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Who tops your list?Posted Monday, June 29, 2009, at 9:33 AM
When I got to work Monday morning, one of the first things I thought of doing was coming up with an idea for a new blog that I could post.
This past weekend gave me plenty of ideas for a blog.
I elected to write about what I have referred to as the "Holy Trinity" of music.
The "Holy Trinity" is -- in order -- The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
These artists, in my opinion, are arguably the greatest artists of all time.
While researching on the Internet for "lists" of the greatest entertainers of all time, I came upon "The Immortals," a list of the top 100 recording artists, solo or group, of all time.
The list was published in 2004 by Rolling Stone.
This list made me scratch my head several times, trying to figure out what they were possibly thinking when they came up with it.
The Beatles topped the list, which I don't really have a problem with. Presley was third on their list while Jackson was 35th.
I know and understand this was five years ago. At that time, Jackson was embroiled in major scandal. But to place him 35th? The artist with the top-selling album of all time? Are you kidding?
Anyway, it got me thinking that perhaps I could put together a list of the greatest performers in music history.
I think I can.
Anyway, the following is that list. I only created a top 50. Of course, this is open to controversy and more and I encourage you to comment on anyone I may have left out or where artists have been placed.
Anyway, here we go:
Top 50 entertainers of all-time (music only):
1. The Beatles -- They can be argued, but few can deny their influence on others.
2. Michael Jackson -- The greatest selling album of all time. What more can be said?
3. Elvis Presley -- He changed the course of music history.
4. Chuck Berry -- Perhaps the inventor of Rock N Roll as we know it.
5. Prince -- In the 1980s, perhaps only Jackson out-did him.
6. Madonna -- Not a big fan, but she deserves to be high on the list.
7. David Bowie -- A lot of people overlook his ability and influence on others.
8. Aretha Franklin -- The "Queen of Soul."
9. Louis Armstrong -- Representing Jazz.
10. Frank Sinatra -- Give into the swing.
11. Duran Duran -- Helped usher in a new style.
12. Bob Dylan -- His influence should be noted.
13. Jimi Hendrix -- Guitar god.
14. James Brown -- The Godfather of Soul.
15. Bob Marley -- Representing reggae.
16. Led Zeppelin -- Hard to argue this selection.
17. Johnny Cash -- Our first country music legend.
18. N.W.A. -- The start for rappers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
19. The Beach Boys -- Showing love for the surf.
20. Buddy Holly -- An inspiration to many.
21. The Rolling Stones -- Longevity.
22. The Eagles -- There's something to be said for having the second greatest selling album of all time.
23. Queen -- Freddie Mercury -- enough said.
24. Willie Nelson -- Our second country music icon.
25. Stevie Wonder -- Put together a string of superb albums in the 70s.
26. Eric Clapton -- Showing "Slow Hand" some love.
27. Guns N Roses -- "Appetite for Destruction" is a fantastic statement.
28. The Yardbirds -- Without them, would we have heard Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jeff Beck?
29. Grateful Dead -- Psychodelic rock indeed.
30. Sly and the Family Stone -- Funk at its best.
31. The Doors -- Jim Morrison and Co. getting love.
32. The Ramones -- Arguably the world's first Punk-Rock band.
33. Ray Charles -- Some of the best R&B of all time.
34. The Who -- Created some of the best music ever.
35. Miles Davis -- Contemporary jazz. Just so fluid.
36. Carl Perkins -- "Blue Suede Shoes" is a fantastic song.
37. Metallica -- Pioneers for the metal world.
38. Tom Petty -- Simple, fun rock.
39. The Cure -- The beginning of "Alternative" music?
40. R.E.M. -- See above.
41. Hank Williams -- A true country music icon.
42. Little Richard -- "Tutti Fruiti," and "Good Golly Miss Molly."
43. Muddy Waters -- A blues legend.
44. Marvin Gaye -- Smooth R&B at its best.
45. U2 -- They have been extremely influential.
46. The Clash -- Brought punk to the masses.
47. Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- Some of the best pure pop of all time.
48. Elton John -- Has been under appreciated.
49. Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Fathers of Southern Rock.
50. Chicago -- Have always been greatly under appreciated.
I'm sure I left out some great artists in this list. But when making things like this, a lot of people can be forgotten.
If you think someone is missing from this list, let me know. Provide your own. Who do you think are the greatest entertainers of all time? Who is No. 1 on your list?
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