100 greatest music artists of all time…

  1. The Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. The Rolling Stones 
  4. Michael Jackson 
  5. Led Zeppelin 
  6. Ray Charles
  7. Jimi Hendrix 
  8. Marvin Gaye 
  9. Stevie Wonder 
  10. Elvis Presley 
  11. Prince 
  12. Aretha Franklin 
  13. Nirvana 
  14. Chuck Berry 
  15. David Bowie 
  16. Johnny Cash 
  17. The Clash 
  18. Muddy Waters 
  19. Pink Floyd 
  20. James Brown
  21. Beach Boys 
  22. Sam Cooke 
  23. The Who 
  24.  Bob Marley 
  25. U2 
  26. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  27. Velvet Underground 
  28. RadioHead 
  29. Little Richard 
  30. The Ramones 
  31. Neil Young 
  32. John Lennon
  33. Queen
  34. Eric Clapton/ Cream 
  35. Buddy Holly 
  36. The Doors 
  37. Black Sabbath
  38. Bruce Springsteen
  39. Lou Reed
  40. Van Morrison
  41. Joni Mitchell 
  42. Parliament-Funkadelic 
  43. Creedence Clearwater Revival 
  44. Jay z 
  45. Metallica 
  46. Simon & Garfunkel 
  47. Sex Pistols 
  48. Kanye West 
  49. Carole King 
  50. Jerry Lee Lewis 
  51. Elvis Costello 
  52. Howlin’ Wolf 
  53. Crosby, Stills, & Nash 
  54. Iggy Pop & The Stooges 
  55. Otis Redding 
  56. Elton John 
  57. Patti Smith 
  58. Al Green 
  59. Joan Baez 
  60. The Temptations
  61. The Yardbirds 
  62. Curtis Mayfield 
  63. Sly & The Family Stone
  64. Janis Joplin 
  65. Grateful Dead 
  66. PJ Harvey 
  67. Isley Brothers
  68. Madonna 
  69. The Smiths 
  70. Everly Brothers 
  71. R.E.M. 
  72. James Taylor
  73. Beyonce
  74. AC/DC 
  75. The Byrds 
  76. The Eagles
  77. Etta James 
  78. The Animals
  79. Bill Withers
  80. Nine Inch Nails
  81. Eminem 
  82. Guns N’ Roses 
  83. Foo Fighters  
  84. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 
  85. The Kinks
  86. Run DMC 
  87. The Police
  88. Daft Punk
  89. Nick Drake 
  90. Aerosmith 
  91. The Band 
  92. Sonic Youth 
  93. Tupac 
  94. The Pixies
  95. Public Enemy 
  96. White Stripes 
  97. Mariah Carey 
  98. Rage Against The Machine 
  99. LCD Soundsystem
  100. Arcade Fire 
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Top 50 Most Important Artists Of All Time…

1. Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci 

2. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni 

3. Polyclitus 

4. Jan Van Eyck 

5. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael) 

6.  Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (Sandro Botticelli)

7. Albrecht Durer 

8. Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (Donatello)

9. Johannes Vermeer 

10. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

11. Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) 

12. Duccio di Buoninsegna 

13. Francesco de’ Rossi (salviati) 

14. Sir Peter Paul Rubens 

15. Edouard Manet 

16. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

17. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio 

18. Oscar-Claude Monet 

19. Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse

20. Andrew Warhola (Andy Warhol) 

21. Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet

22. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso

23. Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech 

24. Marcel Duchamp 

25. Vincent Willem Van Gogh 

26.  Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré 

27. Caspar David Friedrich 

28. William Blake  

29. Georges-Pierre Seurat 

30. Paul Cezanne

31. Gustav Klimt 

32. Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan 

33.  Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa 

34. Katsushika Hokusai 

35. Mark Rothko 

36. Edvard Munch 

37. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

38. Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin 

39. Paul Jackson Pollack 

40. Georges Braque

41. Joan Miró i Ferrà

42. Roy Fox Lichtenstein

43. Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez (Diego Rivera) 

44. Edgar Degas

45. Jasper Johns 

46. Frida Kahlo de Rivera 

47. Edward Hopper 

48.  Egon Schiele

49. Keith Allen Haring 

50. Jean-Michel Basquiat 

top 10 over-rated guitar players…

1. Kurt Cobain

Although Kurt Cobain was a phenomenal song writer, and he really understood how to put music together. He was not that great a guitar player. His riffs were often very repetitive and simplistic. When he would actually perform a solo, it usually was nothing but random notes that were replicated from the riff that he already has played before the solo. Kurt Cobain also only played power chords on all of his songs, and there would only be about one or two changes in chords on his songs.

2. John Lennon

John Lennon really understood music and he was actually a rather decent musician. And  I would even go as far as saying that he was a musical genius. However he was not the  most skilled guitar player of all the time. He knew a lot of music  about theory, and he knew a lot of different chords on the guitar. But his ability did not match very well with what he knew about the guitar.

3. Keith Richards

Kieth Richards is with out a doubt the king of riffs. But does that make his riffs actually skilled? He often played many of the same chords and patterns and just made them sound slightly different. Now he did know how to make a catchy riff that made people remember the the riff for years after it was made. But the skill level that he was playing was very low, and he has admitted to that himself.

4. The Edge

The Edge is definitely a sonic genius and he is very good at making a simple lick sound more complicated than it actually is, but his guitar playing is sub par. The Edge uses a lot of pedals in order to make the riff and/or lick that he is playing sound more awesome.

5. Pat Smear

Pat Smear has had the good fortune of being with three great bands. The Bands that has been apart of is: Germs, Nirvana, and the Foo Fighters. I guess the reason for that is because Darby Crash, Kurt Cobain, and Dave Grohl believed that he was a good guitar player, but he only follows everything that the lead guitar player is playing or he plays a very simple riff and has it backed up by the other guitar players, passing it off as good.

6. Johnny Ramone

Johnny Ramone is far better than almost any other Punk Rock player, because Punk Rock music is nothing but a few chords played in a very fast motion. That does not mean that he is a great guitar player. If he did not have the pedals and amps then his riffs would sound very boring and plan.

7. Angus Young

All of Angus Young’s riffs and licks sounded exactly the same. If you were to listen to the album “Back In Black,” it would be like listening to a 42 minuet long song. All his riffs are just played very loudly and hard, making it sound better than it actually is if it was on a acoustic guitar.

8. Jack white

Jack White is another person that is great at making catchy and remember-able riffs, that are not that skilled. Most of his songs are the same three chords: C,G,D, in that order. He uses  a pedal in order to make what he is playing sound a lot cooler and more complex.

9. Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood is a very important piece in Radiohead and he can play a variety of instruments, but his guitar playing is very mediocre. He knows how to make weird sounds with the guitar, that comes off as cool sounding but is nothing but a few different notes on an amp.

10.   Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads only played simple guitar scale that are taught when you first learn guitar just very quickly.

Electric music…

In 1969 a German man by the name of Gershon Kingsley created the first electric song, called Popcorn. Kingsley used a Moog synthesizer instead of an actually instrument… and I personally believe music’s creative ability has plummeted since then. The reason I say that is because people stopped playing and/or writing songs, instead they made all their songs with a computer.

Around 1982 electric music got very popular and gradually became more about dancing and later known as electric dance music or E.D.M. A few years after that, about 1984 or 1985 in Chicago, Illinois electric music became known has house music because people played this style of music at house parties a lot, so that people could dance. The more people started to listen to house music, the more it started to be played on the radio and eventually became a huge hit even though House music lacks creative ability and most of it is very repetitive.

House music originally derived from disco and funk. And although disco and funk actually used instruments such as an electric guitar, an electric bass, and an electric drum pad; as technology got better the more people started using synthesizers and computers, and the less they used actual instruments. The people that made the beats would find a certain sound that they would like and make that beat repeat the same sound over and over again throughout the song. And although people love E.D.M. I personally believe that E.D.M. is just a fad and once this new generation gets tired of listening to House music it’ll become uncool to listen to once again.

Now I am okay with E.D.M. being just for dancing but there are many people who consider this as a true genre in music and I strongly disagree. The reason I don’t think that E.D.M. is a true genre of music is because, there aren’t any type of instruments; it’s all done with a computer. However there are some E.D.M. artists or groups that are an exception such as, LCD Sound System, Daft punk, St. Vincent, and Disclosure. The reason I say that is because they actually have lyrics and sometimes instruments and/or vocals in their music; and if there are lyrics or vocals in their songs then there’s some form of emotion and all true genres of music have emotion and/or feeling in them. However music that just has instruments in them without any lyrics or vocals, like an orchestral are still music because of the instruments. For example Miles Davis’s album kind of blue is all done with him playing his trumpet and you can feel his pain and anguish with every note that he plays.

Now I am aware that most hip hop/rap music is made with computers as well, but they at least have poetry in them, and lyrics in any type of music are poetry. Also a lot of modern rap artists have singers sing their hooks for them, and vocals are actually an instrument. And also you can put feeling and heart into poetry, because most of the time what an artist’s and/or poet are saying is what they feel in their heart.

These are some the many reasons that I don’t believe that most forms of electric music is a true genre of music, rather it being House Music or dub step. I personally believe Electric music should just be for dancing at parties or getting high while at raves, but it should not be considered a genre of music and once this new generation is tired of listening to dub step, House Music, or E.D.M. they will turn their backs on it just as the generation prior to them has.