WHO WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTIST IN POPULAR MUSIC EVER?
Let there be rock!
I'd say Bill Haley, since "Rock Around the Clock" started the rock 'n' roll movement (although it was not the first rock 'n' roll song).
What a tough one.
I'll go with either Hendrix for his influence on so many future guitarists or Dylan for completely redefining what popular music can be
being a bass player ill have too say jaco pastorius, if you listen you can hear his sound everywhere, rap samples, adverts music, rock, jazz, everywhere