Shop of Horrors
Levi Stubbs was born on June 6, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Levi Stubbles. He was an actor, known for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Captain N: The Game Master (1989) and Queer as Folk (2000). He was married to Clineice Townsend. He died on October 17, 2008 in Detroit.
The Four Tops
Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...
17. Stevie Wonder
Soundtrack | The Woman in Red
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his ...
18. Billy Joel
Soundtrack | Oliver & Company
Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as William Martin Joel. He has been married to Alexis Roderick since July 4, 2015. They have two children. He was previously married to Katie Lee, Christie Brinkley and Elizabeth Weber.
19. Mick Jagger
Soundtrack | Alfie
Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent on 26th July 1943. When he was 4 he met Keith Richards until they went into secondary schools and lost touch. But one day in 1960 they accidentally met on the Dartford train line and both realized that they had an interest in rock n roll combined ...
The Rolling Stones, solo
20. Rod Stewart
Soundtrack | Innerspace
Rod Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London, England as Roderick David Stewart. He has been married to Penny Lancaster since June 16, 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Rachel Hunter and Alana Stewart.
Jeff Beck, solo
Having a unique raspy-voice he was still able to become a great singer.
21. Steven Tyler
Soundtrack | Be Cool
23. Art Garfunkel
Actor | The Rebound
Art Garfunkel was born on November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, New York, USA as Arthur Ira Garfunkel. He is known for his work on The Rebound (2009), Catch-22 (1970) and Carnal Knowledge (1971). He has been married to Kim Garfunkel since September 18, 1988. They have two children. He was previously ...
Simon & Garfunkel, solo
24. Neil Young
Composer | Dead Man
Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has ...
25. Roger Daltrey
Actor | Tommy
Roger Daltrey is noted as a founder of the legendary rock band The Who. After leaving London's Acton County Grammar School in 1963, he formed a skiffle band called The Detours, then displayed an early genius by putting together unusual elements into a world-class performance. The unusual elements ...
26. Diana Ross
Actress | Lady Sings the Blues
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...
The Supremes, solo
27. Ben E. King
Soundtrack | Stand by Me
Ben E. King was born on September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, USA as Benjamin Earl Nelson. He was married to Betty Nelson. He died on April 30, 2015 in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
The Drifters, solo
28. David Bowie
Soundtrack | Labyrinth
David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...
29. Jim Morrison
Soundtrack | Forrest Gump
Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his ...
30. Paul Rodgers
Soundtrack | Jerry Maguire
Paul Rodgers was born on December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England as Paul Bernard Rodgers. He has been married to Cynthia Kereluk since September 24, 2007. He was previously married to Machiko Shimizu.
Bad Company, Free
31. Stevie Nicks
Soundtrack | Sweet November
Stevie Nicks was born in Phoenix, Arizona. From an early age, she showed a love and aptitude for music, singing country and western duets with her grandfather when she was 4 years old. After moving to San Francisco, she began songwriting and performing at Menlo-Atherton High School, where she met ...
Fleetwood Mac, solo
32. Steve Perry
Soundtrack | Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
Steve Perry was born on January 22, 1949 in Hanford, California, USA as Stephen Ray Perry.
33. Thom Yorke
Soundtrack | Suspiria
Thom Yorke was born on October 7, 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England as Thomas Edward Yorke. He was previously married to Rachel Owen.
35. Little Richard
Soundtrack | Predator
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...
36. Brian Wilson
Soundtrack | Love & Mercy
Brian Douglas Wilson was born on June 20th 1942 and has gone on to become one of, if not the greatest, musical geniuses in the world. It was while growing up, while being physically and psychologically abused by his father, that he discovered music as a way of shutting out all hurt and pain that he...
The Beach Boys
37. Van Morrison
Soundtrack | The Five-Year Engagement
Van Morrison was born on August 31, 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as George Ivan Morrison. He has been married to Michelle Rocca since 2006. They have two children. He was previously married to Janet (Planet) Minto.
38. Frankie Valli
Soundtrack | Grease
Frankie Valli was born on May 3, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Francis Stephen Castelluccio. He was previously married to Randy Clohessy, MaryAnn Hannigan and Mary Mandel.
The Four Seasons
40. Tina Turner
Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.
41. Steve Winwood
Soundtrack | Masters of the Universe
Steve Winwood was born on May 12, 1948 in Great Barr, Birmingham, West Midlands, England as Stephen Lawrence Winwood. He has been married to Eugenia Crafton since January 18, 1987. They have four children. He was previously married to Nicole Tacot Weir.
Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, solo
42. Eric Burdon
Soundtrack | Attack the Block
Eric Burdon has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994, and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon's music forged new territory while also topping the charts for over 5 decades.
The Animals, War
43. Ronnie James Dio
Soundtrack | Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
How many rock stars can brag about recording and touring consistently in six different decades? That's just one of the many claims to fame enjoyed by Ronnie James Dio. Born on July 10, 1942, this Cortland, New York native began his recording career back in 1958. Even back then, the seeds of Ronnie ...
Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio
44. Don Henley
Soundtrack | In America
Don Henley was born on July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas, USA as Donald Hugh Henley. He has been married to Sharon Summerall since May 20, 1995. They have three children.
45. Aretha Franklin
Actress | The Blues Brothers
Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...
46. John Fogerty
Soundtrack | Battleship
John Fogerty was born on May 28, 1945 in Berkeley, California, USA as John Cameron Fogerty. He has been married to Julie Lynne Kramer since April 20, 1991. They have four children. He was previously married to Martha Ann Paiz.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo
47. Willie Nelson
Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard
This versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads ("Always On My Mind"), autobiographical road songs ("On the Road Again") and catchy rhythms ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, ...
The best voice in country music history.
48. Sly Stone
Soundtrack | Stealth
Sly Stone was born on March 15, 1943 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Sylvester Stewart. He was previously married to Kathy Silva.
Sly & the Family Stone
Soundtrack | Shaun of the Dead
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England, UK. At a very early age, he took an interest in writing. His top priority was poetry, though he would have his biography on James Dean, "James Dean Is Not Dead", published by his early 20s. His literary influences ranged from ...
The Smiths, solo
51. Mariah Carey
Actress | Precious
Mariah was born on March 27, 1970 in Huntington, New York to Patricia Carey (born: Patricia Hickey), an opera singer and vocal coach & Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer. Her mother is of Irish descent, and her father was of African & Venezuelan descent. Mariah attended Greenlawn's ...
Soundtrack | The Voice
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a U.S. army sergeant. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced ...
54. Scott Weiland
Soundtrack | Tank Girl
Scott Weiland was born on October 27, 1967 in Santa Cruz, California, USA as Scott Richard Kline. He was married to Jamie Wachtel, Mary Forsberg and Janina Castenada. He died on December 3, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA.
Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver
"If you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I'd say it were he, Layne [Staley], and Kurt [Cobain]," ~ Billy Corgan
"I just thought he was a great singer, and he'd always been on my mind for this band. He was the one vocalist that I knew had the kind of voice that would serve what we were going to do: he had a John Lennon-ish quality, a little bit of Jim Morrison, and a touch of almost David Bowie. He was the best singer to come out in a long time in my opinion." ~ Slash
55. Ozzy Osbourne
Soundtrack | Little Nicky
One of the pioneers of heavy metal and one of its most commercially successful and iconic artists, Ozzy Osbourne was born in Birmingham, England, as John Michael Osbourne. After leaving school and having many odd jobs, he ended up in a band with Geezer Butler. This group then split, leading Ozzy ...
Black Sabbath, solo
Soundtrack | A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Isaac Donald "Don" Everly and Phillip "Phil" Everly were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001....
57. Frank Sinatra
Actor | From Here to Eternity
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...
60. Ronnie Spector
Soundtrack | Jingle All the Way
Ronnie Spector was born on August 10, 1943 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Veronica Bennett. She has been married to Jonathan Greenfield since January 16, 1982. They have two children. She was previously married to Phil Spector.
61. David Ruffin
Soundtrack | The Addiction
The man most of us know by his unmistakable, calming yet disturbed raspy voice was born Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18, 1941, in Whynot, Mississippi. His father, Eli Ruffin, was a Baptist minister. Only months after his birth his mother Ophelia Ruffin died, and his father later remarried, to a ...
62. Curtis Mayfield
Soundtrack | Armageddon
Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. ...
The Impressions, solo
Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked
Dusty Springfield has been acknowledged around the world as the best female soul singer that Britain ever produced. With her oddly erotic, throaty voice, she racked up a string of hits from the 1960s onwards. Born in London to Irish parents, Dusty grew up in and around London. Her early work ...
64. Jackie Wilson
Soundtrack | Ghostbusters II
Jackie "Sonny" Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Highland Park, the only son of Jack and Eliza Mae Wilson from Columbus, Mississippi. His father was an alcoholic and constantly unemployed, and his mother, who had lost two earlier children, doted on Jackie and became a powerful ...
65. Smokey Robinson
Soundtrack | Big Time
Multi-talented performer/writer/producer Smokey Robinson's career, and life, is inextricably tied up with Motown Records' founder Berry Gordy (his first two children are named Tamla, for the Gordy-owned label Smokey recorded for, and Berry, for Gordy himself). He and Gordy have had a professional ...
66. Gregg Allman
Soundtrack | Jack Reacher
Gregg Allman was born on December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Gregory Lenoir Allman. He was married to Shannon Williams, Stacey Fountain, Miranda Stevens, Julie Lucy Bindas, Cher, Janice Blair and Shelley Kay Winters. He died on May 27, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
The Allman Brothers Band, solo
67. Levon Helm
Actor | Shooter
Levon Helm was in the right place at the right time. He saw the birth of rock and roll and, though he was too much of a gentleman to say it, his role in helping to keep that rebellious child healthy was more than just instrumental.
On May 26, 1940, Mark Lavon Helm was the second of four children born...
69. Luther Vandross
Soundtrack | The Goonies
He was the heartbeat of R&B during the 1980s and 1990s, yet led a productive singing and songwriting life prior to this preeminence. The soul balladeer's strong commitment to the art of music continued on its Grammy-winning course, even after an acute stroke in 2003 left him severely incapacitated ...
70. Donny Hathaway
Soundtrack | Two Weeks Notice
Donny Hathaway was born on October 1, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Two Weeks Notice (2002), The Intouchables (2011) and Malcolm X (1992). He was married to Eulaulah Hathaway. He died on January 13, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA.
73. Jeff Lynne
Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Jeff Lynne was born on December 30, 1947 in Birmingham, England as Jeffrey Lynne.
Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys
74. Patsy Cline
Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed
Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...
Actress | Evita
The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...
76. Billy Corgan
Soundtrack | Batman & Robin
Billy Corgan was born on March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove, Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Patrick Corgan. He was previously married to Christine Fabian.
The Smashing Pumpkins
77. Kurt Cobain
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He...
Soundtrack | The Wrestler
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian descent. He has an...
80. Jerry Lee Lewis
Soundtrack | Dick Tracy
Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29, 1935 into a very religious family . His family, though not very wealthy, sold their house when he was a child to get their son a piano. He loved to play piano. He was sent to a religious school, but was soon thrown out shortly thereafter -- he did a boogie ...
81. Gladys Knight
Actress | Hollywood Homicide
Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les...
83. Lou Reed
Soundtrack | V for Vendetta
He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental ...
The Velvet Underground, solo
84. Hank Williams
Soundtrack | The Last Picture Show
Hank Williams was born in September 1923 in a small Alabama farming community about 70 miles south of Montgomery. His father was a railroad engineer who was also a victim of shell shock after a year of fighting in France in 1918 during World War I and spent many years in veterans hospitals. Hank's ...
85. Bruce Dickinson
Soundtrack | A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child
Bruce Dickinson was born on August 7, 1958 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England as Paul Bruce Dickinson. He is an actor, known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Bean (1997) and Bride of Chucky (1998). He has been married to Paddy Bowden since 1990. They have three children. ...
Soundtrack | The Emperor's New Groove
Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...
The Police, solo
87. Bob Dylan
Soundtrack | Renaldo and Clara
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the...
Outstanding musician and one of the greatest. Just because he is a great songwriter and story teller doesn't mean he is a great singer.
88. Iggy Pop
Soundtrack | Coffee and Cigarettes
Legendary Rock 'n' Roll wildman and substance abuser. Recorded a series of classic rock albums with The Stooges and later as a solo artist. Worked extensively with David Bowie.
The Stooges, solo
89. Eric Clapton
Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 3
Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, on March 30, 1945. His real father was a Canadian pilot but he didn't find that out until he was 53. When he was 2 his mother felt she was unable to look after him, so Eric then went to live with his grandparents. When he was 14 he took up the ...
90. Bob Marley
Soundtrack | Strange Days
Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, ...
92. Elvis Costello
Soundtrack | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick MacManus in London, England and raised in Liverpool. The son of British band leader Ross MacManus, Costello took his pseudonym from Elvis Presley and his father's stage name (Day Costello). He began performing professionally in 1969 and was a musician and/or ...
93. Alice Cooper
Soundtrack | Wayne's World
Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a minister. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, at a young age and still lives in the state today. At age 17, he formed a rock band called the Earwigs, who changed their name to The Spiders and then The Nazz, before finally ...
94. Howlin' Wolf
Soundtrack | The Sopranos
Howlin' Wolf was born on June 10, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi, USA as Chester Arthur Burnett. He was married to Lillie Handley. He died on January 10, 1976 in Hines, Illinois, USA.
95. Jon Anderson
Soundtrack | Legend
Jon Anderson first joined a small British band, called The Warriors, in the mid-1960s. Towards the end of the decade, Anderson and bass guitarist Chris Squire formed a progressive rock band called Yes. This band went on to have phenomenal success for 11 years. In 1980, Anderson left Yes due to ...
96. Rob Halford
Soundtrack | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rob Halford was born on August 25, 1951 in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England as Robert John Arthur Halford.
97. Liam Gallagher
Producer | The Longest Cocktail Party
William John Paul Gallagher is an English singer and songwriter who rose to fame as the frontman of the British rock band, Oasis. Known for his erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style and abrasive attitude, he is one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.
Following the ...
98. Paul Simon
Music_department | The Graduate
Born on October 13, 1941 in Newark New Jersey, Paul Simon is one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever. In 1957, he and high school pal, Art Garfunkel, wrote and recorded the single, "Hey Schoolgirl", under the name "Tom and Jerry". After some failures, they broke up. Simon still wrote and ...
Simon & Garfunkel, solo
He is a good singer however it's no secret that he is by far a better songwriter. His singing ability was overshadowed by Art Garfunkel when they had success as the Simon & Garfunkel duo. During his solo career he was able to show off his singing ability but would never match Garfunkel.
99. George Harrison
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison.
The Beatles, solo
100. Muddy Waters
Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting
Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) was one of the major forces in contemporary blues. He was instrumental in bringing the sound of the Mississippi Delta to Chicago in the 1940s, where his recordings for the Chess label exerted an enormous influence on both blues and rock musicians from the ...