Some celebrity deaths hit us hard. Though we don’t like to think about it, we all pass away at some point. It may be morbid to imagine, but there are specific musicians whose passing will make a tremendous impact. On a popular forum, music fans share the artists we will be sad to leave us.
1. Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is a gem of a human being we wish could live forever. One person says, “Dolly is a huge deal everywhere. She’s the patron saint of all that’s good and wonderful in this world.” Another asserts how she’s a national treasure in the same vein as Betty White. The love for Dolly is so universal her loss will be impactful.
2. Paul McCartney
Even without the early loss of John Lennon, losing Paul McCartney will affect the entire world, not just the music industry. The Beatles are arguably the most successful musicians of all time, with music delighting and inspiring generations. McCartney is uniquely talented and beloved.
3. Elton John
The “Rocket Man” himself is another musician loved by multiple generations. His exceptional charity work also sets him apart from his peers. Sir Elton is completely himself, inspiring others to be their authentic selves no matter what. Someone notes his passing will be a “big deal.”
4. Willie Nelson
The voice of a generation, we can’t deny Willie Nelson’s impact on society. His chill demeanor and wisdom make him very likable. Several point out that he feels immortal, so considering his death is challenging and distressing. Another fan mentions, “Willie Nelson will be a hard loss for five generations of fans.”
5. Mick Jagger
Anyone who inspires a song about their dancing and musical persona, like “Moves Like Jagger,” is legendary. Indeed, the frontman of The Rolling Stones is another artist who seems immortal to age. Losing him will mark the end of an era. One individual claims, “I think the world will flip out over Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. That’ll be the final death toll of the 20th Century.”
6. Ringo Starr
Like his Beatles bandmate, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr’s passing will devastate the world. One Beatles enthusiast remarks, “Honestly, even Ringo’s passing will be a big deal. Especially if he goes after Paul, I don’t like thinking about either of them dying.” Another fan explains, “As someone who grew up watching Thomas and Friends and got really into The Beatles in middle school, Ringo’s death will destroy me.”
7. Garth Brooks
Many underestimate how huge an impact Garth Brooks has made in the music industry. He’s not just the top-selling country artist but the second-best-selling artist ever, behind The Beatles. Brooks’s boundless energy on stage and kind, inclusive attitude off stage define him. His loss will be acute.
8. Phil Collins
Phil Collins holds a unique distinction in the music world. Multiple generations adore him for different projects. Baby boomers and Gen-X love Collins as the leader singer of Genesis and his solo career. Millennials and Gen-Z adore him as the voice of the Tarzan soundtrack. His remarkable talents are impactful and long-lasting.
9. Bruce Springsteen
The “Born in the USA” singer’s passing will greatly affect the industry, especially the boomer generation. Like The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Springsteen is the rebellious voice of his generation that taught us to stand up against the establishment. He takes chances and consequently has legions of fans.
10. Stevie Nicks
The lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, has a gorgeous voice that wows audiences worldwide. She’s inspired countless people with her talent and individuality, proving to be an exceptional role model. One respondent laments that her loss will “eat their soul.”
11. Diana Ross
Diana Ross began her career with The Supremes before becoming a successful solo artist. She is a legendary singer with an indelible impact on music history and society. An obvious choice for many, it isn’t easy to fathom a world without Ross.
12. Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder may not be as famous today as he once was. But he’s still tremendously influenced multiple generations of musicians and fans. Wonder is blind, but he sees into our souls with passion and relatable music. And now I feel like listening to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”
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