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Mojo magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Music Stars of All Time!

“The first time I met him, he completely disarmed me by asking to have his picture taken with me,” says U2’s Bono, remembering his first encounter with his icon Bob Dylan. Earlier this year, the music-loving public were invited to nominate their rock’n’roll icons. Via thousands of emails, text messages and votes cast via the O2 website, the nominations were collated and the final 100 stars are presented and counted down in this special edition magazine.

Throughout, you’ll find striking images of Bono, Dylan, Madonna, Kurt Cobain, Eminem, Thom Yorke, John Lennon and 93 others, taken by the world’s greatest photographers. More than that, you’ll find many of these musical heroes also talking about the icons who have inspired, amused, sometimes infuriated but always mattered to them.

We also delve into their back catalogues to discover the greatest songs, albums and more by each artist. Find out which rock stars are the biggest music fans: which Elton John album Elvis Costello can’t live without, what Morrissey thinks about Robbie Williams, which fresh-faced modern pop star ravaged old rocker Iggy Pop is desperate to work with and just who Dave Grohl believes is the real king of rock’n’roll (a clue: it’s not Elvis. Or a Beatle.) Have fun.

The Editors,
November 2004
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"He had the quickest mind that you could ever ask for, fast and funny."
-- David Crosby

"He really didn't give a fuck about anything else apart from him and The Beatles and his songs."
-- Noel Gallagher

"It was his band. He was the original member. I don't think John is getting anything he doesn't deserve."
-- Ringo Starr

"It was as if he knew that he had a short time."
-- Yoko Ono

Brian Wilson Can’t Live Without: Let It Be – “When I’m scared and lost, I play this album and it gets me cool. I first heard it in 1970 and I couldn’t believe how great The Beatles looked on the cover. John’s voice blew me out…and just the way the songs blended together. It’s an album I play every couple of weeks for spiritual guidance.”
"Before Elvis there was nothing. When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I thought, This is it."
-- John Lennon

Essential Recording: From Elvis in Memphis
Average listal rating (1383 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
"I thought that's what rock'n'roll should be all about - too much make-up, setting things on fire and pissing off parents."
-- Marilyn Manson

Boy George Can’t Live Without: The Man Who Sold the World – “I have always been into lyrics and words, ever since I was a kid; I would walk around the streets with a transistor on my ear and I would learn the words to every song that came out. And that record was the most unusual record I’d ever heard. It was like Fucking hell, what is this about?”
"He's made out of something that music likes to be around."
-- Tom Waits

"I think he stands for the right to be yourself - even against overwhelming odds. He's a crusader."
-- Johnny Marr

Peter Buck Can’t Live Without: Exile on Main Street – “This was the first album I just obsessed on. It gave me everything I ever wanted in a record. It was mysterious. I loved that way they were putting all their influences in. It gave me the feeling that there was this mystery and adventure that went with a record.”
Average listal rating (496 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
"His music is powerful, very intense. That sort of power is rare. Not many guys like him come along."
-- Bruce Springsteen

Essential Recording: Nevermind
Average listal rating (1773 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
"I thought she was God. I liked the way she pressed buttons in people."
-- Pink

Essential Recording: Ray of Light
Average listal rating (223 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 0
"God pretends to be Bono on his day off."
-- Robbie Williams

"He taught young people that they do have the power to change the world."
-- Kofi Annan

Neil Hannon Can’t Live Without: Unforgettable Fire – “I was a deranged U2 fan with one of those horrible t-shirts, and U2 gave me my ambition, if not my style. This was the first album I really got into – I love the sound, all of it is a bit impressionistic. The textures are obviously very Eno-inspired.”
Average listal rating (343 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
"What would my Top 10 records be? Ten Bob Marley albums."
-- Ian Brown

Essential Recording: Exodus
Average listal rating (144 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
"He was a joy, always. Even when he was depressed, he was a joy. He had a conscience."
-- Pete Townshend

"The pedestal belongs to Joe Strummer."
-- Billie Joe Armstrong

Sharleen Spiteri Can’t Live Without: Sandinista! – “Sandinista! is so underrated. There’s a lot of waffle, but the crossover of rocksteady basslines, big beats, Studio 1 production sounds, big-room sounds and the mixing of that with pop and rap, and talking over it, even using samples, is very brave.”
Average listal rating (936 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
"He sang like an old geezer - this ancient voice in a young man's body."
-- Bono

"Picasso is the only character you can compare him to."
-- Bono

Rod Stewart Can’t Live Without: Bob Dylan – “This was a huge influence on me. I used to dress like him. I had the harmonica, the fucking hat…everything. In My Time of Dyin’, Man of Constant Sorrow, Talkin’ New York…I used to sing all those songs.”
Average listal rating (244 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
"His lyrics for The Queen Is Dead have never been bettered by anybody."
-- Noel Gallagher

Essential Recording: The Queen Is Dead
Average listal rating (748 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
"If we want to know what it means to be mortal, we need look no further than the man in black."
-- Bob Dylan

Essential Recording: At Folsom Prison
Average listal rating (757 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
"How can you not love him? Anyone who can write something like Songbird is basically alright by me."
-- Chris Martin

"All the people that kids look up to now are bland, faceless fucking police officers. Liam should be given a knighthood!"
-- Noel Gallagher

Mani of the Stone Roses Can’t Live Without: Definitely Maybe – “It’s not intellectual music, it’s just like bam, immediate, three chords, bridge, chorus, right in your face. That’s what people want.”
"Sometimes I would listen to what he has done and it would scare me, his music is so powerful."
-- Brian Wilson

"If he fell on the piano, by the time he had picked himself up he would have written three songs."
-- Donovan

Graham Coxon Can’t Live Without: Abbey Road – “I always say Rubber Soul is my favorite Beatles album out of habit. But Abbey Road came out the year I was born – 1969. Also, they had got through their problems with The White Album and Let It Be, and this was a really good goal after two deflections. McCartney’s singing is amazing, much better than Lennon’s. McCartney was just as avant-garde, but he was exploring it rather than mouthing off about it.”
Average listal rating (1232 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
"A giant. I respect him a lot. He is number one, no question."
-- 50 Cent

Essential Recording: The Marshall Mathers LP
"Live Aid was perfect for Freddie. He could ponce about in front of the whole world."
-- Bob Geldof

"Freddie always looked and behaved like a star long before he actually was one."
-- Brian May

Essential Recording: A Night at the Opera
Average listal rating (269 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
"Jagger is the perfect rock star. He's rude, ugly-attractive. He's brilliant."
-- Elton John

Essential Recording: Sticky Fingers
"I think everything about Robbie Williams is fantastic, except the voice and the songs."
-- Morrissey

Essential Recording: Sing When You’re Winning
Average listal rating (716 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
"Before Hendrix, I wanted to be a footballer."
-- Robert Smith

Essential Recording: Electric Ladyland
"Without punk there would be no Kylie Minogue because she was the perfect punk."
-- Pete Waterman

Essential Recording: Fever
Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
"You felt like he meant it and it came from his heart."
-- Eminem

Essential Recording: Me Against the World
Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
"Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead are the Kafka and the Beckett of our generation."
-- Brad Pitt

Essential Recording: OK Computer
"He's the best songwriter in the world. End of fucking story. What else is there to say?"
-- Liam Gallagher

Essential Recording: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
"Michael's got a very special kind of voice. It exudes comfort. But he's also got a very fun, bad kid aspect."
-- Patti Smith

Essential Recording: Automatic For the People
"His quiet sensitivity always seemed so noble. His songs seemed sweeter and deeper than the rest. He was the secret weapon."
-- Dave Grohl

Essential Recording: All Things Must Pass
"I'd like my life to be like a Bruce Springsteen song. Just once."
-- Nick Hornby

Essential Recording: Born to Run
Average listal rating (113 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
"Sid was the least vicious and least screwed-up person that I'd ever met. Hence: Vicious."
-- John Lydon

Essential Recording: Never Mind the Bullocks…Here’s the Sex Pistols
Average listal rating (518 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
"I shoplifted an Elton John t-shirt once, and my stepfather took away my Elton John gig tickets. It fucked me up for life."
-- Courtney Love

Elvis Costello Can’t Live Without: Peachtree Road – “Elton’s new album is a songwriter at the top of his game. There are a couple of melodies which are up there with his best, particularly My Elusive Drug. I also love some of those delicate songs from way back, such as Sixty Years On….”
Average listal rating (308 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
"There was this time during my teenage years when everyone was doing ecstasy and going to raves, and I was at home listening to Kate Bush. On ecstasy."
-- Alison Goldfrapp

Essential Recording: The Hounds of Love
Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
"He simply had a vision no one else understood - an extremely unique brain, with or without drugs."
-- Graham Coxon

Essential Recording: The Piper At the Gates of Dawn
Average listal rating (193 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
"When I first heard Marvin Gaye, it hit me over the head like a rock. It was like everything you have ever felt, but all at once."
-- Alicia Keys

Essential Recording: What’s Going On
Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
"Bar none, he's the best singer I've heard in rock'n'roll. He's also the greatest white soul singer."
-- Elton John

Essential Recording: Every Picture Tells a Story
"Everybody loves to take the piss out of her, but she brings joy to a lot of people. And she's got a nice ass."
-- Steven Tyler

Essential Recording: In the Zone
"I like George Michael, I always have. I thought he was the mack."
-- Fred Durst

Essential Recording: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Average listal rating (480 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 0
"He has an aura that's been missing since we lost Pac and Biggie; the authenticity, the realness behind it."
-- Eminem

Essential Recording: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
"Liam didn't know what the fuck he was going on about until The Stone Roses, he could totally identify with Ian Brown."
-- Noel Gallagher

Essential Recording: The Stone Roses
Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
"I am so jealous of that guy. Motherfucker knows rock'n'roll like sugar knows ice cream."
-- Ryan Adams

Essential Recording: Elephant
"I'd love to work with Justin Timberlake! But I told his record label and they said, Oh, very funny."
-- Iggy Pop

Essential Recording: Justified
Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
"All the hype about the Sex Pistols was totally deserved. Johnny Rotten was the one I identified with - he was the sensitive one."
-- Kurt Cobain

"What made the Sex Pistols different was Johnny, because he was a total anti-star."
--Sid Vicious

Noel Gallagher Can’t Live Without: Never Mind the Bullocks…Here’s the Sex Pistols – “It came out when I was 11. If you think that all punk music was supposed to be anti-music, Never Mind the Bullocks sounds like a pop album in comparison. My mum hated it and it had to be really good if she didn’t like it. She even used to hide the record from me, so I had to buy it on tape and hide it in my pocket.”
"Metallica? Those guys rock."
-- Slash

Essential Recording: The Black Album
"I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him. He's a fucking genius."
-- Amy Winehouse

Essential Recording: Thriller
Average listal rating (315 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
"The guy just inhabits the damn music. It doesn't matter if he looks like Ebenezer Scrooge."
-- Bonnie Raitt

Essential Recording: After the Goldrush
Average listal rating (37 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
"He had a genius for singing gobbledegook and making it sound very cool."
-- Lloyd Cole

Essential Recording: Electric Warrior
Average listal rating (179 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
"If I was to write a book about Dave Grohl, it would be called There Goes My Hero."
-- Krist Novoselic

Essential Recording: One By One
Average listal rating (151 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
"He's a great frontman, and great frontmen are hard to find. But he's also...Axl. And you have to deal with that, too."
-- Slash

Essential Recording: Greatest Hits
"He was this windmill orchestra with a couple of Howitzer cannons on the side."
-- Jeff Beck

Essential Recording: Tommy
"She's an inspiration, such a rare talent. That's why I named my daughter after her. She's the bomb."
-- Damon Albarn

Essential Recording: Da Real World
Average listal rating (105 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
"I invented rock'n'roll. Jimi Hendrix was my guitarist. James Brown was my vocalist."
-- Little Richard

Essential Recording: Live at the Apollo
"I hope Richey is up there with Kurt Cobain, jamming a Fall song."
-- Nicky Wire

Essential Recording: The Holy Bible
"Fuck Elvis and Keith Richards. Lemmy's the king of rock'n'roll."
-- Dave Grohl

Essential Recording: Ace of Spades
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