1. Jimi Hendrix

Even though Jimi Hendrix’s mainstream career only lated four years, it was enough to make him arguably the greatest guitarist of all time and one of the greatest musicians ever. He was the recipient of several music awards during his lifetime and after his death. But before achieving enormous success with his critically acclaimed debut album, Are You Experience?, he recored “The Ballad of Jimi,” a haunting tune that many fans suggest Jimi Hendrix was portraying his own death. He sings, “Many things he would try/For he knew soon he’d die,” “Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone/His memory still lives on” and “Five years, this he said/He’s not gone, he’s just dead.” Five years after the recording of the song, on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died accidentally from barbiturate-related asphyxia.