The second edition of the Immortals features fifty of the greatest rock & roll artists of all time, celebrated by fifty of the most important rock & roll artists of our time. These legends and the stars paying homage to them here come from every walk of rock & roll life -- singers, songwriters, musicians, record makers -- and together they reflect the roots and long branches of a music now entering its second half-century. These vividly told histories and recollections take you deep into blues, rockabilly, soul, funk, punk, heavy metal, reggae, garage rock and rap. You are there, at the birth of genius and in moments of intense, personal revelation.

The Immortals is the essential story of rock & roll, of the men, women and bands at the heart of the revolution, as told by those whose lives they changed and who now change ours. It is, of course, a tale too big for one issue. The Immortals debuted in 2004 as part of ROLLING STONE's yearlong activities marking the fiftieth birthday of rock & roll (we chose Elvis Presley's debut recording session at Sun Studio in July 1954 as Day One). An expert panel of musicians, industry figures and critics, selected by the editors of ROLLING STONE, was asked to pick, in order of preference, the twenty most significant artists of rock's first fifty years. The votes were tabulated according to a weighted point system overseen by the accounting firm Ernst & Young. A list of the first fifty innovators featured in RS 946 can be found here and photos of all 100 artists here. But the fifty who follow are as pivotal in their achievements and enduring in their inspiration. Rock & roll is now a music with a rich past. But at its best, it is still the sound of forward motion. As you read the Immortals, remember: This is what we have to live up to.

51) Howlin' Wolf by Buddy Guy

52) The Allman Brothers Band by Billy Gibbons

53) Eric Clapton by Little Steven

54) Dr. Dre by Kanye West

55) Grateful Dead by Warren Haynes

56) Parliament/Funkadelic by Ice Cube

57) Aerosmith by Slash

58) Sex Pistols by Billie Joe Armstrong

59) Louis Jordan by Ahmet Ertegun

60) Joni Mitchell by Jewel

61) Tina Turner by Janet Jackson

62) Etta James by Bonnie Raitt

63) Phil Spector by Jerry Wexler

64) The Kinks by Peter Buck

65) Al Green by Justin Timberlake

66) Cream by Roger Waters

67) The Temptations by Rod Stewart

68) Jackie Wilson by Peter Wolf

69) Carl Perkins by Tom Petty

70) The Police by Brandon Flowers

71) Frank Zappa by Trey Anastasio

72) AC/DC by Rick Rubin

73) Radiohead by Dave Matthews

74) Hank Williams by Beck

75) The Eagles by Sheryl Crow

76) The Shirelles by Paul Shaffer

77) Beastie Boys by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

78) The Stooges by Thurston Moore

79) The Four Tops by Smokey Robinson

80) Elvis Costello by Liz Phair

81) The Drifters by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

82) Eminem by Elton John

83) N.W.A. by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson

84) James Taylor by Art Garfunkel

85) Black Sabbath by Dave Navarro

86) Tupac Shakur by 50 Cent

87) Gram Parsons by Keith Richards

88) Miles Davis by Mos Def

89) The Yardbirds by Steven Tyler

90) Carlos Santana by Henry Garza

91) Ricky Nelson by John Fogerty

92) Guns n' Roses by Joe Perry

93) Booker T. and the MG's by Isaac Hayes

94) Nine Inch Nails by David Bowie

95) Lynyrd Skynyrd by Al Kooper

96) Martha and the Vandellas by Fred Schneider

97) Diana Ross and the Supremes by Antonio "LA" Reid

98) Roxy Music by John Taylor

99) Curtis Mayfield by Boz Scaggs

100) Lee "Scratch" Perry by Adam Horovitz

The Voters

(From RS 972, April 21, 2005)