Who’s your No. 1 musical artist of all time?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Who’s your No. 1?

That’s a question we often ponder when it comes to the sports world — the best this, the best that, the best of the year, the best of all time, the best of the best and so on.

But we’ve got a different project in the works right now here at Beckett Media that’s not all about sports cards and sports legends, yet you can find many of these stars and these “teams” in the Beckett.com database with a simple search. They don’t have a lot of cards — but there’s enough that you could start a bit of a collection beyond those old records or CDs taking up space.

They’re musicians.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Michael JacksonJimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin — many of the greats out there on the airwaves have appeared on cardboard. There’s probably more out there than you might think with card companies exploring the non-sports world more often by including musicians in sports sets or expanding their focus into sets for entire genres.

Our Legends of Music project has been in the works for some time, but it’s good to see more collectable options coming for fans of music. As part of this magazine, we’ll be  running some of our personal picks for the greatest of the great along with picks from others.

We’re curious about your picks, so we’ve compiled a ballot of 101 options after the jump. We want you to pick your personal Top 10 and we’ll run a selection of Beckett.com readers’ picks alongside our panel’s choices in our upcoming issue.



Who's your top music artist/group of all time? (Pick your top 10.)

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. Richard 18 November, 2014 at 15:50

    There is a difference between a musical ACT such as the Beatles and a musical ARTIST such as Michael Jackson.
    The Beatles were a team effort, MJ for most of his career was a solo super star.

  2. phillies_joe 19 November, 2014 at 11:55

    Foo Fighters/ Joan Jett/ Fleetwood Mac……these are def. “most important ofr all time”.

    Thanks…this was fun.

  3. Dru 19 November, 2014 at 14:59

    How can you talk about musical greats and not mention Leadbelly. Seriously people the man who wrote the songs most of the other musicians mentioned are famous for such as

    Where Did You Sleep Last Night
    Goodnight Irene
    Black Betty
    Midnight Special
    The House of the Rising Sun
    The Gallis Pole
    The Boll Weevil
    C.C. Rider

    And not to mention his mentoring of Pete Segeer and Woody Guthrie who themselves went on to inspire so many more

  4. chrisolds 19 November, 2014 at 15:06

    We could easily have another 50 names as candidates beyond this 100.

    The reality is that our project will only be including the top 50.

  5. Robert Braxton 21 November, 2014 at 20:59

    The Who are the greatest of all time, period.

    However, how the hell are The Beach Boys not in the top 5?!?!?

  6. Ken 22 November, 2014 at 09:35

    Chose “Other”: Layne Staley and Alice In Chains…always forgotten by the rock/metal community for some reason.

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