Here is the list of Modern Musicians I give students to choose from for their Modern Music Research Project. For some reason it didn't attach to the unit I uploaded.
As I mentioned in my Research Project description, you can use this list, modify this list, pick your favorites from the list, or throw it out and make your own! What I'll do in most cases is use this exact sheet, and white out some of the choices that are overused, or ones I don't think are as important to cover in a 3 week course. Sometimes I will change up the artists that are presented so I don't get bored hearing about all of the same artists. :)