Vh1 Top 100 Artists Of All Time – List of Greatest Artists Of All Time

Vh1: Top 100 Artists Of All Time list is a major source of controversy on the internet right now. Music fans around the globe can not agree on the list revealed by the TV network. One of the main problems with the list reportedly is the lack of female presence in the top end: Madonna is the only one who made the top 20.

Others consider that Hip-Hop artists are overly represented: 7 of them made the list including Jay-Z at #47 and LL Cool J # 92.

R&B artists like Usher and R. Kelly were completely left out despite their impressive catalogs of hits. Fans of Elvis Presley were displeased to find out that he was only listed # 8.

Here is Vh1: Top 100 Artists Of All Time list, you can judge for yourself. Please let us know what you think of it.

100 Alicia Keys
99 Hall & Oates
98 Depeche Mode
97 Pretenders
96 Journey
95 OutKast
94 Mariah Carey
93 Pearl Jam
92 LL Cool J
91 Green Day
90 Elvis Costello
89 Beastie Boys
88 Bee Gees
87 George Michael
86 N.W.A.
85 The Band
84 Curtis Mayfield
83 Earth, Wind and Fire
82 Steely Dan
81 ABBA
80 Mary J. Blige
79 Eminem
78 Judas Priest
77 Lynyrd Skynyrd
76 Run-D.M.C.
75 Rush
74 The Cure
73 Van Morrison
72 Janis Joplin
71 R.E.M.
70 Def Leppard
69 Tupac Shakur
68 Otis Redding
67 Coldplay
66 Justin Timberlake
65 The Doors
64 Talking Heads
63 Notorious B.I.G.
62 Genesis
61 Cream
60 Whitney Houston
59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
58 Cheap Trick
57 Iggy & The Stooges
56 KISS
55 Peter Gabriel
54 Public Enemy
53 Little Richard
52 Beyoncé
51 Billy Joel
50 Sade
49 Parliament-Funkadelic
48 Rage Against The Machine
47 Jay-Z
46 Ramones
45 Al Green
44 Joni Mitchell
43 Ray Charles
42 Metallica
41 Van Halen
40 The Police
39 The Kinks
38 Sly & The Family Stone
37 Fleetwood Mac
36 Paul McCartney
35 Johnny Cash
34 Tina Turner
33 Guns N’ Roses
32 Black Sabbath
31 John Lennon
30 Aerosmith
29 Radiohead
28 Elton John
27 Aretha Franklin
26 Neil Young
25 Chuck Berry
24 The Velvet Underground
23 AC/DC
22 The Clash
21 Bruce Springsteen
20 Marvin Gaye
19 U2
18 Pink Floyd
17 Queen
16 Madonna
15 The Beach Boys
14 Nirvana
13 The Who
12 David Bowie
11 Bob Marley
10 Stevie Wonder
09 James Brown
08 Elvis Presley
07 Prince
06 Jimi Hendrix
05 Rolling Stones
04 Led Zeppelin
03 Bob Dylan
02 Michael Jackson
01 The Beatles

Michael Jackson the late King of Pop music was expected to end up in the top 5, and he did just that with the likes of Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones.

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    1. pancho10 says:

      Whoever says Michael Jackson is overrated & should not be at #1 is/are the dumbest idiots on the planet.
      Michael Jackson deserves to be #1 because he brought us so many things & miracles & he spent his entire life from age 5 in the music business.
      The Beatles shouldn’t have won it. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Beatles, but Michael Jackson deserved 100x more than they did.
      Because for 1 thing. Michael Jackson completely changed the face of music in the 1980′s.
      He gave us the great thing we have today known as a MUSIC VIDEO. Before the late 1970′s. It would just be the artist singing their song. But Michael came up with this genius idea. About having this sort of, mini-movie. Like in Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean & Smooth Criminal.
      It was genius.
      2nd, here brought us some of the greatest dance moves we have to day.
      He populized the follwing.
      Moonwalk, Robot, Egyptian, Electric Flow or whatever it is. ECT.
      He can dance so good. Most people would vomit doing that many spins.
      And last. He made us all realize that we are the world.
      He cared so much about humanity. And donated almost every cent he had to helping everyone else.
      He even wrote songs like Man In The Mirror & Heal The World to show how much he cared & Earth Song to show us how bad the earth is & that we can still fix it if we act immediatly. Michael is not only the King of Pop, he is the King of all music, & the King of Kings.
      Love U Michael, U may now rest in peace. 1958-2009

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      • dave says:

        The King of Kings? Dude put down the kool-aid.
        The Beatles are clearly the top group of all time, and that wont change any time soon.

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      • ChillApple says:

        Yes Michael Jackson is great that is why he is number two, but just so you know, one of your main points is completely bogus. The Beatles were making music videos long before Michael was, they made movies based on entire albums and when they quit touring, whenever they released a single they aired it with a music video, see strawberry fields, hello good-bye, i am the walrus, etc. Before the Beatles, Elvis made entire movies, you can hardly say Michael was the first in that category.

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        • doogie says:

          yes, Michael Jackson was great, but i don’t think he’s deserving of the high #2 spot. he was more of an entertaining song-and-dance man than a musical artist. plus, people forget that he hadn’t really been performing for nearly 20 years. think about it, from 1995 to 2009 he put out only two albums, both of which sucked, and he never really performed much in that time period either. for an artist to be ranked that high, i think they should have contributed more to the music industry over the past 15 years of their life. why do you think he got a low #40 in Vh1′s 1998 ranking? it’s because he hadn’t nothing anything really remarkable since Thriller, or maybe Bad, which both came out in the 80s, a long time ago. plus, i don’t see how he “changed” music in the 80s because there were artists like Prince who were performing MJ’s style of music before Thriller came out. and there were other artists making music videos with story lines in the early 80s too. and there were other black artists, although not too many, who got MTV airplay before MJ. i don’t know why people say he was “the first.”

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      • Scott says:

        Didn’t think it was a Win / Lose thing. It is peoples collective opnions. The reason you are upset is because you think this is a competition. Get over it.

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      • JOSEPH MUKASA says:

        To me michael jackson possessed all what an artist should possess.He was a great song writter,good vocalist,good dancer,good stage artist as well as making some of the greatest music videos that the world will ever see such as thriller,bellie jean,earth song to cut the list shor.to summarise the story he is truelly the king of pop,rock and soul music,REST IN PEACE MICHAEL.

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    2. S says:

      i think they just put michael jackson on 2 cus he’s dead, i mean i think elvis should be 2, im not saying michael jackson wasnt good but still

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    3. John Guidone says:

      Eric Clapton as a solo artist, George Harrison and The Eagles are missing with Clapton belonging in the top twenty.

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    4. CAROL says:

      1. Elvis shoul;d be #2 or 3
      2. Supremes and Temptations should be on list
      3. Linda Ronstadt
      4. what was the time cutoff? what about Sinatra? What about Patsy Cline?

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    5. Cindy says:

      What ?? No Eric Clapton or Pat Benatar ??

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    6. Thomas Savage says:

      I believe that some of these people who thought up this list must have the musical taste of a wombat!!! The GOD of the Stratocaster was listed (James Marshall Hendrix) and right before him or even after him should’ve been the ONLY other man to play voodoo child as well or even better than J.M.H. That man would be the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. I would also have to say that Micheal Jackson did deserve to be in the top 10,I liked the “Thriller” album for about 2 days,then I was sick of it.HE WAS A PEDOPHILE!! Plain & simple,why else was he moving to a arab state where it was just peachy to do those sort of things if you’ve got enough $ to pay off the local cops. Talented musician but someone who was just never comfortable in his own skin,most of my African-American friends totally agree that once he started sleeping in a oxygen tent & all the other weird things is where he went downhill. ANY man who even sleeps in the same room as a child that is not of his own blood is a FREAK!! It was the happiest day I’ve had in a long time the day I woke up & heard that he had gone on to the big Never never land in the sky, And let’s not forget about how badly he shafted Mr Paul McCartney,but Paul has to take some of the blame as well for selling it to him.

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    7. mario says:

      the only thing i’m upset at, is the fact that Billy Joel is #51 and Beyonce is #52

      does that anger anyone but me? i mean, think about it, what has beyonce done that was almost as good as billy joel? That’s one spot below the Piano Man. Billy joel’s been active since the 70s, he’s better live than he is on his CDs, and he’s had chart topping hits thruout the 70s, 80s, and 90s

      and how is journey 96? you’re telling me LL Cool J is better than journey? beyonce is better than journey?

      and how are the eagles not even listed? hotel california isn’t one of the most popular songs of all time?

      Did they make this list using a carefully organized system, or did they just poll a buncha random people?

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    8. MC says:

      Pearl Jam is way too low on the list. WAY too low.

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    9. dave says:

      The are actually replaying this list on VH1. Whoever came up with this list should be ashamed – the are either lazy or incompetent.

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    10. dan says:

      this list is SO bad..jay z who should not even be on this list at 47 and journey at 96,Heart with ann wilson and her voice…not on the list…hmmm but the beasty boys are…wow
      coldplay is REO speedwagon is not does not make any sense.
      bob marley #11 and the eagles do not even make the list…please
      the velvet underground??? and Rush doesn’t even make the list

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    11. 2inchesfromthefloor says:

      Where’s Andy Gibb?

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    12. Frank says:

      Why is Justin Timberlake ahead of Tupac. its not Tupacs fault he died. Also I thought Eminem should be in the top 20. Its a travesty that he is only 79. I could run down the list and automatically say most are not better than EM.

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    13. RealWoman est.1988 says:

      I dont have an essay or any thinq but I did and still do have SELENA… I dont know I just thouqht she should of been up there some where D:

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    14. Keith says:

      I don’t see Chicago on the list so I know this list is BS.
      40 years & 25 albums and #1′s & countless top 40 hits.
      The first sucsesfull band to meld brass with rock. I disagree with 30 of the picks. they shouldn’t even be on the list. Who are the expert voters? Dips__ts that’s who!

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    15. isis says:

      The top musical “artists” of all time would definitley list “tool”…

      Like them or not it’s hard to argue the fact.

      This is a pop chart.

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    16. Tim McKeown says:

      Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Heart, and the Allman Brothers are not on this list. This is ridiculous.

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    17. Tim McKeown says:

      How does Bon Jovi not make the top 100? Where is Sam Cooke? Smoky Robinson? Johnny Cash???? What the hell, how do you leave off Johnny Cash?

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    18. Tim McKeown says:

      The following artists should also be on here: John Fogerty or Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, and John Mellencamp. It’s not right they are omitted…

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    19. Tim says:

      Notable omissions, or should I say “criminal” omissions?:
      Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp, Heart, Styx, and The J. Geils Band. These folks should be in the Top 100.

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    20. jb says:

      has anybody ever listened to W.A.S.P.?

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    21. jessica says:

      No Red Hot Chili Peppers!? Really?? I’m not asking that they make the top 10, but that they don’t even make the list when they have over 30 hits, and have been around for 25 years, well that really sucks. Enough said.

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    22. Douglas says:

      Creedence Clearwater Revival should be in the top 20.

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    23. asp says:

      we’ve got Alicia Keys, Beyonce and f***ing LL Cool J but not IRON MAIDEN… VH1′s got to stop calling itself a music channel.

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    24. xuri says:

      Deep Purple are more than just “Smoke on the water”. They are not on the list. How is that possible?

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    25. Jon says:

      How could Santana, Paul Simon, Clapton, James Taylor and Mellencamp be left of this list?

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    26. Bubba says:

      What about the motor city mad man and elvis should be #1 he is the king of rock.

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    27. Johnny B says:

      That is one sad list.
      But all such lists are pretty worthless as far as fans are concerned. So what is the value? If everyone’s PERSONAL lists of their top 100s could be combined mathematically, this would have value, but there is no real merit to the manner in which the artists are listed. Who cares what other celebrities think? It should be based on what ALL people together think, or based on how many records or how many plays their songs get. This kind of list has no usefulness to anyone.

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    28. Jim says:

      Sad, very sad. What were you smoking when you made up this list? Several well knowns missing. Several little knowns on the list when you put it in perspective of an “all time artist” list. I appreciate the effort to publish such a list open to so many opinions but really- you can do better than that.

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    29. al says:

      Let’s see, no Kansas or Yes, Rush was only 75 and Journey was 95??? Really??? Whitney (rehab) Houston, Sade and Eminem (I can’t believe this) were all ranked above. What dumb fu@k came up with this??? I will never watch a count down show again!!!! Thanks a lot vh1!!!

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