Top 5 Greatest/Influential Musicians of all time


Michael Avila , contributor

#1 Michael Jackson

  • He’s known worldwide as “The King Of Pop”
  • Created smash hit songs like “Billie Jean” and “Smooth Criminal”
  • He was the highest-paid music artist of all time
  • Won the Guinness world record for “The first entertainer to have officially ratified sales of more than 100 million albums outside the USA” according to his WIKIPEDIA

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#2 The Beatles

  • Pushed the idea of being their own songwriters back in the ’60s
  • They created a new sound of music mixing in other music from other parts of the world
  • Recognized as the greatest band of all time.
  • The Beatles have sold 1.6 billion singles and 177 million albums in the U.S.

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#3  Prince

  • Won an academy award for best original song for “Purple Rain”
  • Prince won 7 Grammy’s including best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for “Purple Rain” in 1985
  • Two of his albums “1999” and “Purple rain” were awarded the Grammy Hall Of Fame Award.
  • Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 48.9 million certified units in the U.S and over 10 million in the UK according to his WIKIPEDIA.

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#4 Pink Floyd

  • In 1996, January 17th, Pink Floyd was inducted into the hall of fame for their album sales, influential music, great performances, charity work, and for 30 years of dedication.
  • Pink Floyd’s album “The dark side of the Moon” is one of the world’s best-selling albums.
  • The dark side of the Moon was on the billboard top 200 charts for 900 weeks and one of the best albums of all time worldwide.
  • Estimated sales of over 45 million copies.

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#5 Bob Marley

  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Sold more than 20 million records – making him the first international superstar to emerge from a third world country.
  • Was presented with the ‘United Nations’ award titled ‘Peace Medal of the Third World’
  • In 1981 he was honored with the ‘Jamaican order of merit’ by the Jamaican government

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