Friday, May 13, 2022

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”)
  3. Roy Acuff (country singer: “Wabash Cannonball”)
  4. Bryan Adams (rock singer: “Everything I Do I Do It for You”)
  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”)


  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”)
  11. Christina Aguilera (pop singer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
  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: “Ramblin’ Man”)
  16. Gregg Allman (blues-rock singer and keyboardist with the Allman Brothers Band: “Ramblin’ Man”)
  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”)
  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”)
  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,” “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”)
  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. Beck (alternative rock singer/songwriter: “Loser,” Odelay)
  68. Jeff Beck (rock guitarist with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, and the Honeydrippers)
  69. Ludwig Van Beethoven (classical composer and pianist: “Symphony No. 9”)

    Ludwig Van Beethoven

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


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

    David Bowie

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

    Henry Burr

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


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

    Mariah Carey

  149. Belinda Carlisle (singer with the Go-Go’s: “We Got the Beat” and as a solo artist: “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”)
  150. Kim Carnes (pop singer: “Bette Davis Eyes”)
  151. Karen Carpenter (pop singer/drummer in the Carpenters: “They Long to Be Close to You,” “Top of the World”)
  152. 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”)
  153. Enrico Caruso operatic tenor: “Vesti La Giubba”)
  154. Johnny Cash (country singer: “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire”)
  155. Nick Cave (Australian rock singer and guitarist: “Into My Arms”)
  156. Peter Cetera (rock singer with Chicago: “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry;” also a solo artist: “Glory of Love”)
  157. Gene Chandler (R&B singer: “Duke of Earl”)
  158. Tracy Chapman (folk-rock singer: “Fast Car”)
  159. Ray Charles (R&B singer: “What’d I Say,” “Georgia on My Mind”)

    Ray Charles

  160. Chubby Checker (R&B singer: “The Twist”)
  161. Cher (singer in duo with Sonny: “I Got You Babe,” also a solo artist: “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe”)
  162. Kenny Chesney (country singer: “The Good Stuff”)
  163. Leonard Chess (record executive)
  164. Phil Chess (record executive)
  165. Toni Childs (rock singer: “Don’t Walk Away”)
  166. Frederic Chopin (classical composer and pianist: Polonaise Miltaire, Nocturnes for Piano)
  167. Charlie Christian (jazz guitarist with Benny Goodman)
  168. 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

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

    Nat “King” Cole

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

    Bing Crosby

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


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

    Miles Davis

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

    Fats Domino

  248. Donovan (folk-rock singer/songwriter: “Mellow Yellow,” ‘Sunshine Superman”)
  249. Jimmy Dorsey (bandleader: “Amapola,” “Green Eyes,” “Tangerine,” “Besame Mucho”)
  250. Tommy Dorsey (jazz trombonist and bandleader: “All the Things You Are,” “I’ll Never Smile Again”)
  251. Tom Dowd (producer who wored with John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles)
  252. Geoff Downes (rock keyboardist with the Buggles, Yes, and Asia)
  253. Lamont Dozier (songwriter for Motown: “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Reach Out! I’ll Be There”)
  254. Drake (Canadian rapper: “One Dance,” “God’s Plan”)
  255. Nick Drake (folk singer: Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, Pink Moon)
  256. Dr. Dre (rap singer/songwriter and record executive, with N.W.A. and a solo artist: “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”)
  257. Eddy Duchin (jazz pianist and bandleader: “Let’s Fall in Love,” “You Are My Lucky Star”)
  258. S.H. Dudley (singer with the Haydn Quartet and American Quartet; also a solo artist)
  259. Donald “Duck” Dunn
  260. Antonin Dvorák (classical composer: Symphony No 9 in E minor: From the New World)
  261. Bob Dylan (folk-rock singer/songwriter: “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”)

    Bob Dylan


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


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


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

    Ella Fitzgerald

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

    Aretha Franklin

  310. Melvin Franklin (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”)
  311. Alan Freed (radio DJ credited with coining term “rock and roll”)
  312. Ace Frehley (rock guitarist with Kiss: “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth”)
  313. 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”)
  314. Lefty Frizzell (country singer: “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time,” “Long Black Veil”)
  315. Simon Fuller (television producer: Pop Idol, American Idol; manager: Spice Girls)
  316. Nelly Furtado (Canadian pop singer: “I’m Like a Bird,” “Promiscuous”)


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

    Marvin Gaye

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

    George Gershwin

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

    Benny Goodman

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


  371. 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”)
  372. Merle Haggard (country singer: “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee”)
  373. Bill Haley (early rock-n-roll singer: “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock”)
  374. Daryl Hall (blue-eyed/pop singer: “I Can’t Go for That,” “Maneater”)
  375. Rick Hall (executive with Fame Studios)
  376. Tom T. Hall (country singer/songwriter: “Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine”)
  377. Halsey (pop singer: “Closer,” “Without Me”)
  378. Tom Hamilton (rock bassist with Aerosmith: “Dream On,” “Walk This Way”)
  379. Marvin Hamlisch (musical theater composer: A Chorus Line, “The Way We Were”)
  380. Oscar Hammerstein II (musical theater composer: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music)

    Oscar Hammerstein II

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Billie Holiday

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

    Whitney Houston

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


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


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

    Michael Jackson

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

    Elton John

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


  485. John Kander (musical theater songwriter: Cabaret, All That Jazz)
  486. Casey Kasem (radio DJ, longtime host of American Top 40)
  487. Sammy Kaye (jazz/ big band leader: “Love Walked In,” “Daddy,” “The Old Lamplighter”)
  488. KC (disco singer with the Sunshine Band: “That’s the Way I Like It,” “Get Down Tonight,” “Please Don’t Go”)
  489. Toby Keith (country singer: “How Do You Like Me Now?,” “As Good As I Once Was”)
  490. R. Kelly (R&B singer: “Bump N Grind,” “I Believe I Can Fly”)
  491. Hal Kemp (jazz/ big band leader: “There’s a Small Hotel,” “Where or When”)
  492. Eddie Kendricks (R&B singer with the Temptations: “My Girl” and a solo artist: “Keep on Truckin’”)
  493. Stan Kenton (jazz/big band leader: “Artistry in Rhythm”)
  494. Jerome Kern (musical theater songwriter: “Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Show Boat)
  495. Alicia Keys (R&B singer: “Fallin’,” “No One”)
  496. Bobby Keys (sax player with the Rolling Stones and others)
  497. Chaka Khan (R&B singer – solo: “I Feel for You” and with Rufus: “Tell Me Something Good”)
  498. Kid Rock (rock/rap singer: “All Summer Long,” Devil Without a Cause)
  499. Anthony Kiedis (rock singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Under the Bridge,” “Give It Away”)
  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. Eddie Kramer (producer with Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin)
  513. Joey Kramer (rock drummer with Aerosmith: “Dream On,” “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion”)
  514. Lenny Kravitz (rock singer/songwriter: “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” “Let Love Rule”)
  515. Robby Krieger (rock guitarist with the Doors: “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You”)
  516. Kris Kristofferson (country singer/songwriter: “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Through the Night”)
  517. Kay Kyser (jazz/big band leader: “Jingle Jangle Jingle,” “On a Slow Boat to China”)


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

    Lady Gaga

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

    John Lennon

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

    Little Richard

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


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


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

    Bob Marley

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

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

    John Mellencamp

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

    Glenn Miller

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

    Joni Mitchell

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

    Billy Murray

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


  661. Nas
  662. Syd Nathan
  663. Nelly
  664. Ozzie Nelson
  665. Ricky Nelson
  666. Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson

  667. Randy Newman
  668. Olivia Newton-John
  669. Stevie Nicks
  670. Robert Nighthawk
  671. Ray Noble
  672. Jessye Norman
  673. The Notorious B.I.G.
  674. Ted Nugent


  675. Brendan O’Brien
  676. Sinéad O’Connor
  677. Mike Oldfield
  678. Andrew Loog Oldham
  679. George Olsen
  680. Roy Orbison
  681. Tony Orlando
  682. Eugene Ormandy
  683. Ozzy Osbourne
  684. Donny Osmond
  685. Mo Ostin
  686. Johnny Otis
  687. Buck Owens


  688. Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  689. Jimmy Page
  690. Patti Page
  691. Brad Paisley
  692. Earl Palmer
  693. Robert Palmer
  694. Charlie Parker
  695. Junior Parker
  696. Alan Parsons
  697. Gram Parsons
  698. Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton

  699. Jaco Pastorius
  700. Charley Patton
  701. Les Paul
  702. Luciano Pavarotti
  703. Johnny Paycheck
  704. Minnie Pearl
  705. Lou Pearlman
  706. Neil Peart
  707. Teddy Pendergrass
  708. Carl Perkins
  709. Itzhak Perlman
  710. Katy Perry
  711. Lee "Scratch" Perry
  712. Oscar Peterson
  713. Tom Petty
  714. Sam Phillips
  715. Wilson Pickett
  716. Webb Pierce
  717. Pink
  718. Gene Pitney
  719. Robert Plant

    Miles Davis

  720. Doc Pomus
  721. Iggy Pop
  722. Cole Porter
  723. David Porter
  724. Bud Powell
  725. Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley

  726. Billy Preston
  727. Andre Previn
  728. Leontyne Price
  729. Lloyd Price
  730. Ray Price
  731. Charley Pride
  732. Prince


  733. Charles Adams Prince
  734. Professor Longhair
  735. Sergei Prokofiev
  736. Giacomo Puccini
  737. Tito Puente
  738. Alla Pugacheva
  739. Henry Purcell


  740. Dan Quinn
  741. Sun Ra
  742. Eddie Rabbitt
  743. Sergei Rachmaninoff
  744. Ma Rainey
  745. Bonnie Raitt
  746. Rakim
  747. Eros Ramazzotti
  748. Jean-Philippe Rameau
  749. Phil Ramone
  750. Maurice Ravel
  751. Lou Rawls
  752. Johnnie Ray
  753. Otis Redding
  754. Jerry Reed
  755. Jimmy Reed
  756. Lou Reed

    Lou Reed

  757. Jim Reeves
  758. Martha Reeves
  759. Antonio “L.A.” Reid
  760. Django Reinhardt
  761. Leo Reisman
  762. Tim Rice
  763. Buddy Rich
  764. Charlie Rich
  765. Cliff Richard
  766. Keith Richards
  767. Lionel Richie
  768. Sviatoslav Richter
  769. Rihanna


  770. LeAnn Rimes
  771. Tex Ritter
  772. Johnny Rivers
  773. Max Roach
  774. Marty Robbins
  775. Paul Robeson
  776. Smokey Robinson
  777. Jimmie Rodgers

    Smokey Robinson

  778. Nile Rodgers
  779. Richard Rodgers
  780. Johnny Rodriguez
  781. Tommy Roe
  782. Kenny Rogers
  783. Roy Rogers
  784. Gregg Rolie
  785. Sonny Rollins
  786. Harold Rome
  787. Linda Ronstadt
  788. Axl Rose
  789. Diana Ross
  790. Jerry Ross
  791. Tino Rossi
  792. Rick Rubin
  793. Todd Rundgren
  794. Art Rupe
  795. Otis Rush
  796. Jimmy Rushing
  797. Leon Russell


  798. Sade
  799. Carole Bayer Sager
  800. Carlos Santana
  801. Arnold Schoenberg
  802. Franz Schubert
  803. William Schuman
  804. Robert Schumann
  805. Stephen Schwartz
  806. Earl Scruggs
  807. Seal
  808. Son Seals
  809. Neil Sedaka
  810. Pete Seeger
  811. Bob Seger
  812. Ben Selvin
  813. Rudolf Serkin
  814. Shakira
  815. Tupac Shakur
  816. Del Shannon
  817. Artie Shaw
  818. Robert Shaw
  819. George Shearing
  820. Jean Shepard
  821. T.G. Sheppard

    Paul Simon

  822. Richard Sherman
  823. Robert Sherman
  824. Billy Sherrill
  825. Nat Shilkret
  826. Johnny Shines
  827. Dinah Shore
  828. Wayne Shorter
  829. Dmitri Shostakovich
  830. Mort Shuman
  831. Jean Sibelius
  832. Beverly Sills
  833. Horace Silver
  834. Carly Simon
  835. Paul Simon
  836. Nina Simone
  837. Valerie Simpson
  838. Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra

  839. Nancy Sinatra
  840. Ricky Skaggs
  841. Slash
  842. Percy Sledge
  843. Bessie Smith
  844. Carl Smith
  845. Connie Smith
  846. Jimmy Smith
  847. Kate Smith
  848. Patti Smith
  849. Will Smith (aka "Fresh Prince")
  850. Snoop Doggy Dogg
  851. Hank Snow
  852. George Solti
  853. Stephen Sondheim
  854. John Phillip Sousa
  855. Otis Spann
  856. Britney Spears
  857. Phil Spector
  858. Len Spencer
  859. Dusty Springfield
  860. Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen

  861. Jo Stafford
  862. Joe Stampley
  863. Frank Stanley
  864. Kay Starr
  865. Ringo Starr
  866. Seymour Stein
  867. Isaac Stern
  868. Cat Stevens
  869. Ray Stevens
  870. Shakin’ Stevens
  871. Cal Stewart
  872. Jim Stewart
  873. Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart

  874. Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart
  875. Sting
  876. Michael Stipe
  877. Leopold Stokowski
  878. Mike Stoller
  879. Chris Strachwitz
  880. George Strait
  881. Richard Strauss
  882. Igor Stravinsky
  883. Billy Strayhorn
  884. Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand

  885. Charles Strouse
  886. Joe Strummer
  887. Jule Styne
  888. Donna Summer
  889. Keith Sweat
  890. Taylor Swift
  891. Roosevelt Sykes

    Taylor Swift


  892. Shel Talmy
  893. Tampa Red
  894. Art Tatum
  895. Bernie Taupin
  896. Billy Taylor
  897. Eddie Taylor
  898. Hound Dog Taylor
  899. James Taylor
  900. Johnnie Taylor
  901. Koko Taylor
  902. Roger Taylor
  903. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  904. Sonny Terry
  905. Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Justin Timberlake

  906. B.J. Thomas
  907. Chris Thomas
  908. Irma Thomas
  909. Hank Thompson
  910. Richard Thompson
  911. Big Mama Thornton
  912. T.I.
  913. Mel Tillis
  914. Johnny Tillotson
  915. Timbaland
  916. Justin Timberlake
  917. Mel Tormé
  918. Allen Toussaint
  919. Pete Townshend

    Pete Townshend

  920. Merle Travis
  921. Randy Travis
  922. Travis Tritt
  923. Ernest Tubb
  924. Tanya Tucker
  925. Big Joe Turner
  926. Ike Turner
  927. Tina Turner

    Tina Turner

  928. Shania Twain
  929. Conway Twitty
  930. McCoy Tyner


  931. Lars Ulrich
  932. Carrie Underwood
  933. Keith Urban
  934. Usher


  935. Ritchie Valens
  936. Rudy Vallee
  937. Walter Van Brunt
  938. Eddie Van Halen
  939. Luther Vandross
  940. Sarah Vaughan

    Sarah Vaughan

  941. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  942. Billy Vaughn
  943. Eddie Vedder
  944. Bobby Vee
  945. Giuseppe Verdi
  946. Butch Vig
  947. Gene Vincent
  948. Bobby Vinton
  949. Tony Visconti
  950. Antonio Vivaldi


  951. Richard Wagner
  952. Porter Wagoner
  953. Tom Waits
  954. Billy Walker
  955. T-Bone Walker
  956. Sippie Wallace
  957. Fats Waller
  958. Steve Wariner
  959. Fred Waring
  960. Diane Warren
  961. Dionne Warwick
  962. Dinah Washington
  963. Muddy Waters

    Muddy Waters

  964. Roger Waters
  965. Gene Watson
  966. Johnny “Guitar” Watson
  967. Chick Webb
  968. Jimmy Webb
  969. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  970. Ben Webster
  971. Ted Weems
  972. Cynthia Weil
  973. Kurt Weill
  974. Lawrence Welk
  975. Paul Weller
  976. Junior Wells
  977. Kitty Wells
  978. Dottie West
  979. Kanye West
  980. Jerry Wexler
  981. Peetie Wheatstraw
  982. Barry White
  983. Bukka White
  984. Jack White
  985. Paul Whiteman

    Paul Whiteman

  986. Norman Whitfield
  987. Margaret Whiting
  988. Slim Whitman
  990. Andy Williams
  991. Bert Williams
  992. Big Joe Williams
  993. Don Williams
  994. Hank Williams

    Hank Williams

  995. Hank Williams, Jr.
  996. John Williams
  997. Mary Lou Williams
  998. Pharrell Williams
  999. Robbie Williams
  1000. Roger Williams
  1001. Tony Williams
  1002. Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (John Lee Williamson)
  1003. Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller)
  1004. Bob Wills
  1005. Brian Wilson
  1006. Jackie Wilson
  1007. Nancy Wilson
  1008. Teddy Wilson
  1009. Amy Winehouse
  1010. Johnny Winter
  1011. Steve Winwood
  1012. Bill Withers
  1013. Jimmy Witherspoon
  1014. Bobby Womack

    Stevie Wonder

  1015. Stevie Wonder
  1016. Link Wray
  1017. Richard Wright
  1018. Tammy Wynette


    Neil Young

  1019. Trisha Yearwood
  1020. Dwight Yoakam
  1021. Thom Yorke
  1022. Angus Young
  1023. Faron Young
  1024. Lester Young
  1025. Neil Young
  1026. Frank Zappa

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First posted 1/4/2013; last updated 5/13/2022.


  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!