Primal Scream were hugely influential in the 1990's following the release of Screamadelica, with their blend of indie pop and dance fusion.
Prince was a musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress sense and unique vocal range.
Fronted by singer Matt Koruba, Program the Dead is a hard, heavy rock band from LA that rails against conformist, mass-media culture
Pulp are considered to be one of the most innovative and popular bands of the late 20th century and key figures of Britpop
Queen are a British rock band credited with making significant contributions to such genres as hard rock & heavy metal, among others.
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. They have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
The Ramones' loud, fast, straightforward musical style was influenced by music that the band members grew up listening to in the 50s & 60s.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983 combining funk & punk with macho, sexed-up lyrics.
R.E.M. was an American rock band formed in 1980, they were pivotal in the creation and development of the alternative rock genre.
Rick Wright was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter and solo artist. He was also a founding member of Pink Floyd.
With his distinctive raspy voice and profound lyricism, Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.
Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist & songwriter who recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Roy Hargrove, an American jazz trumpeter, has played primarily with jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.
Rufus Wainwrigh is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter & is considered one of the great male vocalists & songwriters of his generation.
Ryan Adams is an American singer-songwriter best known for his solo career, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in 1975. Without them popular culture in the last 30+ years would be very different.
Simply Red is a British soul and pop band drawing upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic & rock to reggae & jazz.
Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s & is best known for her hit single 'Nothing Compares 2 U'.
Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English 70's punk band formed in London & became an important influence on the emerging gothic rock scene.
Slash is regarded as one of the world's greatest guitar players, particularly acclaimed for his thundering solos on Guns N' Roses records.
The Slits were a British rock band, their 1979 debut album, Cut, has been called one of the defining releases of the post-punk era.
Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.
Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981 & were part of the 'no wave' art & music scene in New York City.
Seattle band Soundgarden are regarded as one of the pioneers of grunge who helped popularise the genre in the 1990s.
The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band, their music combines a ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.
Squeeze are a British band formed in Depford, London in 1974 that came to prominence during the new wave period of the late 1970s.
Status Quo are one of Britain's most successful rock bands selling over 118 million records, famous for their unique brand of boogie rock
Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band formed in 1992 that are best described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals"
Stevie Ray Vaughan, frontman & guitarist of Double Triuble, is regarded as one of the most influential people in the history of Blues music.
Stevie Wonder is a multi-talented singer-songwriter who developed from a child prodigy into one of the world's most creative musical figures
The Stone Roses are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1983, meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat.
The Stranglers are one of the most enduring bands to have come out of the punk scene with an uncompromising attitude and idiosyncratic style
Syd Barrett was a founder member of Pink Floyd and was the lead singer, guitarist and principle songwriter in the band's early years
The B'52's are an American new wave band that emerged in the mid-70s with their quirky, fun sound
Thelonious Monk was part of that small but select group of jazz musicians who were responsible for the birth of a new kind of jazz - bebop.