Top 10 Most Talented Bands

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

The Top Ten

1 Rush Rush Rush 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). 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


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2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led 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 more.

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

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.

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.

John Bonham, best ever. Jimmy Page, almost best. Robert, best singer, and with John Paul Jones orchestral skills, top band.

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3 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. 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.

Beyond incredible

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4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive 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), 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.

It is true that Pink Floyd contain highly skilled players. However, it is more important to recognize the powerful sound they create for a band of their size. There is something about this band that gives them a sound like no other. Fifty years from now people will continue to be blown away by the rich melodies of Pink Floyd's great albums. In other words, there skill is not completely measured in their technical abilities, but instead by the footprint of their overall sound. which is unique and original to this day.

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.

Everything is good. Sure, I agree that Rush is #1, but I have always preferred Pink Floyd over it. David Gilmour’s vocals and guitar weeping, Roger Waters’ lyrical content, creativity, songwriting, and bass, Bick Mason’s drums, and Richard Wright’s keyboard playing, all woven into one fantastic resumeé!

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5 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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 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.

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6 The Who The Who The Who is an English 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). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

If you've seen the Who live, then you understand that they are the most talented band of all time. It's one thing to listen, but to watch is a completely different experience. John Entwistle and Keith Moon are probably the best bassist and drummer ever, Pete Townshend is one of the best songwriters ever who deserves more credit for his fantastic guitar playing. Also, Roger Daltrey is the opposite of a weak link. He is one of the greatest rock singers of all time who's stutter on My Generation and his famous scream in Won't Get Fooled Again leaves people speechless. I think the Who should be at the top of this list.

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.

Having seen this band and the five others above it on this list live, there is absolutely no comparison. The sound The Who made live was truly unbelievable, it's too bad their recordings sounded so different. Entwistle was the most technically proficient bass player to ever live, far exceeding John Myung and Geddy Lee who are in bands ranked above The Who (on a side note Hadrien Feraud is the best living bass player atm). Keith Moon may not have been the best drummer in the world, but his style was incredibly unique and influential. Daltry's voice really worked well during live performances, and Townsend held his own. I will admit that without Entwistle I would not put them number one, but that guy was so damn talented he truly slingshotted them ahead of the rest. When a band is objectively the best live band ever, it stands to reason that that is a good metric for deducing that they are in fact the most talented band ever.

Let's face John Entwistle and Keith Moon were probably the single greatest Bassist and Drummer ever. And Pete Townshend was both a great guitarist and one of the greatest songwriters of all time. It says a lot about how great the rest of the band are that Roger Daltrey (one of the greatest frontmen of all time) is the weak link. Also virtually invented the Rock Opera and created the two greatest examples of that genre.

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7 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. 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

Tool has to be way higher than this. Their lyrics are like no other band ever Lateralus completely connects to the Fibonacci Sequence and many other songs are not similar to any other songs you have heard. Danny Carey is just god when it comes to the Drums, he is just incredible. Adam Jones' guitar is so powerful when he plays it you can feel the music moving through you. Chancellor can play the base so well they're hard to match him! Keenan can sing so well and every time he sings you can feel the power of his voice. He's even wrestled a guy on the ground and he is still able to sing! Their time signatures are incredible and so weird. Try to play Rosetta Stoned on drums, the song is so long and its just not simple to play at all. Tool is unmatchable.

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

Tool isn’t in the top three? Blasphemous.

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8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. 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.

Flea seems to be spiritually connected to his instrument, unbelievable talent.
John Frusciante was as well, he has been the creative power of the band for many years. Still, Josh Klinghoffer is one hell of a guitarist. Comparisons can hardly be made between those two, I love them both.
Chad Smith is the best live drummer I have ever seen, and I saw a lot. As a member of the band said: Flea led the jam sessions before Chad became a part of it.
Anthony Kiedis is not the best live singer, everybody knows that. But nobody really cares, he has a unique voice that is worth hearing any wrong note. Additionally, he writes beautiful lyrics and has a feeling for the best possible vocal melodies

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9 Toto Toto Toto 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

THE VERY BEST musicians!

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10 Mr. Big

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

The Newcomers

? Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

The Contenders

11 Metallica Metallica Metallica 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". 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

Extremely precise, complicated music with a dark energy

Hear and justice for all and you know what I mean

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12 The Beatles The Beatles The 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 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.

Number 1 by a country mile!

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13 Steely Dan Steely Dan

Steely Dan needs to be much further up on this list. The talent between Donald Fagen and Walter Becker is unparalleled by any other duo, along with all of the talented musicians that came and went such as Michael MacDonald, Bernard Purdie, and many others. They are one of a kind

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

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

14 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian more.

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..


Who better? Maiden has skill, memorable tunes, and most importantly- consistency. Lasting power! Maiden has rocked for decades.

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15 Yes Yes Yes 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...

Listen to Roundabout, Close to the edge and starship trooper! Rush and Yes are the most talented bands of all time

Listen to every song with guitarist Steve how. Then you’ll know why they should be number 1. They Inspired Rush. Listen to “Heart of the sunrise”. All 11 minutes. Even the reprise of “we have heaven”

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16 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep 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, more.

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

Much better live band than any of their contemporaries - HumzahJ

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.

17 Eagles Eagles The 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

Every member can sing great, play several instruments, write songs. They are extremely talented musicians.

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.

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18 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band The 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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19 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative 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). 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.

So far away is so good

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20 Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band Dave 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!

What a joke! They deserve so much better than 20

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

Ok top 5 drummer, top violinist,trumpeteer, saxophonist, and a very very very talented guitarist/singer. I'm sorry but I would like to see any band jam like they do

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