The 20th century was a turbulent yet fascinating phase in the music industry. From modernism to minimalism, the previous century yielded richness that was shaped by the events that defined the era – war, race, sex, politics and religion each of which shaped the soundtrack of the bygone century. Interestingly, much of the music of the past century is as fascinating as the historical and cultural context of the century. 20th century gave us some ingenious musicians whose compositions have moved us, astonished us, baffled us, made us think, cry and made our hearts soar. Their musical journey is worth contemplating and their musical masterpieces worth listening to again and again. So, be it the 1960s heroes ‘the Beatles’ or modern insurgents ‘Eminem’, early pioneers ‘Chuck Berry’ or the bluesmen who made it all possible ‘Howlin' Wolf’, the century has had a surge of inherently talented musicians who were pioneers in their own field and gave the industry its much needed boost. They changed the face of music industry with their poignant renditions that touched and soothed the heart and soul. Check this section for a list of famous musicians of the 20th century.
Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Singer-songwriter
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer

Taylor Alison Swift Taylor Swift
13 December 1989, American
Singer-songwriter

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976, American
Actress

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer
Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter
Aaron CarterAaron Carter
07 December 1987, American
Rapper

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician

Christina Milian Christina Milian
26 September 1981, American
 
Ricky MartinRicky Martin
24 December 1971, Puerto Rican
Singer-songwriter

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer
Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950, British
Lyricist & Singer

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

Selena QuintanillaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer, Songwriter
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
 

Rob ZombieRob Zombie
12 January 1965, American
Musician & Filmmaker

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer

Hank WilliamsHank Williams
17 September 1923, American
Father of contemporary country music
Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 

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Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
01 July 1971, American
Rapper

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982, Canadian
Actor

Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
 

Method ManMethod Man
01 April 1971, American
Hip Hop Artist
Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Lisa Marie PresleyLisa Marie Presley
01 February 1968, American
Singer-songwriter

Joan JettJoan Jett
22 September 1958, American
Singer, Composer

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician
Merle HaggardMerle Haggard
06 April 1937, American
 

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter
16 December 1981, American
Actress

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
 
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Aactress,

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician
John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951, British
Musician

Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949, American
Actor, Producer, Singer, Songwriter

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
Mel BMel B
29 May 1975, British
Singer

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
 
Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper, Record Producer

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor, Producer, Musician

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter

Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian
B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter

Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975, British
Musician

Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings
15 June 1937, American
Singers

Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter
Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Singer-songwriter
Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
 

James HetfieldJames Hetfield
03 August 1963, American
Musician, Songwriter

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British
Singer

Nikki SixxNikki Sixx
11 December 1958, American
Musician, Songwriter

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer and Composer

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan, American
Actor
Iggy PopIggy Pop
21 April 1947, American
Singer

Adam LevineAdam Levine
18 March 1979, American
Singer, Songwriter
Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
 

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer
Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925, American
Actress

Chris JerichoChris Jericho
09 November 1970, American
Wrestler
Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper
22 June 1953, American
Actress, Singer

Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow
11 February 1962, American
Musician, Singer-songwriter

J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985, German, American
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945, British, Northern Irish
Singer
Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman
29 May 1953, American
Composer
Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954, American
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

emily osmentEmily Osment
10 March 1992, American
Actress, Singer, and Songwriter
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972, French
Singer & Actress

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943, British
 
Tammy WynetteTammy Wynette
05 May 1942, American
Singer