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VH1’s Top 100 Artists: 1998 vs. 2010

This week VH1 broadcasted and announced their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.  They retrieved the order from ballots of 200 artists and musicians ranging from Bono to Carry Underwood.  In 1998, VH1 emerged with its first top 100 artists list, but did it again to see how much opinions have changed. Below, I’ve highlighting some of those changes.

1)      Prominent Artists higher on the 2010 list who were lower on the 1998 list:

–          U2 (29 – 19)
–          Bob Marley (24 – 11)
–          Paul McCartney (62 – 36)
–          Parliament/Funkadelic (99 – 49)
–          Billy Joel (78 -51)
–          Nirvana (42 – 14)
–          Velvet Underground (74 – 24)
–          Tina Turner (80 – 34)
–          Johnny Cash (89 – 35)
–          Queen (33 – 17)

2)      Prominent Artists lower on the 2010 list who were higher on the 1998 list:

–          The Police (10 – 40)
–          Ray Charles (12 – 43)
–          Sly & the Family Stone (28 – 38)
–          Fleetwood Mac (22 – 37)
–          Van Morrison (25 – 73)
–          Earth, Wind & Fire (60 – 83)
–          Cream (50 – 61)
–          The Pretenders (69 – 97)

3)      Prominent Artist on the 2010 list who were NOT on the 1998 list:

–          Alicia Keys (100)
–          Hall & Oates (99)
–          Run DMC (76)
–          Coldplay (67)
–          Justin Timberlake (66)
–          Whitney Houston (60)
–          Public Enemy (54)
–          Beyonce (52)
–          Sade (50)
–          Rage Against The Machine (48)
–          Jay –Z (47)
–          Radiohead (29)
–          Madonna (16)

4) Prominent Artists from the 1998 list who are NOT on the 2010 list:

–          Paul Simon (100)
–          Robert Johnson (95)
–          John Coltrane (77)
–          Stevie Ray Vaughn (70)
–          The Allman Brothers (68)
–          Smokey Robinson (61)
–          The Jackson 5 (44)
–          Miles Davis (39)
–          Buddy Holly (34)
–          The Eagles (23)

The top ten from the 1998 list is mostly intact: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan remain in the top ten of the 2010 list; however the order is slightly different.  Three additions to the 2010 top ten are Michael Jackson (40, 1998), Stevie Wonder (11, 1998) and Prince (18, 1998).  Also, in 1998, there were zero rap artists represented.  In 2010, there’re 10 (Outkast, Eminem, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Jay-Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, NWA).  This year, no jazz or blues artists made it (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, etc.)  To me, this is a representation of how new artists, and fans for that matter, are losing their sense of history.  But at the same time, it’s a reflection of our times, changes in music and culture and artists of today reflecting upon who influenced them as time goes by.

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