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The Most Iconic Rock Stars in History: Part Two

On the iconic geniuses of the rock scene...

Legendary Rock Stars: The Top Most Iconic Idols Ever… Part 2

We continue to recall the most iconic rock stars in the history of music... These people are legends of their eras and styles: they all influenced the development of the genre to a certain extent, and their work and worldview inspired thousands of contemporaries... In a word, the people mentioned below deservedly wear their loud title. Who are they? From John Lennon to Alice Cooper, we tried to include everyone! So: this is a list of legendary rock musicians whose names are forever imprinted on the pages of musical history ... Let's start!

John Lennon

John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon
John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon

The cult "Beatle" John Lennon proved to the whole world that even without the legendary band he is able to create real rock ... This man became an icon of an entire era - the era of world peace, love and Woodstock. Musician, singer, poet, composer, artist, writer and activist - it is not for nothing that historians and musicologists tirelessly continue to delve into the details of his life, even decades after his death. Lennon deservedly bears the title of "one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century"! And who knows how much beauty he could have created for our world, if not for the brutal murder in 1980...

The phenomenon of John Lennon, which inspired many followers - songs filled with deep political meaning! The musician boldly preached the ideas of equality and brotherhood of people, peace, freedom ... Hippies idolized him: to this day he is considered a landmark public figure of the 1960s - 1970s. He is also listed as "The Greatest Artist of All Time" by Rolling Stone and "The Greatest Guitarist of All Time" by Classic Rock.

Ian Gillan

Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan

Ian Gillan gained a huge army of fans around the world as the vocalist of Deep Purple: he captivated listeners with his excellent, very high vocal abilities ... As the singer himself admitted, even as a teenager he fell under the influence of the king of rock and roll Elvis Presley. Real success hit him as part of Deep Purple, but for personal reasons - Gillan left the group in 1973. He also managed to work in Black Sabbath, which had a positive effect on his popularity. In addition to all of the above, this man built a good solo career ...

Gillan undoubtedly influenced modern rock: many contemporaries are inspired by his style of performance, which, as critics wrote, "in places resembles the screams of a banshee." He rightfully deserves the status of a rock legend, because according to many Deep Purple fans, they released their best material precisely with Gillan ...

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio

It is Ronnie James Dio who owns the famous finger gesture, the so-called "goat", which today personifies the symbol of rock! Dio has made a name for himself in iconic bands such as Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Later, he formed his own project called Dio: without deviating far from the Sabbath style, Dio gradually became a hard rock classic ...

Throughout his long and certainly dazzling career, Dio took part in the recording of about 50 albums! He is one of the greatest rock musicians ever! And this is the opinion not only of his fans, but also of influential music publications and his colleagues.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant
Robert Plant

The legendary vocalist of Led Zeppelin - Robert Plant created an attractive image of a charismatic frontman of a rock band, which turned out to be a source of inspiration for most of his contemporaries (a prime example is Roger Daltrey from Who) ... A slender toned body, a mop of curly blond hair, a mighty bare chest - on the Plant stage was the "god of rock"!

The phenomenon of Robert Plant lies not only in his bright image, but also in his wide vocal range, which allowed his career to flourish successfully for many decades ... Rolling Stone magazine placed Plant on the 15th line of the list of "The 100 Best Singers of All Time", and according to the results Planet Rock poll - Plant is the "greatest voice of rock"!

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Despite a short career and a life that was tragically cut short in April 1994, Kurt Cobain managed to become a legend of the grunge scene... World fame came to him with the Nirvana group, with which he released the Nevermind album, a landmark for his contemporaries: it included the legendary "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which received the status of a timeless hit ...

Today, Kurt Cobain is an idol and inspiration for young rock bands. He is included in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list.

David Bowie

David Bowie
David Bowie

During his long career, Bowie earned himself the status of a "rock chameleon": the musician and singer often changed his images and musical styles. At the same time, Bowie managed to maintain his own individuality and originality, successfully combining them with the trends of a particular time ... He is called an innovator, in many respects - thanks to his work of the 1970s. David Bowie had a distinctive voice, and all of his work was distinguished by intellectual depth.

In a 2000 New Musical Express poll, Bowie was voted the most influential musician of the century, with many choosing him as the answer to the question "Which musician has had the most influence on your own work?"

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page. Photo: James Fortuna
Jimmy Page. Photo: James Fortuna

Today, Jimmy Page is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of music... This man was at the origins of the cult Led Zeppelin: he remained the musical "brain" of the group until the very collapse...

A virtuoso guitarist Page had a huge impact on his contemporaries: the musician has many prestigious music awards, including the Classic Rock Awards in the Living Legend nomination.

Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore

This British guitarist and songwriter is known to most rock fans thanks to Deep Purple, of which he was a founding member. After leaving, Blackmore founded the no less cult Rainbow band: the direction remained the same - hard rock ... At the end of the 1990s, Ritchie Blackmore founded another successful project with his wife Candice Knight: the group received the interesting name Blackmore's Night. As part of this project, Blackmore moved away from hard rock roots, and, as critics say, tried on the image of a "Renaissance bard" ...

Today, no list of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century, who had a huge impact on rock music, can do without Ritchie Blackmore ...

David Gilmour

David Gilmour
David Gilmour

Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour is known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time! In 2009, the musician even received a doctorate in arts from Cambridge.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

Over time, the musical style of this genius changed, but Clapton never changed his blues roots. Today he is one of the most respected and influential rock musicians. Eric Clapton is also the only musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times...

One of the few musicians who managed to win public recognition as a member of groups (Cream and The Yardbirds) and as a solo artist.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper as a young man.
Alice Cooper as a young man.

Alice Cooper broke into the rock scene with the hit track "I'm Eighteen" in the early 1970s! Starting his career in Detroit garage rock and glam rock, Cooper experimented a lot with styles ... As a result, he became famous throughout the world as the "King of Rock Horror"!

Many contemporary bands and performers note that they were inspired by Cooper's extraordinary style, as well as his innovative stage shows and high-level theatricality ...

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