My top ten favourite music artists

See Getting personal: A few top ten lists for the background on this series of top ten posts (this is the second post in the series).

Just because an artist has made one of my top ten favourite music albums it doesn’t mean they make it onto this top ten list of music artists. This list is where longevity and overall quality counts.

Sure, I’ll admit that in some cases this list is influenced by nostalgia as well, but I have taken the entire career (until the present day for those who are still active) of these artists into account here. Some of these artists I do not currently listen to a whole lot, but they still account for many, many months of listening throughout the years.

The list is ordered alphabetically, which means I have not ranked the artists. Picking ten is hard enough as it is.

Of course this sort of list is always changing – ask me next month and the list will probably be quite different.

Now it’s your turn – which are your ten favourite music artists? If you want to share, do so either by posting a comment with your list or by posting a link to your own blog.

Posted on July 6, 2007 in Life


  1. “Of course this sort of list is always changing – ask me next month and the list will probably be quite different.”

    Hold on. You get changes in your favourite artists every month?

    Wither longevity??? :)

    • Prince
    • Tom Waits
    • Iggy Pop
    • Marvin Gaye
    • Stevie Wonder
    • James Brown
    • Rolling Stones
    • Mike Patton
    • Herbie Hancock
    • Nick Cave
    • Frank Zappa
    • King Crimson
    • Can
    • Neil Young
    • Sonic Youth
    • Funkadelic
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • Miles Davis
    • The Velvet Underground
    • Motorpsycho
  2. July 6, 2007 by madr
    • Crysania
    • Cult of Luna
    • Dimmu Borgir
    • Gamma Ray
    • Empyrium
    • Hammerfall
    • Metallica
    • My Dying Bride
    • Sepultura
    • To/Die/For
    • Boards of Canada
    • Justice
    • Queens of the Stone Age
    • Kyuss
    • Erlend Øye
    • Daft Punk
    • Aphex Twin
    • Sebastian
    • Simian Mobile Disco
    • The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  3. Mine own

    • Super Furry Animals
    • Massive Attack
    • Rolling Stones
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Dandy Warhols
    • Black Crowes
    • The Cinematic Orchestra
    • Zero 7
    • David Bowie
    • The The
  4. Some great band have come out of Manchester…

    • The Stone Roses
    • Joy Division
    • James
    • New Order
    • Oasis
    • The Killers
    • Editors
    • The Charlatans
    • Franz Ferdinand
    • REM
  5. July 6, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    pauldwaite: Heheh, wither longevity indeed :-P. Seriously though, it’s because I have many many more favourite artists. Which are on the list depends on my mood and what I’ve been listening to lately.

  6. My top 10 would probably be…

    • Bob Marley
    • The Beatles
    • Fat Freddys Drop
    • Jack Johnson
    • The Klaxons
    • Massive Attack
    • Morcheeba
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Trinity Roots
    • Zero 7

    That was a hard choice. Would have been harder if I could remember the stuff I used to listen to!

  7. Strangely enough, my tastes very closely mirror yours. That never happens. I always seem to find out that my favorite bloggers listen to the DMB and my heart sinks… because I’m an opinionated jackass. I would simply add:

    • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    • The Fall
    • The Ramones
    • Imogen Heap (for my pop moments)

    Gotta love Miles and I didn’t know anybody else still like the SOM. ;).

    1. Bauhaus
    2. Björk
    3. Cocteau Twins
    4. The Cure // yes, Porn0graphy is the best ;)
    5. Dead Kennedys
    6. The Doors
    7. Laika
    8. Placebo
    9. Skunk Anansie
    10. The Tiger Lillies

    …etc :)

  8. Yes, this is an ordered list. ;)

    1. Dream Theater
    2. Ayreon
    3. Aina
    4. Avantasia
    5. Rhapsody
    6. Tool
    7. Symphony X
    8. Loreena Mckennitt
    9. Kamelot
    10. Blind Guardian

    To put it simple: lots of progressive, power, melodic, folk and symphonic metal (all those sub-genres that almost no one understand…). I admit that the large majority of my list would please only the metalheads of the world. But I encourage anyone who likes good music to listen to Dream Theater. They’re among the best musicians in all the musical world. Try renting the “Live at Budokan” DVD and see for yourself.

    1. U2
    2. Morcheeba
    3. R.E.M.
    4. Mňága a Žďorp (the Czech band)
    5. Lou Bega
    6. Sinéad O’Connor
    7. Jarek Nohavica (another Czech artist)
    8. Hapka, Horáček (other another Czech composers)
    9. Bob Marley
    10. Jana Kirschner (a Slovak one)

    And if you are interested in my top ten sexy, beautiful and gorgeous women, check out my list :o). I think publishing your 10 beautiful women would be as interesting (maybe even more) as your 10 favourite music artists.

  9. July 6, 2007 by helaene

    15 (forgive me!) in no particular order…

    • cocorosie

    • the kills

    • nina simone

    • the pixies

    • neutral milk hotel

    • jeff buckley

    • cat power

    • iron & wine

    • mono

    • the smiths

    • stars

    • edith piaf

    • grandaddy

    • elbow

    • the breeders

  10. That’s a tough one to pick but here goes (in no particular order):

    1. Metallica
    2. Miles Davis
    3. Widespread Panic
    4. Dio
    5. Billy Joel
    6. Harry Chapin
    7. Ella Fitzgerald
    8. Dave Matthews Band
    9. Jack Johnson
    10. K.T. Tunstall

    But like everyone else, others pop in and out at random intervals.

  11. July 6, 2007 by Sam
    1. The Cure
    2. Radiohead
    3. Depeche Mode
    4. James
    5. New Order - Joy Division
    6. Jeff Buckley
    7. Sisters of Mercy
    8. Cocteau Twins
    9. Gomez
    10. Interpol (my current fav flavor - very Ian Curtis~ish)
  12. AKA the bands that have taken up the most time over the years …

    Depeche Mode The Ramones Hanoi Rocks Thompson Twins New York Dolls Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers The Rolling Stones Turin Brakes Warrior Soul The Pixies

  13. A quick list with some of my favourite music artists:

    • Stevie Wonder
    • Steely Dan
    • Billy Joel
    • Dire Straits
    • Beatles
    • Sarah Vaughan
    • Ella Fitzgerald
    • Carmen McRae
    • John Coltrane
    • Placido Domingo
    1. Depeche Mode
    2. The Cure
    3. James
    4. TheThe
    5. Massive Attack
    6. Billy Joel
    7. Gomez
    8. Keane
    9. New Order
    10. NIN

    The first four never change, the rest usually do. I can’t believe Depeche Mode didn’t make your top ten.

    1. Clutch
    2. Pelican
    3. Red Sparowes
    4. Explosions in the Sky
    5. Tool
    6. Mastodon
    7. Muse
    8. Opeth
    9. Iron and Wine
    10. The Pixies
    • Meatloaf & Jim Steinman
    • Hank Williams Jr.
    • Charlie Daniels
    • Evanescence
    • Die Ärtzte
    • Manowar
    • Josh Grobin
    • Lacuna Coil
    • Within Temptation
    • Apacoliptica

    I adore the European Goth music scene and a favorite album to listen to when working is the “Dance of the Vampires” Soundtrack (also Steinman), preferably the German version with Steve Burton.

  14. July 6, 2007 by GIH

    +Genesis +Yes +The Moody Blues +Prefab Sprout +Kate Bush +Mike Oldfield +The Beatles +Peter Gabriel +The Proclaimers +Hansson de Wolfe United

  15. If you like Massive Attack, I think RJD2 is kind of a hip-hop version of Massive Attack. I think that’s a lame description, but I won’t delete it. If you take away RJD2’s vocals, you’re still left with a decent melody, it was a nice introduction to rap for me. (Although I’m hesitant to call him a rap artist, many of his songs don’t have vocals at all) A good first track is ‘Ghostwriter’.

    In other news, Wilco ‘just’ came out with a new album, holy shit!

    And yay for Nine Inch Nails.

  16. Sam:

    Have you heard the Editors? Also very like Joy Division. I must get some Interpol stuff to listen to.

  17. Ah, Interpol surely is amazing.

    1. YES
    2. King Crimson
    3. The Who
    4. Queen
    5. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    6. Aerosmith
    7. ELP
    8. The Beatles
    9. ELO
    10. Peter Gabriel
    • Hinder
    • Staind
    • Daughtry
    • Trapt
    • Blue October
    • Rob Thomas
    • Rascal Flatts
    • John Mayer
    • Linkin Park
    • Enigma


    BTW, Today I realized that when you have 500+ cool bands in your favorite’s list, it’s really hard to pick 10 or 20 out of ‘em. I wanted to add ‘3 Doors Down’, ‘Kelly Clarkson’, ‘Sting’, ‘Enrique Iglesias’ and a few other bands/artists but the list would cross 20+ this way. Well..

  18. Well, as the commersial radio junkie I am I don’t really have any favourites. But I think that these artists are very good:

    • Lars Winnerbäck

    • Da Buzz

    • Kent

    • Per Gessle

    Hmm, an all Swedish list, not really my attention but whatever :)

    But then there are some artists that have some really awesome songs that could qualify them for my list, for example

    • The Fray

    • Snowpatrol

    • Sunrise Avenue

    • Blank & Jones

    • Darude

    • Bartez

  19. The happy whores Trafficking kings Pleasure Queens of the Stone Age Roxette

  20. July 9, 2007 by Niels
    1. Xanopticon - Liminal Space
    2. Void Settler / Labyrinth - Amphibious Lemonade Strangling
    3. Lapsed - Twilight
    4. 7E Phalanx - Pulse
    5. Hellfish & Producer - Bastard Sonz of Rave
    6. The Fading Collection - Interactive Family Radio
    7. Gridlock - Trace
    8. Somatic Responses - Augmented Lines
    9. Sulphuric Saliva - Noisetracks
    10. Keef Baker - The Widnes Years

    I wonder if anyone here knows at least one album.

  21. July 9, 2007 by Paul S

    My current top 10 artists:

    • Opeth
    • Nine Inch Nails
    • Incubus
    • Sick of It All
    • Downset
    • Tom Waits
    • Converge
    • Biohazard
    • Lacuna Coil
    • Life of Agony
  22. July 9, 2007 by toaster

    • Bob Dylan

    • Tool

    • Black Sabbath

    • Charles Mingus

    • Gorillaz

    • Dropkick Murphys

    • Led Zeppelin

    • The White Stripes

    • Frank Zappa & The Mothers

    • The Clash

  23. July 10, 2007 by spiggy

    oh my. that many people not only remember Sisters of Mercy but also like them that much. I feel instantly younger.

    1. the cure
    2. interpol, editors, sisters of mercy
    3. placebo, arcade fire, u2, keane, pulp
  24. July 10, 2007 by Andrew

    Changes daily, but off the top of my head right now (in no particular order)

    • The Clash
    • The Smashing Pumpkins
    • Tool
    • Metallica
    • Led Zeppelin
    • Bad Brains
    • Rancid
    • Sublime
    • The White Stripes

    I have about ten #10s floating round in my head right now so i will leave it at nine so i dont have to choose one!

  25. July 10, 2007 by shelby

    In no particular order …

    Pink Floyd

    Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five

    Modest Mouse



    Foo Fighters




    Damien Rice

    (runners up — sorry — gotta include them) — Green Day, Indigo Girls, Poe, NIN, Live, A Perfect Circle, Superdrag

  26. July 10, 2007 by Eugene

    It kinda changes per week, but overall:

    1. Van Dik Hout
    2. Beastie Boys
    3. Green Day
    4. Pink Floyd
    5. Kruder & Dorfmeister
    6. Faith No More
    7. Gyllene Tider
    8. Live
    9. The Smashing Pumpkins
    10. Saybia

    That’s what the stats say ;) Love nrs 11 - > 20 just as much :/

    1. Metallica
    2. IronMaiden
    3. Megadeth
    4. Slayer
    5. Pantera
    6. DeepPurple
    7. Scorpions
    8. GNR
    9. RATM
    10. Pink Floyd
    1. Pain of Salvation
    2. Pink Floyd
    3. Riverside
    4. Symphony X
    5. Dream Theater
    6. Opeth
    7. Porcupine Tree
    8. Green Carnation 10.Savatage
  27. July 13, 2007 by Joe

    in random order…

    • Cabaret Voltaire
    • Depeche Mode
    • Faith No More
    • Soundgarden
    • Placebo
    • Pink Floyd
    • Ministry
    • Wire
    • Beatles
    • White Stripes
  28. Figures. Not many Blues fans out there anymore:

    1. Er, well, me - Bluesman Deluxe (
    2. Allman Brothers Band
    3. Three Kings (BB, Albert & Freddy)
    4. Gary Moore
    5. Steely Dan
    6. Larry Carlton
    7. Pink Floyd
    8. Earth, Wind & Fire
    9. Stevie Ray Vaughn
    10. Puccini
  29. A lotta folks seem to be into chill/ambien music…ever listen to Team Sleep (deftones side project); pretty cool stuff

  30. August 6, 2007 by Steev

    Great list. The Cure, Skinny Puppy, Sisters Of Mercy… great bands.

    I’m not sure I can come up with a top 10 list, so I’ll list my top 5 favorites of all time.

    1) Iron Maiden (my absolute favorite) 2) Boston 3) S.D.S 4) Anthrax 5) Doom

  31. August 28, 2007 by Felipe

    Metallica Iron Maiden Guns n’ Roses Nirvana Megadeth AC DC Dream Theater Judas Priest Velvet Revolver Dragonforce

  32. Funny how every time somebody posts a “top 10” list everyone else posts their own list which is very different from the topic starter’s list. Just an observation.

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