We’re ranking the greatest musical artists of all time. From the best female vocalists of the past decade to legendary rock bands and artists, this list covers all your favorites.

James Brown – 50

The “Godfather of Soul,” an immensely talented American singer-songwriter and dancer, rose to prominence in the 1950s as a force in R&B, soul, and funk. Known for his electrifying stage presence, dynamic dance moves, and innovative fusion of gospel, blues, and jazz, he created hit songs that influenced generations of musicians. Today, he stands as an enduring symbol of artistic greatness and a significant influence on popular music.