20 Classic Artists Who Were Ridiculously Young When They Made Their Masterpiece

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By Frank Donovan 

We don’t mean to bum you out, but damn—some of our favorite musicians were shockingly young when they released albums that have gone on to become American classics. Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson–they ALL would have had to pay that under 25 car rental fee, even after they had made their magnum opus. It’s not fair, we say, they didn’t have the internet to distract them.

When Brian Wilson created his sonic masterpiece Pet Sounds, he was just 23 years old! And when the Beatles rebutted with Sgt. Pepper’s, Paul McCartney was only 24. We’re starting to feel a little depressed…

Check out the gallery for a look at the ages of musicians when they made their most major contributions to music. Recent college grads, get on it!

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