Musicians who were (are) active at over 50 (August 2023)3 min read

Musicians Over 50 Who Are Still Killing It
The music industry is no stranger to ageism. Many people believe that once musicians reach a certain age, they can no longer produce quality music.

However, there are many talented musicians who are over 50 and are still very active in the industry. Here are a few examples:

Paul McCartney (Musicians Over 50)

is an English singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame as a co-lead vocalist of the Beatles.

He has been a solo artist since the band’s break-up in 1970, and has released 18 studio albums.

McCartney is still touring and recording music today, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Stevie Wonder (Musicians Over 50)

is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

He is a multi-Grammy Award winner and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

Wonder is still actively touring and recording music, and he released his latest album, “Songs in the Key of Life,” in 2021.

Bono (Musicians Over 50)

is an Irish singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and businessman. He is the lead vocalist of the rock band U2.

Bono is known for his activism and his work with humanitarian organizations.

He is also a successful businessman, and he has invested in a number of companies.

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Bono is still actively touring and recording music with U2, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

David Bowie (Musicians Over 50)

was an English singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer.

He was known for his innovative work and his flamboyant persona.

Bowie died in 2016, but his music continues to inspire and influence musicians around the world.

The Rolling Stones (Musicians Over 50)

are an English rock band formed in London in 1962.

They are one of the most successful and influential rock bands of all time.

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The Rolling Stones are still touring and recording music today, and they show no signs of slowing down.


These are just a few examples of musicians over 50 who are still very active.

There are many other talented musicians who are continuing to make great music well into their later years.

Age is just a number, and these musicians are proof that you can still create amazing music no matter how old you are.

In addition to the musicians mentioned above, here are a few other notable musicians who were active at over 50:


  1. Bruce Springsteen
  2. Madonna
  3. U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.)
  4. Sting
  5. Paul McCartney
  6. Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
  7. Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
  8. Elton John
  9. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
  10. Jon Bon Jovi
  11. Bryan Adams
  12. Cher
  13. Stevie Wonder
  14. Eric Clapton
  15. Neil Young
  16. Billy Joel
  17. Dolly Parton
  18. Tina Turner (before her passing in 2023)
  19. Bob Dylan
  20. Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
  21. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
  22. Debbie Harry (Blondie)
  23. Iggy Pop
  24. Cyndi Lauper
  25. Lionel Richie
  26. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  27. Phil Collins
  28. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
  29. Sade
  30. Prince (before his passing in 2016)
  31. Billy Idol
  32. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
  33. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
  34. Lenny Kravitz
  35. Melissa Etheridge
  36. Alanis Morissette
  37. Sheryl Crow
  38. Van Morrison
  39. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
  40. Lyle Lovett
  41. Chris Isaak
  42. Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses)
  43. Tom Petty (before his passing in 2017)
  44. John Mellencamp
  45. Jackson Browne
  46. Joni Mitchell
  47. Patti Smith
  48. Peter Gabriel
  49. James Taylor
  50. Morrissey

Please keep in mind that music industry activity can vary greatly.

These musicians are an inspiration to us all.

They show us that it is possible to continue to create great art no matter how old we are.

So if you have a dream of becoming a musician, don’t let age stop you. Go for it!