Top 10 Rock Bands With the Best Member Line-Up
This is not about the best Rock Bands, but about the ones with great singer, great guitarists, great drummers, great bassists and maybe more!
The Top Ten
1 Dream Theater
Dream 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.
Mike Portnoy is already my favorite Drummer, but the rest of Dream Theater makes an amazing Prog Metal band as well! - CastlevaniaFanboy128
2 Iron Maiden
Iron 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 have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would ...read more.
There are actually three guitarists and one bassist. But incredible lineup. Three cheers for Bruce, Steve, Nicko, Dave, Janick, Adrian, and... EDDIE! - IronSabbathPriest
@CastlevaniaFanboy128 - man, you don't deserve to suffer anymore and I'm gonna help you: Dickinson is way better. - Metal_Treasure
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3 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 ...read more.
Original name- The New Yardbirds.
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". ...read more.
Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.
I think this line-up was exemplary (also see my comment on Deep Purple for details about Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover):
Dio - vox (no need to add anything, he's just Mr. Golden Voice).
Ritchie Blackmore - guitars (ex- Deep Purple)
Roger Glover - bass (ex- Deep Purple)
Cozy Powell - drums.
Cozy Powell played 400 drums in under one minute (! ), LIVE on television (BBC) and set a WORLD RECORD for the most drums played per minute. Go beat that! Cozy is an amazing, fast and technical drummer. Actually metal greats began with him.
Cozy Powell loved speed - he also raced for Hitachi on the UK saloon car circuit and is known for the quote "I drive like I drum - madly".
Songs - A Light In The Black, Stargazer (both from Rising, their 1976 album) - Metal_Treasure
6 Judas Priest
Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.
7 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, ...read more.
Deep Purple probably didn't have much luck because this is a band of masters but don't get the credits they deserve. They focused on technical aspects of playing /singing, and introduced lots of progressive and classical elements. They are also known for being the best band live of the 70s (Made in Japan, live album).
Ritchie Blackmore - riff and solo master, very fast and technical in the 70s context (Highway Star). He is a better guitarist than some of the higher rated on this list.
Ian Gillan - great vocals, legendary screams (Child In Time).
Jon Lord - the best keyboardist of his time, influenced everyone in his field.
Ian Paice - creative, fast and technical drummer. He even used double bass drum in 1971 (Fireball, Burn).
Roger Glover - many metalheads, me including, love Cliff Burton’s bass solos (for a reason) but Roger Glover did that way earlier. On ‘Pictures Of Home’ you can hear his bass solo, also a keyboard solo, a drum intro solo ...more - Metal_Treasure
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 ...read more.
9 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 ...read more.
10 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 ...read more.
11 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). ...read more.
They get a lot of hate but all of their members are talented musicians that are great at what they do. When the Rev was alive they were incredibly good, he was such a great drummer.
12 Guns N' Roses
Guns 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.
13 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 ...read more.
John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
The greatest band that ever was, and the greatest that will ever be.
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). ...read more.
Nirvana 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.
16 Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young. V 1 Comment
17 Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.
Don't you think that the line-up with Dio was actually better? I mean, significantly better vocals (which is the idea of this list according to its description).
Also in the 80s Black Sabbath had some more technical drummers, for example Cozy Powell of Rainbow. - Metal_Treasure
18 The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
So, awhile after Eric Clapton quit the band, and shortly after Jeff Beck quit, Jimmy Page was tinkering with the band's lineup a bit, and so changed the name to "The New Yardbirds".
The band played several gigs under that name, but found the public was confused, so another new name was needed.
After a little consideration, they settled on... Led Zeppelin.
Hmm, tell me again which other band had Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page?
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.
Despite of all that drama between the vocalists, their line up is the best.
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