The Time magazine recently published they version of the most influential people of the world in 2018. We decided to create our own version of the most influential musicians, and here is what we got.

  1. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez achieved success in a number of professional roles: she is one of the most successful singers of her time; one of the most highly paid Hollywood actresses and a talented businesswoman who managed to turn her popularity into a successful fashion-brand J.Lo;

  1. Rihanna

By July 2015,  more than 100 million copies of the singer’s singles have been sold, so Rihanna became the first artist ever to reach this figure. Billboard magazine named Rihanna “The Artist of the Digital Age of the 2000s”  and gave her the  17th place among the artists of the 2000s.

  1. 3. Bono

Bono is U2 frontman. This rock band can be recognized as one of the influential bands in history. The band goes on to the part of the modern music, considering that it was one of the most famous bands in the world.

  1. Madonna

The most commercially successful performer in history according to the Guinness Book of Records version. Recognized to be the richest female musician in the world. Has a great influence on subsequent performers.

  1. Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has spent 50 years in the music industry, which is an element that makes him a musical genius. He is an important musician and remains relevant for all generations.

  1. Bruno Mars


Bruno Mars received numerous awards and nominations, including 11 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, three mentions in the Guinness Book of Records, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 according to Time magazine

  1. Ed Sheeran

All his albums “+” (2011), “x” (2015) and “÷” (2017) ranked first places in the UK chart, the latter also headed the US chart. Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” brought him two Grammy Awards in 2016. In January 2017, the single Shape of You took the first place in sales in the US and UK.

  1. Lady Gaga

Under the influence of David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Queen, Lady Gaga created her vivid style, which she uses in video clips and performances. The singer has many awards, including six Grammy Awards, 13 MTV Video Music Awards and 8 MTV Europe Music Awards, and also ranked fourth in the list of 100 most significant women in music according to VH1. Time named the singer one of the most influential personalities in the world.

  1. Chris Martin, Coldplay

Coldplay sold more than 80 million albums copies. In December 2012, the portal called Coldplay the best performer in 10 years of scrobbling

  1. Elton John

Elton John, who was introduced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is still one of the most successful rock singers in the UK.

  1. Paul McCartney

One of the founders of The Beatles, a 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, a Bachelor of Arts. Besides, McCartney is Chevalier of the Order of the British Empire.

In 2011, he was recognized as one of the best bass players of all time according to a  Rolling Stone magazine.

The duet Lennon – McCartney became one of the most influential and successful author’s unions in the history of modern music

  1. 12. Kendrick Lamar

During his entire musical career, Lamar received wide recognition from listeners and music reviewers, which helped him to win a bunch of music awards, including seven Grammy Awards. In 2015, he was nominated in 11 Grammy categories, which allowed him to rank second after Michael Jackson in the number of nominations for one ceremony. In early 2013, MTV placed Lamar in first place in the rating of the Hottest MC. In 2016 Time Magazine included Lamar in the list of one hundred most influential people of the year. A jay

  1. 13. Eminem

Eminem is one of the best-selling singers in the world, and also the best-selling music artist of the 2000s. He is named one of the greatest musicians of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which placed Eminem under the 83rd number on the list of the 100 greatest artists. The same magazine proclaimed him King of hip-hop.  As a solo artist, Eminem has sold more than 100 million albums around the world.

  1. 14. Beyonce

As a solo artist, Beyonce sold more than 35 million albums and singles in the US. According to the record company Sony, her total sales of records in the group exceeded 100 million. On December 11, 2009, Billboard announced Knowles as the most successful performer of the 2000s and the main radio performer of the decade,

  1. Jay-Z

American rapper has an equity of more than $ 900 million as of 2018. 14 of his albums were on the top of the Billboard 200. This is a record among all solo performers and the second result in the history after The Beatles, who had 19 albums to come first in the US. Jay-Z has many Grammy Award.


Though influence usually associates with experience, we can see that it’s not always like that, as people of different age and background are in our list. But, of course, it’s just an opinion.