From Little Richard to Joni Mitchell & More, Which Artist Has Been Most Influential for Other Musicians? Vote!

Little Richard
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Little Richard photographed a Wembley Stadium on Aug. 3, 1972.

Billie Eilish cited Tyler, the CreatorThe 1975Nicki Minaj and more as the artists who've shaped her during her rise to fame. But which artist gets commonly cited as other musicians' greatest influences?

The late pioneer of rock Little Richard influenced rock 'n' roll champions The Beatles, as Paul McCartney recalled in his tribute tweets following his death on May 9 from bone cancer at age 87. "I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it. He would say, 'I taught Paul everything he knows'," the former Beatles member wrote.

David Bowie became a major fan of the Beatles before befriending and collaborating with John Lennon, and the glam rock superstar helped pave the way for Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses and more bands. But when it comes to grunge rock acts like Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led troupe inspired the genre-bending ways of Post Malone, who even held a tribute livestream concert in the band's honor last month.

So who would you consider to be one of the most influential acts in music? Vote below!


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