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musicjunky318

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Top 10 Pop Culture Icons of the Past 50 years

10. Paul Newman
9. Princess Diana
8. The Beatles
7. Oprah Winfrey
6. Muhammad Ali
5. Michael Jackson
4. Marilyn Monroe
3. Frank Sinatra
2. Madonna
1. Elvis

http://www.nydailynews.co...years.html

Thoughts?

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Reply #1 posted 01/22/11 5:15pm

smoothcriminal
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That list is horrible. Elvis should be lower. Madonna should be lower. Frank Sinatra should be only slightly lower. Marilyn Monroe is fine. The Beatles should be higher. Michael Jackson should be higher. Princess Diana should be higher. That list is all kinds of wrong.

Of course, this is all based on personal preference.

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Reply #2 posted 01/22/11 5:21pm

Glindathegood

Why should Diana be higher? She was only famous because she married someone with wealth and fame. Elvis and Madonna did things for themselves and created something through their own hard work.

Marilyn Monroe is an icon more because she was a victim and died young and not because of her actual work.

I've always found Oprah Winfrey very overrated so I would put her lower.

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Reply #3 posted 01/22/11 5:30pm

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Everybody's personal lists would be slightly different or similar in some way due to everyone's unique, personal perspective. Who's to say who's list is correct or incorrect? If it's your list, you're going to likely think your list is correct. If it's not your list, you're likely going to think it's incorrect. Such is the way of human thinking! LOL.

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Reply #4 posted 01/22/11 5:36pm

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Reply #5 posted 01/22/11 5:41pm

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Reply #6 posted 01/22/11 5:43pm

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Reply #7 posted 01/22/11 5:52pm

lastdecember

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musicjunky318 said:

10. Paul Newman
9. Princess Diana
8. The Beatles
7. Oprah Winfrey
6. Muhammad Ali
5. Michael Jackson
4. Marilyn Monroe
3. Frank Sinatra
2. Madonna
1. Elvis

http://www.nydailynews.co...years.html

Thoughts?

Honestly i would take Paul Newman off, though i think hes great, no way on this list. The Beatles should be way higher than 8, the Beatles behind Oprah??? Jesus christ already to me the Beatles are 2 easily, screw Madonna, she is 10 or 9 Frankie, hes cool but way too high, and Princess Di, again, i wouldnt have her on the list.


"We went where our music was appreciated, and that was everywhere but the USA, we knew we had fans, but there is only so much of the world you can play at once" Magne F
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Reply #8 posted 01/22/11 5:59pm

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I don't know why yal are tryin to come for Diana.

2.5 billion people watched the woman's funeral.

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Reply #9 posted 01/22/11 6:15pm

lastdecember

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musicjunky318 said:

I don't know why yal are tryin to come for Diana.

2.5 billion people watched the woman's funeral.

and? She was influential, to a point, but what did she do? married a Prince? ok, had charities, ok, so how about Mother Theresa, she did a hell of alot more for the poor than Diana did. She was tabloid fodder, im guessing Kim Kardashian was number 12 on this list


"We went where our music was appreciated, and that was everywhere but the USA, we knew we had fans, but there is only so much of the world you can play at once" Magne F
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Reply #10 posted 01/22/11 6:26pm

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lastdecember said:

musicjunky318 said:

I don't know why yal are tryin to come for Diana.

2.5 billion people watched the woman's funeral.

and? She was influential, to a point, but what did she do? married a Prince? ok, had charities, ok, so how about Mother Theresa, she did a hell of alot more for the poor than Diana did. She was tabloid fodder, im guessing Kim Kardashian was number 12 on this list

The public liked her and admired her for the good that she contributed. Billions of people just don't sit around to watch anybody's funeral. The woman had a following, forget how she got it. The point is she had one. Many felt she used her bully pulpit for positivity only later to be destroyed by that same celebrity.

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Reply #11 posted 01/22/11 11:15pm

thatruth

I like the list, it doesn't matter who's #1, the list is accurate but:

Although this is a music website and sports is rarely talked about on here, an important figure is clearly missing from this list.

I don't have to say his name, all you have to say is basketball and you already know who it is, same initials as another icon on the list.

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Reply #12 posted 01/22/11 11:31pm

Timmy84

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I like the list, it doesn't matter who's #1, the list is accurate but:

Although this is a music website and sports is rarely talked about on here, an important figure is clearly missing from this list.

I don't have to say his name, all you have to say is basketball and you already know who it is, same initials as another icon on the list.

Jordan, right? lol

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Reply #13 posted 01/22/11 11:32pm

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MickyDolenz said:

^ This. I mean if you're going to add people like Muhammad Ali, then you almost have to include Bruce Lee.

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Reply #14 posted 01/22/11 11:34pm

Timmy84

LayzieKrayzie said:

MickyDolenz said:

^ This. I mean if you're going to add people like Muhammad Ali, then you almost have to include Bruce Lee.

I always include him in my list lol

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Reply #15 posted 01/22/11 11:48pm

Arnotts

Marilyn Monroe is a bigger icon than Madonna. So is Michael. I agree with Elvis being number one though. Elvis and Marilyn are the two most identifiable stars of all time. Michael was number 3 even when he was alive so now that hes dead it should be acknowledged. Madonna and Beatles should be 4th and 5th. The rest of the list are much more debatable.

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Reply #16 posted 01/22/11 11:51pm

Glindathegood

thatruth said:

I like the list, it doesn't matter who's #1, the list is accurate but:

Although this is a music website and sports is rarely talked about on here, an important figure is clearly missing from this list.

I don't have to say his name, all you have to say is basketball and you already know who it is, same initials as another icon on the list.

I was thinking Magic Johnson. He was one of the first to admit he was HIV+. He showed HIV is not a death sentence. He is bigger than sports and has done so much for the African American community and also people with HIV. He supports the gay community in a way that most sports figures don't.

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Reply #17 posted 01/22/11 11:59pm

Timmy84

Glindathegood said:

thatruth said:

I like the list, it doesn't matter who's #1, the list is accurate but:

Although this is a music website and sports is rarely talked about on here, an important figure is clearly missing from this list.

I don't have to say his name, all you have to say is basketball and you already know who it is, same initials as another icon on the list.

I was thinking Magic Johnson. He was one of the first to admit he was HIV+. He showed HIV is not a death sentence. He is bigger than sports and has done so much for the African American community and also people with HIV. He supports the gay community in a way that most sports figures don't.

Not quite but I commend Magic for all of that. I think thatruth meant Michael Jordan.

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Reply #18 posted 01/23/11 12:46am

thatruth

Glindathegood said:

thatruth said:

I like the list, it doesn't matter who's #1, the list is accurate but:

Although this is a music website and sports is rarely talked about on here, an important figure is clearly missing from this list.

I don't have to say his name, all you have to say is basketball and you already know who it is, same initials as another icon on the list.

I was thinking Magic Johnson. He was one of the first to admit he was HIV+. He showed HIV is not a death sentence. He is bigger than sports and has done so much for the African American community and also people with HIV. He supports the gay community in a way that most sports figures don't.

I love Magic, I grew up watching him play, I met him before, and you're right about all the above mentioned and he help put the NBA back on the map in the 80s.

But as far as pop culture is concern, Timmy was right, I was talking about Michael Jordan. MJ took the NBA to another level.

He should be on the list because everybody knows who Michael Jordan was even if you didn't follow sports that much, love him or hate him.

If you're talking about an athlete whose has great importance in history that transcends sports, then the list has it absolutely correct with Muhammad Ali (my personal hero).

Michael Jordan was and still is apart of pop culture, Air Jordan shoes, Gatorade, Wheaties, guys in the NBA wear long baggy shorts now because of MJ. Kobe and Lebron or any other great NBA player today is being compared to MJ.

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Reply #19 posted 01/23/11 12:49am

purplesweat

Michael should be #1. Probably tied with Elvis, I guess. Michael has inspired so much, it's almost too difficult to document. Every artist on the scene since the late 80s onwards takes something from his legacy/music/anything. Not every artist is inspired by Elvis in that way, despite his mega fame. Marilyn is more iconic for her look and being the quintessential old Hollywood icon as well as that hidden personality/brain. The rest, eh, except the Beatles. MJ, Elvis, Monroe, Beatles - no one else can compete with any of them and the legacy they left behind.

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Reply #20 posted 01/23/11 4:46am

scorp84

Paul Newman - OFF

Michael Jordan - ON

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Reply #21 posted 01/23/11 6:30am

Unholyalliance

musicjunky318 said:

10. Paul Newman
9. Princess Diana
8. The Beatles
7. Oprah Winfrey
6. Muhammad Ali
5. Michael Jackson
4. Marilyn Monroe
3. Frank Sinatra
2. Madonna
1. Elvis

This list is stupid and so is the author. How the hell are Elvis & Madonna higher than the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Princess Diana?! Where the hell is Bruce Lee?

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Reply #22 posted 01/23/11 6:46am

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I don't think Princess Diana should be on that list at all - she was not "pop culture". She was not in the performing arts in any way, shape or form.

If anything, she'd be in a different class akin to "World Leader" or "World Figure". Not pop culture.

I'd remove Paul Newman and Muhammed Ali too . . . they were both outstanding in their respective fields, but weren't "icons".

As short as his career was, James Dean would fit this list better than Newman.

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Reply #23 posted 01/23/11 6:50am

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Elizabeth Taylor should be on there!

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Reply #24 posted 01/23/11 6:53am

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Se7en said:

I don't think Princess Diana should be on that list at all - she was not "pop culture". She was not in the performing arts in any way, shape or form.

If anything, she'd be in a different class akin to "World Leader" or "World Figure". Not pop culture.

I'd remove Paul Newman and Muhammed Ali too . . . they were both outstanding in their respective fields, but weren't "icons".

As short as his career was, James Dean would fit this list better than Newman.

Ali is an icon. A BIG one.

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Reply #25 posted 01/23/11 6:55am

Unholyalliance

Se7en said:

I don't think Princess Diana should be on that list at all - she was not "pop culture". She was not in the performing arts in any way, shape or form.

If anything, she'd be in a different class akin to "World Leader" or "World Figure". Not pop culture.

I'd remove Paul Newman and Muhammed Ali too . . . they were both outstanding in their respective fields, but weren't "icons".

As short as his career was, James Dean would fit this list better than Newman.

Do you not know what 'pop culture' means?

Here:

Definitions of pop culture.

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Reply #26 posted 01/23/11 7:07am

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musicjunky318 said:

10. Paul Newman
9. Princess Diana
8. The Beatles
7. Oprah Winfrey
6. Muhammad Ali
5. Michael Jackson
4. Marilyn Monroe
3. Frank Sinatra
2. Madonna
1. Elvis

http://www.nydailynews.co...years.html

Thoughts?

Elvis and Sinatra should be lower, Elvis peak was the 50s (+ 1968-1970), and Frankie's peak were the '40s and '50s

and Paul Newman??? really?? more like Marlon Brando (his peak were the '50s, yes, but in the '70s he made his impressive comeback: The Godfather), Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford or even Ah-Nuld. Monroe?? her peak were the '50s. What about Meryl Streep?? And I don't get the Oprah thing, she's extremely popular in the US, yes, but that's about it. neutral And no politicians? and what about the evil/negative pop culture icons??? And in terms of popularity, M.Jordan "kills" Ali...

My list (not very different, anyway)

1.The Beatles (still extremely popular/current, 09/09/09....)

2.Osama Bin Laden

3.Michael Jackson

4.JFK

5.Madonna

6.Steven Spielberg

7.Michael Jordan

8.Princess Di (perhaps the most popular aristocrat of the last 50 years, yes)

9.Elvis

10.Harrison Ford (Indy and Han Solo?? you can't beat that)

this list is for the last 50 YEARS. Sorry, but people like Sinatra, M.Monroe, K.Hepburn, Churchill, James Dean, Bogart etc, belong to the Past 60/70 years ...

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Reply #27 posted 01/23/11 7:22am

hhhhdmt

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musicjunky318 said:

10. Paul Newman
9. Princess Diana
8. The Beatles
7. Oprah Winfrey
6. Muhammad Ali
5. Michael Jackson
4. Marilyn Monroe
3. Frank Sinatra
2. Madonna
1. Elvis

http://www.nydailynews.co...years.html

Thoughts?

Elvis and Sinatra should be lower, Elvis peak was the 50s (+ 1968-1970), and Frankie's peak were the '40s and '50s

and Paul Newman??? really?? more like Marlon Brando (his peak were the '50s, yes, but in the '70s he made his impressive comeback: The Godfather), Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford or even Ah-Nuld. Monroe?? her peak were the '50s. What about Meryl Streep?? And I don't get the Oprah thing, she's extremely popular in the US, yes, but that's about it. neutral And no politicians? and what about the evil/negative pop culture icons??? And in terms of popularity, M.Jordan "kills" Ali...

My list (not very different, anyway)

1.The Beatles (still extremely popular/current, 09/09/09....)

2.Osama Bin Laden

3.Michael Jackson

4.JFK

5.Madonna

6.Steven Spielberg

7.Michael Jordan

8.Princess Di (perhaps the most popular aristocrat of the last 50 years, yes)

9.Elvis

10.Harrison Ford (Indy and Han Solo?? you can't beat that)

this list is for the last 50 YEARS. Sorry, but people like Sinatra, M.Monroe, K.Hepburn, Churchill, James Dean, Bogart etc, belong to the Past 60/70 years ...

lol

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Reply #28 posted 01/23/11 7:58am

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Osama Bin Laden? What the?...

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Reply #29 posted 01/23/11 8:19am

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smoothcriminal12 said:

Osama Bin Laden? What the?...

lol lol lol

yeah, WTF? and dude ranked him even higher than muhfuckin Michael Jackson!!

Osama, a pop icon?? hum... You must have a weird definition of what a pop icon is lol

My list :

1. The Beatles

2. Michael Jackson

3. Madonna

4. Clint Eastwood

5. Steven Spielberg

6. David Bowie

7. JK Rowling/Harry Potter (I hate HP, but i must admit, she did her "thing")

8. Andy Warhol/Jean Michel Basquiat (a tie)

9. Serge Gainsbourg

10. Motown artists

Everybody is somebody, but nobody wants to be themselves.
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