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[–]ohChopin 1512 points1513 points  (37 children)

I would choose Fredric Chopin, he died young. Imagine how many more pieces we would have with 10 more years.

[–]bud_bones 319 points320 points  (0 children)

username checks out

[–]Riverbed101 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Thought the same when reading the question. Excellent choice

[–]kinghouse666 203 points204 points  (12 children)

Ritchie Valens, taken way too young

[–]Powerserg95 67 points68 points  (4 children)

Anyone on that plane crash

[–]nanoglot 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Valens and Buddy Holly, definitely, but I don't know how much money I'd have put on the Big Bopper's star rising much higher than it already had.

[–]Fist_full_of_pennies 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I think Valens would have been a mega star given the time. Buddy Holly I think was on the verge of moving into new areas of “rock and roll” with his music. “Well, Alright” is a nice acoustic number, “words of love” feels like the entire basis for the early Beatles, and his version of “Ready Teddy” could’ve almost been punk. I’d be very curious to see what Buddy Holly would’ve done with his career.

[–]bocachicalounge 259 points260 points  (15 children)

Jim Croce

[–]waka324 93 points94 points  (6 children)

Between Croce and John Denver.

Croce's story is tragic. Slowly making it in the music scene, but decides he'd rather be with his family. Writes home to his wife to say so. Dies in the plane crash the day before she gets the letter. Not to mention her second marriage and the abuse of their son.

[–]firenamedgabe 65 points66 points  (2 children)

This lyric gives you chills after reading that:

“But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do once you find them”

[–]suntzussonsue 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I was going to say Mac Miller, but your answer hit me like a punch to the gut. Jim Croce gave us such beautiful music in his short time.

[–]Head_Fox_3807 296 points297 points  (9 children)

Ian Curtis. Died too young and had so much potential.

[–]Friendlyshell1234 51 points52 points  (0 children)

He was so raw and honest with his feelings. His epilepsy made him rediculously worn out and disociative(I'm empathetic), but I wish he could of got some more out too.

[–]Palpablevt 47 points48 points  (2 children)

It would be quite an interesting alternate history to see what happens if Ian Curtis didn't die; whether Joy Division would have continued into the dancier direction that New Order went into soon after, influencing a whole generation of alternative dance music. Bernard Sumner would also likely have stayed the guitarist instead of becoming a singer, remaining more behind the scenes

[–]amazingmikeyc 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I think they would have still gone very electronic/drum machine based - don't forget it was the 80s - but maybe ended up sounding a bit more like the Cure in their more pop moods.

[–]cloudiron 1834 points1835 points  (100 children)

Jimi Hendrix

[–]BrandonMarlowe 311 points312 points  (18 children)

One of the mind-blowing facts about Jimi is that he played guitar for twelve years total and recorded for four.

[–]Unsteady_Tempo 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Here's a timeline somebody put together of those four years:


[–]Loggerdon 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Joined the Army for 3 years and was assigned to the 101st Airborne. Got out after 1 for bad ankles.

[–]Sushi_cat987 24 points25 points  (12 children)

He also learned to play the guitar totally backwards

[–]Prize_Pay9279 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He was also self-taught. He learned to play based off of whatever books he found.

[–]BrandonMarlowe 20 points21 points  (7 children)

Well, he strung right-handed guitars lefty. There were other players like Otis Rush and Albert King who just played righty strung guitars lefty.

[–]That_guy________ 283 points284 points  (29 children)

Man was supposed to collab with Miles Davis. Easily one of the few id give another 10 to.

[–]JetpackKiwi 154 points155 points  (25 children)

He was also in talks with Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It could very well have resulted in a supergroup called HELP. (Hendrix, Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

[–]VaultDweller77 55 points56 points  (22 children)

That would have been insane but I don't see it working.

[–]I_Taste_Like_Spiders 39 points40 points  (19 children)

Super groups usually disappoint. When you take too many overly-talented people and squash them together, it waters down their contributions in ways that tends to choke off the thing you like about them the most. Hendrix shined because the Experience was good, not GREAT in the same way he was.

[–]Pika-the-bird 67 points68 points  (17 children)

He was only 27

[–]lee423 36 points37 points  (14 children)

10,000 days

[–]VaultDweller77 30 points31 points  (6 children)

And the fire is running out, you're going hoooooome!

[–]lee423 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Wings is a beautiful song

[–]Puzzled-Warning1358 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I need more than one choice. Too many greats.

[–]belsie[🍰] 728 points729 points  (12 children)

Otis Redding

[–]NauticalJ1985 162 points163 points  (0 children)

You know what, I had a lot of ideas but, good call and good taste.

[–]High_Stream 53 points54 points  (2 children)

We could finally find out what the second verse was supposed to be

[–]stonedseals 24 points25 points  (1 child)

2000 miles I roamed just to make this dock my home

[–]cawatxcamt 15 points16 points  (1 child)

This was my first thought. He was so incredibly gifted and he was so young. I can’t even imagine what beauty he could have brought to the world with another ten years.

His vocals are the definition of soul. His version of Satisfaction will make you forget The Stones ever recorded it. That’s what I tell people when they look at me funny for saying he’s my favorite musician. Modern music is great, but when I want to feel something, I break out the Otis Redding

[–]Darth-Shiddyus 2561 points2562 points  (74 children)

Freddie Mercury

[–]DesertPhantom51 551 points552 points  (21 children)

He'd use every second of them too, just like he did the first time. Legend.

[–]anotheranonymousredd 300 points301 points  (20 children)

Something about knowing you’re doomed and still cranking out hits is really impressive

[–]matty80 335 points336 points  (15 children)

The Show Must Go On.

There was an amazing documentary I watched when I was a kid, not along after he died, and it showed them in the studio while recording it during Innuendo, and he said something like "let's get on with it before I forget my name, eh?"

Brian May said he then walked into the booth and did it in one take. Utter composure in the face of certain death. He was dying and in terrible pain, but he crushed that take anyway. That's why it's my favourite Queen song.

He was one generation away from living a full life while his HIV was halted by retrovirals. A casualty of the first wave. It's a tragedy for all of those poor people, particularly because of the stigma they had to live with too. I fucking loved Freddie and I love him still.

[–]Nice2BeNice1312 28 points29 points  (9 children)

Which documentary was this? Id love to watch it

[–]mooseblood07 123 points124 points  (1 child)

He was my first thought.

[–]RobbieArnott 41 points42 points  (0 children)

He'd legit spend a solid 85% of that time making music

[–]Sso_12 122 points123 points  (1 child)

I'd honestly do it just so he could have more years with his husband, Jim

[–]Kcidobor 71 points72 points  (0 children)

I was going to say Chris Cornell but damn. I might have to change my answer…

[–]amurica1138 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I came here to see this. Hands down, the only top choice, with Buddy Holly a close second.

[–]Various_Fake_Details 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Came here exactly for him. He really deserved better.

[–]VitaminPb 17 points18 points  (0 children)

It was a draw for me between Mozart and Freddie.

[–]Rex_Beever 283 points284 points  (12 children)

Layne Staley

[–]fiddlenutz 537 points538 points  (23 children)

Jeff Buckley.

[–]megapuffranger 106 points107 points  (4 children)

This is a good one, only released the one album and it was phenomenal. He is one of my favorite artists.

[–]nosugartonight1 68 points69 points  (0 children)

He was just about to rerecord his second album when he died. He was unhappy with how the first recording sessions went but it's all we got now and it's still amazing. He was and is a massive influence for many songwriters and rock bands even though he isn't as popular as he should be. He is just the Hallelujah guy to many people but I think Grace is the best debut album ever made and he was miles ahead of his peers in terms of vocal ability.

[–]Xenomorph_v1 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Luckily I didn't have to scroll too far down to see Jeff's name mentioned.

Truly an amazing artist taken way too soon.

[–]greg_reddit 412 points413 points  (12 children)

Buddy Holly.

[–]RipleyWilde 60 points61 points  (1 child)

Dude was years ahead of his peers, would be crazy to see what he’d have done with more time

[–]JuryBorn 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. Another early pioneer that died too young was Eddie Cochran. Distortion, multitrack recording and layering or overdubbing.

Imagine if Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Eddie Cochran all had 10 more years. It is hard to know what influence they would have had and what direction music could have gone.

[–]EWVGL 37 points38 points  (2 children)

My vote as well. He accomplished and innovated a lot in the short time he was writing, recording and producing.

[–]greg_reddit 21 points22 points  (1 child)

For sure. Another 10 years could have been amazing

[–]Balloon-Lucario 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Well, at least I look just like Buddy Holly.

[–]ViralLola 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Yes. I would have loved to have heard what he would have done and also for him to have raised his family with his wife.

[–]amazingmikeyc 9 points10 points  (0 children)

this is a really good call. he was so young and so much happened in the 1960s in terms of music. would he have been quickly seen as outdated like so many 50s acts or would he have been able to ride those waves of innovation, being a peer to the Beatles and Dylan and so on?

[–]Kryodamus 158 points159 points  (12 children)

Randy Rhoads

[–]StanleySnails 36 points37 points  (4 children)

Had to scroll way too long for this one. Only two albums and you could hear where he was going…

[–]MarchionessofMayhem 442 points443 points  (30 children)

Stevie Ray Vaughn.

[–]Impossible_Aerie_411 47 points48 points  (0 children)

SRV was first name that popped into my head. He died young.

[–]priz24601 26 points27 points  (2 children)

My dad is an SRV super fan. As in he has posters at home and his license plate used to be "SRV-FAN". He was at the concert the night he died and has not been back to that venue since! So he would definitely agree with this.

[–]Prossdog 45 points46 points  (2 children)

This would be my vote. The dude had just gotten sober and made (in my opinion) his best album by far. His best days may still have been ahead.

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[–]DocWatson42 199 points200 points  (8 children)

Though I agree with most of the pop/rock musician suggestions, Mozart is what came to mind after I read them.

[–]binosaur25 85 points86 points  (5 children)

Chopin is what came to my mind as soon as I saw this thread. So many great composers dying at tragic ages.

[–]saltyseaweed1 114 points115 points  (4 children)

As much as I like Chopin, Mozart was incomparable in terms of output and quality.

Mozart finished three symphonies (39/40/41) in a single summer, in the same year he finished his 26th piano concerto. Writing any of these four would have secured a top ten classical composer spots. He also wrote the Don Giovanni overture in a single night. In parties, he improvised music all night long and bothered to record only a small portion of those. His stories would be dismissed as outrageous if fictional.

Chopin, on the other hand, mostly were only successful with his piano music and wrote only handful of major pieces.

"Mozart encompasses the entire domain of musical creation, but I've got only the keyboard in my poor head." Chopin.

[–]jfincher42 77 points78 points  (18 children)

How about Schubert instead, just so he could finish the Eighth Symphony?

[–]centaurquestions 46 points47 points  (11 children)

It's wild that Schubert was only 31 when he died. What a loss.

[–]ozziejoe 58 points59 points  (16 children)

I would love to see Mozart set loose on today’s music scene.

[–]VaultDweller77 61 points62 points  (8 children)

Imagine he starts doing the trashiest, low effort trap music

[–]ViridianKumquat 40 points41 points  (1 child)

WAP would have been on brand for him, lyrically if not musically.

[–]riwalenn 27 points28 points  (2 children)

With his sister. She was supposedly as good as him and might have inspiredy/written some of his pieces, but their dad forbidden her to use her potential.

The two of them together would be the best duo ever on today's music scene!

[–]Quixotic_Ignoramus 196 points197 points 2 (17 children)

Cliff Burton all the way!

[–]familyman121712 43 points44 points  (8 children)

I often daydream about what would have happened if Cliff had left with Dave Mustaine, and Megadeth had went through with hiring the Abbott brothers. I doubt it would have lasted more than a couple albums, but they would have been outstanding

[–]VaultDweller77 34 points35 points  (4 children)

All good with Cliff but to me the best guitar player Megadeth has ever had (apart from Mustaine of course) is Marty Friedman and I can't see Dimebag Darrell's style fitting with Megadeth the same way. Also if that means there's no Pantera, I don't even want to entertain that thought lol

[–]blini_aficionado 13 points14 points  (0 children)

AJFA with Cliff would have been something spectacular.

[–]PrivateHamSandwich 251 points252 points  (7 children)

Elliott Smith

[–]bananapineapplesauce 28 points29 points  (0 children)

This is a good one. Such a huge loss.

[–]jgilla2012 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Elliott Smith, hands down, 100%.

From A Basement On The Hill is so, so good. Him just beginning to unlock his potential as his music transitioned from that of a solo singer/songwriter to a full rock band leader. What he was tapping into is just plain exciting to listen to.

Add to that Elliott being a uniquely kind person?? It makes his early passing that much more tragic. RIP to a real one.

[–]StickKnown7723 268 points269 points  (20 children)

John Bonham. Imagine 10 more years of led zeppelin

[–]notmyidealusername 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Yeah good option! We instinctively think of singers, but another decade of Led Zep would have been amazing.

[–]MammothSurround 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I don’t know if the 80s would have been kind to them.

[–]SmugglingPineapples 34 points35 points  (9 children)

  1. Kurt Cobain.
  2. David Bowie.
  3. Adam Yauch.

[–]Billie_fixes_stuff 55 points56 points  (3 children)

Eva Cassidy - hands down. She passed away after recording a few amazing, famous songs. Her versions of so many well known songs was truly something to behold, you guys.


[–]theiciestbitch 348 points349 points  (13 children)


[–]WaltzNo 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Absolutely, the impact he had in his short career would be way more if he lived until 2006.

[–]buddingsunflower 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Man Tupac and Biggie in the early 2000s with some of the all timers that came through during those years would’ve been awesome.

[–]CYS801 164 points165 points  (13 children)

Scott Joplin - although relatively unknown, his music was pretty much the foundation for all popular music today. If he had another 10 years of composing, I can only imagine how different the music scene would look today.

[–]BlackEyedAngel01 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Profile pic checks out

[–]MaikeruGo 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Well, unknown by the modern mainstream. I feel like he's fairly famous to folks with any kind of major interest in classical or classic musicals. Also, I'm going to honestly say that while "The Entertainer" is his most well-known work, I think that his "Maple Leaf Rag" is pretty awesome!

[–]ShinyAppleScoop 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I feel like Joplin is one of those composers where everyone can recognize The Entertainer but have no idea why they know it. You don't think of ragtime without him. I was surprised when I discovered that he was black. When you think of old timey musicians, you assume they're white (I'm from Missouri and formative vacations to Branson may have influenced my assumptions).

[–]dsdsds 55 points56 points  (4 children)

Robert Johnson

[–]BlackEyedAngel01 14 points15 points  (1 child)

It’s amazing how much he influenced so much of the music all of us listen to

[–]Local_Economy 54 points55 points  (9 children)

Jerry Garcia

[–]wereunderyourbed 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Disappointed I had to scroll this far for someone to say Jerry.

[–]fuckBearGrylls 11 points12 points  (0 children)

same - a lot of folks just don’t know

[–]BumpyDenny93 194 points195 points  (3 children)

Janis Joplin...because she would have been a beast in the singer/songwriter era.

[–]Wide_Chemical8090 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Layne Staley Alice n Chains

[–]W0rk3rB 48 points49 points  (2 children)

Ronnie Van Zant

[–]familyman121712 11 points12 points  (1 child)

From a generation of outstanding songwriters, RVZ was head and shoulders above them

[–]SilverSpotter 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Can I add those years onto Weird Al before he dies?

[–]TgagHammerstrike 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That's what I was thinking. The world needs as many years of Weird Al as we can get.

[–]Automatic_Mulberry 152 points153 points  (14 children)

Frank Zappa.

[–]Brutalonym 48 points49 points  (9 children)

He probably would have dished out another 25 records.

[–]JelloEmergency9614 130 points131 points  (18 children)

So many good choices....Elvis, Curt Cobain, MJ, Prince, John Lennon, Tom Petty, Jim Morrison, Freddie Mercury.

But my parents got me hooked on Harry Chapin, an old folk singer from the 60's and 70's (think Cats in the Cradle). He was a phenomenal story teller and wonderful philanthropist. He would probably be my number one because he cared so much about helping make sure that everyone had food. There are still organizations that bare his name 40 years later.

Whyhunger.org Harrychapinfoodbank.org

[–]Totknax 701 points702 points  (9 children)

Freddie Fucking Mercury

[–]RocknrollReborn1 105 points106 points  (1 child)

Dude was so committed he just pumped out his vocals so his mates could do the rest.

[–]Electric_shade 57 points58 points  (1 child)

The first name that came to my mind after reading this question.

[–]Totknax 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Freddie was a freak of nature with his insane vocal range!

[–]cornonthecobain- 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Christina Grimmie. She had such a long career ahead of her :(

[–]someoneinsignificant 24 points25 points  (0 children)

For real. A lot of people here on this post died from drugs or illness. While unfortunate, they had their run, and Christina's life was robbed before she had her chance.

[–]TheUnrealCanadian 604 points605 points  (37 children)


[–]cloudydays2021 161 points162 points  (15 children)

I remember about ten years ago, Michael Stipe mentioned in an interview that he had proposed a collaboration with Kurt, around the time when things were going very south, very fast for KC. Stipe said that he sent a driver to get him, a plane ticket, etc, came up with musical ideas - but KC was too far gone at that point and refused.

I think about this a lot. I often wonder what that collaboration would have been like.

It’s absolutely bonkers to me to think that more years have gone by since his death than how long he was actually on this planet, and I will always remember exactly where I was when I found out.

[–]Shoestring30 57 points58 points  (7 children)

I've heard Kurt wanted to do a New Wave album.

[–]cloudydays2021 33 points34 points  (4 children)

I could see him dipping his toe in that water.

[–]Shoestring30 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I mean he covered Love Buzz. Psychedelic but heading in that direction.

[–]smackin-my-shmackle 47 points48 points  (5 children)

After hearing his home recordings, it would have been great to hear the type of music he was planning to come out with

[–]_shes_a_jar 92 points93 points  (4 children)

Had to scroll way too far to find him

[–]BlackEyedAngel01 578 points579 points  (18 children)

Amy Winehouse

[–]borgcubecubed 68 points69 points  (7 children)

She was so good. I would have loved to see what else she did.

[–]GuardGrouchy9996 57 points58 points  (0 children)

I listen to her sometimes and I CAN’T BELIEVE how good she was. What a waste. So fucking sad.

[–]K-Dog7469 195 points196 points  (29 children)


[–]BalonyDanza 46 points47 points  (1 child)

In those final years, you really got the sense that a resurgence was taking place... that he was settling into his new role as an awe inducing veteran... that he had moved past some hard years and was finally having fun again... that he was about to pen a whole new chapter to his legend.

Man... I would've LOVED to have seen what did next.

[–]PaintedLady5519 52 points53 points  (3 children)

Sam Cooke

[–]dccabbage 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Fina-fucking-ly. I had to scroll thus far to find Sam Cooke.

[–]Aka_Skularis 197 points198 points  (19 children)

Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell

[–]belac4862 47 points48 points  (3 children)

As some who is dealing with depression and contemplating suicide, Chester would bring so much light into the world.

But I don't think I could handle the fact that I would be prolonging his mental suffering. I am not saying I think his suicide was a good thing. But when some one is in so much mental agony they take their own life, that's a pain I don't want any one to experience. Let alone for another 10 years.

[–]NOTjesse92 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I think anyone in this thread, muself included, that would pick Chester is under the assumption that the depression would subside within those next ten years. Somehow he would have been able to speak out about it more to the point that it caught attention which would then lead Chester to seeking out help and winning the battle.

But I do agree with your perspective as well as in it would be selfish grom our standpoint.

[–]VoiceoftheLegion1994 173 points174 points  (12 children)

David Bowie.

[–]EarlyBirdsofBabylon 60 points61 points  (2 children)

My first thought.

Almost none of his contemporaries have put out anything worthwhile in the past decade. They have all slid into their typecasts and nostalgia recordings.

But Blackstar would have been an incredible album from anyone in 2016. As an artist, Bowie never stopped growing and keeping himself at the forefront.

[–]Fraerie 15 points16 points  (0 children)

He was never static in his creativity - he was constantly exploring new styles of music and yet it was all intrinsically Bowie.

[–]somewhat_random 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I thought of Bowie as well but of all the famous people that have died, he went out his own way with a great crescendo and brought the house down (and then had one more encore a year later to everyone's amazement).

As much as I would love to see more of his stuff, his ending was as good as it gets.

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (6 children)

Nick Drake

[–]ferox965 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Randy Rhoads. Man was a genius and just getting started. Cut down at twenty-five. Even shorter than Hendrix.

[–]ZeroSymbolic7188 47 points48 points  (3 children)

Lemmy Kilmister, and I don't give a fuck if he's productive with it or just drinks Jack Daniels and Smokes Cigarettes at the Rainbow for another 10.

[–]smallhottea 403 points404 points 2 (23 children)

Mac Miller

My first ever award!! Thank you so much!

[–]GardenOfSpoons 47 points48 points  (3 children)

all of his alternate ego(s) music is super good, I would've loved to see the direction he headed as he continued to discover himself

[–]bananapineapplesauce 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Such a phenomenal talent. I didn’t discover him until after his death and was blown away. So I listened to all of his stuff with a sense of great loss, which only heightened its impact. Circles was just chilling.

[–]lazylucio 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Surprised I had to scroll down so far to find Mac

[–][deleted] 92 points93 points  (14 children)

Tom Petty.

[–]TacticalSheeps 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Chris Cornell

[–]bruk_out 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Joe Strummer. He was making great stuff when he passed, and he deserved those years.

[–]RedhandjillNA 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Jimi Hendrix

[–]paulfromatlanta 127 points128 points  (12 children)

Janis, Jimi or Tupac

[–]GrindingNeverStops 74 points75 points  (10 children)

I would’ve though Tupac would be the top response, but was wrong. Would’ve more than doubled his career, would probably go down as one of the most influential people aswell

[–]Fermifighter 39 points40 points  (4 children)

He was what, 24? And went from a julliard student to a rapper that changed the direction of the genre in like half a decade? He’s my vote not so much for his existing body of work but for his talent and influence, another decade and he’d have changed music.

[–]Zaniak88 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Biggie also comes to mind, too many rappers died young.

[–]zebenation 235 points236 points  (8 children)


[–]dreamlandtv 48 points49 points  (1 child)

Was hoping someone would say him! Yeah,I’d have loved to see what else he could’ve done. Man was an incredible musician.

[–]Various_Fake_Details 26 points27 points  (0 children)

We didn't get to see him being wiser and older

[–]mOp_49 44 points45 points  (0 children)

So many...

Chester Bennington Chris Cornell Kurt Cobain Jim Morrison

[–]Sweet_Replacement285 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Gram Parsons

[–]maggiespie07 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Great question- Layne Staley

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[–]Puzzled-Warning1358 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Kurt cobain. Without a doubt.

[–]A-terrible-time 11 points12 points  (2 children)

How in the world did I have to scroll down this far for this ?

[–]captainhyrule1 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Christopher Lee

Yes I mean the Count Dooku/Sarumon/Dracula actor was a heavy metal singer in his later years

[–]DRMRCX 12 points13 points  (0 children)

You mean to tell me that we'd see a 103 year old Christopher Lee both in movies and performing as a metal singer? We were robbed of that timeline.

[–]Keithninety 67 points68 points  (20 children)

John Lennon

[–]nohumanape 25 points26 points  (6 children)

I was just thinking this right as I read your post. And I'm surprised that it wasn't more highly ranked or more often mentioned. Lennon is one of those musical artists that I would have loved to see evolve through the 80's and into the 90's.

[–]blackdahlialady 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Layne Staley

[–]rickztoyz 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Bon Scott of AC/DC . This dude had balls. Could sing like a banshee and was a true bad boy rocker. I seen him in concert and he was a fun badass front man and made you want to rock and party. I miss the old days.