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

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

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

Nikki SixxNikki Sixx
11 December 1958, American
Musician, Songwriter

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician
Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951, American
Musician

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer, Musician
Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976, American
Actress
John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter
Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter

Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925, American
Actress
Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950, British
Lyricist & Singer

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Musician
Terry MelcherTerry Melcher
08 February 1942, American
Musician

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
 

Selena QuintanillaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer, Songwriter
George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

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

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian, Actor, Musician
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
Musician

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953, French, American
TV Host, Actress

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Ricky MartinRicky Martin
24 December 1971, Puerto Rican
Singer-songwriter
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

Paula AbdulPaula Abdul
19 June 1962, American
Singer-songwriter, Choreographer, Dancer,
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
 

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984, Canadian, French
 

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911, American
Musician, Songwriter

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
 
Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actor

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

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

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

Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive
Mel BMel B
29 May 1975, British
Singer

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

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter
16 December 1981, American
Actress
Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British
Singer

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist
Mark RonsonMark Ronson
04 September 1975, British
Musician

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
 

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter
Adam LevineAdam Levine
18 March 1979, American
Singer, Songwriter

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor, Producer, Musician
Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer

Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943, British
 
Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper
22 June 1953, American
Actress, Singer

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
 
Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter

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

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
 

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan
Actor

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

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Singer-songwriter
Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Musician

James HetfieldJames Hetfield
03 August 1963, American
Musician, Songwriter

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer and Composer

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
 
Ross LynchRoss Lynch
29 December 1995, American
Singer

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Aactress,
Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter

Tech N9neTech N9ne
08 November 1971, American
Rapper

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter
Tori AmosTori Amos
22 August 1963, American
Musician and Singer

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957, German
Music Composer
Layne StaleyLayne Staley
22 August 1967, American
 

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

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett
06 January 1946, British
Singer-songwriter

Luciano PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti
12 October 1935, Italian
 
Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis
29 September 1935, American
Rock & Roll Singer. Pianist

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969, American
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954, American
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

Van MorrisonVan Morrison
31 August 1945, British, Northern Irish
Singer

Carly Rae JepsenCarly Rae Jepsen
21 November 1985, Canadian
Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Gene SimmonsGene Simmons
25 August 1949, Israeli, American