Rock Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many Rock musicians who have contributed greatly to the field of Rock music. The list includes many familiar and great Rock musicians, such as Elvis Presley, Elton John, John Lennon, Quincy Jones and Neil Young.
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 1 John Lennon

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Famous As: Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

 2 Elvis Presley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.
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 3 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 4 Elton John

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.
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 5 Jimi Hendrix

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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 6 Ringo Starr

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

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 7 Quincy Jones

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Famous As: Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Film Composer
Birthdate: March 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the previous century, Quincy Jones is known for his work with other legendary artists like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. As the first African-American to find success at the Academy Awards ceremony, Quincy has influenced a host of black musicians and songwriters.

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 8 Kirsty MacColl

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 18, 2000
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 9 Steven Van Zandt

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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Record producer, Disc jockey, Singer, Television actor, Guitarist, Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Model
Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
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 11 David Byrne

David Byrne
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Famous As: American-Scottish musician
Birthdate: May 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American, Scottish
Talking Heads lead vocalist and avant-garde musician David Byrne has won several awards, including the Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe. He has spoken at TED Talks, launched his own record label, and held visual arts exhibitions. He advocates for cycling and has mostly used a bike throughout his life.

 12 Neil Young

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

One of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers of all time, Neil Young has worked both solo as well with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Grammy award winning musician’s notable albums include After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory. He strongly backs environmental and disability issues too.

 13 Sting

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Sting is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Police, Sting played an important role in the band's success from 1977 to 1984 during which he served as the band's bassist, lead singer, and principal songwriter. Also known for his work as an activist, Sting has shown interest in political and social issues.

 14 Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, Scottish

Lewis Capaldi's success story is one of the greatest testimonies to the fact that magical things can happen when talent meets opportunity. From being just another aspiring singer, he quickly became a popular singer-songwriter in the UK and the US after Ryan Walter stumbled upon his iPhone recording on his SoundCloud account. Subsequently, he was signed to Universal Music Group.

 16 Patrick Wilson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Patrick Wilson is an American actor, director, and singer. He is known for his contribution across all the three major acting mediums. Well-known for playing demonologist Ed Warren in popular supernatural horror film, The Conjuring, Patrick Wilson is often cast in horror films, due to which he has earned a reputation as a scream king in Hollywood.

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 17 Benji Madden

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Along with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden, Benji Madden has been one of the greatest musical duos as far as twin siblings are concerned. A huge fan of tattoos, Benji Madden has several tattoos, including one of Benjamin Franklin, which is so big that it covers his entire back!

 18 Kris Kristofferson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

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 19 Trent Reznor

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 20 Axl Rose

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer W. Axl Rose, being true to his rebel spirit, fled to Los Angeles on a bus at 17, before he co-founded the legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Working as the lead vocalist/lyricist of the band, he soon became a global sex symbol. 
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 21 Mick Fleetwood

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 22 Jerry Lee Lewis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Four-time Grammy-winner Jerry Lee Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” is best known for his track Great Balls of Fire. A controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra destroyed his career. Named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, he was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet.
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 23 Cat Stevens

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

British singer, Cat Stevens, has released more than 15 studio albums and has churned out many hit songs. He converted to Islam in 1977 and adopted the name Yusuf Islam. He was slammed for reportedly backing the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has also been accused of allegedly having ties with terrorist organisations, a charge he has vehemently denied.

 24 Fiona Apple

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist, Writer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 25 Rick James

Rick James
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 6, 2004

Rick James was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with forming several bands, including The Mynah Birds and Stone City Band. His career was hampered by his controversial personal life and drug addiction problems; he was convicted of kidnapping and torturing women on two separate instances under the influence of crack.

 26 Lily Allen

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 27 Billy Idol

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Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Billy Idol is a British musician. He is credited with forming the popular punk rock band Generation X, which reached the peak of its success in the 1970s. In 2020, he appeared in Billy Never Idles, a public service campaign aimed at educating people about the harmful effects of unnecessary idling of automobile engines in New York City, New York.

 28 Michael Peña

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Michael Peña is best known as Kiki Camarena from Netflix's Narcos: Mexico. He has also played significant roles in End of Watch, American Hustle, Ant-Man, and Crash. He delivered an award-winning performance in the HBO film Walkout and also scored a Billboard-charting song, Beast, with his band Nico Vega.

 29 Tom Waits

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Tom Waits is a musician and songwriter. His lyrics, which are delivered in his trademark gravelly voice, often focus on the underbelly of society. His story of being born in a middle-class family to becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time serves as an inspiration to many. He has also influenced several musicians and attained a cult following.

 30 Ryan Adams

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 31 Chris Jericho

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Chris Jericho is a professional wrestler, entrepreneur, actor, and musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers ever, Jericho is also one of the most recognized WWE superstars in the history of the wrestling promotion. Apart from wrestling, Jericho is a also famous singer, currently serving as the lead singer for Fozzy, a heavy metal band.

 32 John Lydon

John Lydon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Television presenter, Film actor, Lyricist, Actor, Singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 33 Lou Reed

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 27, 2013
Lou Reed redefined the glam rock genre with his album Transformer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee initially wrote sings for Pickwick Records and performed with the Velvet Underground. He then released 20 solo albums. His parents had made him go through electro-shock therapy to “cure” his bisexuality.

 34 Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 35 John Frusciante

John Frusciante
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Famous As: Prostitution, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 36 Flea

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Famous As: bassist, actor, film actor, trumpeter, singer, musician, television actor, pianist
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 37 Steve Burns

Steve Burns
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 38 Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

 39 GG Allin

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 28, 1993
Punk rock artist and drummer GG Allin is best remembered for his controversial live performances, which involved acts like self-mutilation, and his themes of violence. He was also arrested for assaulting his audience members. He vowed to commit suicide on stage, multiple times, but eventually died of a drug overdose. 

 40 Ben Gibbard

Ben Gibbard
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 41 Mick Mars

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Mick Mars gained fame as the guitarist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and came to be known for his aggressive style of playing the instrument. He has also written songs for bands such as Crashdïet. He has suffered from ankylosing spondylitis since his teenage years. 

 42 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 43 Linda Perry

Linda Perry
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 44 AJ Michalka

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

AJ Michalka is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. She is credited with forming the popular pop duo Aly & AJ along with her sister Alyson Renae Michalka. Also a respected actress and voice actress, AJ Michalka has contributed to the success of several TV series, such as Steven Universe and The Goldbergs.

 45 Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, American

 46 Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 47 Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Oboist, Banjoist, Record producer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: July 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 48 Susanna Hoffs

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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film producer, Musician, Singer, Composer, Television actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer
Birthdate: May 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 50 St. Vincent

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Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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