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Old 11-02-2017, 08:48 AM   #1
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Top 10 Rock Bands of All Time

Inspired by a couple recent threads and a recent conversation I had. The conversation went like this:

Him: "I think XYZ band is overrated".
Me: "Yeah, so what are they ranked?"
Him: "I don't know, but they're overrated. They have one good song."
Me: "Have you seen them live?"
Him: "No"

So still working on my list, and I'll post it soon, but don't want to bias the discussion yet

So what are your top ten bands of all time?
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:07 AM   #2
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Beatles
Stones
U2
Grateful Dead
Velvet Underground
Led Zepplin
Ramones
Pink Floyd
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Sly and the Family Stone

One list I saw. I would have put The Who and Queen on the list. And would have considered The Doors and The Beach Boys but the latter was never really taken seriously I think. Eagles and The Clash occurred to me too.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:10 AM   #3
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You can start with these 5:

1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
2. Rolling Stones
3. Beatles (in conjunction w/Paul McCartney & Wings)
4. Eagles
5. Led Zeppelin

Then add a few of these (but strictly contingent on my mood)

6. U2
7. Beach Boys
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Heart
10. Neil Young (Crazy Horse) also w/CSNY
10. Pearl Jam
10. Rush

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Old 11-02-2017, 09:16 AM   #5
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Me: "Have you seen them live?"
Him: "No"
Does seeing them live have a large influence on you, or at least their rep as a live band? It means very little to me, since 99% of the music I listen to is recorded.
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Hmmm... good question. I think seeing a band live tends to influence me somewhat, although my preliminary top 10 has 4 that I have not seen live.
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Yes I think seeing them live would have an impact but I think the list for 'Top 10 Live Rock Band Performances' is a different list and who would be in a position to make the call.

Looking at Rolling Stones Top 100 Artists of all time I see that The Beach Boys would make it into the Top 10 bands so I guess their stature continues to rise. They were a favourite of mine growing up so brings a smile.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:29 AM   #8
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  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. The Beatles
  3. Pink Floyd
  4. Radiohead
  5. U2

Beyond that, the ordering gets very fuzzy so I'll just go with the top 5.
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  1. Led Zeppelin
  2. The Beatles
  3. Pink Floyd
  4. Radiohead
  5. U2

Beyond that, the ordering gets very fuzzy so I'll just go with the top 5.
Good point, I had the same troubles
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:48 AM   #10
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Here's my list:

1. Beatles
2. Rolling Stones
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Pink Floyd
5. The Who
6. The Doors
7. U2
8. Queen
9. Aerosmith
10. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
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Rolling Stones
Beatles
The Who
Led Zeppelin
Allman Bros.
Clapton - almost every band he was in
Pink Floyd
Jimi Hendrix Experience

Really can't come up with last two
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Clapton is a good call. I think he's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times
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- Stones
- Creedence
- Bob Seger
- Dire Straits
- Grateful Dead
- Fleetwood Mac
- AC/DC
- Pink Floyd
- Eagles
- ZZ Top
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Good lists. Somewhere in the mix I'd include one clear prog rock representative, probably Yes, but it could also be King Crimson, Genesis, ELP.
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Ok, I'll take Genesis out of that list. First band I ever saw with two drummers
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It seems that Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers deserve to crack the list considering a body of work that transcends a couple of generations.
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Nice pick, too. Wish I could have seen him one more time
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Hard to get it down to 10, but I have a USB stub drive in my car with 20GB of my music and these are the ones that get the most play. But I only listen to an artist or CD some of the time; more often I listen to different playlist compilations from about anyone. In rough order of preference:

Smashing Pumpkins
Cranberries
Pink Floyd
Radiohead
Eagles
Electric Light Orchestra
Chicago
Springsteen
Violent Femmes
U2

Hard to leave out:
REM
Led Zeppelin
Pearl Jam
Foo Fighters
Beatles
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Here is 10:
Rolling Stones
Beatles
Rod Stewart and Faces
J. Geils Band
CSN&Y
Fleetwood Mac
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Allman Brothers
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Doobie Brothers or Chicago
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I'm stuck in my past on this subject, so, I can only mention two groups who I am currently listening to again, that being Pink Floyd and The Doors.

I enjoy both their studio and live performances.

And I should mention 2 individuals (even though this thread is about BANDS), Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower. Their styles are the same and they compliment each other.

I could add to the list to get to the magic 10 but it might just be album specific.

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