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.
More From Rock Musicians

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite Rock Musicians

 1 Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr
0
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.

 2 Tom Waits

Tom Waits
0
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.

Recommended Lists:

 3 St. Vincent

St. Vincent
0
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 4 Lily Allen

Lily Allen
0
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Recommended Lists:

 5 Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
0
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.

 6 Mick Mars

Mick Mars
0
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. 
Recommended Lists:

 7 John Frusciante

John Frusciante
0
Famous As: Prostitution, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
You May Like

 8 Billy Idol

Billy Idol
0
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.
Recommended Lists:

 9 Lou Reed

Lou Reed
0
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.

 10 Steven Van Zandt

Steven Van Zandt
0
Famous As: Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Record producer, Disc jockey, Singer, Television actor, Guitarist, Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Recommended Lists:

 11 Rick James

Rick James
0
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.

 12 Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn
0
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 13 Nick Cave

Nick Cave
0
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. 

 14 Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor
0
Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Recommended Lists:

 15 Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
0
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.

 16 David Byrne

David Byrne
0
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.

 17 Linda Perry

Linda Perry
0
Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 18 Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana
0
Birthdate: July 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Guitarist Carlos Santana rose to fame in the late 1960s and 1970s with his rock band Santana. He introduced elements of Latin American jazz in his rock music to create unique songs. He is the recipient of ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine listed him on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists in 2015.

Recommended Lists:

 19 Elton John

Elton John
0
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.

 20 Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist, Writer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Recommended Lists:

 21 Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood
0
Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Ronnie Wood is a musician and songwriter. Over the years, Wood has been an important member of popular rock bands like the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck Group, and Faces. He is one of the few musicians to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A cancer survivor, Wood serves as an inspiration to those fighting cancer.

 22 Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
0
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.

 23 Bob Seger

Bob Seger
0
Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Bob Seger, first gained fame in the 1960s as a heartland rock artist. Known for his classic raspy and powerful voice, he recorded many songs that dealt with themes like love and women. With worldwide sales of more than 75 million records, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

 24 Phil Collins

Phil Collins
0
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.

Recommended Lists:

 25 Steve Burns

Steve Burns
0
Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Alex Wolff

Alex Wolff
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 27 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers
0
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood
0
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Steve Winwood experiments with a variety of genres, including rock, blues, and jazz. He has been part of groups such as Traffic and Blind Faith, and has delivered Billboard-topping hits such as Roll with It. He is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

 29 Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson
0
Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: June 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Brian Wilson is a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Referred to as a genius, Wilson serves as an inspiration to several indie musicians. Regarded as one of the most significant songwriters of his generation, Wilson is often featured in lists, such as the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

 30 Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Oboist, Banjoist, Record producer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: July 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 31 Axl Rose

Axl Rose
0
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. 

 32 Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend
0
Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: May 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Pete Townshend is an English guitarist, composer, and singer. He is credited with co-founding and leading one of the most influential and important rock bands of the 20th century, The Who. Also an influential guitarist, Pete Townshend was ranked 10th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all time list published in 2011.

 33 Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter
0
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer
Birthdate: May 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 34 Moby

Moby
0
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 35 Ronnie Van Zant

Ronnie Van Zant
0
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 1977

 36 Susanna Hoffs

Susanna Hoffs
0
Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film producer, Musician, Singer, Composer, Television actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 37 Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood
0
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 38 AJ Michalka

AJ Michalka
0
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.

 39 John Lydon

John Lydon
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Television presenter, Film actor, Lyricist, Actor, Singer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 40 Kirsty MacColl

Kirsty MacColl
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 18, 2000

 41 Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas
0
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American

 42 Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe
0
Famous As: Singer-lyricist
Birthdate: January 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Michael Stipe is best known as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band R.E.M., which has released hits such as Losing my Religion. He has a signature “mumbling” and “wailing” style of singing. He has also directed several videos for the band and owns two movie production studios.

 43 Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist
Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 1994

 44 Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic
0
Famous As: Bassist, Musician, Composer, Blogger
Birthdate: May 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 45 Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts
0
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

English drummer, Charlie Watts, is best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He has been associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 46 Mike Love

Mike Love
0
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Mike Love is an American singer-songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Beach Boys. Over the years, Love has contributed to the success of the band as one of their main vocalists and lyricists. Although his lyrics reflected the youth culture throughout the 1960s, they started accommodating themes like meditation after he started practicing Transcendental Meditation.

 47 Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak
0
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 48 Ben Gibbard

Ben Gibbard
0
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 George Martin

George Martin
0
Famous As: Record Producer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 8, 2016

George Martin was an English composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and audio engineer. Due to his involvement on each of the Beatles' albums, Martin was often referred to as the Fifth Beatle. In 1996, George Martin was made a Knight Bachelor for his contribution to the music industry. Apart from being a musician, Martin also contributed to several charitable causes.

 50 Rivers Cuomo

Rivers Cuomo
0
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: June 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
See Also