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.
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Billie HolidayBillie Holiday
07 April 1915, American
Musician

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Singer-songwriter

Phil SpectorPhil Spector
26 December 1939, American
Record Producer

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Taylor Alison Swift Taylor Swift
13 December 1989, American
Singer-songwriter
Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer
EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer
Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971, American
Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer

Bob MarleyBob Marley
06 February 1945, Jamaican
Singer-Songwriter

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

HalseyHalsey
29 September 1994, American
Singer

Travis BarkerTravis Barker
14 November 1975, American
Musician
John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

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

Zayn MalikZayn Malik
12 January 1993, British
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter
SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Rapper
Joss StoneJoss Stone
11 April 1987, British
Soul Singer-songwriter

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician

Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse
14 September 1983, British
Singer-songwriter
George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer

Miles DavisMiles Davis
26 May 1926, American
Jazz Trumpeter
Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
Musician

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

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Milla JovovichMilla Jovovich
17 December 1975, Ukrainian, American
Actress
David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor
Lisa Marie PresleyLisa Marie Presley
01 February 1968, American
Singer-songwriter
Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive
Paula AbdulPaula Abdul
19 June 1962, American
Singer-songwriter

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

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

Troyal Garth BrooksTroyal Garth Brooks
07 February 1962, American
American singer-songwriter

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949, American
Actor

Mary SteenburgenMary Steenburgen
08 February 1953, American
Actress
Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Musician

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

Ice-TIce-T
16 February 1958, American
Rapper
Eazy-EEazy-E
07 September 1964, American
Rapper

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician
Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

Kris KristoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer

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

David Keith LynchDavid Lynch
20 January 1946, American
Filmmaker

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper
22 June 1953, American
Actress, Singer
Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
Singer-Songwriter

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Trumpeter
Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British, Yugoslav, Kosovar
Singer

StingSting
02 October 1951, British
Musician
BonoBono
10 May 1960, Irish
 

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter

Eddie Van HalenEddie Van Halen
26 January 1955, Dutch, American
Guitarist
Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
Actress

Frank Vincent ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa
21 December 1940, American
American musician
Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
08 May 1975, Spanish
Singer

Randy JacksonRandy Jackson
23 June 1956, American
Bassist
Carole KingCarole King
09 February 1942, American
Composer

Steven TylerSteven Tyler
26 March 1948, American
Singer
Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer

Shania TwainShania Twain
28 August 1965, Canadian
Singer

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959, British
Actor
Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
Musician
PitbullPitbull
15 January 1981, American
Rapper

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974, Canadian
American-Canadian singer-songwriter

Kenny RogersKenny Rogers
21 August 1938, American
Singer-Songwriter

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician
Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter

Neil DiamondNeil Diamond
24 January 1941, American
Singer-songwriter

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975, British
Singer

Sinead O’ConnorSinead O’Connor
08 December 1966, Irish
Singer-songwriter

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 
Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Musician

SlashSlash
23 July 1965, British, American
Musician
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948, American
Songwriter
Michael PeñaMichael Peña
13 January 1976, American
Actor
John WilliamsJohn Williams
08 February 1932, American
Composer