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FUV Essential Artists

This is the Big Question we all ponder every day: Who are the artists you wouldn't want to live without? [Poll date: 2006]

Sure, it's tough to come up with those serious essentials - but you did it! Thanks to all the folks who voted.

The WFUV Staff Essential Artists picks are a good read, too.
FUV Blog Discussions: Underrated Artists and Overrated Artists.

Your Essential Artists

  1. The Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Bruce Springsteen
  4. Neil Young
  5. Joni Mitchell
  6. Paul Simon
  7. Grateful Dead
  8. The Rolling Stones
  9. Van Morrison
  10. Elvis Costello
  11. James Taylor
  12. Lucinda Williams
  13. Jackson Browne
  14. Bonnie Raitt
  15. Tom Waits
  16. Steely Dan
  17. The Band
  18. Bob Marley
  19. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  20. Richard Thompson
  21. John Lennon
  22. Stevie Wonder
  23. The Kinks
  24. Dire Straits
  25. The Who
  26. Eric Clapton
  27. Johnny Cash
  28. Miles Davis
  29. Wilco
  30. Emmylou Harris
  31. The Allman Brothers
  32. Simon And Garfunkel
  33. Frank Sinatra
  34. Leonard Cohen
  35. Jimi Hendrix
  36. Louis Armstrong
  37. Pink Floyd
  38. R.E.M.
  39. Warren Zevon
  40. The Beach Boys
  41. Talking Heads
  42. Billie Holiday
  43. John Prine
  44. Led Zeppelin
  45. Radiohead
  46. U2
  47. Indigo Girls
  48. Patty Griffin
  49. Ryan Adams
  50. Tom Petty
  51. Frank Zappa
  52. Laura Nyro
  53. Steve Earle
  54. The Clash
  55. Dave Matthews Band
  56. David Bowie
  57. Ella Fitzgerald
  58. John Hiatt
  59. Nirvana
  60. James Brown
  61. Janis Joplin
  62. Joan Baez
  63. Joan Osborne
  64. Lyle Lovett
  65. Patti Smith
  66. Ray Charles
  67. Ray Lamontagne
  68. Sam Cooke
  69. The Doors
  70. The Replacements
  71. Aimee Mann
  72. Joe Jackson
  73. John Coltrane
  74. Los Lobos
  75. Otis Redding
  76. Peter Gabriel
  77. Prince
  78. The Jayhawks
  79. The Velvet Underground
  80. Alison Krauss
  81. Ani DiFranco
  82. Aretha Franklin
  83. Beck
  84. Billy Joel
  85. Carole King
  86. Jeff Buckley
  87. Elvis Presley
  88. Nick Lowe
  89. Rickie Lee Jones
  90. The Smiths

Essential Newer Artists

  1. Josh Ritter
  2. Arcade Fire
  3. Brandi Carlile
  4. KT Tunstall
  5. The White Stripes
  6. Feist
  7. The Decemberists
  8. Ray Lamontagne
  9. Amy Winehouse
  10. Joseph Arthur
  11. Norah Jones
  12. Regina Spektor
  13. Spoon
  14. Lucinda Williams
  15. Wilco
  16. Citizen Cope
  17. Damien Rice
  18. Elliott Smith
  19. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  20. Jack Johnson
  21. John Mayer
  22. Ryan Adams
  23. Suzanne Vega
  24. Amos Lee
  25. Bright Eyes