Favourite artists

By Ackaraga Ackaraga
updated 3 months ago

Favourite artists. The top 201 (or so) are in some kind of order, the rest are in no order.

Mostly pop music with some classical, soul, folk, world, jazz, experimental, reggae, latin, etc. thrown in.

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Archemedes of music, the cartographer of the musical universe.

  2. The Beatles

    The greatest band that ever was or ever shall be, with a stranger-than-fiction story that will live forever in the annals of folklore.

  3. Joni Mitchell

    The most original musician of the rock 'n' roll era. The Picasso of music. Her golden run in the 70s is peerless.

  4. Franz Schubert

    Sad sack hero and composer of the most exquisite melodies in human history.

  5. Ludwig van Beethoven

    The man, basically. The most direct conduit of human thought directly translated to paper.

  6. David Bowie

    British/Male artist of the decade: the 1970s. Creator of the longest run of great albums in pop music history (vaguely marred by a covers album mid-way through) and someone I have turned to for nigh-on 35 years now.

  7. Ennio Morricone

    The Bach of the 20th century, and another artist with a lifetime of discovery for us.

  8. Pink Floyd

    My second favourite English group, the Beatles of prog. From the Syd-era up to Animals.

  9. Scott Walker

    From Pat Booneish teen idol to existential crooner to explorer of sonic other-worlds, no one has a career trajectory like Scott. An artist with a capitol A.

  10. The Beach Boys

    The great American band. Made great albums up to about 1972.

  11. Antonio Carlos Jobim

    One of the great composers of the 20th century. Inventor of heaven's elevator music.

  12. The Rolling Stones

    Up to about 1973.

  13. Laura Nyro

    One of the most extraordinary composers of popular song, along with...

  14. Jimmy Webb

    ...my favourite songwriter.

  15. Johannes Brahms

    A lifetime of musical discovery is at your fingertips.

  16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The greatest melodist in the history of the known universe. A relatively low placing here because I personally find of much of his music to be very lightweight.

  17. Bob Marley & The Wailers

    The world's artist. I have a preference for his 1968-1973 period.

  18. Igor Stravinsky

    Especially those early ballets, but also Symphony Of Psalms.

  19. Jimi Hendrix

    The greatest rock star that ever was and ever will be.

  20. John Coltrane

    Discovered more of space than either Buzz Aldrin or Jeff Bezos.

  21. Bob Dylan

    The greatest artist in the world for a while there. In that little 1965-1966 period, he was the greatest artist who ever blew on a harmonica or wrote a rhyming couplet. Still hard to beat.

  22. Bruce Springsteen

    Arguably peaked circa 1974.

  23. Steely Dan

    The other great American band, even though they were barely even a band.

  24. Milton Nascimento

    Another divine human being who made divine music, not unlike...

  25. Van Morrison

    ...this guy, but don't confuse the art with the artist in this case.