Thursday, April 27, 2023

The Top 1000 Music Makers of All Time

Music Makers:

Top 1000 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 an individual’s name to see his or her DMDB encyclopedia entry.

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  1. Aaliyah (R&B singer: “Try Again,” “Rock the Boat”)
  2. Paula Abdul (pop singer/dancer: “Straight Up,” “Opposites Attract”)
  3. Roy Acuff (country singer: “Wabash Cannonball”)
  4. Bryan Adams (rock singer: “Everything I Do I Do It for You,” “Summer of ‘69”)
  5. Lee Adams (musical theater composer: Bye Bye Birdie)
  6. Cannonball Adderley (jazz saxophonist: “Autumn Leaves”)
  7. Adele (British blue-eyed soul singer: “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You”)


  8. Trace Adkins (country singer: “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “You’re Gonna Miss This”)
  9. Richard Adler (musical theater composer: The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)
  10. Steven Adler (rock drummer with Guns N’ Roses: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle”)
  11. Christina Aguilera (pop singer: “Genie in a Bottle,” “Beautiful”)
  12. Damon Albarn (Britpop singer with Blur and Gorillaz)
  13. Steve Albini (producer: Nirvana, Pixies)
  14. Jason Aldean (country singer: “Burnin’ It Down”)
  15. Duane Allman (blues-rock guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band: At the Fillmore East, “Whipping Post”)
  16. Gregg Allman (blues-rock singer and keyboardist with the Allman Brothers Band: “Ramblin’ Man,” At the Fillmore East)
  17. Herb Alpert (record executive, composer, and trumpeter: “Rise”)
  18. Jeff Ament (grunge-rock bassist with Green River, Mother Love Bone, and Pearl Jam: “Alive,” “Jeremy”)
  19. Ed Ames (singer with the Ames Brothers: “You You You”)
  20. Tori Amos (singer/songwriter and pianist: “Silent All These Years,” “Cornflake Girl”)
  21. Bill Anderson (country singer)
  22. John Anderson (country singer: “Swingin’”)
  23. Jon Anderson (rock singer with Yes: “Roundabout,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart”)
  24. Lynn Anderson (country singer: “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”)
  25. Benny Andersson (member of Abba: “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo”)
  26. Paul Anka (Canadian pop singer: “Diana”)
  27. Adam Ant (British new wave singer: “Goody Two Shoes”)
  28. Dee Anthony (manager: Tony Bennett and Peter Frampton)
  29. Michael Anthony (rock bassist with Van Halen: “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Jump”)
  30. Ray Anthony (big band leader: “Hokey Pokey”)
  31. Fiona Apple (alternative rock singer: The Idler Wheel, Fetch the Bolt Cutters)
  32. Don Arden (manager: Black Sabbath)
  33. Harold Arlen (songwriter: “Over the Rainbow,” “Stormy Weather”)
  34. Billie Joe Armstrong (punk-rock singer and guitarist with Green Day: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Longview,” “Time of Your Life”)
  35. Louis Armstrong (jazz singer and trumpeter: “West End Blues,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Hello Dolly!”)

    Louis Armstrong

  36. Gus Arnheim (pianist and bandleader: “Sweet and Lovely”)
  37. Eddy Arnold (country singer: “Make the World Go Away”)
  38. Nickolas Ashford (R&B singer/songwriter: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Solid”)
  39. Fred Astaire (tap dancer, actor, and singer: “Night and Day,” “Cheek to Cheek”)
  40. Chet Atkins (country guitarist and producer)
  41. Gene Austin (singer: “Yes Sir That’s My Baby,” “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”)
  42. Gene Autry (country singer/songwriter, guitarist and actor: “Back in the Saddle Again”)
  43. Frankie Avalon (pop singer: “Venus”)
  44. Clarence Avant (record executive)
  45. Mick Avory (rock drummer with the Kinks: “You Really Got Me”)
  46. Irving Azoff (record executive and music manager)


  47. Babyface (R&B singer/songwriter: “When Can I See You”)
  48. Johann Sebastian Bach (classical composer: Brandenburg Concertos)
  49. Burt Bacharach (pianist, producer, and composer: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “They Long to Be Close to You”)
  50. David Baerwald (rock singer/songwriter: “Welcome to the Boomtown”)
  51. Joan Baez (folk singer)
  52. Anita Baker (R&B singer: “Giving You the Best That You Got”)
  53. Ginger Baker (rock drummer with Cream: “Sunshine of Your Love”)
  54. LaVern Baker (R&B singer: “Tweedle Dee,” “Jim Dandy”)
  55. Florence Ballard (R&B singer with the Supremes: “Stop! In the Name of Love”)
  56. Hank Ballard (R&B singer with the Midniters: “Work with Me Annie”)
  57. Tony Banks (rock drummer with Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, “Invisible Touch”)
  58. Samuel Barber (classical composer: “Adagio for Strings”)
  59. Bobby Bare (country singer/songwriter: “500 Miles”)
  60. Syd Barrett (psychedelic-rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd: Piper at the Gates of Dawn)
  61. Jeff Barry (songwriter: “Be My Baby,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Chapel of Love”)
  62. Dave Bartholomew (songwriter with Fats Domino: “Ain’t That a Shame”)
  63. Béla Bartók (classical composer and pianist: The String Quartets)
  64. Count Basie (jazz big band leader: “One O’Clock Jump”)
  65. Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (guitarist with Steely Dan & the Doobie Brothers)
  66. Nora Bayes (vaudevillian singer: “Shine on, Harvest Moon”)
  67. Frank Beard (rock drummer with ZZ Top: “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Legs”)
  68. Beck (alternative rock singer/songwriter: “Loser,” Odelay)
  69. Jeff Beck (rock guitarist with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, and the Honeydrippers)
  70. Ludwig Van Beethoven (classical composer and pianist: “Symphony No. 9”)

    Ludwig Van Beethoven

  71. Harry Belafonte (singer and actor: “Banana Boat (Day O)”)
  72. Pat Benatar (rock singer: “Ht Me with Your Best Shot”)
  73. Tex Beneke (jazz big band leader: “Chattanooga Choo Choo”)
  74. Tony Bennett (traditional pop singer: “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”)
  75. George Benson (R&B/jazz singer and guitarist: “This Masquerade,” “Turn Your Love Around”)
  76. Dierks Bentley (country singer/songwriter: “Drunk on a Plane”)
  77. Brook Benton (R&B singer: “Rainy Night in Georgia”)
  78. Irving Berlin (composer and lyricist: “White Christmas,” “God Bless America”)
  79. Hector Berlioz (classical composer: Symphonie Fantasique)
  80. Ben Bernie (vaudeville performer: “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Ain’t She Sweet”)
  81. Leonard Bernstein (musical theater composer: West Side Story)
  82. Bill Berry (rock drummer with R.E.M.: “Radio Free Europe,” “Losing My Religion”)
  83. Chuck Berry (rock singer and guitarist: “Johnny B. Goode”)
  84. Beyoncé (R&B/pop singer: “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies”)


  85. Justin Bieber (pop singer: “Baby,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself”)
  86. John Bieling (tenor singer in the Haydn Quarter and American Quartet, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye”)
  87. Roy Bittan (rock keyboardist with Bruce Springsteen: “Born to Run,” Born in the U.S.A.)
  88. Georges Bizet (classical composer/pianist: Carmen)
  89. Björk (Icelandic alternative-rock singer: Debut, Post, Vespertine)
  90. Bill Black (rock bassist with Elvis Presley and Bill Black’s Combo)
  91. Clint Black (country singer: Killin’ Time)
  92. Ritchie Blackmore (rock guitarist with Deep Purple and Rainbow)
  93. Chris Blackwell (record executive with Island Records)
  94. Otis Blackwell (rock songwriter: “Great Balls of Fire,” “Don’t Be Cruel”)
  95. Bobby “Blue” Bland (R&B/blues singer: “Further on Up the Road”)
  96. Mary J. Blige (R&B singer: “Family Affair,” “Be Without You”)
  97. Jerry Bock (musical theater composer: Fiddler on the Roof)
  98. Neil Bogart (record executive with Casablanca and Boardwalk)
  99. Trevor Bolder (rock bassist with David Bowie & Uriah Heep)
  100. Michael Bolton (pop singer: Time, Love, and Tenderness)
  101. John “Bonzo” Bonham (rock drummer with Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Love,” “Stairway to Heaven”)
  102. Jon Bon Jovi (rock singer/songwriter with Bon Jovi: “Livin’ on a Prayer”)
  103. Bono (rock singer/songwriter with U2: “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “With Or Without You”)
  104. Pat Boone (pop singer: “Love Letters in the Sand”)
  105. Connee Boswell (singer with the Boswell Sisters: “I Found a Million Dollar Baby”)
  106. David Bowie (rock singer: “Space Oddity,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance”)

    David Bowie

  107. Owen Bradley (country singer and producer)
  108. Johannes Brahms (German classical composer: Symphony No. 4 in E minor)
  109. Brandy (R&B singer: “The Boy Is Mine”)
  110. Scooter Braun (record executive and manager: Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande)
  111. Toni Braxton (R&B singer: “Un-Break My Heart”)
  112. Teresa Brewer (pop singer: “Music! Music! Music!”)
  113. Garth Brooks (country singer: “Friends in Low Places,” “The Dance”)
  114. Bobby Brown (R&B singer: “My Prerogative”)
  115. Chris Brown (R&B singer: “Run It!,” “No Air”)
  116. James Brown (R&B singer: “I Feel Good,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”)
  117. Jim Ed Brown (country singer with the Browns: “The Three Bells”)
  118. Ruth Brown (blues singer: “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean”)
  119. Jackson Browne (rock singer/songwriter: “Running on Empty”)
  120. Dave Brubeck (jazz pianist and bandleader: “Take Five”)
  121. Jack Bruce (blues-rock bassist with Cream: “Sunshine of Your Love”)
  122. Anton Bruckner (Austrian classical composer)
  123. Bill Bruford (rock drummer with Yes and King Crimson)
  124. Luke Bryan (country singer: Crash My Party)
  125. Boudleaux Bryant (songwriter: “Bye Bye Love,” Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream”)
  126. Felice Bryant (songwriter: “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie”)
  127. Peabo Bryson (R&B singer: “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Whole New World”)
  128. Michael Bublé (Canadian jazz singer: “Haven’t Met You Yet”)
  129. Peter Buck (rock guitarist with R.E.M.: “Radio Free Europe,” “Losing My Religion”)
  130. Lindsey Buckingham (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Fleetwood Mac: “Go Your Own Way”)
  131. Jimmy Buffett (rock singer/songwriter: “Margaritaville”)
  132. Solomon Burke (R&B singer: “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”)
  133. T-Bone Burnett (producer/songwriter: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack)
  134. Henry Burr (Canadian singer: “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now”)

    Henry Burr

  135. James Burton (rock guitarist with Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley)
  136. Kate Bush (alternative-rock singer/songwriter: “Running Up That Hill,” “Wuthering Heights”)
  137. Busta Rhymes (rap singer: “Scenario”)
  138. Geezer Butler (rock bassist with Black Sabbath: “Paranoid,” “Iron Man”)
  139. Jerry Butler (R&B singer/songwriter: “Only the Strong Survive”)
  140. David Byrne (Scottish singer/songwriter with Talking Heads: “Once in a Lifetime,” “Burning Down the House”)


  141. Jonathan Cain (rock keyboardist with the Babys, Journey, and Bad English)
  142. John Cale (experimental rock singer/songwriter and musician with Velvet Underground, also a producer)
  143. Cab Calloway (jazz big band leader: “Minnie the Moocher”)
  144. Matt Cameron (rock drummer with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam)
  145. Albert Campbell (singer with Peerless Quartet and Sterling Trio, duo with Henry Burr: “Till We Meet Again”)
  146. Glen Campbell (country singer/songwriter: “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy”)
  147. Eddie Cantor (singer: “If You Knew Susie,” “Makin’ Whoopee”)
  148. Captain Beefheart (experimental rock singer: Trout Mask Replica)
  149. Cardi B (rapper: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” “I Like It,” “WAP”)
  150. Mariah Carey (pop singer: “Vision of Love,” “One Sweet Day,” “We Belong Together”)

    Mariah Carey

  151. Belinda Carlisle (singer with the Go-Go’s: “We Got the Beat” and as a solo artist: “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”)
  152. Kim Carnes (pop singer: “Bette Davis Eyes”)
  153. Karen Carpenter (pop singer/drummer in the Carpenters: “They Long to Be Close to You,” “Top of the World”)
  154. Eric Carr (rock drummer with Kiss)
  155. Paul Carrack (pop singer with Ace: “How Long,” Squeeze: “Tempted,” and Mike + the Mechanics: “The Living Years,” also a solo artist: “Don’t Shed a Tear”)
  156. Enrico Caruso operatic tenor: “Vesti La Giubba”)
  157. Johnny Cash (country singer: “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire”)
  158. Nick Cave (Australian rock singer and guitarist: “Into My Arms”)
  159. Peter Cetera (rock singer with Chicago: “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry;” also a solo artist: “Glory of Love”)
  160. Gene Chandler (R&B singer: “Duke of Earl”)
  161. Tracy Chapman (folk-rock singer: “Fast Car”)
  162. Ray Charles (R&B singer: “What’d I Say,” “Georgia on My Mind”)

    Ray Charles

  163. Chubby Checker (R&B singer: “The Twist”)
  164. Cher (singer in duo with Sonny: “I Got You Babe,” also a solo artist: “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe”)
  165. Kenny Chesney (country singer: “The Good Stuff”)
  166. Leonard Chess (record executive)
  167. Phil Chess (record executive)
  168. Toni Childs (rock singer: “Don’t Walk Away”)
  169. Frederic Chopin (classical composer and pianist: Polonaise Miltaire, Nocturnes for Piano)
  170. Charlie Christian (jazz guitarist with Benny Goodman)
  171. Eric Clapton (blues-rock guitarist and singer with the Yardbirds: “For Your Love,” Cream: “Sunshine of Your Love,” and Derek + the Dominos: “Layla;” also a solo singer: “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Tears in Heaven”)

    Ray Charles

  172. Dick Clark (host of American Bandstand)
  173. Petula Clark (pop singer: “Downtown”)
  174. Roy Clark (country singer, TV host of Hee Haw)
  175. Kelly Clarkson (first winner of American Idol, “Since U Been Gone”)
  176. Adam Clayton (rock bassist with U2: “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “With Or Without You”)
  177. Patsy Cline (country singer: “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces”)
  178. George Clinton (funk singer/songwriter with Parliament and Funkadelic)
  179. Larry Clinton (jazz/big band leader and trumpeter: “Deep Purple”)
  180. Rosemary Clooney (traditional pop singer: “Tenderly”)
  181. Kurt Cobain (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “All Apologies”)
  182. Eddie Cochran (rock singer and guitarist: “Summertime Blues”)
  183. Joe Cocker (blue-eyed soul singer: “You Are So Beautiful,” “Up Where We Belong”)
  184. George M. Cohan (songwriter: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Over There”)
  185. Leonard Cohen (folk-rock singer/songwriter: “Hallelujah”)
  186. J. Cole (rap singer: 2014 Forest Hills Drive)
  187. Nat “King” Cole (traditional pop singer: “Mona Lisa,” “The Christmas Song,” “Nature Boy”)

    Nat “King” Cole

  188. Natalie Cole (R&B singer: “Unforgettable”)
  189. Cy Coleman (jazz songwriter: City of Angels, Will Rogers Follies)
  190. Ornette Coleman (jazz musician and composer: The Shape of Jazz to Come)
  191. Arthur Collins (vaudeville and minstrel performer: “Hello Ma Baby,” “Bill Bailey Won’t You Come Home”)
  192. Bootsy Collins (R&B bassist with James Brown and Funkadelic)
  193. Phil Collins (rock singer and drummer with Genesis: “Misunderstanding,” “Invisible Touch;” also a solo singer: “In the Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds”)
  194. John Coltrane (jazz musician: A Love Supreme)
  195. Shawn Colvin (folk-rock singer/songwriter: “Sunny Came Home”)
  196. Sean (“Puff Daddy” aka “P.Diddy” and “Diddy”) Combs (rap singer: “I’ll Be Missing You,” record executive)
  197. Perry Como (traditional pop crooner: “Till the End of Time,” “Some Enchanted Evening”)
  198. Sam Cooke (R&B singer: “You Send Me,” “A Change Is Gonna Come”)
  199. Alice Cooper (rock singer: “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out”)
  200. Miles Copeland III (I.R.S. record executive, worked with the Bangles and the Go-Go’s)
  201. Stewart Copeland (rock drummer with the Police: “Roxanne,” “Every Breath You Take”)
  202. Aaron Copland (classical composer: “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Appalachian Spring”)
  203. Chris Cornell (rock singer with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave)
  204. Elvis Costello (new-wave/pop singer: “Alison,” “Watching the Detectives,” “Veronica”)
  205. David Coverdale (rock singer/songwriter with Deep Purple and Whitesnake: “Here I Go Again”)
  206. Simon Cowell (judge on TV talent show American Idol and others)
  207. Robert Cray (blues-rock singer: Strong Persuader)
  208. Peter Criss (rock drummer with Kiss)
  209. Jim Croce (folk-rock singer: “Time in a Bottle”)
  210. Steve Cropper (blues guitarist with Booker T. & the MG’s)
  211. Bing Crosby (pop crooner: “Pennies from Heaven,” “White Christmas”)

    Bing Crosby

  212. Bob Crosby (jazz/big band leader: “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room,” “Whispers in the Dark”)
  213. David Crosby (folk-rock singer/songwriter with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  214. Christopher Cross (pop singer/songwriter: “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind”)
  215. Sheryl Crow (rock singer/songwriter: “All I Wanna Do”)
  216. Frank Croxton (singer with the Columbia Stellar Quartet, Peerless Quartet, and American Quartet)
  217. Frank Crumit (singer/songwriter: “Oh! By Jingo! Oh! By Gee!”)
  218. Billy Ray Cyrus (country singer: “Achy Breaky Heart”)
  219. Miley Cyrus (pop singer: “Party in the U.S.A.,” “Wrecking Ball”)


  220. Chuck D (rap singer/songwriter with Public Enemy: “Fight the Power”)
  221. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (classical composer: Pope Marcellus Mass)
  222. Roger Daltrey (rock singer with the Who: “My Generation,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again”)
  223. Vic Damone (singer: “You’re Breaking My Heart”)
  224. Charlie Daniels (country singer and fiddle player: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”)
  225. Rick Danko (rock singer and bassist with The Band: “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down”)
  226. Terence Trent D’Arby (R&B singer/songwriter and musician: “Wishing Well”)
  227. Bobby Darin (pop singer: “Splish Splash,” “Mack the Knife”)
  228. Hal David (songwriter: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “They Long to Be Close to You”)
  229. Dave Davies (rock guitarist with the Kinks: “You Really Got Me,” “Lola”)
  230. Ray Davies (rock singer with the Kinks: “You Really Got Me,” “Lola,” “Come Dancing”)
  231. Clive Davis (record producer and executive with Arista Records, J Records, RCA)
  232. Miles Davis (jazz trumpeter: Kind of Blue, Bitches Brew)

    Miles Davis

  233. Sammy Davis, Jr. (pop singer: “What Kind of Fool Am I?”)
  234. Doris Day (actress and singer: “Sentimental Journey”)
  235. John Deacon (rock bassist with Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust”)
  236. Claude Debussy (classical composer: La Mer)
  237. Rick Dees (radio DJ)
  238. Tony Defries (music manager: David Bowie)
  239. John Densmore (rock drummer with the Doors: “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You”)
  240. John Denver (pop/country singer/songwriter: “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders”)
  241. Buddy DeSylva (record executive and songwriter: “April Showers,” “Sonny Boy”)
  242. Dennis DeYoung (rock singer and keyboardist with Styx: “Babe,” “Come Sail Away”)
  243. Neil Diamond (singer/songwriter: “Sweet Caroline,” “Love on the Rocks”)
  244. Bo Diddley (blues singer and guitarist: “I’m a Man,” “Who Do You Love”)
  245. Ronnie James Dio (heavy-metal singer and bassist with Black Sabbath and Dio)
  246. Dion (pop/doo-wop singer with the Belmonts: “A Teenager in Love” and a solo artist: “Runaround Sue”)
  247. Celine Dion (Canadian pop singer: “My Heart Will Go On,” “The Power of Love”)
  248. Willie Dixon (blues bassist and songwriter: “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You”)
  249. Fats Domino (R&B/early rock-n-roll signer: “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill”)

    Fats Domino

  250. Donovan (folk-rock singer/songwriter: “Mellow Yellow,” ‘Sunshine Superman”)
  251. Jimmy Dorsey (bandleader: “Amapola,” “Green Eyes,” “Tangerine,” “Besame Mucho”)
  252. Tommy Dorsey (jazz trombonist and bandleader: “All the Things You Are,” “I’ll Never Smile Again”)
  253. Tom Dowd (producer who wored with John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles)
  254. Geoff Downes (rock keyboardist with the Buggles, Yes, and Asia)
  255. Lamont Dozier (songwriter for Motown: “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Reach Out! I’ll Be There”)
  256. Drake (Canadian rapper: “One Dance,” “God’s Plan”)
  257. Nick Drake (folk singer: Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon)
  258. Dr. Dre (rap singer/songwriter and record executive, with N.W.A. and a solo artist: “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”)
  259. Eddy Duchin (jazz pianist and bandleader: “Let’s Fall in Love,” “You Are My Lucky Star”)
  260. S.H. Dudley (singer with the Haydn Quartet and American Quartet; also a solo artist)
  261. Donald “Duck” Dunn (R&B bassist with Booker T. & the MG’s, Otis Redding, and Sam & Dave)
  262. Antonin Dvorák (classical composer: Symphony No 9 in E minor: From the New World)
  263. Bob Dylan (folk-rock singer/songwriter: “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”)

    Bob Dylan


  264. Nathan East (jazz/rock/R&B bassist; worked with Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and others)
  265. Sheena Easton (Scottish pop singer: “Morning Train,” For Your Eyes Only”)
  266. Fred Ebb (musical theater composer: Cabaret, All That Jazz)
  267. Bob Eberly (traditional pop singer who worked with Jimmy Dorsey)
  268. Billy Eckstine (jazz bandleader: “I Apologize,” “My Foolish Heart”)
  269. Duane Eddy (rock guitarist: “Because They’re Young,” “Rebel Rouser”)
  270. The Edge (rock guitarist with U2: “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “With Or Without You”)
  271. Dave Edmunds (Welsh rock singer/songwriter: “I Hear You Knocking” and producer)
  272. Cliff (“Ukelele Ike”) Edwards (singer: “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”)
  273. Dennis Edwards (R&B singer with the Temptations: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Just My Imagination”)
  274. Billie Eilish (pop/alternative singer/songwriter: “Bad Guy,” “Everything I Wanted”)
  275. Edward Elgar (classical composer: “Pomp and Circumstance”)
  276. Duke Ellington (jazz pianist and composer: “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Take the ‘A’ Train”)
  277. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (R&B singer/rapper: “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It”)
  278. Eminem (rapper: “Lose Yourself,” “Stan,” “Love the Way You Lie”)


  279. Brian Eno (rock keyboardist with Roxy Music, producer: David Bowie, Coldplay, U2)
  280. John Entwistle (rock bassist with the Who: “My Generation,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again”)
  281. Brian Epstein (manager for the Beatles)
  282. Ahmet Ertegun (record executive and producer with Atlantic Records)
  283. Nesuhi Ertegun (record executive and producer with Atlantic Records)
  284. Gloria Estefan (Cuban pop singer: “Conga,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”)
  285. Melissa Etheridge (rock singer/songwriter: “Bring Me Some Water,” “Come to My Window”)
  286. Ruth Etting (actress and singer: “Love Me or Leave Me”)
  287. Bill Evans (jazz pianist: Waltz for Debby, Sunday at the Village Vanguard)
  288. Rod Evans (rock singer with Deep Purple)
  289. Bob Ezrin (producer: Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper)


  290. Donald Fagen (jazz-rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist with Steely Dan: “Reeling in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”)
  291. Fergie (pop singer with the Black Eyed Peas: “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling” and a solo singer: “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)”)
  292. Bryan Ferry (singer/songwriter and musician with Roxy Music: “Love Is the Drug” and a solo singer: “Slave to Love”)
  293. Dorothy Fields (songwriter: “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight”)
  294. Shep Fields (bandleader: “That Old Feeling,” “Thanks for the Memory”)
  295. 50 Cent (rapper: “In Da Club,” “Candy Shop”)
  296. Neil Finn (new wave/pop singer/songwriter with Split Enz: “I Got You,” Crowded House: “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and a solo artist)
  297. Tim Finn (new-wave singer/songwriter and musician with Split Enz: “I See Red,” “Six Months in a Leaky Boat,” and a solo artist)
  298. Fish (neo-progressive rock singer/songwriter with Marillion: “Kayleigh,” “Lavender,” and a solo artist: “Cliché”)
  299. Eddie Fisher (pop singer: I’m Walking Behind You,” “O Mein Papa”)
  300. Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” Sings the Cole Porter Songbook)

    Ella Fitzgerald

  301. Roberta Flack (R&B/pop singer: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Killing Me Softly with His Song”)
  302. Lester Flatt (country/bluegrass singer in Flatt & Scruggs duo: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”)
  303. Flea (rock bassist with Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge”)
  304. Mick Fleetwood (blues-rock drummer, founder of Fleetwood Mac: “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams”)
  305. John Fogerty (rock singer and guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising”)
  306. Red Foley (country singer: “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy,” “Peace in the Valley”)
  307. DJ Fontana (rock drummer with Elvis Presley: “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel”)
  308. Tennessee Ernie Ford (country singer: “Sixteen Tons”)
  309. David Foster (producer and songwriter: “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)”)
  310. Stephen Foster (songwriter: “Oh Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “The Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home”)
  311. Peter Frampton (rock singer and guitarist: Frampton Comes Alive!)
  312. Connie Francis (pop singer: “Who’s Sorry Now”)
  313. Aretha Franklin (R&B singer: “Respect,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”)

    Aretha Franklin

  314. Melvin Franklin (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”)
  315. Alan Freed (radio DJ credited with coining term “rock and roll”)
  316. Ace Frehley (rock guitarist with Kiss: “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth”)
  317. Glenn Frey (country-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Eagles: “Take It Easy,” and a solo artist: “The Heat Is On,” “You Belong to the City”)
  318. Lefty Frizzell (country singer: “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time,” “Long Black Veil”)
  319. Simon Fuller (television producer: Pop Idol, American Idol; manager: Spice Girls)
  320. Nelly Furtado (Canadian pop singer: “I’m Like a Bird,” “Promiscuous”)


  321. Kenny G (jazz saxophonist: Breathless)
  322. Milt Gabler (record executive with Commodore and Decca Records)
  323. Peter Gabriel (progressive-rock singer with Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and a solo artist: “Solsbury Hill,” “Sledgehammer”)
  324. Steve Gadd (drummer with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and Steely Dan)
  325. Dave Gahan (singer with Depeche Mode: “Enjoy the Silence,” “People Are People”)
  326. Noel Gallagher (Britpop guitarist and songwriter with Oasis: “Wonderwall,” “Live Forever”)
  327. Kenneth Gamble (record executive, songwriter, and producer)
  328. Jan Garber (bandleader: “Baby Face,” “All I Do Is Dream of You”)

    Marvin Gaye

  329. Jerry Garcia (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Grateful Dead: “Truckin’,” “A Touch of Grey”)
  330. Art Garfunkel (folk-rock singer with Simon & Garfunkel: “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water”)
  331. Judy Garland (actress and singer: “Over the Rainbow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”)
  332. Erroll Garner (jazz pianist: “Misty,” Concert by the Sea)
  333. George J. Gaskin (singer: “After the Ball,” “When You Were Sweet Sixteen”)
  334. Marvin Gaye (R&B singer: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Let’s Get It On”)
  335. Crystal Gayle (country singer: “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “You and I”)
  336. David Geffen (record executive with Asylum, Geffen, DGS, and Dreamworks SKG)
  337. George Gershwin (composer and pianist: “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Summertime”)

    George Gershwin

  338. Ira Gershwin (classical/musical theater composer: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Summertime,” Porgy and Bess)
  339. Stan Getz (jazz musician: “The Girl from Ipanema,” Getz/Gilberto)
  340. Andy Gibb (pop singer: “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” “Shadow Dancing”)
  341. Barry Gibb (pop singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever”)
  342. Maurice Gibb (pop singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever”)
  343. Robin Gibb (pop singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees: “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever”)
  344. Billy Gibbons (rock singer and guitarist with ZZ Top: “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Legs”)
  345. Don Gibson (country singer: “Oh Lonesome Me,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You”)
  346. Kevin Gilbert (rock singer/songwriter with Giraffe and Toy Matinee: “Last Plane Out,” also a solo artist)
  347. Vince Gill (country singer and musician: “When I Call Your Name,” “I Still Believe in You”)
  348. Ian Gillan (rock singer with Deep Purple: In Rock, Machine Head, and Black Sabbath)
  349. Dizzy Gillespie (jazz trumpeter and bandleader: “Salt Peanuts,” “Manteca,” “A Night in Tunisia”)
  350. Mickey Gilley (country singer: “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time”)
  351. David Gilmour (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall)
  352. Roger Glover (rock bassist with Deep Purple: In Rock, Machine Head, and Rainbow)
  353. Arthur Godfrey (radio/TV personality)
  354. Gerry Goffin (songwriter: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” “The Loco-Motion”)
  355. Bobby Goldsboro (pop/country singer: “Honey”)
  356. Benny Goodman (jazz clarinetist and bandleader: “Moonglow,” “Sing Sing Sing with a Swing”)

    Benny Goodman

  357. Berry Gordy Jr. (record executive, producer and songwriter with Motown)
  358. Stone Gossard (grunge-rock guitarist with Green River, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog)
  359. Bill Graham (concert promoter with the Fillmore Auditorium)
  360. Larry Graham (R&B bassist with Sly & the Family Stone: “Everyday People,” “Family Affair”)
  361. Lou Gramm (rock singer/songwriter with Foreigner: “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”)
  362. Ariana Grande (pop singer: “Thank U, Next,” “7 Rings”)
  363. Peter Grant (music manager for Led Zeppelin)
  364. Norman Granz (record executive with Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve, and Pablo)
  365. Glen Gray (jazz/big band leader: “Blue Moon,” “Sunrise Serenade”)
  366. Al Green (R&B singer: “Let’s Stay Together,” “Tired of Being Alone”)
  367. Peter Green (blues-rock guitarist with Fleetwood Mac: “Black Magic Woman,” “Oh Well”)
  368. Ellie Greenwich (songwriter: “Be My Baby,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Chapel of Love,” “River Deep, Mountain High”)
  369. Jonny Greenwood (rock guitarist with Radiohead: “Creep,” OK Computer)
  370. Dave Grohl (rock drummer with Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and singer with Foo Fighters: “Everlong”)
  371. Albert Grossman (music manager for Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and the Band)
  372. Woody Guthrie (folk singer: “This Land Is Your Land,” Dust Bowl Ballads)
  373. Buddy Guy (blues guitarist and singer: “Messin’ with the Kid,” “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues”)


  374. Sammy Hagar (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist: “There’s Only One Way to Rock,” “I Can’t Drive 55;” also with Montrose: “Bad Motor Scooter” and Van Halen: “Dreams”)
  375. Merle Haggard (country singer: “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee”)
  376. Bill Haley (early rock-n-roll singer: “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock”)
  377. Daryl Hall (blue-eyed/pop singer: “I Can’t Go for That,” “Maneater”)
  378. Rick Hall (executive with Fame Studios)
  379. Tom T. Hall (country singer/songwriter: “Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine”)
  380. Halsey (pop singer: “Closer,” “Without Me”)
  381. Tom Hamilton (rock bassist with Aerosmith: “Dream On,” “Walk This Way”)
  382. Marvin Hamlisch (musical theater composer: A Chorus Line, “The Way We Were”)
  383. Oscar Hammerstein II (musical theater composer: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music)

    Oscar Hammerstein II

  384. Kirk Hammett (rock guitarist with Metallica: “One,” “Enter Sandman”)
  385. John H. Hammond (talent scout with Columbia Records)
  386. Lionel Hampton (jazz bandleader and composer: “Flying Home”)
  387. Herbie Hancock (jazz pianist: “Watermelon Man,” “Rock-It,” Head Hunters)
  388. George Frederic Händel (classical composer: Water Music, Messiah)
  389. W.C. Handy (blues songwriter and musician: “The Memphis Blues,” “St. Louis Blues”)
  390. Otto Harbach (musical theater lyricist and librettist: “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Indian Love Call”)
  391. E.Y. “Yip” Harburg (songwriter: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” “Over the Rainbow”)
  392. Byron Harlan (tenor singer: “Hello Central, Give Me Heaven,” “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie,” “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)”)
  393. Sheldon Harnick (musical theater songwriter: Fiddler on the Roof)
  394. Emmylou Harris (country singer/songwriter: Wrecking Ball)
  395. Marion Harris (vaudeville and Broadway singer: “After You’ve Gone,” “Tea for Two,” “The Man I Love”)
  396. Charles Harrison (tenor singer: “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time”)
  397. George Harrison (rock guitarist and singer with the Beatles: “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps;” also a solo singer: “My Sweet Lord”)
  398. Debbie Harry (new-wave singer with Blondie: “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me”)
  399. Lorenz Hart (musical theater lyricist: “Blue Moon,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”)
  400. PJ Harvey (alternative rock singer/songwriter: To Bring You My Love, Let England Shake)
  401. Coleman Hawkins (jazz big band leader: “Body and Soul”)
  402. Joseph Haydn (classical composer and pianist, known as “The Father of the Symphony”)
  403. Isaac Hayes (R&B singer/songwriter: “Theme from Shaft,” Hot Buttered Soul)
  404. Dick Haymes (singer: “You’ll Never Know,” “It Might As Well Be Spring”)
  405. Justin Hayward (rock singer/songwriter with the Moody Blues: “Nights in White Satin,” “Your Wildest Dreams”)
  406. Nicky “Topper” Headon (rock drummer with the Clash: “London Calling,” “Rock the Casbah”)
  407. Horace Heidt (jazz big band leader: “Ti-Pi-Tin,” “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”)
  408. Levon Helm (rock drummer and singer with the Band: “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down”)
  409. Jimi Hendrix (rock guitarist and singer: “Purple Haze,” “All Along the Watchtower,” Are You Experienced?)

    Jimi Hendrix

  410. Don Henley (rock drummer and singer with the Eagles: “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights;” solo singer: “Dirty Laundry,” “The Boys of Summer”)
  411. Jerry Herman (musical theater songwriter: Hello, Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles)
  412. Woody Herman (jazz big band leader, clarinetist, and composer: “At the Woodchoppers’ Ball,” “Blues in the Night”)
  413. James Hetfield (rock singer/songwriter with Metallica: “One,” “Enter Sandman”)
  414. Dusty Hill (rock bassist with ZZ Top: “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Legs”)
  415. Faith Hill (country singer: “This Kiss,” “Breathe”)
  416. Lauryn Hill (R&B singer with the Fugees: “Killing Me Softly,” and a solo artist: The Misseducation of Lauryn Hill)
  417. Chris Hillman (folk-rock bassist with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band)
  418. Billie Holiday (blues singer: “Summertime,” “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child”)

    Billie Holiday

  419. Brian Holland (R&B songwriter and producer: “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”)
  420. Eddie Holland (R&B songwriter and producer: “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”)
  421. Buddy Holly (early rock-n-roller: “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue”)
  422. Jac Holzman (record executive with Elektra and Nonesuch)
  423. John Lee Hooker (blues singer/songwriter and guitarist: “Boogie Chillen,” “Boom Boom”)
  424. William F. Hooley (bass singer: “Gypsy Love Song”)
  425. Nicky Hopkins (rock keyboardist with the Rolling Stones and others)
  426. Trevor Horn (producer and musician with the Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star” and Yes)
  427. Lena Horne (jazz singer: “Stormy Weather”)
  428. David Houston (country singer: “Almost Persuaded”)
  429. Whitney Houston (R&B singer: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I Will Always Love You”)

    Whitney Houston

  430. Eddy Howard (jazz big band leader: “To Each His Own,” “Sin (It’s No Sin)”)
  431. Steve Howe (rock guitarist with Yes: “Roundabout” and Asia: “Heat of the Moment”)
  432. Howlin’ Wolf (blues singer and guitarist: “Smokestack Lightning,” “Spoonful,” “Little Red Rooster,” “The Killing Floor”)
  433. Leon Huff (record executive, songwriter, and producer)
  434. Engelbert Humperdinck (singer: “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz”)
  435. Ferlin Husky (country singer: “Gone”)
  436. Chrissie Hynde (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Pretenders: “Brass in Pocket,” “Back on the Chain Gang”)


  437. Ice Cube (rapper with N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton and a solo artist: “It Was a Good Day”)
  438. Billy Idol (rock singer: “White Wedding,” “Mony Mony”)
  439. Enrique Iglesias (Latin-pop singer: “Hero,” Bailando”)
  440. Julio Iglesias (Latin singer: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”)
  441. Tony Iommi (rock guitarist with Black Sabbath: “Paranoid,” “Iron Man”)
  442. Jimmy Iovine (record executive with Interscope; worked with Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and U2)
  443. Charles Ives (classical composer: Piano Sonata No. 2: Concord)


  444. Alan Jackson (country singer: “Chattahoochee,” “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”)
  445. Janet Jackson (R&B/pop singer: “Miss You Much,” “That’s the Way Love Goes”)
  446. Jermaine Jackson (R&B/pop singer with the Jackson 5: “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” and a solo singer: “Let’s Get Serious”)
  447. Joseph Jackson (music manager for The Jackson 5; father of Michael, Janet, and Jermaine Jackson)
  448. Mahalia Jackson (gospel singer: “Move on Up a Little Higher”)
  449. Michael Jackson (R&B/pop singer: “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” Thriller)

    Michael Jackson

  450. Mick Jagger (rock singer with the Rolling Stones: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women”)
  451. Elmore James (blues guitarist and singer: “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” “The Sky Is Crying,” “It Hurts Me Too”)
  452. Etta James (R&B/blues singer: “At Last,” “Tell Mama,” “I’d Rather Go Blind”)
  453. Harry James (jazz/big band leader: “All or Nothing at All,” “I’ve Heard That Song Before”)
  454. Lewis James (tenor singer: “Till We Meet Again,” “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”)
  455. Rick James (R&B singer and bassist: “Super Freak”)
  456. Sonny James (country singer: “Young Love,” “It’s Just a Matter of Time”)
  457. Tommy James (rock singer/songwriter: “Crimson and Clover,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now”)
  458. Al Jardine (rhythm guitarist with the Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls”)
  459. Keith Jarrett (jazz pianist and film composer: “The Köln Concert)
  460. Jay-Z (rap singer: “99 Problems,” “Empire State of Mind” and record executive)
  461. Wyclef Jean (Haitian rapper with the Fugees: The Score and a solo act: “Hips Don’t Lie”)
  462. Waylon Jennings (country singer: “Good Hearted Woman,” “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”)
  463. Joan Jett (rock singer: “I Love Rock and Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You”)
  464. Jewel (pop singer: “You Were Meant for Me,” “Foolish Games”)
  465. Jimmy Jam (R&B songwriter and producer for Janet Jackson and others)
  466. Billy Joel (rock singer and pianist: “Piano Man,” “Just the Way You Are,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”)
  467. Elton John (rock singer and pianist: “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind 1997”)

    Elton John

  468. Glyn Johns (engineer and producer: the Rolling Stones, the Who, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton)
  469. Brian Johnson (rock singer with AC/DC: Back in Black, “You Shook Me All Night Long”)
  470. Robert Johnson (blues singer and guitarist: “Cross Road Blues,” “Sweet Home Chicago”)
  471. Al Jolson (jazz singer: “You Made Me Love You, I Didn’t Want to Do It,” “Swaneee,” “April Showers”)
  472. Ada Jones (singer: “Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk,” “Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine”)
  473. Brian Jones (rock guitarist with the Rolling Stones: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women”)
  474. George Jones (country singer/songwriter and guitarist: “She Thinks I Still Care,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today”)
  475. Isham Jones (jazz/big band leader and musician: “Wabash Blues,” “It Had to Be You,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams”)
  476. John Paul Jones (rock bassist with Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Love,” “Stairway to Heaven”)
  477. Kenney Jones (rock drummer with the Small Faces: “Itchycoo Park,” the Faces, and the Who)
  478. Mick Jones (rock guitarist and songwriter with the Clash: “London Calling,” “Rock the Casbah”)
  479. Mick Jones (rock musician and songwriter with Foreigner: “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”)
  480. Norah Jones (jazz singer: “I Don’t Know Why,” Come Away with Me)
  481. Quincy Jones (R&B jazz musician: Back on the Block, and producer: Michael Jackson’s Thriller)
  482. Tom Jones (Welsh singer: “It’s Not Unusual,” “Green Green Grass of Home”)
  483. Janis Joplin (blues-rock singer: “Piece of My Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee”)
  484. Scott Joplin (jazz/ragtime songwriter and pianist: “Maple Leaf Rag,” “The Entertainer”)
  485. Louis Jordan (R&B/blues bandleader: “Caldonia Boogie,” “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie,” “Saturday Night Fish Fry”)


  486. John Kander (musical theater songwriter: Cabaret, All That Jazz)
  487. Casey Kasem (radio DJ, longtime host of American Top 40)
  488. Sammy Kaye (jazz/ big band leader: “Love Walked In,” “Daddy,” “The Old Lamplighter”)
  489. KC (disco singer with the Sunshine Band: “That’s the Way I Like It,” “Get Down Tonight,” “Please Don’t Go”)
  490. Toby Keith (country singer: “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “As Good As I Once Was”)
  491. R. Kelly (R&B singer: “Bump N Grind,” “I Believe I Can Fly”)
  492. Hal Kemp (jazz/ big band leader: “There’s a Small Hotel,” “Where or When”)
  493. Eddie Kendricks (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl” and a solo artist: “Keep on Truckin’”)
  494. Stan Kenton (jazz/big band leader: “Artistry in Rhythm”)
  495. Jerome Kern (musical theater songwriter: “Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Show Boat)
  496. Alicia Keys (R&B singer: “Fallin’,” “No One”)
  497. Bobby Keys (sax player with the Rolling Stones and others)
  498. Chaka Khan (R&B singer – solo: “I Feel for You” and with Rufus: “Tell Me Something Good”)
  499. Kid Rock (rock/rap singer: “All Summer Long,” Devil Without a Cause)
  500. Albert King (blues guitarist and singer: “Born Under a Bad Sign”)
  501. B.B. King (blues guitarist and singer: “The Thrill Is Gone”)

    B.B. King

  502. Ben E. King (R&B singer with the Drifters and solo: “Stand by Me”)
  503. Carole King (singer/songwriter: “You’ve Got a Friend,” “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”)
  504. Freddy King (blues guitarist: “Hide Away,” “I’m Tore Down”)
  505. Wayne King (jazz/big band leader: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart”)
  506. Don Kirshner (executive/manager with the Monkees and Kansas)
  507. Allen Klein (manger for the Rolling Stones and the Beatles)
  508. Gladys Knight (R&B singer with the Pips: “Midnight Train to Georgia”)
  509. Suge Knight (rap executive with Death Row Records)
  510. Mark Knopfler (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Dire Straits: “Sultans of Swing,” “Money for Nothing”)
  511. Mathew Knowles (manager/executive with Destiny’s Child and daughter Beyoncé)
  512. Al Kooper (rock keyboardist with Blood, Sweat & Tears and Bob Dylan; producer for Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  513. Eddie Kramer (producer with Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin)
  514. Joey Kramer (rock drummer with Aerosmith: “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion”)
  515. Lenny Kravitz (rock singer/songwriter: “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” “Let Love Rule”)
  516. Robby Krieger (rock guitarist with the Doors: “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You”)
  517. Kris Kristofferson (country singer/songwriter: “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Through the Night”)
  518. Kay Kyser (jazz/big band leader: “Jingle Jangle Jingle,” “On a Slow Boat to China”)


  519. Patti LaBelle (R&B singer: “Lady Marmalade,” “On My Own”)
  520. Lady Gaga (dance-pop singer: “Just Dance,” “Poker Face”)

    Lady Gaga

  521. Frankie Laine (pop singer: “That Lucky Old Sun,” “I Believe”)
  522. Kendrick Lamar (Pulitizer prize-winning rapper: “Alright,” “Humble”)
  523. Kit Lambert (manager for The Who)
  524. Robert Lamm (keyboardist with Chicago: “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park”)
  525. Jon Landau (manager for Bruce Springsteen)
  526. Burton Lane (musical theater composer: Finian’s Rainbow)
  527. Robert “Mutt” Lange (producer for AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Shania Twain)
  528. Daniel Lanois (producer for Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, and U2)
  529. Jonathan Larson (musical theater composer: Rent)
  530. Cyndi Lauper (pop singer: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time”)
  531. Avril Lavigne (pop singer: “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi”)
  532. Steve Lawrence (adult contemporary singer)
  533. Bernie Leadon (country-rock singer and guitarist with the Flying Burrito Brothers and Eagles)
  534. Simon LeBon (singer with Duran Duran: “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “A View to a Kill”)
  535. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter (blues/folk singer/songwriter: “Goodnight Irene,” “The Midnight Special”)
  536. Brenda Lee (country/pop singer: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “I’m Sorry”)
  537. Geddy Lee (rock singer and bassist with Rush: “Tom Sawyer,” 2112)
  538. Peggy Lee (pop singer: “Manana Is Soon Enough for Me,” “Fever”)
  539. John Legend (singer/songwriter: “Ordinary People,” “All of Me”)
  540. Jerry Leiber (songwriter: “Hound Dog,” “Searchin’,” “Kansas City,” “Stand by Me”)
  541. John Lennon (rock singer/songwriter with the Beatles: “Help!,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and a solo artist: “Imagine,” “Just Like Starting Over”)

    John Lennon

  542. Annie Lennox (singer/songwriter with the Eurythmics: “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This,” “Here Comes the Rain Again”)
  543. Patrick Leonard (producer/songwriter; has worked with Michael Jackson, Elton John, Madonna, and Pink Floyd)
  544. Alan Jay Lerner (musical theater composer: My Fair Lady, Camelot)
  545. Adam Levine (pop-rock singer with Maroon 5: “Moves Like Jagger,” “Girls Like You”)
  546. Jerry Lee Lewis (early rock-n-roller: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Great Balls of Fire”)
  547. Ted Lewis (bandleader: “When My Baby Smiles at Me,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street”)
  548. Terry Lewis (R&B songwriter and producer for Janet Jackson and others)
  549. Goddard Lieberson (President of Columbia Records and RIAA)
  550. Alex Lifeson (rock guitarist with Rush: “Tom Sawyer,” 2112)
  551. Lil Nas X (rapper: “Old Town Road,” “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”)
  552. Lil Wayne (rapper: “Lollipop”)
  553. Steve Lillywhite (rock producer with U2 and Dave Matthews Band)
  554. Dua Lipa (pop singer: “Levitating,” “New Rules”)
  555. Franz Liszt (classical composer: Piano Sonata in B Minor)
  556. Little Richard (early rock-n-roller: “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Good Golly Miss Molly”)

    Little Richard

  557. Little Walter (blues singer and harmonica player: “Juke,” “My Babe”)
  558. LL Cool J (rapper: “I Need Love,” “Mama Said Knock You Out”)
  559. Frank Loesser (musical theater composer: Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
  560. Frederick Loewe (musical theater composer: My Fair Lady, Camelot)
  561. Kenny Loggins (pop-rock singer with Jim Messina: “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and a solo act: “Footloose”)
  562. Alan Lomax (blues archivist; worked with Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, and Leadbelly)
  563. Guy Lombardo (big band leader: “Winter Wonderland,” “How Deep Is the Ocean?”)
  564. Jennifer Lopez (dance-pop singer: “If You Had My Love,” “On the Floor”)
  565. Vincent Lopez (big band leader: “I Want to Be Happy,” “Show Me the Way to Go Home”)
  566. Jon Lord (rock keyboardist with Deep Purple and Whitesnake)
  567. Mike Love (singer with the Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls”)
  568. Patty Loveless (country singer: “Timber I’m Falling in Love,” “Blame It on Your Heart”)
  569. Lyle Lovett (alt-country singer: “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady”)
  570. Nick Lowe (new wave singer: “Cruel to Be Kind,” “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding”)
  571. Ludacris (rapper: “Money Maker”)
  572. Loretta Lynn (country sniger/songwriter: “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ with Lovin’ on Your Mind”)
  573. Jeff Lynne (rock singer/songwriter with Electric Light Orchestra: “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Don’t Bring Me Down”)


  574. Harry MacDonough (singer with the Haydn Quartet and a solo act: “Shine on, Harvest Moon,” “Down by the Old Mill Stream”)
  575. Madonna (dance-pop singer: “Like a Virgin,” “Like a Prayer,” “Vogue”)


  576. Gustav Mahler (classical composer: Symphony No. 1: Titan, Symphony No. 2: Resurrection)
  577. Henry Mancini (composer: “Moon River,” “Peter Gunn,” “The Days of Wine and Roses”)
  578. Barbara Mandrell (country singer: “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed”)
  579. Barry Manilow (adult contemporary singer: “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs”)
  580. Barry Mann (rock songwriter: “On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”)
  581. Marilyn Manson (shock-rock singer: “The Dope Show”)
  582. Ray Manzarek (rock keyboardist with the Doros: “Light My Fire,” “Hello I Love You”)
  583. Arif Mardin (record executive with Atlantic and Manhattan Records)
  584. Bob Marley (reggae singer: “I Shot the Sheriff,” “No Woman No Cry,” “Get Up Stand Up”)

    Bob Marley

  585. Bruno Mars (pop singer: “Just the Way You Are (Amazing),” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Uptown Funk”)
  586. Dean Martin (traditional pop singer: “Memories Are Made of This,” “Everybody Loves Somebody”)
  587. Freddy Martin (jazz big band leader: “Managua, Nicaragua,” “Music! Music! Music!”)
  588. George Martin (producer with the Beatles)
  589. Tony Martin (traditional pop singer: “Tonight We Love”)
  590. Al Martino (adult contemporary singer: “Here in My Heart”)
  591. Richard Marx (pop singer/songwriter: “Right Here Waiting,” “Don’t Mean Nothin’”)
  592. Nick Mason (rock drummer with Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. II”)
  593. Johnny Mathis (pop singer: “Chances Are,” “Misty”)
  594. Dave Matthews (rock singer/songwriter: Under the Table and Dreaming, “Crash into Me”)
  595. Brian May (rock guitarist with Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You”)
  596. John Mayall (blues guitarist who helped launch careers of Eric Clapton and others)
  597. John Mayer (rock singer/songwriter: “No Such Thing,” “Daughters”)
  598. Curtis Mayfield (R&B singer with the Impressions: “People Get Ready” and a solo act: “Move on Up,” “Superfly”)
  599. Martina McBride (country singer: “Independence Day”)
  600. Paul McCartney (rock singer and bassist with the Beatles: “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be” and a solo singer: “Band on the Run,” “Ebony and Ivory”)

    Paul McCartney

  601. John McCormack (tenor singer: “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary”)
  602. Mike McCready (rock guitarist with Pearl Jam: “Alive,” “Jeremy”)
  603. Michael McDonald (rock singer and keyboardist with the Doobie Brothers: “What a Fool Believes” and a solo artist: “On My Own”)
  604. Reba McEntire (country singer: “Fancy”)
  605. Tim McGraw (country singer: “I Like It, I Love It,” “Live Like You Were Dying”)
  606. Roger McGuinn (folk-rock singer and guitarist with the Byrds: “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!”)
  607. M.C. Hammer (rapper: “U Can’t Touch This,” “Pray”)
  608. Duff McKagan (rock bassist with Guns N’ Roses: “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle”)
  609. Sarah McLachlan (alternative-rock singer/songwriter: “I Will Remember You,” “Building a Mystery,” “Angel”)
  610. Malcolm McLaren (music manager for the Sex Pistols)
  611. Don McLean (pop singer/songwriter: “American Pie,” “Vincent”)
  612. Clyde McPhatter (R&B singer with the Dominoes and the Drifters, also a solo singer: “A Lover’s Question”)
  613. Christine McVie (rock singer and keyboardist with Fleetwood Mac: “”Say You Love Me,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Hold Me,” “Little Lies”)
  614. John McVie (blues-rock bassist with Fleetwood Mac: “Oh Well,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Hynotized,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams”)
  615. Meat Loaf (rock singer: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That”)
  616. Joe Meek (producer for Ritchie Blackmore and Tom Jones)
  617. Randy Meisner (country-rock singer/songwriter and bassist with Poco and the Eagles: “Take It to the Limit”)
  618. John Mellencamp (rock singer: “Jack and Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Small Town”)

    John Mellencamp

  619. Felix Mendelssohn (classical composer: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
  620. Alan Menken (musical theater/soundtrack composer: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin)
  621. Johnny Mercer (singer/songwriter: “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive”)
  622. Freddie Mercury (rock singer/songwriter with Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You”)
  623. Ethel Merman (singer: “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”)
  624. John Meyer (bass singer with the Peerless Quartet and American Quartet)
  625. George Michael (pop singer/songwriter with Wham!: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and solo artist: “Carless Whisper,” “Faith”)
  626. Bette Midler (singer: “The Rose,” “Wind Beneath My Wings”)
  627. Glenn Miller (jazz big band leader: “In the Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo”)

    Glenn Miller

  628. Jimmy Miller (record producer who worked with the Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, and Traffic)
  629. Roger Miller (country singer/songwriter: “King of the Road,” “Dang Me”)
  630. Steve Miller (rock singer and guitarist: “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Abracadabra”)
  631. Mike Mills (rock bassist with R.E.M.: “Radio Free Europe,” “Losing My Religion”)
  632. Ronnie Milsap (country singer: “Smokey Mountain Rain,” “Stranger in My House”)
  633. Nicki Minaj (rapper: “Super Bass,” “Starships”)
  634. Charles Mingus (jazz pianist, bassist, and composer: Mingus Ah Uh)
  635. Kylie Minogue (pop singer: “The Loco-Motion,” “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”)
  636. Joni Mitchell (folk singer/songwriter: “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock,” “Help Me”)

    Joni Mitchell

  637. Mitch Mitchell (rock drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience: “All Along the Watchtower,” “Purple Haze”)
  638. Willie Mitchell (record executive with Hi Records)
  639. Eddie Money (rock singer/songwriter: “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight”)
  640. Thelonious Monk (jazz pianist: “Round Midnight”)
  641. Bill Monroe (country singer: “Mule Skinner Blues,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky”)
  642. Vaughn Monroe (jazz/big band leader: “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “There! I’ve Said It Again,” “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)”)
  643. Claudio Monteverdi (classical composer: L’Orfeo, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin)
  644. Keith Moon (rock drummer with the Who: “My Generation,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again”)
  645. Scotty Moore (rock guitarist with Elvis Presley: “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel”)
  646. Russ Morgan (big band leader: “Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon,” “Forever and Ever”)
  647. Alanis Morissette (alternative-rock singer/songwriter: “You Oughta Know,” “Ironic”)
  648. Jim Morrison (rock singer with the Doors: “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You”)
  649. Sterling Morrison (rock guitarist with the Velvet Underground: “Heroin,” “Sweet Jane”)
  650. Van Morrison (blue-eyed-soul singer/songwriter: “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” “Wild Night”)
  651. Morrissey (alternative-rock singer/songwriter with the Smiths: “How Soon Is Now?,” “This Charming Man” and a solo artist: “Everyday Is Like Sunday”)
  652. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton (jazz pianist and composer: “King Porter Stomp”)
  653. Jerry Moss (record executive with A&M Records)
  654. Tommy Mottola (record executive with Sony Music)
  655. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (classical composer: Piano Concerto No. 20, The Marriage of Figarro, Don Giovanni)
  656. Larry Mullen Jr. (rock drummer with U2: “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “With Or Without You”)
  657. Anne Murray (country singer: “Snowbird,” “You Needed Me,” “Could I Have This Dance?”)
  658. Billy Murray (tenor singer: “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis,” “Yankee Doodle Boy,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag”)

    Billy Murray

  659. Kacey Musgraves (country singer/songwriter: “Follow Your Arrow,” Golden Hour)
  660. Modest Mussorgsky (classical composer: Pictures at an Exhibition)
  661. J.W. Myers (singer: “On a Sunday Afternoon,” “In the Good Old Summertime”)


  662. Nas (rap singer: Illmatic)
  663. Graham Nash (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  664. Syd Nathan (executive with King Records)
  665. Nelly (rap singer: “Hot in Herre,” Dilemma”)
  666. Ozzie Nelson (big band leader: “And Then Some,” “About a Quartet to Nine”)
  667. Ricky Nelson (pop singer: “Poor Little Fool,” “Garden Party”)
  668. Willie Nelson (country singer/songwriter: “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind”)

    Willie Nelson

  669. Randy Newman (singer/songwriter: 12 Songs, Sail Away; film score composer)
  670. Olivia Newton-John (pop/country singer: “I Honestly Love You,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Magic,” “Physical”)
  671. Ne-Yo (rap singer: “So Sick,” “Miss Independent”)
  672. Stevie Nicks (rock singer/songwriter with Fleetwood Mac: “Dreams,” “Gypsy;” also a solo singer: “Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back”)
  673. Ray Noble (big band songwriter: “The Very THgought of You,” “Isle of Capri,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”)
  674. The Notorious B.I.G. (rapper: Ready to Die, Life After Death)
  675. Krist Novoselic (rock bassist with Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “All Apologies”)
  676. Ted Nugent (rock guitarist with Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees; also a solo artist: “Wango Tango,” “Cat Scratch Fever”)


  677. John Oates (blue-eyed soul singer in duo with Daryl Hall: “Sara Smile,” “I Can’t Go for That,” “Maneater”)
  678. Brendan O’Brien (rock producer: Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen)
  679. Frank Ocean (R&B singer: Channel Orange, Blond)
  680. Sinéad O’Connor (alternative-rock singer: “Nothing Compares 2 U”)
  681. Andrew Loog Oldham (rock producer/manager: The Rolling Stones)
  682. George Olsen (big band leader:: “Who?,” “Always,” “The Last Round-Up”)
  683. Roy Orbison (rock-n-roll singer: “Oh Pretty Woman,” Cyring”)
  684. Tony Orlando (pop singer: “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times”)
  685. Ozzy Osbourne (rock singer with Black Sabbath: “Iron Man,” “Paranoid;” solo singer: “Crazy Train”)
  686. Sharon Osbourne (rock manager for husband Ozzy Osbourne; TV personality)
  687. Donny Osmond (pop singer with the Osmonds: “One Bad Apple;” solo singer: “Puppy Love”)
  688. Vess Ossman (ragtime banjo player: “Yankee Doodle Went to Town,” The Old Folks at Home”)
  689. Mo Ostin (record executive with Verve, Reprise, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks SKG)
  690. Buck Owens (country singer: “Act Naturally,” “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail”)


  691. Hugh Padgham (producer: Genesis, The Police)
  692. Jimmy Page (rock guitarist with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Love,” Stairway to Heaven”)
  693. Patti Page (pop singer: “Tennessee Waltz,” “The Doggie in the Window”)
  694. Ian Paice (rock drummer with Deep Purple: “Hush,” “Smoke on the Water”)
  695. Brad Paisley (country singer: “Whiskey Lullaby,” Time Well Wasted)
  696. Pino Palladino (rock bassist with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and the Who)
  697. Carl Palmer (rock drummer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer: “Lucky Man” and Asia: “Heat of the Moment”)
  698. Robert Palmer (writer, musicologist, clarinetist, saxophonist, and blues producer)
  699. Robert Palmer (pop/rock singer: “Bad Case of Loving You,” “Addicted to Love”)
  700. Charlie Parker (jazz saxophonist: “Ko-Ko,” “Billie’s Bounce”)
  701. Colonel Tom Parker (music manager: Elvis Presley)
  702. Alan Parsons (engineer for the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, also helmed the Alan Parsons Project: “Eye in the Sky”)
  703. Gram Parsons (country-rock artist with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers)
  704. Dolly Parton (country singer/songwriter: “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” “9 to 5”)

    Dolly Parton

  705. Charley Patton (blues singer and guitarist: “Pony Blues,” Founder of the Delta Blues)
  706. Les Paul (guitarist, inventor, and producer; “How High the Moon,” “Vaya Con Dios”)
  707. Lou Pearlman (record executive and music manager for Backstreet Boys and N’ Sync)
  708. Neil Peart (rock drummer with Rush: 2112, “Tom Sawyer”)
  709. Joe Perry (rock guitarist with Aerosmith: “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On”)
  710. Katy Perry (pop singer: “I Kissed a Girl,” “California Gurls,” “Fireworks,” “Dark Horse”)
  711. Lee “Scratch” Perry (reggae/dub producer: Bob Marley)
  712. Steve Perry (rock singer with Journey: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms” and a solo singer: “Oh Sherrie”)
  713. Oscar Peterson (jazz pianist: The Astaire Story)
  714. Tom Petty (rock singer/songwriter: “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’”)
  715. Sam Phillips (record executive at Sun Records; launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and others)
  716. Wilson Pickett (R&B singer: “In the Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally,” “Land of 1000 Dances”)
  717. Webb Pierce (country singer: “There Stands the Glass,” “In the Jailhouse Now”)
  718. Pink (pop singer: “Get This Party Started,” “Just Give Me a Reason”)
  719. Gene Pitney (pop singer/songwriter: “Every Brfeath I Take,” “Town Without Pity”)
  720. Robert Plant (rock singer with Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Love,” “Stairway to Heaven” and a solo singer: Raising Sand)

    Robert Plant

  721. Doc Pomus (R&B/pop songwriter: Dion & the Belmonts’ “A Teenager in Love,” the Drifters’ “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister”)
  722. Iggy Pop (punk-rock singer with the Stooges: “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and a solo artist: “Lust for Life”)
  723. Cole Porter (musical theater composer: “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”)
  724. Steve Porter (bariton singer with the Peerless Quartet and a solo artist: “A Bird in a Gilded Cage”)
  725. Post Malone (rap singer/songwriter: “Rockstar,” “Psycho,” “Circle”)
  726. Billy Powell (rock keyboardist with Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Free Bird,” “Sweet Home Alabama”)
  727. Elvis Presley (the King of Rock and Roll: “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock”)

    Elvis Presley

  728. Lloyd Price (R&B singer: “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Stagger Lee,” “Personality”)
  729. Ray Price (country singer: “Crazy Arms,” “Heartaches by the Number,” “For the Good Times”)
  730. Charley Pride (country singer: “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’”)
  731. Prince (R&B/pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist: “1999,” “When Doves Cry,” “Purple Rain,” “Kiss”)


  732. Charles Adams Prince (big band leader: “Ballin’ the Jack,” “The Memphis Blues”)
  733. Sergei Prokofiev (classical composer: Peter and the Wolf)
  734. Giacomo Puccini (classical composer: La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly)
  735. Henry Purcell (classical composer: Dido and Aeneas opera)


  736. Pete Quaife (rock bassist with the Kinks: “You Really Got Me,” “Waterloo Sunset”)
  737. Dan Quinn (singer: “A Bicycle Built for Two,” “The Band Played On,” “The Sidewalks of New York”)
  738. Eddie Rabbitt (country singer: “I Love a Rainy Night,” “You and I”)
  739. Sergei Rachmaninoff (classical composer: Prelude in C# Minor)
  740. Bonnie Raitt (blues/rock singer and guitarist: Nick of Time, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”)
  741. Rakim (rapper in duo with Eric B.: Paid in Full)
  742. Phil Ramone (record producer: Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, B.B. King, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder)
  743. Maurice Ravel (classical composer: Boléro ballet)
  744. Otis Redding (R&B singer: “Hard to Handle,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”)
  745. Helen Reddy (pop singer: “I Am Woman,” “Delta Dawn”)
  746. Jerry Reed (country singer)
  747. Lou Reed (rock singer/songwriter with Velvet Underground: “Heroin,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Sweet Jane” and solo singer: “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day”)

    Lou Reed

  748. Jim Reeves (country singer: “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “East Bound and Down”)
  749. Antonio “L.A.” Reid (record executive with LaFace, Arista, Def Jam Island, and Epic)
  750. Django Reinhardt (jazz guitarist: “Djangology,” “Nuages”)
  751. Leo Reisman (big band leader: “What Is This Thing Called Love?,” “Paradise,” “The Continental”)
  752. Dan Reynolds (rock singer with Imagine Dragons: “Radioactive,” “Demons,” “Believer,” “Thunder”)
  753. Tim Rice (musical theater/Disney movie composer: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King)
  754. Charlie Rich (country singer: “Behind Closed Doors” “The Most Beautiful Girl”)
  755. Cliff Richard (British rock singer: “Move It,” “Devil Woman”)
  756. Keith Richards (rock guitarist with the Rolling Stones: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women”)
  757. Lionel Richie (R&B/pop singer with the Commodores: “Three Times a Lady” and a solo artist: “Endless Love,” “All Night Long,” “Hello”)
  758. Rihanna (pop singer: “Umbrella,” “Work,” “Diamonds”)


  759. LeAnn Rimes (country singer: “Blue,” “How Do I Live”)
  760. Max Roach (jazz drummer: Jazz at Massey Hall, Clifford Brown and Max Roach)
  761. Marty Robbins (country singer: “El Paso”)
  762. Robbie Robertson (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Band: “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down”)
  763. Smokey Robinson (R&B singer with the Miracles: “The Tears of a Clown,” “The Tracks of My Tears” and a solo singer: “Being with You”)
  764. Sylvia Robinson (record producer for the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” and Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”)
  765. Bob Rock (producer: Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Metallica)
  766. Jimmie Rodgers (country singer: “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)”)

    Smokey Robinson

  767. Paul Rodgers (rock singer with Free: “All Right Now” and Bad Company: “Feel Like Making Love”)
  768. Richard Rodgers (musical theater songwriter: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music)
  769. Olivia Rodrigo (pop singer: “Drivers License,” Good 4 U”)
  770. Kenny Rogers (country singer: “The Gambler,” “Coward of the County,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream”)
  771. Gregg Rolie (rock keyboardist with Santana: “Black Magic Woman” and Journey: “Feeling That Way/Anytime”)
  772. Sonny Rollins (jazz saxophonist: Saxophone Colossus)
  773. Mick Ronson (guitarist with David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, producer: Lou Reed’s Transformer)
  774. Linda Ronstadt (pop singer: “You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Blue Bayou”)
  775. Axl Rose (rock singer with Guns N’ Roses: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “November Rain”)
  776. Diana Ross (R&B singer with the Supremes: “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and solo singer: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Upside Down”)
  777. Jerry Ross (musical theater songwriter: The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)
  778. David Lee Roth (rock singer with Van Halen: “Jump,” “Runnin’ with the Devil”)
  779. Rick Rubin (producer: Run-DMC’s Raising Hell, Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill, Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back)
  780. Phil Rudd (rock drummer with AC/DC: “Highway to Hell,” Back in Black)
  781. David Ruffin (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”)
  782. Todd Rundgren (experimental rock musician: “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light”)
  783. Art Rupe (record executive with Specialty Records)
  784. Mike Rutherford (rock guitarist/bassist with Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, “Invisible Touch” and Mike + the Mechanics: “Silent Running,” “The Living Years”)


  785. Sade (smooth jazz singer: “Smooth Operator”)
  786. Carole Bayer Sager (songwriter: “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” “That’s What Friends Are For”)
  787. Richie Sambora (rock guitarist with Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer”)
  788. Carlos Santana (rock guitarist: “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways,” “Smooth”)
  789. Timothy B. Schmit (rock singer/songwriter and bassist with Poco and the Eagles: “I Can’t Tell You Why”)
  790. Arnold Schoenberg (classical composer: String Quartets: 1-4)
  791. Neal Schon (rock guitarist with Santana, Journey: “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Bad English: “When I See You Smile”)
  792. Franz Schubert (classical composer and pianist: Trout Symphony, Unfinished Symphony, The Great Symphony)
  793. Robert Schumann (classical composer and pianist: Carnaval Op 9, Complete Piano Trios)
  794. Stephen Schwartz (musical theater songwriter: Godspell, Pippin, Wicked)
  795. Bon Scott (rock singer with AC/DC: “Highway to Hell”)
  796. Earl Scruggs (country singer in duo with Lester Flatt: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”)
  797. Ryan Seacrest (TV and radio personality)
  798. Seal (pop singer: “Crazy,” “Kiss from a Rose”)
  799. Neil Sedaka (pop singer: “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Laughter in the Rain”)
  800. Pete Seeger (folk singer with the Weavers: “Goodnight Irene” and a solo artist: “We Shall Overcome”)
  801. Bob Seger (rock singer: “Turn the Page,” “Night Moves,” “Old Time Rock and Roll”)
  802. Ben Selvin (big band leader: “Dardanella,” “Blue Skies,” “Happy Days Are Here Again”)
  803. Shakira (pop singer: “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Whenever Wherever”)
  804. Tupac Shakur (rapper: Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me)
  805. Del Shannon (pop singer: “Runaway”)
  806. Artie Shaw (big band leader: “Begin the Beguine,” “Frenesi,” “Stardust”)
  807. Tommy Shaw (rock singer and guitarist with Styx: “Renegade,” “Too Much Time on My Hands”)
  808. Ed Sheeran (pop singer: “Shape of You, “Perfect”)

    Paul Simon

  809. Richard Sherman (Disney film composer: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, “It’s a Small World After All”)
  810. Robert Sherman (Disney film composer: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, “It’s a Small World After All”)
  811. Nat Shilkret (composer and conducter: “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”)
  812. Dinah Shore (singer: “Buttons and Bows,” “The Gypsy”)
  813. Dmitri Shostakovich (classical pianist and composer: Symphony No. 5)
  814. Mort Shuman (songwriter: “Teenager in Love,” “Save the Last Dance for Me”)
  815. Jean Sibelius (classical composer)
  816. Gene Simmons (rock bassist and singer with Kiss: “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth”)
  817. Carly Simon (pop singer: “You’re So Vain,” “Nobody Does It Better”)
  818. Paul Simon (pop singer in duo with Art Garfunkel: “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and solo singer: “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”)
  819. Nina Simone (jazz/blues singer: “I Loves You, Porgy,” “Mississippi Goddam”)
  820. Paul Simonon (punk rock bassist with The Clash: “London Calling,” “Rock the Casbah”)
  821. Valerie Simpson (R&B singer/songwriter: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Solid”)
  822. Frank Sinatra (traditional pop singer: “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “My Way,” “Strangers in the Night,” “Theme from ‘New York New York’”)

    Frank Sinatra

  823. Ricky Skaggs (country singer)
  824. Slash (rock guitarist with Guns N’ Roses: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “November Rain”)
  825. Bessie Smith (blues singer: “Down Hearted Blues,” “St. Louis Blues”)
  826. Carl Smith (country singer)
  827. Connie Smith (country singer: “Once a Day”)
  828. Kate Smith (singer: “God Bless America”)
  829. Patti Smith (punk-rock singer: Horses, “Because the Night,” “Dancing Barefoot”)
  830. Sam Smith (pop singer: “Stay with Me,” “Unholy”)
  831. Will Smith (rapper in duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince: “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” Summertime” and solo as Will Smith: “Men in Black”)
  832. Snoop Dogg (rapper: “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot”)
  833. Hank Snow (country singer: “I’m Movin’ On,” “I Don’t Hurt Anymore”)
  834. Stephen Sondheim (musical theater composer: West Side Story, Gypsy)
  835. John Phillip Sousa (songwriter/bandleader: “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The Washington Post March”)
  836. Britney Spears (pop singer: “Baby One More Time,” “Toxic”)
  837. Phil Spector (producer who worked with the Beatles, the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, et al)
  838. Len Spencer (singer: “Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay,” “The Old Folks at Home,” “The Arkansaw Traveler”)
  839. Dusty Springfield (blue-eyed soul singer: “I Only Want to Be with You,” “Son of a Preacher Man”)
  840. Rick Springfield (pop singer: “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers”)
  841. Bruce Springsteen (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist: “Born to Run,” Born in the U.S.A.)

    Bruce Springsteen

  842. Chris Squire (rock bassist with Yes: “Roundabout,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart”)
  843. Jo Stafford (singer: “You Belong to Me,” “Make Love to Me”)
  844. Chris Stamp (rock manager for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Who)
  845. Frank Stanley (bass singer with the Peerless Quartet and a solo artist: “Auld Lang Syne”)
  846. Paul Stanley (rock guitarist with Kiss: “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Alive)
  847. Zak Starkey (rock drummer with The Who and Oasis)
  848. Kay Starr (singer: “Wheel of Fortune,” “Rock and Roll Waltz”)
  849. Ringo Starr (drummer with the Beatles: “Yellow Submarine” and a solo artist: “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen”)
  850. Gwen Stefani (alternative-rock singer with No Doubt: “Don’t Speak,” “Just a Girl” and a solo artist: “Hollaback Girl”)
  851. Seymour Stein (record executive with Sire and Warner Bros.)
  852. Jim Steinman (rock songwriter, often worked with Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell, “I’d Do Anything for Love But I Won’t Do That”)
  853. Cat Stevens (folk-rock singer: “Peace Train,” “Moonshadow”)
  854. Cal Stewart (singer: “Uncle Josh” series)
  855. Dave Stewart (half of the Eurythmics: “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This,” “Here Comes the Rain Again”)
  856. Ian Stewart (blues-rock keyboardist with the Rolling Stones and others)
  857. Jim Stewart (record executive with Stax)
  858. Rod Stewart (rock singer: “Maggie May,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”)

    Rod Stewart

  859. Robert Stigwood (music manager for the Bee Gees and movie producer: Saturday Night Fever, Grease)
  860. Stephen Stills (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with Buffalo Springfield: “For What It’s Worth” and Crosby, Stills & Nash: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”)
  861. Sting (rock singer with the Police: “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle” and a solo artist: “If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free”)
  862. Michael Stipe (rock singer with R.E.M.: “Radio Free Europe,” “Losing My Religion,” “Everybody Hurts”)
  863. Mike Stoller (songwriter: “Hound Dog,” “Young Blood,” “Kansas City,” “On Broadway”)
  864. Sly Stone (R&B singer with Sly & the Family Stone: “Everyday People,” “Family Affair”)
  865. Chris Strachwitz (blues executive)
  866. Izzy Stradlin (rock guitarist with Guns N’ Roses: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine”)
  867. George Strait (country singer: “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Love Without End, Amen”)
  868. Richard Strauss (classical composer: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Der Rosenkavalier)
  869. Igor Stravinsky (classical composer: The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, The Firebird)
  870. Barbra Streisand (pop singer: “The Way We Were,” “Woman in Love”)

    Barbra Streisand

  871. Charles Strouse (musical theater songwriter: Bye Bye Birdie, Annie)
  872. Joe Strummer (punk-rock singer with the Clash: London Calling, “Rock the Casbah”)
  873. Jule Styne (musical theater composer: Gypsy, Funny Girl)
  874. Donna Summer (disco singer: “I Feel Love,” “Hot Stuff”)
  875. Andy Summers (rock guitarist with the Police: “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Every Breath You Take”)
  876. Taylor Swift (pop singer: “Love Story,” “You Belong with Me,” “Shake It Off,” “Anti-Hero”)
  877. Swizz Beatz (record executive with Full Surface)

    Taylor Swift


  878. Shel Talmy (producer: The Who, The Kinks)
  879. Art Tatum (jazz pianist: “Tea for Two”)
  880. Bernie Taupin (songwriter with Elton John: “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind”)
  881. James Taylor (singer/songwriter: “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend”)
  882. John Taylor (bassist with Duran Duran and the Power Station)
  883. Mick Taylor (blues-rock guitarist with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones)
  884. Roger Taylor (rock drummer with Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust”)
  885. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (classical composer: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor)
  886. Ted Templeman (producer: Doobie Brothers, Van Halen)

    Justin Timberlake

  887. B.J. Thomas (singer: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”)
  888. Chris Thomas (producer: the Pretenders, Sex Pistols, Roxy Music)
  889. Rob Thomas (rock singer with Matchbox 20: Yourself or Someone Like You, “Bent” and a solo artist: “Smooth”)
  890. Hank Thompson (country singer: “The Wild Side of Life”)
  891. Richard Thompson (folk singer/songwriter: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Shoot Out the Lights)
  892. George Thorogood (blues-rock singer/guitarist: “Bad to the Bone”)
  893. T.I. (rap singer: “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life”)
  894. Glenn Tilbrook (songwriter with Squeeze: “Tempted,” “Hourglass”)
  895. Mel Tillis (country singer)
  896. Timbaland (rap singer: “Promiscuous,” “Apologize”)
  897. Justin Timberlake (pop singer with N’ Sync: “Bye Bye Bye” and solo artist: “Sexyback,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”)
  898. Pete Townshend (rock songwriter and guitarist with The Who: “Pinball Wizard,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “My Generation”)

    Pete Townshend

  899. Meghan Trainor (pop singer: “All About That Bass”)
  900. Randy Travis (country singer: “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen”)
  901. Travis Tritt (country singer: “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares”)
  902. Ernest Tubb (country singer: “Walking the Floor Over You”)
  903. Maureen “Moe” Tucker (rock drummer with the Velvet Underground: “Heroin,” “I’m Waiting for the Man”)
  904. Tanya Tucker (country singer: “Delta Dawn”)
  905. Big Joe Turner (blues singer: “Shake, Rattle and Roll”)
  906. Ike Turner (R&B guitarist: “Rocket 88,” “River Deep, Mountain High”)
  907. Tina Turner (R&B singer: “River Deep, Mountain High,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”)

    Tina Turner

  908. Shania Twain (country singer: “You’re Still the One,” Come on Over)
  909. Conway Twitty (country singer: “It’s Only Make Believe,” “Hello Darlin’”)
  910. Steven Tyler (rock singer with Aerosmith: “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Dream On”)


  911. Lars Ulrich (rock drummer and songwriter with Metallica: “Enter Sandman,” Master of Puppets)
  912. Carrie Underwood (country singer: “Before He Cheats,” “Jesus Take the Wheel”)
  913. Keith Urban (country singer: “Blue Ain’t Your Color”)
  914. Usher (R&B singer: “Yeah!,” “OMG”)


  915. Ritchie Valens (rock singer: “La Bamba,” “Donna”)
  916. Rudy Vallee (singer: “Stein Song,” “As Time Goes By,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”)
  917. Frankie Valli (singer with the Four Seasons: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry” and solo artist: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Grease”)
  918. Walter Van Brunt (tenor singer: “And the Green Grass Grew All Around”)
  919. Alex Van Halen (rock drummer with Van Halen: “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Jump”)
  920. Eddie Van Halen (rock guitarist with Van Halen: “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Jump”)
  921. Luther Vandross (R&B singer: “Here and Now,” “Dance with My Father”)
  922. Sarah Vaughan (jazz singer: “Tenderly,” “Dancing in the Dark”)

    Sarah Vaughan

  923. Stevie Ray Vaughan (blues-rock singer and guitarist: Texas Flood, “Pride and Joy”)
  924. Eddie Vedder (rock singer with Pearl Jam: “Alive,” “Jeremy,” “Daughter”)
  925. Bobby Vee (pop singer: “Rubber Ball”)
  926. Butch Vig (producer: Garbage, Nirvana)
  927. Bobby Vinton (pop singer: “Roses Are Red My Love,” “Blue Velvet”)
  928. Tony Visconti (producer: David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Talking Heads)
  929. Antonio Vivaldi (classical composer: The Four Seasons)
  930. Harry Von Tilzer (songwriter: “A Bird in a Gilded Cage,” “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie”)


  931. Richard Wagner (classical composer: The Ring Cycle, Tristan Und Isolde)
  932. Porter Wagoner (country singer: “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “The Carroll County Accident”)
  933. Tom Waits (singer/songwriter: “Downtown Train,” Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs)
  934. Rick Wakeman (rock keyboardist with David Bowie and Yes)
  935. Fats Waller (jazz singer/composer: “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose”)
  936. Joe Walsh (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the James Gang: “Walk Away,” “Funk #49” and the Eagles: “In the City” and a solo artist: “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life’s Been Good”)
  937. Steve Wariner (country singer: “Holes in the Floor of Heaven”)
  938. Fred Waring (musician: “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life,”Little White Lies,” “I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store”)
  939. Diane Warren (songwriter: “Because You Loved Me,” “Un-Break My Heart,” “How Do I Live,” “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”)
  940. Dionne Warwick (R&B singer: “Walk on By,” “That’s What Friends Are For”)
  941. Dinah Washington (R&B/blues singer: “Teach Me Tonight,” “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”)
  942. Muddy Waters (blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player: “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Mannish Boy”)

    Muddy Waters

  943. Roger Waters (bassist and songwriter with Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and a solo artist)
  944. Gene Watson (country singer)
  945. Charlie Watts (drummer with the Rolling Stones: “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women”)
  946. Andrew Lloyd Webber (musical theater composer: Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera)
  947. The Weeknd (R&B singer: “Can’t Feel My Face,” “The Hills,” “Starboy,” “Blinding Lights”)
  948. Ted Weems (bandleader: “Heartaches”)
  949. Cynthia Weil (songwriter: “On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”)
  950. Kurt Weill (classical songwriter: “Mack the Knife,” The Threepenny Opera)
  951. Max Weinberg (drummer with Bruce Springsteen: “Born to Run,” Born in the U.S.A.)
  952. Lawrence Welk (big band leader: “Calcutta”)
  953. Paul Weller (singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Jam and the Style Council, also a solo artists)
  954. Kitty Wells (country singer: “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”)
  955. Dottie West (country singer)
  956. Kanye West (rapper: The College Dropout, “Gold Digger,” “Stronger”)
  957. Jerry Wexler (record executive who signed and/or produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Led Zeppelin)
  958. Barry White (R&B singer: “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”)
  959. Clarence White (guitarist with the Everly Brothers and the Byrds)
  960. Jack White (rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the White Stripes: “Seven Nation Army,” Raconteurs, and Dead Weather; also a solo artist)
  961. Paul Whiteman (bandleader: “Whispering,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”)

    Paul Whiteman

  962. Norman Whitfield (R&B producer and songwriter: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “War,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”)
  963. Brad Whitford (guitarist with Aerosmith: “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion”)
  964. Margaret Whiting (country musician: “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “A Tree in the Meadow,” “Slipping Around”)
  965. (rapper with Black Eyed Peas: “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling”)
  966. Andy Williams (singer: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Days of Wine and Roses)
  967. Bert Williams (vaudeville singer: “Nobody”)
  968. Cliff Williams (rock bassist with AC/DC: Back in Black, “Thunderstruck”)
  969. Don Williams (country singer/songwriter: “I Believe in You,” “Tulsa Time”)
  970. Hank Williams (country singer: “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Cold, Cold Heart”)

    Hank Williams

  971. Hank Williams, Jr. (country singer: “All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down,” “Family Tradition”)
  972. Otis Williams (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”)
  973. Paul Williams (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”)
  974. Pharrell Williams (R&B/pop singer and producer: “Happy,” “Blurred Lines”)
  975. Robbie Williams (pop singer with Take That: “Back for Good” and a solo act: “Angels”)
  976. Bob Wills (country songwriter and bandleader: “New San Antonio Rose,” “Faded Love”)
  977. Brian Wilson (singer/songwriter with the Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations,” Pet Sounds, “God Only Knows”)
  978. Carl Wilson (founding member of the Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations,” “God Only Knows,” “Kokomo”)
  979. Dennis Wilson (founding member of the Beach Boys: “Good Vibrations,” “God Only Knows,” “California Girls”)
  980. Jackie Wilson
  981. Mary Wilson (R&B singer with the Supremes: “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love”)
  982. Teddy Wilson (big band leader: “Carelessly,” “You Can’t Stop Me from Dreaming”)
  983. Amy Winehouse (singer: Back to Black, “Rehab”)
  984. Steve Winwood (singer/songwriter and keyboardist with Spencer Davis Group: “Gimme Some Lovin’,” Traffic: “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” Blind Faith: “Can’t Find My Way Home” and a solo artist: “While You See a Chance,” “Higher Love,” “Roll with It”)
  985. Bill Withers (R&B singer/songwriter: “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me”)
  986. Wolfman Jack (radio DJ)

    Stevie Wonder

  987. Stevie Wonder (R&B singer/songwriter and musician: “Superstition,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” Songs in the Key of Life)
  988. Ron Wood (rock bassist with the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces, and the Rolling Stones)
  989. Richard Wright (keyboardist with Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall)
  990. Bill Wyman (bassist with the Rolling Stones)
  991. Tammy Wynette (country singer: “Stand by Your Man”)


    Neil Young

  992. Dwight Yoakam (country singer: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.)
  993. Thom Yorke (singer with Radiohead: “Creep,” OK Computer)
  994. Angus Young (rock guitarist and songwriter with AC/DC: “Highway to Hell,” Back in Black)
  995. Faron Young (country singer: “Hello Walls”)
  996. Lester Young (jazz saxophonist and clarinetist: “Just You, Just Me”)
  997. Malcolm Young (rock guitarist with AC/DC: “Highway to Hell,” Back in Black)
  998. Neil Young (rock singer/songwriter with Buffalo Springfield: “Mr. Soul;” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: “Ohio;” and a solo act: “Heart of Gold,” “Old Man,” “Cinnamon Girl”)
  999. Frank Zappa (experimental rock guitarist with the Mothers of Invention)
  1000. Warren Zevon (rock singer/songwriter: “Werewolves of London”)

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First posted 1/4/2013; last updated 4/27/2023.


  1. No Metallica or Guns N' Roses?

    1. As explained at the top of the page, this is only a list of individuals, not groups.

  2. Very interesting to see their highlights listed with them. Great Update!