5. O.D.B. (1968-2004)
4. Frank Zappa (1940-1993)
3. Jeff Buckley (1966-1997)
2. Nick Drake (1948-1974)
1. Elliott Smith (1969-2003)
5. O.D.B. (1968-2004) Wu-Tang Clan’s first album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), came out in 1993. One of the more prominent members of this rap group was O.D.B. His rapping style could be described as loose and wild, and he definitely had a unique sound.
4. Frank Zappa (1940-1993) Frank Zappa was one wacky guy. His musical style changed often, ranging from comedy rock, psychadelic rock, and rock & roll, to jazz fusion, art rock, and experimental rock. Because he released so many albums, it’s safe to say that there’s something for everyone when it comes to Frank Zappa.
3. Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) Jeff Buckley is what’s known in the music business as a counter tenor. This means that his voice could go higher than a regular tenor. The man definitely had some range. Unfortunately, Grace was his only CD released before his death, but he did have one posthumous release, Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk, as well as a few live albums and compilations.
2. Nick Drake (1948-1974) Unlike the previous three singers on this list, Nick Drake was not a commercial success in his lifetime. He was a british folk singer who released three albums between 1969 and 1972. His songs ranged from complex to mind-bogglingly simple. Each one was pumped full of an unbelievable amount of emotion.
1. Elliott Smith (1969-2003) Smith’s voice was able to convey emotions like angst, sorrow, joy, and hope. He could sing anything, and it would sound good to me. Elliott Smith died with five CDs under his belt and two more after his departure.