top 10 most influential musicians in the world 

The musical genre is made up of generations of different tunes and styles. As a whole, music has changed the world and sends powerful messages to the world. 

Here are the ten most influential musicians in the world. 

1. Beatles

The English Rock band from Liverpool was developed with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. Their success was built upon more than forty different singles and albums that reached number one. By 1985, the Beatles had sold over one billion albums around the world and became the best-selling Musical Act of all time. 

2. Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was an iconic American Musician and Actor. As the “King of Rock ’n’ Roll, he becomes a cultural icon. Elvis Presley started his musical career as one of the original performers of Rockabilly with own versions of existing songs and mixing white and black sounds. This ultimately made his popular just as he was made controversial with his performances. His versatile tone made him an extensive success in genres of rock and roll, blues, ballads, pop, and gospel. 

3. Michael Jackson

As the first black artist to whose music video was aired on MTV, Michael Jackson also had the best-selling album of all time. His album Thriller was awarded platinum at least thirty times. His other albums History, Dangerous, and Bad all became the best-charting albums of all time. According to the Guinness Book of Records, he became the best entertainer of all time. 

4. Queen

The English Rock band was created in 1970 by leader vocalist Freddy Mercury, drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Brian May, and bassist John Deacon. The band Queen rose to fame during the ‘70s and become of the most successful bands in Britain. Queen is known for their diversity in music, vocal harmonies, layered arrangements, and audience participation. 

Their Live Aid performance in 1985 was voted as the best live performance of all time. 

5. Jimi Hendrix

While the American rock artist only spent four years of career mainstream, he became one of the most influential electric guitarists in history. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hendrix was described as the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock. 

6. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin is an infamous Rock Band in England that was formed in 1968. The iconic band consisted of John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Bonham. Their iconic guitar drove music was what lead them to become the original and most influential Heavy Metal bands. Their music was considered an infusion with rock that also involved the genres of folk, blues, Celtic, Latin, Country, Funk, Soul and Jazz. 

Another point to mention was that Led Zeppelin never released any of their favorite songs as singles from any of their albums as they wanted to keep the concept of album based solely on rock. 

7. Madonna

The American singer, songwriter, and actress have influenced today’s generation of iconic musicians including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Britney Spears. As the original Queen of Pop, Madonna currently holds more than 20 records, according to the Guinness World Records. Her music videos of Vogue, Like a Pray, Express Yourself has changed fashion and trends with her dance moves, clothing, and unique ideas. 

8. David Bowie

David Bowie was known to the world as an actor, philosopher, painter, and most famously as a rock star. His psychedelic genre took an influence on his music, fashion, and pop culture. His style and memorable music became his legacy. 

9. Bob Marley

The Jamaican reggae singer, musician, guitarist, and songwriter were also famous for fighting for human rights of Jamaica and other countries involved. He made a career after fighting his whole life of violence in Jamaica. He became a deity in the music world as a whole in political and social activism has influenced the entire continent of Africa. 

10. 2pac

Tupac Amaru Shakur, who is famously known as 2Pac, was a rapper born in East Harlem, New York. During his short time in the music industry, he sold more than seventy-five million records all over the world and was considered as one of the top greatest artists of all time, according to Rolling Stone. While his assassination in 1996 made headlines, he is rumored to be still alive. 

Are we missing anyone on our top list of the most influential musicians in the world? Comment below and tell us what you think. 

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