Hey everyone! This question is to all those who can't live without their music. Who is the greatest artist that has ever lived?
It is impossible to name the greatest artist of all time, becasue there are many different styles of music, everything from opera to rap music..And each artist has their own interpretation, style and voice quality..
Since there are so many different genres and artists within each from classical symphony to todays music, it is difficult to select any one era or music or composer or performer.
I would say John Lennon and Paul McCartney. You can't separate them and their influence is still with us today. They took Rock n' Roll and launched it somewhere into another dimension. There's never been anything quite as astonishing than the effect The Beatles had on popular music.
Hmmm...Michael Jackson or Jill Scott or Kem or Anita Baker or Teena Marie or Luther Vandross or........
Let me rephrase my question. Who is your favourite artist considering your taste in music?
Depending on my mood, I like listening to world music, traditional folk, baroque, classical, modern classical or mediaeval/renaissance music.
I have preferred composers as well as preferred performers.
It is impossible for me to name a single favourite even within each of these categories separately, let alone a single overriding favourite.
I also despise this pressure to define "best", "top", "hot" and give ranks and scores to everyone and everything.
Theres no artist that comes to your mind when the question is poped to you? All things considered nobody can fit this criteria?
Even so on a scale of one to ten award points to
1. The 'hotest' artist...the one who had their moments but also had their lows.
2. 'Top' to mean they constantly put out songs that dominated charts worldwide
3. 'Best' to mean an artist that you couldn't live without
Remember on a scale of 1-10. And if you have an absolute best go ahead and name them just like qsera has done.
I can live without anything if necessary.
I have no idea who has what place in what chart. Charts do not interest me and I do not follow them.
Well contenders for some of my personal tops might be:
The sacred music of Monteverdi, particularly when performed by Rene Jacobs and his group.
Beethoven for his Missa Solemnis, especially the moment when flute and soprano interweave on the "et incarnatus est" in the Credo
Dvorak for his Stabat Mater
Fritz Kreisler playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto
Verdi for his Requiem
Emma Kirkby singing Monteverdi
Heather Harper singing Mahler
Leonard Bernstein conducting just about anything, and also his composition: Chichester Psalms
Michael Tippet for his Midsummer Marriage opera
Mozart for his Requiem and Magic Flute
and in a lighter mood:
Jacques Loussier and the Play Bach Trio
Itzakh Perlman playing klezmer
Jamie Smith's Mabon
Mose Fan Fan
Steeleye Span with Maddy Prior
This is today. Tomorrow, the list could well change at least in part.
It depends on the Genre' of music. I like all types of music and can listen to anything and everything, so that question would be a little complicated for me.
I'm a professional musician, and people are always asking me this question. The problem is, when someone asks, my brain turns into an auditorium of a thousand third-graders, all waving their hands in the air and shouting, "Pick me! Pick me!" So I don't answer that question, because if I tried I would get paralyzed and fall over.
I feel the same way. My parents are retired professional musicians. I listen to most genres. But somehow, when I hear "greatest musician," I do feel that you have to talk about classical music-whichever specific artist you might choose-because they have been dead for hundreds of years and people still perform them and influence other composers-something that can't be known about our own lifetimes. For me then, the so-called contest would have to be between people like Wagner, Beethoven, the Strauss family , Brahms etc.
I'm more of the early music type, so I'd be hard-pressed to pick among Dufay, Dunstaple, Binchois, Ockeghem, Obrecht, Frescobaldi, Palestrina, De Machaut, Janequin, Allegri, and hundreds of others, and I've barely scratched the surface. I will point out that CMM picked Dufay for Volume 1.
I guess that would be a toss up between Antonín Dvořák and Steve Perry.
My faves (and influences) include Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus, Mike Oldfield, Kurt Weill, Alan Parsons (alongside Eric Woolfson), a lot of classic rock, progressive, punk and late 70s proto-New Wave. (Television, Gary Numan) - too many, once I get started. In the classical world, the relatively small oeuvre of Samuel Barber has had a tight clutch on my musical brain for many years now. I'm also very keen on Bach, Bernstein, and only fairly recently, Vivaldi. Well, best stop now, as I'm leaving out sp many ...
All am seeing are mostly classical music lovers. Are there no hiphop lovers on hubpages? Jay-z? Anyone?:-)
I like all kinds of music. I do hubs on pop music felixhugz, if you're interested.
If i had to choose one, i would have to say Paul McCartney.
The greatest artist that ever lived? Well I'll have to derive from my classic rock as I'm most familiar with this genre.
I don't know.
My favorites are (some)...well ACTUALLy maybe Billy Joel. His lyrics are so clever especially the Stranger.
I see we all have different tastes... Keep those nominations coming in and if a name pops up often enough, they will be considered the musical kings of HP. Speak now or forever hold your peace!
The answer is easy: Tom Waits! He's America's greatest living songwriter. (And yes, I realize Bob Dylan is still alive!)
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From our time I would have to say that Frank Zappa was the most prolific and diversified composers of the 20th century. Yellow Shark is an orchestral masterpiece.
Hard to say who was the best who ever lived. There are too many who changed the face of music, each withing their won generation.
My favorite would always be the Allman Brothers Band, because it was their music that set me on my path of learning to play guitar and appreciated music.
Every artist is great in their own way. To some, what they create might not even sound like music.
My personal favourite? For tonight, I'd say Paramore, but that's just me.
Hmmm...difficult question. I guess you can pick a few artists for each genre. In rock, it must be either Elvis Presley or The Beatles. In pop, Michael Jackson and for classical music maybe Yo Yo Ma (the cellist).
Bruce Springsteen... here's hoping I get tickets for his Irish tour in the morning!! Unbelievable man!
Any of the artists signed to Psychopathic records.
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope Whoop Whoop!!
That's a tough one but for me... at the moment... i would say Celine Dion
Tori Amos! But that's down to the effect her music had on my life during some very dark days dealing with severe depression. I consider her music 'survivor music' and her music could help me feel stronger in myself back in those dark days. I don't think any other musician could be said to have saved my life with their music but Tori would start playing in my head sometimes when I needed it most, thus changing my emotional state from ready and walking to the bridge to jump to simply wanting to be home and warm with some of her music.
That said, these days Florence and the Machine is keeping me going while doing some very boring and tedious work!
Most will disagree but I just love the music of Morrissey and The Smiths!
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