6. Neil Young
When Neil Young released his second solo LP Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere in 1969 few people were prepared for what was coming. He sang very few songs as a part of Buffalo Springfield, and his self-titled debut in 1968 was largely underwhelming. The follow-up, however, was absolutely stunning and contained classic tracks "Down By The River," "Cowgirl In The Sand" and "Cinnamon Girl." It kicked off an incredibly prolific decade of brilliant albums that's virtually unprecedented in rock history. At times he was writing faster than his label could release the music and many LPs wound up being shelved. This year he is bringing his career full-circle by hitting the road with Buffalo Springfield for their first tour in 43 years.