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

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper
Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

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

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976, American
Actress
David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950, British
Lyricist & Singer
George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician
Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter

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

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician
George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
 
Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Ricky MartinRicky Martin
24 December 1971, Puerto Rican
Singer-songwriter

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Musician
Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984, Canadian, French
 

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

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
Musician

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

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Nikki SixxNikki Sixx
11 December 1958, American
Musician, Songwriter

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter and Musician

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

John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951, British
Musician
Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Musician, Songwriter, Actor

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer
Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
01 July 1971, American
Rapper

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

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor, Producer, Musician
John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975, British
Singer
Selena QuintanillaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer, Songwriter

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
 

Vince NeilVince Neil
08 February 1961, American
Musician

Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975, British
Musician
Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter
16 December 1981, American
Actress

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper, Record Producer

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Christina Milian Christina Milian
26 September 1981, American
 
Joan JettJoan Jett
22 September 1958, American
Singer, Composer

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
 

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British
Singer
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
 
Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actor

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian, Actor, Musician
J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985, German, American
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943, British
 
Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951, American
Musician

Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter

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

Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
 
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan
Actor

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper
22 June 1953, American
Actress, Singer
Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Carole KingCarole King
09 February 1942, American
Composer

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Singer-songwriter

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957, German
Music Composer

Luis MiguelLuis Miguel
19 April 1970, Mexican, Puerto Rican
Singer
Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti
12 October 1935, Italian
 

Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925, American
Actress
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Musician

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Aactress,

James HetfieldJames Hetfield
03 August 1963, American
Musician, Songwriter
Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954, American
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer
Jack WhiteJack White
09 July 1975, American
Singer, Guitarist

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979, American
Guitarist

Adam LevineAdam Levine
18 March 1979, American
Singer, Songwriter
James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945, British, Northern Irish
Singer
Neil DiamondNeil Diamond
24 January 1941, American
Singer-songwriter

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
 
Rob ZombieRob Zombie
12 January 1965, American
Musician & Filmmaker