Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Top 1000 Music Makers of All Time

First posted 1/4/2013; updated 5/3/2017.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  407. Ice Cube
  408. Billy Idol
  409. Enrique Iglesias
  410. Julio Iglesias
  411. Jimmy Iovine
  412. Charles Ives
    J

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

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

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

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

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

  655. Brendan O’Brien
  656. Billy Ocean
  657. Sinead O'Connor
  658. Mike Oldfield
  659. George Olsen
  660. Roy Orbison
  661. Tony Orlando
  662. Eugene Ormandy
  663. Ozzy Osbourne
  664. Donny Osmond
  665. Vess Ossman
  666. Johnny Otis
  667. Buck Owens
    P

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

  719. Dan Quinn
    R

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

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

  861. Shel Talmy
  862. Tampa Red
  863. Art Tatum
  864. Bernie Taupin
  865. Billy Taylor
  866. Eddie Taylor
  867. Hound Dog Taylor
  868. James Taylor
  869. Johnnie Taylor
  870. Koko Taylor
  871. Roger Taylor
  872. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  873. Clark Terry
  874. Sonny Terry
  875. Joe Tex
  876. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  877. B.J. Thomas
  878. Chris Thomas
  879. Irma Thomas
  880. Hank Thompson
  881. Richard Thompson
  882. Virgil Thomson
  883. Big Mama Thornton
  884. T.I.
  885. Mel Tillis
  886. Timbaland
  887. Justin Timberlake
  888. Mel Tormé
  889. Allen Toussaint
  890. Pete Townshend
  891. Merle Travis
  892. Randy Travis
  893. Lennie Tristano
  894. Travis Tritt
  895. Ernest Tubb
  896. Tanya Tucker
  897. Big Joe Turner
  898. Ike Turner
  899. Tina Turner
  900. Shania Twain
  901. Conway Twitty
  902. McCoy Tyner
    U

  903. Lars Ulrich
  904. Carrie Underwood
  905. Keith Urban
  906. Usher
    V

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

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

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

  999. Frank Zappa
  1000. Joe Zawinul

Honorable Mention

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


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