100 Greatest Musical Artists Of All Time

In 2010, VH1 released their list of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time. Although I don't agree with several aspects of the list (and I'm certainly not the only one), this is VH1's list, not mine. See how many of these bands and singers you can name.
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Last updated: March 30, 2020
First submittedJune 25, 2012
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FYI, some of the last names will work, some won't, depending on other artists on the list.
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Answer
100.
Alicia Keys
99.
Hall And Oates
98.
Depeche Mode
97.
Pretenders
96.
Journey
95.
OutKast
94.
Mariah Carey
93.
Pearl Jam
92.
LL Cool J
91.
Green Day
90.
Elvis Costello
89.
Beastie Boys
88.
The Bee Gees
87.
George Michael
86.
N.W.A.
85.
The Band
84.
Curtis Mayfield
83.
Earth, Wind And Fire
82.
Steely Dan
81.
ABBA
80.
Mary J. Blige
79.
Eminem
78.
Judas Priest
77.
Lynyrd Skynyrd
76.
Run-D.M.C.
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Answer
75.
Rush
74.
The Cure
73.
Van Morrison
72.
Janis Joplin
71.
R.E.M.
70.
Def Leppard
69.
Tupac Shakur
68.
Otis Redding
67.
Coldplay
66.
Justin Timberlake
65.
The Doors
64.
Talking Heads
63.
The Notorious B.I.G.
62.
Genesis
61.
Cream
60.
Whitney Houston
59.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
58.
Cheap Trick
57.
Iggy Pop And The Stooges
56.
KISS
55.
Peter Gabriel
54.
Public Enemy
53.
Little Richard
52.
Beyoncé Knowles
51.
Billy Joel
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Answer
50.
Sade
49.
Parliament Funkadelic
48.
Rage Against The Machine
47.
Jay-Z
46.
Al Green
45.
The Ramones
44.
Joni Mitchell
43.
Ray Charles
42.
Metallica
41.
Van Halen
40.
The Police
39.
The Kinks
38.
Sly And The Family Stone
37.
Fleetwood Mac
36.
Paul McCartney
35.
Johnny Cash
34.
Tina Turner
33.
Guns N' Roses
32.
Black Sabbath
31.
John Lennon
30.
Aerosmith
29.
Radiohead
28.
Elton John
27.
Aretha Franklin
26.
Neil Young
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Answer
25.
Chuck Berry
24.
The Velvet Underground
23.
AC/DC
22.
The Clash
21.
Bruce Springsteen
20.
Marvin Gaye
19.
U2
18.
Pink Floyd
17.
Queen
16.
Madonna
15.
The Beach Boys
14.
Nirvana
13.
The Who
12.
David Bowie
11
Bob Marley
10.
Stevie Wonder
9.
James Brown
8.
Elvis Presley
7.
Prince
6.
Jimi Hendrix
5.
Bob Dylan
4.
The Rolling Stones
3.
Led Zeppelin
2.
Michael Jackson
1.
The Beatles
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Level 46
Jun 26, 2012
Great quiz! However, I think that either "Parliament" or "Funkadelic" should be acceptable for Parliament-Funkadelic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament-Funkadelic
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Level 52
Jun 27, 2012
Yeah, that probably wouldn't have hurt; but as long as you know who the band is, you can still type their name. Thanks for the feedback!
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Level 44
Jan 30, 2015
Actually, Parliament-Funkadelic is two bands: "Parliament" and "Funkadelic". The band's name itself is not "Parliament-Funkadelic", and nobody calls it that. The reason that they called it that was because both bands were led by the same guy, and they have pretty much the same sound. Not because the band is actually called "Parliament-Funkadelic".
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2016
Actually, AlexanderTheLarge, they are commonly known as P-Funk. Other quizzes accept them as that. And their sound is quite different - Funkadelic is more rock, ironically.
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Level 47
Apr 2, 2013
Quiz is good. List is terrible.
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Level 52
Apr 4, 2013
I agree somewhat. The list is tolerable, but I'd definitely make a few changes if it was up to me. Prince in front of Elvis Presley? Yeah right. I still find it hard to believe the Eagles and Buddy Holly didn't make the list.
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Level 32
Jun 3, 2013
prince should definitely not be before nirvana and pink floyd, and the fact that alicia keys and ll cool j made the list is a joke. i kept typing in the eagles, because i thought i must be typing it in wrong, but was extremely surprised to find they were not on the list
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Level 52
Jun 8, 2013
LL Cool J's definitely debatable, but I agree that Alicia Keys shouldn't be on the list at all. That's basically VH1 saying there are only 99 musical artists better than her (obviously not the case). I also couldn't believe the Eagles didn't make the list, as well as Buddy Holly, REO Speedwagon, Deep Purple, and several other artists. Funny thing is, when I watched the list on TV for the first time, I figured the top four had to be The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin in some order before it even said so, then realized The Eagles hadn't been listed yet. I was actually hoping they would make it into the top four instead of the Rolling Stones during the commercial break.
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Level 27
Dec 22, 2013
This is a good quiz, however - I typed in 'Patti Smith' and LL COOL J came up? I was joyful for a second that one of my favourite artists was on the list but no ;(
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Level 52
Dec 24, 2013
I'm kinda the one at fault for that... I decided to be pretty darn generous when making the quiz, and decided it'd be a good idea to accept last names for most of the solo artists (so Ciccone would work for Madonna, Penniman would work for Little Richard, etc.). Since LL Cool J's real name is James Smith, I put down "Smith" as an acceptable answer, considering nobody else on the list had the last name Smith. However, I completely forgot about Aerosmith (AeroSMITH) when putting that down, so now whenever someone puts down Aerosmith (Or just Smith in general), LL Cool J comes up. In my defense, it was about 2:00 in the morning when I started making this quiz. But either way, yes, I pretty much screwed up there. My bad.
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Level 72
Jan 8, 2014
VH1 has produced a really silly list when they call it greatest of all time. I got 37 but I probably typed in at least 100 artists. Eagles, Paul Simon, Dave Mathews, Eric Clapton, Traffic, Rod Stewart, Stevie Ray Vaugan, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, I could go on but you get the point. Many great selections on their list but many laughable as well. Fun to take though.
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Level 52
Jan 9, 2014
I couldn't agree more about how ridiculous some of the entrees were, but I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz! And yes, the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel (or either of them), and Grateful Dead definitely should've made the list. Rod Stewart, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jethro Tull are all debatable, but I wouldn't mind at all if they made it. I don't think Dave Matthews or Traffic should've made the cut, but they're both great acts for sure. As for Eric Clapton, Cream made the list, so that's enough to satisfy if you ask me. This is all my opinion though, so it doesn't mean all that much. Either way, thanks for taking this quiz!
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Level 72
Feb 16, 2014
Some debatable choices, but this list is much better than the 100 Greatest Women list. Oddly, they thought Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin weren't among the 100 Greatest Women but among the 100 Greatest Musical Acts.
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Level 52
Feb 17, 2014
Ridiculous, right? It's also kinda weird that on this list, Beyoncé was WAY higher up than Mariah Carey, yet on the 100 greatest women list, Mariah was just above Beyoncé. SO inconsistent...
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2016
Yeah, I stopped doing that one when they didn't have Aretha, who should've been number 1.
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Level 20
Apr 9, 2014
They hit most of the people that should be on there but not in the right order, like The Clash infront of AC/DC? Radiohead over Aerosmith? COLDPLAY?!?!?! over 33 that are better. Oh well. its just an opinion
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Level 52
Apr 10, 2014
I totally agree. To be honest, I don't think Radiohead should be on this list at all, but Aerosmith DEFINITELY got jipped. And yes, as much as I love Coldplay, they're still way too recent to earn a rank on this list (and I'm not even gonna start on Alicia Keys).
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2016
I totally agree that the Clash and Radiohead should be ahead of AC/DC. Both are widely respected and influential. And why is Aerosmith even on it?
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Level 74
Aug 11, 2014
So Justin Timberlake makes the list, but Frank Zappa doesn't? Who are these people? Who?!
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Level 52
Aug 12, 2014
More than 200 people who voted for their top 5. I have no idea where to find a list of everyone who voted, but there might be one somewhere. The only people I remember who voted were the members of Duran Duran... and somehow even they didn't make it.
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Level 43
Aug 17, 2014
The fact that The Doors are in the 60s makes me want to cry.
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Level 54
Jan 14, 2015
No Dire Straits???
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Level 52
Jan 14, 2015
Unfortunately, no. A few people voted for them though.
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Level 52
Oct 18, 2015
Meaning "the rock bands hipsters like best, or at least want people to think they like best." No Mozart, Sinatra, Miles, Satchmo, Ellington, Caruso...
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Level 30
May 29, 2017
Why no Weird Al Yankovic?
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Level 52
May 30, 2017
He's actually #0. Everyone knows he's the greatest musical artist of all time, so there's really no need to put him on the list, since it's such common knowledge.
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Level 45
Oct 11, 2017
"of all time"? Sinatra Streisand Bennett Mozart Bach Beethoven I could go on...
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Level 72
May 11, 2018
Yet another "greatest of all time" list that is totally subjective. I doubt some of the people who voted on this list have even a clue about many, many truly great musical artists in the past.
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Level 52
May 11, 2018
Hyperbole aside, it's essentially impossible to come up with a truly objective list for this topic. But when it comes down to it, this quiz is based on one list in particular (one I also disagree with to an extent), so it'll definitely be different than every other list you might come across.
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Level 57
Jul 1, 2019
Nina Simone? Louis Armstrong? Miriam Makeba?