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VH1's Top 100 Artists of All Time


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Initial post: Aug 14, 2012 10:30:47 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
I thought this list was interesting...

100 Alicia Keys
99 Hall & Oates
98 Depeche Mode
97 Pretenders
96 Journey
95 OutKast
94 Mariah Carey
93 Pearl Jam
92 LL Cool J
91 Green Day
90 Elvis Costello
89 Beastie Boys
88 Bee Gees
87 George Michael
86 N.W.A.
85 The Band
84 Curtis Mayfield
83 Earth, Wind and Fire
82 Steely Dan
81 ABBA
80 Mary J. Blige
79 Eminem
78 Judas Priest
77 Lynyrd Skynyrd
76 Run-D.M.C.
75 Rush
74 The Cure
73 Van Morrison
72 Janis Joplin
71 R.E.M.
70 Def Leppard
69 Tupac Shakur
68 Otis Redding
67 Coldplay
66 Justin Timberlake
65 The Doors
64 Talking Heads
63 Notorious B.I.G.
62 Genesis
61 Cream
60 Whitney Houston
59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
58 Cheap Trick
57 Iggy & The Stooges
56 KISS
55 Peter Gabriel
54 Public Enemy
53 Little Richard
52 Beyoncé
51 Billy Joel
50 Sade
49 Parliament-Funkadelic
48 Rage Against The Machine
47 Jay-Z
46 Ramones
45 Al Green
44 Joni Mitchell
43 Ray Charles
42 Metallica
41 Van Halen
40 The Police
39 The Kinks
38 Sly & The Family Stone
37 Fleetwood Mac
36 Paul McCartney
35 Johnny Cash
34 Tina Turner
33 Guns N' Roses
32 Black Sabbath
31 John Lennon
30 Aerosmith
29 Radiohead
28 Elton John
27 Aretha Franklin
26 Neil Young
25 Chuck Berry
24 The Velvet Underground
23 AC/DC
22 The Clash
21 Bruce Springsteen
20 Marvin Gaye
19 U2
18 Pink Floyd
17 Queen
16 Madonna
15 The Beach Boys
14 Nirvana
13 The Who
12 David Bowie
11 Bob Marley
10 Stevie Wonder
09 James Brown
08 Elvis Presley
07 Prince
06 Jimi Hendrix
05 Bob Dylan
04 Rolling Stones
03 Led Zeppelin
02 Michael Jackson
01 The Beatles

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 10:35:50 AM PDT
Do they mean music artists or video artists? Several of these aren't much when judged purely on their music.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 10:53:42 AM PDT
Strange list ...Michael Jackson above Dylan and Presley? Very few people from the 50's.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 10:58:52 AM PDT
VH1 as our music "historians." Heaven help us.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:02:24 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Well, this list was evidently voted on by a panel of artists, so it's not as though VH1 did this all themselves. Plus it's music...tastes vary.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:04:57 AM PDT
And sometimes tastes are just plain wrong. :)

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 11:11:28 AM PDT
JCRB says:
Surprisingly, I can get behind the top 10, just switch Prince and Bob Marley's positions and you got yerself a goshdarn deal

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:13:16 AM PDT
B L T says:
Do you know who was in the "panel of artists"?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:16:59 AM PDT
Probably a lot of the younger people who ended up on the list.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 11:23:52 AM PDT
D. Mok says:
What a crock of b.s. Alicia Keys? Green Day? Justin Timberlake? Beyonce? And what the hell is Nirvana doing at #14? #98 is more like it.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 11:25:28 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Nirvana was an incredible band.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:26:50 AM PDT
But only for about five minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012 11:28:08 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Same with Janis Joplin, but everyone still remembers her. However, Joplin didn't usher in a new era of rock music.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 11:28:56 AM PDT
The list doesn't say anything about being limited to rock and pop, so where are all the great jazz artists?

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 11:46:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 14, 2012 11:48:23 AM PDT
I believe the votes came from VH-1 website,which draws a younger audience.They also had the top 100 women in music,but it was limited to 1980 to the present,the video years. No janis, Grace Slick, Carol King .

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 12:19:42 PM PDT
D. Mok says:
> Nirvana was an incredible band.

With very little influence. None of the punk bands in its wake sound anything like Nirvana. And the Nirvana sound was basically the Pixies sound. The Clash, U2, Queen, Radiohead, Neil Young, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are all far more influential than Nirvana.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 10:40:19 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Bad as they may be, they aren't much more whack than Rolling Stone or the R&R HOF. At least they acknowledge Rush, something RS has been loathe to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 10:47:07 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Nirvana's sound brought grunge into the mainstream. Without them paving the way, other grunge artists like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, STP, etc wouldn't have made it as far.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:50:26 AM PDT
Louis Armstrong
Duke Ellington
Dizzy Gillespie
Charlie Parker
Miles Davis
John Coltrane
Ornette Coleman....

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 10:55:24 AM PDT
D. Mok says:
> Without them paving the way, other grunge artists like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, STP, etc wouldn't have made it as far.

Those bands would have made it just fine without Nirvana. Nirvana got the hype because of pretty boy Kurt Cobain and that naked baby on the album cover.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:03:37 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Nirvana got hype because "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a good song. And the album cover...really? That's like saying "Pink Floyd got hype because of that cool prism on the cover of Dark Side of the Moon."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:21:20 AM PDT
Fischman says:
And the world would have been no worse off as a result (except that grunge did help us pull ourselves out of the hair band era).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:24:37 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Thelonious Monk
Wes Montgomery
Cannonball Adderly
Sarah Vaughn
Mahavishnu Orchestra
etc.

If we were to include jazz artists and rate only on the quality of the music, I could name 100 and they'd probably bump 80 off the VH1 list.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 11:45:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2012 11:46:45 AM PDT
D. Mok says:
> "Pink Floyd got hype because of that cool prism on the cover of Dark Side of the Moon."

Which is true. That album cover helped sell a lot of records. Iconic covers help sell the album. It's one reason U2's October sold so poorly. And the album cover can be just as important as the music inside if it's a casual shopper looking at a bargain bin, picking up an album he doesn't know anything about just to try it out, and possibly because of the album's reputation.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012 11:53:30 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
"(except that grunge did help us pull ourselves out of the hair band era)."

...in other words, it changed how we listened to rock music, ergo they were very influential.
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