Music Critics

Know about famous music critics, such as Theodor W. Adorno, Robert Christgau, Stanley Crouch, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Harvey Pekar. This list of famous music critics includes people from United States, England, Australia, Germany, Italy and many more countries.

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 1 Danny Baker

Danny Baker
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Presenter, Journalist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 2 Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau
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Famous As: Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 3 Molly Meldrum

Molly Meldrum
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Famous As: Music critic, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 4 Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar
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Famous As: Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 2010

 5 E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 24, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: June 25, 1822

E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German author, jurist, artist, composer, and music critic. His stories served as an inspiration and laid the foundation for The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach. The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is also based on Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Hoffmann is among the most influential authors of the Romantic Movement.

 6 Armond White

Armond White
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 7 Erin McNaught

Erin McNaught
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Music critic
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
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 8 Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo
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Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: 0991 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1033 AD

 9 John Hammond

John Hammond
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Birthdate: December 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 10, 1987

 10 Darius Milhaud

Darius Milhaud
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Famous As: Classical composer, Conductor, Autobiographer, Musicologist, Music educator, Jazz musician, Music critic, Composer, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: September 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: June 22, 1974

 11 Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Musicologist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 12 Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: May 3, 1856

 13 Pierre Schaeffer

Pierre Schaeffer
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Famous As: Composer, Radio personality, Engineer, Musicologist, Music educator, Music theorist, Music critic, Record producer
Birthdate: August 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: August 19, 1995

 14 Gabriel Marcel

Gabriel Marcel
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Famous As: Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Musician, Music critic
Birthdate: December 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: October 8, 1973

 15 David Fricke

David Fricke
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 16 Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch
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Famous As: Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 17 Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin
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Famous As: Journalist, Literary critic, Music critic
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 18 Reynaldo Hahn

Reynaldo Hahn
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Famous As: Conductor, Composer, Choreographer, Music critic, Pianist
Birthdate: August 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French, Venezuelan
Died: January 28, 1947

 19 Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds
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Famous As: Journalist, Music critic, Writer
Birthdate: June 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 20 Paul Morley

Paul Morley
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Famous As: Journalist, Music critic, Writer, Talent agent, Talent manager
Birthdate: March 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 21 Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus
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Famous As: Historian, Music historian, Writer, Journalist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Charles-Marie Widor

Charles-Marie Widor
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Famous As: Composer, Organist, Music arranger, Music educator, Music critic, University teacher
Birthdate: February 21, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: March 12, 1937

 23 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Music critic, Writer
Birthdate: August 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 15, 1988

 24 Dave Marsh

Dave Marsh
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Famous As: Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 25 Ellen Willis

Ellen Willis
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: December 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 9, 2006

 26 Nick Kent

Nick Kent
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Famous As: Journalist, Music critic
Birthdate: December 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 27 Charles Rosen

Charles Rosen
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: May 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 9, 2012

 28 Sacheverell Sitwell

Sacheverell Sitwell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: October 1, 1988

 29 Marcia Davenport

Marcia Davenport
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1996

 30 Eduard Hanslick

Eduard Hanslick
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: September 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Czech
Died: August 6, 1904

 31 Heinrich Schenker

Heinrich Schenker
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Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: June 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Polish
Died: January 14, 1935

 32 Olga Samaroff

Olga Samaroff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 1948

 33 Harold C. Schonberg

Harold C. Schonberg
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: November 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 2003

 34 Stanley Sadie

Stanley Sadie
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Famous As: Musicologist
Birthdate: October 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: March 21, 2005

 35 Tikhon Khrennikov

Tikhon Khrennikov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: August 14, 2007

 36 François-Joseph Fétis

François-Joseph Fétis
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Famous As: Musicologist
Birthdate: March 25, 1784
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Belgian
Died: March 26, 1871

 37 Charles Wakefield Cadman

Charles Wakefield Cadman
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 24, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 30, 1946

 38 Géza Csáth

Géza Csáth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Serbian
Died: September 11, 1919

 39 Wilfrid Mellers

Wilfrid Mellers
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Famous As: Music critic
Birthdate: April 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: May 17, 2008

 40 Augusto de Campos

Augusto de Campos
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Brazilian

 41 Johann Cochlaeus

Johann Cochlaeus
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Famous As: Humanist
Birthdate: January 10, 1479
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: January 10, 1552

 42 Reginald De Koven

Reginald De Koven
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: April 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1920

 43 Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg

Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
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Famous As: Music critic
Birthdate: November 21, 1718
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: May 22, 1795

 44 Jeannette Thurber

Jeannette Thurber
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Famous As: Music patron
Birthdate: January 29, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 2, 1946

 45 Daniel Gregory Mason

Daniel Gregory Mason
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 4, 1953

 46 Winthrop Sargeant

Winthrop Sargeant
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Famous As: Music critic
Birthdate: December 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 15, 1986

 47 Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter
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Famous As: Music critic
Birthdate: August 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: April 3, 2015

 48 Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: August 6, 1969

One of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno was a pioneer of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and despised the culture industry. Born to a singer mother, the German sociologist grew up amid music and could even play Beethoven on the piano by 12.

 49 Maurycy Mochnacki

Maurycy Mochnacki
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 13, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: December 20, 1834

 50 Józef Sikorski

Józef Sikorski
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1813 AD
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 4, 1896
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