Most Influential Artists From 1940 - 2013

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    Elvis Presley

    About Elvis' Music Career Elvis also invented the music genre "Rockabilly", as well as spreading rock n' roll all throughout the country - especially to teenagers.
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    Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix's Music Career Jimi Hendrix was basically a God on the guitar, incorporating not only his incredible talent into his playing but also soul (which most mucisians aren't able to do).
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    Janis Joplin

    Janis Joplin's Music Career Janis Joplin was one of the "few female singers to bridge the gap between soul scenes and psychedelic blues". She also was full of suffering, which (awfully) made her singing and soul in her music that much more raw and real. Her connection with the crowd was something she will be remembered for.
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    Bob Marley

    Bob Marley's Music Career Bob Marley was all about getting rid of "ism and scism" - meaning things like racism, sexism, etc. He inspired many people and still does to this day with his powerful message and soul that he put forth in his music.
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    David Bowie

    David Bowie's Music Career David Bowie's influence on the music industry and society in general has been that of incredible lengths. He was named "most influential musician" in the Under The Influence survey conducted by British Weekly NME. He not only has a music career, but a banking system, and an entire catalogue online.
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    Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder's Music Career Stevie Wonder is a musical and religious icon. He not only fought/fights for equal rights among all, he has an amazing talent. He was a child prodigy, and now he is one of the most creative musical figures of today.
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    Prince

    Prince's Music Career Prince is influential because he produced his own recording studio and label, as well as writing his own music and playing almost all of the instruments that accompany it. He inspires many to be independent, and to chase their dreams.
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    Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Music Career Michael Jackson is influential because of his lyrics, and how giving of a person he was. He always sought to put others before himself, therefore placing him in the Guiness Book of World Records for "Most Giving Celebrity".
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    The Beatles

    About The Beatles' Music Career The Beatles gave way for many other British artists and groups to fluorish in the United States. They also gave the music scene a new sound and look.
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    The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones' Music Career The Rolling Stones hit the US during the "British Invasion" with a raw, unrefined sound that appealed to and influenced many people and other musicians. They also have had some of the most successful tours of all time.
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    The Who

    The Who's Music Career The Who are most known for their onstage "instrument destruction" at the end of shows - smashing of guitars and drums and breaking of drumsticks, etc. They are EXTREMELY inspiring and influential to many big bands, they are seen as punk rock Gods. They are also noted with creating Rock Opera.
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    Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd's Music Career Pink Floyd changed the way live shows were performed by incorporating lights into them, so that you didn't only hear the music - but you could see it and feel it too. They also influenced many progressive rock bands.
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    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin's Music Career Led Zeppelin redifined rock in the seventies by combining hard rock with the delicacy of British folk music. They are compared to being as influential in their time as The Beatles were in theirs.
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    Queen

    Queen's Music Career Queen incorporated an Opera-like sound into their music, never heard before. The time period in which they were evolving and becoming who they are, they soared because of the resources they used to incorporate into their ever-changing music.
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    Van Halen

    Van Halen's Music Career The actual influence of Van Halen can never truly be measured, although he did influence a lot of musicians and later on, guitar companies. Eddie Van Halen built his own guitar, and now there are many guitars that are posed after that first one, and many that he constructed himself afterwards.
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    Ramones

    Ramones' Music Career The Ramones basically began modern punk-rock, and their original sound is still heard today. They created their own type of sound, which is very distinct and in turn still influences musical groups to this day.
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    Metallica

    Metallica's Music Career Metallica is pegged one of the 4 most influential heavy metal bands of all time. They influence many musicians, being seen as having their own personal style and distinct sound.
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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Red Hot Chili Pepper's Music Career The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been an insane influence on musicians and fans alike. They have a psychedelic-rap groovy style, which is unlike any other band. The only two original members are Anthony Keidis, lead singer, and Flea, bassist. They are incredibly influential and inspirtational.
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    Nirvana

    Nirvana's Music Career Nirvana was one of the first few grunge bands. Although they didn't necessarily create the genre, they definitely influenced many of the future grunge bands after them greatly. They made grunge popular, especially after lead singer Kurt Kobain committed suicide.