My mom says, “Music is the only thing that stays with you forever, sad or happy; it is like that friend who never leaves your side”, and she’s correct. Pop, blues, reggae, jazz, or rock, whatever the genre is, the only thing that matters is your connection with it. So here’s a list of those top musicians who are making history with their music.
10 Musicians Who Made History
Queen gave one of the most incredible live performances in the history of rock music at Live Aid held at Wembley in 1985 in front of a crowd of more than 70,000. A rock band was formed in 1970 by some of the most talented musicians: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Their song Bohemian Rhapsody is the UK’s third best-selling single of all time. Queen ruled the charts every time they released something new.
Record: Albums spending the most time on the UK Album charts
Must listen: Bohemian Rhapsody, I want to break free, Somebody to love, We will rock you
The Queen of Pop, Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and businesswoman. Madonna is one of the most influential female musicians in pop culture while still making music at the age of 62.
Record: Best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Record
Must listen: Like a virgin, Like a Prayer, Vogue
3. The Beatles
The revolutionary musicians who changed the music industry forever and will always be remembered: that’s The Beatles for you. The band included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. Formed in 1960, the band became one of the most successful artists ever. Their music wasn’t their beliefs, influence, fashion, and a huge global presence. They indeed were ahead of their time, from pop to Psychedelic rock, creating and experimenting with different genres.
Record: Best-selling music acts of all time by Guinness World Record
Must listen: Hey Jude, Let it be,
Hello! Can you hear me? We’re talking about one of the most sensational female music artists in the contemporary music scene, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins has made and broken tons of records throughout her music career with only 3 albums. A voice so powerful and authentic is the reason she keeps on breaking the internet every time she drops a new single and trusts me, her album was released in 2015!
Record: Number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, UK’s best-selling female album artist of the 21st century, First female to have two singles and two albums in UK Top 5 simultaneously
Must listen: Someone like you, Rolling in the deep, Hello, Send my love
5. Taylor Swift
Never in her wildest dream did Ms Taylor Alison Swift imagined that she would become a pop queen! Her transition from country to pop and back to the country with her new album release Folklore is insane. She’s one of the musicians who has been ruling every chart for over a decade now and she’s not just an iconic singer but one of the best songwriters out there. Fun fact, she literally wrote all of her songs in the Speak Now album.
Record: Most No.1s On The US Digital Song Sales Chart
Must listen: Lover, Look what you made me do, Willow, Bad blood, You need to calm down, Love story
6. Lady Gaga
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta a.k.a. Lady Gaga is known for transforming the music industry and the makeup and acting industries. Gaga got her from Queen’s song Radio Ga Ga. Lady Gaga may be bullied for her controversial outfits (boy do the meat dress never leaves my mind) but her songs are a bop.
Record: First female artist to achieve four 10-million-selling singles
Must listen: Poker face, Just dance, Shallow, Judas, Born this way
7. Twenty One Pilots
An American duo consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun as lead vocalist and drummer respectively. These musicians mostly make alt(alternative) music and they have one of the most relatable lyrics ever. Most of their songs are actually based on real life. The duo made history in 2021 by recording the longest-running video of all time ( 177 days, 16 hours, 10 minutes, and 25 seconds )
Record: Longest music video of all time ( Level of Concern )
Must listen: Heathens, Ride, Level of Concern, Stressed-Out, Chlorine
8. Elvis Presley
The King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley, came and changed everything in the 50s. John Lenon once said, “Before Presley, there was nothing.” Elvis had the most remarkable cultural impact ever, as you see he’s still unforgettable even after 60 years.
Record: Best-selling artist in music history
Must listen: Can’t help falling in love, It’s Now or Never, Jailhouse Rock
9. Michael Jackson
Michael Joseph Jackson or the King of Pop came and set the world on fire. Not just a singer but a songwriter, dancer, humanitarian, fashion influencer, and most importantly An Icon. Michael’s first-ever debut was when he was just six years old, certainly a gifted one.
Records: Best-selling album of all time( Thriller )
Must listen: Billie Jean, Beat it, Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough
The biggest boyband on the planet right now has to be BTS aka the Bangtan Boys, the reason South Korea came to the limelight and a boyband that really influences their country’s economy, BTS has set the bar so high that it’s probably impossible to break it. Formed in 2013, BTS is a group of 7 musicians, namely Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Kim Taehyung, Jeon Jung-kook, Park Ji-min, and Jung Ho-Seok.
Records: Most-streamed group of all time on Spotify
Must listen: Blood, sweats and tears, Boy with Luv, Dynamite
There are countless other musicians as well who have made history with their record-breaking hits, distinctive music videos, sometimes bizarre yet striking outfits, and whatnot. These people know what they do and do it just the right way, touching countless numbers of souls with every hit. Music and musicians have helped millions to overcome stress and anxiety, it’s just free therapy. So go on, and blast your favourite music, Happy listening!