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Music and Arts: 10 Famous Musical Artists in History

Who are the most famous artists who changed the world of music and arts? From the ones with voices like angels and brilliantly written notes to those who make magic during show performances with brass guitars and dance moves. Everyone knows about them.

Keep reading for the most important musical artists in history and discover their best masterpieces.

Music and arts: What is the connection?

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Music and arts have always been connected. In fact, music is a special field of art that has delighted people since immemorial. Numerous music art festivals, events, and concerts confirm this view. There are even proven health benefits of listening to music. In many stages of healing, classical music is used. Therefore, the world is familiar with the term ‘Mozart effect’. However, not only classical music is a paradise for the brain and the body of man, but any music genre as well.

To devise the right notes, write a masterpiece and sing it to awaken emotion in every listener is not an easy task at all. Music is an art that makes the world go round. Although in the show-business world, only a few musicians can call themselves real artists, in practice things are different. There is an inseparable link between music and art. Anyone who has a musical soul is an artist of the kind.

Music and arts: Who are the most famous musical artists of all time?

They come from different music genres. They make different kinds of music and play different kinds of musical instruments. Some of them wrote only sheet music, and some of them sang according to those notes. The other played bass guitars or made incredible show performances.

However, one thing is for sure. They are all the greatest musicians of all time. With their deeds, they are enrolled in eternity.

Here is a list of top 10 famous artists who changed the world of music and arts.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

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One of the best composers of all time, Ludwig Van Beethoven has marked the world of classical music. Inherited a talent by his musical family, Beethoven started making music from an early age. Today, there is no living soul who hasn’t heard one of his brilliant sonatas or symphonies. This famous pianist and composer became the trademark name of romanticism and inspired many generations of musicians. Even deafness did not prevent him from creating masterpieces.

He was also a real rebel; refusing to accept the cultural norms of the then authority. Beethoven’s music and arts are surely the greatest manifestations of the human mind.

Listen to his masterpieces: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, and Symphony No. 3 in E flat (written for Napoleon).

Elvis Presley

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Even though he didn’t like being called a hero, Elvis Presley was one and only ‘king of rock’n’roll’. As a child, he learned to play guitar, which remained his main props. He drew inspiration from black gospel music and Memphis’ street blues scene. His first appearance was in high school where he played and sang at a musical high school show.

After becoming the leading star in the genre of rock, Elvis Presley eventually became the best-selling artist in the genre of popular music. It’s interesting that he became a legend while still alive. Why? He published 97 records and sold more than 600 million records during his lifetime! 

Even today, Elvis Presley is known as one and only ‘king of rock’n’roll’.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘It’s Now or Never’, etc.

Louis Armstrong

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There is only one of jazz’s superstars: Louis Armstrong. This charismatic showman was also a dazzling trumpet player. He had a recognizable hoarse voice but also an optimistic, easy-going and loving nature.

Armstrong was exposed to music very early on. Born as a grandson of slaves, he had a tough childhood but from there he drew his inspiration. In his performances, he started to use words and patter. Over time, he developed his own style of playing the trumpet.

Due to his performances across Europe, Asia, and Africa sponsored by the US State Department, he got the nickname ‘Ambassador Satch’.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘What a Wonderful World’, ‘Hello Dolly’, and ‘Star Dust’.

Michael Jackson

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When talking about musical kings, Michael Jackson is a name that pops out. During his lifetime, a ‘King of Pop’ was the person most talked about. His controversial style of life became a huge part of pop-culture in the late 20th century.

Michael Jackson made his debut at the professional music scene when he was 11 years old as a member of ‘Jackson 5’. The rest is history. He became famous not only for his songs but also for his incredible stage appearances and video spots. His robot and moonwalk dance moves have remained memorable to the present day.

Michael Jackson became one of the most popular artists in the world of music and arts.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘Thriller’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Bad’, and ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’.

Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan is one of America’s most important poets, songwriters, and composers of the 20th century. He’s a cult figure of former generations and the first musician who received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.

If you ask any of his fans, they will tell you Bob Dylan hasn’t become famous because of his voice. His talent for multiple instruments and one-of-a-kind lyrics made him one of the most influential people in the field of music and arts. As he insisted on the quality of lyrics, he also sang about problems of politics, racism, and social dogmas.

Bob Dylan is still among the living artists doing world tours.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, and ‘Like a Rolling Stone’.

Edith Piaf

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A beautiful voice made Edith Piaf a world-known chansonnier. She became a popular cabaret performer and a national icon who marked the French scene of chansons. 

In the beginning, things weren’t so easy for this French icon. She had a troubled past, worked as a street singer in Paris and earned no money. After a breakthrough in the music and arts scene, Piaf became the most famous name in the world of French chansons. All her songs and torched ballads are about love, sadness, and loss.

Incredible and controversial, Edith Piaf is unavoidable when it comes to the most important musical artists in history.

Listen to her masterpieces: ‘La Vie en Rose’, ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’, ‘Hymne a L’amour’, and ‘Milord’.

Freddie Mercury

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Another great musician of all time is Freddie Mercury. As a young boy, he attended piano lessons. At the age of 18, he joined two musicians and not long after, a world-known group ‘Queen’ was formed. Due to the creative side of his personality, Freddie designed the logo of the group as well as album covers.

With his voice of an incredible range of up to three and a half octaves, Freddie Mercury is considered one of the greatest vocals in music history. Writing his poems and gloriously singing sheet music, he was pushing the boundaries of what was imaginable.

Tanzania, the country where he was born, awarded him posthumously the recognition of a person who has achieved so much.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’, ‘The Show Must Go On’, and ‘I Want to Break Free’.

Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash is probably the most influential singer and musician in the field of country music. He was known for his deep and unique bass-baritone voice.

When he was a young boy, he learned to play guitar with the help of his mother and friends. In high school, he sang on a local radio station and was under a strong influence of traditional Irish music. A few years later, he released an album of traditional gospel songs. Life problems, sadness, moral suffering, and redemption always inspired his songs.

Until now, Johnny Cash sold more than 90 million records worldwide! Always wearing black, he earned the nickname ‘Man in Black’.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘One Piece at a Time’, ‘Ring of Fire’, and ‘Hurt’.


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The next artist who marked the world of music and arts is Eminem. The best-selling hip-hop artist is also the first musician to win three consecutive album awards.

As in the case of many musical artists, Eminem also comes from a troubled family. He found the inspiration for his songs from problems in the family and society. His rapping exudes weight and emphasizes the issue of lack of moral values. According to his fans, Eminem raps from the heart and he’s the only white rapper who made a breakthrough. He became the greatest artist of all time.

Today, Eminem is not only a popular rapper but also a music producer and actor. He won 13 Grammy Awards, 15 MTV Europe Music Awards, and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.

Listen to his masterpieces: ‘Lose Yourself’, ‘Mockingbird’, ‘Without Me’, and ‘Venom’.

Tina Turner

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A queen of soul, dance and R’n’B. One and only, Tina Turner, is one of the most popular and successful female performers of all time. She sold more than 200 million records, won eight Grammy Awards and her own place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

Her real name is Anna but after meeting and singing with the musician Ike Turner at a nightclub, she took the artistic name, Tina Turner. After a turbulent period of unhappy marriage with Ike Turner, Tina came back stronger. Nowadays, her songs are world-known and she continues to tour the world.

Although she turned 50, Tina Turner is still one of the best singers and dancers today. 

Listen to her masterpieces: ‘Simply the Best’, ‘Private Dancer’, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With’, and ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’.

However, the names of influential artists don’t stop here.

There are numerous other artistic names worth listening to. Bruce Dickinson changed the world of heavy metal with his energetic show performances and an extensive operatic vocal style. Robert Johnson was one of the most important blues musicians of all time. Beautiful jazz singer Billie Holiday. Guido d’Arezzo who invented ‘do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do’ sheet music. Jimi Hendrix who was a real maestro on his electric guitar. John Lennon, an English composer, songwriter, singer, and guitarist of the famous band The Beatles. 

All these terrific musicians changed the world of music and arts. Their names will be remembered forever.

So, what about you? What are your favorite artists in the history of music and arts? Let us know in the comments below.

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