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5 November 2014
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 the most influential people in music history, since the beginning of time, of all of the people in music's history whom are known?

I know that they are more than one person but as an entry in the most influential people in musical history, would they be number one?  

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In ALL of music history? I doubt it. Most influential would probably be somebody like Bach or Mozart, or some caveman banging sticks on a rock.

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Love is the most influential since there are so many songs about it

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@mcpon14, I moved your thread to this Beatles-centric section of the forum.

I don't feel qualified to give an answer to your original question. However, I can say that The Beatles are the most influential musical influence in my life.

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You're going to get a stacked deck when you ask that question of Forumpudlians.  I do think that all of us tend to think in the modern context, because that's the most familiar.  So all of us will say that the Beatles have to be the most influential "musical people," certainly from the standpoint of composers and arrangers.  But you'd probably have to limit that response to the modern age, or maybe even the last hundred years.  Some of the real musical members on this site would undoubtedly know more than I, but I have heard and read that Bach may be the most admired and influential of classical composers, because of his innovative use of harmony, counterpoint and other musical staples.

I wonder if John would say that Bob Dylan was the most influential artist of the twentieth century?  He certainly influenced John. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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George may very well claim Dylan was the most influential of music being a devotee of the man, i seriously doubt he would say it was The Beatles, but it's pretty common for musicians who aren't up their own backsides to not name themselves. 

However they might go further back and herald someone like Elvis who had a huge effect on them.


I would say the Beatles but that would be for modern times and not going way back in to the classics like Mozart, Bach etc which i don't anything about.

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