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or when Trevor Hoffman comes in for a save, must be crazy to be in the stadium for those. (also, always great to see another Wire fan, best show of all time)
Or Mo & "Enter the Sandman".
The 70's was the golden age of rock, even if some of the groups started in the late 60's. It's crazy how many good bands there were back then. A good band today can't even get a record contract but some dufus from American Idol can.
IMO when having this discussion you need to separate the different bands into genres. You can't have a fair comparison between Zep and Metallica because they're totally different styles. Here's my list.
Classic rock-Led Zep-Black Sabbath (Although you could put them in the Metal Catagory) Floyd-Hendrix- Lynard Skynard.
80's Stadium rock-Van Halen- Motle Crue-Aerosmith.
Hard rock/Heavy Metal (this is a hard one for me because I'm a fan of a lot of bands that all brought something special to this genre) Metallica-Megadeth-Pantera (RIP Dime-Greatest Metal guitarist of all time)-Guns n Roses before axel breakdown.
So many great bands and Musicians
There are some good ones out today.
I agree with this statement for the most part. There are some very good bands around now but not as many as there were back in the 70's. Nowadays most of these musicians couldn't write there own music if there lives depended on it. You have Will Smith's daughter shaking her hair back and forth and this passes as music. Musical influence has died and half these singers need numerous synthesizers and noise gates in order to even sing it's ridiculous. There are some very talented musicians but not the stable you had in the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
I love Led Zeppelin, but The Beatles are The Beatles. They essentially changed how music was composed.
To me personally they are a no-brainer at #1.
After that I would say The Stones, and Zeppelin.
With special mentions to Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The Clash, and The Pixies
Sex Pistols and The Ramones too.
I should down vote you
I was coming to post the same thing saying how could there be 3 pages without a Rush reference. I can't stand Rush, but you normally get somebody fawning over them in these threads.
For me, I don't think I could try to pick one greatest band. My taste in music changes depending on my mood, so if Zeppelin came on the radio and I wasn't in the right mood, I'd change the station. I've got playlists on my iPod in the car that have rap, rock, hair bands, techno, DMB, Pearl Jam, and even pop music on it. Hell, I'll even admit after Michigan beat Northwestern in overtime I found myself liking the Pop Evil they played over the stadium speakers even though 90% of people think it is the worst song ever.
Great question ... and a tough one. You need to look at the rock bands that have been genre changers. Bands that have tipped music into a new direction. The rock bands I believe have changed music include:
Guns N' Roses
If I had to rank them by sphere of influence.
1. Led Zeppelin
3. Guns N' Roses
Why no bands newer than Nirvana? Because music today is re-hased 90's alternative. There has not been a band since Nirvana that has changed music. We are overdue for something new. I suggest a combo late 80s-middle 90s resurgence of rock music, with a 2010s flair.
NOTE: I viewed this as rock bands, which did not include alternative, or 'other' flavors of music.
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“Those who stay will be champions”
― Bo Schembechler
Wow....you people amaze me.
Arguably Led Zepplin or Beatles followed by the Stones. Doors are top 10 as are The Who. Nirvana transcended nothing other than dirty jeans and smelly kids.
Completely disagree. The Who, Doors, or the Stones did not change genre. They jumped on the bandwagon of the Beatles who set the blaze. Nirvana completely changed music and ushered in 100s of new bands because of their music. Heavy Metal was changing into a more progressive metal when Nirvana completely said 'screw it ... grudge is here.' In 12 months Heavy Metal was gone.
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what does changing genres have to do with determining the greats? Do you still hear Nirvana or Pearl Jam on the radio as readily as the Stones?
i havent read through all of these but for the love of god its METALLICA! cant believe i read as far as i did and didnt see anybody post that.
It was posted on page 2 I believe. I'm personally not a Metallica fan, so they aren't the top rock band for me.
"Do you still hear Nirvana or Pearl Jam on the radio as readily as the Stones?"
Yes. Pearl Jam has their own station on XM radio.
Never understood the obsession with Pearl Jam.
I hear that Don't stop believing song all the time, but I'm not thinkin they're the greatest ever
Maybe you're rather young or just have selective memory. There has ALWAYS been bad/generic pop music. Granted, you are definitely exposed to it a lot more today through TV, internet, radio etc, but there was just as much bad music out there. The reason why you don't hear/remember the bad stuff from the 60s/70s/80s is because of just that, it was bad, and it had no lasting power. I don't like this sentiment by young people who own The Dark Side of the Moon that think all music today sucks and all music from decades ago was awesome and that they were "born in the wrong era". There are some extremely talented musicians out there today who could hold their own against the legends of yesteryear.
What did Boston do that was so influential? They came out with a different sound at first but it got stale really quick. Most wouldn't know a single song from anything after the debut album (aside from Don't Look Back). Aerosmith, Styx, Kansas, and even Foreigner were there at the same time (Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and so on and so on.) I think Aerosmith would be a better addition to your list. I'd also drop GnR and add The Sex Pistols.
Thank you, Jerry.
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I'd have to say Kiss/Gene Simmons probably did the most for Rock by finding most of the best bands in the late 70's to present. AC^DC is by far my favorite and put on some incredible shows.
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