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
EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer

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

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Neal PeartNeil Peart
12 September 1952, Canadian
Musician, Songwriter

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer
John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer
Ricky MartinRicky Martin
24 December 1971, Puerto Rican
Singer-songwriter

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

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Singer-songwriter

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

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

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
 
Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979, American
Guitarist
Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter

Chris DaughtryChris Daughtry
26 December 1979, American
Vocalist, Guitarist

Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist
Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter
Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Singer-songwriter

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician

SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

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Bernie TaupinBernie Taupin
22 May 1950, British
Lyricist & Singer
Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter and Musician

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

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

Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive
Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949, American
Actor, Producer, Singer, Songwriter
Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

John WilliamsJohn Williams
08 February 1932, American
Composer

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician
Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer and Composer

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer

Paula AbdulPaula Abdul
19 June 1962, American
Singer-songwriter

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter
16 December 1981, American
Actress
Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975, Canadian
Singer-songwriter, Actor

Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941, American
Singer, Songwriter

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer
Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer
Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor, Director, Singer-songwriter

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

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
 

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister
John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian

Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian

Brian MayBrian May
19 July 1947, British
 

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper
22 June 1953, American
Actress, Singer
Liam PayneLiam Payne
29 August 1993, British
Singer, Songwriter

Kris KritoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor, Producer, Musician

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British
Singer
The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer

Phil SpectorPhil Spector
26 December 1939, American
Record Producer
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson
20 June 1942, American
Musician, Singer

Adam LevineAdam Levine
18 March 1979, American
Singer, Songwriter

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Aactress,
Michael PeñaMichael Peña
13 January 1976, American
Actor

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan, American
Actor
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972, French
Singer & Actress

Mel BMel B
29 May 1975, British
Singer

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter

Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957, British
British-Irish musician
Miles DavisMiles Davis
26 May 1926, American
Jazz Trumpeter
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982, Canadian
Actor

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957, German
Music Composer

Cat StevensCat Stevens
21 July 1948, British
Singer-songwriter
J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985, German, American
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
 

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

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Musician

Billy Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong
17 February 1972, American
Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Axl RoseAxl Rose
06 February 1962, American
 

Patti SmithPatti Smith
30 December 1946, American
Singer
Tom WaitsTom Waits
07 December 1949, American
Singer, Composer, Actor

Hank WilliamsHank Williams
17 September 1923, American
Father of contemporary country music
Keith RichardsKeith Richards
18 December 1943, British
 
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician