10 Greatest Rock Bands of All Time
Submitted by lukeprog on Wed, 06/23/2004 - 03:23
- These are BANDS, not ARTISTS, so you won't see any Bob Dylan or Chuck Berry here.
- The Beatles - simultaneously the best, most influential, most progressive, and most popular band of their time, and the greatest rock band ever.
- Led Zeppelin - the greatest and most influential hard rock band ever.
- Metallica - What Black Sabbath did first, Metallica did best. They are the definition of Heavy Metal.
- Pink Floyd - the premier progressive, experimental, space rock band, Pink Floyd are not only the most important progressive band, but also the most popular.
- Queen - Epic rock maestros Queen were also lead by the greatest rock vocalist ever, Freddie Mercury.
- AC/DC - The minimalistic hard rock outfit has been making the same music for more than 20 years now, and they're still doing it. When most people think of hard rock, they think of AC/DC.
- U2 - The most important band of post-punk. The Edge's guitar was one of the greatest guitar sounds of the 80s. And without U2, we have no Radiohead, perhaps the greatest rock band of the last 10 years.
- Rage Against the Machine - It's ironic that the most reliably excellent source of killer riffage was a band who wasn't about the riffs at all. Endlessly political, controversial, and talented, Rage angrily carved out their own slice in the anals of rock.
- Dream Theater - Like Metallica, Dream Theater were not the first in their genre, but they are the best and most imitated. Their music and the music they inspire may be the natural progression of classical music, done with electric guitars.
- The Rolling Stones - The Beatles passed on the mantle of rock to the Rolling Stones, and they delivered.
Most removals and additions occurred because I stopped reading everything written about a band and actually listened to their music and considered the time at which it was recorded.