One of the most famous debates in the music world revolves around the topic of the musicians of all time. Time and time again, mainstream media, record companies and even the artists themselves stand and claim that someone is the greatest of them all. But despite the circus of confusion and the controversy, some big names can’t possibly miss out on the list.
The Beatles are an obvious choice for many, and this is because of their record-breaking singles and albums. The four-member group is rumored to have recorded over 269 million certified units and a reported 600 million in albums sales. Aside from that, The Beatles go down in history as an influential act in the modern-day rock.
Known for some truly incredible hits that defied all racial and poverty barriers emerged top, Michael Jackson is also rated among the greatest of all time. Many of his albums racked in a huge amount, including the all-time best-seller “Thriller.” The “King of Pop” also had some of the best dance moves. On the number of awards, Michael Jackson received a massive number of them too.
Possibly the most celebrated musician of the 20th century, Elvis also comes on top as among the few best-selling solo artists to date. He has been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame, thanks to his influence and his success in more than one music genres.
He was a Jamaican singer, song-writer, and music producer and he’s credited as the father of Roots-Reggae. Robert Nesta Marley sold more than 75 million records and topped multiple music charts in the US, the UK, and his native Jamaica. Today, Bob Marley still has a best-selling reggae album called Legend.
Frankie Beverly Maze
Known for such hits as Before I Let Go, Maze is an all-American soul band established in the 1970s. Before the emergence of contemporary bands, this band had managed to wow its followers and secured record labels with notable firms including Warner Bros. To date, this group still tour the US and the world as a whole.
Yet another “Reggae singer with an enduringly sweet style,” Dennis Emanuel Brown was a notable reggae figure with over 75 albums. Bob Marley even crowned him as the “Crown Prince of Reggae” owing to his style and influence that’s still revered today in the world of reggae. Indeed Dennis Brown is one of the few greatest reggae artists of all time.
Officially Stevland Hardaway Morris, he is a musician, singer and producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Ever since his days as a child prodigy in the 1960s to date, Stevie Wonder has amassed 25 Grammy awards and sold over 100 million records worldwide. Despite being blind from birth, he has also attained over 30 U.S. top ten hits to date. He is an influential figure and indeed a political activist with several acknowledgments and awards.
The Isley Brothers
A 4-brother music group, The Isley Brothers, have had the “longest, most influential and most diverse careers” in music since the 1950s. They’ve have had four Top 10 singles topping the charts in the US with 16 of their albums also appearing in the top 40. Thanks to their influence in the music world, the four brothers have been inducted into several halls of fame too.