Jay-Z, 2Pac, B.I.G. Named In “100 Greatest Artists Of All-Time” List

Jay-Z, 2Pac, B.I.G. Named In “100 Greatest Artists Of All-Time” List

Rap legends Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and more have been included in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time” list.

Also featured in the list were Grammy-winning artists Eminem, LL Cool J, OutKast and more.

VH1 crafted and broadcast a comprehensive list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the list contained several Hip-Hop acts even thought Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Bob Dylan reigned supreme. Jay-Z was the highest ranking Hip-Hop artist at No. 47, followed by Public Enemy at No. 54, Notorious B.I.G. at No. 63 and Tupac Shakur at No. 69. LL Cool J, Eminem, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, OutKast and N.W.A. also made the list. Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce placed No. 52. Some have criticized the list, because only one female, Madonna, was in the Top 20. Others felt the Hip-Hop artists ranked too high. “100 Greatest Artist of All Time” started on Monday and ended Thursday (last night). (All Hip Hop)

The first 50 artists featured a heavy influence of rock and music veterans.

50 Sade 49 Parliament-Funkadelic 48 Rage Against The Machine 47 Jay-Z 46 Ramones 45 Al Green 44 Joni Mitchell 43 Ray Charles 42 Metallica 41 Van Halen 40 The Police 39 The Kinks 38 Sly & The Family Stone 37 Fleetwood Mac 36 Paul McCartney 35 Johnny Cash 34 Tina Turner 33 Guns N’ Roses 32 Black Sabbath 31 John Lennon 30 Aerosmith 29 Radiohead 28 Elton John 27 Aretha Franklin 26 Neil Young 25 Chuck Berry 24 The Velvet Underground 23 AC/DC 22 The Clash 21 Bruce Springsteen 20 Marvin Gaye 19 U2 18 Pink Floyd 17 Queen 16 Madonna 15 The Beach Boys 14 Nirvana 13 The Who 12 David Bowie 11 Bob Marley 10 Stevie Wonder 09 James Brown 08 Elvis Presley 07 Prince 06 Jimi Hendrix 05 Rolling Stones 04 Led Zeppelin 03 Bob Dylan 02 Michael Jackson 01 The Beatles (VH1)

The final 50 featured an R&B presence in the form of Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys.

100 Alicia Keys 99 Hall & Oates 98 Depeche Mode 97 Pretenders 96 Journey 95 OutKast 94 Mariah Carey 93 Pearl Jam 92 LL Cool J 91 Green Day 90 Elvis Costello 89 Beastie Boys 88 Bee Gees 87 George Michael 86 N.W.A. 85 The Band 84 Curtis Mayfield 83 Earth, Wind and Fire 82 Steely Dan 81 ABBA 80 Mary J. Blige 79 Eminem 78 Judas Priest 77 Lynyrd Skynyrd 76 Run-D.M.C. 75 Rush 74 The Cure 73 Van Morrison 72 Janis Joplin 71 R.E.M. 70 Def Leppard 69 Tupac Shakur 68 Otis Redding 67 Coldplay 66 Justin Timberlake 65 The Doors 64 Talking Heads 63 Notorious B.I.G. 62 Genesis 61 Cream 60 Whitney Houston 59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 58 Cheap Trick 57 Iggy & The Stooges 56 KISS 55 Peter Gabriel 54 Public Enemy 53 Little Richard 52 Beyoncé 51 Billy Joel (VH1)

VH1‘s special began at the start of this week and concluded last night.

VH1 will be hosting a 4-night special that will feature the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” The new special will be hosted by Jim Shearer, the host of VH1’s “Top 20 Video Countdown,” and will feature some of the greatest musicians of all time. Shearer will take fans on a trip back in time from 1998 to see how much the list has changed in the new age of iPods and online videos. Various musicians helped decide on the list and included stars such as Alicia Keys, Ozzy Osbourne, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Iggy Pop, Nas, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geddy Lee (Rush), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys), Daryl Hall, John Oates and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). (Gant Daily)

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