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Timeline Top Artists pre-1972

# OF SONGS

ARTIST NAME (other artist names, if any)

SPAN OF YEARS

APPROXIMATE TOTAL TIME

44

The Beatles

1964-1970

over two hours

43

Bob Dylan

1963-2012

over 3.5 hours

33

The Rolling Stones

1964-2005

over two hours

28

Elvis Presley

1954-1972

over one hour

22

James Brown, incl. Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s (1)

1956-1973

over one hour

22

Neil Young, incl. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (2)

1969-2012

over 2.5 hours

20

Marvin Gaye, incl. duets with Kim Weston (1) and Tammi Terrell (4)

1962-1982

over one hour

19

Stevie Wonder, incl. Little Stevie Wonder (1)

1963-1985

over one hour





17

The Temptations, incl. Diana Ross & Supremes & Temptations (1)

1964-1972

over 45 minutes

16 Ray Charles 1953-1966 over 45 minutes

16

The Beach Boys

1963-1966

over 30 minutes
16
Paul Simon, incl. Simon & Garfunkel (5) 1965-2011 over one hour

16

Aretha Franklin

1967-1985

over 45 minutes

15

Chuck Berry

1955-1964

over 30 minutes

15

Van Morrison, incl. Them (1)

1965-1979

over one hour





13

Smokey Robinson, incl. with The Miracles (11)

1961-1981

over 30 minutes

13

Otis Redding, incl. Otis & Carla (1)

1963-1968

over 30 minutes

13

The Who

1966-1981

over 45 minutes

12

Fats Domino

1950-1960

over 25 minutes

12

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1968-1971

over 30 minutes

11

Sam Cooke

1957-1965

over 25 minutes

11

Michael Jackson, incl. The Jacksons and Jackson Five (5)

1969-1991

over 30 minutes

10

Little Richard

1955-1958

over 20 minutes

10
Roy Orbison, incl. with Traveling Wilburys (2)
1956-1989 over 25 minutes

10

Sly & The Family Stone

1968-1973

over 30 minutes

10

Fleetwood Mac

1970-1980

over 30 minutes

10

Al Green

1971-2008

over 30 minutes





9

Curtis Mayfield, incl. with The Impressions (6)

1961-1972

over 30 minutes

9

The Supremes, incl. Diana Ross & Supremes (& Temptations) (2)

1964-1968

over 25 minutes

9

Eric Clapton, incl. Cream (3) and Derek & The Dominos (4)

1968-1974

over 30 minutes

9

John Lennon

1970-1981

over 30 minutes





8

Clyde McPhatter, incl. w/Dominoes (1) and w/Drifters (5)

1952-1958

over 20 minutes

8

The Everly Brothers

1957-1960

under 20 minutes

8

Buddy Holly, incl. with The Crickets (4)

1957-1959

under 20 minutes

8

Dion, incl. Dion & The Belmonts (2)

1958-1968

over 20 minutes

8

The Four Seasons

1962-1976

over 20 minutes

8

The Kinks

1964-1983

over 20 minutes

8

The Byrds

1965-1968

over 20 minutes

8

Led Zeppelin

1969-1975

over 45 minutes





7

The Coasters, incl. The Robins( 2)

1954-1959

under 20 minutes

7

Jackie Wilson

1957-1967

under 20 minutes

7

The Shirelles

1958-1962

under 20 minutes

7

The Drifters

1959-1964

under 20 minutes

7

Gladys Knight & The Pips, incl. The Pips (1)

1961-1974

over 20 minutes

7

The (Young) Rascals

1966-1968

under 20 minutes

7

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

1967-1971

over 25 minutes

7

Lou Reed, incl. The Velvet Underground (4)

1967-1989

over 25 minutes

7

Santana

1969-1999

over 30 minutes

7

Rod Stewart, incl. The Faces (1)

1970-1976

over 30 minutes

7

The Spinners, incl. Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners (1)

1970-1976

over 25 minutes

7

Elton John, incl. Elton John & Kiki Dee (1)

1970-1976

over 30 minutes





6 Hank Williams 1947-1952 under 20 minutes

6

Muddy Waters

1948-1955

under 20 minutes

6

The Four Tops

1964-1967

under 20 minutes

6

Steve Winwood, incl. The Spencer Davis Group (2)

1967-1986

over 25 minutes

Ties in ranking are ordered from earliest to latest Timeline careers.