Top 10 People That Became Famous After They Died

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    Some of the most famous and creative minds never achieved fame while they were living, but after they passed, these celebrities, artists, composers and authors all became famous. Some more tragic than others, such as Anne Frank, and others just never getting the respect they deserved for their craft, like Vincent Van Gogh and Johann Sebastian Bach.

    00:50 #10. Herman Melville
    01:57 #9. Gregor Mendel
    02:40 #8. Oscar Wilde
    03:41 #7. H.P. Lovecraft
    04:38 #6. Edgar Allan Poe
    05:37 #5. Galileo Galilei
    06:34 #4. Emily Dickinson
    07:31 #3, #2 & #3 ????

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Comments: 818

  •  5 months ago +1

    Watch some documentaries about these people that became famous after they died!
    Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft H. P. Lovecraft
    The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson
    Van Gogh: The Life Vincent Van Gogh

  • YerfDog Productions
    YerfDog Productions 21 day ago

    Why isn't Jimmy Saville on this list?

  • Owen Amato Games
    Owen Amato Games Month ago

    Elvis for the Elvis Is not alive he's dead that people say constantly

  • Alice Phillips
    Alice Phillips 2 months ago

    Love the way she can't pronounce Vincent Van Gogh right hahaha

  • Madelon Russell
    Madelon Russell 2 months ago

    where the heck is Christopher Columbus

  • Ludwik
    Ludwik 3 months ago

    Well... Bach was pretty famous during his lifetime and after his death he was quickly forgotten, before we rediscover him again

  • SayMyName Ice-Zen-Berg
    SayMyName Ice-Zen-Berg 3 months ago

    I would have mentioned Bram Stoker, he's more famous than most on this list. He lived in obscurity when alive. But after his death that his novel Dracula was really discovered by the masses and launched him into the stratosphere. They even have awards named after him now.

  • Dadaroma
    Dadaroma 3 months ago

    Who else came for Vincent Van Gogh?

  • La Cápsula
    La Cápsula 3 months ago

    where am I?

  • Brandon Owyong
    Brandon Owyong 4 months ago

    so bach died not knowing his music were in infamey and van gogh goes mad not knowing his art was cool? really sad

  • Exotic Butters
    Exotic Butters 4 months ago

    Just to correct say:vin-sent-van-gof

  • TheaterRaven
    TheaterRaven 4 months ago

    Anyone else find it funny that a guy named "Lovecraft" wrote horror stories?
    Not that writers have to center their creations around their names, but come on--if Lovecraft isn't the perfect name for an author who pens romance tales of all genres, I don't know what is!

  • kepler
    kepler 5 months ago

    Really good list, but maybe Democritus should be on here too. He was a chemist who believed that everything could be broken down into unbreakable atoms of a particular element, but was never famous because Aristotle instead supported a chemist who believed everything was broken down into earth, wind, water, and fire

  • Jimmy Flynn
    Jimmy Flynn 5 months ago

    I find the lack of Phillip K. Dick in this video and comment section appalling.

    PANTYEATR1 5 months ago

    Professor Gregor Mendel is awesome!

  • The Conversation Table
    The Conversation Table 5 months ago

    what about Tesla?!

  • fennekin02
    fennekin02 5 months ago

    Karl Marx?

  • Mohit sharma
    Mohit sharma 5 months ago


  • SomeDude96
    SomeDude96 5 months ago

    Where's Jesus on this list?

  • UltimateAwe
    UltimateAwe 5 months ago

    The best list I've seen so far - and I've been watching this channel for more than a year. Kudos to whoever researched this topic. These are names that need to be remembered.

  • Alucard Of the hidden rain


  • DBBCraftsworks
    DBBCraftsworks 5 months ago

    Awesome video :))

  • Freddie Mercury
    Freddie Mercury 5 months ago

    W.A.Mozart ??

    and me too

  • David Sanchez
    David Sanchez 5 months ago

    Van Gogh so famous for his painting and psych issues and death actually led to song about it.

  • Der_Dude
    Der_Dude 5 months ago +1

    At first they say "people who became famous because of their death dont count" but if Anne Frank didn´t die that early she wouldn´t have become famous...

  • Mathias Weitz
    Mathias Weitz 5 months ago

    Alfred Wegener, died 1930, originator of the theory of continental drift by hypothesizing in 1912, which was not approved until 1960.
    According to Wikipedia, Wegener was then recognized as the founding father of one of the major scientific revolutions of the 20th century.

  • Alma Torres
    Alma Torres 5 months ago

    This is really sad, they'll never know how loved they are today.

  • matko grčić
    matko grčić 5 months ago


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  • PvtGermanWagz
    PvtGermanWagz 5 months ago

    Harambe is #1, no contest.

  • AbdTheBlueJackle
    AbdTheBlueJackle 5 months ago +1

    Where is Heath Ledger

  • Zoogler
    Zoogler 5 months ago how about list of top 10 people that everyone should know about but not many do and so some research about it this time

  • Zoogler
    Zoogler 5 months ago

    Another BS Mojo list... Nikola Tesla is #1 by far

  • kerpin09
    kerpin09 5 months ago

    Nick Drake

  • HappyJoddler
    HappyJoddler 5 months ago


  • KingDT2007
    KingDT2007 5 months ago

    its weird how Stephen fry looks just like Oscar Wylde

  • Aarush Aggarwal
    Aarush Aggarwal 5 months ago

    F. Scott Fitzgerald also

  • TheMihig
    TheMihig 5 months ago

    i really expected jesus christ to be no.1, damn

  • Markus Dittrich
    Markus Dittrich 5 months ago +2

    08:16 Pardon me, "one of the greatest composers"!? Johann Sebastian Bach was without a doubt THE greatest composer of all time.

  • ZawesomexD
    ZawesomexD 5 months ago

    Uhm... H. C. Andersen??

  • DRapior
    DRapior 5 months ago

    Holocaust was fake

    • DRapior
      DRapior 5 months ago

      What are you even talking about??

    • gunotplaya213
      gunotplaya213 5 months ago

      And so what if it was honestly? Should you really not try to be a better person because something terrible didn't happen? Or would you prefer being immature the rest of your life? Reply isn't necessary btw

  • Pierce Last Name
    Pierce Last Name 5 months ago


  • Avery R.
    Avery R. 5 months ago +1

    Oscar Wilde? Really?

  • Nosihle Lumkwana
    Nosihle Lumkwana 5 months ago

    Top ten list of WHITE people who became famous after they died..

  • Nirrupama bala
    Nirrupama bala 5 months ago

    Srinivasa Ramanujan??

  • MasBreaker
    MasBreaker 5 months ago

    Yeah Anne Frank ! I forgot ! ><)

  • Katie Interesting
    Katie Interesting 5 months ago

    I know it might be a little modern but what about Eva Cassidy?

  • Lexi Hansen
    Lexi Hansen 5 months ago +1

    My friend and I watched this and she said: "Wait!...Where's Harvey Milk?" - Which, is a fair point to make. Yes, Harvey could be called "famous" back then for being the first openly gay man to have any source of legal power in the state of California, BUT after he died, he became a living legend! Honored to his day, people know him now because, after his death, so much attention was brought to him because of how much he inspired many upon many people to stand up and counteract the oppressiveness of not just the state of California, but the entire country at the time, and for being one of the many well-known LGBT activists, if not THE most well know, and also for being tragically shot down. His legacy easily outshines him before his demise.

  • Roko Kovač
    Roko Kovač 5 months ago

    Nikola Tesla?

  • Alexandra Marina
    Alexandra Marina 5 months ago

    ok both Tesla and Mozart were famous DURING their lifetimes. y'all dumb as hell -_-

  • George Cartright
    George Cartright 5 months ago

    no Nikola Tesla. thats just so wrong

  • Emanuel Martz
    Emanuel Martz 5 months ago +1

    where is Nikola Tesla?
    This channel is pathetic.

  • Peter Zinkovsky
    Peter Zinkovsky 5 months ago

    No jesus?

    • Bee Whistler
      Bee Whistler 5 months ago

      Yeah, honestly, if he wasn't well-known, I dunno that he would have been crucified at all. Public outcry was sorta what got him killed. And you could suggest his death was part of why he became famous.

    • Raul Victor
      Raul Victor 5 months ago

      Well, fictional or not, Jesus was pretty goddamn famous before he died. Curing the ailed, and all that.

  • Acid Tongued Arab
    Acid Tongued Arab 5 months ago +2

    Karl Marx??

  • The grim reaper Gamez
    The grim reaper Gamez 5 months ago

    What about Mozart?

  • Octavo Gamez
    Octavo Gamez 5 months ago

    Guess Jesus didn't make the cut... 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Octavo Gamez
      Octavo Gamez 4 months ago

      I was being sarcastic heh

    • Hafenloewe
      Hafenloewe 5 months ago

      Jesse Gamez dont forget this list is about people who actually lived

    • Hafenloewe
      Hafenloewe 5 months ago

      Jesse Gamez dont forget this list is about people who actually lived

  • Tiana Pi Tesr
    Tiana Pi Tesr 5 months ago

    You have TOP PLAYS?

  • Stephanie B
    Stephanie B 5 months ago

    So many geniuses so few appreciated.

  • Kekistani Umbreon
    Kekistani Umbreon 5 months ago


  • Armando McFly
    Armando McFly 5 months ago

    Vivian Maier should've been No.1 look up her documentary on netflix. she was a photographer who had little fame while alive but her career blew up after her death

  • Britannic hayyomatt
    Britannic hayyomatt 5 months ago

    What about Jesus? Nobody know who the fuck he was until 300 years after he died.

  • Paychec
    Paychec 5 months ago

    Where is biggie smalls??!!


    Change People with Authors

  • fila365
    fila365 5 months ago


  • Gabriela Espinal
    Gabriela Espinal 5 months ago

    where's Tesla? C'mon....

  • I'm Only Happy When it Reigns

    *#1. Krispin Wah*

  • Boris Dinges
    Boris Dinges 5 months ago

    No Jesus? or Mohamed? They are way more fabous today, then they ever where in thier living years.

  • albert penuelaz
    albert penuelaz 5 months ago

    What about Selena????

  • Quickman 26
    Quickman 26 5 months ago

    3/10 - IGN, too many Europeans.

  • GrandMaster ChitoWan
    GrandMaster ChitoWan 5 months ago

    so no machiavelli ... ok not like he was an influence on the world or anything

  • Snooki Draws
    Snooki Draws 5 months ago

    Am I the only one who clicked on this video because Vincent was on the thumbnail?

  • McFlufferTits
    McFlufferTits 5 months ago

    anne frank is overated who cares about her

  • Wolvermeme X
    Wolvermeme X 5 months ago +1

    watchmojo is bullshit where the fuck is ROBERT JOHNSON oh if u dont know him let me say he is the most important musician in blues, delta blues and a little genre called oh yea ROCK N ROLL even eric clapton called him the most important musician in modern music and rock in a whole and became famous almost 30 years after his death when some of his work was republished and the first inductee in the rock n roll hall of fame. like the rock n roll h.o.f. u are RETARTED

  • Anton Knittel
    Anton Knittel 5 months ago

    Jakob Wich aka NMZS

    He has no influence in Worlds History but he was the best German Rapper and no one knew him until his suicide in 2013

  • Dean Winchester
    Dean Winchester 5 months ago

    holy *FUCKING* _shit_

  • Dean Winchester
    Dean Winchester 5 months ago


  • Ankur Agrawal
    Ankur Agrawal 5 months ago

    Munshi Premchand (Best Indian Writer) is missing from this list. His name is worth mentioning in this list.

  • Yoshi Wall
    Yoshi Wall 5 months ago

    I'm a simple man. I see Lovecraft, I click like

  • scottiemcnichols
    scottiemcnichols 5 months ago

    Why do they always insist in mispronouncing van Gogh's last name ? There is clearly a 'G' and an 'H' at the end, neither if which is either silent nor invisible. lmao

  • Toe Nail
    Toe Nail 5 months ago


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    Toe Nail 5 months ago


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    Toe Nail 5 months ago


  • danish Viking
    danish Viking 5 months ago

    wtf no hc andersen sly

  • Devin Sapelli
    Devin Sapelli 5 months ago

    William Hope Hodgson!

  • priyansh sharma
    priyansh sharma 5 months ago

    Antoni Gaudi? DaVinci?

  • Game Seeker722
    Game Seeker722 5 months ago

    How about Harambe?

  • Mikko Rintala
    Mikko Rintala 5 months ago

    Error 404 Harambe not found.

  • леня болотинский

    WHAT ABOUT MOZART YOU @#$%^&????

  • Matheus Wandscheer
    Matheus Wandscheer 5 months ago

    nikola tesla?

  • Tushar Seth
    Tushar Seth 5 months ago

    I knew #1

  • Barnyardguys
    Barnyardguys 5 months ago +2

    What about Rembrandt van rhijn

  • King Of Rage
    King Of Rage 5 months ago

    am I the only one that wants Elvis on this list but knows it's a low chance?

  • Hamish McDougall
    Hamish McDougall 5 months ago

    Wilfred Owen?

  • LoneWolfRedneck
    LoneWolfRedneck 5 months ago

    i did that nazi coming

  • magic_ fox
    magic_ fox 5 months ago

    where is Heath Leager???

  • Lindsay Truscott
    Lindsay Truscott 5 months ago

    Maybe if I die I'll become FAMOUS!!!!

  • Nanton BullArt
    Nanton BullArt 5 months ago

    Arthur Rimbaud. Lautreamont.

  • The Fur Monsters
    The Fur Monsters 5 months ago

    huuum.... Orwell? Where is he?

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