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The most iconic rock stars in history

About the most iconic legends of the rock scene...

Legendary rock stars: the top most iconic idols of all time

The history of rock has seen quite a few truly talented and vibrant characters who eventually rose to the title of "rock idol". However, not many of these musicians were able to influence modern music... Some of them could not decide on a genre (or simply did not want to limit themselves to rock alone). That is why today's list may seem rather modest at first glance.

Musical taste can have a huge impact on your personality - probably more than you would like to believe. For this reason, today we will remember quite different rock stars who are united by one thing - they are all idols: they have a different style, character, worldview ... However, this does not prevent them from remaining the idols of millions of people to this day! So: these are the most iconic rock stars of all time who have had a huge impact on the development of the modern rock scene ...

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi (Jon Bon Jovi)
Jon Bon Jovi (Jon Bon Jovi)

The Bon Jovi frontman has earned a place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, received a Grammy Award, and has also appeared in various films and television shows. With the band, John has released 15 studio albums that have sold over 130 million copies worldwide, including two solo albums! And his whole exhilarating career began at the age of 13: he has since learned to play the piano and guitar in his first band called Raze.

In total, Bon Jovi played about 3,000 concerts in front of an audience of more than 30 million people ...

Elton John

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John

"Your Song" legend Elton John has had one of the longest and most successful musical careers since 1970. But what was the impetus for his success back in 1970? Mr. John's second album and his breakthrough single "Your Song" made him the real sensation of the year! And since then, he has conquered not only the stage, but also the big screen (and almost everything where you can hear his music).

In total, Elton John has sold more than 300 million copies of his records, which made him one of the most commercially successful rock artists (and just performers) in history ...

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley!
Elvis Presley!

This multi-generational idol might be a bit obvious for today's list... His nickname was "King of Rock 'n' Roll", but even aside from his undeniably credible alias, Elvis always seemed to fit flawlessly into the rocker's wild lifestyle... He was like otherworldly, as stated by those who knew him personally. It's all about confidence, style and charm. And in 1956, music changed forever: the king of rock and roll released his hit Heartbreak Hotel!

Elvis Presley passed away in August 1977, but the legacy he left is invaluable ... Today he is rightfully considered one of the most important representatives of the rock scene in the history of music!

Prince

Purple Rain movie (pictured by Prince)
Purple Rain movie (pictured by Prince)

It probably won't come as a surprise to you that Prince may not fit perfectly into the "rock star" or "classic rock idol" prototype. But any attempt to describe this man's talent or music will always, unintentionally, fail... He was one of the greatest rock guitarists since Jimi Hendrix, but what many forget is that he also put together one of the greatest bands of all time, The Revolution. Is it worth mentioning his cult creation Purple Rain, whose popularity has not faded to this day ...?

In total, Prince sold more than 100 million records, and in 2004 his name was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ...

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was quintessential in pushing mainstream music in a bold, new direction... Rock music changed forever after a 1965 performance at the Newport Folk Festival, but Dylan didn't stop there. He made folk music an acceptable medium for rock stars and proved that someone without otherworldly vocals can move millions...

Dylan is one of the most commercially successful musicians of all time! By 2017, its total circulation amounted to more than 100 million copies! Throughout his career, Dylan has received numerous prestigious awards, as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

Janis Joplin

Blues singer Janis Joplin in the roof garden of the Chelsea Hotel, New York, June 1970. Photo: David Gahr/Getty Images
Blues singer Janis Joplin in the roof garden of the Chelsea Hotel, New York, June 1970. Photo: David Gahr/Getty Images

Rock 'n' roll stars included not only men, but also the fair sex... Maybe not so many, but they definitely had an equally big impact... Janis Joplin may be one of the biggest female names in the history of rock! She laid bare her soul in her songs, leaving nothing to hide... Thanks to her unique soulful and feminine voice, she had no equal in the counterculture of the late 60s.

Unfortunately, Janice's fame ultimately led to her becoming a timeless music legend and member of the infamous "27 Club"...

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix. Smoking is bad for your health!

Jimi Hendrix carved his own way... Hendrix opened the door not only to experimental guitar techniques, but was the driving force behind rock music from the early '60s through the end of the decade. And his legendary solo from the popular song "Voodoo Child" was released as a single shortly after the death of the musician himself, becoming the first in the UK charts ... It is worth adding that Hendrix was also a first-class frontman ...

Today he is also among the members of the "Club 27" ...

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney plays the sitar
Paul McCartney plays the sitar

Thousands of rock bands have existed since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, but only the greatest of them have stood the test of time and gained lifelong fame and influence... So it's only right to mention the surviving member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, of course. Since the 1960s, he has been an icon: he personally wrote or co-wrote 32 songs that reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100!

Today, the member of the iconic The Beatles is also one of the best bass players of all time (according to a poll by Rolling Stone magazine).

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger

The legendary British rocker, whose worldwide fame came thanks to The Rolling Stones - Mick Jagger has always been famous for his flamboyant stage behavior and rebellious, truly rocker character ... Since 1998, he has been a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Jagger proved that rock is not only about wild tracks and high vocals, but also gentle ballads... A striking example is the ageless hit "Angie", released in the 1970s...

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

This cult genius hardly needs an introduction: Freddie Mercury literally turned the rock scene upside down, showing the public how one band can freely travel in a variety of genres: hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal, progressive rock ...

Probably, it makes no sense to dispute the fact that without Freddie, the Queen group would not have reached such heights (would it exist at all - this is a separate topic for discussion ...)

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne

Let's finish our list with the "godfather of heavy metal", who certainly contributed to the popularization of the hard rock genre ... Ozzy Osbourne was a member of Black Sabbath, but after leaving the group he proved that he is also a great solo artist ...

Today, "The Prince of Darkness" (a familiar nickname among fans) is inducted into the British Music Hall of Fame, both as a member of Black Sabbath and as a solo artist. In general, the records with his participation were sold around the world in 100 million copies ...

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