Top 11 Rockers We Lost From 2014-2024

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The world of rock music has bid farewell to several iconic artists over the past decade. These legendary rock artists have left an indelible mark on the world of music, shaping the sound and spirit of rock for generations to come. Their talent, passion, and creativity will always be remembered and cherished by fans worldwide.

Let’s take a moment to remember the contributions and legacies of these legendary figures:

Jack Bruce (2014)


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In 2014, the music world mourned the loss of Jack Bruce, the legendary Cream singer-bassist, who passed away at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, formed Cream, a groundbreaking rock supergroup that achieved tremendous success in the late 1960s.

Cream’s fusion of blues, psychedelia, and hard rock paved the way for countless future rock bands. With Jack Bruce’s powerful vocals, virtuosic bass playing, and songwriting contributions, Cream created a sound that was both dynamic and innovative.

Chris Squire (2015)

In 2015, the music world lost a progressive rock icon with the passing of Chris Squire, the co-founder and bassist of Yes. Squire’s influence on the genre of progressive rock is profound, as he helped shape the band’s signature sound and pushed the boundaries of rock music.

As a founding member of Yes, Chris Squire’s role as a bassist was pivotal in defining the band’s complex, symphonic sound. His distinctive playing style, characterized by melodic runs, intricate bass lines, and use of effects pedals, set him apart as a virtuoso in the realm of rock bassists.

Glenn Frey (2016)


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In 2016, the music world mourned the loss of Glenn Frey, the singer-songwriter and guitarist of the iconic band, The Eagles. Frey’s contributions to the band as a songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist left an indelible mark on rock music, earning him a prominent place in musical history.

As a driving force behind The Eagles, Glenn Frey helped define the sound of the 1970s with his smooth vocals, insightful songwriting, and impeccable guitar playing. Alongside Don Henley, Frey co-wrote many of The Eagles’ greatest hits, including the timeless classic “Hotel California.” With its haunting guitar solos and thought-provoking lyrics, the song became an anthem of the era and remains one of the band’s most beloved and recognizable tracks.

Malcolm Young (2017)

In 2017, the music world bid farewell to Malcolm Young, the influential rhythm guitarist of the legendary band AC/DC. Known for his powerhouse riffs and essential contributions to the band’s iconic sound, Young played a pivotal role in shaping AC/DC into one of the most successful and enduring rock acts in history.

As the driving force behind AC/DC’s powerhouse rock sound, Malcolm Young’s relentless rhythm guitar playing laid the foundation for the band’s electrifying music. His tight, no-nonsense approach to rhythm guitar was a defining element of AC/DC’s signature sound, providing the backbone for anthems like “Back in Black,” “Thunderstruck,” and “Highway to Hell.” With his precise chord progressions and infectious grooves, Young’s guitar works propelled AC/DC to superstardom and solidified his reputation as a rock guitar legend.

Danny Kirwan (2018)


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In 2018, the music world said goodbye to Danny Kirwan, the former guitarist of the iconic band Fleetwood Mac. While Kirwan’s time with the band was marked by personal struggles that impacted his career, his musical talent and significant contributions to Fleetwood Mac will forever be remembered.

Danny Kirwan’s unique guitar style and songwriting abilities played a crucial role in shaping Fleetwood Mac’s sound during his tenure with the band in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His melodic guitar playing added a layer of depth and richness to the band’s music, evident in tracks like “Dragonfly” and “Jewel Eyed Judy.” Kirwan’s intricate guitar work combined with his sensitive songwriting showcased his musical prowess and contributed to the band’s evolving sound during a pivotal period in their career.

Ginger Baker (2019)

In 2019, the music world lost one of its most innovative and influential drummers, Ginger Baker. As a founding member of Cream, Baker was a pioneer of modern rock drumming, fusing elements of jazz and African rhythms to create a unique sound that revolutionized the genre. However, his influence extended beyond Cream, shaping the landscape of rock music for generations to come.

Ginger Baker’s innovative drumming style was on full display in Cream’s groundbreaking music. His virtuosic drum solos and use of polyrhythms set the standard for rock drumming, inspiring countless musicians. His seamless incorporation of African rhythms, such as in the iconic song “White Room,” was a testament to his musical fearlessness and adventurous spirit. Baker’s ability to blend complex drum techniques with infectious grooves and raw energy became his hallmark, resonating with audiences worldwide and earning him a place in the pantheon of rock drumming legends.

Eddie Van Halen & Neil Peart (2020)

In 2020, the music world suffered two profound losses with the passing of guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen and iconic Rush drummer Neil Peart. These remarkable artists were pioneers in their respective instruments and left an indelible mark on rock music through their unparalleled talent, innovation, and impact.


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Eddie Van Halen was a true guitar legend, known for his groundbreaking techniques, electrifying solos, and distinctive guitar sound. As a founding member of Van Halen, he revolutionized rock guitar playing with his virtuosity, speed, and innovative use of tapping and harmonics. His iconic guitar riffs and solos in songs like “Eruption,” “Jump,” and “Panama” showcased his technical brilliance and creativity, influencing countless guitarists across genres. Eddie Van Halen’s contributions to rock music expanded the boundaries of what could be achieved on the guitar and cemented his status as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.


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Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of Rush, was revered for his incredible technique, complex and imaginative drum patterns, and profound lyrical contributions. His powerful drumming style, characterized by intricate time signatures and mesmerizing fills, set a new standard for progressive rock drumming. Peart’s lyrical prowess brought a poetic and philosophical dimension to Rush’s music, tackling themes of science fiction, social consciousness, and personal growth. His drumming and songwriting contributions in epic compositions such as “Tom Sawyer,” “YYZ,” and “2112” showcased his exceptional musicianship and cemented his legacy as one of the greatest drummers in rock history.

Charlie Watts (2021)


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Charlie Watts, the longstanding drummer of The Rolling Stones, passed away on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80. With a career spanning over five decades, Watts was the backbone of The Rolling Stones’ sound, known for his steady drumming and tasteful fills. His contributions to the band’s legacy were immeasurable, having played on some of the most iconic rock songs ever recorded, including “Satisfaction,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Start Me Up”.

Watts joined The Rolling Stones in 1963 and remained an integral part of the band until his death. In addition to his drumming, he was also an accomplished jazz drummer and bandleader, having released several albums with the Charlie Watts Quintet and Charlie Watts Tentet.

Christine McVie (2022)


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Christine McVie, a key member of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac, has made significant contributions to their success as a vocalist and keyboardist. Her performances, both on stage and in the studio, have had a profound impact on listeners around the world.

Joining Fleetwood Mac in 1970, McVie’s melodic vocals and soulful keyboard playing became integral to the band’s signature sound. Her distinct voice, filled with emotion and warmth, brought depth and richness to songs like “Say You Love Me,” “Don’t Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun.” Her skills as a keyboardist added an extra layer of musicality to the band’s compositions, showcasing her versatility as a musician.

Jeff Beck & David Crosby (2023)

Jeff Beck, a guitar legend, has left behind a rich musical legacy that continues to inspire and captivate fans worldwide. Known for his mastery of the instrument and innovative playing style, Beck has made significant contributions to rock music.

Throughout his career, Beck has pushed the boundaries of guitar playing, experimenting with different genres and techniques. His virtuosic solos and melodic sensibility have earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. Songs such as “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” “Scatterbrain,” and “A Day in the Life” showcase his technical brilliance and ability to create emotive and atmospheric guitar sounds.


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David Crosby, a music icon, has left a lasting impact on rock music through his contributions as a singer, songwriter, and founding member of iconic bands such as The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. His unique vocal style, poetic lyrics, and rich harmonies have become a cornerstone of the folk-rock genre.

Crosby’s songwriting has touched on a wide range of themes, from love and social issues to personal introspection. Songs like “Guinnevere,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Déjà Vu” showcase his lyrical depth and ability to craft intricate melodies. His collaborations with bandmates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash produced timeless classics such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Teach Your Children.”

Eric Carmen (2024)

Eric Carmen, the frontman of The Raspberries and a successful solo artist, passed away in 2024. Carmen’s melodic songwriting and powerful vocals left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide[1]. He will be remembered for his contributions to music, including hits like “All By Myself,” which showcased his talent for crafting heartfelt melodies and delivering emotionally charged performances.

As the frontman of The Raspberries, Carmen helped define the sound of power pop in the 1970s, combining elements of rock and pop music with catchy hooks and harmonies[1]. The band’s energetic performances and infectious songs, such as “Go All the Way” and “I Wanna Be With You,” gained them a devoted fanbase.

Honorable Mentions:

Tom Petty (2017)

Tom Petty, a renowned rocker and frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, earned a place in rock history with songs like “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl.” His soulful voice and songwriting prowess continue to inspire new generations of musicians.

Keith Emerson (2016)


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Keyboardist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Keith Emerson was a trailblazer in progressive rock. His virtuosic playing and theatrical performances helped define the genre and left a lasting impact on music.

Peter Green (2020)


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Peter Green, the founding guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, contributed significantly to the band’s early blues-infused sound. His unique style and emotional playing continue to influence guitarists worldwide.


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