Rock Singers

Rock singers are part of Rock music which is also known as ‘rock and roll’. Originating in America and Europe, the style of this music was heavily inspired from African American music composers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The major focus of these compositions was the inclusion of guitar and drums and heavy vocals. The earliest and most popular rock singer was Elvis Presley who brought rock and roll music into picture and garnered instant fame and adulation. He then paved the way for many successful rock singers like the Beatles and inspired musicians and singers worldwide. In all these years rock singers have evolved with their music styles and have branched out into many genres like hard rock, metal, psychedelic, folk rock, glam rock and many more. Whole generations of youngsters have been inspired by this form of music and rock singers have often used music to address several issues like wars, racism, homosexuality etc. Always regarded as the leaders of the ‘free’ generation, rock singers always have a story to tell and a legacy to inspire. Read more about famous rock singers and their biographies. Also learn interesting facts and trivia about them from their life histories.

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 1 John Lennon

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 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: November 24, 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

 3 Miley Cyrus

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: November 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Miley Cyrus, the American singer-songwriter and actress, is known for her wide range in music, spanning from pop and country pop to hip hop. The portrayal of the title character of television series, Hannah Montana, made her a teen idol. Her personal life has often sparked controversy, especially when she came out as pansexual and talked about use of cannabis.

 4 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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 5 David Bowie

David Bowie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: January 10, 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

 6 Prince

Prince
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

 7 Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Considered one of the greatest rock stars, Bruce Springsteen’s catalogue of songs over many decades is unparalleled. His fame skyrocketed in 1975 after the release of his third album, Born to Run, and it reached dizzying heights with his seventh album, Born in the USA, in 1984. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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 8 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Singer-songwriter and author, Bob Dylan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Active in the music industry for almost six decades, he is a major pop culture icon who introduced a range of political, social, and literary influences to pop music. He is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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 9 Barry Gibb

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is known for his versatility. Barry ranks second on the Guinness World Records list of successful songwriters and has gifted his fans cult classics of pop/disco music of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Stayin’ Alive.

 10 Taylor Momsen

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Famous As: TV Actress, Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Taylor Momsen is an American model, singer-songwriter, and former actress. She started her career as a child actress and became famous for playing Cindy Lou Who in the comedy film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She then quit acting to focus on music; over the years, she has been contributing to the success of the rock band The Pretty Reckless.

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 11 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 12 Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 2003

Maurice Gibb was one of the three members of the Bee Gees, the iconic pop-rock band of the 1960s and the 1970s, which redefined disco music of that era and released hits such as Stayin’ Alive. He also went solo with the single Railroad, but his solo album remained unreleased. 

 13 Robin Gibb

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: May 20, 2012
Robin Gibb was part of the Bee Gees, an iconic pop/rock/disco band of the 1960s and the 1970s and makers of hits such as Stayin' Alive. Robin, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and a CBE-awardee, also had a successful solo career and was the president of the Heritage Foundation.

 14 Tina Turner

Tina Turner
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

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 15 Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, French

Success came early to Canadian singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne. At fourteen, she performed with Canadian icon, Shania Twain, and at sixteen, bagged a two-album recording contract with Arista Records. Her debut album Let Go released soon, became a huge success, made her a teen idol and earned Grammy Award nominations. With subsequent albums, her popularity has only increased.

 16 Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 20, 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chester Bennington rose to prominence as the lead vocalist for the band, Linkin Park. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation. He possessed a three-octave tenor vocal range that showed tremendous durability for the entirety of his career. He died of suicide in 2017.

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 17 Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The only child of the legendary singer and musician, Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley fought her addiction with drugs during her teens and later launched herself as singer-songwriter with her debut album To Whom It May Concern. It was followed by two more commercially and critically successful albums. Lisa Marie Presley has also earned appreciation for her numerous philanthropic work.

 18 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

American singer, Bruno Mars, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has a wide range of musical style like R&B, pop, funk, reggae, hip hop and rock. He is also known for his stage performances. Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic and That's What I Like are some of his hit songs.

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 19 Paul Anka

Paul Albert Anka
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

 20 Tom Petty

Tom Petty
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 2, 2017

A rock icon and creator of sprit-lifting songs, Thomas Earl Petty was one of the defining musicians of the 1970s and the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Writing songs and creating music up till his last breath, Petty is noted for positivity and self- liberation themed songs, a rarity in rock music.

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 21 Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, and Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The son of John Lennon, Sean Lennon followed in his father's footsteps to become a musician, songwriter, and producer. A practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, Lennon played in Live on Earth to help raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation, a global charitable foundation which funds the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in schools.

 22 Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Mick Jagger is widely regarded as one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history. Known for his energetic performances on-stage and multiple relationships off-stage, Mick is frequently portrayed as a countercultural figure. He is an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

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 23 Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi
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Birthdate: March 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Known as the iconic founder of the popular rock band Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi is a record producer and singer-songwriter. In 2012, he was named in Billboard magazine's The Most Powerful and Influential People In The Music Business list. Also a well-known philanthropist, he founded the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in an attempt to eradicate poverty and homelessness.

 24 Yungblud

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Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 25 Jack White

Jack White
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

The White Stripes guitarist and vocalist Jack White had begun playing drums at 6. He made it to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. With 12 Grammys, he is now considered one of the main forces in the revival of the garage rock genre in the 2000s.

 26 Michael BublĂ©

Michael Buble
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Italian

Michael Bublé is a Canadian record producer, singer, and songwriter. He gained international recognition after releasing his fourth studio album It's Time. Also known for his charity work, Michael Bublé was part of a charity concert where he pledged a donation of A$50,000 to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia.

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 27 Lindsey Buckingham

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lindsey Buckingham ruled the American rock scene with the band Fleetwood Mac, performing with his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. After a brief hiatus, he rejoined the band but was fired eventually.

 28 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 29 Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: October 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Johnson is credited with founding the popular rock band Geordie. Famous for his strong North East England accent and distinctive singing voice, he also played a major role in the success of the band AC/DC over the course of his career. Apart from music, Johnson supports the Yorkshire Dementia Charity.

 30 Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 20, 2020

Kenny Rogers was an American singer-songwriter. He is among the best-selling musicians of all-time list, having sold over 100 million records. His songs and albums remain influential among country music lovers. A multi-talented personality, Rogers was also successful as an actor and entrepreneur; he was the co-founder of the Kenny Rogers Roasters chain of restaurants.

 31 Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Alice Cooper is a singer-songwriter. In his career, spanning more than five decades, Alice Cooper has earned the nickname The Godfather of Shock Rock for his ability to produce a theatrical brand of rock aimed at shocking audiences. He is also credited with helping to shape the look and sound of heavy metal. Cooper has influenced musicians like Rob Zombie.

 32 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Joni Mitchell is one of the most popular Canadian singer-songwriters. Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, her songs reflect her feelings about joy, romance, disillusionment, and confusion. Apart from being a musician, Joni is also a visual artist who designs most of her album covers. In fact, she calls herself a painter derailed by circumstance.  

 33 Neil Young

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.

 34 Keith Urban

Keith Urban
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander, American

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

 35 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.

 36 Patrick Wilson

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.

 37 Courtney Love

Courtney Love
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Courtney Love is an American singer-songwriter, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the alternative rock and grunge music scenes of the last three decades. Known for her distinctive style and confrontational lyrics, Love has been a major influence on aspiring female rock musicians across the world. She is also an ardent supporter of LGBT rights.

 38 Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

British rock and pop singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million records worldwide and is counted among the best-selling music artists of all time. During his extensive career that spans almost six decades, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He was mentioned on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" list in 2008.

 39 Pink

Pink
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Pink is an American singer-songwriter known for her acrobatic stage presence and raspy voice. Having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, Pink is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. A recipient of several prestigious awards, Pink was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Her work has inspired many other artists like Taylor Swift.

 40 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. 

 41 Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 42 Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 6, 1988
Six-time Grammy-winner Texan rocker Roy Orbison gained fame with songs such as Oh, Pretty Woman and Drove All Night. His shyness and stage fright made him dye his hair black and wear sunglasses. The "Caruso of Rock" was part of the Traveling Wilburys, along with legends such as Bob Dylan.

 43 Ezra Koenig

Ezra Koenig
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Ezra Koenig is an American musician, television producer, rapper, radio personality, and record producer. Over the years, Ezra Koenig has been contributing immensely to the success of the band Vampire Weekend where he serves as the primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist. He is also credited with creating the animated series Neo Yokio for Netflix.

 44 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.

 45 Agnetha Faltskog

Agnetha Faltskog
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Famous As: Swedish musician
Birthdate: April 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Swedish

 46 Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 47 Michael Hutchence

Michael Hutchence
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

 48 Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: November 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 18, 2016

American singer, songwriter and vocalist, Glen Frey was the co-founder of the extremely famous rock band of the 1970s—Eagles. The band delivered hit albums like Hotel California before disbanding after a decade. The six time Grammy award winner then enjoyed a successful solo career with hit songs like Smuggler’s Blues and The Heat Is On before re-joining his band.

 49 Gerard Way

Gerard Way
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 9, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Best known as the co-founder of the rock band, My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way is a popular singer and songwriter. Also a famous comic book writer, Gerard Way co-founded DC's Young Animal imprint and wrote the Eisner Award-winning book series ,The Umbrella Academy. After struggling with prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, he has been maintaining sobriety for many years now.

 50 Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: July 7, 2006
Pink Floyd co-founder and frontman Syd Barrett was known for his contribution to psychedelic rock and experiments with studio effects such as echo and distortion. He was removed from the band due to his drug addiction, following which he began a solo career. His final years were spent in privacy.
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