Top 10 Rock Artists Who Became Popular In Less Than 5 Years
The single rock artist in the list are considered as their first album release year and the bands are considered as their formation year.
Includes all sub-genres of rock.
The Top Ten
1The 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.
In February 1958, George Harrison joined Lennon and McCartney in what was then called "the Quarrymen". Their big breakout came in February 1964 on the Ed Sullivan show, making it 6 years of hard gigging, before they became an "overnight success".
They formed in 1960 and held the biggest concert in 1965 - zxm
2Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.
Released five albums ( now all gold albums ) between 1956 and 1958 ( after that he was drafted in the army ) and made four movies in that same period. Before 1956 he was at SUN records ( 1954-1955 ) where he released five singles ( which was the birth of his popularity ).
His official career started at " Sun Records " in 1954. At the end of 1955 he signed with " RCA ". At the beginning of 1956 he did get his first golden disc " Heartbreak Hotel ".
3Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin was 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.
Formed in 1968.Released 5 albums within 3 years.Which hits top on UK and US chart. In 1973 they get their biggest concert which broke the record of previous biggest concert made by Beatles. - zxm
4NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.
5OasisOasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.
6Guns N' RosesGuns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.
7MetallicaMetallica 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.
Not totally rock but hard-rock - zxm
8CreamCream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.
9The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.
10The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.