Top 10 Most Talented Bands

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I don't wanna know who the best sounding band is, but the most talented band!!! Is it Rush, Yes, Avenged Sevenfold, Tool?

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1RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Rush is the ultimate power trio. There is no band that deserves to be on this list more than Rush. Rush has made music for 46 years since they got together in 1968 and 40 years since their first album in 1974. Rush has some of the most complex albums and songs ever made. They have made over 20 albums! Unlike other bands they continue to make crazy stuff! Geddy Lee is the best bassist of all time. No one even comes close to Neil. I think you could make a case that Alex Lifeson also belongs in a list among the best guitarists of all time. Rush, Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, A Farewell to the Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, Test for Echo, Vapor Trails, Feedback, Snakes and Arrows, Clockwork Angels and more is coming! It is insane what these guys managed to do. They crossed so many different genres. First they originated from a Blues Rock/Heavy Metal background ...more

When you really look who the best bands were they are definitely up there. Rush is probably the most complex band out there and they are still playing and they are going to keep playing unlike a lot of the other bands on this list even those who generally do not like rush like one or two songs. All their albums I love and one thing that I can't understand is why people down caress of steal so much. If you really listen to it you will grow to love it. The necromancer is a great sequel to by-tor and the snow dog and it also contains rush's most experimental piece in their history Didacts and narpets (which is on the fountain of lamneth). Plus as we see many bands these days seem so scared to add experimentation in what they make in the way rush always has from day one and will. Alex Lifeson is a truly underrated guitarist. He has always been known to play to the songs strength instead of showing off his own talents too much and it still sounds great. Critics are always looking for ...more

In 2012 I saw RUSH twice. I've seen them twice before that and I am going to see them in july 26 2013. It is an absolute no brainer that they are the most talented band ever hands down. Before RUSH my favorite bands were zepp, the who, cream, aerosmith, acdc, Guns N' Roses, soundgarden, u2, metallica and many many others like the cars, heart, iron maiden, black sabbath, ozzy, judas priest, van halen, pink floyd. I learned to play a lot of zepp on my les paul. Love so much music with deep passion for all different sounds and styles. I say no thank you to beatles and stones, just doesn't sound good to me, never did like them from day one with no other input from any persons, just the sound of their music was annoying to me for some reason. RUSH! Oh my god... I have been going out of my mind with how simply amazing they are in every aspect there is in being the best. RUSH is the best band of all time with great distance between them and second place who ever that might be, and don"t ...more

The peak of Rock

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2Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

There are many good bands in this list (I like Metallica, Rush, RHCP, Queen, Soundgarden... ), but I think Led Zeppelin deserves to be first in this list, because that's the truth: the music tallent of the four members of this epic band is worldwide recognised.

Most talented, creative, musically gifted band of all time.

Jimmy Page: best guitarist of all time. his riffs are heavenly
Robert Plant: one of the greatest voices in music history. passion, power, feeling, grit
John Paul Jones: brings a mature and powerful undertone with his bass few others can match
John Bonham: needs no explanation. god of the drums, no one comes close

Avenged Sevenfold above the greatest band of all time?! This blasphemy is deeply troubling. I can understand RUSH being ahead (because they're another one of my favorites), but A7x? Just pitiful.

Isn't it obvious

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3QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Incredible music for several decades. Amazing range from opera to heavy metal, to ragtime, to... you name it. Their albums (especially the first 6) have such a variety of different & amazing music, it blows the mind. A great song is like a piece of art - it can be enjoyed over and over again. Brian May is one of the best guitarists of all time, Freddie was great, and the band together created some really amazing music. Probably the best group ever.

With Brian May's exquisite guitar riffs matching Freddie's unparalleled vocals, Queen is definitely the most talented band ever to walk the face of the earth. Their music pleases everyone with a wide range of different genres.

Rush is probably most talented however Queen is my personall favourite, Queen II is so amazing musically and their albums amazing, great hits but their style and career of musicanship is amzing, what a rock band.

No question. The albums, the live performance and the sheer amount of hits!

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4Dream TheaterDream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

Dream Theater loses out to Coldplay? I am literally sickened and enraged at the today's ability (or lack there of) to find musical talent. If you break down Dream Theaters music and see the skill involved I'm not even sure Rush could hold number one. Lee's Bass and synth switching may give rush an upper hand, but Dream theater is one of if not THE most skilled band ever.

A world record holding drummer in Mike Mangini and a prodigy in Jordan Rudess - you can argue that these two are the best in the world at what they do. Most bands would kill to have the best in the world as one of their band members. Petrucci is right up there too. You could make a case that Dream Theater was the best band years ago. Now that they have acquired Mangini and Rudess, this is the most talented group of rock musicians ever assembled.

Most talented band in existence. Rush comes in close second actually. Every band member is individually in the rock and roll hall of fame. John petruci is the fastest most technical, skill guitar player alive. Mike portnoy and mike mangini are the two best percussionists to ever live, bot have been or are currently in the band.

For sheer technical ability, each member is a giant. However, they are experts at using their abilities to compliment, rather than overpower each other.

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5Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

Pink Floyd is a band that demonstrates a lot of qualities that are desirable in a band such as talented members, great composition skills, great lyrics, and evolution over time. They demonstrate revolutionary music that followed a unique form, drawing from previous musical geniuses in rock, jazz, blues, and even classical music through their pioneering of progressive rock. Their albums have a central theme reflecting important matters of life with haunting and philosophical lyrics. All in all, I believe these are reasons that contribute to why pink Floyd is such a great band aside from the musical skill the members showed.

Pink Floyd & The Beatles are the topmost bands of all time. Anyone who understands innovative and artistic music, will surely vote them to the top. It is really annoying that they are not at the top.

Everyone in the group is great... except Nick Mason. Basically the same beat for every song, with little variation in feel or dynamics. With everyone else being so innovative, you'd think he'd have made a little more of an effort.

Two of the greatest musicians of all time (Gilmour and Wright) mixed with a lyricist unlike anyone else (Waters) and an amazing and diverse drummer (Mason)

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6The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

John Entwistle is a pioneer on bass. Keith Moon is the single most influential drummer ever, inspiring other greats such as John Bonham and Neil Peart. Pete Townshend wasn't a shredder, he was an artist on par with the greatest of all classic rock. Roger Daltrey stacked up pretty evenly with most vocalists and is Robert Plant Sr. The Who's ability to blend conflicting amounts of talent and personalities is what put them over the top, being able to work together in a setting that would cause most musicians of their caliber to fail.

How is The Who not number one? I mean, I love Zeppelin and Rush, but The Who had Keith Moon (the best drummer of all time. Don't argue). Plus, Pete Townsend was an incredible guitarist, John Entwistle is a fantastic bassist, and, although this is more of a matter of personal preference, Roger Daltrey's vocals were pretty good.

The Who need to be number three or four. They are not on the level of a Led Zeppelin or a Rush, but they are still pretty damn close.

Every other bad except zeppelin and rush suck. Beatles not on list. So dumb and narrow minded

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7Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Incredible band. The talent put forth to create songs like Under the Bridge and Snow (Hey Oh) is incredible. The guitar from John Frusciante is incredible, Anthony Kiedis's voice is great, the drums from Chad Smith keep the timing perfect, and Flea's bass is truly amazing. Great band.

It is not that I believe that they should be in the top ten, I feel that they should be on the top of this list. This is a talent list, and if you actually listened and compared them to the rest of these artist (who are all good) you would hear their undeniably superior talent.

With the lineup of John Frusciante, Flea, Chad Smith, and Anthony Kiedis, it is hard to imagine a band with more energy, style, and raw talent as the Chili Peppers. Just listen to their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Their singer isn't that great

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8ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

I'm not just saying Tool is the best kuz thyre my favourite band, but they all are really amazing!
Justin Chancellor can play the bass like a maniac, and his bass lines are unmatchable, unlike anyone elses!
Danny Carey is a beast when it comes to playing the drums, he is the best no contest
Adam Jones' guitar playing is what gives the songs that feeling hat just gets down into you, like all true music should do... and then theres Maynard James Keenan, man he is an incredible singer who provides Tool with the most amazing, inspiring, deep lyrics I have ever heard... Tool is and always will be my favourite band ever! - Okami

These guys are mad. Danny Carey is the greatest drummer (yes better than Neil peart), just ahead of Dave Lombardo in my opinion, Justin's bass lines are complex but still sound great, and the things Adam jones can do with a guitar sends shiver down your spine. Then we have the amazing vocals of Maynard James Keenan, the best voice in rock/metal. I rest my case, tool is the most talented band there is

Although Neil Peart from Rush is good, coming from a drummer, Danny Carey's more talented. Between his off-beats, complex time signatures, and polyrhythms, not many drummers can touch him. Even if you are able to master what he's capable of playing, keep in mind that he was the one who created and crafted it, and not copying it from someone else.

Now that's a joke.

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9TotoToto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, plus touring members Leland Sklar and Shannon Forrest.

I am so sorry, but this list is horrible. Many of you know Toto by songs like Africa, Rosanna which are their pop songs. But believe me Toto are much more than this, Toto are world class musicians, they could easily outplay Rush, Dream Theater or any other band. They have played almost all genres that there is on the world because they are all session musicians. Jeff Porcaro (RIP) was a legendary drummer and still is the best ever. Nobody comes close to him. Steve Lukather is just amazing guitarist and virtuoso. Let's not forget to mention amazing David Paich who co-wrote many Boz Scaggs and even Steely Dan songs and of course Porcaro brothers. Overall Toto members wrote or co-wrote most 80s and 90s hits. They can play anything you give em, pop, rock, soul, R&B, Fusion... Anything. You guys should really listen to them and also Lukather's solo stuff. Talent overload!

Seriously, just take a look at each of the musicians in Toto. They've all been requested and used many other artists. Yes, dream theater is the most technically proficient group I've ever heard. But that's what they are-technically perfect. Toto moves your soul. Dream theater doesn't touch your soul. I am in no way knocking how incredible they are. Anyone could even argue that this is apples and oranges. The kind of band dream theater is is unique. To Dos uniqueness lies in their ability to be cohesive, so phone, and be in perfect harmony with their singing as well as her plane. Yes, Toto has to be number one.

The members of Toto have influenced music more than those of any other band! This list is about TALENT right? I'd like to see all the bands on this list dissected and have respective instruments go up against one another. Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Mike Porcaro would rape most of the musicians on this list. #42? -_- gimme a break

Most talented band from top to bottom!

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10Mr. Big

Really? Mr. Big before Metallica?... Maybe if we are talking about the chocolate bar - it's delicious!

The Contenders

11The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

The Beatles laid the foundation for what would be modern music. In addition to that the quality of their music was superb. The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was undoubtedly one of the greatest partnerships of all time. Four extremely talented people brought together to create a beautiful band. They brought out the best in each other, with John Lennon tackling more controversial matters and Paul McCartney generally sticking within the realm of light hearted pop music. Thus, they would compete with each other and attempt the other's retrospective "realm" of songwriting. Do not forget George Harrison for a second, on the other hand. His song "Something" was said by John Lennon to be the best on the album "Abbey Road" which is commonly thought to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Even Ringo Starr, who was generally believed to be the least talented of the three provided a solid tempo through innovative drum lines. There are spectacular bands out there, ...more

I'm laughing that the Beatles are even on this list

Very influential and great songwriters, but not known for technical talent.

If you really love rock music you can easily make the statement the Beatles are the most talented.

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12MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Metallica is a band that is consistently changing for themselves, it's refreshing to hear a ballad thrown in on an otherwise heavy album. Their phenomenal success over the years and loyal fans is one of the reasons they're a brilliant band. Not to mention, the band members are wonderfully real people.

Look, when I chose Metallica as my favourite band, it was for a reason, they're very talented. Please, before saying that Lars (my favourite drummer behind John Bonham) is overrated, please, listen to the early albums. Besides, Metallica had the best bassist ever, Cliff Burton. - Nintendonix

Metallica is the Greatest Band ever James THe best frontman, kirk the best guitarist and lars the best drummer. I don't under stan why metallica is 9th in this list.

I'll tell you why. They sold out. They were good for the first 4 albums, black album was alright, everything else is terrible hard rock garbage - ryanrimmel

The black album, enough said...

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13Steely Dan

By fat the best ever trained musicians. The others are way behind these guys

I have found only one band that makes music that can still sound so fresh and new even after decades. It's Steely Dan.

14YesYes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.

Assuming "talented" means "technically adept", Yes has had the most "talent" come and go throughout their ranks over a number of years... Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz, Alan White, even Trevor Horn (in his own way). All of 'em monster players and songwriters.

All you have to do is listen to Sound Chaser or Close to the Edge...

The clap is one of the CRAZIEST guitar solos I've ever heard. they are simply geniuses

I've never heard of them

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15EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Joe Walsh's technical and soulful riffs tease out the silence as much as the notes. Definitely up there.

Eagles deserve to be way higher on this list but I was just here to say to the guy before me that its not Jeff Frey, its Glenn Frey

I find it hard to believe many bands could have more talent than these guys...if you count all the solo success by the individual members they should be top 3 minimum.

16The Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

Is Skynyrd even on the list has anyone heard the solo in free bird or the bass line in simple man Seriously? I will say that derek trucks is a great guitar player and the diserve to be right up on the list with the legends.

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17Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

Everyone just calls A7X an overrated hard rock band who don't have much depth. But I guarantee that if you listen to any song on their album City of Evil, you will hear all the characteristics of music that define prog, and how they make their prog sound so seamless. You will hear the guitar tracks overloaded with crazy riffs, different riffs/ solos playing on multiple tracks throughout the song along with the Neil Peart- style drumming of The Rev. I mean The Rev will use every imaginable inch of the drumset, and I wouldn't be surprised if he went beyond that, to make the intense drum sound he does. And the lyrics are always hidden messages, complex stories to push across simple morals, and more. I mean, The Rev really was like a modern Neil Peart in every way. So please have a listen of City of Evil before you write this band off as untalented. - Songsta41

I personally actually do agree with the power trio RUSH being at top.
I only vote A7x because they are still highly underrated, and Shadow's voice is actually the greatest in my opinion. They're songwriting is inarguably of high standard and of deep thought, MOST of the time. Despite Rush and Dream Theater still doing their stuff, this band has done much more for music in general than any other band in this millenium.

Avenged Sevenfold has it all. They have a great vocalist with Matt Shadows incredible voice and not just 1 but 2 great guitarists. Zacky and Synyster both do a great job on their instruments. I'm actually surprised to see them in the top ten above a lot of other super talented bands. But on the other hand, A7X can compare well to these other bands in talent.

Very overrated it doesn't deserve to be this high

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18Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Only one band on this list could do a 20-40 minute improvisation piece every night on tour., enough said!

Why is purple not top 5... AT LEAST top 10? Oh that's right.. Because no one knows who DP is for some reason other than the hits - "highway star", "smoke on the water", "hush", "woman from Tokyo," "space truckin", and MAYBE "burn" if that. I'm not sure why they've been excluded with the other greats today but listen to the mk2 and 3 lineups studio and live albums and watch a DVD of their musical unison.. I think most will change your mind. m/

WHAT! Deep Purple deserves Top Five! We see The Beatles, Pink Floyd and A7X ahead of the most talented hard rock group ever. Stupid fanboys.

19Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.

As far as most skilled at their instruments, the top 10 should be all metal bands. now if you include how good a bands songs were which is obviously what were doing here then its not, because metal is underground. Iron maiden is my favorite band and I love all metal except screamo, but like honestly the only reason why this top 10 isn't filled with metal bands is because metal is an underground genre of music

A7x more talented than Iron Maiden?
Don't make me laugh please..

STEVE HARRIS HAS A LOT OF IMAGINATION FOR COMPOSING IRON MAIDEN SONGS, WHO'S MAKE ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED BAND.

It take talent to sell that many tickets and have such loyal fan base throughout decades!

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20Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

Very underrated band. Amazing drummer too!

Drummer and bass player shred. Dave's a tool.

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