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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Top 1000 Music Makers of All Time

There are plenty of best-of lists focused on the greatest artists or acts of all time. There are also specialized lists that look at best singers, songwriters, composers, producers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, pianists, etc. In fact, the DMDB has put together many such specialized lists. The intent of this list, however, is to compile a definitive list of music makers, i.e., anyone involved in making music. This list of 1000 individual music makers (no groups or duos included) covers the gamut of eras, genres, and various contributions to music. Note: individuals with groups named after them are included (examples: Tom Petty of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Charles Adams Prince of Prince’s Orchestra).

This is NOT a ranked list; rather, this is just an alphabetical presentation of the top 1000 music makers. Click here to see a list of the top 100 acts of all time. Click on any of the artists’ names below to see a more detailed entry offering an idea of why this individual made the cut.


    A

  1. Aaliyah
  2. Paula Abdul
  3. Roy Acuff
  4. Bryan Adams
  5. Lee Adams
  6. Cannonball Adderley
  7. Adele
  8. Lou Adler
  9. Christina Aguilera
  10. Akon
  11. Licia Albanese
  12. Damon Albarn
  13. Duane Allman
  14. Herb Alpert
  15. Tori Amos
  16. Bill Anderson
  17. John Anderson
  18. Leroy Anderson
  19. Lynn Anderson
  20. Marian Anderson
  21. Paul Anka
  22. Adam Ant
  23. Ray Anthony
  24. Harold Arlen
  25. Louis Armstrong
  26. Eddy Arnold
  27. Ashanti
  28. Richard Ashcroft
  29. Nickolas Ashford
  30. Fred Astaire
  31. Rick Astley
  32. Chet Atkins
  33. Gene Austin
  34. Gene Autry
  35. Frankie Avalon
  36. Charles Aznavour
    B

  37. Babyface
  38. Johann Sebastian Bach
  39. Burt Bacharach
  40. Joan Baez
  41. Mildred Bailey
  42. Pearl Bailey
  43. Anita Baker
  44. Chet Baker
  45. Ginger Baker
  46. LaVern Baker
  47. Hank Ballard
  48. Moe Bandy
  49. Samuel Barber
  50. Bobby Bare
  51. Charlie Barnet
  52. Syd Barrett
  53. Blue Barron
  54. Jeff Barry
  55. Dave Bartholomew
  56. Béla Bartók
  57. Count Basie
  58. Les Baxter
  59. Nora Bayes
  60. Sidney Bechet
  61. Beck
  62. Jeff Beck
  63. Ludwig Van Beethoven
  64. Bix Beiderbecke
  65. Harry Belafonte
  66. Pat Benatar
  67. Tex Beneke
  68. Tony Bennett
  69. George Benson
  70. Brook Benton
  71. Bunny Berigan
  72. Irving Berlin
  73. Hector Berlioz
  74. Ben Bernie
  75. Leonard Bernstein
  76. Chuck Berry
  77. Beyoncé
  78. Bez
  79. Georges Bizet
  80. Björk
  81. Bill Black
  82. Clint Black
  83. Ritchie Blackmore
  84. Chris Blackwell
  85. Otis Blackwell
  86. Eubie Blake
  87. Art Blakey
  88. Bobby “Blue” Bland
  89. Mary J. Blige
  90. Blind Blake
  91. Andrea Bocelli
  92. Jerry Bock
  93. Marc Bolan
  94. Michael Bolton
  95. John “Bonzo” Bonham
  96. Jon Bon Jovi
  97. Bono
  98. Pat Boone
  99. Connee Boswell
  100. David Bowie
  101. Owen Bradley
  102. Will Bradley
  103. Johannes Brahms
  104. Brandy
  105. Toni Braxton
  106. Teresa Brewer
  107. Elton Britt
  108. Garth Brooks
  109. Big Bill Broonzy
  110. Bobby Brown
  111. Charles Brown
  112. Chris Brown
  113. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  114. Clifford Brown
  115. Ian Brown
  116. James Brown
  117. Les Brown
  118. Roy Brown
  119. Ruth Brown
  120. Jackson Browne
  121. Dave Brubeck
  122. Jack Bruce
  123. Boudleaux Bryant
  124. Felice Bryant
  125. Peabo Bryson
  126. Jeff Buckley
  127. Jimmy Buffett
  128. Solomon Burke
  129. Sonny Burke
  130. T-Bone Burnett
  131. Henry Burr
  132. Kate Bush
  133. Jerry Butler
    C

  134. Sammy Cahn
  135. John Cale
  136. Maria Callas
  137. Cab Calloway
  138. Albert Campbell
  139. Glen Campbell
  140. Captain Beefheart
  141. Irene Cara
  142. Mariah Carey
  143. Frankie Carle
  144. Roberto Carlos
  145. Hoagy Carmichael
  146. Leroy Carr
  147. Vikki Carr
  148. Benny Carter
  149. Betty Carter
  150. Enrico Caruso
  151. Johnny Cash
  152. Carmen Cavallaro
  153. Nick Cave
  154. Gene Chandler
  155. Tracy Chapman
  156. Ray Charles
  157. Chubby Checker
  158. Cher
  159. Kenny Chesney
  160. Leonard Chess
  161. Frederic Chopin
  162. Charlie Christian
  163. Eric Clapton
  164. Buddy Clark
  165. Dick Clark
  166. Petula Clark
  167. Roy Clark
  168. Kelly Clarkson
  169. Les Claypool
  170. Reverend James Cleveland
  171. Van Cliburn
  172. Patsy Cline
  173. George Clinton
  174. Larry Clinton
  175. Rosemary Clooney
  176. Kurt Cobain
  177. Eddie Cochran
  178. Joe Cocker
  179. George M. Cohan
  180. Leonard Cohen
  181. Nat “King” Cole
  182. Natalie Cole
  183. Cy Coleman
  184. Ornette Coleman
  185. Albert Collins
  186. Arthur Collins
  187. Phil Collins
  188. John Coltrane
  189. Betty Comden
  190. Perry Como
  191. Earl Thomas Conley
  192. Sam Cooke
  193. Alice Cooper
  194. Stewart Copeland
  195. Aaron Copland
  196. Chick Corea
  197. Don Cornell
  198. Elvis Costello
  199. Robert Cray
  200. Steve Cropper
  201. Bing Crosby
  202. Bob Crosby
  203. Sheryl Crow
  204. Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
  205. Frank Crumit
  206. Celia Cruz
  207. Xavier Cugat
  208. Ian Curtis
  209. Billy Ray Cyrus
    D

  210. Chuck D
  211. Dick Dale
  212. Roger Daltrey
  213. Vic Damone
  214. Charlie Daniels
  215. Bobby Darin
  216. Hal David
  217. Ray Davies
  218. Clive Davis
  219. Reverend Gary Davis
  220. Mac Davis
  221. Miles Davis
  222. Sammy Davis, Jr.
  223. Tyrone Davis
  224. Doris Day
  225. Jimmy Dean
  226. Claude Debussey
  227. John Denver
  228. Buddy DeSylva
  229. Neil Diamond
  230. Bo Diddley
  231. Dion
  232. Celine Dion
  233. Willie Dixon
  234. Eric Dolphy
  235. Placido Domingo
  236. Fats Domino
  237. Donovan
  238. Jimmy Dorsey
  239. Thomas A. Dorsey
  240. Tommy Dorsey
  241. Tom Dowd
  242. Lamont Dozier
  243. Nick Drake
  244. Dr. Dre
  245. Eddy Duchin
  246. Donald "Duck" Dunn
  247. Antonin Dvorák
  248. Bob Dylan
    E

  249. Sheena Easton
  250. Fred Ebb
  251. Bob Eberly
  252. Billy Eckstine
  253. Duane Eddy
  254. The Edge
  255. Bernard Edwards
  256. Cliff (“Ukelele Ike”) Edwards
  257. David “Honeyboy” Edwards
  258. Richey Edwards
  259. Roy Eldridge
  260. Duke Ellington
  261. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
  262. Eminem
  263. Brian Eno
  264. John Entwistle
  265. Enya
  266. Ahmet Ertegun
  267. Emilio Estefan, Jr.
  268. Gloria Estefan
  269. Melissa Etheridge
  270. Ruth Etting
  271. Bill Evans
  272. Gil Evans
  273. Bob Ezrin
    F

  274. Percy Faith
  275. José Feliciano
  276. Freddy Fender
  277. Bryan Ferry
  278. Arthur Fiedler
  279. Shep Fields
  280. 50 Cent
  281. Eddie Fisher
  282. Ella Fitzgerald
  283. Roberta Flack
  284. Tommy Flanagan
  285. Lester Flatt
  286. Flea
  287. Dan Fogelberg
  288. John Fogerty
  289. Red Foley
  290. Mary Ford
  291. Tennessee Ernie Ford
  292. David Foster
  293. Stephen Foster
  294. Peter Frampton
  295. Connie Francis
  296. Aretha Franklin
  297. Alan Freed
  298. Lefty Frizzell
  299. Nelly Furtado
    G

  300. Kenny G
  301. Peter Gabriel
  302. Serge Gainsbourg
  303. Liam Gallagher
  304. Noel Gallagher
  305. Kenneth Gamble
  306. Jan Garber
  307. Judy Garland
  308. Erroll Garner
  309. George J. Gaskin
  310. Larry Gatlin
  311. Marvin Gaye
  312. Crystal Gayle
  313. George Gershwin
  314. Ira Gershwin
  315. Stan Getz
  316. Barry Gibb
  317. Georgia Gibbs
  318. Don Gibson
  319. Vince Gill
  320. Dizzy Gillespie
  321. Mickey Gilley
  322. David Gilmour
  323. Arthur Godfrey
  324. Gerry Goffin
  325. Bobby Goldsboro
  326. Benny Goodman
  327. Dexter Gordon
  328. Berry Gordy
  329. Eydie Gormé
  330. Vern Gosdin
  331. Morton Gould
  332. Robert Goulet
  333. Larry Graham
  334. Grandmaster Flash
  335. Amy Grant
  336. Stéphane Grappelli
  337. Glen Gray
  338. Adolph Green
  339. Al Green
  340. Peter Green
  341. Ellie Greenwich
  342. Dave Grohl
  343. Woody Guthrie
  344. Buddy Guy
    H

  345. Merle Haggard
  346. Bill Haley
  347. Tom T. Hall
  348. Marvin Hamlisch
  349. Oscar Hammerstein II
  350. John H. Hammond
  351. Lionel Hampton
  352. Herbie Hancock
  353. George Frederic Handel
  354. W.C. Handy
  355. E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
  356. Byron G. Harlan
  357. Sheldon Harnick
  358. Slim Harpo
  359. Emmylou Harris
  360. Marion Harris
  361. Phil Harris
  362. Wynonie Harris
  363. Charles Harrison
  364. George Harrison
  365. Debbie Harry
  366. Freddie Hart
  367. Lorenz Hart
  368. PJ Harvey
  369. Coleman Hawkins
  370. Erskine Hawkins
  371. Joseph Haydn
  372. Isaac Hayes
  373. Dick Haymes
  374. Horace Heidt
  375. Jascha Heifetz
  376. Fletcher Henderson
  377. Jimi Hendrix
  378. Don Henley
  379. Jerry Herman
  380. Woody Herman
  381. Al Hibbler
  382. Faith Hill
  383. Lauryn Hill
  384. Earl Hines
  385. Josef Hoffman
  386. Billie Holiday
  387. Brian Holland
  388. Eddie Holland
  389. Buddy Holly
  390. John Lee Hooker
  391. Claude Hopkins
  392. Lightnin’ Hopkins
  393. Trevor Horn
  394. Lena Horne
  395. Marilyn Horne
  396. Bruce Hornsby
  397. Vladimir Horowitz
  398. Johnny Horton
  399. Son House
  400. David Houston
  401. Whitney Houston
  402. Eddy Howard
  403. Howlin’ Wolf
  404. Freddie Hubbard
  405. Leon Huff
  406. Engelbert Humperdinck
  407. Mississippi John Hurt
  408. Ferlin Husky
  409. Ralf Hütter
    I

  410. Ice Cube
  411. Billy Idol
  412. Enrique Iglesias
  413. Julio Iglesias
  414. Charles Ives
    J

  415. Ja Rule
  416. Alan Jackson
  417. Freddie Jackson
  418. Janet Jackson
  419. Mahalia Jackson
  420. Michael Jackson
  421. Wanda Jackson
  422. Little Walter Jacobs
  423. Illinois Jacquet
  424. Mick Jagger
  425. James Jamerson
  426. Elmore James
  427. Etta James
  428. Harry James
  429. Joni James
  430. Lewis James
  431. Rick James
  432. Skip James
  433. Sonny James
  434. Tommy James
  435. Al Jarreau
  436. Keith Jarrett
  437. Jay-Z
  438. Blind Lemon Jefferson
  439. Gordon Jenkins
  440. Waylon Jennings
  441. Joan Jett
  442. Jewel
  443. Jimmy Jam
  444. Antonio Carlos Jobim
  445. Billy Joel
  446. Dr. John
  447. Elton John
  448. Glynn Johns
  449. Little Willie John
  450. Blind Willie Johnson
  451. James P. Johnson
  452. Lonnie Johnson
  453. Robert Johnson
  454. Tommy Johnson
  455. Al Jolson
  456. Ada Jones
  457. Brian Jones
  458. George Jones
  459. Hank Jones
  460. Isham Jones
  461. Jack Jones
  462. John Paul Jones
  463. Norah Jones
  464. Quincy Jones
  465. Rickie Lee Jones
  466. Spike Jones
  467. Tom Jones
  468. Janis Joplin
  469. Scott Joplin
  470. Louis Jordan
    K

  471. Kitty Kallen
  472. John Kander
  473. Sammy Kaye
  474. KC
  475. Toby Keith
  476. Gene Kelly
  477. R. Kelly
  478. Hal Kemp
  479. Stan Kenton
  480. Jerome Kern
  481. Alicia Keys
  482. Chaka Khan
  483. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  484. Albert King
  485. B.B. King
  486. Ben E. King
  487. Carole King
  488. Freddy King
  489. Pee Wee King
  490. Wayne King
  491. Andy Kirk
  492. Eartha Kitt
  493. Gladys Knight
  494. Al Kooper
  495. André Kostelanetz
  496. Eddie Kramer
  497. Alison Krauss
  498. Lenny Kravitz
  499. Kris Kristofferson
  500. Gene Krupa
  501. Fela Kuti
  502. Kay Kyser
    L

  503. Patti LaBelle
  504. Frankie Laine
  505. “Mutt” Lange
  506. Daniel Lanois
  507. Mario Lanza
  508. Cyndi Lauper
  509. Avril Lavigne
  510. Steve Lawrence
  511. Tracy Lawrence
  512. Leadbelly
  513. Brenda Lee
  514. Geddy Lee
  515. Peggy Lee
  516. Jerry Leiber
  517. John Lennon
  518. Annie Lennox
  519. Jack Leonard
  520. Alan Jay Lerner
  521. Huey Lewis
  522. Jerry Lee Lewis
  523. Ted Lewis
  524. Terry Lewis
  525. Liberace
  526. Lil Wayne
  527. Franz Liszt
  528. Little Anthony
  529. Little Milton
  530. Little Richard
  531. LL Cool J
  532. Robert Lockwood, Jr.
  533. Frank Loesser
  534. Frederick Loewe
  535. Kenny Loggins
  536. Guy Lombardo
  537. Jennifer Lopez
  538. Vincent Lopez
  539. Patty Loveless
  540. Ludacris
  541. Jimmie Lunceford
  542. John Lydon (aka “Johnny Rotten”)
  543. Frankie Lymon
  544. Loretta Lynn
  545. Jeff Lynne
    M

  546. Harry MacDonough
  547. Madonna
  548. Magic Sam
  549. Taj Mahal
  550. Gustav Mahler
  551. Yngwie Malmsteen
  552. Henry Mancini
  553. Barbara Mandrell
  554. Barry Manilow
  555. Barry Mann
  556. Manfred Mann
  557. Marilyn Manson
  558. Mantovani
  559. Bob Marley
  560. Johnny Marr
  561. Wynton Marsalis
  562. Dean Martin
  563. Freddy Martin
  564. George Martin
  565. Ricky Martin
  566. Tony Martin
  567. Al Martino
  568. Richard Marx
  569. Nick Mason
  570. Johnny Mathis
  571. Dave Matthews
  572. Brian May
  573. John Mayall
  574. John Mayer
  575. Curtis Mayfield
  576. Martina McBride
  577. Paul McCartney
  578. John McCormack
  579. “Mississippi” Fred McDowell
  580. Reba McEntire
  581. Tim McGraw
  582. M.C. Hammer
  583. Brian McKnight
  584. Sarah McLachlan
  585. John McLaughlin
  586. Don McLean
  587. Clyde McPhatter
  588. Jay McShann
  589. Blind Willie McTell
  590. Meat Loaf
  591. Joe Meek
  592. Zubin Mehta
  593. John (Cougar) Mellencamp
  594. Harold Melvin
  595. Memphis Minnie
  596. Felix Mendelssohn
  597. Sergio Mendes
  598. Yehudi Menuhin
  599. Johnny Mercer
  600. Freddie Mercury
  601. Ethel Merman
  602. Robert Merrill
  603. George Michael
  604. Bette Midler
  605. Luis Miguel
  606. Amos Milburn
  607. Glenn Miller
  608. Mitch Miller
  609. Roger Miller
  610. Steve Miller
  611. Lucky Millinder
  612. Ronnie Milsap
  613. Nathan Milstein
  614. Charles Mingus
  615. Kylie Minogue
  616. Guy Mitchell
  617. Joni Mitchell
  618. Mitch Mitchell
  619. Moby
  620. Monica
  621. Thelonious Monk
  622. Bill Monroe
  623. Vaughn Monroe
  624. John Michael Montgomery
  625. Wes Montgomery
  626. Keith Moon
  627. Art Mooney
  628. Scotty Moore
  629. George Morgan
  630. Russ Morgan
  631. Alanis Morissette
  632. Jim Morrison
  633. Van Morrison
  634. Morrissey
  635. Jelly Roll Morton
  636. Nana Mouskouri
  637. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  638. Gerry Mulligan
  639. Anne Murray
  640. Billy Murray
  641. Modest Mussorgsky
  642. J.W. Myers
    N

  643. Nas
  644. Nelly
  645. Ozzie Nelson
  646. Ricky Nelson
  647. Willie Nelson
  648. Alfred Newman
  649. Randy Newman
  650. Wayne Newton
  651. Olivia Newton-John
  652. Red Nichols
  653. Stevie Nicks
  654. Robert Nighthawk
  655. Ray Noble
  656. Jessye Norman
  657. Red Norvo
  658. The Notorious B.I.G.
    O

  659. Brendan O’Brien
  660. Billy Ocean
  661. Sinead O'Connor
  662. Mike Oldfield
  663. Spooner Oldham
  664. George Olsen
  665. Roy Orbison
  666. Tony Orlando
  667. Eugene Ormandy
  668. Jeffrey Osborne
  669. Ozzy Osbourne
  670. Donny Osmond
  671. Vess Ossman
  672. Johnny Otis
  673. Buck Owens
    P

  674. Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  675. Jimmy Page
  676. Patti Page
  677. Brad Paisley
  678. Earl Palmer
  679. Robert Palmer
  680. Charlie Parker
  681. Alan Parsons
  682. Gram Parsons
  683. Dolly Parton
  684. Jaco Pastorius
  685. Charley Patton
  686. Les Paul
  687. Sean Paul
  688. Luciano Pavarotti
  689. Johnny Paycheck
  690. Minnie Pearl
  691. Neil Peart
  692. Teddy Pendergrass
  693. Carl Perkins
  694. Itzhak Perlman
  695. Lee "Scratch" Perry
  696. Oscar Peterson
  697. Tom Petty
  698. Sam Phillips
  699. Edith Piaf
  700. Wilson Pickett
  701. Webb Pierce
  702. Pink
  703. Gene Pitney
  704. Robert Plant
  705. Doc Pomus
  706. Lily Pons
  707. Iggy Pop
  708. Cole Porter
  709. Bud Powell
  710. Pérez Prado
  711. Elvis Presley
  712. Andre Previn
  713. Leontyne Price
  714. Lloyd Price
  715. Ray Price
  716. Charley Pride
  717. Louis Prima
  718. Prince
  719. Charles Adams Prince
  720. Professor Longhair
  721. Giacomo Puccini
  722. Tito Puente
  723. Puff Daddy (aka “P.Diddy” and “Diddy”
  724. Alla Pugacheva
    Q

  725. Dan Quinn
    R

  726. Sun Ra
  727. Eddie Rabbitt
  728. Sergei Rachmaninoff
  729. A.R. Rahman
  730. Ma Rainey
  731. Bonnie Raitt
  732. Eros Ramazzotti
  733. Phil Ramone
  734. Lou Rawls
  735. Johnnie Ray
  736. Collin Raye
  737. Otis Redding
  738. Helen Reddy
  739. Jerry Reed
  740. Jimmy Reed
  741. Lou Reed
  742. Jim Reeves
  743. Martha Reeves
  744. Django Reinhardt
  745. Leo Reisman
  746. Tim Rice
  747. Buddy Rich
  748. Charlie Rich
  749. Cliff Richard
  750. Keith Richards
  751. Lionel Richie
  752. Nelson Riddle
  753. Rihanna
  754. LeAnn Rimes
  755. Tex Ritter
  756. Johnny Rivers
  757. Max Roach
  758. Marty Robbins
  759. Paul Robeson
  760. Smokey Robinson
  761. Jimmie Rodgers
  762. Richard Rodgers
  763. Johnny Rodriguez
  764. Tommy Roe
  765. Kenny Rogers
  766. Roy Rogers
  767. Sonny Rollins
  768. Linda Ronstadt
  769. Axl Rose
  770. Diana Ross
  771. Tino Rossi
  772. Arthur Rubenstein
  773. Rick Rubin
  774. Todd Rundgren
  775. Otis Rush
  776. Jimmy Rushing
  777. Leon Russell
  778. Shaun Ryder
    S

  779. Sade
  780. Carole Bayer Sager
  781. Carlos Santana
  782. Joe Satriani
  783. Franz Schubert
  784. William Schuman
  785. Robert Schumann
  786. Stephen Schwartz
  787. Earl Scruggs
  788. Seal
  789. Son Seals
  790. Neil Sedaka
  791. Pete Seeger
  792. Bob Seger
  793. Ben Selvin
  794. Rudolf Serkin
  795. Shakira
  796. Tupac Shakur
  797. Del Shannon
  798. Artie Shaw
  799. Robert Shaw
  800. George Shearing
  801. T.G. Sheppard
  802. Nat Shilkret
  803. Dinah Shore
  804. Wayne Shorter
  805. Dmitri Shostakovich
  806. Mort Shuman
  807. Beverly Sills
  808. Horace Silver
  809. Carly Simon
  810. Joe Simon
  811. Paul Simon
  812. Nina Simone
  813. Valerie Simpson
  814. Frank Sinatra
  815. Nancy Sinatra
  816. Ricky Skaggs
  817. Slash
  818. Percy Sledge
  819. Bessie Smith
  820. Carl Smith
  821. Connie Smith
  822. Jimmy Smith
  823. Kate Smith
  824. Patti Smith
  825. Will Smith (aka "Fresh Prince")
  826. Hank Snow
  827. George Solti
  828. Stephen Sondheim
  829. John Phillip Sousa
  830. Otis Spann
  831. Britney Spears
  832. Phil Spector
  833. Len Spencer
  834. Dusty Springfield
  835. Bruce Springsteen
  836. Jo Stafford
  837. Joe Stampley
  838. Frank Stanley
  839. Kay Starr
  840. Ringo Starr
  841. Isaac Stern
  842. Cat Stevens
  843. Shakin’ Stevens
  844. Cal Stewart
  845. Rod Stewart
  846. Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart
  847. Sting
  848. Michael Stipe
  849. Leopold Stokowski
  850. Mike Stoller
  851. George Strait
  852. Richard Strauss
  853. Igor Stravinsky
  854. Billy Strayhorn
  855. Barbra Streisand
  856. Charles Strouse
  857. Joe Strummer
  858. Jule Styne
  859. Donna Summer
  860. Keith Sweat
  861. Taylor Swift
    T

  862. Tampa Red
  863. Art Tatum
  864. Bernie Taupin
  865. Billy Taylor
  866. Eddie Taylor
  867. James Taylor
  868. Johnnie Taylor
  869. Koko Taylor
  870. Roger Taylor
  871. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  872. Jack Teagarden
  873. Clark Terry
  874. Sonny Terry
  875. Joe Tex
  876. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  877. B.J. Thomas
  878. Chris Thomas
  879. Irma Thomas
  880. Hank Thompson
  881. Richard Thompson
  882. Virgil Thomson
  883. Claude Thornhill
  884. Big Mama Thornton
  885. George Thorogood
  886. Mel Tillis
  887. Timbaland
  888. Justin Timberlake
  889. Mel Tormé
  890. Allen Toussaint
  891. Pete Townshend
  892. Merle Travis
  893. Randy Travis
  894. Lennie Tristano
  895. Travis Tritt
  896. Ernest Tubb
  897. Sophie Tucker
  898. Tanya Tucker
  899. Big Joe Turner
  900. Ike Turner
  901. Tina Turner
  902. Shania Twain
  903. Conway Twitty
  904. McCoy Tyner
    U

  905. Carrie Underwood
  906. Keith Urban
  907. Usher
    V

  908. Steve Vai
  909. Ritchie Valens
  910. Rudy Vallee
  911. Frankie Valli
  912. Walter Van Brunt
  913. Eddie Van Halen
  914. Luther Vandross
  915. Sarah Vaughan
  916. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  917. Bobby Vee
  918. Giuseppe Verdi
  919. Butch Vig
  920. Gene Vincent
  921. Bobby Vinton
  922. Tony Visconti
  923. Antonio Vivaldi
    W

  924. Richard Wagner
  925. Porter Wagoner
  926. Tom Waits
  927. Jimmy Wakely
  928. Billy Walker
  929. Junior Walker
  930. T-Bone Walker
  931. Jerry Wallace
  932. Fats Waller
  933. Steve Wariner
  934. Fred Waring
  935. Diane Warren
  936. Dionne Warwick
  937. Dinah Washington
  938. Ethel Waters
  939. Muddy Waters
  940. Roger Waters
  941. Gene Watson
  942. Johnny “Guitar” Watson
  943. Chick Webb
  944. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  945. Ted Weems
  946. Wei Wei
  947. Cynthia Weil
  948. Kurt Weill
  949. Lawrence Welk
  950. Paul Weller
  951. Junior Wells
  952. Kitty Wells
  953. Dottie West
  954. Kanye West
  955. Paul Weston
  956. Jerry Wexler
  957. Barry White
  958. Bukka White
  959. Jack White
  960. Paul Whiteman
  961. Norman Whitfield
  962. Margaret Whiting
  963. Slim Whitman
  964. Will.i.am
  965. Andy Williams
  966. Bert Williams
  967. Don Williams
  968. Hank Williams
  969. Hank Williams, Jr.
  970. John Williams
  971. Mary Lou Williams
  972. Robbie Williams
  973. Roger Williams
  974. Tony Williams
  975. Vanessa Williams
  976. Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (John Lee Williamson)
  977. Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller)
  978. Bob Wills
  979. Meredith Willson
  980. Brian Wilson
  981. Jackie Wilson
  982. Nancy Wilson
  983. Teddy Wilson
  984. Johnny Winter
  985. Steve Winwood
  986. Bill Withers
  987. Jimmy Witherspoon
  988. Bobby Womack
  989. Stevie Wonder
  990. Link Wray
  991. Tammy Wynette
    X-Y

  992. Trisha Yearwood
  993. Dwight Yoakam
  994. Thom Yorke
  995. Angus Young
  996. Faron Young
  997. Lester Young
  998. Neil Young
    Z

  999. Frank Zappa
  1000. Joe Zawinul

Honorable Mention

The following are music makers who were formerly ranked in the top 1000:


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