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.
The WeekndThe Weeknd

16 February 1990

Scarborough

Canadian

Aquarius

Taylor Alison Swift Taylor Swift

13 December 1989

Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

EminemEminem

17 October 1972

Saint Joseph

American

Libra

Young ThugYoung Thug

16 August 1991

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

American

Leo

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac

09 March 1979

Guatemala

Guatemalan

Pisces

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani

03 October 1969

Fullerton

American

Libra

J. Cole J. Cole

28 January 1985

Frankfurt, Germany

American

Aquarius

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley

08 January 1935

16 August 1977

Tupelo

American

Capricorn

John LennonJohn Lennon

09 October 1940

08 December 1980

Liverpool, England, UK

British

Libra

Mel BMel B

29 May 1975

Harehills, West Yorkshire, England

British

Gemini

Future (Rapper)Future (Rapper)

20 November 1983

Kirkwood, Atlanta, Georgia, United States

American

Scorpio

David BowieDavid Bowie

08 January 1947

10 January 2016

Brixton

British

Capricorn

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury

05 September 1946

24 November 1991

Stone Town

British

Virgo

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter

16 December 1981

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

American

Sagittarius

Adam LevineAdam Levine

18 March 1979

Los Angeles

American

Pisces

Dej LoafDej Loaf

08 April 1991

Detroit, Michigan, United States

American

Aries

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix

27 November 1942

18 September 1970

Seattle, Washington, US

American

Sagittarius

Rita OraRita Ora

26 November 1990

Pristina

British

Sagittarius

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney

18 June 1942

Walton, Liverpool

British

Gemini

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain

20 February 1967

05 April 1994

Aberdeen, Washington, U.S

American

Pisces

Tyler, The CreatorTyler, The Creator

06 March 1991

Ladera Heights, California, United States

American

Pisces

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye

02 April 1939

01 April 1984

Washington, D.C., United States

American

Aries

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder

13 May 1950

Saginaw

American

Taurus

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison

25 February 1943

29 November 2001

British

Pisces

Woody AllenWoody Allen

01 December 1935

The Bronx, New York City

American

Sagittarius

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton

30 March 1945

British

Aries

LiberaceLiberace

16 May 1919

04 February 1987

West Allis, Wisconsin, United States

American

Taurus

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson

05 January 1969

Canton, Ohio

American

Capricorn

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris

17 January 1984

Dumfries, Scotland

Scottish

Capricorn

Elton JohnElton John

25 March 1947

Pinner, United Kingdom

British

Aries

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Belleville

Canadian,French

Libra

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer

12 September 1957

Frankfurt am Main, West Germany

German

Virgo

Rod StewartRod Stewart

10 January 1945

Highgate

British

Capricorn

Ryan LewisRyan Lewis

25 March 1988

Spokane, Washington, United States

American

Aries

Nick JonasNick Jonas

16 September 1992

Dallas, Texas, U.S.

American

Virgo

John WilliamsJohn Williams

08 February 1932

Floral Park

American

Aquarius

Keith RichardsKeith Richards

18 December 1943

British

Sagittarius

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx

13 December 1967

Terrell

American

Sagittarius

Dave GrohlDave Grohl

14 January 1969

Warren

American

Capricorn

Michael BubleMichael Bublé

09 September 1975

Burnaby

Canadian

Virgo

Neil YoungNeil Young

12 November 1945

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian

Scorpio

Mick JaggerMick Jagger

26 July 1943

Dartford, Kent, England, United Kingdom

British

Leo

Charlie WattsCharlie Watts

02 June 1941

Kingsbury, London, England

British

Gemini

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong

04 August 1901

06 July 1971

New Orleans

American

Leo

Billy JoelBilly Joel

09 May 1949

The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

American

Taurus

Ross LynchRoss Lynch

29 December 1995

Littleton, Colorado, United States

American

Capricorn

Selena QuintanillaSelena

16 April 1971

31 March 1995

Lake Jackson

American

Aries

Sean CombsSean Combs

04 November 1969

Harlem , New York City

American

Scorpio

Lou ReedLou Reed

02 March 1942

27 October 2013

Southampton, New York, United States

American

Pisces

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott

01 July 1971

Portsmouth

American

Cancer

Liam PayneLiam Payne

29 August 1993

Wolverhampton

British

Virgo

Tom WaitsTom Waits

07 December 1949

Pomona, California, United States

American

Sagittarius

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys

25 January 1981

Hell's Kitchen

American

Aquarius

Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale

30 October 1965

London, England, United Kingdom

British

Scorpio

Chris MartinChris Martin

02 March 1977

British

Pisces

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams

05 November 1959

Kingston

Canadian

Scorpio

James BrownJames Brown

03 May 1933

25 December 2006

Barnwell

American

Taurus

Steve PerrySteve Perry

22 January 1949

Hanford, California, US

American

Aquarius

Mitch GrassiMitch Grassi

24 July 1992

Arlington, Texas, U.S.

American

Leo

Ray CharlesRay Charles

23 September 1930

10 June 2004

Albany

American

Virgo

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton

04 August 1955

Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.

American

Leo

Chris CornellChris Cornell

20 July 1964

18 May 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

American

Cancer

August Anthony Alsina, Jr. August Alsina

03 September 1992

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

American

Virgo

Carly SimonCarly Simon

25 June 1945

New York City

American

Cancer

Patti SmithPatti Smith

30 December 1946

Chicago, Illinois, USA

American

Capricorn

Axl RoseAxl Rose

06 February 1962

Lafayette, Indiana, U.S

American

Aquarius

John DenverJohn Denver

31 December 1943

12 October 1997

Roswell

German,American

Capricorn

Russell CroweRussell Crowe

07 April 1964

Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealander

Aries

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen

21 September 1934

07 November 2016

Westmount

Canadian

Virgo

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones

14 March 1933

United States

American

Pisces

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz

26 May 1964

New York City

American

Gemini

Jimmy PageJimmy Page

09 January 1944

Heston

British

Capricorn

Chuck BerryChuck Berry

18 October 1926

18 March 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

American

Libra

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma

07 October 1955

Paris, France

French

Libra

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis

22 December 1972

Saint-Maur-des-Fossés

French

Sagittarius

Sonny BonoSonny Bono

16 February 1935

05 January 1998

Stateline, Nevada, United States

American

Aquarius

Kenny GKenny G

05 June 1956

Seattle, Washington

American

Gemini

BeckBeck

08 July 1970

Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Cancer

BonoBono

10 May 1960

Irish

Taurus

John BelushiJohn Belushi

24 January 1949

05 March 1982

Humboldt Park

American

Aquarius

Billie HolidayBillie Holiday

07 April 1915

17 July 1959

Philadelphia

American

Aries

Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen

21 November 1985

Mission

Canadian

Scorpio

Hank WilliamsHank Williams

17 September 1923

01 January 1953

Alabama

American

Virgo

Elvis CostelloElvis Costello

25 August 1954

Paddington, London, England

British

Virgo

David GuettaDavid Guetta

07 November 1967

French

Scorpio

Don JohnsonDon Johnson

15 December 1949

Flat Creek, Missouri, United States

American

Sagittarius

Cat StevensCat Stevens

21 July 1948

Marylebone

British

Cancer

Andy BiersackAndy Biersack

26 December 1990

United States

American

Capricorn

Barry WhiteBarry White

12 September 1944

04 July 2003

Galveston, Texas, U.S.

American

Virgo

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum

12 September 1986

New York City

American

Virgo

Lil DurkLil Durk

19 October 1992

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

American

Libra

Rob ZombieRob Zombie

12 January 1965

Haverhill

American

Capricorn

Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis

29 September 1935

Ferriday, Louisiana, U.S

American

Libra

Ricky MartinRicky Martin

24 December 1971

San Juan

Puerto Rican

Capricorn

Elliott SmithElliott Smith

06 August 1969

21 October 2003

Omaha

American

Leo

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin

25 March 1942

Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

American

Aries

Keith UrbanKeith Urban

26 October 1967

Whangarei, New Zealand

Australian,New Zealander

Scorpio

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder

23 December 1964

Evanston, Illinois, US

American

Capricorn

Christina Milian Christina Milian

26 September 1981

Jersey City

American

Libra

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