The 1000 Most Recommended Artists of All Time (Songs)


1 The Beatles
2 The Rolling Stones
3 Bob Dylan
4 David Bowie
5 Elvis Presley
6 The Beach Boys
7 Bruce Springsteen
8 Prince
9 Radiohead
10 U2
11 Marvin Gaye
12 Madonna
13 Led Zeppelin
14 R.E.M.
15 The Who
16 The Clash
17 Neil Young
18 The Velvet Underground
19 Kanye West
20 Chuck Berry
21 Jimi Hendrix
22 James Brown
23 The Smiths
24 Nirvana
25 Jay-Z
26 Aretha Franklin
27 Blur
28 Elvis Costello
29 Stevie Wonder
30 Michael Jackson
31 The Cure
32 Bob Marley and The Wailers
33 New Order
34 The Kinks
35 Oasis
36 John Lennon
37 Arcade Fire
38 Creedence Clearwater Revival
39 LCD Soundsystem
40 Pink Floyd
41 Daft Punk
42 Sex Pistols
43 Sam Cooke
44 Ray Charles
45 Talking Heads
46 Sly and the Family Stone
47 Public Enemy
48 Joy Division
49 Buddy Holly & The Crickets
50 Simon and Garfunkel
51 The Byrds
52 The Jam
53 Pixies
54 The Temptations
55 The Doors
56 Johnny Cash
57 Beastie Boys
58 Roy Orbison
59 Little Richard
60 Otis Redding
61 The Supremes
62 OutKast
63 Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
64 Queen
65 Elton John
66 Al Green
67 Van Morrison
68 Kraftwerk
69 Leonard Cohen
70 Blondie
71 Hank Williams
72 Fleetwood Mac
73 Depeche Mode
74 Primal Scream
75 The White Stripes
76 Eminem
77 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
78 M.I.A.
79 The Everly Brothers
80 The Strokes
81 Pulp
82 The Stone Roses
83 The Drifters
84 Beck
85 Lou Reed
86 T. Rex
87 Ramones
88 Beyoncé
89 Pet Shop Boys
90 Björk
91 Arctic Monkeys
92 Massive Attack
93 ABBA
94 The Police
95 Run-D.M.C.
96 Four Tops
97 Portishead
98 Roxy Music
99 Kate Bush
100 Coldplay
101 The Ronettes
102 Patti Smith
103 Bo Diddley
104 Missy Elliott
105 The Specials
106 Vampire Weekend
107 The Band
108 Joni Mitchell
109 Duke Ellington
110 The Chemical Brothers
111 AC/DC
112 Muddy Waters
113 The Jesus and Mary Chain
114 Louis Armstrong
115 Donna Summer
116 PJ Harvey
117 Guns N' Roses
118 Justin Timberlake
119 Eagles
120 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
121 Black Sabbath
122 Smashing Pumpkins
123 Franz Ferdinand
124 My Bloody Valentine
125 Phoenix
126 Fats Domino
127 Peter Gabriel
128 Morrissey
129 The Stooges
130 MGMT
131 Pavement
132 Ike and Tina Turner
133 Dr. Dre
134 Snoop Dogg
135 The Jackson 5
136 Animal Collective
137 Jerry Lee Lewis
138 Bee Gees
139 The Righteous Brothers
140 Green Day
141 Tom Waits
142 Martha and The Vandellas
143 Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
144 Serge Gainsbourg
145 The Isley Brothers
146 Dion
147 Weezer
148 Rod Stewart
149 Pretenders
150 Chic
151 Buzzcocks
152 Red Hot Chili Peppers
153 Curtis Mayfield
154 The Animals
155 Robert Johnson
156 Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young)
157 Gorillaz
158 Patsy Cline
159 The Flaming Lips
160 Sonic Youth
161 Frank Ocean
162 Hot Chip
163 Randy Newman
164 The Verve
165 Billie Holiday
166 Dusty Springfield
167 The Crystals
168 The Shangri-La's
169 Cream
170 The Streets
171 Ben E. King
172 Aerosmith
173 Big Star
174 The Killers
175 Bon Iver
176 The Libertines
177 Funkadelic/Parliament
178 Manic Street Preachers
179 The Prodigy
180 Nick Drake
181 Jackie Wilson
182 Robyn
183 Foo Fighters
184 Suede
185 Frank Sinatra
186 The Knife
187 The Monkees
188 Aphex Twin
189 Eddie Cochran
190 The Notorious B.I.G.
191 Pearl Jam
192 N.W.A
193 Elliott Smith
194 The Shirelles
195 Paul McCartney
196 The B-52's
197 Jeff Buckley
198 Happy Mondays
199 Metallica
200 Howlin' Wolf
201 M83
202 Eric B. & Rakim
203 John Coltrane
204 Interpol
205 Buffalo Springfield
206 Wilco
207 James Blake
208 The Replacements
209 Caribou/Manitoba
210 Drake
211 Steely Dan
212 Janis Joplin/Big Brother and The Holding Company
213 Paul Simon
214 Rihanna
215 The Kingsmen
216 XTC
217 Jefferson Airplane
218 The Lovin' Spoonful
219 Grizzly Bear
220 Nine Inch Nails
221 Kylie Minogue
222 Wilson Pickett
223 Gang of Four
224 TLC
225 The Impressions
226 The Human League
227 Glen Campbell
228 Iggy Pop
229 Tom Petty
230 Kelis
231 A Tribe Called Quest
232 The National
233 Dizzee Rascal
234 Spoon
235 Deerhunter
236 Queens of the Stone Age
237 Underworld
238 Frankie Goes to Hollywood
239 De La Soul
240 Echo and the Bunnymen
241 Public Image Ltd.
242 Grateful Dead
243 Lynyrd Skynyrd
244 Suicide
245 Dolly Parton
246 Pharrell Williams
247 Kendrick Lamar
248 Duran Duran
249 Air
250 Dionne Warwick
251 The Mamas and the Papas
252 Jimmy Cliff
253 The Rapture
254 Britney Spears
255 Justice
256 Small Faces
257 Jonathan Richman/The Modern Lovers
258 Devo
259 LL Cool J
260 Amy Winehouse
261 Dexys Midnight Runners
262 Basement Jaxx
263 Carole King
264 Nina Simone
265 TV on the Radio
266 Hole
267 Alice Cooper
268 St. Vincent
269 Disclosure
270 Del Shannon
271 Bill Haley and His Comets
272 Bing Crosby
273 Gnarls Barkley
274 Nat King Cole
275 Janelle Monáe
276 Madness
277 Lana Del Rey
278 Derek and The Dominos
279 Sam & Dave
280 Supergrass
281 Fatboy Slim
282 The Coasters
283 Procol Harum
284 The Platters
285 George Michael
286 Sufjan Stevens
287 2Pac
288 Grimes
289 Sinéad O'Connor
290 Television
291 Them
292 Carl Perkins
293 Tears for Fears
294 Robert Wyatt
295 Fleet Foxes
296 Etta James
297 Spencer Davis Group
298 Wu-Tang Clan
299 Ian Dury
300 Wire
301 Destiny's Child
302 Janet Jackson
303 Dinosaur Jr.
304 Louis Jordan
305 Aaliyah
306 The Rascals
307 Glenn Miller
308 Desmond Dekker
309 Van Halen
310 Cyndi Lauper
311 Love
312 Lloyd Price
313 John Lee Hooker
314 Gene Vincent
315 Billy Bragg
316 Bill Withers
317 Harry Nilsson
318 George Jones
319 Carpenters
320 Fugees
321 The Zombies
322 Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force
323 Belle and Sebastian
324 Thin Lizzy
325 The Allman Brothers Band
326 John Cale
327 Hüsker Dü
328 Booker T. & The MG's
329 Gary Numan
330 Modest Mouse
331 Bessie Smith
332 The O'Jays
333 Elastica
334 FKA Twigs
335 The Troggs
336 DJ Shadow
337 The Carter Family
338 The Undertones
339 Todd Terje
340 Donovan
341 The Avalanches
342 Deep Purple
343 Percy Sledge
344 Tame Impala
345 Eric Clapton
346 Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
347 Violent Femmes
348 Eurythmics
349 Santana
350 Soft Cell
351 Siouxsie and The Banshees
352 Toots and The Maytals
353 Steppenwolf
354 Lily Allen
355 Lady Gaga
356 Future Islands
357 Mott the Hoople
358 Nancy Sinatra
359 Soundgarden
360 The Four Seasons
361 Bat for Lashes
362 The Shins
363 B.B. King
364 Rage Against the Machine
365 The Sugarhill Gang
366 Ariel Pink
367 The Pogues
368 Dire Straits
369 Jessie Ware
370 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
371 Simple Minds
372 Erykah Badu
373 Adele
374 The Box Tops
375 Nas
376 Alicia Keys
377 Crowded House
378 Japandroids
379 ZZ Top
380 The La's
381 Neneh Cherry
382 The War on Drugs
383 Big Joe Turner
384 Tricky
385 Bobby Darin
386 Ritchie Valens
387 George Harrison
388 Antony and The Johnsons
389 Daryl Hall & John Oates
390 The xx
391 Dead Kennedys
392 R. Kelly
393 The Walker Brothers
394 Beach House
395 Usher
396 Burial
397 The Stranglers
398 Motörhead
399 Fugazi
400 The Roots
401 Gladys Knight and The Pips
402 Billy Joel
403 Slade
404 Blue Öyster Cult
405 The Fall
406 Dirty Projectors
407 Brian Eno
408 Muse
409 Kiss
410 Metronomy
411 Fred Astaire
412 Mary J. Blige
413 Spiritualized
414 The Breeders
415 James Taylor
416 Nicki Minaj
417 Garbage
418 Judy Garland
419 Sigur Rós
420 Röyksopp
421 Question Mark and the Mysterians
422 Don McLean
423 The Damned
424 Salt 'n' Pepa
425 The Gossip
426 Lauryn Hill
427 Soul II Soul
428 The Postal Service
429 Super Furry Animals
430 Feist
431 Miles Davis
432 Grace Jones
433 The Cars
434 Ol' Dirty Bastard
435 Can
436 10cc
437 Benny Goodman
438 Haim
439 Isaac Hayes
440 The Walkmen
441 Saint Etienne
442 Edith Piaf
443 The Hives
444 Link Wray
445 Loretta Lynn
446 Woody Guthrie
447 Herbie Hancock
448 Tammy Wynette
449 War
450 Big Boi
451 Steve Miller Band
452 Diana Ross
453 Deee-Lite
454 Go-Go's
455 The Staple Singers
456 Midnight Oil
457 Santigold
458 Jane's Addiction
459 Gil Scott-Heron
460 MC5
461 Nico
462 Cliff Richard
463 ABC
464 Jimmie Rodgers
465 Neutral Milk Hotel
466 Kings of Leon
467 Bill Monroe
468 50 Cent
469 Jacques Brel
470 Hercules and Love Affair
471 The Chiffons
472 Orbital
473 Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
474 Sparks
475 Peter Bjorn and John
476 The KLF
477 Whitney Houston
478 Gloria Gaynor
479 The Charlatans
480 Leadbelly
481 Count Basie
482 Moby
483 Fats Waller
484 Artie Shaw
485 The The
486 Stardust
487 The Doobie Brothers
488 Liz Phair
489 Crystal Castles
490 M/A/R/R/S
491 Screamin' Jay Hawkins
492 Squeeze
493 Bloc Party
494 Thelonious Monk
495 Stan Getz
496 Battles
497 The Orioles
498 John Mellencamp
499 Cheap Trick
500 Little Willie John
501 Jackie Brenston
502 Bob Seger
503 Culture Club
504 Tommy James and The Shondells
505 Tom Tom Club
506 The Horrors
507 T.I.
508 Chubby Checker
509 Nick Lowe
510 Gram Parsons
511 Perfume Genius
512 Roberta Flack
513 Yardbirds
514 The Cramps
515 Real Estate
516 Naughty by Nature
517 Ann Peebles
518 Scissor Sisters
519 Freda Payne
520 Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
521 Cut Copy
522 The Beat
523 Method Man
524 Girls
525 Todd Rundgren
526 Orange Juice
527 Gordon Lightfoot
528 The Go-Betweens
529 Tyler, The Creator
530 Solomon Burke
531 Cornershop
532 INXS
533 Sister Sledge
534 Lorde
535 Charlie Parker
536 Cypress Hill
537 En Vogue
538 Prefab Sprout
539 The Flamingos
540 Mazzy Star
541 AlunaGeorge
542 Faces
543 Merle Haggard
544 Adam and The Ants
545 Klaxons
546 Cat Power
547 Laurie Anderson
548 Magazine
549 X-Ray Spex
550 Richard Hell & The Voidoids
551 The Cardigans
552 Annie
553 The Five Satins
554 The Sugarcubes
555 Busta Rhymes
556 The Offspring
557 Elbow
558 Alain Bashung
559 The Flying Burrito Brothers
560 Ella Fitzgerald
561 Boston
562 Yo La Tengo
563 Spinners
564 Faith No More
565 Moloko
566 The Only Ones
567 The Cranberries
568 New York Dolls
569 Yeasayer
570 !!!
571 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton
572 Elmore James
573 Cloud Nothings
574 Ash
575 Jerry Butler
576 Slayer
577 Alanis Morissette
578 Arrested Development
579 Gwen Stefani
580 Rick Nelson
581 The Psychedelic Furs
582 D'Angelo
583 Everything But the Girl
584 Willie Nelson
585 Don Henley
586 The Waterboys
587 Melle Mel
588 Electric Light Orchestra
589 Black Flag
590 Bobby Fuller Four
591 Jacques Dutronc
592 Lykke Li
593 Cee-Lo
594 Talk Talk
595 Tori Amos
596 Lil Wayne
597 Kelly Clarkson
598 King Crimson
599 The Beta Band
600 Fela Kuti
601 Little Eva
602 Bachman-Turner Overdrive
603 The Left Banke
604 X
605 The Chi-Lites
606 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
607 Carly Simon
608 LaVern Baker
609 The Easybeats
610 The Black Keys
611 Mahalia Jackson
612 James
613 The New Pornographers
614 The Lemonheads
615 Bauhaus
616 The Moody Blues
617 Clipse
618 Blackstreet
619 Jan and Dean
620 Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
621 The Shadows
622 Chvrches
623 Bobbie Gentry
624 Dizzy Gillespie
625 Amerie
626 Run the Jewels
627 Edwin Starr
628 Jackson Browne
629 The Dixie Cups
630 Bobby Bland
631 Sleater-Kinney
632 Wilbert Harrison
633 America
634 The Sonics
635 Free
636 Yes
637 Lenny Kravitz
638 Coolio
639 The Tornados
640 Maxïmo Park
641 Chaka Khan
642 Peggy Lee
643 Chris Isaak
644 Richard and Linda Thompson
645 Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
646 Sugababes
647 Doves
648 The 13th Floor Elevators
649 Scritti Politti
650 tUnE-yArDs
651 The Marvelettes
652 Charles Trenet
653 James Carr
654 The House of Love
655 Bon Jovi
656 Coleman Hawkins
657 Cat Stevens
658 Stereolab
659 Teenage Fanclub
660 Mariah Carey
661 Fairport Convention
662 Leftfield
663 Digital Underground
664 Solange
665 Panda Bear
666 Flamin' Groovies
667 Cameo
668 The Cult
669 Lonnie Donegan
670 Destroyer
671 The Stylistics
672 Warren Zevon
673 alt-J
674 Mercury Rev
675 House of Pain
676 Inner City
677 Tracy Chapman
678 Azealia Banks
679 Suzanne Vega
680 The Orb
681 Fine Young Cannibals
682 Earth, Wind & Fire
683 Major Lazer
684 Barrett Strong
685 Bright Eyes
686 Mission of Burma
687 Flying Lotus
688 Electric Six
689 Phil Collins
690 The Guess Who
691 Jane Birkin
692 Derrick May
693 Badly Drawn Boy
694 Goldfrapp
695 Miguel
696 The Penguins
697 Michel Polnareff
698 The Buggles
699 Genesis
700 Phosphorescent
701 Guided by Voices
702 Ice Cube
703 Travis
704 Bonnie Raitt
705 Geto Boys
706 The Count Five
707 Sonny and Cher
708 The Slits
709 Al Jolson
710 Warren G
711 Taylor Swift
712 Danny and The Juniors
713 Junior Murvin
714 Foals
715 Nelly Furtado
716 Raspberries
717 The Chords
718 Pere Ubu
719 Lucinda Williams
720 Christina Aguilera
721 Dick Dale
722 Kurtis Blow
723 Edwyn Collins
724 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
725 Sia
726 Bangles
727 The Delfonics
728 The Sundays
729 Jimmy Reed
730 Gene Autry
731 Manfred Mann
732 La Roux
733 Wanda Jackson
734 Blind Lemon Jefferson
735 Henry Mancini
736 Les Rita Mitsouko
737 New Radicals
738 Bryan Ferry
739 Tina Turner
740 Blind Willie Johnson
741 Bix Beiderbecke
742 Doug E. Fresh
743 A Guy Called Gerald
744 Althea and Donna
745 The Coral
746 Traffic
747 Dave Brubeck
748 The Andrews Sisters
749 Jr. Walker & The All Stars
750 Mary Wells
751 Chuck Willis
752 Labelle
753 Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
754 Kaiser Chiefs
755 Yazoo
756 Sade
757 Marianne Faithfull
758 808 State
759 Millie
760 Canned Heat
761 Goldie
762 Roy Acuff
763 Jethro Tull
764 Japan
765 Peter, Paul and Mary
766 KC and The Sunshine Band
767 The Dells
768 Dr. John
769 Mudhoney
770 Rush
771 The Dandy Warhols
772 Brenda Lee
773 They Might Be Giants
774 Cab Calloway
775 Sharon Van Etten
776 The Knack
777 The Searchers
778 Aaron Neville
779 Joanna Newsom
780 The Hollies
781 Eels
782 Iron Maiden
783 Kurt Vile
784 Duane Eddy
785 The Contours
786 Thunderclap Newman
787 Sun Kil Moon
788 Les Paul & Mary Ford
789 Junior Boys
790 Chet Baker
791 Jai Paul
792 Johnnie Ray
793 Bill Doggett
794 Yoko Ono
795 Savages
796 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford
797 Ornette Coleman
798 Léo Ferré
799 Glasvegas
800 Death Cab for Cutie
801 Dinah Washington
802 Soda Stereo
803 Electronic
804 Babyshambles
805 Chromatics
806 Gene Chandler
807 Rick James
808 Carly Rae Jepsen
809 Youssou N'Dour
810 Tim Buckley
811 Julie London
812 Weather Report
813 Lipps Inc.
814 Band of Horses
815 The Pharcyde
816 T-Bone Walker
817 Bobby Womack
818 Fiona Apple
819 George Clinton
820 The Trashmen
821 João Gilberto
822 Joe Jackson
823 Placebo
824 Candi Staton
825 Sleigh Bells
826 UGK
827 Nelly
828 Camera Obscura
829 Tone-Lōc
830 George McCrae
831 Richard Harris
832 Joe Cocker
833 Liquid Liquid
834 The Surfaris
835 Johnny Kidd and The Pirates
836 Wham!
837 George Gershwin
838 Mobb Deep
839 Beirut
840 Bikini Kill
841 McAlmont and Butler
842 The Sons of the Pioneers
843 Junior Senior
844 A-ha
845 The Ventures
846 Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
847 Stray Cats
848 Stereo MC's
849 Lloyd Cole and The Commotions
850 Dale Hawkins
851 Max Romeo
852 The Clovers
853 Archie Bell & The Drells
854 The Church
855 Gang Starr
856 The Ting Tings
857 The Turtles
858 Sheryl Crow
859 Tammi Terrell
860 Tindersticks
861 Editors
862 CSS
863 Def Leppard
864 The Meters
865 Bronski Beat
866 Kirsty MacColl
867 Françoise Hardy
868 Broken Social Scene
869 The Raconteurs
870 Clyde McPhatter
871 Manu Chao
872 Veruca Salt
873 The Diamonds
874 Sylvester
875 Martha and The Muffins
876 Lorraine Ellison
877 Blink-182
878 Norman Greenbaum
879 Alvvays
880 The Future Sound of London
881 Seal
882 Augustus Pablo
883 Phuture
884 Mr. Oizo
885 Art Brut
886 Spice Girls
887 Professor Longhair
888 Biz Markie
889 Gang Gang Dance
890 Tommy Dorsey
891 Stone Temple Pilots
892 The Association
893 The Style Council
894 Funky Four Plus One
895 Autre Ne Veut
896 Paul Weller
897 Mamie Smith
898 At the Drive-In
899 Bomb the Bass
900 The Game
901 The Chantays
902 Minutemen
903 The Trammps
904 Terry Riley
905 Charley Patton
906 System of a Down
907 Ciara
908 Black Box
909 Foreigner
910 Three 6 Mafia
911 The Weavers
912 Ludacris
913 Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention
914 Mos Def
915 Barbara
916 The Pop Group
917 Twin Shadow
918 Manu Dibango
919 Urge Overkill
920 Wynonie Harris
921 Lena Horne
922 The Teardrop Explodes
923 Johnny Burnette
924 Jens Lekman
925 Spacemen 3
926 The Edwin Hawkins Singers
927 Grand Funk Railroad
928 Kitty Wells
929 Iron Butterfly
930 Petula Clark
931 The Notwist
932 EMF
933 The Chantels
934 The Del-Vikings
935 Burning Spear
936 This Mortal Coil
937 Mumford & Sons
938 Les Brown
939 Shannon
940 S'Express
941 Foster the People
942 Friendly Fires
943 Boards of Canada
944 The Pretty Things
945 Ruth Brown
946 Sonny Boy Williamson (II)
947 Sky Ferreira
948 The Associates
949 Rufus & Chaka Khan
950 Joy Orbison
951 Ultravox
952 Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
953 Heaven 17
954 Blind Faith
955 Sweet
956 Billy Ward & The Dominoes
957 John Fogerty
958 Bran Van 3000
959 Fischerspooner
960 Betty Wright
961 The Jaynetts
962 Rhye
963 Plastic Bertrand
964 Isolée
965 The Marcels
966 Journey
967 Ministry
968 Charles Mingus
969 Estelle
970 The Big Bopper
971 Grinderman
972 The Melodians
973 Ride
974 Roger Miller
975 Arthur Conley
976 Boogie Down Productions
977 Jelly Roll Morton
978 Terry Jacks
979 Fingers Inc.
980 The Big Pink
981 Smokey Robinson
982 Bonnie "Prince" Billy
983 The Boo Radleys
984 Skip James
985 Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
986 Neu!
987 All Saints
988 The Champs
989 The Seeds
990 Peter Tosh
991 Townes Van Zandt
992 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
993 Culture
994 Lil' Louis
995 Grandaddy
996 Lesley Gore
997 Charlie Christian
998 Alice in Chains
999 iLoveMakonnen
1000 Tim Hardin