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
Singer
Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer

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

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Singer-songwriter

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982, Canadian
Actor

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

August Anthony Alsina, Jr. August Alsina
03 September 1992, American
Singer, Songwriter
EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Lea MicheleLea Michele
29 August 1986, American
Actress
John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels
28 October 1936, American
Musician

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928, Italian
Composer
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
Singer-Songwriter
Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor
Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter

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Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer

Paula AbdulPaula Abdul
19 June 1962, American
Singer-songwriter

Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Musician
Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician
Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Singer-songwriter

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

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive
Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972, French
Singer

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter

James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,
Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter
Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

AkonAkon
16 April 1973, American
Singer

Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949, American
Actor
John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician
Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Musician

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969, American
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer

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

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter
SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948, American
Songwriter

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
Musician
Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British, Yugoslav, Kosovar
Singer

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979, American
Guitarist
Shania TwainShania Twain
28 August 1965, Canadian
Singer

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945, British, Northern Irish
Singer
Kris KristoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
Actress
Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954, American
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison
23 April 1936, American
Singer-Songwriter

Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950, British
Lyricist & Singer
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician
Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970, American
 

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer

Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
Musician

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993, British
Singer, Songwriter
Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943, British
Musician

Kenny RogersKenny Rogers
21 August 1938, American
Singer-Songwriter
Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan, American
Actor

Steven TylerSteven Tyler
26 March 1948, American
Singer

Billie HolidayBillie Holiday
07 April 1915, American
Musician

Miles DavisMiles Davis
26 May 1926, American
Jazz Trumpeter

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter
Jimmy PageJimmy Page
09 January 1944, British
Musician

Mary SteenburgenMary Steenburgen
08 February 1953, American
Actress
Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Rapper

John DeaconJohn Deacon
19 August 1951, British
Musician
Hank WilliamsHank Williams
17 September 1923, American
Father of contemporary country music
Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia
01 August 1942, American
Musician