Best Rock Bands of All Time

The Contenders: Page 4

61 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

136?

That's pretty funny, considering that about 130 bands rated ahead of them never would have existed if it weren't for the Velvet Underground.

What's the Velvet Underground doing down here? They set the pavement for the punk genre, wrote probably the most prophetic album ever and sang about things that N.W. A would be singing decades later and you give 149. Best rock band next to the Beatles.

Why are they so low. They're about one hundred times better than zed leppelin or any of the other bands on this list. Lou's vocals and guitar work along with John Cale's experimental genius is essential to all music that came after it. They influenced leigons after scoring no hits and no albums that cracked the top 100. As Brian Eno said: "only about 1000 people bought velvet underground records, but everyone of them formed a band." RIP Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison

You can't top the banana.

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62 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

How did linkin park and 30 seconds to mars beat Cream, led Zeppelin, dire straits (who aren't mentioned), ac/dc, deep purple, rolling stones... All of the other young bands are crap, nothing innovative nor creative nor nothing. I'm 18 years old and discovered this beautiful music around 2 years ago. I just wish I was at the 60's 70's 80's and 30's 40's 50's (blues is the best) - Anthony987

Really, Cream #86... Really? Easily should be top 5 at least along with Jimi Hendrix Experience. I'm in my 60s but clearly recognize groundbreaking music when I hear it. Just to prove I'm just not some "old time" ex hippie; I also think Radiohead is top 10 material.

My thoughts on lists like this is that nothing less than 10 years old should be included. What seems good for a moment doesn't stand up to time.
After 44 years of listening, Cream is still standing.

Clapton is the second best guitarist from the 60s to present (of course behind Jimi) Ginger Baker has to be at least the #2 possibly #1 best drummer (John Bonham is quite a talented man as well) and those bass lines from Jack Bruce tie it all together so well... It's just a shame more people don't know about this legendary group. They possibly had some of the worst band chemistry in the history of rock and they still sounded like gods. Listen to Tales of Brave Ulysses... Oh Clapton...

Makes no sense that so many mediocre bands are ahead of the first, true example of a platinum-selling, worldwide supergroup phenomenon. With Jack Bruce's thumping bass work and hard and beautiful vocals, Clapton's heavy and tantalizing guitar work, and Ginger Baker's innovation in the changing of rhythm from small cymbals to thudding drums, this band should be in the top fifteen, at least.

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63 Korn Korn Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

They need to be higher, they are the best band from the 90's onward ever!

There under rated they should be up more, and KORN rules!

they are awesome, not really much into my genre, but they are very fun and weird with their music and thats awesome!

Learn to spell you pricks

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64 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

def leppard is the best band ever. even after their drummer lost his hand they can still produce many great songs. - izzat127

The best rock band forever... They know how to bring it - ccontente

Definitely Leppard is number 72? No. They should be top 10. Even after all of the disaster that has gone on with this band, they are still kickin it, they are still amazing. Think about it. Rick Allen, their drummer, has one arm. Not many drummers have one arm. Vivian Campbell, a guitarist, has cancer. Rick Savage, bass, went through Bell's Palsy. Steve Clark was an alcoholic. Should I continue? You would think that after all of this, they would have broken up by now. But no. definitely Leppard inspires me to never quit because something happens. These guys are amazing musicians, and deserve to be number one. Long Live definitely Leppard! - defleppard4ever

One of the best rock bands of all time, period.

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65 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Genesis has my vote for greatest band in the history of music! It's a shame that 99% of people are only aware of their mostly mediocre 80's pop output. I think so many people would be surprised at the sheer songwriting talent of these guys after a little digging into their older pre-1980 material.

It really is like listening to two completely different bands, especially when Peter Gabriel was still the lead singer. I would recommend the following albums to get a good representation of their older material:

- Selling England by the Pound (1973)
- A Trick of the Tail (1976)
- Seconds Out (brilliant live album, released in 1978)

You might just be pleasantly surprised by what you hear! Probably the most unique sounding band ever.

It's a shame that this wonderful band is not higher on the list. They made great progressive music in the 70s' and great pop music in the 80s'. Genesis put two legendary singers on the map (Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel). Keyboardist Tony Banks is a fantastic musician and song-writer and Steve Hackett is an innovative guitarist. A perfect band I think.

Genesis are greatest live band in history. You all need to check out: Genesis Live, Seconds Out (their best), and Three Sides Live.

Genesis no 61. - Bad joke

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66 The Police The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977 . For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland . They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Roxanne", And "Every Breath You Take" .

They fantastic! Amazing music for all times! - DeDoDoDoDeDaDaDa

all three band members were unique, extremely talented individuals, and it shows in their music...should be in top ten

I think a lot of people forget what a great band The Police were because of Sting's insufferable solo career. Too bad, because they were incredibly unique and had a collective chemistry that none of them have matched on their own. Sting wrote tons of classics while he was in the group and they played them incredibly. A shame about all the later lounge jazz then.

Sad to see one of the most Ahead of there time bands so low

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67 Papa Roach Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

Very good music and unique vocals

great sound, really awesome lyrics, great for when you just wanna chill, listen to some great Rock and just perfect for parties!

Possibly one of the most energetic and talented rock groups of all time, yes, they are no Gun's or Roses and will never have huge mainstream success. However, every lyric, every riff and every baseline works perfectly for every song and quite possibly Jacoby Shadix is one of the greatest, albeit, underrated front man ever, and boy do they give a kick ass live performance. At least deserve to be in the top 25 for me!

Bro this band is so awesome they play the best songs like still swinging and where did the angels go

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68 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

Listen to Zero, Blackbird or Metalingus and you will see why they deserve to be called the best Rock Band... no, the best band... of all time.

I love their songs I love their sounds.. Of course there are so many bands which already be famous like Metallica iron maiden... But we talk about ROCK BAND and ALTER BRIDGE deserve to be more and more votes..

I don't even like alter bridge but I recognize them as quite a sturdy band I don't have any recommended songs to show as examples-but get this-on most sites MOST sites not all, Mark Tremonti is considered a legend of a guitarist, and a gentleman, Myles is middling and when collaborated their music can generate a vast quantity of feelings-be it congenial or detestable-even as to one whom does not enjoy their music. And... therefore makes the band palatial somewhat, which is a brilliant standpoint to ANY band's career, which why the band should make it near top of the list

Alter Bridge is amazing. How they're so low on the list baffles me. Besides, bands like Metallica are more metal than rock (they're a great band though).

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69 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Got to go with Alice. His original band put out some classic albums like "Killer" and "Billion Dollar Babies" which are essential for any hard rock fan. Alice went on to a successful solo career which is still ongoing and he set the standard for all theatrical shows. Despite his age the guy still is a great live act and still records terrific albums. - hardrockfanatic

Why is Alice Cooper so low? He deserves to be in the top ten. Not only does he have killer music but he's a showman, which makes his performances all the more interesting. Most bands do music alone but don't put on a show. He's also one of the Gods of Rock and one of my Rock and Roll idols, along with Ozzy Osbourne and Steven Tyler. Both have done music with Alice, too. Alice Cooper should be in the top ten!

Simply the best rock performer. Nice and gorgeous. Elected, Department of Youth, The Black Widow - the real rock anthems.

I love Alice Cooper's music!

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70 Jethro Tull Jethro Tull Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band soon developed its sound to incorporate elements of British folk music and hard rock to forge a progressive rock signature.

As diverse as any band on the planet. Formed in 1968, toured every year from 1968 until 2012... Over 3,000 concerts. 2 #1 albums in the US both of which had one 45 min song of each of these albums... No other band can match that. Grammy award winner for best Hard rock album in 1989. Sold over 60 million albums but that figure has been bandied around since the 70s... Probably closer to 100 million. They played blues, they played acoustic, they played hard rock, they played metal, they played world music. They are my favorites and would you believe after all of that, they are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Linked Park are in the top 10 and Tull sit at 94? Get a grip of yourselves... Vote Tull!

Jethro Tull has to be in the top 20 Rock n Roll bands of all time. Possibly the best live show I have ever seen and I have seen some of the best. Can play blues, hard rock, ballads, etc and play them all equally well. Ian Anderson has to be one of the best rock musicians of all times. Plays everything, great vocals, rivals Mick Jagger on stage and plays the damned flute on top of everything else. I have seen them 5 times, most recent in 2002 and they still cook. As talented and versatile as any rock band ever. They can go from Aqualung to Wonderin Aloud and take you to two different places immediately. Definitely top twenty all time and have been touring from 1970 until recently, so what? Over 40 years. Incredible.

On this list, they are higher than Genesis, Yes, AND King Crimson, as probably the 3rd highest Progressive Rock band. In the best Progressive Rock bands list, they came in 9th, which actually seems very low, since I thought they would've been 6th once I first saw the list. In 1971, they released Aqualung, which was said to probably be one of their best, and in 1972, Thick as a Brick was their first album with a 45 minute long song. Rush only wrote a 28 minute song, Pink Floyd a 26 minute one, Genesis a 23 minute one, Yes an 18 minute one, and last time I checked, King Crimson never wrote any songs over 12 or 13 minutes. But who cares? I don't. Still though, they are a much better band than Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. The only progressive rock bands better than this are Pink Floyd, Rush, and Kansas. - DarkenedBrutality

I think if you consider their influence, versatility, creativity, shows and concerts, longevity and musicianship, and a higher age of fans were voting, Jethro Tull would be well inside the top ten. Still in my top playlist alongside my newest favorite artist, Joe Bonamassa.

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71 Boston Boston Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

Boston is amazing! Their songs Don't Look Back, Smokin', Peace of Mind, Rock and Roll Band and More Than A Feeling are BEASTLY! How do people think Metallica is better?!?! Boston should at least be in the top 10! GO BOSTON!

My favourite band. I love every single song (well, not in the new album :-D). Amazingly melodic solos (hitch a ride), incredibly catchy riffs (More than a feeling, peace of mind... Etc), best lead singer ever, innovative and very talented guitarist... EVERYTHING is great about this band. But the main reason I love them is because they totally changed my point of view on music. I don't remember the last time I was listening an album from the beginning to the end without skipping any song. every damn song is impressive AND is fun to play (yeah I play guitar). Their songs are not that difficult to play on guitar, but man, I wonder how did they come up with them. To create so many catchy but yet good quality songs.. You need some real talent and that is what Tom Sholtz have (and did I mentioned his guitar sound). Oh, and if you can sing like Brad Delp (THAT VOCAL RANGE! ) than I bow before you. And still, they are not that famous as they should be. These guys should be standing right next ...more

These guys are amazing, they are perfectionist, that is prob. why they are not still working out new albums, but they are what I think of when I think of "the perfect and". They are not in the top 10?! - Baltimore1993

Boston all the way at 75? Unbelievable..should be Top 10! Sad!

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72 Sum 41 Sum 41 Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and, as of 2015, consists of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Baksh, co-lead guitarist/backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist ...read more.

Sum 41 should really win this :) I think they deserve that because they really know how to rock the house, and they have everything a band could need. Besides, they rock live, and they play all kinds of different styles, from pop-punk to Heavy Metal

How can sum41 be at this position, in my opinion there music is awesome! More than that they play different kinds of music from punk to heavy metal. There first album all killer no filler is fabulous!

They are awesome. It's a tad sad that people can't understand that they should be way up there. That is all.

Sum 41 has song for every single mood that exists... they have lyrics that reflect hard times and inspire us to get better (for example: War), they have songs that people struggling through hard times can relate to, ultimately finding comfort in the lyrics Deryck sings because they CAN relate (as in Pieces, Sick of Everyone, Still Waiting, Walking Disaster...), and even have music for the outsiders that were looked down on (Fat Lip, God Save Us All (Death to Pop)). Long story short? Sum 41 deserves top 10, if not number 1. Amazing band.

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73 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

Arctic Monkeys are definitely top 10 or 20 material. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is the fastest selling debut album in the UK, and it's a shame they aren't higher. I could understand that the Beatles, Metallica, Nirvana, etc. Are higher than them, but really? Tokio Hotel is in the top ten? Anybody who appreciates well crafted indie rock music will love the Arctic Monkeys.

Best Indie Rock band of all time, deserve top 50 status, listen to the first 2 albums. - 20STM

Quite simply and easily the greatest Rock band to come out of England, better than Beatles, Queen, Muse etc.. Just listen to a single song by this band and you will be addicted.

The Arctic Monkeys are awesome but I don't agree on them being better than The Beatles.

Top 20 material definitely. Favorite Worst Nightmare is the best album by far.

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74 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Best grunge band, one of the greatest hard rock sounds that I have ever heard. Just listen to "Jesus Christ Pose" or "Fell on Black Days" and you'll know what I mean. Should be much higher. Amazing riffs, Chris Cornell provides powerful vocals. Trying to burst back on the scene, 2010-2011, but popular culture now seems to disregard decent music...

Soundgarden are the Fathers of Grunge! They changed a whole Genre of Music! Chris Cornell's Vocals are Unbeatable! Thank God They Are Back! Rock On Soundgarden! You definitely Deserve to be in the Top 10! You are #1 to Me!

Soundgarden was a great act live and on CD. They were so powerful and could have been greater had they not broken up. Bon Jovi wishes they were as great as Soundgarden.

3rd best grunge band of all time in my opinion (Nirvana and Pearl Jam). Should be way higher!

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75 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.

Yes has always been my very favorite progressive rock band. The way Steve Howe plats the guitar is just amazing. Jon Anderson and Chris Squire vocals are magnificent. And all together Alan, Rick, Steve, Chris and Jon make one of the greatest English bands ever!. I just love them!

This is just such a unique and wonderful band. From the most delicate passages to rattling the floorboards they are amazing. - Dallas

Yes are the pioneers of progressive rock. King crimson is credited with starting it all, but Yes are the only band to take it so far. They have made so many masterpieces, I don't care what anyone says. Yes changed how I listen to music and how I see life, they are still active today after 44 solid years as a band, they should be number one! YES for the win!

Probably the most underrated band ever... they have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year since 2013, but they can't seem to make it. Close To the Edge is widely accepted as the best prog rock album ever, with the title suite being the best prog rock song of all time, so how are they only the 85th best band according to you people?

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76 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

#94. Seriously?!?! They are the most influential band of the 2000's. Not just Seven Nation Army, but all of their songs. Their debut is awesome, De Stiji brings a certain hard rock awesomeness. White Blood Cells with its happy melodies, Elephant, widely considered the best album of the decade. Get Behind Me Satan, which proved that they were more than just an alternative band, and Icky Thump, a great album and my personal favorite. Jack White is one of the the musical genius of are generation. There is absolutely no bad White Stripes song, I dare you to name one because they are all awesome. They definitely deserve higher than 94.

This is one of the most original bands of the 21st century. They rose through the ashes of pop-country-rock crap and were able to bring classic blues and rock influences and cram it through jacks cheap, plastic, airline 59 that defined the tone of the band. Each album added another layer to the talent of this band: from the garage punk rock of their self titled ep, to the piano driven album Get Behind Me Satan, to the distortion filled album Elephant. Jacks skill on guitar and Megs simplistic drumming style should be in the top ten.

What?!? I LISTEN TO A LOT OF ROCK AND WHITE STRIPES DOMINATES! IT SHOULD BE 1st; ACDC and 2nd; THE white stripes. What's wrong with today's people? I mean the white stripes wrote history with seven nation army! So which idiot placed this band on 94?

White Stripes is a good band for me top 30. - Santi12

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77 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

Marilyn Manson is so cool and so underrated. He's not a bad guy but he's blamed for so much. His music is misunderstood and he gets so much more hatred and criticism than he deserves. And despite his music, he's a very nice and very intelligent guy. Even watch some interviews with him. I have a lot of respect for him. I saw him in concert with a friend one time and I had a great time. People also focus on his looks too much; underneath the makeup, he doesn't look that bad. But it's the personality that I care about. I love him! He's amazing!

Marilyn Manson isn't the greatest band, but really is a very good one. The only thing that holds Marilyn Manson back from being absolutely fantastic is the unfortunate truth that the band doesn't always have a consistent level of great content, in my opinion. Some songs could truly feel emotional to me, while some would sound like what an angry teenager would listen to when their dad pisses them off. Albums like Born Villain make me want to puke, but albums like Mechanical Animals or Holy Wood are works of art to me.

W-O-W. I love MM, he and his band are pretty cool, whenever I feel down, it just picks you right back up with that sorta mellowed out evil sound.

Oh my GOD, Marilyn Manson save rock in 90's most successful industrial band why they are so low vocal of Marilyn is great just listen to this song if I as your vampire, - Mansonlooks

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78 The Strokes The Strokes The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998. They consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocalist), Nick Valensi (guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, backing vocalist), Nikolai Fraiture (bassist) and Fabrizio Moretti ...read more.

OMG dudes look at this comment, seriously I dare you. These guys are like one of the only bands I know of today that actually play decent rock music. LIKE REALLY?!? these guys are the best rock band out today and just need to get some recognition for that. Please take some time to listen to quality music. They Give off like 4 or 5 genres. Maybe thats why there on so many lists. The Strokes are a great band that are just not heard of, making better music the frickin Metallica who should just be at a stupid metal site instead of rock. Really guys? just listen to the strokes a little bit and you will never go back. Every one of there albums keep getting better. Makind covers of a bunch of magazines and people are still to ignorant to try to listen to them. Really? Just listen to the song undercover of darkness, or razor blade or last nite. Great songs, great band, give these guys some credit

I can't ACTUALLY BELIEVE HOW FAR DOWN THE LIST THEY ARE, THIS IS THE WORST THING I'VE EVER SEEN. The Strokes are one of the best bands of all time and I'm not just personally saying that - they create music for all moods, all people, with all tempos and pitches and instruments and wow sorry I just can't get over the number 87. Songs ranging from Games to Soma to Tap Out.. Completely different yet the same in some ways.. I will never forget this band and they deserve to be in the Top 10 for sure. Wow

BEST BAND OF ALL TIME! If you like music you like these guys its as simple as that. How they are ranked 110 on this list is beyond me. They're number 1 in my book. With songs like NYC Cops and Barely Legal they are the best thing to happen since the Beatles!

One of the most influential and awesome rock bands of the 2000s era, so many ingeniously created guitar riffs and awesome albums release really make them deserve to be put higher up in this list.

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79 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.

Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash and Beneath These Crowded Streets are three of the best albums ever made. Crash is absolutely brilliant. There is not a single song that you want to skip and every song on the album could be your favorite song on the album at some point. It is a testament to the quality of work these guys are capable of that their recent albums, although they are not all that bad and do include some radio hits, are very disappointing to anyone who has listened to the first three.

I have an issue with DMB being 33 on this list. There is no sound around like their sound. Live performances are spiritual experiences and they can play absolutely any genre of music like the best. Dave gives the music such a unique vocal sound and every single one of the band members are greats in their own right. Greatest Jam Band of all times - no doubt

Dave Matthews band... They are the greatest band ever. It is just extraordinary the capacity Dave has to create bread taking songs out of day to day experiences; and also be able to create social complains against injustice politics and so... Crash into me, Dream girl, Spoon... And they don't need no monumental scenarios they are Art, simple, and everlasting.

Dave Matthews band is my all time #1 favorite rock band of all *&#*@ time!

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80 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

Paramore! Such a fantastic band with front girl Hayley Williams kicking ass! in her strong vocals

Paramore's songs give us courage.
I get much more power after I listen to paramore's song.
Hayley is my role model by the way
And the members care about their fans.
They love us!
They share the pics and videos often
And let their fans know that where they are where they are doing!
So Paramore is the best band without a doubt.

PARAMORE IS AWESOME! THEY NEVER GIVE UP, HAVE GREAT, INSPIRATIONAL LYRICS WITH FANTASTIC UNIQUE MUSIC WITH THE BEST FEMALE VOCALIST

PARAMORE SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! THEY ARE AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL AND THEY ARE REALLY HUMBLE AND I don't THINK THEY REALISE HOW GOOD THEY REALLY ARE!

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