VH-1's 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments

Entertainment VH1

* 100 - Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour - Sonny & Cher introduce their daughter Chastity to a national audience. * 99 - The Fresh Prince of Bel Air premieres - Will Smith is the first rap star to get his own series, based in part on his successful music videos. * 98 - Divas Live - A live VH1 concert special. Aretha Franklin brings down the house during the finale with Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Carole King. * 97 - Pearl Jam perform on SNL the day after fellow Seattle grunge icon Kurt Cobain commits suicide; Eddie Vedder symbolically salutes his rival. * 96 - Hullabaloo premieres with Beatles manager Brian Epstein as guest host. * 95 - Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora perform an acoustic version of 'Wanted Dead or Alive' at The VMA's which is the inspiration for MTV Unplugged. * 94 - The Grateful Dead perform on Playboy After Dark. * 93 - Simon and Garfunkel perform The Concert in the Park on HBO. 600,000 people attended. * 92 - Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - 1 billion viewers tune-in. * 91 - The Carpenters special airs on ABC with an extremely thin Karen Carpenter. * 90 - Ricky Martin performs a showstopper on The Grammy Awards. * 89 - Miami Vice - Cop drama with slick music video imagery. Guest stars include Phil Collins, Ted Nugent, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis and Sheena Easton. * 88 - Van Halen appear with David Lee Roth at The VMA's for the first time since their split years earlier. Within days Roth is kicked out of the band again. * 87 - Grace Slick, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell and others fresh from Woodstock appear on The Dick Cavett Show. * 86 - Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte sing a duet on The Harry Belafonte Show. Their hand holding causes an uproar. * 85 - Friday Night Videos is launched by NBC. * 84 - U2 make their American TV debut on The Tom Snyder Show. * 83 - Solid Gold premieres - An 80's countdown series. Hosts include Dionne Warwick, Marilyn McCoo, Rex Smith and Andy Gibb. * 82 - Kiss is unmasked on MTV. * 81 - Milli Vanilli sing on The Arsenio Hall Show after their Best New Artist Grammy is revoked. * 80 - Woodstock '99 riots and looting. * 79 - Band Aid special airs on MTV documenting the recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' * 78 - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction on VH1 - Bruce Springsteen reunites with The E Street Band. * 77 - Johnny Cash makes his TV debut on The Jackie Gleason Show. Cash sings 'I Walk The Line'. * 76 - This Is Garth Brooks - a highly rated concert on NBC. * 75 - Welcome Home Elvis airs on ABC welcoming Elvis back from the army. Hosted by Frank Sinatra, it features Frank and The King singing together. * 74 - Aretha Franklin sings the aria 'Nesson Durma' on The Grammys. She is a last minute replacement for Luciano Pavarotti. Aretha was given just eight minutes of rehearsal time. * 73 - The Midnight Special - premieres shortly after ABC IN CONCERT. Helen Reddy is a regular guest host; Wolfman Jack is the announcer. * 72 - Eric Clapton performs 'Tears in Heaven' on MTV Unplugged ten months after the death of his son. * 71 - Willie Nelson and his pals launch FARM AID. * 70 - Buddy Holly performs 'Peggy Sue' on American Bandstand. It is his last TV appearance. * 69 - Madonna offends America swearing repeatedly on Late Night with David Letterman. * 68 - Bono gives a lifetime tribute to Frank Sinatra on The Grammy Awards. Controversy follows when Sinatra is cut off while giving his speech. * 67 - The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour premieres on CBS. The series is constantly at odds with network censors who object to the show's socially conscious acts, such as the blacklisted Pete Seeger. * 66 - Sun City protests and video. * 65 - The Nat King Cole Show premieres. One of the first black performers to host a variety show. * 64 - The Supremes meet The Temptations on Broadway -- an NBC special. It's The Supremes only televised concert of the decade. * 63 - Michael Jackson's Pepsi Commercial - Pyrotechnic mishap causes Jackson's hair to ignite and sends him to the hospital with severe burns. * 62 - SNL's Wayne's World sketch debuts, an homage to heavy metal headbangers. Madonna guest stars on SNL's Wayne's World. * 61 - ABC airs The Beatles Anthology, an epic six hour documentary which debuts two new songs 'Free As A Bird' and 'Real Love'. * 60 - Roseanne sings The National Anthem and grabs her crotch before San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds double header. * 59 - Whitney Houston sings The National Anthem at Superbowl XXV during the Gulf War. The version is released as a single and becomes Arista's highest selling single. * 58 - Marvin Gaye sings The National Anthem at the NBA All-star game at the Forum in Inglewood, California. * 57 - Don Kirshner's Rock Concerty - The rock concert is packaged by Kirshner, the man behind The Archies and The Monkees. * 56 - Bette Midler performs on the second to last episode of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. * 55 - The Blues Brothers are introduced on SNL. * 54 - Jethro Tull wins Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Grammy - beating out Metallica and AC/DC. * 53 - All You Need Is Cash is broadcast on NBC, the first made-for-television mockumentary. The film satirizes the complete career of The Beatles. * 52 - Dance Fever premieres - Disco dancing competition hosted by Deney Terrio, Saturday Night Fever's choreographer. * 51 - Prince appears at the AMA's with 'Slave' printed on his face protesting Warner Bros. recording contract. During a group performance of 'We Are The World' he stands silently sucking a lollipop. * 50 - Jerry Lee Lewis performs 'Whole Lotta Shakin'' on The Steve Allen Show amid controversy surrounding the song's lyrics. The Steve Allen Show - Allen makes Elvis sing 'Hound Dog' to an actual hound dog. * 49 - Bo Diddley on The Ed Sullivan Show - one of the first black guests on The Ed Sullivan Show. * 48 - Bruce Springsteen is the surprise final music guest as Late Night with David Letterman leaves NBC after thirteen years. * 47 - Michael Jackson's 'Black & White' video premieres simultaneously on 3 networks: FOX, MTV, BET. The video is withdrawn and re-edited after its first showing, amid controversy over violent content. * 46 - Bob Marley and the Wailers are the first reggae group to perform on network television, on the CBS premiere of The Manhattan Transfer, an evening musical variety series. * 45 - Schoolhouse Rock debuts with 'Multiplication Rock' on ABC's Saturday morning schedule. * 44 - Madonna's Pepsi commercial airs only once due to the controversial scene where she kisses a black saint. * 43 - David Bowie sings with Bing Crosby on Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas. The two sing 'Little Drummer Boy' together. This is Bing's last performance, he dies a month later. * 42 - Diana in Central Park - A Diana Ross concert airs on Showtime. * 41 - Sonny and Cher reunite for the last time on Late Night with David Letterman. Cher eulogizes Sonny Bono. It airs live in its entirety on CNN. * 40 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley appear on Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer where they discuss their sex life. Jackson's teary statement to the press after he was accused of child molestation is carried live on network and cable TV. * 39 - Ricky Nelson performs for the first time on his family's sitcom The Ozzie and Harriet Show. He sings Fats Domino's 'I'm Walkin''. * 38 - The Partridge Family premieres on ABC - David Cassidy immediately becomes a teen singing sensation. * 37 - The Johnny Cash Show, On Campus episode - Neil Young performs 'Needle And The Damage Done' and Cash debuts the single 'Man In Black'. * 36 - The Beatles at Shea Stadium airs on ABC. * 35 - Jimi Hendrix on Lulu Show - Hendrix cuts short his performance of 'Hey Joe' to play Cream's 'White Room'. * 34 - Sinead O'Connor rips up the Pope's photo on SNL. * 33 - Janis Joplin performs on The Dick Cavett Show right before Woodstock. * 32 - Lorne Michaels offers The Beatles $3,000 to reunite on SNL. Weeks later, George Harrison appears on-air to accept the check. * 31 - The Simpsons - Cutting edge bands are animated in the series including Sonic Youth, The Smashing Pumpkins and others in the 'Homerpalooza' episode. * 30 - Bill Clinton plays the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. * 29 - Marvin Gaye performs 'Sexual Healing' on THE GRAMMY AWARDS. * 28 - The Johnny Cash Show premieres - Bob Dylan's first network television performance. * 27 - Madonna's premiere of 'Justify My Love' video - MTV bans the racy video filmed at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris. Madonna later defends the video on Nightline. * 26 - The Sex Pistols anger Bill Grundy on British Thames Television's Today Show. Grundy ends up swearing on live television and is disciplined. * 25 - Shindig premieres with The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Byrds and The Everly Brothers. * 24 - The Jackson Five, led by brother Michael, make their national TV debut on Hollywood Palace. Diana Ross is the host and The Jackson Five sing 'I Want You Back'. * 23 - The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love'. It is the first global television link-up. * 22 - The Rolling Stones on The Ed Sullivan Show - the band changes the lyrics of 'Let's Spend the Night Together' to 'Let's Spend Some Time Together' to be less suggestive. * 21 - Soul Train debuts - It is the first black produced television series syndicated nationwide. * 20 - After Martin Luther King's assassination, James Brown appears live on National TV from the Boston Garden (where he's performing). Brown appeals to rioters to exercise restraint. * 19 - 'We Are The World' is taped as an HBO special and MTV video immediately after the American Music Awards. * 18 - Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video debuts on MTV. The video ushers in alternative rock as a commercial and pop culture force. Nirvana perform their last TV appearance on MTV Unplugged. * 17 - While Bob Dylan performs on The Grammy Awards, a dancer with 'Soy Bomb' written on his chest crashes Dylan's performance. * 16 - The Doors rebel against CBS censors on The Ed Sullivan Show by singing the line 'girl we couldn't get much higher' when specifically asked not to. * 15 - The T.A.M.I. Show - an amazing high energy concert originally produced for ABC, (later released theatrically). Diverse line up included The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and James Brown. * 14 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host a week of The Mike Douglas Show. * 13 - The Monkees TV series premieres - later musical guests included Frank Zappa and Tim Buckley. * 12 - Elton John performs his remake of 'Candle in the Wind' at Princess Diana's funeral. * 11 - Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video world premieres on MTV. It is the first video ever to be scheduled at a specific time and date. * 10 - The Who perform on The Smothers Brothers - Keith Moon sets twice as much flash powder in the drums. The resulting explosion singes Pete Townshend's hair and cuts Moon's leg. The explosion has since been blamed for Townshend's hearing loss. * 9 - Elvis is shot from the waist up on The Ed Sullivan Show. * 8 - The MTV Video Music Awards launch; Madonna rolls on stage singing 'Like A Virgin'. * 7 - ABC and MTV air Live Aid - Queen is highlight of show. * 6 - American Bandstand premieres - Seminal rock music series hosted by Dick Clark. * 5 - Motown 25 - an Emmy-award winning special on NBC. Diana Ross reunites with Supremes. Michael Jackson moonwalks for the first time. * 4 - Saturday Night Live premieres - Weekly live rock performances by every established and breaking musical performers of the past 25 years. * 3 - MTV launches - The Buggles' 'Video Killed the Radio Star' is the first video played. * 2 - Elvis stages his famous comeback special called ELVIS on NBC. * 1 - The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show - first televised U.S. live performance. An estimated 73 million viewers tune-in.

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125

1

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

238

1

Ed Sullivan Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

30

2

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

57.02% (65 of 114 votes)

116

2

Elvis Presley

Vocalist

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

41

3

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

154

3

Buggles

Musicians

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

143

4

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

52.38% (44 of 84 votes)

33

5

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

57.02% (65 of 114 votes)

67

5

Diana Ross

Vocalist

55.56% (70 of 126 votes)

101

5

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.98% (190 of 352 votes)

167

5

The Supremes

Vocalists

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

89

6

Dick Clark

TV Personality

54.26% (70 of 129 votes)

221

6

American Bandstand

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

35

7

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

83

7

Queen

Musicians

54.41% (111 of 204 votes)

128

7

ABC (TV Network)

TV Network

53.00% (106 of 200 votes)

149

7

Live Aid

Event

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

44

8

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

98

8

Madonna (Ciccone)

Vocalist

53.98% (156 of 289 votes)

117

9

Elvis Presley

Vocalist

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

237

9

Ed Sullivan Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

84

10

Pete Townshend

Musician

54.41% (37 of 68 votes)

85

10

The Who

Musicians

54.39% (31 of 57 votes)

115

10

Keith Moon

Musician

53.33% (48 of 90 votes)

36

11

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

102

11

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.98% (190 of 352 votes)

139

12

Princess Diana Spencer

Royalty

52.45% (75 of 143 votes)

175

12

Elton John

Musician

22.22% (8 of 36 votes)

153

13

Tim Buckley

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

158

13

Frank Zappa

Vocalist

45.00% (9 of 20 votes)

212

13

The Monkees

Musicians

0% (0 of 7 votes)

74

14

Mike Douglas

TV Personality

55.02% (115 of 209 votes)

114

14

Yoko Ono

Performance Artist

53.45% (62 of 116 votes)

135

14

John Lennon

Vocalist

52.69% (98 of 186 votes)

57

15

James Brown

Vocalist

56.25% (18 of 32 votes)

132

15

ABC (TV Network)

TV Network

53.00% (106 of 200 votes)

190

15

Beach Boys

Musicians

10.0% (1 of 10 votes)

198

15

Rolling Stones

Musicians

7.41% (2 of 27 votes)

201

15

Chuck Berry

Vocalist

0% (0 of 9 votes)

107

16

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

53.98% (95 of 176 votes)

180

16

The Doors

Musicians

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

239

16

Ed Sullivan Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

3

17

Michael Portnoy

Performance Artist

100% (1 of 1 votes)

20

17

Bob Dylan

Vocalist

57.28% (59 of 103 votes)

39

18

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

189

18

Nirvana

Musicians

11.11% (3 of 27 votes)

37

19

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

194

19

HBO (TV Network)

TV Network

7.69% (3 of 39 votes)

223

19

USA for Africa

Vocalists

0% (0 of 6 votes)

58

20

James Brown

Vocalist

56.25% (18 of 32 votes)

113

20

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocate

53.46% (309 of 578 votes)

7

21

Soul Train

TV Series

71.43% (5 of 7 votes)

197

22

Rolling Stones

Musicians

7.41% (2 of 27 votes)

236

22

Ed Sullivan Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

124

23

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

65

24

Diana Ross

Vocalist

55.56% (70 of 126 votes)

99

24

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.98% (190 of 352 votes)

169

24

The Jackson 5

Vocalists

30.0% (3 of 10 votes)

192

25

Byrds

Musicians

8.33% (3 of 36 votes)

196

25

Rolling Stones

Musicians

7.41% (2 of 27 votes)

206

25

The Everly Brothers

Vocalists

0% (0 of 15 votes)

230

25

The Kinks

Musicians

0% (0 of 1 votes)

4

26

Bill Grundy

TV Personality

100% (1 of 1 votes)

16

26

The Sex Pistols

Musicians

60.0% (3 of 5 votes)

43

27

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

80

27

Paris, France

Location

54.65% (47 of 86 votes)

95

27

Madonna (Ciccone)

Vocalist

53.98% (156 of 289 votes)

228

27

Nightline

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

21

28

Bob Dylan

Vocalist

57.28% (59 of 103 votes)

138

28

Johnny Cash

Vocalist

52.50% (21 of 40 votes)

163

29

Marvin Gaye

Vocalist

33.33% (6 of 18 votes)

63

30

Arsenio Hall

Comedian

55.68% (49 of 88 votes)

71

30

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

55.24% (390 of 706 votes)

112

31

The Simpsons

TV Series

53.71% (123 of 229 votes)

202

31

Sonic Youth

Musician

0% (0 of 3 votes)

203

31

The Smashing Pumpkins

Musicians

0% (0 of 1 votes)

22

32

George Harrison

Musician

57.28% (118 of 206 votes)

88

32

Lorne Michaels

TV Executive

54.26% (70 of 129 votes)

127

32

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

76

33

Dick Cavett

TV Personality

54.95% (61 of 111 votes)

170

33

Janis Joplin

Vocalist

30.0% (12 of 40 votes)

182

33

The Dick Cavett Show

TV Series

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

108

34

Pope John Paul II

Religious Figure

53.95% (82 of 152 votes)

144

34

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

52.38% (44 of 84 votes)

160

34

Sinead O'Connor

Vocalist

42.86% (3 of 7 votes)

79

35

Jimi Hendrix

Musician

54.65% (141 of 258 votes)

162

35

Lulu

Actress

33.33% (5 of 15 votes)

121

36

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

129

36

ABC (TV Network)

TV Network

53.00% (106 of 200 votes)

28

37

Neil Young

Vocalist

57.08% (129 of 226 votes)

136

37

Johnny Cash

Vocalist

52.50% (21 of 40 votes)

130

38

ABC (TV Network)

TV Network

53.00% (106 of 200 votes)

217

38

David Cassidy

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

227

38

The Partridge Family

TV Series

0% (0 of 2 votes)

207

39

Ricky Nelson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

0% (0 of 2 votes)

100

40

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.98% (190 of 352 votes)

157

40

Diane Sawyer

Commentator

46.67% (7 of 15 votes)

185

40

Lisa Marie Presley

Vocalist

13.33% (2 of 15 votes)

24

41

Cher

Vocalist

57.20% (139 of 243 votes)

25

41

CNN

TV Network

57.14% (452 of 791 votes)

48

41

David Letterman

Comedian

56.80% (71 of 125 votes)

53

41

Sonny Bono

Vocalist

56.59% (73 of 129 votes)

188

41

Late Show with David Letterman

TV Series

11.76% (4 of 34 votes)

66

42

Diana Ross

Vocalist

55.56% (70 of 126 votes)

225

42

Showtime (TV Network)

TV Network

0% (0 of 1 votes)

51

43

Bing Crosby

Vocalist

56.71% (93 of 164 votes)

68

43

David Bowie

Vocalist

55.38% (103 of 186 votes)

96

44

Madonna (Ciccone)

Vocalist

53.98% (156 of 289 votes)

213

44

Leon Robinson

Actor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

131

45

ABC (TV Network)

TV Network

53.00% (106 of 200 votes)

106

46

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

53.98% (95 of 176 votes)

111

46

Bob Marley

Vocalist

53.85% (112 of 208 votes)

224

46

The Manhattan Transfer

Vocalists

0% (0 of 6 votes)

42

47

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

47

47

FOX (TV Network)

TV Network

56.81% (267 of 470 votes)

77

47

BET - Black Entertainment Television

TV Network

54.79% (40 of 73 votes)

103

47

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.98% (190 of 352 votes)

13

48

Bruce Springsteen

Vocalist

62.79% (81 of 129 votes)

31

48

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

57.02% (65 of 114 votes)

187

48

Late Show with David Letterman

TV Series

11.76% (4 of 34 votes)

234

49

Bo Diddley

Musician

0% (0 of 6 votes)

240

49

Ed Sullivan Show

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

19

50

Steve Allen

Comedian

57.50% (437 of 760 votes)

87

50

Jerry Lee Lewis

Vocalist

54.31% (63 of 116 votes)

118

50

Elvis Presley

Vocalist

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

59

51

Prince

Vocalist

56.25% (36 of 64 votes)

17

52

Dance Fever

TV Series

60.0% (3 of 5 votes)

215

52

Deney Terrio

Choreographer

0% (0 of 2 votes)

29

53

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

57.02% (65 of 114 votes)

123

53

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

216

53

The Rutles

Musicians

0% (0 of 1 votes)

70

54

Metallica

Musicians

55.29% (47 of 85 votes)

145

54

Jethro Tull

Musicians

50.0% (620 of 1240 votes)

193

54

AC/DC

Musicians

8.00% (2 of 25 votes)

140

55

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

52.38% (44 of 84 votes)

159

55

John Belushi

Comedian

44.44% (8 of 18 votes)

176

55

Dan Aykroyd

Comedian

21.43% (3 of 14 votes)

214

55

The Blues Brothers

Vocalists

0% (0 of 2 votes)

93

56

Johnny Carson

Comedian

54.14% (98 of 181 votes)

134

56

Bette Midler

Vocalist

52.94% (63 of 119 votes)

184

57

The Archies

Musicians

16.67% (1 of 6 votes)

211

57

The Monkees

Musicians

0% (0 of 7 votes)

218

57

Don Kirshner

Promoter

0% (0 of 6 votes)

164

58

Marvin Gaye

Vocalist

33.33% (6 of 18 votes)

81

59

Whitney Houston

Vocalist

54.51% (127 of 233 votes)

10

60

Cincinnati Reds

Sports Team

66.67% (2 of 3 votes)

11

60

Roseanne Barr

Comedienne

64.66% (666 of 1030 votes)

200

60

San Diego Padres

Sports Team

5.56% (2 of 36 votes)

122

61

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

133

61

ABC (TV Network)

TV Network

53.00% (106 of 200 votes)

82

62

Dana Carvey

Comedian

54.47% (134 of 246 votes)

86

62

Mike Myers

Comedian

54.34% (119 of 219 votes)

94

62

Madonna (Ciccone)

Vocalist

53.98% (156 of 289 votes)

141

62

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

52.38% (44 of 84 votes)

104

63

Michael Jackson (Vocalist)

Vocalist

53.98% (190 of 352 votes)

32

64

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

57.02% (65 of 114 votes)

166

64

The Supremes

Vocalists

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

235

64

Temptations

Musicians

0% (0 of 13 votes)

72

65

Nat King Cole

Vocalist

55.10% (81 of 147 votes)

12

67

Pete Seeger

Vocalist

63.64% (7 of 11 votes)

105

67

CBS (TV Network)

TV Network

53.98% (95 of 176 votes)

61

68

Frank Sinatra

Vocalist

56.10% (69 of 123 votes)

90

68

Bono

Vocalist

54.26% (51 of 94 votes)

49

69

David Letterman

Comedian

56.80% (71 of 125 votes)

97

69

Madonna (Ciccone)

Vocalist

53.98% (156 of 289 votes)

186

69

Late Show with David Letterman

TV Series

11.76% (4 of 34 votes)

178

70

Buddy Holly

Musician

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

222

70

American Bandstand

TV Series

0% (0 of 0 votes)

191

71

Willie Nelson

Vocalist

9.38% (3 of 32 votes)

40

72

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

151

72

Eric Clapton

Musician

50.0% (16 of 32 votes)

172

73

Helen Reddy

Vocalist

30.0% (3 of 10 votes)

208

73

Wolfman Jack

Radio Personality

0% (0 of 2 votes)

46

74

Aretha Franklin

Vocalist

56.82% (75 of 132 votes)

92

74

Luciano Pavarotti

Vocalist

54.17% (78 of 144 votes)

62

75

Frank Sinatra

Vocalist

56.10% (69 of 123 votes)

119

75

Elvis Presley

Vocalist

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

2

76

Garth Brooks

Vocalist

100% (8 of 8 votes)

55

77

Jackie Gleason

Comedian

56.46% (83 of 147 votes)

110

77

The Jackie Gleason Show

TV Series

53.91% (69 of 128 votes)

137

77

Johnny Cash

Vocalist

52.50% (21 of 40 votes)

14

78

Bruce Springsteen

Vocalist

62.79% (81 of 129 votes)

26

78

E Street Band

Musicians

57.14% (4 of 7 votes)

147

78

VH-1

TV Network

50.0% (6 of 12 votes)

177

80

Woodstock, New York

Location

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

64

81

Arsenio Hall

Comedian

55.68% (49 of 88 votes)

226

81

Milli Vanilli

Musicians

0% (0 of 0 votes)

38

82

MTV

TV Network

56.90% (330 of 580 votes)

148

82

Kiss

Musicians

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

15

83

Dionne Warwick

Vocalist

61.54% (8 of 13 votes)

174

83

Andy Gibb

Vocalist

25.00% (2 of 8 votes)

219

83

Solid Gold

TV Series

0% (0 of 1 votes)

165

84

U2

Musicians

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

199

84

Tom Snyder

TV Personality

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

34

85

NBC (TV Network)

TV Network

57.02% (65 of 114 votes)

209

86

Petula Clark

Vocalist

0% (0 of 6 votes)

232

86

Harry Belafonte

Vocalist

0% (0 of 6 votes)

60

87

Grace Slick

Vocalist

56.25% (9 of 16 votes)

75

87

Dick Cavett

TV Personality

54.95% (61 of 111 votes)

171

87

Joni Mitchell

Vocalists

30.0% (6 of 20 votes)

181

87

The Dick Cavett Show

TV Series

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

229

87

Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)

Musicians

0% (0 of 7 votes)

179

88

David Lee Roth

Vocalist

20.0% (3 of 15 votes)

205

88

Van Halen

Musicians

0% (0 of 2 votes)

1

89

Miami Vice

TV Series

100% (2 of 2 votes)

18

89

Leonard Cohen

Vocalist

60.0% (6 of 10 votes)

27

89

Ted Nugent

Vocalist

57.09% (149 of 261 votes)

52

89

Phil Collins

Vocalist

56.67% (136 of 240 votes)

156

89

Sheena Easton

Vocalist

48.23% (517 of 1072 votes)

161

89

Glenn Frey

Vocalist

42.86% (6 of 14 votes)

233

89

Miles Davis

Musician

0% (0 of 4 votes)

6

90

Ricky Martin (Vocalist)

Vocalist

77.78% (7 of 9 votes)

152

91

Carpenters

Musicians

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

155

91

Karen Carpenter

Vocalist

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

120

92

Elvis Presley

Vocalist

53.08% (112 of 211 votes)

173

92

Hawaii

State

27.27% (3 of 11 votes)

195

93

HBO (TV Network)

TV Network

7.69% (3 of 39 votes)

220

93

Simon and Garfunkel

Musicians

0% (0 of 2 votes)

8

94

The Grateful Dead

Musicians

71.43% (5 of 7 votes)

150

94

Playboy After Dark

TV Series

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

5

95

Jon Bon Jovi

Vocalist

80.0% (4 of 5 votes)

204

95

Richie Sambora

Musician

0% (0 of 3 votes)

126

96

Beatles

Musicians

53.05% (113 of 213 votes)

231

96

Brian Epstein

Music Producer

0% (0 of 1 votes)

50

97

Kurt Cobain

Musician

56.72% (38 of 67 votes)

69

97

Pearl Jam

Musicians

55.30% (73 of 132 votes)

142

97

Saturday Night Live

TV Series

52.38% (44 of 84 votes)

146

97

Eddie Vedder

Musician

50.0% (5 of 10 votes)

45

98

Aretha Franklin

Vocalist

56.82% (75 of 132 votes)

56

98

Shania Twain

Vocalist

56.34% (40 of 71 votes)

73

98

Celine Dion

Vocalist

55.05% (109 of 198 votes)

109

98

Mariah Carey

Vocalist

53.95% (246 of 456 votes)

183

98

Gloria Estefan

Vocalist

19.23% (5 of 26 votes)

210

98

Carole King

Vocalist

0% (0 of 1 votes)

9

99

Will Smith

Vocalist

68.55% (10571 of 15421 votes)

91

99

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

TV Series

54.20% (71 of 131 votes)

23

100

Cher

Vocalist

57.20% (139 of 243 votes)

54

100

Sonny Bono

Vocalist

56.59% (73 of 129 votes)

78

100

Chaz Bono (Chastity)

Celebrity's Relative

54.65% (47 of 86 votes)

168

100

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

TV Series

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)