1. Back in the 90s my grandfather told me that if Mozart were alive today, he would be the most popular rock star in the world.

  2. This. Selena had sooo much potential and a hell of a career ahead of her. Grew up in San Antonio (a couple hours from Corpus) and it still hits us hard.

  3. Bring him back but then take him back another 10 years to when he was happy and healthy. I think at the end even he didn’t have hope for recovery.

  4. His sound changed a lot in the 3-4 years he was active. It would be awesome to see what he’d do over the course of his life

  5. Buddy Holly. Shortly before the Beatles "started" it, Holly wrote most of his own songs and performed them. Depending on the songs he might have written, Buddy Holly could have been a as big as the Beatles, or nearly so.

  6. Well, the great thing about Prince is that he has an overflowing vault (literally) of his music that is being catalogued. His family estate is supposedly planning on putting together material to be released.

  7. Same, I want jerry to come back but not even for him to play music but just to enjoy life and do some scuba. Homie never got a break from playing, he became a God amongst the jam community but he never got a chance to be a person that just chills

  8. There was an old VH1 Behind the Music about SRV that I had on vhs tape when I was in high school in the 90s. I’d watch that tape over and every time I’d say out loud “don’t get in the helicopter!”

  9. Kurt Cobain. I feel like he had quite a lot of song writing left in him. He could have greatly influenced the direction of modern music.

  10. Thank you. Such a short career with so many songs that put me in such a good state of mind. I can only dream of what he would have came up with.

  11. His voice was ethereal but people don't understand what a transcendent musician he was. He played guitar with the theory chops of a jazz guy and the soul of any great blues player. I spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about the incredible work he would have done. RIP.

  12. I’m curious where he would fit in today. Rastafarianism is way more conservative than most people realize, shunning the use of alcohol and often regulating women to “traditional” roles. It’s also VERY homophobic. I wonder if he would have been open to change, or if he would have doubled down.

  13. I’d just leave her be to keep making great music. It’s the demons that took up residence in her head that I’d give a fucking talking to

  14. I feel like Kurt could have had a few different careers over his lifetime. I would have loved to see his old man singer songwriter phase.

  15. this is a really challenging question since there's so many artists that died with untapped potential, which i gravitate towards. ian curtis from joy division comes to mind. i know what they released was legendary, and new order carried on his legacy with legendary music, but i would've loved to have seen what he would've created over the course of his life.

  16. There are many musicians listed here who already had solidified legacies before they died and as much as I would like to have any of them back, both Ian and Nick died before they were really known which really makes me wonder what they could have accomplished later on.

  17. Yah, this. 99% of the other people mentioned had pretty much exhausted their potential by the time they died.

  18. Straight up. If "close your eyes I'll be here in the morning" ain't one of the best damn lines in music, I don't know what is.

  19. Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Tom Petty, George Harrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain

  20. I listen to King's Disease 2 by Nas all the time and it always makes me imagine how amazing some of the hip hop legends of the 90s would sound today over production like that if they had the chance.

  21. So so many, but if I had to choose 1 it would be Christina Grimmie. Not because I was a fan but because she was robbed of so much.

  22. I second that. I really would love to see what she could have become in her 30s... Away from the drugs, away from the alcohol and maybe in a healthy settled relationship.

  23. Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur, and Michael Jackson. They were all such unique and ungodly talented people. I would love to see where they went with their lives. Especially Tupac as he died so young and had so much left to do.

  24. Christina Grimmie. Stunning young woman with her career just beginning to take off when murdered by a crazed superfan. A coward who then killed himself.

  25. People keep putting musicians they want back, but were essentially done making music. I prefer someone who still had potential or like

  26. Tough choice. David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, Prince, Karen Carpenter, Kurt Cobain. I'd probably say Selena though, even though her music wasn't something I listen to. Her story is so tragic and she was murdered so young with so much ahead of her. I'd do it for her, not for me.

  27. Gram Parsons. I just discovered his music and story. So sad he died so young. I love his voice and lyrics, it would have been awesome to see what more he could have written.

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