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31Who is the #1 Music Icon of All Time?

You all know that these kinds of lists force me to have mini-mental breakdowns that make me debate the merits of suicide, but the results of CNN’s recent readers poll of the most iconic person in music history isn’t that bad. In fact, I almost maybe even agree with them. Can you freakin’ imagine?

The number one music icon of all time, as voted by those who took the poll at, was the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. While it’s difficult to say what roll his death had in America coming to realize that his contribution to the world of entertainment is entirely separate from the scandal that surrounded his personal life, I think that it’s an unsurprising and generally fair choice.

The rest of the top five was filled out by The Beatles (of course), Leslie Cheung, Elivs Presley and Bob Marley. I’m particularly proud that the last three made the list, as I feel that they are often overlooked. And while it’s fantastic that the list is about as diverse as it gets when you’re asking the mainstream for their opinion, it’s disappointing that no women were able to crack the top five. Madonna, the obvious choice, came in number six in the poll.

That being said, screw the CNN readers opinions. I want to know who you guys think is the number one music icon of all time. What about Janet Jackson or David Bowie or Sting or Peter Frampton? Mariah Carey? Celine Dion? Fuck it! What about that Lady Gaga you all love so much?

August 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm by Molls
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31 Responses to “Who is the #1 Music Icon of All Time?”

  1. esa says:

    Bob Dylan

  2. Raymond says:

    Mozart is probably number one as he has had such a profound effect on those that came after him in his field.

    I am not a big listener or expert on classical music but I can never understand why so often when these list are published they are so dominated by chart musicians.

    And even within popular 20th century musical styles so many genres which are not rock and roll are overlooked, jazz, country, ska and the increasingly influential rhythms of traditional African music to name a few of many.

    • pufinstuf says:

      I was going to say Mozart or Bach but was afraid I’d be seen as a smartass. I’m glad someone else said it first.
      But really the greatest music icon of all time is that first caveman (or cavewoman) that hit two sticks together and thought “That sounds cool. I could do something with that.”

  3. Jo says:

    Who is Leslie Chung? Seriously? (I don’t even know if Leslie Chung is a boy or a girl o_0)

  4. Kelly says:

    Lesley aka “Elvis of Hong Kong” was a pop singer from Asia.

  5. evilbeetdouche says:

    The world burns and CNN does a fucking music poll.
    Molls = dumpster juice.

  6. archphoenix says:

    The pedant in me has to point out it should read “what ROLE.”

    Interesting that “music icon” was rock icon.

  7. WAGwannabe says:

    Lady Gaga!!!!!! :)

  8. Mercy says:

    David Bowie.


  10. Shazza says:

    Wait, you think Elvis is often overlooked? Are you on crack?
    As for your question, Bob Dylan.

  11. Taja says:

    Michael Jackson-forever!


  13. anna says:

    MJ forever

  14. James says:

    Of course MJ is no1. He was the best that ever did this thing we call music.

  15. Its good to see do-it-yourselfers allow postings on this matter, I are required to book mark my place. Keep up the better do the trick.

  16. insert lame name says:

    i say rolf harris.

  17. bonnieee says:

    Are you kidding???? ELVIS is the top icon of all time!!! No one else even comes close.

  18. Kyle G says:

    double rainbow all the way

  19. lola says:

    MICHAEL JACKSON of course!!!! what a question…!!!

  20. Travis says:

    Britney Spears!

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  22. blur says:

    umm i am trying to choose, this time i will choose janet jackson. she is great, i like her style. it umm quite unique it is very sensual

  23. Queenrosered says:

    It WILL be, in this order..
    1) Elvis
    2) The Beatles
    3) Michael Jackson
    4) Adam Lambert
    As far as lasting influence and talent, that is MY list, maybe not yours and that’s OK…all are opinions. That’s all. ;D

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