Saturday, September 11, 2010

Soul/R&B/Hip-Hop/Gospel/Jazz/Funk/Rock Greatest Artists of All Time

Soul/R&B/Hip-Hop/Gospel/Jazz/Funk/Rock Greatest Artists of All Time

To say that I am pissed at the list of Vh1”Greatest Artists of All Time” is a understatement. It seems like Rhythm and Blues singers still fail to get the same respect as their counterparts in Rock and Pop. No Gospel artist even made the list. Which was/is extremely disappointing considering both R&B and Rock has made their way from the church house.

How did I get this list? Most of the artists on the top are complete artists. Meaning they are both writers, singers and even dancers. They are not one trick pony’s but they are all around great. I looked at the influence they had on music, impact they made on future artist, their genre, and in some cases future genre’s. Great voices/singers got as much credit as any artist that were a virtuoso at a instrument. Popularity/Sales were taken into account but that was one of the last things of importance on this list. To judge an artist merely by sales and not talent would be a complete disaster and this list would be no better than Vh1’s.


1. Michael Jackson
2. Stevie Wonder
3. Ray Charles
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Little Richard
6. Aretha Franklin
7. Muddy Waters
8. Chuck Berry
9. Miles Davis
10. James Brown
11. Buddy Guy
12. Smokey Robinson
13. Prince
14. Rev. James Cleveland
15. Bob Dylan
16. Sam Cooke
17. Bob Marley
18. The Rolling Stones
19. Marvin Gaye
20. Otis Redding
21. Louis Armstrong
22. Clara Ward
23. Eric Clapton
24. B.B. King
25. Sly & the Family Stone
26. Nina Simone
27. The Isley Brothers
28. Elvis Presley
29. Fats Domino
30. The Beatles
31. Run-DMC
32. Ella Fitzgerald
33. Elton John
34. Mahalia Jackson
35. Duke Ellington
36. Curtis Mayfield
37. Janis Joplin
38. Howlin’ Wolf
39. Parliament and Funkadelic
40. Ike & Tina Turner
41. Frank Sinatra
42. Jackie Wilson
43. Aerosmith
44. Earth Wind & Fire
45. Jerry Lee Lewis
46. The Roberta Martin Singers
47. Led Zeppelin
48. Tupac
49. The Dells
50. Al Green
51. Edwin Hawkins Singers
52. Buddy Holly
53. The Four Seasons
54. Janet Jackson
55. The Temptations
56. R. Kelly
57. Johnny Cash
58. John Coltrane
59. Jose Feliciano
60. The Caravans
61. The Drifters
62. Carlos Santana
63. Garth Brooks
64. Nirvana
65. Cream
66. Neil Young
67. Dr. Dre
68. Madonna
69. AC/DC
70. The Velvet Underground
71. Isaac Hayes
72. Black Sabbath
73. Whitney Houston
74. The Commodores
75. Notorious B.I.G
76. Gloria Estefan & The Miami Sound Machine
77. The Beach Boys
78. Bruce Springsteen
79. Nat King Cole
80. Albert King
81. Joni Mitchell
82. Sting
83. Public Enemy
84. Chaka Khan
85. Bobby Womack
86. Mariah Carey
87. Mary Wells
88. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
89. The Four Tops
90. Stevie Ray Vaughn
91.Carol King
92. Mary J. Blige
93. Jay-Z
94. The Supremes
95. The Shirelles
96. Sarah Vaughan
97. The Clark Sisters
98. Lauryn Hill
99. Babyface
100. Patti Labelle

2 comments:

  1. I looked at the influence they had on music, impact they made on future artist, their genre, and in some cases future genre’s. Great voices/singers got as much credit as any artist that were a virtuoso at a instrument. Popularity/Sales were taken into account.

    When it got really hard...I just flipped a coin (joking). Actually I took a non-scientific survey of who is greater ex: Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson.

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