Creative minds create creative music. These creative minds produced some of the best country, metal, classical, jazz, rap music of all time. Who are the true Kings and Queens of these genres?
Even in his after his untimely death, Michael Jackson is world-known as the King of Pop and continues to remain a legend. At the age of six, Jackson leads his family pop group the Jackson 5 group. Jackson 5 gained popularity during the Motown movement of funk and upbeat rhythm. According to Biography Online, Jackson’s first album, Of the Wall sold nearly 20 million copies. Though his album gave him plenty of attention, his second solo album Thriller landed him the position of the most famous pop star in the world. According to Billboard some of his most famous works include Say, Say, Say, Billie Jean, and I’ll be There.
Rock and Roll
Elvis Presley, better known as The KinCityill forever go down as the man of rock and roll. Presley’s music combined his diverse musical influences, challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, and ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture. According to Billboard a few of his best works include All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, and It’s Now or Never. Also according to Graceland.com, Elvis began his music career in 1954 with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. Presley received 14 Grammy Nominations and three wins, was part of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which organizes musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals. Presley also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ludwig Van Beethoven is could be called a classic king of classical music and is considered by many to be the greatest composer of all time. His father, Johann van Beethoven taught Ludwig music, through his father’s methods were harsh and often abusive. Johann, aware of Leopold Mozart’s successes in this area, attempted to promote his son as a child prodigy, claiming that Beethoven was six (he was seven) on the posters for his first public performance in March 1778. On March 26, 1778, at the age of six, Ludwig performed before the Empress Maria Theresia. By 1793, he had established a reputation as an improviser in the salons of the nobility, often playing the preludes and fugues of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. His best works include Piano Sonata 15 (Pastoral) Movement One, Piano Trio #7 (Archduke) Movement Three, and Piano Sonata 8 (Pathetique) Movement Two according to Spinditty.
According to Birography.com Ozzy Osbourne rose to fame in the 1970s as the frontman of the seminal heavy metal band Black Sabbath, delivering such iconic songs as War Pigs, Iron Man and Paranoid. Even after Osbourne left the
band he is still known for being a king of metal. In 1980 delivered a solo debut, Blizzard of Ozz, that was a resounding commercial success. Featuring the singles Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley, the album reached the Top 10 in the U.K. and No. 21 in the U.S.
Eminem is a worldly renowned rapper, though he is not considered the “King” of rap but the Rap God. His rhymes and lyrics are hot and dangerous and according to Success Story, the Slim Shady LP album provided Eminem his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Some of his best works include; Kill You, Renegade, and Guilty Conscience. His next two records, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, similarly won Best Rap Album Grammy Awards, naming Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. He is one of the best-selling artists in the World and is the best-selling artist of the 2000s and is one of the 10 top fastest rappers in the world.
Louis Armstrong goes down as one of the best Jazz artists of all time. Armstrong’s presence on stage presence wowed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. According to Biography, Armstrong recorded multiple songs throughout his career, including he is known for songs like Star Dust and What a Wonderful World. In 1918, he replaced Oliver in Kid Ory’s band, then the most popular band in New Orleans. He soon took Chicago with both his remarkably fiery trumpet and the dazzling two-cornet breaks that he shared with Oliver. He made his first recordings with Oliver on April 5, 1923; that day, he earned his first recorded solo on “Chimes Blues.”
Johnny Cash grew up to become a country legend. As Cash’s music career flourished with the release of hit singles like A Thing Called Love and One Piece at a Time. In 1980, he became the youngest living person to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. And eventually produced a 13-track acoustic album that mixed traditional ballads with modern compositions, American Recordings earned Cash a new audience and a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. With these amazing accomplishments, it is hard to deny the title of ‘king’ for country music.