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  • View author's info Author Posted on Aug 01, 2005 at 01:45 PM


    Who do you think is the most influential musician in the last 30 years?
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  • View author's info Posted on Dec 11, 2009 at 09:13 AM


    I believe that Michael Jackson is the most influential. Period!

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  • View author's info Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 10:35 AM


    Most influential is hard to say because most influential doesn't necessarily mean that the particular artist made it big. They are the artists that influenced most of the people that are still around today, or at least still remembered.
    For instance, Elvis is gigantic. Everyone who is anyone knows who Elvis is, yet he was heavily influenced by artists such as Dean Martin, Ray Charles and Big Joe Turner, who, lets face it, would never be considered to be bigger than Elvis.

    Anyone know of Huddie Ledbetter, A.k.a Leadbelly? A young man by the name of Kurt Cobain was deeply influenced by him and years later went on to form Nirvana.

    Elvis, of course, went on to affect many other influential artists such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Freddy Mercury.

    Anyway, influential or not, The biggest artists over the last 30 years (and I'm talking 70's, 80's and 90's because this decade isn't over yet) would have to be: (in order, oldest first)

    Elvis Presley
    Bob Dylan
    Jimi Hendrix
    The Beatles
    Alice Cooper
    The Beach Boys
    The Rolling Stones
    Kiss
    Led Zeppelin
    Black Sabbath
    Queen
    Aerosmith
    Run DMC
    Luther Vandross
    Prince
    Beastie Boys
    Madonna
    Boyz II Men
    Nirvana
    Guns'n'Roses
    Nine Inch Nails
    Marilyn Manson (love him or hate him, he has raised quite a few eyebrows)

    I think I will stop there. I know there is probably a lot I missed, But I am only going off by who I think is influential. I also don't necessarily like everyone I wrote down (Although, I'll admit I like most of em...) and as you can tell I've left a lot of today's more popular "artists" off the list because quite frankly I do not believe they have enough integrity to join those that are on the list.
    That's my 5 cents anyway.

    Ok, that was fun. Next?....

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  • View author's info Posted on Oct 18, 2006 at 01:37 PM


    I believe that Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Hawkwind were revolutinary for their respected time periods.
  • View author's info Posted on Feb 04, 2006 at 12:17 PM


    Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson,Rick James (his music is sampled constantly), Oh my God I can't listen to the eighties without hearing something Prince touched.
  • View author's info Posted on Sep 08, 2005 at 07:06 PM


    Your are correct Bob Dylan.
    Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and let's not forget Jerry Garcia. (The Grateful Dead)

    And the one and only Woodie Gutherie.
  • View author's info Posted on Aug 16, 2005 at 05:25 AM


    I would say Elton John, Madonna, Elvis, Eagles.
  • View author's info Posted on Aug 15, 2005 at 05:08 AM


    Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, they've constantly progressed the sound of reggae music and they've also played on albums by many of the worlds top rock bands.
  • View author's info Posted on Aug 10, 2005 at 04:43 PM


    Thats true, I know that all well known musicians are very influential. I was thinking more of the musician who has influenced other musicians. It's an opinion question. In my opinion its Bob Dylan.
  • View author's info Posted on Aug 08, 2005 at 05:07 PM


    There have been tons of influential artists in the last 30 years some of which had good influences and some bad. They include

    Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Toby Keith, Eminem, Elton John, Brittany Spears, Ozzie Osborne, and many many more!

    You may like their music or not like it and there are a few in there that I don't care for but you can't say they haven't effected politics, pop culture, fashion, movies, and more. Like I said some of their influences have been good and some have been bad.
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