120 Musicians Who Died Before the Age of 60 (1959-2021)


1. Buddy Holly
2. Ritchie Valens
3. The Big Bopper
4. Eddie Cochran
5. Patsy Cline
6. Johnny Burnette
7. Sam Cooke
8. Nat King Cole
9. Bobby Fuller (The Bobby Fuller Four)
10. Otis Redding
11. Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
12. Jimi Hendrix
13. Janis Joplin
14. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
15. Jim Croce
16. Bobby Darin
17. Cass Elliot (The Mamas and the Papas)
18. Pete Ham (Badfinger)
19. Elvis Presley
20. Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
21. Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
22. Keith Moon (The Who)
23. Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols)
24. Van McCoy
25. Minnie Riperton
26. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
27. Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
28. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
29. John Lennon (The Beatles)
30. Bill Haley
31. Bob Marley
32. Harry Chapin
33. Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters)
34. Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys)
35. Jackie Wilson
36. Marvin Gaye
37. Ricky Nelson
38. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
39. Cliff Burton (Metallica)
40. Andy Gibb
41. Roy Orbison
42. Melanie Appleby (Mel & Kim)
43. Del Shannon
44. Tom Fogerty (CCR)
45. Steve Clark (Def Leppard)
46. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
47. Eric Carr (Kiss)
48. Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
49. Frank Zappa
50. Harry Nilsson
51. Dan Hartman
52. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
53. Selena
54. Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon)
55. London Boys
56. Tupac Shakur (2Pac)
57. Brian Connolly (The Sweet)
58. The Notorious B.I.G.
59. Jermaine Stewart
60. Jeff Buckley
61. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
62. John Denver
63. Michael Hutchence (INXS)
64. Falco
65. Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys)
66. Tammy Wynette
67. Eddie Rabbitt
68. Dusty Springfield
69. Scatman John
70. Ofra Haza
71. Paul Young (Mike and the Mechanics)
72. Benjamin Orr (The Cars)
73. Kirsty MacColl
74. Charles Pettigrew (Charles and Eddie)
75. Joey Ramone (The Ramones)
76. Aaliyah
77. Melanie Thornton (La Bouche)
78. George Harrison (The Beatles)
79. Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)
80. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (TLC)
81. John Entwistle (The Who)
82. Joe Strummer (The Clash)
83. Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees)
84. Barry White
85. Robert Palmer
86. Laura Branigan
87. Luther Vandross
88. June Pointer (Pointer Sisters)
89. Brad Delp (Boston)
90. Dan Fogelberg
91. Michael Jackson
92. Stephen Gately (Boyzone)
93. Pauly Fuemana (OMC)
94. Doug Fieger (The Knack)
95. Rich Cronin (LFO)
96. Gary Moore
97. Nate Dogg
98. Amy Winehouse
99. Jani Lane (Warrant)
100. Heavy D (Heavy D & the Boyz)
101. Whitney Houston
102. Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls)
103. Chris Kelly (Kris Kross)
104. Steve Strange (Visage)
105. Mike Porcaro (Toto)
106. Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots)
107. Colin Vearncombe (Black)
108. Prince
109. Attrell Cordes / Prince Be (PM Dawn)
110. Pete Burns (Dead or Alive)
111. George Michael
112. Robert Miles
113. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
114. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
115. Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)
116. Avicii
117. Devin Lima (LFO)
118. Keith Flint (The Prodigy)
119. DMX
120. Nick Kamen

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