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.
Eddie Van HalenEddie Van Halen
26 January 1955, Dutch, American
Guitarist
SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

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

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Singer-songwriter
Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani
03 October 1969, American
Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

EminemEminem
17 October 1972, American
Rapper
George MichaelGeorge Michael
25 June 1963, British
Singer

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter
Stevie NicksStevie Nicks
26 May 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

David BowieDavid Bowie
08 January 1947, British
Singer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer

The WeekndThe Weeknd
16 February 1990, Canadian
Singer
Cherilyn SarkisianCherilyn Sarkisian
20 May 1946, American
Singer

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
25 February 1943, British
Musician

Amy Jade WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse
14 September 1983, British
Singer-songwriter
Chris PérezChris Pérez
14 August 1969, American
Guitarist

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967, American
Singer, Songwriter
Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz
26 May 1964, American
Musician

A.B. QuintanillaA.B. Quintanilla
13 December 1963, American
Record Producer

Chris CornellChris Cornell
20 July 1964, American
musician
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985, British
Musician
Mary SteenburgenMary Steenburgen
08 February 1953, American
Actress

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician
Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

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Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian
Alex van HalenAlex van Halen
08 May 1953, Dutch, American
Musician

John DenverJohn Denver
31 December 1943, American
Singer-songwriter

Eric ClaptonEric Clapton
30 March 1945, British
 

Marilyn MansonMarilyn Manson
05 January 1969, American
Singer-songwriter
Ringo StarrRingo Starr
07 July 1940, British
Musician
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

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

Dave GrohlDave Grohl
14 January 1969, American
Musician

Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941, Canadian, American
Singer, Songwriter
Mick JaggerMick Jagger
26 July 1943, British
Singer

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Musician

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964, New Zealander
Actor

Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman
29 May 1953, American
Composer

Shania TwainShania Twain
28 August 1965, Canadian
Singer
Woody AllenWoody Allen
01 December 1935, American
American bass guitarist

Billy Bob ThorntonBilly Bob Thornton
04 August 1955, American
Actor
Frank Vincent ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa
21 December 1940, American
American musician

Willie NelsonWillie Nelson
29 April 1933, American
Musician

Jack WhiteJack White
09 July 1975, American
Singer, Guitarist
Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

Suge KnightSuge Knight
19 April 1965, American
Record Producer & Music Executive
Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

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

Lil DurkLil Durk
19 October 1992, American
Rapper

Tommy LeeTommy Lee
03 October 1962, Greek, American
Musician

Oscar IsaacOscar Isaac
09 March 1979, Guatemalan, American
Actor
Julian LennonJulian Lennon
08 April 1963, British
 

Angus YoungAngus Young
31 March 1955, Australian, Scottish
Co-founder & Lead Guitarist of the Hard Rock Band,

Chris MartinChris Martin
02 March 1977, British
Singer-Songwriter

Shane MacGowanShane MacGowan
25 December 1957, British
British-Irish musician
Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975, Canadian, Italian
Singer

Lindsey BuckinghamLindsey Buckingham
03 October 1949, American
Singer, Musician
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946, American
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Brian JohnsonBrian Johnson
05 October 1947, British
Singer, Musician
Kenny RogersKenny Rogers
21 August 1938, American
Singer-Songwriter

David ByrneDavid Byrne
14 May 1952, American, Scottish
American-Scottish musician
Don JohnsonDon Johnson
15 December 1949, American
Actor

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister

Neil YoungNeil Young
12 November 1945, Canadian
Singer-Songwriter
Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
Actress

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957, German
Film score composer
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967, Australian, New Zealander, American
Musician

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972, French
Singer

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper
22 June 1953, American
Actress, Singer

Sinead O’ConnorSinead O’Connor
08 December 1966, Irish
Singer-songwriter
StingSting
02 October 1951, British
Musician
Troyal Garth BrooksTroyal Garth Brooks
07 February 1962, American
American singer-songwriter

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974, Canadian
American-Canadian singer-songwriter

Nick CarterNick Carter
28 January 1980, American
Musician

Rita OraRita Ora
26 November 1990, British, Yugoslav, Kosovar
Singer
John WilliamsJohn Williams
08 February 1932, American
Composer

Future (Rapper)Future (Rapper)
20 November 1983, American
Rapper

Steven TylerSteven Tyler
26 March 1948, American
Singer

Phil SpectorPhil Spector
26 December 1939, American
Record Producer

Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
03 July 1973, American
Actor
Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946, Australian, British, Scottish
 

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979, American
Guitarist
Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969, American
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

Rod StewartRod Stewart
10 January 1945, British
Singer-songwriter
Malcolm YoungMalcolm Young
06 January 1953, Australian
Musician
Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter