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.
Kenny RogersKenny Rogers
21 August 1938, American
Singer-Songwriter
Little RichardLittle Richard
05 December 1932, American
 

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Singer-songwriter

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938, American
American singer-songwriter
Taylor Alison Swift Taylor Swift
13 December 1989, American
Singer-songwriter

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor
John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter

SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter
Ricky MartinRicky Martin
24 December 1971, Spanish, Puerto Rican, American
Singer-songwriter

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
Singer-Songwriter

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter
George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Musician

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

David ByrneDavid Byrne
14 May 1952, American, Scottish
American-Scottish musician
Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950, British
Lyricist & Singer

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Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer

Bret MichaelsBret Michaels
15 March 1963, American
Singer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer
David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician
Miles DavisMiles Davis
26 May 1926, American
Jazz Trumpeter

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Singer-songwriter

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician

Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

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

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

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder
23 December 1964, American
Musician

Sam Smith Sam Smith
19 May 1992, British
Singer-songwriter
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician
Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949, American
Actor

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982, Canadian
Actor

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
Musician

Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter

Hunter HaysHunter Hayes
09 September 1991, American
Country Singer, Musician
Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor

Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975, Canadian, Italian
Singer

Kris KristoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer
Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943, British
Musician

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper
Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan, American
Actor

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian

Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975, British
Musician
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941, American
Singer
Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician

Niall HoranNiall Horan
13 September 1993, Irish
Singer

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter
Billy Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong
17 February 1972, American
Singer, Musician, Guitarist

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter
James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
Actress

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer
Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945, British, Northern Irish
Singer
Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow
11 February 1962, American
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge
29 May 1961, American
Singer-songwriter

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Rapper

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British, Yugoslav, Kosovar
Singer
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972, French
Singer & Actress

Phil SpectorPhil Spector
26 December 1939, American
Record Producer

Steven TylerSteven Tyler
26 March 1948, American
Singer

Michael PeñaMichael Peña
13 January 1976, American
Actor

John WilliamsJohn Williams
08 February 1932, American
Composer
Neil DiamondNeil Diamond
24 January 1941, American
Singer-songwriter

Joan JettJoan Jett
22 September 1958, American
Singer, Composer
Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis
29 September 1935, American
Singer

Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
Musician
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957, German
Music Composer