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99. Hall And Oates

You guys love lists, and we love to start our holiday weekend early, so thanks VH1 for putting together this 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time countdown. (Spoiler Alert: No Wavves…) You should compare it to VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists Of Rock & Roll from 1998 (back when VH1 was VH-1) to see some of the overlaps/differences. For starters: The Top 5 “Rock” vs “Of All Time” is the same group, except for Jimi Hendrix who’s been pushed to No. 6. It’ll also give you an idea of how VH1 defines rock & roll. And how much it sucks to be the Eagles. Trivia: Which artist has drunkenly crashed his car the most times? Highest ranked artist to be pelted with plastic bottles? Did Biggie beat Tupac? Which version of Journey made it? But it’s not all about long-suffering has-beens: I, for one, am happy for Def Leppard.

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
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
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

Stereogum will be at ATP NY this weekend and will be sure to congratulate No. 57 if we see them at the Sportsman Bar. (We’ll livetweet via @stereogum if AT&T cooperates.)

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  1. Just letting everyone make sure they know that there’s a group of people that exist on this plane of earth who think Jay-Z is literally a better artist than R.E.M., Outkast,Steely Dan,Talking Heads,The Doors,Otis Reeding,N.W.A.Janis Joplin, and the fucking Parliament-Funkadelic! At this point Jay-Z has gotta be thinking this is ridiculous

    • I do not feel jay z is nearly as good as R.E.M., yah he has some good songs spedifically his older works. Lately i feel as though all he talks about is how hes the greatest rapper of all time, litterally in about 90% of his songs he mentions his greatness. What a fucking undeserved ego. He hasn’t for as long as he’s been around sold that many albums. When he cracks a 100 million records sold then we’ll talk. The biggest outrage to me on this entire list is Beyonce and Sade being so high on the list. Beyonce should be like 90, doesnt deserve such a high spot. Coldplay, don’t make me laugh shouldn’t even crack the list. Rage against the machine shouldnt be so high either. Outkast is one of the most succesful rap groups of all time how could they live with themselves making Justin Timberlake over them thats rediculous.Tool should appear on there great band. Wheres Warren Zevon I can’t believe hes no where on there.

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        • noooo coldplay32777, ur a fucking moron. the list is a list of greatest artists of “ALL TIME” theyre not even that good, and they dont even compare to artists in the 70′s and 80′s. even the people on the show said they were all “surprised” coldplay made the list

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        • I agree with littletedword…Coldplay is all right, I think they sound okay. I like them quite a bit. But you can’t even compare them to the sensational bands of the 70′s and 80′s. When it says the greatest artists of all time, it means the very greatest of all time, not the bands that are pretty popular today. Coldplay could never beat out the old legendary bands.

        • I think that it should have postive force,and aerosmith as 101,102.


        • I’m kinda surprised Coldplay’s here, but only because they’re very underrated (they act like some sort of pop band when their music is far better than that) after listening to all their albums I think they belong here, but lower on the list, i say 90′s, even though Mylo Xyloto wasn’t that good, but they need to grow up a little or change their attitude to fit their music, their music is more serious and actually alright, people just don’t like Coldplay as in the members (Chris Martin). Their live performances are way too energetic for some of the music they play, but they belong a bit lower in the list, but their music is good and I enjoy it.

      • Jay-Z def should be that high, Who are we kidding here Jay-Z isnt that great sure hes had a few songs in the past that were good, but he hasnt sold more than Eminem, Tupac, or BIG etc. He hasnt even had as much of a cultural impact as those b4 him have had. Like are people seriously buying into this guys ego, titansrule is right Jay just spends most of his time talking about how his the best when hes not, while others stay humble and the thing is hes gotten alot of people to think so too which is sad. And lastly this list really encompasses modern music and doesnt cover all genres. Like wheres Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti or Placido Domingo who are all legends of there feilds and are Artists as well. They might not be popular to alot of people to our present geneteration but they where at one point and still are to many, and have made an impact in music. So in conclusion this list is a piece of shit and i agree with alot of people here that many artist are placed way too high or just plain missing like bon jovi

        • First off, this list is called greatest artists of all time, not artists with the biggest followings and whatnot. That being said, Michael Jackson, as an artist, is not deserving of the #2 ranking. The guy was the greatest entertainer of all time, the king of pop, and a hell one of my favorite things to listen to. However he did not write close to half of his own songs. Influtienal, yes. greater artist than the likes of Zeppelin, the Stones, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, Dylan, Hendrix, hell no. Sorry i know thats gonna piss a lot of people off, but one of the main reasons Zeppelin, the Beatles, and the Stones are legends is because their writing was incredible. His was too, but he didnt do it.
          Prince at 7? come on. Dont make me laugh. One of my major problems is Bob marley at 11. The man is an iconic figure, and made reggae what it is today. Without him, Reggae is not nearly what it is. He made his music an art form that the world fell in love with, and still is in love with. The fact that his music is still tremendously popular is a testament to his artistic value. I went to Jamaica, and in one of the clubs they played the Bob song “Smile Jamaica” and people started crying. the man is a legend. Much more of a legend than Prince. Shut the fuck up VH1, you just said Prince is a better artist than Elvis fucking Presley.
          the fact that Jay-Z is higher than Pac and BIG is a fucking JOKE!!! not to mention his wife! are we serious here? There are actually people that think Beyonce is more important to musical world than Tupac and BIG. The fact that those two are below those shit heads show me that this list is purely political. Pac an BIG both represented an entire coast of America, and gave them a voice. Jay-Z took Brooklyn…. Fuck that. Pac and BIG both go down as the two who made rap what it is today. And the gap between them is bullshit. I get that whichever one you choose as the better one is a matter of opinion, but there is no way either one of them is 6 spots better than the other. I like Pac better since he is the most prominent figure in the creation of gangsta rap. and i love his anger and passion.
          Coldplay, get the hell outta here. No way do you deserve to be in the top 200. My main problem is where are all the country artists? Its almost like VH1 decided that country music isnt as important or as artistically vauluable as any other kind of music. The only true country artist is Johnny Cash. What the fuck? People shit themselves to Garth Brooks. 40 year old women screamed like little girls for hours, went home and had dreams of Conway Twitty for months after seeing his concerts. Patsy Cline? Get real VH1. Not having country artists on here is like taking half of america, and saying no, your opinions and what you like dont mean anything because you are from the south. Its the equivalent of putting ANYONE in front of the Beatles. Goddamn. This list is such bullshit that i could go on for days.

          • To begin with let me say im pretty new to learning about music and i have much to learn so my judgements may be juvenile but i would like to make a few statements. First off let me make this clear Cabrol2124 I agree with most of what you have to say, im very upset that there are no country singers on here except johnny cash who alone was a incredible artist but more that just he should be mentioned. Secondly, how the hell could anyone believe that coldplay deserves any spot on this list, sorry in my opinion coldplay is nothing but a sell out. I have to disagree on one things tho….. The beatles do deserve to be on the top of this list they changed music forever when they came to the scene in america, they wrote their own music and influenced so many bands after, i may be a little biased because im a die hard beatles fan.


          • @cabrol2124 I totally agree, but you forgot someone: Frank Sinatra. Why and how did they forget him?
            The list is biased. One reason is because they let artists vote for other artists THEY THOUGHT deserved to be on the list (I think it was 5 artists/bands each). That just calls BS. During the countdown they showed an artist’s ballot before/after commercials and you knew if Ozzy Osbourne was voting, mostly the classic rock bands, you get the picture. It’s not fair, they should have let people vote…

          • michael jackson sucks ass grabind your dick and standing on your toes is not dancing he was preaty good when he was a kid but in his later years all he did was try to make his voice high and say ugh chomona after avery other word hes a horable entertainer

          • i agree not enough country artists, willie waylon etc… but george strait has had more #1′s than anyone in any genre ever… wtf? and where the hell is creedence?!!!!

          • i agree with you when it comes to Michael Jackson but bob marley belongs at number 7 than prince Michael Dickson dosn’t belong at 2

          • i agree dont forget jazz where the hell is that needs r n b, soul , and more disco. and alot more

          • Michael Jackson wrote most of his songs and just about everything after Thriller–while Elvis Presley wrote zero. Jackson is more influential at this point than anyone else you mentioned–but if you don’t value his songwriting, look at his voice (4 and a half octave/multi-genre range, too) innovative video, performance, dance, choreography, iconography, style, and originality like no other. He was the consummate artist, virtually without limits. He belongs in the #1 spot, or at the very least let’s differentiate a solo powerhouse from an entire band such as the Beatles.

            PS. Prince is definitely a better artist than Elvis Presley.

          • Your so right! I’m 13 years old, I’ve listened to every band up here except a few… why the hell is Janis Joplin not in the top 50 atleat, Duran Duran, Eagles, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Frank Sinatra! Coldplay is a good band but in the top 100… pssht no! maybe 300′s and Beyoncé Jay Z beating the best rapper of all time Biggie, and 2Pac?! Then to piss me off even more, I like Micheal Jackson, but #2?! NOPE! Then the biggest one of all no Garth, and Queen ,Marvin Gaye, The Doors, Rush and Elvis Costello that low!? THIS LIST MUST HAVE BEEN CREATED BY AN INFANT!

        • this Vh1 list is all B.S. Barbara Striesand. If you want to talk about influence, inventions, longevity, concerts, concert tickets sold, money earned, hits, movies, creativeness, and any other way to judge bands, then it would be Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin in that order. Anybody else can take a back seat. Most of those rappers didn’t influence anybody. Alicia Keys!? Gimme a break! B.S. list.

        • Michael Jackson definitely writes MORE than half of his music so you don’t know what you’re talking about. He wrote all his greatest hits and actually deserved to be #1! The Greatest artist of all times should include this: talent, album sales, popularity, chart placing, influence, etc. MJ has all of that. So anyways I do agree with you about the Tupac and Biggie thing though.

          • mj didn’t write half of his songs, he wrote only 8 of his 13 #1 songs, the greatest artists list does include talent, album sales, popularity, chart placing, influence, etc. and they got it right the Beatles beat mj in every category. no one sold more albums, no one has greater chart success and no one has been more influential than the Beatles. They are the greatest off all time.

          • now micheal is and always be the best ya heard

          • Ha, no. Michael Jackson is great, he’s the king of pop, everybody loves him, he deserves to be that high, but The Beatles are with no doubt the best artists of all time, they wrote ther own songs, and they wrote 208 of them by themselves, and the influenced all kind of music today in some way, Beatles are the best, they deserve to be #1

          • @gettyman Wrong.He didn’t write 2 of his 13 # 1 hits.But he has wrote and produce most of his music than any other artist.

          • Actually Elvis has sold more records then any other band or performer including the Beatles. It is estimated that Elvis has sold over a billion albums/records, far out pacing the Beatles who have outsold everyone else after Elvis, with around 600 million+ units sold.

        • Aw you’re as crazy as fuck. Jay-z Should not be that high, but he’s definitely on the list, and surely has made a greater impact and contributed a more quality-consist product than eminem has – MINUS all the personal attacks on people he doesn’t know.

      • the biggest outrage on this list is pink floyd at 19.. should be at least top 10…. madonnas higher than them.. i repeat madonnas higher.. what a shit list just becuz of that

      • I’m sorry, but I lost all respect for Coldplay when they stole Joe Satriani’s song with Viva la Vida. Think they just only sound similar? He sued Coldplay… and WON!!! No way will i say that a band who stole a great artist’s music and took credit for it is great! I agree that the fact that they even got on this list is laughable…

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      • i doubt Jay-Z has more #1 albums (or singles) than The Beatles. Simply mentioning them together in a sentence like that, as if they could be compared to each other on a critical and/or commercial scale, is ridiculous.

        And even if Jay does have more #1 records in America (which he doesn’t), and as if record sales somehow indicate quality (which they don’t) The Beatles would have him totally beat because they’ve sold over 1 billion albums. Nobody else but Elvis is even close to that.

        • If you want to discuss, albums sales, concert tickets sold, movies, hits, number of albums, creativeness of albums, length of time, influence, innovativeness, historical perspective, money earned, radio play, then it would have to be Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin and everybody else can get in line. Alicia Keys didn’t influence anybody, gimme a break. This list is Barbara Striesand B.S. Rappers haven’t influenced anybody like these 5 entertainers did. Most rappers cant play an instrument or write music. Rappers are B.S.

          • I agree with that, with album sales, why wasn’t Boston on this list? Wasn’t there 1st album one of the best selling records of all time? I know they made like only 3 albums, but every song on there records where hits, here many of there songs all the time on the radio, and Rush at # 75? What a joke that is! They should be in the top 15 at least! Live in concert, i have never seen no one better live! Yea, how ever this list was made up is a big joke!

          • My list would be Zeppelin, Beatles, Hendrix, Stones, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Garth Brooks, Alabama, George Strait…., but I’m a guitar player so I’m much more impressed w/ Led & Hendrix than I am with M.J. But, I do agree with the top 3 in this list, In any order, being the most influential and having the biggest impact. However, the rest of the list is complete bullshit. How can you possibly rate Metallica, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, G’N'R or AC/DC as low as in this list or say that Prince made a bigger impact than any of these rockers. And not having Boston or Ozzy Ozborne on the list is a slap in the face to all rock fans. Rap is bullshit & shouldn’t even be included on this list except for 2pac. 2pac put harmony in his songs & is the only rapper I respect. Plus, Coldpaly & Radiohead are on this list, what a load of bullshit that is. The biggest disappointment of the list is how country music was avoided. Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Alabama deserved to have been in the top 15 or 20 at the very least & they weren’t even mentioned. Instead of listing people that have made huge impacts in their genres you concentrated on pop & rock mainly. Plus, they couldn’t even get the rock bands right. Bands like The Cure and all the other pussy bands on this list is a joke & slap in the face when you include them on this list and not Boston or Ozzy. This list must of been the opinion of a few geeky ass people who work for VH1.

          • i totally agree, you can’t even compare rap or hip-hop with rock artist, i mean they shouldn’t be in the same list in first place. i respect them but i don’t consider them musicians or artist but entertainers

        • shut you’re disgusting ass the hell up. Michael Jackson has sold more records than elvis, by about over 100 million. To sit there and write that bullshit about “no one being even close” to the accomplishments of beatles except for “ELVIS”, that is equally Ridiculous as your gripe, biased bonehead.

          • Michael Jackson should be number 35 like the real list in 98 said,but he should be number one child molester,he was a pop singer and thats all,nowhere the talent of the Beatles,or Elvis no matter how you want to dream,he was a jerk,a perverted boy molester,and hopefully burning in hell where he belongs

      • “Think he has more #1 albums than The Beatles, right?” very very wrong

    • Anyone who thinks jay-z is a better artist than nwa clearly doesn’t know rap and this list putting jay-z as the best rap artist is out of control

      • well dude i agree jay-z is a great if not phenomenal artist,but not the best fucking artist ever,i can atleast pick out 40 artists that shouldnt be there in the first place,namely fucking coldplay!

        • bob is #2 read the list but these list are all such bs how in the hell can you have cold play why waste my time going thru those that shouldnt be there but where is BOV JOVI. Who picks these songs maybe they should ask DJ’s we know our music we know our artist God knows we could do a much better job

          • I agree and I am not huge Bon Jovi fan, always liked Richie’s playing, think he is way underated as player, songwriter and even singer. There are atleast 30 acts on the list that could not draw like Bon Jovi still today!

          • Bon Jovi is exactly where they belong. On the shelf with the rest of the hair bands. Popularity is not the criteria here, If it were David Cassidy, Donny Osmond, and the Backstreet Boys would be present. They are not. The criteria is, subsequent influence, of which Bon Jovi had none. Exactly what is the thumbprint Bon Jovi sound that can not be found anywhere else, or that has been copied by other bands. The same applies Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant, Dokken, Ratt, Honeymoon Suite, Night Ranger, or, Extreme, all of which sold very well in their time, which is why they are not on the list either. Every band I have listed has sold twenty times the amount of recordings sold by the Velvet Underground (of which I am not a fan) but their influence is twenty times as wide. (Witness the NY punk scene of the mid to late 70′s as an example) . Thats why no Bon Jovi. No merit

          • Bon Jovi was a great influence in the 80s, in the 90s and still today influence a lot of people in the world, is amazing how can you compare Bon Jovi with the Backstreet boys i think that´s completely ignorant and abusive (no offense intent here) The darkest album and one of the deepest of the Band is the album”These Days” which is a musical jewel and completely different from the work made in the 80s… one of the most evolved bands, one of the most mature and innovative bands in the world today is Bon Jovi. No one can say that loves rock and roll without consider that album and how it change a lot the environment when it comes out back in the 90s what about “Bounce” “Lost highway” “Crush” or the last one ” The Circle” ? I think a band that goes around the world shaking the ground of many people still today, a band that has change the life of many around the globe, a band that did people that has died sing that makes me sing and that is making sing a lot of young people still today has to have respect from persons like you.

            As is obvious that Bon Jovi is not between your favorites as a Journalist, you should review professionally what the people, the real people thinks about the band, and why is so important today, even more than in the 80s.

            Sad for VH1 to have a so poor countdown… wow i really can´t believe Alicia Keys is in the count but Bon Jovi not!!! haha wow that´s Amazing! haha or Justin Timberlake? My Gosh! that is ridiculous ….. and the worst for me and for many people.. the WORST is to have Michael Jackson as the number 2 just besides the Beatles???? o My Gosh that is something really really crazy, and the main reason because i prefer now mtv or any other channel but VH1. Good luck with your taste and tumbs down for this count.. is the worst in the world believe me, it seems like a cheap magazime count…

            **I’m sorry for any language error i could make in this comment**

          • Just to add to your comment, you’re right about Bon Jovi. They should be on the list. Its funny that VHI had one of their greatest songs of all-time (can’t remember if its 80′s or 90′s) and Bon Jovi had the #1 song, but can crack the list as artist.

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          • You have zero understanding of music… or how this list was formed for that matter. To make it as objective as possible, they tried to rank it based on influence. You can’t put Coldplay in the top #20 when they haven’t make nearly as much of an impact as nearly every band on this list. Hell, I don’t think they should even be on here. Awards don’t mean shit. Get off your ass and go listen to a real band with creative drive and musical ingenuity. Chris Martin is just a Thom Yorke that can’t write lyrics to save his life and needs a pretty face to cover it up.

            P.S. Frank Sinatra????????????????

          • You have zero understanding of trolls.

          • It’s based on influence, not awards. Coldplay hasn’t been around long enough to make a huge impact on music. I hope to god that you’re a troll, because if not, you’re a fucking lunatic moron. Seriously, of all the bands to be obsessively defending, you pick COLDPLAY?! Sad…

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      • Not to metion Dr DRE wtf? not even on there. He has produced more albums, artists, recordings that have hit the top of the charts, not only that but put Cali on the map, as well as Gansta Rap ( with a little help from Snopp, 2PAC and a few others) the man is a fuckin phenomenal, but not there, let alone below Jay-Z. NWA should be waaaayyyyyyy higher than they are. Jay-Z brags about himself every, i mean every song. ok J we know that you sold crack, we know you came from nothing, we know that you where head of a record label. Fuck enough already. And again coldplay? Dude enough that got like one album that sold a bunch, wtf. In that case Marky Mark sold a shit ton of albums he should be on here. Wheres Tool. WTF?! Maynards voice could give chills to Satan himself. Justin really that high? Ok, great artist. Greaaaaat artist to play if you want panties dropped. Busted out of that horrible boy band…yes. top 100….fuck no. Radiohead is a fucking joke. A fucking Joke. Good solid band, HUGE CULT following. top 100…..FUCK NO. let me repeat….FUCK NO!!!!!!! top 200 FUCK NO!!!! If you said top 10 for Best Cult following, understandable. as well as The Misfits, Which in my opinion The Misfits took punk, TOOK punk slammed to the ground, whipped its narly cock out, pissed on, stomped on, helped back up, stabbed with a Bowie knife several times in the gut, then asked “Hey punk rock, want more?” then ate it. The misfits baby Punk legends, not fags that have long hair and sing about a girl named Sheena, or a Labotomies.

        • I pretty much agree with you ‘cept on two things:
          1. Dre is amazing, put he’s a producer not an artist.
          2. You can hate on Radiohead’s cult following (we are dicks), but that doesn’t change the fact that they are the most critically acclaimed band of the last 15 years who have put the most creative energy into expanding their music. There’s nothing like Radiohead right now and I doubt there will ever be in the near future.

          +1 for mentioning The Misfits

          • Ah 1. Dre is an artist
            2. I agree Radiohead belongs but to rank them higher than Jonny Cash or Aerosmith who have much larger bodies of work, have been relevant for much longer and way more hits and fans

          • 1. Gah, I feel like an idiot. I’ve never heard any of his discography before. :x
            2. Agreed, they should have been somewhat lower. They have yet to have the sort of impact many of the classic rock and metal bands on the list have.

        • technically by putting NWA they put Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren.,

        • He was in NWA

      • 2PAC should be the highest rated hip-hop artist period!!! Mariah Carey should also be rated much higher as well! I guess having the most number one songs of all time don’t get you much respect now a days!!!

      • Yeah and they kinda forgot the greatest pure rapper of all time,,,,Rakim

      • This show just ran again today 15 April 2012. I’m a U.S.Marine Sgt. Robinson, J.G.(Ret), AND I am one of a Truly Dying Breed,” A True Southern Gentlemen “, Therefore I will not stoop so low as to talk( cuss) and carry own so much over nothing. I’m a combat Vet from The Gulf War and I have my own little saying “It’s not Stress, Unless You’re Getting Shot At!”
        I just turned the T.V. on to what it was left on last night and this count down was on. Being a VERY PASSIONATE MUSIC LOVER I thought “What the heck, Probably nothing Better on anyway” I knew that VH1 or any other “Modern” countdown wouldn’t come close to getting it right, but I was more curious as to just how wrong they got it. Finding out that they polled 200 “So Called “ARTIST” giving them only a 1 – 5 list ballot to vote with that this was meant to be more controversial that Correct, but like I said my curiosity got the best of me so I wasted the time watching mainly just to see if the would put Michal Jackson at the top, over so many much more deserving talents. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see that they did rate The Beatles over him.
        Anyway, to my point of commenting on your post, You asked about Bob Dylan. To my surprise again he was ranked at No. 5. Like I said, It’s my belief that this whole thing was to create a grand argument over who was overlooked, who was ranked high, etc.and to that end I think if nothing at all was accomplished, Maybe,Just Maybe this list will get some of all generations to checking into some of the names they haven’t heard of or don’t know much about. That means educated instead of Ignorance and that’s a good thing in my book Any day.
        I could spend hours going over the list, it’s rankings, those chosen and those left out, but that still would be just one man’s opinion. For instance how anyone could even include Prince, Nirvana and Madonna even close to the top 100 is beyond me, But I’m guessing that you already disagree with that, so whatever our opinions at least the list created controversy, that might lead to people looking into music they would never do otherwise, and again that’s a good thing.
        The bottom line is this ” Rock & Roll ain’t noise pollution”, “We didn’t start the fire” and ” LONG LIVE ROCK ”
        “SEMPER FI ” the_usmctanker

    • I find it disturbing and quite frankly, fucked up that Maynard James Keenan and his brotherhoods of elite musicians, whether it be Tool or A Perfect Circle were missing from the so called “all time greats” list! It’s surprising that artists with such amazing and unique talents could be omitted and overlooked.

    • Holy fucking dog balls!!!! ColdPlay really? really guys ColdPlay? Fine i can deal with that, but in10, 15, or 20 years will they be there? and Black Sabbaths Position WHAT THE FUCK the band that literally, FUCKING LITERALLY CHANGED they way people play, not only that but kicked the hippies in the face. Not only that, DIO?!!!!! WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!! people, he created, FUCKING CREATED the rock in roll symbol we use as rockers when we head bang, not only that the man is fucking prolific songwriter. Sade…who the fuck is that ( i know who she is its sarcasm) and AC/DC, do you know how many rythems hip hop artists and rap artists use from AC/DC, let alone the countless remakes we here of AC/DC? I agree with Beatles and Bob, But Jimmy so low. LOWER than the fuckin pedaphile Mike jackson really? Micheal only was up there becuase he recently passed away and VH1 would proly get emails pouring in about how he deserves it….BS. He is talented yes, Awsome dancer, and changed the way hip hop dancers dance today yes, top 5….fuck no. Let alone above fuck GOD. aka JIMI….
      Last two things, Beyonce, Beatiful, yes. Woman power, positive yes. on this list….NO. Top 200 yes. VH1 should be ashamed of this list and the outcome. People have lost there damn minds….and as for that you want to talk about top hits and #1′s, as well as THE face of Country…George Strait. But nope not in these times. You mention country music now, and automatically you are a rap/hip hop hating white trash redneck that has no understanding of music. BULLSHIT! Not one damn country artist on here. By the way…If Lemme got into a fight with God, who would win? If you do not know the answer you should not, ever fucking post your close minded ignorant opinions again let alone share them with any one. STUDY YOUR MUSIC ALL OF IT. all types and then talk to me.

    • P.S. VH1 really hates jazz

      • I think the list was BADLY skewed with young voters and black voters that were over represented. Lets put it this way M&M is by FAR the best rapper ever but is not as high as several rappers. Alicia Keyes? Are you serious? on this list. ELvis is the greatest single Performer of all time. He changed Music. He wrote he played he entertained.He is dead thirty years and people still visit him. How he is not Number 2 I dont get it. Michael Jackson is HUGE and deserves high status but NOT NUMBER TWO He had a long young career and then really became huge. . No Eagles? Are you Kidding? Chicago Not on the list? I also understand that Jimi Hendrix is (one of the) greatest guitar players but he was only around ten minutes deserves to be on the list for sure but like Janis Joplin. thats a lot of romantic bummer they died as junkies voting. He was great his singing was Ok He did not change music in my opinion as much as Nirvana another unfortunate story. He was almost always a drugged up drug addict playing below his potential. Imagine if he wasnt stoned out of his head all the time!! Whoopie. Other artists that put in Many years deserve more credit that a bunch of Heroin junkies that died a few years after they started. My top ten would be as follows….

        1. Beatles so obvious (leaving Lennon and McCartney off additional) The added careers of the separate Beatles added to this makes it a runaway.
        2. Elvis also obvious (remember dummies the KING out ranks the Prince of pop and Prince
        3. Bob Dylan I would accept him at number two He wrote half the songs everyone sang but could NOT sing like Elvis or dance or carry a crowd like the KING.
        4. Led Zeppelin Changed heavy metal to a standard so high Best hard rock writer Best Drummer Best Front man for heavy rock (sorry Ozzy)
        5. Michael Jackson Moon walk Thriller biggest album ever
        6. Prince always coming in second to Michael but Prince is like Dylan writing tons of songs other people sing. Prince did NOT change Music like Michael did.
        7.Madonna By far the greatest female performer ever. Amazing songs and voice. She deserves to be in the top ten though I am not much of a fan personally.
        8. Bob Marley….because he represented an entire Genre of Music from which stemmed other music and he is so distinct a true icon.
        9.Eric Clapton SO much to say I cant believe he is not on the top ten. Mentioning him as a member of Cream only is a disgrace to this list. how many decades does he have to have top rated songs?
        10.U2 top band of the 80′s and the 90′s what the hell else do you have to do. they are hugeness. you cant dominate two decades and not be on the list.

        Honorable mentions
        Bruce Springstein
        Johnny Cash
        Neil Young
        Elton John
        Jimi Hendrix
        Pink Floyd

        Where is Buddy Holly? Eagles? Chicago?
        One more time I LOVE ALicia Keyes but beyonce and Alicia….neither belong here

        • I think ur tope 10 can be acceptable although I would include Queen and Abba and take out Eric Clapton, Prince and even Bob Dylan…I think Bob is being too overrated as an artist and has basically being some kind of US flag, not with a worldwide appeal…same goes for Eric Clapton, he may be an extraordinary guitarist but didn’t revolution anything indeed…not even anything superficial…and Prince, the same goes for him…just because he’s a prolific artist doesn’t mean he caused a huge impact other than the “Purple Rain” era and his too sexual kitch lyrics…lol…I think Abba and Queen made much more of an impact in Music and Pop-Rock Culture…whether Freddy might have been too flamboyant, or Abba’s music might have been too perfect pop…Also, there’s much more merit in an artist when he/she/they achieve long relevant careers in an always changeable, inconstant Music Market than an artist like Cobain who kills himself and becomes some kind of a “legend” and gets placed in this list above Madonna, Pink Floyd, Queen or Abba…that’s why i think the top 100 positions do not make sense at all….and yes, Alicia and Beyonce do not deserve under no premise to be in this list, simply because if there’s a reason for including them them they should also include acts like Alanis Morrissette,Björk or even Britney, this lattest one matching Beyonce’s flat-supercial-esque music…….

        • Your list is better than the VH1 ranking, that’s for sure. If it’s influence for all time, then it would probably have to go: 1) Bach, 2) Mozart, 3) Beethoven. I’m surprised you didn’t put the Rolling Stones or the Who in the honorable mentions. Also, I’d probably rank Stevie Wonder higher than Jackson or Prince considering how much he influenced them, if influence is the criteria.

          In fact, if they were doing it by influence then 50s and 60s artists should get more weight considering what they shaped, so Chuck Berry and James Brown would deserve a lot of weight by that criteria. So would the Beach Boys and Traffic.

          But here’s another thought — influence in terms of what? Performance? Musical Vocabulary? Vocalizing? I think they need a better criteria than “influence.”

        • Ok…I think your list is good, but the top three should beatles, elvis and michael jackson. Doesn’t matter what order you put them in because they are the greatest of all time. Their influence is unmeasureable. Secondly, Micheal Jackson is not the prince of pop, he is the king of pop!

        • if you want to talk about influence, lenght of time, hits, albums sales, money earned, radio play, concert tickets sold, money generated, movies, historical events, creativeness of albums, then it would have to be Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Led Zep. anybody else can get in line behind them. Rappers didn’t do squat for music. Rappers can’t play instruments, don’t write music. Alicia Keyes, I mean really! WTF who has she influenced? total Barbara Striesand list, B.S. The Who at 13! amazing!

          • i totally agree, you can’t even compare rap or hip-hop with rock artist, i mean they shouldn’t be in the same list in first place. i respect them but i don’t consider them musicians or artist but entertainers

      • this made me lol BIG TIME xD

      • Prince was a musical genius (he played guitar, drums, bass, sang, and danced. He did everything) and therefore I think he’s at par with Elvis. As for MJ, I’d agree that Elvis can beat him.

    • WTF do you mean you retard. Otis Redding and REM and the NWA are better than Jay Zs dumb ass.

    • Wow! no Sam Cooke or CCR?! tupac should easily be top 20. im sorry but i think MJ should be #1. wheres ZAPPA and Sinatra?! ill put morrissey instead of talking heads any day! coldplay is whack! shouldnt be on the list……Santana should be on here. buddy holy, van morrison

    • Jay -Z? The greatest of ALL TIME!? What? What has he done? He sampled Shirley Temple and that is it right? His mono-toned rapping just doesn’t cut it. There are 100′s of rappers better than him…Ice-T, Ice Cube, Tupac, Slim Shady, 50 Cent, even Too Short is better than him. The only reason he is on the pedestal he’s on is because he’s a better business man than rapper and he married Beonyce. Enough of Jay Z. 10 years from now no one will be talking about him anymore.

      • This is not a rap list to begin with, this is a list of REAL artists, rappers are not artists, they have no talent at all, they can’t sing crap..

        • thats a good, valid point…that being said, they should have their own list. I mean not one mention of a good solid country artist and I hate Country

        • Last time I checked, this is a list of the 100 greatest ARTISTS of all time, not singers. If you are actually ignorant enough to believe that lyricists like Tupac and Eminem have “no talent”, you are too shouldn’t even be allowed to voice your opinion if you’re that shallow. No, these rappers are not top 10 of all time like some say, but their influence, artistry, lyricism, and raw talent are undeniable, regardless of whether you listen to them or not. These people inspire young people everywhere today. Just because you were influenced by the Beatles doesn’t mean they have more influence than present-day rappers. The only difference is that these rappers are present-day inspiration rather than yours. I’m not asking you to like their music, I’m asking for you to respect it. It IS art. It may not be the art you like, but it is art nevertheless. “Don’t even know how to play instruments” are you kidding me? Rappers like B.o.B, for example, can play 10-15 instruments, unlike the group you’re drooling over which play maybe 10 instruments in their combined groups. Do you think they just magically create the drums, guitar, and other instruments which appear in their songs? No, they play and record them themselves. Take your ignorance somewhere else.

    • I think its bull shit that they have green day on here and not even blink 182, or have frank sanitra, or any big country artist like kenny chesney which im sure hes had more hits then half the people on this list like seriously this list is shit where 50 cent im sure he has enough to be on here and wheres phil colins? or where is jimmy buffet like seriously idk if i ever heard of a jimmy buffet concert not bein sold out this list is bad

      • Kenny Chesney is not influential in any way. The reason country artists are never included on list like these is because their music is trite and meaningless. Jimmy Buffet was just unique, not talented enough to be top 200 artists of all time. There are so many more bands that should be included in this list instead of KC and JB. For example, Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP, Chicago, Sonic Youth, The Eagles.

      • Smashing Pumpkins definitely plus Red hot Chili peppers

    • And there’s a group of people that exist on this plane of earth who think, in the context of the 100 greatest artists, the question is not where is Jay-Z, but who is Jay-Z?

    • Especially Otis. What is he doing all the way down at 68?

    • As far as Im concerned, you all are full of fucking shit. At what fuckin’ point do we see fuckin’ Jay-fuckin’ faggot Z more of a musical influence than Ozzy Osbourne (who isn’t listed here). And what ever happened the The Scorpions, Cradle of Filth, Venom, Slayer, Motley Crue, Sting, Rod Stweart, Meatloaf, Jimmy Buffet, The Misfits, the Carpenter, The Momas and the Popas, Red Hot chili Peppers, Bush, Alice Cooper and Linkin Park, just to name a few. Maybe we should kick off some of this pop bull-faggot-shit for fuckin’ Tinkerbell and lable music that actually matters. Maybe we should Grow some fuckin’ balls and redo this, Shall we………. Kick out the Jams, man………

    • Jay-Z would have never been born if it weren’t for Funkadelic.

    • Jay-Z, really? lol. Get a clue, man. How about Buddy Holly not being on this list?!? I love how the Beatles are number one and both McCartney and Lennon said that Buddy Holly was a huge influence for them (not to mention a pioneer of rock and roll) and he got outsted by Alicia Keys. Sorry VH1- FAIL!

    • outkast, nwa/? jay z? i mean gay z?, this is not a rap list, this is for REAL artists, rappers are not artist to begin with, hey can’t sing…………….

    • This Vh1 list is Barbara Streisand, B.S. The Who at 13! I mean really! Non of these talentless rappers influenced anybody. I am really Alicia Keys! Who the hell did she influence? If you want to talk about talent, hits, creative albums, lenght of time playing live or in studio, money earned, movies, concerts, creativeness, radio play, influence, history, being able to play a fucking instrument, then you would have to say Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin and everybody else can get in line. Rappers need not apply.

    • Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Led Zepplin, everybody else can get in line. Total Barbara Striesand list, B.S. Alice Keys! gimme a break! she didnt influence anybody.

    • seriously where the fuck is blink 182, greenday, 50 cent??? these people were the early 2000 god damn

    • wheres willie nelson???? why aint ray charles in the top ten the doors in the top 15????? carlos santana in the top ten???? cmon

    • I am amazed that Yes didn’t even hit your brains!!! on thebest all time guitarist, Steve Howe is #22; Chris Squire on the bass is listed as #1; Rick Wakeman on keyboards is ranked #2; and last, the drummer Alan White is listed at #50, but noone even considered all this talent?? someone was smoking too much crack!

    • ur a retard …u think jay z is better than N.W.A. .everyone can see that your stupid and tupac should be higher than him along with biggie cause jay z is not that good

    • This list is a joke, and how do I comment w/o having to reply? It must be obvious because I always have this problem. You have Eminem but no Iron Maiden? Seriously? Granted I like metal and particularely this band but I dislike Prince-still I understand he is talented. I guess what I’m saying is that this list is completely commercial. They all have had tons of radio play. That doesn’t mean great. Hell, where is the New Kids On the Block? Crap!

    • This is the bulls**t list go to 1998′s list for the real top 100 artist

    • these people should not be on the list,100,98,95,92,91,89,86,81,80,79,76,74,69,66,64,63,55,54,52,49,48,47,rap and hiphop is not art it’s nothing more than s**t,hopefully it will go away,to put it on a list with THE BEATLES,STONES,AND LED ZEPPLIN is nothingbut stupidity

      • Dude, I’m not a rap fan, but you can’t deny the uniqueness, creativity, and influence of RATM The work they did with bass wah’s, guitar pedals, and blending hard rock with a rapper vocalist puts them up there. Tom Morello revolutionized the guitar. When people list the greatest guitarists of all time, it’s a bunch of classic rock guys that all follow blues scales and what not. But then they throw morello on there too. To turn the guitar into something that could imitate a synthesizer, and then create a sound that influenced every other band that fused rap with rock from then on earns them a spot. Plus they were influential with their activism, being one of the most notorious protest bands of all time.

    • where is Hank Williams Sr on this list or George Jones

    • otis redding is a beter artist than jayz

    • Also, this is supposed to be ” The Greatest of all time” who thinks Radiohead should be there ? When you think of greatest of all time, are people saying Radiohead ????? I don’t see it !!!

    • in my opinion rock hip -hop punk grunge alt. disco metal all owe frank zappa a bit of thanks as for the 200 voters well they should donate 10% of ALL their royalty checks to the zappa family trust for the snub.

    • well maybe if Jay-Z decided to use a different beat every once in a while maybe, but when you use the same jazz beat for every song. all the bands you think jay-Z is better then have passed the test of time. They are still being listened to 30 years latter. so in 30 years he still won’t be better then half of these bands.

  2. You’d think Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chicago would be on there…

  3. JT is only at 66! His put his dick in a damn box and sung about it. wtfits.

  4. Alicia Keys: Greater Than Nina Simone since 2010.

    • Seriously? Why? People have their own views on music. Artists in their own genre are going rank the music they are involved with higher so to have the audacity to call this list the greatest artists of all time is a fucking joke. Stick to ranking your own music and don’t give me a list where chamillionare and lil john have an input. plus having coldplay abba and justin timberlake on it doesn’t help

  5. @rex YOU RULE. Coulnt have said it better myself.

  6. and probably the only list in existence, where u will see Radiohead and Aerosmith in the same category

    • Anyone who thinks Radiohead is exactly one degree better than Aerosmith is not worthy of my time.

      Also, KISS at 56. KISS “better” than R.E.M., The Stooges, and forty-one other musicians. Hell, KISS on the list AT ALL. I will never understand what baby boomers see in those pseudo-clowns.

      • well wasn’t really born where Aerosmith had any general relevance of being extraordinary ,so im a little biased on that opinion but i still feel radiohead are way better artist than Aerosmith.

        • Oh, I agree completely… I guess I didn’t say it as clearly as I intended. Radiohead are arguably one of the most creative and critically lauded bands of their time. Aerosmith in their heyday were considered a second-rate version of the Rolling Stones, and have basically been a joke for the last twenty-five years or so. All I was saying is that a one-spot difference between the two is practically insulting.

          • Ahhh i gotcha,im still surprised Radiohead got on “this” list in the first place,i’m still more focused on the no freaking Miles Davis,Frank Zappa or fucking Bob Dylan come on this list wasn’t even done by VH1

        • ok so aerosmith winning 3 grammies selling multi platinum records only in the 90′s is a joke? yup aerosmith is a joke!

  7. I fucking hate lists.

    • Lists are useful when they rank the top forty new bands of 2010 or the one with 69 decent bands releasing this year, but this list is completely unnecessary. I liked stereogum because they focussed on many artists I thoroughly enjoy, and did not have useless garbage swarming their cite. I can’t agree more with the comment by iwalrus, stating simply “why”. Stereogum doesn’t need to reissue everything pitchfork and vh1 and rollingstone do; there are reasons to visit all these sites, and I feel stereogum is losing their focus and ruining great tool for staying updated on good music and artists.

  8. No Pavement?

    Pitchfork’s going to be PISSSSSSSED.

  9. This is the most ridiculous list of all time. 100 greatest “Artists?” The idea that something like this could ever be quantified is insulting to us and everyone on the list.

    And Queen is “Greater” than Pink Floyd?? Coldyplay matters? ABBA and Green Day?? What about Frank Sinatra (since this isn’t rock)? What about all the great songwriters, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin? What about all the jazz greats? What the fuck does “artist” even mean in this context?

    Fuck VH1, they should stick to bullshit reality shows.

    • I agree – Pink Floyd is better than Queen. I love Queen but they would be 9 or 10 on my list. Pink Floyd should be number 2 with Zeppelin being number 1. Obviously, this list wasn’t the top rock artists but some on the list are shocking!

  10. LL Cool J, finally getting the recognition he deserves!

  11. The Pixies don’t qualify.

  12. Here’s about 50 that probably deserve in a few slots on the list. No particular order.

    King Crimson
    Frank Zappa
    The Allman Brothers
    Guided by Voices
    Miles Davis
    A Tribe Called Quest
    Sam Cooke
    Eric Clapton
    The Yardbird
    Jeff Beck
    The Drifters
    The Deftones
    Snoop Dog
    Isley Brothers
    Merle Haggard
    The Four Tops
    Blue Oyster Cult
    Wu Tang
    Iron Maiden
    Gang of Four
    The Jackson Five
    Willie Nelson
    The Cars
    Simon and Garfunkel
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    The White Stripes
    Waylon Jennings
    Buddy Guy
    Muddy Waters
    Charlie Parker
    Albert king
    John Coltrane
    Thelonious Monk
    Grateful Dead
    The Flaming Lips
    Nine Inch Nails
    Smashing Pumpkins

  13. lists are stupid

  14. Even by Stupid List Standards, this list is stupid. And if I were Elvis Costello, I’d probably be pissed off (“Twenty critically acclaimed records, avatar of New Wave, genre-busting writer/performer… and I’m behind Sade, Coldplay, ABBA, Steely Dan, five heavy-metal bands, 10 R&B singers who didn’t write their own songs…and Fucking Cheap Trick? Fuck VH1 sideways with a Farfisa…”).

  15. There is a lot to scorn here, VH1, but I’ll pick just one:

    Coldplay? really?

    Oh, sorry, I forgot this is a list from the people who brought you “Hogan Knows Best”, “Charm School with Ricki Lake ” and “”Flavor of Love”.

    VH1 has credibility about musical taste like LiLo has credibility about sobriety.

    • What’s a LiLo?

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      • Dude cold play are assholes. Pantera deserves to be on this list more. They made it big with limited radio play and they could kick the shit out of CP.

      • You can’t even think of a better insult? No wonder you think Coldplay is amazing, YOU are a moron.
        1. You spelled Coldplay wrong.
        2. Many of the bands were influential in other ways besides awards. You know, like actual emotion being felt by many instead of a vote?
        3. Your grammar is terrible. ‘Half them bands’…?
        3. You’ve stated this fact already. We understand that they have won the Album of the Year on all their albums, do you have anything else to offer?
        I’m not usually this ‘mean’ as you will probably say, but you really don’t have good music tastes, and you are really, really f*cking obsessive about Coldplay.

  16. the list is absurd on many levels, but these things are really of no value other than to facilitate debate such as can be seen on this thread…so i suppose its done its job…

    a few observations:

    It is laughable that : grateful dead are excluded; beach boys are #15 (approx 90 seems more appropriate), prince is ahead of elvis, george michael ahead of pearl jam, and that mccartney and lennon get spots in addition to the beatles, oh, and abba?

    I suppose its hard to argue with 1-5, though opinions can differ, i cant really say this is WRONG….

    • It is really laughable, I thought the same thing about the Dead and I am not more than casual fan. Also 100% with you on Pearl Jam have been lucky enough too see them 2 time in last 6 month, once at 10/31 Philly show closing the spectrum, awesome show 3 hours 45 min 30 plus songs no one gives you that now a days, they should at very least be in top 50 IMO. I actually was surprised PJ made list as they get no respect from VH1 or rolling shit mag and other so called music media! I know people are saying VH1 did not make list but they pick the voting pool that seemed very heavy w/ Rap, Hip-Hop and newer bands, which I think really skewed thelist in that direction!

  17. Typical list aimed to please people who listen to top 40 radio.

  18. Is there really any point in arguing about an entirely predictable list (as far as rankings don’t play into it, anyways) made by an unbearably dull and irrelevant network such as Vh1, the top spot of which could be called before one could even read the word “Of”? Just asking.

  19. Coldplay higher than R.E.M./

  20. Where the hell is Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine?

  21. How the fuck do you get included on this list if you don’t write your own music???

  22. arcade fire deserve a spot on here, at least.

  23. Do we really need to make lists? They’re always going to end up being biased, and no one’s going to agree with them.

  24. lists are FUN!!!

  25. I don’t get this list….

  26. Man, i was pissed off at this list, and then i got pissed off at the comment section. Where the fuck has artistic credibility gone?

  27. I think the worst aspects of these lists is the historical distortion they apply to the heritage of popular music. Once this music is removed from its immediate context it sounds unique and unimaginable – the work of genius. But this is a trick of perspective. Once any artwork is recontextualised there are a thousand or more clues that contributed to its creation. Take a look at any of the artists on this list, and I guarantee that there will be several smaller bands from the period playing music very similar to theirs, as they all at least started off as part of a movement, and became singular later on in their careers. More than this, there are other cultural markers outside of the sphere of popular music that form the shifting fashions of each era. Lists like this undermine historical understandings of the development of pop music and make it seem as if these artists sprang out of nowhere, fully formed. It’s not only a reductive way to discuss music, but it actually obscures part of the heritage it’s meant to be honouring.

    Secondly, to be wildly controversial, I take some issue with the constant lauding of The Beatles. Largely due to the formal considerations of the song as a medium. A song requires both words and melody to be formally correct – and I feel that, although The Beatles’ melodies are exquisite, they are lyrically under-developed. They are kind of like the comfort food of the pop world – in a short burst, they fulfil every need, but under serious scrutiny they lack depth. I guess it depends what you want pop music to be. I think that if a lot of people are happy with the Beatles being the archetype for what a pop band should be, they are ignoring the potential of the medium. Although they are and excellent pop band, and beloved by many, they offered only pure entertainment – remarkably pure – which laid the foundation for today’s largely vacuous pop industry. But I guess the people who make these lists don’t stop to think about music in context, and the cultural legacy of that music.

    Can we stop making lists and make a bit more effort to discuss pop music like we actually care about it?

    • It’s not controversial. It’s just wrong. I can name many Beatles songs with outstanding lyrics.

    • How can you say that the Beatles lyrics are under-developed? Have you ever listened to the White Album, Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper? Apparently not!

    • Would anybody like to quote any of these amazing lyrics?

      • Why do you find it necessary for us to quote the lyrics? All you are going to disagree with everyone. Lyrics affect people in different ways. Why don’t you listen to the albums and decide for yourself? Of course, you probably won’t.

        • I would just like to have this argument using evidence instead of the empty assertions we have (all) already been making.

          • Whadd’ya expect? A bunch of psychoanalyst -literature professor-lyricists?

            AND…..who wrote some of greatest melodies of all time? Not many people can say they attained the level of universal greatness in their profession before the age of 30 that the Beates did…and still do….can you?

            I think that you , sir, have penis envy….SO THERE!

      • Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.
        Now it looks as though they’re here to stay.
        Oh, I believe in yesterday.

        I’m not half the man I used to be,
        There’s a shadow hanging over me,
        Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

        Why she had to go
        I don’t know she wouldn’t say.
        I said something wrong,
        Now I long for yesterday.

        Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.
        Now I need a place to hide away.
        Oh, I believe in yesterday.

        Why she had to go
        I don’t know she wouldn’t say.
        I said something wrong,
        Now I long for yesterday.

        Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.
        Now I need a place to hide away.
        Oh, I believe in yesterday.
        Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm.

        These are the lyrics to Yesterday, by The Beatles. Beautifully simple, yet profound lyrics. And this is just one that popped into my head. Feel free to look up ANY others. Also, I’ll mention that this song is the MOST covered song in the world, according to Guinness Book of World Records.

        Also, The Beatles had, at one point (I will be lazy and not directly look it up and quote it, but you can if you wish to prove me wrong :) ) had about 6 songs, all in the top 10, within the top 40 hits in America. At once. No one has ever done that before or since. Do you realize how unreal that is? To even have 2 of an artists songs in the top 10 nowadays is a feat. So yeah, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but Suck on that.

        So I say this for everyone, the number one spot will continue to be The Beatles, so go ahead and resume arguing about the placement of #2 – #100. :)

        • True, but remember in July of last year Michael Jackson had 6 of the top 10 best selling albums in the US and in over 30 other international markets all at the same time. Not even the Beatles accomplished that. In fact, MJ is the only one in music history to have that many albums in the Top 10!

        • You do realize that many of their songs were not actually written by Paul and John. There was a “Fifth Beatle” that never really got credit. I made this stupid account just to write this (see my name?)
          So if you were an artist (Elvis) who influenced the supposed “greatest artist of all time” (beatles, sure “best artists) Shouldnt you be considered god? I mean they wouldn’t have gotten into music unless it was for the Don’t Be Cruel record. And Elvis CREATED this music. He was the first TO MIX genres. Black and white music of the time, created rock and roll. So if you created past present and future music. then you are the greatest artist of all time. (P.S. Thank god there are such few of the Beatles left, it’s like God spread the Red Sea of shitty music.)

          • I created this account just to respond to this RIDICULOUS two-year-old comment. The statement that the Beatles didn’t write many of their songs is the most ignorant, idiotic, and just plain stupid comment ever made in the history of blogging. George Martin was known as the Fifth Beatle. He was their music producer, NOT a lyricist. He was particularly responsible for adding the overlays of orchestrated sound you hear on their songs (Eleanor Rigby, I am the Walrus, Yesterday, etc.). He NEVER had a hand in writing the songs. The lyrics were written by the four members of the Beatles, but predominantly Lennon and McCartney. Martin is quoted in The Beatles Anthology (2000), p. 96 -
            “George Martin: As producer I didn’t have tremendous input on their lyrics. I would tell them if I didn’t think a lyric sounded good or suggest they ought to write another eight bars or so, but they tended to give me the finished songs. My work was mainly a question of contributing arrangement ideas.” And though I love Elvis, too, and he should be in the top five, he did not write his songs. His influence was his style and Lennon often attributed Elvis as a top influence along with Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry on the Beatles.

        • Hey!! Is Celine Dion here???How about Sinatra???Anyway,Led Zeppelin is better than the Beatles,they were responsable for breaking their record set.I heard Robert Plant saying in a interview about how Elvis Presley wanted to meet the band that was selling tikets faster than him.The Beatles were NOT pioners,becose it was the same Rock and Roll of th 50′s.They just made it better.Led Zeppelin changed the world with new Blues rock,Metal,Folk,Country and Mithycal Rock.There is no doubt,The Beatles were the most famus band ever,but Led Zeppelin was better in terms of music.The Beatles should be #3,Zeppelin #2 and Michael should be #1.”Bye the way” where the hell is Ricky Martin,Menudo,Selena or Shakira,they should be in this list,they brought a new movement;”Latin Flavor” How about Santana???Not even the Jackson 5 is in this list.But you wanna know why this list is so mest up?well the fact that a band called ”The Band”(#85) is in a better spot than Mariah Carey(#94).

      • “Words are flying out like
        endless rain into a paper cup
        They slither while they pass
        They slip away across the universe
        Pools of sorrow waves of joy
        are drifting thorough my open mind
        Possessing and caressing me
        Jai guru deva om
        Nothing’s gonna change my world
        Images of broken light which
        dance before me like a million eyes
        That call me on and on across the universe
        Thoughts meander like a
        restless wind inside a letter box
        they tumble blindly as
        they make their way across the universe
        Sounds of laughter shades of life
        are ringing through my open ears
        exciting and inviting me
        Limitless undying love which
        shines around me like a million suns
        It calls me on and on across the universe”

        “And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
        there will be an answer, let it be.
        For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
        there will be an answer. let it be.
        Let it be, let it be, …..
        And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,
        shine until tomorrow, let it be.
        I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,
        speaking words of wisdom, let it be. ”

        “I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
        While my guitar gently weeps
        With every mistake we must surely be learning
        Still my guitar gently weeps
        I don’t know how you were diverted
        you were perverted too
        I don’t know how you were inverted
        no one alerted you
        I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
        While my guitar gently weeps
        I look at you all
        Still my guitar gently weeps ”

        “Something in the way she moves,
        Attracts me like no other lover.
        Something in the way she woos me.
        I don’t want to leave her now,
        You know I believe and how.
        Somewhere in her smile she knows,
        That I don’t need no other lover.
        Something in her style that shows me.
        I don’t want to leave her now,
        You know I believe and how.
        You’re asking me will my love grow,
        I don’t know, I don’t know.
        Stick around, and it may show,
        But I don’t know, I don’t know.
        Something in the way she knows,
        And all I have to do is think of her.
        Something in the things she shows me.
        I don’t want to leave her now.
        You know I believe and how”

        “There are places I’ll remember
        All my life, though some have changed
        Some forever, not for better
        Some have gone and some remain
        All these places had their moments
        With lovers and friends, I still can recall
        Some are dead and some are living
        In my life, I’ve loved them all
        But of all these friends and lovers
        There is no one compares with you
        And these memories lose their meaning
        When I think of love as something new
        Though I know I’ll never lose affection
        For people and things that went before
        I know I’ll often stop and think about them
        In my life, I’ll love you more
        Though I know I’ll never lose affection
        For people and things that went before
        I know I’ll often stop and think about them
        In my life, I’ll love you more ”

        “You are me and we are all together”
        -I am the walrus

        “And in the end,
        the love you take,
        is equal to the love you make”
        -The End

        “take these broken wings and learn to fly”

        “all you need is love”

        “living is easy with eyes closed
        misunderstanding all you see
        it’s getting hard to be someone
        but it all works out
        it doesn’t matter much to me”
        -strawberry fields forever

        And that’s just out of a few of their “popular” songs…

      • We were talking-about the space between us all
        And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
        Never glimpse the truth-then it’s far too late-when they pass away.
        We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
        To try our best to hold it there-with our love
        With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
        Try to realize it’s all within yourself
        No-one else can make you change
        And to see you’re really only very small,
        And life flows ON within you and without you.
        We were talking-about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
        Who gain the world and lose their soul-
        They don’t know-they can’t see-are you one of them?
        When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
        Is waiting there-
        And the time will come when you see
        we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

      • Yes I’m lonely wanna die
        Yes I’m lonely wanna die
        If I ain’t dead already
        Ooh girl you know the reason why.

        In the morning wanna die
        In the evening wanna die
        If I ain’t dead already
        Ooh girl you know the reason why.

        My mother was of the sky
        My father was of the earth
        But I am of the universe
        And you know what it’s worth
        I’m lonely wanna die
        If I ain’t dead already
        Ooh girl you know the reason why.

        The eagle picks my eye
        The worm he licks my bones
        I feel so suicidal
        Just like Dylan’s Mr. Jones
        Lonely wanna die
        If I ain’t dead already
        Ooh girl you know the reason why.

        Black cloud crossed my mind
        Blue mist round my soul
        Feel so suicidal
        Even hate my rock and roll
        Wanna die yeah wanna die
        If I ain’t dead already
        Ooh girl you know the reason why.

      • I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink
        I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink
        I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink

        I’m so tired I don’t know what to do
        I’m so tired my mind is set on you
        I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do

        You’d say I’m putting you on
        But it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm
        You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain
        You know it’s three weeks, I’m going insane
        You know I’d give you everything I’ve got
        for a little peace of mind

        I’m so tired, I’m feeling so upset
        Although I’m so tired I’ll have another cigarette
        And curse Sir Walter Raleigh
        He was such a stupid get.

        You’d say I’m putting you on
        But it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm
        You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain
        You know it’s three weeks, I’m going insane
        You know I’d give you everything I’ve got
        for a little peace of mind
        I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind
        I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind

      • I look at all the lonely people
        I look at all the lonely people

        Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
        Lives in a dream
        Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
        Who is it for?

        All the lonely people
        Where do they all come from?
        All the lonely people
        Where do they all belong?

        Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
        No one comes near.
        Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
        What does he care?

        All the lonely people
        Where do they all come from?
        All the lonely people
        Where do they all belong?

        Ah, look at all the lonely people
        Ah, look at all the lonely people

        Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
        Nobody came
        Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
        No one was saved

        All the lonely people
        Where do they all come from?
        All the lonely people
        Where do they all belong?

    • Point One. I agree entirely.

      Point Two. For the most part you make the integral points for why the Beatles should lauded at #1. You state “people are happy with the Beatles being the archetype for what a pop band should be” and “they offered only pure entertainment – remarkably pure – which laid the foundation for today’s largely vacuous pop industry” , I agree, thats why they win. But whats more is, the fact we engage pop music on serious artistic terms is due to the accomplishments of the Beatles.

      As far as Beatle lyrics go you make a valid point. But encourage you to remember the staggering youth of the Beatles before their isolating fame. By 1963 John and Ringo were 22 and Paul and George were 19. At that point they ceased to live “real” lives. That kind of fame warped Michael Jackson, had Tom Cruise jumping on couches and bitching about psychiatry, and made Britney Spears shave her head. As such, they had to make it up. Some things they did well, others not so much. They were young when they wrote that stuff, and we love it when we are young. But the Beatles do not grow old (the were done before 30) and we do. We look at these lyrics with older/wiser/jaded/ eyes. When we do it seems simple, idealistic, inconsequential, dare I say juvenile.

      John in particular really suffers from bing stuck as an adolescent. Imagine, which might his best lyric would have a hard time winning an 8th grade poetry contest. That being said he stopped producing music/art in his early thirties (with the exception of Double Fantasy). His career is permenanty frozen in that stage of life. But we get older, and our view changes with our aging.

      Paul and George continued to produce over the years and as such grow into adult artists. One wonders what the Beatles would have been had the Beatles remained a single productive unit.
      I whole heartedly believe that they would have resolved their lyrical shortcomings if they had remained in tact.

      • @fabbig: “Whadd’ya expect? A bunch of psychoanalyst -literature professor-lyricists?
        AND…..who wrote some of greatest melodies of all time? Not many people can say they attained the level of universal greatness in their profession before the age of 30 that the Beates did…and still do….can you?”

        Would it really be naive or stupid to expect that the greatest artists in a given medium are also those who have achieved the highest level of expression within that medium? And, given that the pop song is a medium which formally encompasses both melody and lyric, surely then it’s not unreasonable to expect both to be of a high standard. To say that it doesn’t matter that the Beatles’ lyrics weren’t incredible because they wrote great melodies is ignoring half of the form of pop music.

        Also, you seem to have posted some of their worst lyrics.

        “I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink
        I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink
        I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink


        And that Dylan reference, really really? It’s lazy more than anything. I guess it’s fair enough since they were pumping out this stuff at a prodigious rate, but it’s just not that good lyrically. It tells me nothing about my life that I couldn’t just spout in fifteen minutes of cliche to some stranger in a pub.

        p.s. my penis is monolithic


        Yesterday is a beautiful song, and admittedly those lyrics are perfect for the melody. That is not to say that they are profound; in fact they rely on cliche and vague nostalgia and only seem profound because they are coupled with a stunningly evocative melody. The lyrics, in that context, are evocative. They are more symbols for a vague universal nostalgia than anything descriptive of a singular emotion. That’s fine, it works. But universality is a tough line to tread, as you risk straying into cliche, which the Beatles did over and over again (to be fair, they invented some of the cliches). Look up any Beatles lyrics. Try reading them without imagining the melody, I’ll bet you can’t. The Beatles wrote good melodies foremost and lagged behind in terms of lyricism.

        Secondly, popularity is no measure of quality.

        Thirdly, you fail to put the Beatles in perspective. They operated within a much smaller music industry. You’re right, no-one has done that before or since, and probably, they never will, because the amount of artists releasing singles today is so much higher. There’s practically a completely different top ten every week. But I accept your point. They were very popular. And still are, apparently, from the number of disciples they have on these boards.


        “Words are flying out like
        endless rain into a paper cup
        They slither while they pass
        They slip away across the universe
        Pools of sorrow waves of joy
        are drifting thorough my open mind
        Possessing and caressing me
        Jai guru deva om”

        That’s just LSD-tinged nonsense. Come on! Think. That says nothing about anything. It’s just a vague notion that everything is connected and we’re just drifting around the universe on a cosmic rainbow. Man.


        Firstly, thanks for leaving a thoughtful reply and not just telling me how great the Beatles are and what a dickhead I am.

        I take your point about the Beatles opening the floodgates for intelligent music criticism. I also take your point about their youth as they hit the big time. However, I’d like to qualify it further – there are two sides to that point about their popularity; as they acheived the kind of success that makes a lot of people, on this board included, cite them as one of the greatest bands ever, that very success contributed to an artistic under-development. Instead of wondering how great the Beatles could have been had they continued longer, I wonder how great they could have been if they’d have become famous later, and endured some epic struggles on their path to fame. I guess there’s no use speculating though, it is what it is.

        I don’t know. In a way I’m suspicious of the universal praise the Beatles receive. It just seems lazy to me, an excuse to not think about their music. “Oh yeah the Beatles are the greatest of all time.” Well, why? And really? And on what criteria? That’s all I’m trying to thrash out. Rather than just acclaiming them, I want to appraise them. It’s got nothing to do with bitterness or the need to provoke reaction. I’m just genuinely interested in pop music as a form, it’s limitations and it’s successes, and discussing them thoughtfully.

        • I hear what you are saying about the Beatles being a little weak lyrically early on, but there is a bigger picture. The reason they NEED to be #1 on this list, and any other subsequent lists of this nature, is because of the EFFECT. I love John Lennon. I feel he was just about the greatest artist ever and love his music. But the Beatles changed the way music was made. Period. Changed the way it was recorded. Part of me thinks we should get specific and say The Beatles plus George Martin, but it was The Beatles so that’s the end of it. Can you make an argument that another artist had MORE of an influence on music and musicians? If you tried, all the musicians themselves would rebuke that argument..

          • I agree completely with clevis 44. It is ridiculous to think of any other artist being higher ranked then the Beatles. Pop and Rock were never the same after the Beatles came along. They effectively started the British Invasion, so if you are a fan of The Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, The Kinks, Donovan, The Animals, or The Who, you should be extremely grateful for The Beatles opening the door to America. They changed everything about music, and covered many different types of music. Although they were influenced by older artists such as Elvis ( I personally love Elvis too), every artist who was contemporary or has followed after has had to cope with the influence The Beatles left behind.

  28. I stopped taking this poll seriously when I saw Madonna and Nirvana ahead of U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

    • Based on influence, I can understand Nirvana. They f*cking turned the popular music scene upside down over night and shaped the landscape of 90′s rock with a single song. But Madonna?

      P.S. Still freaking out over no Frank Sinatra.

      • Based on influence??? You realize Nirvana put 3 albums out and their biggest song was a Pixies knockoff, correct? How many major indie bands are doing some Springsteen right now? Hold Steady? Arcade Fire? And different phases of U2 still influence a ton of bands. Have you heard any old U2 ever?

        I’m guessing/praying that you’re still a kid. Study up before you start defending bullshit.

        • Erin if your trying to argue that Nirvana does not deserve a spot near the front of any list of great artist your fighting a losing battle. I like U2 and I tolerate all the love for Springstein because I have a soft spot for lyricists and singer-songwriters but they weren’t revolutionary.

          Understand Nirvana didn’t invent punk but they were revolutionary in being a band that made elements of indie, punk, and metal all relevant for the masses. That may be good or bad depending on your opinion but the Pixies were’nt gonna do it and neither was Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Sonic Youth or any other obscure favorite of yours. Your going to say Nirvana isn’t influential? please.

          Some flavor of the week indie darlings are on your iPod and now Springstein and U2 invented r&r.

      • Kurt Cobain playing Bowie’s Man Who Sold The World Made Me Want To Become A True Artist As A Teenager, So I
        Know How Influential He Was And In 3 Years, He Accomplished More Than Anyone Music Ever Has. So I Agree With You On That Aspect But You Are Saying All Of The Legit
        Reasons Why You Think Nirvana Deserved To Make The List But Then You Turn Around And Question Madonna Being On The List?!! I’m Not A Madonna Fan At All, But There Is No Female Musician In The history Of Music That Not Only Was The Most Successful Artist Of Her Generation, But She Was Extremely Unique And Influenced Countless Artists Dong Their Thing Today. GaGa Is Bascally Just A Massive Ripoff Of Madonna, Especially Alejandro Or Whatever That Piece Of Shit Is Called. She Was An Absolute Pioneer & Architect & The 1st Female Artist To Follow In Someone Like David Bowie’s Fogsteps. I’m Not Even A Hige Fan, But She Is A True Artist. I Don’t Understand How TOOL Didn’t Make The list. They Have A Lot Of These Lists & They Always Focus
        on A Certain Genre Of Mysic. This Is Based On ART!! So Radiohead Deserve Their High Spot And Most Musicians Couldn’t Disagree If They Were #4 or #8. As Far As Art Is Concerned, Tools Guitarist Created All Of Their Sick Videos & Their Last Album Won The Grammy For Best Album Cover Art/Packaging. TOOL Have Always Pushed The Blundaries & Their Albums Sell Units Comparable To In, Close To A Million Units In the Feat Week Usually. And Danny Carey Is One Of The Top 5 Greatest Drummers Alive. Every Single Person In The Band Is One Of The Best In The World. Thinking Of Hreat Drummers, I Just Realized DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Aren’t On The List. That Os Absolutely Insane As Well. He Dreams Awake, Sogur Ros, Jeff Buckley and JANE’S ADDICTION

        • Kurt Cobain accomplished more in music than anyone ever has? What? I’ll give you the fact he may be the grunge king but have you ever heard of a guy named Elvis Presley? Kurt gave us the early 90′s. Elvis gave us the 20th century.

          also, Buddy Holly? A man without whom we’d have no Beatles, or Dylan, or even the Stones I’d argue. The man considered the father of rock and roll and dead at 22.

          I appreciate Cobain’s influence, but he had NOTHING on those two.

          • Ya true but with no chuck berry no Elvis Presley and this list only goes back so far id argue the most influential artists are the first real artists music had so Bach Mozar without them no artists would have any inspiration really and no Ella Fitzgerald or Etta james or frank sinatra(spelled wrong) I meanand leaving of bill whithers (spelled wrong) I mean influence goes back to before any of the artists on the list were thought of so its gonna upset ppl and it was made by VH1 SO wat did u expect

      • Kurt Cobain playing Bowie’s Man Who Sold The World Made Me Want To Become A True Artist As A Teenager, So I
        Know How Influential He Was And In 3 Years, He Accomplished More Than Anyone Music Ever Has. So I Agree With You On That Aspect But You Are Saying All Of The Legit
        Reasons Why You Think Nirvana Deserved To Make The List But Then You Turn Around And Question Madonna Being On The List?!! I’m Not A Madonna Fan At All, But There Is No Female Musician In The history Of Music That Not Only Was The Most Successful Artist Of Her Generation, But She Was Extremely Unique And Influenced Countless Artists Dong Their Thing Today. GaGa Is Bascally Just A Massive Ripoff Of Madonna, Especially Alejandro Or Whatever That Piece Of Shit Is Called. She Was An Absolute Pioneer & Architect & The 1st Female Artist To Follow In Someone Like David Bowie’s Fogsteps. I’m Not Even A Hige Fan, But She Is A True Artist. I Don’t Understand How TOOL Didn’t Make The list. They Have A Lot Of These Lists & They Always Focus
        on A Certain Genre Of Mysic. This Is Based On ART!! So Radiohead Deserve Their High Spot And Most Musicians Couldn’t Disagree If They Were #4 or #8. As Far As Art Is Concerned, Tools Guitarist Created All Of Their Sick Videos & Their Last Album Won The Grammy For Best Album Cover Art/Packaging. TOOL Have Always Pushed The Blundaries & Their Albums Sell Units Comparable To In, Close To A Million Units In the Feat Week Usually. And Danny Carey Is One Of The Top 5 Greatest Drummers Alive. Every Single Person In The Band Is One Of The Best In The World. Thinking Of Hreat Drummers, I Just Realized DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Aren’t On The List. That Os Absolutely Insane As Well. He Dreams Awake, Sigur Ros, Sublime, Jeff Buckley (Responsible for putting on a Show in England that sent a young Thom Yorke straight to the Recording Studio to record the Vocals to Fake Plastic Trees in ONE TAKE ad beforehand, he

      • I believe Nirvana does belong list, but I think they a bit too high and Pearl Jam, AIC & STP(not on list) all 3 had many more than 1 Great song IMO.

  29. We took VH1′s list for what it’s worth but then put a music documentary spin on it.

  30. Haha! HAHAHAHA!

    HA! HA!


  31. yup The Beatles will be #1 thank you very much and goodnight! :)

  32. If they had just done the top 5, I would have been okay. Can’t argue with that. After that, it’s total mayhem.

  33. A liiiiitttttlllleeee disappointed that Sublime isn’t on there. BUT! Radiohead, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Hendrix, Neil Young, Nirvana.

    Hell yes.

  34. Come on people. There’s absolutely no need to get worked up over some ridiculous list like this.. IT WAS DONE BY VH1 FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!!

    Now.. inhale… exhale… and simply ask yourself, when has VH1 ever done anything containing the slightest bit of importance? Exactly. Move on.

  35. The fact that Bob Dylan, Tool, Leon Russel, Charlie Parker, Count Basie from the origions arent mentioned makes me fearful for the music industry. The new bands like And You Will Know Us By THe Trail Of Dead and Ghostland Observatory are clearly redefining the genre. No Bob Dylan? SHAME

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    • Agree 100%, the voters must have not seen the The Flight 666 Documentary were they played too 100,000 fans on nearly ever outdoor show, and put a record 50,000 plus in soccer stadium in Costa Rico that holds 27,000 max. Had a friend that was at the show he is from Costa Rico and said it was the biggest event in countries history and one the Greatest shows he has every been too even though he was not real favad fan, before he seen them.

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  39. The most glaring omission from this list is logic.

  40. I knew were were in for some bullshit the second Alicia Keys popped up on the screen.

  41. I was Very Pissed that Alica Keys made the list., like really? I knew right there not to take the list seriously?

  42. van halen beats curtis mayfield by a long shot???? that alone should tell you to ignore this list. VH-1 is a shameful display of pop culture

  43. Where the Hell is Iron Maiden?!?! Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers??? And Pink Floyd should be in the top 10 for sure!

  44. I think this list has totally disrespected Hip hop music by making the top artist #47 on this stupid ass list. Tupac and Biggie is in the 60′s on your list thats the craziest thing I have ever seen. Jay-z is the greatest rapper of all-time but Nas should be right behind him. Eminem is a good rapper but if he is any where on this list, Nas should be atleast 15 slots better than him. Who ever thinks Eminem is better than Nas thats someone who does not listen to rap music or just simply smoking crack, and thats not a shot at Eminem, because I like Eminem thats jus how good Nas is. This list just pissed me off. On top of that you disrespect Alicia Keys by just letting her make the list at 100 now thats funny smh. Vhi needs to be taken off the air just because of this stupid ass list.

    • i agree that nas is better than eminem, but hes also better than jayz. and jay as the best of all time? wow that shit is just so nuts

    • How is Jay-Z the greatest rapper? MTV conducted a poll, and viewers voted Tupac as the greatest. More people have bought his albums than any other rapper’s in history. Yet, somehow, he gets placed behind Biggie and Jay-Z. The list as a whole, is awful. It has so many flaws. It’s garbage.

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  45. im sorry but how does the best selling female artist of the last decade not make the list…. i mean come on LL Cool J? OUTKAST? Whether you like it or Britney Spears changed pop music, show some respect…

  46. Maynard James Keenan and fellow elite musicians together as Tool and A Perfect Circle not on the list of so called “greatest artists”? Shameful that such natural and unique talents could go unnoticed.

  47. Oh and Billy Tolliver, wtf? Seriously consider professional help or someone might PUNCH you!

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