Greatest Classic Rock Bands EverVanHalen88
The Top Ten
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.
I agree with the #1 ranking. It's pretty hard to find a more prolific and influential band from that era. They owned the late 60's, and most of the 70's, everything up to and including Led Zeppelin 4 were groundbreaking and truly outstanding. Then came Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti, which seemed to pivot more into a pop oriented style. And then everything after that was trash IMPO.
Jimmy Page guitar playing ok, but inconsistent, with occasional flashes of brilliance. Although he was a great artist and musician, his actual playing tended to be sloppy quite often. There are many great guitar virtuosos that put him to shame in playing skill and virtue, but together with Robert Plant, and John Bonham, they made up for a lot of his sloppy work.
They deserve the #1 ranking IMPO.
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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Freddie Mercury- Iconic vocals, flamboyant stage persona, lively personality. Brian May- Underrated guitarist, beautiful voice, very wise. Roger Taylor- Amazing drummer, extraordinary falsettos, very humorous. John Deacon- Incredible bass lines, underrated songwriter, is the glue that holds everyone together. Do the math and combine it all together... what do you get- BAM! One of the greatest classic rock bands of all time. There music has and always will pass the test of time. To those who say Queen is overrated, please go kiss a goose. I would say Queen is a bit underrated, seeing people humming "We Are The Champions," clapping along to "We Will Rock You," heck, even trying to recreate iconic bass lines from "Another One Bites The Dust," gives me joy. But that joy compresses into dust when they say they have no idea who Queen is. Queen covers nearly all genres. Funk, rockabilly, gospel, HECK, FREDDIE MERCURY SANG OPERA. Queen is the best and will stay that way.
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. -
Leaves Led Zeppelin for dead.V 81 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
Ridiculous! Beatles is the greatest FULL STOP!V 113 Comments
Dark Side of the Moon. The Wall. Wish You Were Here. Animals. Meddle. Pink Floyd was at the top of the pack thematically, musically, and lyrically. Their music is enjoyable to listen to and often requires many listens to discover it's meaning. The Dark Side of the Moon is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time and has themes of insanity, death, wasted time, and materialism. The Wall is very different than TDSoTM, but just as good, in it's own way. It is a long album that follows a singer named Pink as he isolates himself and builds a metaphorical wall between himself andd the outside world. The rock opera also features the crowd favorites Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2. Animals is only 5 tracks long but full of good music. It has roots in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell and it basically compares Brits to Dogs, Pigs, and Sheep. Wish You Were Here is essentially dedicated to Pink Floyd's first lead singer Syd Barrett, who tragically went insane. The ...more
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.
The lunatic is on the grassV 54 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
Greatest Band ever (i can't believe Angus Young was voted # 96 on the top 100 guitarists, shouldve been in the top 10)
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
They have 0 bad songs with Bon Scott. Glad to see them so high, always felt like they were under appreciated. Especially for their early stuff. Bottom line, in another 40 years this is the band people will still be listening to.V 32 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
Stones and the who are way better than acdcV 26 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.
The Who were the first to create the rock opera, The Who were the first to truly effectively use synthesizers, The Who were the first band to have a truly talented and animal like drummer (they predate Bonham with Zeppelin), and John Entwistle is an astounding bass player. The Who deserve to be so much higher on this list. AC/DC?! Are you kidding me?! They were pioneers in no way and all of their music is much too formulaic.V 20 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!
Ummm... yeah The Doors are the best periodV 21 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
Easily one of the Top 5! Lyrical masters, musically diverse, not to mention the most instrumentally skilled three man band.V 19 Comments
CCR are one of the greatest bands of all time! Number 21?!?!? They deserve to be in the in the top 10
They don't have one song that stands out but they have about 12 great songs, more than most of these bands
I listened to them since I was a kid and I think they must be in the top 5
To me they are number 1V 10 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 was the best guitarist ever.
- Captain Obvious
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
Van Halen has some of the most infamous songs in rock history out there, but we do have to remember, this is one of those rare bands that have more than one hit. In fact, they have a good handful of songs that you can call your favorite, definitely not a one hit wonder!
Play Eruption and Spanish Fly. what do the guys ahead have against that? - SharkDestroyerV 10 Comments
Should be #1. Not only Ozzy but also the Heaven and Hell days with Dio and even the Martin era wasn't bad. Nobody has this longevity and still making great music. What other band here put out an album as recently as Devil You Know that is near that quality?
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
To KingofSnails42, metal is a sub genre of rock. Also Black Sabbath is a great band but I personally wouldn’t consider them classical rock, so I would agree with KingofSnails42 if he meant that they were a metal band, not a classical rock band. But if he meant that metal wasn’t rock, then see my first statement.V 11 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
When critics say that they blew The Rolling Stones and The Who off stage you’d think people would stop being idiots and accept the genius of their music and Ronnie Van Zants Vocals however a few of these bands are not classic rock. The top ten best rock bands of all time:
1. LED zeppelin
2. The Beatles
3. The Who
4. The Rolling Stones
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Pink Floyd
8. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience or The doors
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!
Every instrumentalist is top-notch; writing and lyrics are fantastic, and no other vocalist could ever beat Steve Perry in his prime. Their songs usually carried a good message which I appreciated. Arnel is good, too, but Perry hit it out of the park every time.
Distinctive, propulsive, and immediately recognizable. Most Journey songs spark instant awareness and interest. Love it anytime one of their songs strike the airways!
Vote for themV 16 Comments
Listen to Deep Purple In Rock. It set the standard for all hard rock and has arguably never been done better... Period
There was no better band than this one, ever.
Deep Purple is the best rock band and fools don't like it.
To the guy who said "Terrible band, they truly sucked", I want to tell him something:
It's onoy because you haven't heard of them! If you listen to their songs, you'll find out that they were great!
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!
Should be higherV 25 Comments
One of the highest album selling bands in history, The Eagles showed the world what a real band should be. -
No way I see the eagles at 13! How is that possible! The Eagles are one of the most well recognized and superbly talented groups of all time! Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and for a bit Don Felder! All rock and roll legends! So many hits and they shaped modern rock during their time and everyone was down to listen to some Eagles! Man this is a disgrace they are no. 4 maybe even no. 3 behind queen and the Beatles!
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!
The Eagles don’t get nearly the respect they deserve. They are my favorite band and deserve to be #2 behind The Rolling Stones. And, the Beatles and their fans can suck it.V 20 Comments
A Grateful Dead concert is unlike any other. I saw then in the form of Dead & Company, and it was awesome! Every song is complimented by a long, improvised jam while the deadheads with dreadlocks dance. I've seen more dudes on acid that night than I will ever see again - ryanrimmel
Fun and always different. Live shows are an adventure. I miss you Jerry!
Biggest live audiences, most live shows, most dedicated fans.
BumpV 3 Comments
The best band, my life would have no sense without the mac, you would never brake the chain becose the mac is back in 2012
Why do people; who has no good taste in music always underrate this band. This band has nothing less than The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd! Vote for it fools!
The mix of the masters Lindsey Bucking ham Mick Fleetwood, Stivie Nicks - FrankDuffey
Music is more diverse than most bands and as timeless as Beatles or Zepellin. They are a source of insipration to young musicians and withstood the test of time, no doubt. Should be in top 10.V 4 Comments
Bon Jovi is my favourite band of all time. I have not found a single Bon Jovi song that I don't like, loads of their songs have got me hooked and its mainly the reason I got into rock. They are the reason rock is my favourite genre of all time and I'm into a lot of 80's and 90's hard rock. They have had me hooked for over a year and I can't get enough. Jon Bon Jovi is one of the nicest guys you could meet. They are a talented group of gentlemen that have given us the greatest music for 30 years and I hope to see them around for many years to come.
Bon Jovi has and still is putting out the best rock music in the world. His most famous songs from Livin' on a prayer is expected to be heard by. Not listening to this and another couple songs are not like watching the Matrix or like not hearing Don't stop believin'. The lyrics of Bon Jovi speak truth and encourage many people. Unlike some other bands Bon Jovi are still living and playing. Not only does Bon Jovi make a ton of great hit songs they are aslo activist's and help the community. Bon Jovi sold many, many, many records when recording and was said to put on some of the best concerts of that time.
Pure Garbage. Not "classic rock" by any stretch of the imagination. Bon Jovi belong on 'Worst Rock Bands" of all time. Bland, uninspired, unimaginative and they don't belong any where on this list.
When was Caillou having cancer? Because of this bandV 11 Comments
Very underrated band. Jack Bruce was a god on bass! And Ginger Baker was a king on drums! And Clapton was a boss on guitar!
Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists to ever Grace us with his presence. Definitely up there with Townshend and Hendrix.
Sunshine of your love! How much more classic than that?
41? Gotta be at least in the top 10V 1 Comment
What can I say except listen to:
Shout at the Devil
Saints of Los Angeles
Kickstart My Heart
Looks That Kill
S.O.S. (Same Ol' Situation)
Home Sweet Home
This is a great band I'm surprised there not higher
These guys were just ok. 25 is way too high. Many bands below them are much better.
Best band Ever. Some of the other bands are okay. Some I've never heard of. Their music creates the most unique and amazing sound ever that no band could ever recreated. First 2 seconds I hear them, I know for a fact its them. I could literally listen to their music all day everyday without ever getting sick of it. That's when you know a band is good. When you don't get tired of hearing them. Sib Hashian, greatest afro in history. Rest in peace Brad Delp. Any true Boston fan will remember you forever.
Boston I think in my opinion is a great classic rock band because Boston isn't too hard rock but just enough classic rock and rock and roll to create the perfect combo. Plus their first and second album were definitely the best. After that it was ok, with the exception of Amanda, that was a great song!
Brad Delp is right there with Freddie Mercury in his vocal abilities, and their sound is perfect with the rest of everything else. I have more than a feeling that Boston is ranked too low on this list.
WHY ARE THEY SO LOW? HAVE YOU EVEN HEARD THE SONG PIECE OF MIND? - awesomedp900V 9 Comments
One of the most influential acts of the 20th century. This band left its brutal mark on the music industry and metal as a whole and it is still there today. Without a doubt one of the greatest bands to have ever existed.
35? You're joking right? This band is one of and will always be one of the greatest Rock bands out there. I literally cringed when I saw this at 35. This band is better than most that are higher up in this chart. With songs like For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Unforgiven, Wnter Sandman, whiskey in the jar and covers such as Am I evil? And Tuesdays Gone this band seems to be FAR MORE UNDERRATED than it should be. Outstanding vocals, Bass, guitar and drums I see no reason why this band isn't a great one. Metallica!
124! So much for a band which has enthralled millions over a couple of decades. Might not be the best but should at least be in top 25. Hope sense will prevail here soon.
Not really that "classic," but still a great band.V 6 Comments
These artiest should be in with the Eagles. With all their talent and song writing like Ohio, Southern Man. Just wish they had more albums like 4 Way Street
Probably the greatest anti-war band of the Vietnam era. Ohio was a rallying call.
Dennis DeYoung is for me personally one of the greatest singers of all time. Plus they had so many remembered hits. Greatest Rock Band of all time!
Deyoung + Shaw = one of the most underrated vocal/guitar duos ever
I have seen them forgotten for the most part in the new generation. They are a great band to listen to because they can rock hard like led zepplin or play soft relaxing songs like pink floyd based on which of they'r 3 singers is singing. They are a top 25 band and hope they won't be forgotten in this generation
They could put on a show.
This is the greatest band of all time! They have a drummer, Rick Allen (the Thunder God), who had his left arm amputated, and he's still a badass drummer! Plus, Rock of Ages!
Number 105 (at this time) disgraceful! Should AT LEAST be top 10! I recommend pour some sugar on me, rocket, animal and photograph!
best band. i have a photograph and do u have a photograph too? - ronluna
BumpV 12 Comments
Alice should be in the top 5 at least. I mean, he's a badass. He's got a great voice, killer music, and he's a showman, which makes his concerts all the more enjoyable/interesting. Guy deserves so much more credit. I LOVE you, ALICE COOPER!
I love alice cooper he is my god in my opinion he should be number one he is the god of rock without him there wouldn't be a lot of bands we have today.
I just saw Alice Cooper in concert (August 2016) in Huntsville AL and he was absolutely awesome! If you ever have a chance to see him, DO NOT MISS OUT! It will be the experience of a lifetime. What a show!
I worship Alice Cooper. I love him so much. He is such a great singer, song writer, and just an amazing person.V 4 Comments
Top 30 no doubt
One of the most brilliant bands, and also the most under appreciated. Ann's crazy voice combined with Nancy's amazing guitar skills! What more could you want? Heart should definitely make the top ten. They gave us barracuda. Need I say more?
Heart rocks! Ann's voice and Nancy's guitar was a killer combination!
Everyone should love Heart if you don't you have no taste in good music
Best Female rock vocalist of all time. No question about it.V 2 Comments
Anyone born in the 1960's, THIS was our background music growing up!
Lou Gramm in his day could out sing anyone...
Good songs and band members
I just love Lou Gramm!
The Moody Blues have been going strong from 1966 to the present day. They have led the pack in musical style and in making their own music. They have taught me much about the world and life and how it works. I've met my best friends because of the link we fans have because of this band. They have a nearly sold out cruise coming up in March, fastest selling boat ever. :) They deserve to be #1!
"Never comes the day" was the beginning and today it is still as beautiful as then. When Justin sings "if only... " the earth stops turning and hold his breath. Only a few days and then... Spirits of the Western sky! My ears are waiting and my heart too. Justin Hayward... What a man!
Criminally under-rated in my opinion. The Core 7 albums from 67-73 were amazing, but Bluejays, Octave, Long Distance Voyager and Strange Times are not so far behind them, and even the weaker albums (The Present, Keys of the Kingdom and December) are far stronger than most could ever manage to produce (the two singles aside, even I wouldn't shout about The Other Side of Life and Sur la Mer).
The Moodies never made me blue. Always sounded great in concert.V 14 Comments
No matter which line-up of the band you hear, the music is cohesive and stellar. David always surrounds himself with top-notch musicians. Haven't heard a song I don't like. Even the most recent albums sound better than anything else out at the moment. The purple album rules! I loved the Mach 3 & 4 line-up's of deep purple. My son who is 6 years old has watched Whitesnake - made in Japan every night at bath time for over a year. Another generation of Snake fans is born!
David's voice is the best! Whitesnake are amazing!
This should be much farther up!
No one is better than Frank.
One of the greatest artists of the 20th century. the only artist to be honoured in both the Jazz and Rock and Roll hall of fame. Deep in a mess of dissonant Avant Garde notes, biting satire and a cynical sneer existed of the greatest rock guitarists of all time with a timeless classical sensibility.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are my favorite band since the moment I first saw them. They are GREAT!
This is my favorite band of all time
Should easily be in the top twenty probably the top 10 of all time. Tom Petty’s career and the people he played with and who lived him and mourned his death is a whose who of the greatest in Rock of all time. Plus the Heartbreakers are all fantastic musicians and band. RIP legend.
U2 is one of the best bands ever! With or Without You, One, Where the Streets Have No Name... Really guys. Lots of the higher-ranked bands are mildly painful to listen to. U2 has way more good songs than some of those bands. Bono is the best, the Edge is fabulous on guitar. If you really listen to some of their songs, not just their most recent album, you would agree with me.
You have got to be kidding me. Boston is higher than U2? At least U2 did something different to music! Boston made 5 hits. U2 made 15! Name a Boston song more successful than I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Plus, U2 was in the rock hall their first year of eligibility. Boston isn't even it it!
U2 shaped classic rock they deserve to me much higher than 35. They have and continue to create dozens of hits when these other bands have created 2-3 good songs.
My top favorite band.V 1 Comment
One of the top five bands of all time!
If you look at a list of songs that specifically define each rock band, most like Queen, Rush, Pearl Jam, U2 or Nirvana have roughly ten notable songs that fans or non fans recognize. Beyond those ten songs the list drops off considerably.
Go through a list of Yes songs and you'll find at least thirty songs that are considered reasonably popular.
There early work was spectacular!
For instance, the song "Going For The One" was a good song and had moderate success on the radio during that time. YES had a whole host of songs with similar recognition, which is more than most of the bands on this list.
Yes is my all time favorite band-and I started listening to the Beatles in 1964, so I've heard most of the great groups. Yes is to me where progressive rock ended. There has not been anything better since Yes. Every time I play their music, it makes me so happy and joyous. If every one listened to them the world would be a much more happier and peaceful planet.
Easily in the top 10 of all time. Probably the best collection of musicians playing challenging rock music we'll ever see or hear. Although the music is difficult to play, it is a joy to behold. If you aren't familiar with Yes do yourself a favor, sit back and enjoy Close to the Edge, Fragile, the Yes album, Relayer or Big Generator...Easily one of the finest bands ever.
You left out Tales from Topographic Oceans, Yes' greatest album. - Crwth
Yes is in a class by themselves. My all time favorite for so many reasons. So much material to explore. Discovering their old material from the early seventies was indescribable. Howe, Wakeman, Bruford, Squire, White, Kaye. So good.V 7 Comments
Ozzy NEEDS to be in the top 5! He is one of the Gods of Rock and he has AWESOME music. He deserves way more credit. And he's not called the Prince of Darkness for nothing. OZZY OSBOURNE FOREVER!
Randy Rhodes and Ozzy Osbourne together was an amazing combination. We miss you Randy!
Very underrated in my opinion
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Why are the Beach Boys so low? Their surf songs are great pop tracks, but for those who still aren't convinced, "Pet Sounds" and "SMiLE" are among the greatest albums ever. Heck, when PAUL MCCARTNEY named "God Only Knows" his favorite song, there's got to be something.
Only group to seriously challenge the Beatles at the time
Just sublime harmonys and the sound of young america in the 60's.
With God only know's one of the simplest and greatest love songs ever
Should be up there with Deep Purple. The albums with Dio on them are timeless. - surgeonsanic
Rainbow's first three albums are great.
Should be at top 20...all Rainbow albums are god but albubums with Dio are better.
Talk about underrated. Their big hits are AMAZING, but it isn't until you kinda get in the deep cuts where you see their greatness. Songs like Lips in the Hills, Dominance and Submission, and O.D.'d on Life Itself are truly exceptional and get absolutely no airtime.
This band NEEDS to be higher!
Should at least be top 10 in my opiniom
Steely Dan number 51, your list is giving me a headache.
Bring back the Boston Rag
Steely Dan is my all time favorite...have the deepest songbook, DF has three stellar solo works. Royal Scam, AJA and Gaucho is probably the best three albums back to back as anyone has put together. Becareful, they're addicting
There is more to these guys than the supernatural theme song. They have real talent while not Queen level they are very good musicians and a joy to listen to.
When you listened to their lyrics, you never thought they were dumb.
When you listened to their lyrics, you knew you were.
Best of the best!
They are the best
Although The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, etc. have been long remembered (for good reason) The Kinks deserve this status just as much. "You Really Got Me" was one of the catalysts for punk, "A Well Respected Man" and "Waterloo Sunset" are wonderful views into British culture, and "Lola" and "Apeman" are both great acoustic rockers that will be stuck in your head for days. Even their revival in the late '70s and early '80s was full of quality material, such as "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" and "Catch Me Now I'm Falling."
An amazing band that should be in the Top 10.
This is one of the most under rated bands of all time. They deserve to be in the top 10.
Sooo under rated. should be top five
Cheap Trick is amazing, but they are so underrated. Surrender should be rated one of the top songs ever!
Forever kings of power pop. Place these gentlemen in a much loftier position to align the forces of the rock and roll universe.
At one time they were the best in the world. They still are great.
Rock band supreme, classic or otherwise.V 8 Comments
I've been a fan of Uriah Heep since 1972 when I bought the Demons and Wizards album, which is still my favorite album. Their early stuff (1970-1975) was amazing. For whatever reason they never got the recognition they deserved in North America. I did get the chance to see them live in 1986 just before their current singer Bernie Shaw joined the band. Their latest album Outsider is one of their best, not bad for a band that been around for over 45 years.
One of the greatest yet underrated rock bands ever. A hard hitting sound with the vocals to match. Stealing and Easy Livin, two of the best songs of that era. Only wish I would have had the opportunity to see them.
A band that has stood the test of time, albeit with several changes. Mick Box being the one constant factor.
Seen them live 3 times, superb experience.
Seeing this band in 70's at the beginning was amazing, Byron, Hensley, box, Keerslake, Thain. The best shows just kept coming at us back than we had Purple, Zeppelin, Heep, Tull, Aerosmith, Rush, Mahogany Rush, BOC, on and on progressives, Acid rock, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP,
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