My 150 favorite music artists.

by monk_venkman | created - 27 Oct 2011 | updated - 07 Dec 2015 | Public

Figured I'd take a quick break from film and tv and celebrate my other audio visual love. Unfortunately there aren't pictures of everyone here. And there weren't listings for some. I'll try my best. Not listed: Arsenio Rodriguez, Rising Appalachia, etc....

1. Bob Marley

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, ...

2. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, ...

3. Nirvana

Soundtrack | Lost

Ranked #42 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

4. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

5. PJ Harvey

Soundtrack | CSI: NY

Polly Jean Harvey was born in England on October 9th 1969. The daughter of a quarryman father and an artist mother, Polly Jean, or PJ as she is more commonly known, was raised on a sheep farm in Yeovil, Somerset. She learned to play a number of instruments as a child (including guitar, saxophone, ...

7. Björk

Soundtrack | Dancer in the Dark

Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...

8. Pixies

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

Kim Shattuck was the bassist and female vocalist of the band in 2013.

9. Joanna Newsom

Actress | Inherent Vice

Joanna Newsom was born on January 18, 1982 in Nevada City, California, USA as Joanna Caroline Newsom. She has been married to Andy Samberg since September 21, 2013. They have one child.

10. The Rolling Stones

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...

11. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

12. Depeche Mode

Soundtrack | Atomic Blonde

At first Depeche Mode consisted of: Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher and David Gahan. Vince Clarke left soon after the first album "Speak and Spell", 1981. Alan Wilder didn't join until after the release of their second album 'A Broken Frame', 1982.

14. The Beatles

Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...

15. Nina Simone

Soundtrack | Repo Men

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She was married to Andrew Stroud and Donald Ross. She died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

16. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

17. Amy Winehouse

Soundtrack | Amy

Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works.

She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's ...

18. Fiona Apple

Soundtrack | Pleasantville

Daughter of former singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart. She was classically trained as a pianist as a child and began composing songs when she was eight years old. She crafted a demo tape while in Los Angeles finishing High School. When she returned home to New York for Christmas one of ...

19. Tom Waits

Actor | Seven Psychopaths

Thomas Alan Waits was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Waits in fact has two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he ...

20. Kristin Asbjørnsen

Composer | Factotum

Kristin Asbjørnsen is a composer, known for Factotum (2005) and Spellemann 2006 (2007).

21. Pearl Jam

Soundtrack | Big Fish

Ranked #22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.

22. Hope Sandoval

Soundtrack | End of Watch

Hope Sandoval (born June 24, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter who is the lead singer for Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions.[2] Sandoval has toured and collaborated with other artists, including Massive Attack, for whom she sang "Paradise Circus" on the 2010 album Heligoland[3...

23. Sam Cooke

Soundtrack | Animal House

Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...

24. U2

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

U2 has been perhaps the biggest music act in the world since the late 1980s to the current day. They take prominent stands on human rights issues, expressed through their lyrics and other public statements and actions. The band's lead singer, Bono, has become quite prominent in charity movements ...

25. Madonna

Actress | Evita

The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...

26. R.E.M.

Soundtrack | Independence Day

Music video "Losing My Religion" was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

27. The Cure

Soundtrack | Ant-Man

Members have included Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, Roger O'Donnell, Laurence Tolhurst, Andy Anderson, Phil Thornalley, Michael Dempsey, and Matthieu Hartley.

28. Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Soundtrack | The Pelayos

Fronted by singer Karen O (birth name: Karen Lee Orzolek).

29. Sleater-Kinney

Soundtrack | The Horse Whisperer

Sleater-Kinney is a rock band formed in 1994 in Olympia, Washington. Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker play guitar and do vocals. Janet Weiss plays drums. The band has released 8 studio albums -- Sleater-Kinney (1995), Call the Doctor (1996), Dig Me Out (1997), The Hot Rock (1999), All Hands on ...

30. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...

31. The Strokes

Soundtrack | Spider-Man

The Strokes fourth album, Angles, was released on March 22, 2011 after a 5-year hiatus.

34. Metric

Soundtrack | Cosmopolis

Metric members are Emily Haines (vocals/synths), James Shaw (guitar), Josh Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key (drums).

35. Cat Power

Soundtrack | My Blueberry Nights

Charlyn "Chan" Marie Marshall is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and occasional actress. She adopted the name Cat Power for her first band in 1992, and has since used the name as a moniker for all of her musical endeavors. Raised in the South primarily by her grandmother, Marshall showed ...

37. Smokey Robinson

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

Multi-talented performer/writer/producer Smokey Robinson's career, and life, is inextricably tied up with Motown Records' founder Berry Gordy (his first two children are named Tamla, for the Gordy-owned label Smokey recorded for, and Berry, for Gordy himself). He and Gordy have had a professional ...

38. The Ronettes

Soundtrack | Goodfellas

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2007.

39. Billie Holiday

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...

42. Odetta

Soundtrack | Everything Must Go

Odetta was born on December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Odetta Holmes. She was married to Louisiana Red, Don Gordon and Gary Shead. She died on December 2, 2008 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

43. Sinéad O'Connor

Soundtrack | In the Name of the Father

Sinéad O'Connor was born on December 8, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland as Sinéad Marie-Bernadette O'Connor. She has been married to Barry Herridge since December 8, 2011. She was previously married to Steve Cooney, Nicholas Sommerlad and John Reynolds.

44. Smashing Pumpkins

Soundtrack | The Saint

Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.

46. Tori Amos

Soundtrack | Twister

At age one, Tori and her family moved to Baltimore, where she spent much of her childhood. She started playing piano at a very early age (2 1/2). At the age of five, she was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Arts school); she was the youngest person to be accepted to the school. ...

47. Nick Cave

Soundtrack | The Proposition

Nick Cave is a man of many talents. Musician. Songwriter. Screenwriter. Novelist. Actor. The Australian was born in Warracknabeal, Victoria in 1957, and would go onto form the alternative rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, who have since successfully released a string of hit albums.

In film, Nick ...

48. Radiohead

Soundtrack | Vanilla Sky

They were voted the 73rd Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.

49. Led Zeppelin

Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same

Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300...

50. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Soundtrack | The Fighter

Ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

51. Ramones

Soundtrack | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Punk Rock band formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, USA, in 1974. They are known as one of the pioneers of the punk rock sound. All the band members have adopted the fake surname "Ramone" alongside their stage name. School friends John Cummings (Johnny Ramone ) and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy ...

52. Tom Petty

Actor | The Postman

Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Thomas Earl Petty. He was married to Dana York and Jane Ann Benyo. He died on October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

53. Debbie Harry

Actress | Videodrome

Deborah Harry was born Angela Tremble on July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. At three months, she was adopted by Catherine (Peters) and Richard Smith Harry, and was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey. In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max's Kansas City, a famous Warhol-inhabited ...

54. Sade

Soundtrack | True Lies

Sade was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria as Helen Folasade Adu. She was previously married to Carlos Scola.

55. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al Hendrix, was off fighting in World War II. When his mother became sick from ...

56. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Their first song written with Ronnie James Dio was "Children of the Sea".

58. The Shangri-Las

Soundtrack | Killers

Member Mary Ann Ganser died of encephalitis in 1971, at age 23. Marge Ganser--her twin sister--died of breast cancer in 1996, at age 48.

59. Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Soundtrack | The Corruptor

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was born on August 7, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Ronald Theodore Kirk. He was married to Edith. He died on December 5, 1977 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

60. Dinah Washington

Soundtrack | JFK

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had ...

61. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | High Fidelity

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

62. Mahalia Jackson

Soundtrack | Glory Road

Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was married to Sigmond Galloway and Isaac Hockenhull. She died on January 27, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

63. M.I.A.

Soundtrack | Slumdog Millionaire

M.I.A. was born on July 18, 1975 in Hounslow, London, England as Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam.

64. Otha Turner

Soundtrack | Gangs of New York

Otha Turner was born in 1907 to Hollis and Betty Turner, both sharecroppers, in Jackson County, Mississippi.

Turner's father left town shortly after he was born, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings alone. He grew up helping his mother in the fields, and was often put in charge of taking...

65. Luca Prodan

Soundtrack | Las Pelotas: Vivo

Luca Prodan was born on May 17, 1953 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Luca George Prodan. He died on December 22, 1987 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina.

66. Joan Osborne

Soundtrack | Vanilla Sky

Joan Osborne was born on July 8, 1962 in Anchorage, Kentucky, USA as Joan Elizabeth Osborne.

68. Run-D.M.C.

Soundtrack | Die Hard

Ranked #1 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

69. Tegan and Sara

Soundtrack | The Intern

Tegan and Sara was born on September 19, 1980 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

70. Manu Chao

Soundtrack | Princesas

Manu Chao was born on June 21, 1961 in Paris, France as José Manuel Arturo Tomás Chao.

71. Louis Armstrong

Actor | High Society

Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined ...

72. Broadcast

Soundtrack | 21

73. Celia Cruz

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Celia Cruz was born on October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She was married to Pedro Knight. She died on July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

75. Coldplay

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Before performing under the name "Coldplay", the band's name was "Starfish".

76. Lauryn Hill

Soundtrack | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly". That ...

77. Florence and the Machine

Soundtrack | Snow White and the Huntsman

Florence and the Machine (styled as Florence + The Machine) are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists. The band's music received praise across the media, especially from ...

79. Eva Cassidy

Soundtrack | Love Actually

Eva Marie Cassidy was born on 2nd February, 1963 in Washington Hospital Center in the United States to Barbara and Hugh Cassidy. Eva grew up with her siblings, Anette, Margaret and Dan, in Bowie, Maryland. The Cassidy family was very musical. From an early age, Eva could master harmonies and first ...

80. Peter Tosh

Soundtrack | Pineapple Express

Peter Tosh was born on October 19, 1944 in Grange Hill, Jamaica as Winston Hubert McIntosh. He died on September 11, 1987 in Kingston, Jamaica.

82. Eric B. & Rakim

Soundtrack | Limitless

Eric B. was born in 1965 in Elmhurst,New York and Rakim was born in 1968 in Wyandanch, New York.They first met at the radio station WBLS , and the two officially formed a partnership in 1985.The singles "I Ain't No Joke" and "I Know You Got Soul" sampled James Brown began to revolutionize the sound...

85. Meg White

Actress | Coffee and Cigarettes

She is not the older sister of The White Stripes band mate Jack White, as we were originally led to believe. Rather, Megan Martha White, born in Detroit on December 10, 1974, is Jack Gillis White's former wife and current drummer. Meg's drumming style is unique in its simplicity, and Jack has often...

89. Rammstein

Soundtrack | Lost Highway

Electronic metal band formed in Germany in 1993. Initiated by former 'Orgasm Death Gimmick' guitarist Richard Kruspe along with guitarist Paul Landers, keyboardist Christian Flake Lorenz [the two both ex-Feeling B], drummer Christoph Schneider, bassist Oliver Riedel and ex-champion swimmer Till ...

90. Public Enemy

Soundtrack | Do the Right Thing

In 1987 when the band played at Baltimore's Palladium club, their supporting act was fledgling rapper Queen Latifah who was introduced by a 16-year-old Jada Pinkett Smith.

91. Metallica

Soundtrack | Zombieland

Band consists of singer/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bass player Robert Trujillo.

92. Guns N' Roses

Soundtrack | Body of Lies

The original band members were Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler.

94. Slick Rick

Soundtrack | Everest

Born to Jamaican parents in London, on January 14, 1965, Slick Rick, born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, is the most successful British-American rapper in music history. Brilliant word play, the effort-less ability to bring life to the stories he rhymed about, dead on pop-culture references and ...

95. Beach House

Soundtrack | Wild Target

American dream pop band composed of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally.

96. Beastie Boys

Soundtrack | Star Trek: Beyond

Ranked #11 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

97. Heart

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Ranked #57 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.

98. Anita O'Day

Soundtrack | Zig Zag

Anita O'Day was born on October 18, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Anita Belle Colton. She was married to Carl Hoff and Don Carter. She died on November 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

99. Benny Moré

Soundtrack | Before Night Falls

Benny Moré was born on August 24, 1919 in Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba as Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré. He died on February 19, 1963 in Havana, Cuba.

100. Son House

Soundtrack | Supernatural

Legendary bluesman and one of the originators of the Mississippi Delta blues style, Son House was born Eddie Jones Jr. in 1902 in Riverton, MS, a small impoverished town in the Mississippi Delta. He sang in his local Baptist church as a youth and actually became a preacher at 20 years of age. His ...