10 artists who changed the world of music

The music world is one that has the ability to change in a heartbeat, and the way we live now is making it a lot easier to hear new songs on a daily basis. Before Spotify, social media and illegal downloads, there was a time when music was kept silent until it was released, when people went genuinely nuts over a band, and it’s because of this that – dare we say it – that music was a little more appreciated than it is now. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with 10 artists who changed music forever…

1. U2

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Bono has spearheaded one of the world’s most famous bands for the past 39 years. U2 are undoubtedly one of the most influential rock bands of our time, and continue to put out music that rivals anything else out there…

2. JIMI HENDRIX

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Potentially the greatest guitar hero to ever walk the planet, Jimi Hendrix is the true definition of an icon and has changed the way we look at (not to mention hear) music, forever.

3. BOB DYLAN

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After 5 decades in the game, there’s no doubting the genius that is Bob Dylan. He’s been on his Never Ending Tour since the late 80s, which without even going into his musical achievements is enough alone to impress us…

4. BOB MARLEY

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Without a doubt one of the most incredible, passionate and inspirational musicians to have graced us with his presence, there’s absolutely no doubt that Bob Marley continues to be one of the most important artists in the world.

5. MICHAEL JACKSON

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Surely being the King of Pop sums up Michael Jackson’s influence in one fail swoop?

6. QUEEN

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What makes Queen one of the most influential (and successful) bands in the world is that they truly loved (and explored) music. Thom Yorke of Radiohead even bought a guitar because he was so in awe of Brian May. Enough said?

7. MADONNA

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Madonna has always been, and continues to be, one of the most important figures in music. She’s been cited an inspiration by almost every female (and a fair share of male) artist in existence. And who could forget that John Paul Gautier outfit?

8. ELVIS PRESLEY

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There’s a whole chapel in Vegas named after him, he’s written some of the most well-known songs of all time, his nickname is Elvis the Pelvis. We could go on, but it’s safe to say he continues to influences hundreds of thousands of people daily.

9. SEX PISTOLS

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Controversy is one of the things that made Sex Pistols as influential as they are – and it’s something that we hardly see in music today. Johnny Rotten genuinely did not care what anyone thought or said; he wrote the music that he wanted to and he did it well.

10. JOHN LENNON

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Last but not least, we bring you the incredible, world-renowned John Lennon. There’s almost too much to write about the way that this man influenced music. Go right now and listen to literally any song by The Beatles and we guarantee you’ll find that something you’ve listened to recently has been influenced by it.

India Gladstone

India Gladstone

India is the Online Editor of Gentleman's Journal

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