100 Most Influential Rock ‘n’ Roll Artists

1. Elvis Presley
2. The Beatles
3. Chuck Berry
4. James Brown
5. Bob Dylan
6. Buddy Holly
7. Jimi Hendrix
8. Ray Charles
9. The Beach Boys
10. Little Richard
11. Aretha Franklin
12. Led Zeppelin
13. Sam Cooke
14. Stevie Wonder
15. Pink Floyd
16. Clyde McPhatter
17. Bill Haley & The Comets
18. Fats Domino
19. The Velvet Underground
20. Bo Diddley
21. The Rolling Stones
22. The Who
23. Johnny Otis
24. Black Sabbath
25. The Byrds
26. The Kinks
27. Prince
28. Neil Young
29. The Everly Brothers
30. Sonny Til & The Orioles
31. Eddie Cochran
32. Sly and The Family Stone
33. The Supremes
34. The Ramones
35. Cream
36. Big Joe Turner
37. David Bowie
38. Link Wray
39. The Clash
40. Janis Joplin
41. The Shirelles
42. Marvin Gaye
43. George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
44. The “5” Royales
45. The Sex Pistols
46. Nirvana
47. Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
48. Otis Redding
49. R.E.M.
50. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
51. Roy Orbison
52. Joni Mitchell
53. The Stooges
54. Carl Perkins
55. Van Halen
56. Patti Smith
57. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
58. The Yardbirds
59. Queen
60. Van Morrison
61. The Temptations
62. The Doors
63. Iron Maiden
64. U2
65. Professor Longhair
66. Deep Purple
67. The Flying Burrito Brothers
68. Bob Marley
69. The Ventures
70. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
71. MC5
72. The Grateful Dead
73. The Red Hot Chili Peppers
74. Jefferson Airplane
75. Metallica
76. Little Willie John
77. The Pixies
78. King Crimson
79. The Allman Brothers Band
80. Elvis Costello
81. The Ravens
82. AC/DC
83. Roy Brown
84. Kraftwerk
85. The Isley Brothers
86. The Clovers
87. The Band
88. Alice Cooper
89. Crosby, Stills & Nash
90. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
91. Bruce Springsteen
92. Booker T. & The MG’s
93. Pearl Jam
94. Lynyrd Skynyrd
95. Dion
96. Guns ‘n’ Roses
97. Jerry Lee Lewis
98. Rush
99. Todd Rundgren
100. Alice In Chains

Based on: – Factored by the following: Cultural Influence, Musical Influence and Performing Influence.
Artists from other musical genres from outside rock ‘n’ roll are not included on this list.

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