20 Rockstars We Lost Too Soon
Sometimes we think to ourselves, "Why do the best, most talented ones, always die too soon?"
No. 20 - Ronnie James Dio
Dio was one of the most influential voices in the heavy metal genre in the 1970-80's. He was the replacement vocalist for Black Sabbath when Ozzy Osbourne was fired and he also gained major success as a solo artist. Dio died in 2009 from stomach cancer.
No. 19 - Michael Hutchence
The Aussie frontman and founder of the band INXS's life was cut short in 1997 of an apparant suicide in his hotel room. He and INXS achieved multi-platinum status with their hits "Need You Tonight", "New Sensation", and "Devil Inside".
No. 18 - Bon Scott
Bon Scott was undeniably one of rocks most influential frontman. As AC/DC's frontman, he led the band into multi-platinum status. Scott died in 1980 from acute alcohol poisoning.
No. 17 - Layne Staley
Next to Nirvana, Alice in Chains was one of the most popular bands from the Seattle scene and Layne Stayle's unique style of vocals along with his chilling lyrics about heroin abuse gained the band major attention in the early 90's. Staley died from a heroin overdose in 2002 at the age of 32.
No. 16 - Hillel Slovack
Red Hot Chili Pepper's original guitarist and founder, Hillel Slovack, was a pioneer in the funk rock movement. His style helped mold the Chili Pepper's into the band they are today. Slovack died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 26.
No. 15 - Bob Marley
It's hard to think of reggae without immediately thinking of Bob Marley. He will go down in history as the most successful reggae artist of all time and his music is still just as relevant as it was the day he died. Marley died in 1981 of cancer.
No. 14 - Ian Curtis
Ian Curtis was an integral part of the post-punk movement in the late 1970's. His chilling lyrics and vocals really added great ambiance to the Joy Division's sound overall. Curtis committed suicide in 1980 at the age of 23.
No. 13 - Cliff Burton
This thrash metal bassist was a huge contributor to Metallica's success in the 1980's. From his bass leads to his tremendous stage performing, Burton was as good as they came in the thrash genre. He died while on tour with Metallica as a result of a bus accident in 1986.
No. 12 - Janis Joplin
When you think of female rockstars, Janis Joplin has to be number one. Her distinctive, powerful voice was undeniable and earned her tremendous success in in late 1960's. Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970.
No. 11 - Buddy Holly
Holly was one of the first artists in rock to write, record, and produce his own music. He was a true pioneer of his craft until his life was cut short in 1959. Holly died in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
No. 10 - Randy Rhodes
Randy Rhodes was a huge guitar talent in the heavy metal scene in the early 80's. He helped re-spawn Ozzy Osbourne's career as a solo artist by writing some of the best and catchiest metal riffs of all time. Rhodes died in a plane crash 1982.
No. 9 - "Dimebag" Darrell
"Dimebag" Darrell is one of the best heavy metal guitarist of all time. There's very few guitarists in heavy metal that, when you hear just the guitar riff or tone, you can tell right away who the guitarist is. "Dimebag" was murdered on stage by a crazed fan in 2004.
No. 8 - John Bonham
When you think about the greatest drummers of all time, John Bonham should be somewhere in the top 10. His distinctive drum sound is one of the forces that carried Led Zeppelin as a true force in rock history. Bonham died from asphyxiation by means of choking on his own vomit in 1980.
No. 7 - Michael Jackson
If you can look beyond all the plastic surgeries and all the child abuse allegations in the media, you will see one of the most talented singers and performs to ever grace the stage. Unfortunately, the world never had a chance to see the "This Is It" tour as Jackson died of cardiac arrest in 2009.
No. 6 - Jimi Hendrix
What can I say about this man? Well, he is probably the most influential rock guitarist of all time. His style, even today, is unmatched.
No. 5 - Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison was, and still is, one of the most influential stars in music history. His lyrics are considered by most to be some of the most poetic lyrics ever written. Morrison died in his bath tub in Paris, France in 1971.
No. 4 - Kurt Cobain
This Seattle rockstar was one of the pioneers of the grunge movement in the early 90's. His strong unique voice, along with his soul touching lyrics, launched Nirvana into superstardom in the 1990's. Cobain committed suicide in 1994 at his home in Seattle, Washington.
No. 3 - Freddie Mercury
The flamboyant frontman of Queen, best known for his songs "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are The Champions", died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45.
No. 2 - John Lennon
One of the most famous musicians of all time, John Lennon led The Beatles to superstardom as well as having a stellar solo career. His life was soon cut short by a crazed individual in 1980, but his music and legacy still lives on today.
No. 1 - Elivs Presley
Elvis Presley could very well be the biggest rock star who ever lived. He's sold millions upon millions of albums, even post-humously. As "The King of Rock 'N Roll"s career progressed, he started to turn to prescription drugs more and more, which is what ended his life in 1977.