Greatest Singers

by phbasketball6 | created - 19 Oct 2010 | updated - 28 Feb 2016 | Public

This list combines the presence of being the frontman, singing ability and voice.

1. Freddie Mercury

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 ...

Queen

* #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

4. Bono

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 ...

U2

* #32nd Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time

5. Michael Jackson

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

7. Paul McCartney

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...

9. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

10. James Brown

Soundtrack | Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as James Joseph Brown. He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidre Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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

16. Prince

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

Steven Tyler was born on March 26, 1948 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Steven Victor Tallarico. He was previously married to Teresa Barrick and Cyrinda Foxe.

Aerosmith

22. Al Green

Soundtrack | Scrooged

Al Green was born on April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas, USA as Albert Greene. He was previously married to Shirley Kyles.

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 ...

The Who

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 ...

The Doors

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.

Journey, solo

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.

Radiohead

34. Buddy Holly

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Charles Hardin Holley. He was married to Maria Elena Santiago. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

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.

Them, solo

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

39. Otis Redding

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Otis Redding was born on September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, USA as Otis Ray Redding Jr. He was married to Zelma Atwood. He died on December 10, 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

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.

Tina ...

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.

Eagles, solo

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

49. Morrissey

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

50. Jeff Buckley

Soundtrack | Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You

Jeff Buckley was born on November 17, 1966 in Anaheim, California, USA as Jeffrey Scott Buckley. He died on May 29, 1997 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

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 ...

52. Tom Petty

Actor | The Postman

Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Thomas Earl Petty. He was married to Dana York and Jane Ann Benyo. He died on October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

53. Christina Aguilera

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

56. The Everly Brothers

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. ...

58. Wilson Pickett

Soundtrack | The Commitments

Wilson Pickett was born on March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama, USA. He was married to Bonnie Covington. He died on January 19, 2006 in Reston, Virginia, USA.

59. The Righteous Brothers

Soundtrack | Shindig!

The duo comprised the late Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley.

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 ...

The Temptations

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

63. Dusty Springfield

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...

The Band

68. Dion DiMucci

Soundtrack | The Long Kiss Goodnight

Dion DiMucci was born on July 18, 1939 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He has been married to Susan Butterfield since March 23, 1963. They have three children.

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.

71. B.B. King

Actor | Blues Brothers 2000

B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 as Riley B. King. He was married to Sue Carol Hall and Martha Lee Denton. He died on May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

72. Joe Cocker

Soundtrack | Across the Universe

Joe Cocker was born on May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as John Robert Cocker. He was married to Pam Baker. He died on December 22, 2014 in Crawford, Colorado, 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 ...

75. Madonna

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...

Nirvana

78. Dionne Warwick

Soundtrack | Alive

Dionne Warwick was born on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA as Marie Dionne Warrick. She was previously married to William Elliott.

79. Bruce Springsteen

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...

82. Mavis Staples

Soundtrack | The Help

Mavis Staples was born on July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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. ...

Iron Maiden

86. Sting

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, ...

91. Mary J. Blige

Soundtrack | Mudbound

Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Mary Jane Blige. She was previously married to Kendu Isaacs.

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.

Howlin Wolf

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 ...

Yes

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.

Judas Priest

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.

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Oasis

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.

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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 ...



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