Greatest Classic Rock Bands EverVanHalen88
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There are bands that don't have a single other band to even come close to them. Led Zeppelin had some of the greatest guitar solos the world has ever seen. Jimmy Page re-defined the way people play the guitar. Robert Plant is the greatest screamer ever. He actually sounds good. John Paul Jones was the fastest bassist trying to keep up with Jimmy when he did a guitar solo. Not many people could do that. And then you've got the greatest drummer ever who sat behind a drum kit. His solo in Rock and Roll is one of the greatest I've ever heard. And that brings me o my final quote: LED ZEPPELIN RULE!
the musical composition level is magnific.. they put more material in an song than any other band.
Every song is a great song.
Classic rock, blues, incredible ballads, acoustic, hard rock and even reggae and folk style songs.
Incredible guitar, bass, vocals and drums.
This band showed astounding talent in every aspect of music. Listen to any of their songs to listen to Robert Plant's triple octive voice. Listen to Kashmir or Moby Dick to hear John Bonham's drum skills or The Lemon Song to hear one of the greatest bass lines ever.
If you want to hear some great guitar, listen to Stairway, Achilles Last Stand, Since I've Been Loving You, and many many others.
They are Zeppelin, and not many bands can say they can match the pure talent, creativity, and variety that they have.
You could tell this was a kick ass band by the first song of their first album.V57 Comments
Even a poor African child could name you a Beatles song
The Beatles are THE best band in history. Rock and roll was slowly disappearing, but then The Beatles started. These guys just about saved rock and roll. If you like The Rolling Stones, then you've got to like The Beatles. I mean, The Beatles and The Stones were friends, and The Beatles gave The Stones their first single. Every song by The Beatles is excellent (even Revolution 9 and Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey). The Beatles had enough songs to keep them rolling 'till TODAY. I mean, just imagine if Imagine, Live And Let Die, and My Sweet Lord were Beatles songs. These are some of the biggest songs in history, and they would have been Beatles songs had The Beatles not split up. It's obvious: THE Beatles SHOULD HAVE BEEN #1 ON THIS LIST. THEY ARE THE BEST BAND IN HISTORY. PERIOD.
they should have been #1 come on this band inspired so many people how can you not love them
Not really "classic rock" but still the best band everV88 Comments
Over the years my taste in music has been redefined many times. It all came to a rest at Queen. The pure musicianship of every single member of this amazing band shows that they are the greatest band ever. Each member is credited for writing at least one #1 hit, even the bass and drummer. That is no surprise when you look at each one though. John Deacon has some of the most iconic bass lines ever. Roger Taylor with his intricate drum fills and an incredible voice which could have (and did) front a band of his own.
Brian May, while also having an incredible voice, is one of the greatest guitarists ever. Not to mention he has a PHD in Astrophysics.
Then we come to Freddie Mercury. A legend among legends. Freddie's voice was so powerful and had a range that most singers only dream of acquiring. He is listed as one of the greatest frontman in history, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen it in person or on video. His death will be mourned for many more years.
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Freddy Mercury was a true performer, and probably still would be if he were still here. His song writing skills were shing there brightest with Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the greatest songs ever. -
Amazing Band! Comprised of highly skilled musicians who could write "albums" worth of stellar material every time. The rhythm section of John Deacon and Roger Taylor was known as the "Sonic Volcano" in the 70's. Brian May remains one of the most influential guitarists of all time. What has to be said about Freddie Mercury? Anyone who knows anything about great music knows who he is, what he has done, and how great he was. 5 star band!
Queen is the best by far.V44 Comments
Roger Waters is one of the few true musical geniuses. Acompanied by a great guitarist in David Gilmour, along with Richard Wright and Nick Mason. Pink Floyd ruled the sound waves of the 70's with top notch albums and unforgettable live performances. -
Pink Floyd is like that one band that if you show someone the logo for Dark Side, they'll say "Oh yeah that band, Pink Floyd right? " Everybody knows it. For example take The Wall, listen to "Another Brick In The Wall Part One, Two and Three." All three in a row. They blend seamlessly. Listen to the whole album, nonstop. Each song blends perfectly into the next. Pink Floyd brought the famous "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding". I'm sorry but who the heck hasn't heard that at least once in their life? For most, it's avoided with an exception for Dark Side. I hate to say this but... Pink Floyd should take the number one spot, as should The Wall compared to Dark Side. "Mother do you think they'll the drop the bomb? Mother do you think they'll like this song? " -Pink Floyd, Mother, The Wall.
I think Animals or Wish You Were Here was their best albums. Although I'm obsessed with the concept of The Wall, that and Dark Side, are frankly, over played. Animals definitely had a lot more effort put into the songs and concept. Heck each song (Other than Pigs On The Wing, Part 1 & 2), are all over 10 mins long. Every song on that album is like it's own separate story. People should give Animals more credit than they do.
Pink Floyd should be #1 on the list. They are still toeing today. Animals is their best album.V37 Comments
The critics say AC/DC songs sound the same. Tell me, does BACK IN BLACK (1980), For Those About to Rock (1981) sound like Rock and Roll Train (2009) and Rock Or Bust(2014)? Their sound is theirs. It's that AC/DC sound that only the Young brothers can produce. It's actually a subset of rock n roll. You have metal, blues, Rock, Pop, and AC/DC. Plus, they have never made music for the critics. They make it for their Fans. Put it this way: if AC/DC ever listened to their critics at least ONE TIME, I believe they wouldn't be where they are today. Still making music for soundtracks. Still selling out stadiums at world record pace. I get a kick out of those who say "oh they're losing a step. They're getting old". Haha! Of course! They're human! But losing a step? I disagree. If they lose a step then they're hiding it very well. Not bad for guys in their 60's pushing 70! I can barely get out of bed at 40 sometimes but here they are rocking still. Numbers don't lie and neither do the ...more
What makes them great? Their shows and their longevity. While other older bands understandably slow down over the years, this group keeps pumping out anthem like music. Catchy rock music that could have been hits in the Rock n Roll heyday of the 80's and 90's. With that said, in the 21st Century alone they've won a Grammy and the Black Ice Tour was the 4th largest tour in HISTORY. Black Ice sold more albums world wide besides Cold Play. In 2007 AC/DC sold 3 million albums yet hadn't produced new songs in 8 YEARS at that point. If you don't think these aging rockers are still relavent then please check out the Live @ Rivee Plate. Their stage presence is as good as ever. Johnson is in terrific shape and they play to the frenzied crowd like never before. And, This is the AC/DC that could be retired and people would understand. Now: they have Rock Or Bust. Tickets sold so fast for European tour that it broke Guinness world records for most sales in least time. 1.75 million tickets in less ...more
Greatest Band ever (i can't believe Angus Young was voted # 96 on the top 100 guitarists, shouldve been in the top 10)
AC/DC is a bit overrated. Their only good songs are Back in Black and Highway to Hell. It's one of those bands where the most popular songs are the best, and the other aren't worth listening to.V19 Comments
With Mick Jaggar and Kieth Richards at the song writing helms, The Rolling Stones produced hit after hit in the 60's and 70'sto become one of the most influential bands ever. -
WTF... stones after Cheap trick?
you gotta be kiddin' me
The rolling stones... it does'nt get any better than that.
The Rolling Stones are pure genius! Why are they after Queen and AC/DC? Have you heard Wild Horses? Sympathy for the Devil? Gimme Shelter? Paint It Black? These are some of the best songs ever! Doesn't get any better guys
Please, not even close. I will listen to a Stones song over any of the other bands on this list. Who made this list? LOL, what a joke!V13 Comments
These guys were basically the first to introduce synthsisers, something that most everyone else has relied on in their music. This band has tested rock time and time again and they have revolutionized it, creating some of the best and most favorite Classic Rock songs of all time. It is even said that Led Zepplin and many other British originated groups and singers, including U2, were influenced by these guys. The band includes one of the greatest guitarist, greatest drummer, and greatest bassist of all time. There is a reason they have been around for nearly fifty years and continue to perform.
This bands music has withstood the test of time. From My Generation to Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who have epitomized what rock and roll should be. -
Classic Rock was owned by British bands and a band doesn't get more British than The Who. With amazing songs such as 'Pinball Wizard', 'My Generation' and 'Baba O'Riley' The Who are one of the best in the genre. Due to death in the band they didn't make they greatest impact but showing that they can still rock they are still amazing now as they were in the 70s and 80s.
Amazing band, with amazing drummer! ( keith moonV16 Comments
There's a reason they call them America's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band! Listen to:
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Janie's Got a Gun
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing
The Bad Boys From Boston came into the rock-n-roll scene in 1970 and the rest is history. Aerosmith reached the rock pinnacle early and stayed late. -
Aerosmith is still my favorite classic rock band by far, their variety in musical tone in their songs is what stands out he most from "Dude Looks Like A Lady" to "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" just amazing music top to bottom!
Um, no. The only good song by Aerosmith is Dream On. All of the others are classic bad 80s music. Not worth listening to.V19 Comments
Journey is one of the most under rated bands. Neil Shone, Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry wrote some of Rock's best known hit's. Perry has been called "The Voice". Neil Shone is as good a guitar player as any & Cain a master on keyboards. Journey is Rock & Roll!
Journey above Aerosmith? That's nuts. Journey belongs somewhere around 60-80. Aerosmith is top 10 with out question.
The Greatest band ever Steve Perry has such a beautiful voice
Journey is so over ratedV11 Comments
Their music is absolutley timeless and their music is more unique than any other that I can think of. Not too mention they had arguably the greatest frontman in music history.
The Doors should definitely be higher on this list. Morrison gets all the hype, but Ray Manzarek is one of the greatest musicians to play rock and roll to this date. Just listen to there last song ever recorded (Riders on the Storm) and tell me they should still be #12.
Musicians better than most of their peers, one of the best front man ever and lyrics socially relevant on a higher intellectual level than the dungeons and dragons fantasy lyrics of groups like Led Zeppelin. The doors are the greatest band of all times!
This band is absolutely amazing, they should be in the top five at least because they left us with iconic songs. I don't see what is so significant about journey...V15 Comments
No one had the hard, heavy, grinding sound like these guys back in those days and I love it!
Easily the greatest classic rock band, even the most influential (other than the Hendrix himself) - HighSkoolArtist
This band should be right their with zeppelin had two great singers and Toni can play guitar left handed with missing bits of finger and they are the godfathers of metal this band is ledgendary
Why are they at #9?! They are the band that basically invented Metal.V4 Comments
Introducing the world to hardcore southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd was at the top of the mountain until a plane crash in 1977 prominently influenced the band to break up. Ten years later the band reformed with the former lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant's brothers taking over the vocal duties. -
Hard for me to not go with Pink Floyd, but I enjoying listening to lynyrd skynyrd slightly more, if the plane crash never happened, in my opinion, lynyrd skynyrd would be top 5.
Such perfectness. Check out simple man, free bird, you got that right, Saturday night special, and gimme three steps
Should be top 5...V7 Comments
CCR are one of the greatest bands of all time! Number 21?!?!? They deserve to be in the in the top 10
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
Hell yeah! CCR kick ass definitely deserve a higher spot on this list
A mediocre West Coast band that did a fair job of pretending to be from Louisiana.V3 Comments
Listen to Deep Purple In Rock. It set the standard for all hard rock and has arguably never been done better... Period
If you like any of these bands for sure you will like deep purple
Best band ever with with sabbath and zeppelin.they teach hard rock to the rest of the world
One of the best rock band ever!V5 Comments
Jimi Hendrix had the potential to rule the rock scene for decades, but his unfortunate young death put an early end to his career. -
Jimi hendrix greatest guitar player ever, nuff said
On the seventh day God created Jimi Hendrix!
Jimi Hendrix. That is allV3 Comments
One of the highest album selling bands in history, The Eagles showed the world what a real band should be. -
Producing great music from the first minute, these guys took it to the limit! Made many legendary songs like Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights etc. Etc. One of the best bands ever in rock, true legends!
By far the best of the best. Not just great vocals and harmonies, but superior overall musicians and instrumentalists. The best withstands the test of time.
This band does not deserve the fame it gets.V8 Comments
Eddie is the best guitarist, David is the yes vocalist, Mike is the best bassist, and Alex isn't the best, but he's got some skills-Van Halen is an unbeatable band.
Many forget about this band, Eddie Van Halen Is One Of The Greatest Guitarists Ever, When They had David Lee Roth, They Were Unbeatable.... Many #1 Hits, Inducted Into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of fame... Greatest Band Ever - VanHalen88
I totally agree! Eddie is the greatest guitarist whose ever lived! And yes, with David, they were the best! Too bad egos got in the way. - b-bar*
Number 23? Really? This band deserves to be in the top 3.V4 Comments
As far as classic rock bands go Rush is very very very very very very good. I mean it is very impossible to play like them and their music is more than music I know this stuff because my dad learned off the internet how to get songs on your ipod playlist on your car radio so I hear a lot of old songs even though I am only turning 13 in a week and a half.
Give me a break. Why is The Who anywhere close to Rush? Same with Heart, Journey, and the Beatles, I just don't understand how any band especially the ones I've listed, could top off Rush. The only band that comes anywhere close to Rush is Van Halen, but they're half as good at best. Rush has by far the most variety, The most music, and I honestly haven't heard a rush song that I don't like. RUSH FOR LIFE!
They were highly regarded by very positioned and prestigious musicians 40 years ago and now they are revered as the greatest musicians of all time by not their fans but by the most credible critic's... Real iconic musicians that do not have one small complaint. Who dare would cast doubt on the greatest musicians of all time hand's down. Rush humbly continues to be even better after 47 years... No other act on the entire list can lay claim to that longevity of commercial success... No one... Not even close no matter how l9ng you try to explain... Rush is still there turning out new and full studio albums then backing them up with sold out shows at the highest dollar around the world... Beatles never done that... Stones never done that... U2 never done that... Acdc never done that... Aerosmith never done that... Metallic never done that... Maiden never done that... Hendrix never done that cream never done that the who never done that... Only one I would consider close would be Neil ...more
Rush has the greatest bass and drummer and some of the best songs ever enough said.V13 Comments
Absolutely ScorpsSistah! They are the BEST band to see LIVE for sure! For those of you that haven't purchased or even heard their new release yet I highly recommend that you go get it now.
Scorpions Humanity-Hour 1 is amazingly brilliant!
great music, great melodies, the best ballads
Plain and simple, they still rock us like a hurricane! Just see them LIVE and you will walk away transformed! - ScorpsSistah
21? Are you kidding me? Scorpions should be top 5V7 Comments
A great influence for all scenarios, been in their show REALLY good! - Farctow
With the permission of Black Sabbath, the most influential metal band ever existed.
Judas Priest isn't exactly classic rock, it's heavy metal, but these guys are epic. - airplain313
Totally above just real goodV7 Comments
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