Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Musicians, including Dulce María, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Taj Mahal and Eminem

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.
Michael JacksonMichael Jackson

29 August 1958

American

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury

05 September 1946

British

Nick JonasNick Jonas

16 September 1992

American

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley

08 January 1935

American

EminemEminem

17 October 1972

American

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney

18 June 1942

British

Taylor Alison Swift Taylor Swift

13 December 1989

American

Elton JohnElton John

25 March 1947

British

Idris ElbaIdris Elba

06 September 1972

British

J. Cole J. Cole

28 January 1985

American

David BowieDavid Bowie

08 January 1947

British

John LennonJohn Lennon

09 October 1940

British

Suge KnightSuge Knight

19 April 1965

American

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain

20 February 1967

American

The WeekndThe Weeknd

16 February 1990

Canadian

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Canadian,French

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson

29 April 1933

American

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix

27 November 1942

American

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx

13 December 1967

American

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison

25 February 1943

British

Chris CornellChris Cornell

20 July 1964

American

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani

03 October 1969

American

Mick JaggerMick Jagger

26 July 1943

British

Selena QuintanillaSelena

16 April 1971

American

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton

30 March 1945

British

Adam LevineAdam Levine

18 March 1979

American

Sean CombsSean Combs

04 November 1969

American

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

American

Rita OraRita Ora

26 November 1990

British

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson

05 January 1969

American

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys

25 January 1981

American

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye

02 April 1939

American

Russell CroweRussell Crowe

07 April 1964

New Zealander

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter

16 December 1981

American

Phil CollinsPhil Collins

30 January 1951

British

Mel BMel B

29 May 1975

British

Dave GrohlDave Grohl

14 January 1969

American

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton

04 August 1955

American

Billy JoelBilly Joel

09 May 1949

American

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder

13 May 1950

American

John DenverJohn Denver

31 December 1943

American

Don JohnsonDon Johnson

15 December 1949

American

Liam PayneLiam Payne

29 August 1993

British

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson

22 June 1936

American

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum

12 September 1986

American

Axl RoseAxl Rose

06 February 1962

American

Hank WilliamsHank Williams

17 September 1923

American

Paul SimonPaul Simon

13 October 1941

American

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz

26 May 1964

American

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones

14 March 1933

American

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah

18 March 1970

American

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper

22 June 1953

American

Rod StewartRod Stewart

10 January 1945

British

Jimmy SavileJimmy Savile

31 October 1926

British

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson

08 May 1911

American

Ted NugentTed Nugent

13 December 1948

American

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett

06 January 1946

British

Nina SimoneNina Simone

21 February 1933

American

Keith MoonKeith Moon

23 August 1946

British

Ricky MartinRicky Martin

24 December 1971

Puerto Rican

John WilliamsJohn Williams

08 February 1932

American

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris

17 January 1984

Scottish

Neil YoungNeil Young

12 November 1945

Canadian

John BelushiJohn Belushi

24 January 1949

American

Chris JerichoChris Jericho

09 November 1970

American

Keith UrbanKeith Urban

26 October 1967

Australian,New Zealander,American

Keith RichardsKeith Richards

18 December 1943

British

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac

09 March 1979

Guatemalan

Niall HoranNiall Horan

13 September 1993

Irish

Ray CharlesRay Charles

23 September 1930

American

Sid ViciousSid Vicious

10 May 1957

British

Chris MartinChris Martin

02 March 1977

British

James BrownJames Brown

03 May 1933

American

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams

05 November 1959

Canadian

Carole KingCarole King

09 February 1942

American

Brian MayBrian May

19 July 1947

British

Jimmy PageJimmy Page

09 January 1944

British

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens

13 May 1941

American

Young ThugYoung Thug

16 August 1991

American

Miles DavisMiles Davis

26 May 1926

American

Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis

29 September 1935

American