Top musicians over 70

The following information is provided by Graphiq and PrettyFamous.

By Tessa Boyce

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This year, music promoter Goldenvoice announced that it would be the first year of “Desert Trip,” a music festival held in California this October celebrating older bands and musicians including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. The festival sold out within a day, showing that there is still a strong interest to watch these classic musicians rock on.

PrettyFamous, an entertainment site by Graphiq, ranked the top 10 musicians who are 70 or older. Each musician is ranked by his or her “Musician Score,” a score out of 100 that takes into account: a musician’s Wikipedia pageviews over the last 30 days, Wikipedia pageviews over the last 30 days of the bands they were/are in, the Wikipedia pageviews of their releases (both solo and with groups) and the number of followers they have on Spotify. Ties were broken by age, with older musicians ranking higher.

Many of these artists are still writing, producing and touring. The oldest musician on the list is 75 — his first hit was released in 1961. Some of these artists have defined entire genres of music and fans are lucky to have a chance to see them perform.

#10. Cher

Musician Score: 90.25 Age: 70 Birth date: May 20, 1946


#9. Van Morrison


Musician Score: 90.93

Age: 70

Birth date: Aug. 31, 1945

#8. Roger Waters

Musician Score: 91.09 Age: 72 Birth date: Sept. 6, 1943


#7. Rod Stewart


Musician Score: 91.24

Age: 71

Birth date: Jan. 10, 1945

#6. David Gilmour

Musician Score: 92.29 Age: 70 Birth date: March 6, 1946


#5. Paul Simon


Musician Score: 93.77

Age: 74

Birth date: Oct. 13, 1941

#4. Eric Clapton

Musician Score: 95.8 Age: 71 Birth date: March 30, 1945


#3. Neil Young


Musician Score: 95.86

Age: 70

Birth date: Nov. 12, 1945

#2. Bob Dylan

Musician Score: 98.34 Age: 75 Birth date: May 24, 1941


#1. Paul McCartney


Musician Score: 98.6

Age: 74

Birth date: June 18, 1942

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