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, Record Producer
Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993, American
Singer, Actress

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer

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

Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves
02 September 1964, Canadian
Actor
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer, Composer

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

Travis BarkerTravis Barker
14 November 1975, American
Musician
Lady GagaLady Gaga
28 March 1986, American
Singer-songwriter

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper, Songwriter
PrincePrince
07 June 1958, American
African-American Singer

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971, American
Rapper, Songwriter

Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer-songwriter

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus
23 November 1992, American
Singer-songwriter

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Bob DylanBob Dylan
24 May 1941, American
Singer & Songwriter

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Singer-songwriter & Musician
Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968, American
Actor

Bob MarleyBob Marley
06 February 1945, Jamaican
Singer-Songwriter
MadonnaMadonna
16 August 1958, American
Singer-songwriter

Johnny CashJohnny Cash
26 February 1932, American
Country Singer-Songwriter

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra
12 December 1915, American
Singer and Actor
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer & Activist
J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985, German, American
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Zayn MalikZayn Malik
12 January 1993, British
Singer

Billie HolidayBillie Holiday
07 April 1915, American
Musician
Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse
14 September 1983, British
Singer-songwriter

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Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

The Notorious B.I.G.The Notorious B.I.G.
21 May 1972, American
Rapper, Songwriter

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

HalseyHalsey
29 September 1994, American
Singer
Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling
12 November 1980, Canadian
Actor & Musician
Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946, American
Singer-songwriter

Mariah CareyMariah Carey
27 March 1969, American
Singer-Songwriter

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician & Singer

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor
Jay-ZJay-Z
04 December 1969, American
Rapper

George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
Singer-Songwriter

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer, Singer
David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
Singer, Musician
Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965, American
Rapper, Record producer, and entrepreneur

Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer, Songwriter
Chris PérezChris Pérez
14 August 1969, American
Guitarist

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

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

Milla JovovichMilla Jovovich
17 December 1975, Ukrainian, American
Actress

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter
R. KellyR. Kelly
08 January 1967, American
Singer-songwriter

Eazy-EEazy-E
07 September 1964, American
Rapper

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician, Activist

Luis MiguelLuis Miguel
19 April 1970, Mexican, Puerto Rican
Singer
Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
Musician & Singer
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Musicain & Singer

JoJoJoJo
20 December 1990, American
Singer-songwriter

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian
Poet
Tyler, The CreatorTyler, The Creator
06 March 1991, American
Rapper

Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician
Sinead O’ConnorSinead O’Connor
08 December 1966, Irish
Singer-songwriter

Sam CookeSam Cooke
22 January 1931, American
Singer-songwriter

Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell
07 November 1943, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter
James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor

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

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Rapper
Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
Actress
Luther VandrossLuther Vandross
20 April 1951, American
Singer

Aaron CarterAaron Carter
07 December 1987, American
Rapper

Kris KristoffersonKris Kristofferson
22 June 1936, American
Singer

Christopher Maurice BrownChristopher Maurice Brown
05 May 1989, American
American singer-songwriter
Tom PettyTom Petty
20 October 1950, American
Singer

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen
23 September 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician

David Keith LynchDavid Lynch
20 January 1946, American
Filmmaker
Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter

Johnny McDaidJohnny McDaid
24 July 1976, Northern Irish
Singer
Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter
Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British, Serbian, Kosovar
Singer
Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
03 July 1973, American
Actor