Great bands are a dime a dozen. How often has a great band broken up, only to have the individual efforts of the ex-members lambasted by critics and public alike? Sometimes the chemistry of a band, collectively, makes them great, but sometimes it's "The Talent," a singular musical force.
When I speak of a singular musical force, I speak of musicians who transcend a group, band or even a musical genre. These are artists in the truest sense of the word.
Singular musical forces do not just achieve singular success: Their achievements range from critical and commercial successes and often are accrued over multiple decades. To qualify for this list, the artist must be alive, so no Beethoven, obviously.
These are current artists, who are so remarkably badass as to only be called what they are: Singular Musical Forces.