RANK: My Top 50 Artists of all time!

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Postby Muzikritik » Tue Feb 25, 2003 4:04 am

Hey all.

It's taken me a damn long time to get this list together (originally started out as 100 but I don't have the energy) of my favourite 50 music artists of all time. So here's my countdown startin' at number fifty.

But first, in no particular order are some of the artists that didn't quite manage to get Top 50 with me... P. Diddy, Da Brat, Notorious B.I.G., Hootie & The Blowfish, Craig David, Shaggy, D-12, Lisa Left Eye Lopes, Ja Rule, Shaun Mullins, Jewel, Ginuwine, Nelly, Tyrese, Sum 41, Tweet, Keith Sweat, Vertical Horizon, Nas, K'Lee, Wyclef Jean, Audiovent, Michelle Branch, Toni Braxton, Eternal, Macy Gray, Alicia Keys, Stellar*, Destiny's Child, Melanie B, Bic Runga, Mary J Blige, India Arie, D'Angelo


Anywayz, onto the countdown!

#50. JILL SCOTT
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Full name(s): Jill Scott
Place of origin: Philadelphia, U.S.
Career span: 1999-
Career highlight: The mad praise and awards she recieved in 2000/01 for her debut CD.
Career lowlight: None so far!
Biggest single: Gettin' In The Way (2000)
Biggest album: Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 (2000)
Factoid: Ms. Illy Jilly from Philly recorded 52 songs for her debut album, but trimmed it down to just 17.

My Top 5:
1. A Long Walk
2. Gettin' In The Way
3. Love Rain
4. Brotha
5. He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)


I like Jill because her voice is soooooooo soul!! Her brilliant singles "A Long Walk" and "Gettin' In The Way" hook you in with their laid-back production and Jill's effortlessly smooth vocals. She's just released a live LP but hopefully she'll return with another studio album soon.
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Postby Tiger » Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:36 am

David,I'm moving this to Chart Chat
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Postby turnip » Tue Feb 25, 2003 6:32 am

Good idea Muzik, and nice to see Jill Scott in there. There's some amazing artists in the group of 'ones that didn't quite make it'...I'll be looking forward to seeing the rest of the top 50- should be a lot of good ones.
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Postby cooltrigger » Tue Feb 25, 2003 1:40 pm

whatever happened to her anyway
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Postby Deadman » Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:40 pm

How could you miss out sooo many great acts like D-12, Shaggy, Mary J, Puffy etc etc - and lets hope that you ain't put any of the damn Spice Girls in this list too!
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Postby Muzikritik » Tue Feb 25, 2003 4:29 pm

cooltrigger wrote:whatever happened to her anyway
I saw her at the Grammys! She was up for an award for "He Loves Me". I can't remember which category though but she was interviewed on the red carpet and she says she's workin on something new with "blues, jazz, soul, funk and a bit of classical".

Deadman wrote:How could you miss out sooo many great acts like D-12, Shaggy, Mary J, Puffy etc etc - and lets hope that you ain't put any of the damn Spice Girls in this list too!
Hey it's very hard to a chart like this, OK?! All of the artists that were mentioned in blue are artists I really like but it just so happens there are 50 artists I like even better. Simple as dat!
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Postby Deadman » Tue Feb 25, 2003 4:32 pm

Yeah if you say so! :P
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Postby Muzikritik » Tue Feb 25, 2003 4:34 pm

#49. LENNY KRAVITZ
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Full name(s): Lenny Kravitz
Place of origin: New York, U.S.
Career span: 1989-
Career highlight: In 1993 when 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' was the album to have!
Career lowlight: That tragic jumpsuit in the "Stand By Your Woman" vid. No, thanks!
Biggest single: Again (1999)
Biggest album: Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)
Factoid: Was married to wild-child Lisa Bonét from The Cosby Show in the late 1980's.

My Top 5:
1. Again
2. It Ain't Over Til It's Over
3. Dig In
4. Fly Away
5. Mr. Cab Driver

Well Janet Jackson reckons he has the nicest ass in the music industry but that ain't why I've put Lenny in at #49. Right from the beginning Lenny was a cool guy with a crazy attitude, wicked songs, the dreads - everything. Over the years he's calmed down a bit and chopped the dreads but his music's just as good as it always was.
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Postby cooltrigger » Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:56 pm

i'm loving ur chart so far lenny at 49 excellent
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Postby BronxBadBoi » Tue Feb 25, 2003 5:58 pm

Muzik you watch the E channel too much.

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Postby Terence » Tue Feb 25, 2003 6:32 pm

Great to see that Lenny Kravitz's "Again" is your fave song of his!

I really like that, it's a classic! 8-)
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Postby Muzikritik » Tue Feb 25, 2003 10:36 pm

BronxBadBoi wrote:Muzik you watch the E channel too much.

RANK: the ten hottest couples...LOL :D
Me?! I do not!! Now ssshh, Wild On: Shanghai Surprise is about to start!
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Postby Virgostar » Wed Feb 26, 2003 5:14 am

jlo17 wrote:Great to see that Lenny Kravitz's "Again" is your fave song of his!

I really like that, it's a classic! 8-)
Tis one of my favs as well Muzik and jlo....along with If You Can't Say No and It Ain't Over Til It's Over....anyway I'm enjoying the chart so far!
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Postby Muzikritik » Wed Feb 26, 2003 5:45 am

Virgostar wrote:anyway I'm enjoying the chart so far!
Glad to hear it. I welcome any comments!!

Anywayz continuing the countdown now, and here is...


#48. BUSTA RHYMES
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Full name(s): Trevor Smith
Place of origin: Brooklyn, U.S.
Career span: 1996-
Career highlight: When Woo-Ha!! And corresponding alb The Coming gave Busta massive chart success.
Career lowlight: The God-awful Pass The Courvoiser. Pass the bucket, ya mean?!
Biggest single: Woo-Ha!! Got You All In Check (1996)
Biggest album: When Disaster Strikes (1998)
Factoid: Busta formed the rap group Leaders of the New School in 1990 - they disanded in '94.

My Top 5:
1. Turn It Up/Fire It Up
2. Gimme Some More
3. Woo-Ha!! Got You All In Check
4. What's It Gonna Be? (ft. Janet)
5. Break Ya Neck


Busta was refreshing when he first came out with his instantly entertaining rhymes. His unique 'fun' style is a welcome change to alot of other hip-hop which can be very depressing in content. Busta usually keeps it light - and that's why I like him. When it comes to rapping, no one can bust a rhyme quite like Busta can!
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Postby cooltrigger » Wed Feb 26, 2003 2:51 pm

wooho to busta rhymes

keep em comin
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Postby Muzikritik » Wed Feb 26, 2003 4:56 pm

#47. R KELLY

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Full name(s): Robert Kelly
Place of origin: U.S.A.
Career span: 1994-
Career highlight: The Space Jam single that gave him a worldwide #1
Career lowlight: "That" underage sex video in 2002 and the lawsuits that followed!
Biggest single: I Believe I Can Fly (1997)
Biggest album: R (1998)
Factoid: Paedophile Rob has had lead singles off 3 major movies: Space Jam, Batman & Robin and Ali.

My Top 5:
1. I Believe I Can Fly
2. Bump 'N Grind
3. Half On A Baby
4. If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time
5. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) [ft. Ronald Isley]


Paedophile or not, it has to be said that R Kelly is one hell of a singer. He has an incredible voice and his songs - no matter how directed to female attention they were - were catchy R&B jams. He's been around a while but he doesn't look set to retire just yet with the release of his new album...
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Postby Deadman » Wed Feb 26, 2003 11:18 pm

...Which debuts straigh at the top of the Billboard 200 with sales of over 500 000 copies - his career ain't over just yet!
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Postby Lili » Thu Feb 27, 2003 5:01 am

definitely looking forward to following this chart cuz my boy Muzik's got good taste! Glad to see R. Kelly on here cuz he's def one of my favorite artist & glad that he's topping the Billboard album charts.
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Postby Muzikritik » Thu Feb 27, 2003 7:36 am

Lili wrote:definitely looking forward to following this chart cuz my boy Muzik's got good taste!
Awwww... :oops: :P Thanks!

I know I'm not waiting too long between each artist but I don't want to drag this out for too long - I don't want people to get sick of it!!

So gettin' back into it then!


#46. WHITNEY HOUSTON

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Full name(s): Whitney Houston
Place of origin: U.S.
Career span: 1985-
Career highlight: The Bodyguard movie and soundtrack back in '92!
Career lowlight: Her drug habit exposé and the flop of Just Whitney in '02!
Biggest single: I Will Always Love You (1993)
Biggest album: The Bodyguard (1993)
Factoid: The director of Whit's I Wanna Dance With Somebody video ordered her to stop dancing because she looked completely uncooridinated.

My Top 5:
1. It's Not Right, But It's OK
2. I Will Always Love You
3. My Love Is Your Love
4. When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)
5. Shoop Shoop (Exhale)


Don't yell at me because she's only number 46! To be honest, there's quite a few of her songs I don't like. I guess I only really started liking her with the release of The Bodyguard soundtrack. She has a beautiful voice and sings with power and strength. Her recent drug-bust hasn't changed my mind about her - she's still a hella-talented woman with a back-catalog of hits most artists only dream about. It's Not Right, But It's OK is a wicked hard-hitting R&b tune that it is insanely catchy and my fave Whit song of all time. Of course, she's had her fair share of great power-ballads too!
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Postby matthew_dixon » Thu Feb 27, 2003 9:22 am

Good list so far - really good list.

Glad to see pretty much all of those in your list (although I'm not a big Kravitz fan myself).

Jill Scott - Brilliant singer - must listen to more of her stuff
Lenny Kravitz - Done some really cool rock music, but some of his stuff is just average
Busta Rhymes - Wow. How on earth does he rap that fast? Not a fan, but I respect him for that

R Kelly - Amazing. My favourite tracks by him however would have to be

5 Fiesta together with it's remix combined - or possibly Home Alone
4 The World's Greatest
3 I Believe I Can Fly
2 Only The Loot (Can Make Me Happy)
1 The Storm Is Over Now

Whitney - Amazing. She's done so many classics. I'd have to say, despite them being a tad cringeworthy, I do like her 1980s stuff as well.
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Postby cooltrigger » Thu Feb 27, 2003 10:49 am

ooh whitney only at 47

i'm waiting for christina if shes in there
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Postby Terence » Thu Feb 27, 2003 3:31 pm

Oh nice to see Whitney in there! :D

She's a legend

My top 5 Whitney songs would be:

5) My Love Is Your Love
4) One Moment In Time
3) When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)
2) I Will Always Love You
1) I Wanna Dance With Somebody (by millles)

And I guess Mariah Carey will be in your top 3 at least :wink:

I don't know if I've said it - but this chart is quite interesting... :wink:
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Postby Muzikritik » Thu Feb 27, 2003 4:09 pm

cooltrigger wrote:ooh whitney only at 47

i'm waiting for christina if shes in there
Well actually, Whitney's at #46!!

And I wouldn't hold my breath to see Christina in here! :wink: Not a fan, sorry!
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Postby Deadman » Thu Feb 27, 2003 4:18 pm

Oh i thought that Whitney could have perhaps been a little bit higher as she is a true legend but oh well!
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Postby Muzikritik » Thu Feb 27, 2003 5:16 pm

#45. THIRD EYE BLIND

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Full name(s): Tony Fredianelli, Stephan Jenkins, Kevin Cadogan, Arion Salazar, Brad Hargreaves
Place of origin: California, U.S.
Career span: 1997-2000
Career highlight: Their awesome debut single in the summer of '97
Career lowlight: The tanking of the Blue album
Biggest single: Semi-Charmed Life (1997)
Biggest album: Third Eye Blind (1997)
Factoid: The theme song to U.K. spy-cam show Red Handed was none other than Semi-Charmed Life!

My Top 5:
1. Semi-Charmed Life
2. Jumper
3. Never Let You Go
4. Deep Inside Of You
5. How's It Gonna Be?


The singles released from this Cali light-rock band were catchy, fun songs. I liked that. Semi-Charmed Life instantly became one of my favourite songs of that year and I still play it often. Their debut sold well but the 2nd album bombed but the lead single Never Let You Go managed to have some chart success in the States. Their singles were all well-played, performed and produced. But, where the hell did they go?!
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