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100 Greatest Artists of All Time according to Rolling Stone Magazine

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100 Greatest Artists of All Time according to Rolling Stone Magazine (list compiled in 2011)

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1 ----- Beatles

2 ----- Bob Dylan

3 ----- Elvis Presley

4 ----- Rolling Stones

5 ----- Chuck Berry

6 ----- Jimi Hendrix

7 ----- James Brown

8 ----- Little Richard

9 ----- Aretha Franklin

10 ---- Ray Charles

11 ---- Bob Marley

12 ---- Beach Boys

13 ---- Buddy Holly

14 ---- Led Zeppelin

15 ---- Stevie Wonder

16 ---- Sam Cooke

17 ---- Muddy Waters

18 ---- Marvin Gaye

19 ---- The Velvet Underground

20 ---- Bo Diddley

21 ---- Otis Redding

22 ---- U2

23 ---- Bruce Springsteen

24 ---- Jerry Lee Lewis

25 ---- Fats Domino

26 ---- Ramones

27 ---- Prince

28 ---- The Clash

29 ---- The Who

30 ---- Nirvana

31 ---- Johnny Cash

32 ---- Smokey Robinson and the Miracle

33 ---- The Everly Brothers

34 ---- Neil Young

35 ---- Michael Jackson

36 ---- Madonna

37 ---- Roy Orbison

38 ---- John Lennon

39 ---- David Bowie

40 ---- Simon & Garfunkel

41 ---- Doors

42 ---- Van Morrison

43 ---- Sly and the Family Stone

44 ---- Public Enemy

45 ---- The Byrds

46 ---- Janis Joplin

47 ---- Patti Smith

48 ---- Run DMC

49 ---- Elton John

50 ---- The Band

51 ---- Pink Floyd

52 ---- Queen

53 ---- The Allman Brothers

54 ---- Howlin' Wolf

55 ---- Eric Clapton

56 ---- Dr Dre

57 ---- Grateful Dead

58 ---- Parliament & Funkadelic

59 ---- Aerosmith

60 ---- Sex Pistols

61 ---- Metallica

62 ---- Joni Mitchell

63 ---- Tina Turner

64 ---- Phil Spector

65 ---- The Kinks

66 ---- Al Green

67 ---- Cream

68 ---- Temptations

69 ---- Jackie Wilson

70 ---- The Police

71 ---- Frank Zappa

72 ---- AC DC

73 ---- Radiohead

74 ---- Hank Williams

75 ---- Eagles

76 ---- The Shirelles

77 ---- Beastie Boys

78 ---- The Stooges

79 ---- Four Tops

80 ---- Elvis Costello

81 ---- The Drifters

82 ---- CCR

83 ---- Eminem

84 ---- James Taylor

85 ---- Black Sabbath

86 ---- Tupac Shakur

87 ---- Gram Parsons

88 ---- Jay-Z

89 ---- Yardbirds

90 ---- Carlos Santana

91 ---- Tom Petty

92 ---- Guns & Roses

93 ---- Booker T and the MGs

94 ---- Nine Inch Nails

95 ---- Lynyrd Skiynyrd

96 ---- Diana Ross and the Supremes

97 ---- REM

98 ---- Curtis Mayfield

99 ---- Carl Perkins

100 --- Talking Heads

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If I have misspelled anything please let me know, so that I can correct it.

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Reply #1 posted 09/17/16 1:43pm

EmmaMcG

No real surprises. Agree or disagree (and for what it's worth, I strongly disagree) these are the artists most people would expect to be on such a list.


Remember that overrated artists thread from a month or two ago? Well, the top 5 of this list would probably all qualify for that thread.
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Reply #2 posted 09/17/16 2:42pm

rhythmtonic

Hmmm. Beach Boys ranked higher than Stevie Wonder? Interesting... interesting. Nirvana ranked above MJ? Intriguing. Madonna above Bowie? Sacrilege.

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Reply #3 posted 09/17/16 2:56pm

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I don't think that U2 even belongs on this list let alone be in the 22 spot.

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If we must include U2 it should be in the 100 spot.

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And 'Tenacious D' isn't on the list at all and they should be in the number one spot. wink

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Reply #4 posted 09/17/16 3:16pm

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The Stones before Chuck?

There would be no Rolling Stones without Chuck Berry and even Mick said so.

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Reply #5 posted 09/17/16 3:33pm

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#28 - The Clark
I wouldn't put The Clark in the top 100
Makes no sense
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Reply #6 posted 09/17/16 3:39pm

mjscarousal

This list is a JOKE and so is Rolling Stones.

Elvis OVER Stevie Wonder, Little Richard and Marvin Gaye??????? BAAHAHAHAAAHAHAAHA

U2 OVER Prince and Michael????

Nirvana over Michael???

In what universe??!?!?!

U2 and Jay Z should not be on this list IMHO

Michael, David Bowie and Queen should be much much higher.....

The Beatles should not be in the number one spot. I like a few Beatle songs but they are mad overrated. They are not the most influential artist of all time.

Its interesting how RS placed Beatles and Elvis in the top 3, two of the biggest selling acts of all time but did not place Michael up there with them. If the top 3 criteria is based solely on sells then Michael deserves to be right after the Beatles.

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Reply #7 posted 09/17/16 3:57pm

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How does anyone make a list like this and completely forget to include the Bee Gees? It's criminal how underrated they are.

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Reply #8 posted 09/17/16 4:38pm

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Dr Dre ahead of Parliament/Funkadelic falloff And U2 should NOT be ahead of Prince disbelief

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Make it so, Number One...
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Reply #9 posted 09/17/16 4:53pm

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UncleJam said:

Dr Dre ahead of Parliament/Funkadelic falloff And U2 should NOT be ahead of Prince disbelief

[Edited 9/17/16 16:40pm]

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U2 should not be ahead of anyone.

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Reply #10 posted 09/17/16 5:14pm

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Geezus, Prince belongs right up there in the top 10. Whoever put this list together needs to be bitch-slapped a few times. nod wink

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Reply #11 posted 09/17/16 7:11pm

avajane

I always wondered what are the demographics of those who come up with such lists. How come there's so few women on the list and why are most artists listed here have their peak in the 1950-1960s, surely there were great artists that came before and after? There's only 8 women on the list (that's 8% while 92% are male), excluding bands that have women members and it's as if they put Aretha in 9th place in order to not make the disparity even more obvious in the top ten category. I mean you have to go down all the way to n.36 to find the next woman and that's Madonna. Not too mention there's a favoritism over classic rock, I mean you have Led Zeppelin, Cream, and the Yardbirds there when they are variations of a similar sound. they even have some of the same band members. Then again you have ACDC and U2 on the list, so how can I take this list seriously in the first place.
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Reply #12 posted 09/17/16 7:23pm

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Nirvana is most overrated band ever.
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Reply #13 posted 09/17/16 8:03pm

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avajane said:

why are most artists listed here have their peak in the 1950-1960s, surely there were great artists that came before and after? Not too mention there's a favoritism over classic rock, I mean you have Led Zeppelin, Cream, and the Yardbirds there when they are variations of a similar sound. they even have some of the same band members.

Because Jann Wenner is a baby boomer and what is now called classic rock was the main focus in the early years of Rolling Stone. Rock fans were the main buyers of RS during that time. I used to read Rolling Stone in the 1980s & 1990s and even subcribed to it for awhile. So not much on this list is a suprise to me, just like most of who is inducted in the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame isn't. Jann & RS is behind the hall. RS was always praising Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys and one year had the Sex Pistols album as the best in history, even above The Beatles who are usually at the top.

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Reply #14 posted 09/17/16 9:46pm

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Saw this list years ago but I'll play along.

A Rolling Stone "Best of" list consisting mostly of rock acts with the Beatles ranked #1.

What a surprise rolleyes
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Reply #15 posted 09/17/16 11:38pm

NorthC

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The Stones before Chuck?



There would be no Rolling Stones without Chuck Berry and even Mick said so.

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True, but The Stones were more creative in their songwriting. I can't imagine Chuck Berry writing Sympathy For the Devil or Gimme Shelter. Just like Prince was a more creative songwriter than Sly Stone. And that's coming from someone who absolutely loves Sly's music. Being first doesn't automatically mean you're "better" than the acts you inspire.
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Reply #16 posted 09/17/16 11:42pm

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QueenofCardboard said:

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I don't think that U2 even belongs on this list let alone be in the 22 spot.


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If we must include U2 it should be in the 100 spot.


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And 'Tenacious D' isn't on the list at all and they should be in the number one spot. wink


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When I was in school, I remember U2 as the most popular and talked about band (among the guys anyway.) I'm not a big fan myself, but they were huge in the 80s/ early 90s. They even beat The Stones' record of doing the best selling tour ever. So they must have been doing something right.
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Reply #17 posted 09/17/16 11:49pm

NorthC

If we change the title to "Greatest ROCK Artists Ever" then I can agree with this list. Of course I would put Prince in the top ten but that would mean either Ray or Richard would need to go... confuse Damn! Making a top ten isn't as easy as you think...
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Reply #19 posted 09/18/16 12:11am

mjscarousal

How is U2 influential and groundbreaking in the grand scheme of music? I've always wanted to know that. They are always listed in these types of list and I never understood why.

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mjscarousal said:

How is U2 influential and groundbreaking in the grand scheme of music? I've always wanted to know that. They are always listed in these types of list and I never understood why.

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I think that they get points for being the only big band from Ireland.

And for being such out spoken antiwar pacifists against the IRA and the terrorism in Ireland.

They were huge in the late eighties and early nineties, but that doesn't mean that they deserve to be ranked above Prince, David Bowie, Neil Young, Michael Jackson, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, CCR, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel and so many others.

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Reply #21 posted 09/18/16 2:14am

Adorecream

Shouldn't be any shit hop on the list at all, or any post 2000 only artists. Shit hop has added NOTHING to the tapestry of modern music.

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Are glad that Prince is above MJ and Madonna, that is the one good thing about the list.

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Elvis Presley is waaaaaayyyyyyyy overated, I think Elbvis Costello should be higher than him.

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Who the fuck is the Clark and its Bruce Springsteen not Stien. And its Diana not Dianna.

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The Clark is probably a typo and means The Clash.
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NorthC said:

The Clark is probably a typo and means The Clash.
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The Dave Clarke Five.
PRINCE: Always and Forever
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Reply #24 posted 09/18/16 9:38am

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Who cares what a bunch of hippies from the 60s think are the top artists. This rag isn't even relevant or taken seriously anymore. It's a relic of the past much like MTV.
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Reply #25 posted 09/18/16 11:13am

mjscarousal

QueenofCardboard said:

mjscarousal said:

How is U2 influential and groundbreaking in the grand scheme of music? I've always wanted to know that. They are always listed in these types of list and I never understood why.

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I think that they get points for being the only big band from Ireland.

And for being such out spoken antiwar pacifists against the IRA and the terrorism in Ireland.

They were huge in the late eighties and early nineties, but that doesn't mean that they deserve to be ranked above Prince, David Bowie, Neil Young, Michael Jackson, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, CCR, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel and so many others.

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I agree. I do like that Bono is very outspoken on social welfare issues and humanity but as you mentioned that is no reason to rank them higher than those other artists who are far more influential and groundbreaking.

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mjscarousal

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Shouldn't be any shit hop on the list at all, or any post 2000 only artists. Shit hop has added NOTHING to the tapestry of modern music.

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Are glad that Prince is above MJ and Madonna, that is the one good thing about the list.

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Elvis Presley is waaaaaayyyyyyyy overated, I think Elbvis Costello should be higher than him.

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Who the fuck is the Clark and its Bruce Springsteen not Stien. And its Diana not Dianna.

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Rolling Stones has always ranked Prince higher than MJ and Madonna. Its obvious they think more highly of Prince (and that takes nothing away from the other two) I wasn't really surprised by that. They always snub Michael and underrate him. I personally think both MJ and Prince should be in the top 25.

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I also question whether or not James Taylor should be on this list.

I love James Taylor, but he is guilty of writing the same song 100 different ways.

The guy never deviated from his formula.

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Personally, I would replace him with Fleetwood Mac.

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I think that Cat Stevens is better and more original than James Taylor.

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Nobody sounds like Cat Stevens.

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And his song 'Wild World' is just as good as James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain'

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I put James Taylor in the same category as I would put John Denver.

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Reply #28 posted 09/18/16 12:04pm

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Adorecream said:

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Who the fuck is The Clark and its Bruce Springsteen not Stien. And its Diana not Dianna.

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Thanks for catching that.

I was wondering that myself. lol falloff lol

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Reply #29 posted 09/18/16 1:40pm

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QueenofCardboard said:

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I also question whether or not James Taylor should be on this list.


I love James Taylor, but he is guilty of writing the same song 100 different ways.


The guy never deviated from his formula.


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Personally, I would replace him with Fleetwood Mac.


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I think that Cat Stevens is better and more original than James Taylor.


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Nobody sounds like Cat Stevens.


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And his song 'Wild World' is just as good as James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain'


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I put James Taylor in the same category as I would put John Denver.


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