VH1 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time

<> the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.

VH1 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time

<> the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City.

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

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.)

99. Hall And Oates
98. Depeche Mode
97. Pretenders
96. Journey
Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
95. OutKast
Singer Mariah Carey performs at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama became the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (UPI Photo/Chip Somodevilla/Pool) (Newscom TagID: upiphotos909872) [Photo via Newscom]
94. Mariah Carey
93. Pearl Jam
85. The Band
91. Green Day
90. Elvis Costello
89. Beastie Boys
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Bee Gees Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
88. Bee Gees
87. George Michael
86. N.W.A.
85. The Band
84. Curtis Mayfield
83. Earth, Wind and Fire
82. Steely Dan
81. ABBA
80. Mary J. Blige
79. Eminem
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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
ATLANTA - MAY 5: Tupac Shakur poses for a portrait at his home in Atlanta on May 5, 1993. (Photo by Chi Modu/diverseimages/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tupac Shakur
69. Tupac Shakur
68. Otis Redding
67. Coldplay
66. Justin Timberlake
65. The Doors
64. Talking Heads
63. Notorious B.I.G.
62. Genesis
61. Cream
60. Whitney Houston
59. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
58. Cheap Trick
57. Iggy & The Stooges
56. KISS
55. Peter Gabriel
54. Public Enemy
**FILE** Little Richard performs during halftime at the Liberty Bowl in this Dec. 31, 2004 file photo in Memphis, Tenn. Little Richard built some goodwill in his hometown when he donated almost half of his concert fees to settle concerns over who was paying the tab for his show Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
53. Little Richard
52. Beyoncé
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 30: Singer/musician Billy Joel performs onstage at the Honda Center on March 30, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Billy Joel
51. Billy Joel
Sade To Release First Single, "Soldier Of Love" Off Forthcoming New Album. (PRNewsFoto/Epic Records)
50. Sade
49. Parliament-Funkadelic
48. Rage Against The Machine
46. Ramones
47. Jay-Z
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
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 23: Fleetwood Mac performs on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios on April 23, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
37. Fleetwood Mac
36. Paul McCartney
35. Johnny Cash
34. Tina Turner
33. Guns N’ Roses
32. Black Sabbath
31. John Lennon
Rock group Aerosmith, from left, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, arrives at MTV's 2nd annual music tribute mtvICON, in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 14, 2002. The group was honored at the event. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)
30. Aerosmith
29. Radiohead
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28. Elton John
***RETRANSMISSION WITH ALTERNATIVE CROP***Aretha Franklin performs at the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) ORG XMIT: CAPG233
27. Aretha Franklin
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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
Photo prise en 1976 du chanteur jama•quain Bob Marley, dŽcŽdŽ ˆ 36 ans en 1981 des suites d'un cancer. A l'occasion du soixantime anniversaire de sa naissance, la capitale Žthiopienne Addis Abeda organise, ˆ partir du 01 fŽvrier 2005, des concerts, des confŽrences, des expositions, qui devraient attirer quelque 400 000 personnes, dont de nombreux Žtrangers, selon les organisateurs. An unlocated photo taken in 1976 shows Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley, who died 11 May 1981 at the age of 36 at Cedars Sinai hospital in Miami following a cancer. Marley, who popularized reggae music around the world, continues to be an inspiration for contemporary artists 20 years after his death. Some 400 000 people, most of them foreigners, are expected to crowd Addis Ababa for a month of festivities that kicked off 01 February 2005 to mark what would have been the king of reggae's 60th birthday.
11. Bob Marley
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10. Stevie Wonder
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09. James Brown
08. Elvis Presley
07. Prince
06. Jimi Hendrix
05. Bob Dylan
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 3: British pop stars Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the rock group "The Rolling Stones" performs on stage on the opening night of their "Licks" world tour at Boston Fleetcentre on September 3, 2002 in Boston, USA. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
04. Rolling Stones
03. Led Zeppelin
055519 01: Entertainer Michael Jackson performs at a concert November 8, 1988 in California. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982's "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards. (Photo Jean-Marc Giboux/Liaison)
02. Michael Jackson
01. The Beatles

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