Quartz Media and All Music did a study to come up with a list of the 100 Most Influential Artists and, no surprise, The Beatles top the list with 1,230 musicians citing them as an influence. 

The study analyzed every artist listed on All Music that has at least one other artist citing them as an influence.

Bob Dylan was second with 669 acknowledgments, followed by The Rolling Stones with 557.

David Bowie placed fourth with 432 folks under his spell, while his friend Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground landed at number-five with 425.

Rounding out the Top 10 are:

  • 6) Beach Boys - 422
  • 7) The Kinks - 384
  • 8) Neil Young - 374
  • 9) Jimi Hendrix - 371
  • 10) The Byrds - 360

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Depeche Mode are number-100, with 120 artists calling them an influence.

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Source: QZ.com                                                                   photo credits - iHM archive