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My 10 Favorite Musical Artists

For users who don't know me on the site, I thought I'd show some of my favorite artists. My pie rchart's a bit misleading at the moment, as part of my musical development has been distancing rfurther and further away from metal; it's sort of a half-and-half situation right now. Who are rsome of your favorite musical artists?
1Bjork
Vespertine


What can I say that hasn't already been said? I still stand by my opinion that Bjork's one of the best singers out there, but when combined with all those samples and soundscapes, it's all a perfect musical storm. I've gradually realized just how much she's influenced me as a musician and especially a singer, and I feel that impact will never fade away.
2The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt


In my opinion, this guy's better than who he's often compared to, Bob Dylan, both musically and vocally. I enjoy his lyrics more too, as each album seems to reflect on certain themes of personal emotion more than anything. I love how stripped-down and "earthy" his work is (perhaps omitting some of There's No Leaving Now in that sense). Plus, The Wild Hunt remains my favorite album of all time. Overall, great stuff.
3Porcupine Tree
Fear of a Blank Planet


Most likely the first prog band I ever listened to. My brother introduced me to a whole new realm of music with PT, and I am still fascinated with their work to this day. While I got bored with their albums for a while and stopped listening to them around a certain period of time, I've gained a larger respect for them as I'm older. I've been able to pinpoint all of the musical intricacies in their songs more accurately now. Either way, this band sticks with me.
4Prince
Purple Rain


This is one man whose talent can't be denied in the slightest. Mixing pop, rock, soul, funk, and God knows what else, Prince has established himself as one of the great guitarists and especially singers of his generation. Purple Rain is especially amazing, blending all of the aforementioned styles of his into one cohesive masterpiece.
5Devin Townsend
Terria


As with the Bjork description, what can be said about Townsend that hasn't already been said? Whether for Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Project, etc., he has diversity and talent few metal musicians have matched (again, IMO). My personal favorites by him are Ghost, Terria, and SYL's album Alien, but every album's had at least something to offer. Awesome stuff.
6Michael Jackson
Thriller


While I put Michael Jackson below Prince as pop stars go, Jackson was obviously another amazing talent. Case in point: he had fantastic singing, had amazing dance moves (some of which were popularized by him), and wrote a huge chunk of the material in his discography. Thriller remains one of my all-time favorite albums, and I love Off the Wall and Bad as well. Even his Motown work, while not great, was still solid and consistent. Great artist all-around, and definitely missed.
7Queen
Queen II


One of my childhood icons in terms of music, I was absolutely enthralled by Queen's work when I was growing up. So much diversity, such a grand scale, so much great singing... however, this was another band where I came to appreciate them even more once I got older, just like with Porcupine Tree. The band's first era of material (up until The Game) is so damn consistent; none of that work goes below a 4/5 for me, and I consider A Night at the Opera and Queen II to be near-perfect. Even with Freddie Mercury's death in 1991, the band's music lives on and I get a warm feeling when I think about how much of a positive influence this band had on me, as well as on others.
8X Japan
Art of Life


Some people on the site may already know about how enthralled I am of Japanese music, between composers, bands, etc. X Japan, while one of the most popular Japanese acts, is also still my favorite. Every album of theirs has a fantastic combination of frenzied energy and absolute musical beauty. Their best album HAS to be Art of Life in my opinion, a 30-minute (approximately) metal song/album that goes through every genre the band's played. There's even a massive piano solo in the middle, which brings up the message of triumphing over life's many flaws and trials. I love that album, and I love this band.
9Alice in Chains
Dirt


Between Facelift and Dirt, Alice in Chains solidified themselves as one of the most intense and personal bands of their initial era. Mixing grunge, sludge metal, doom metal, and stoner rock/metal, AiC created some of the darkest portraits of depression, suicide, and drug addiction. Dirt is especially harrowing, tackling some very brutal topics and a brutally honest way. That's one of the many things that makes the band's work fascinating, though, as well as the great chemistry between the musicians. Layne Staley was one of the best singers of his time, and he and Jerry Cantrell would form a lethal combination when paired together. Check 'em out if you haven't (even though so many people have already).
10Regina Spektor
Begin to Hope


Sort of the oddball in the group, but Regina Spektor needed to be on this list. Albums like Soviet Kitsch, Begin to Hope, and What We Saw from the Cheap Seats are fantastic for the pop genre, combining Spektor's vocal "quirks" with music that ranges from deranged to flat-out beautiful. She's one of my biggest singing influences, as well as one of my biggest poetic and songwriting influences. What else can I say? It's Regina Spektor.
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