Special Report

Most Famous Musician Born the Year You Were Born

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In 1970, 11-year old Michael Jackson became the youngest artist to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Want You Back.” The Beatles broke up that same year, after having conquered the music world and changing pop culture forever. Paul McCartney was only 27 at the time.

McCartney was born in 1942, one of 3.4 million births in the U.S. and UK that year. Almost every year over the past century, an artist was born that would go on to achieve a number one song and alter the music industry in a significant way.

To determine the most famous musician born each year since 1930, 24/7 Wall St. constructed an index based on Wikipedia page views, Spotify listeners, and Billboard chart performance.

Click here to see the most famous musicians born the year you were born.
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> Musician: Ray Charles
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 5,168
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 2.4 million
> Runner-up: Stephen Sondheim


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> Musician: Sam Cooke
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 2,653
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 3.0 million
> Runner-up: Ike Turner

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> Musician: Johnny Cash
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 14,041
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 4.9 million
> Runner-up: John Williams

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> Musician: Willie Nelson
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 7,079
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 2.0 million
> Runner-up: Quincy Jones


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> Musician: Leonard Cohen
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 12,280
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 1.6 million
> Runner-up: Frankie Valli

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> Musician: Elvis Presley
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 18,192
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 5.8 million
> Runner-up: Jerry Lee Lewis


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> Musician: Glen Campbell
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 7,310
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 1.6 million
> Runner-up: Kris Kristofferson

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> Musician: Waylon Jennings
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 3,383
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 1.0 million
> Runner-up: Merle Haggard

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> Musician: Kenny Rogers
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 2,800
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 1.4 million
> Runner-up: Etta James


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> Musician: Marvin Gaye
> Daily Wikipedia page views: 5,020
> Monthly Spotify listeners: 7.2 million
> Runner-up: Tina Turner

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