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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?

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
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.
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
5Devin Townsend

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

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.
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

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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