The 25 Greatest Rock Bands of All Time!

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Top 25 things to argue to no end about:
25. best drums
24. greatest guitarists
23. best drummers
22. whether to have a Designated Hitter in the National League ('no')
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1. greatest bands

Fleetwood Mac is a rock band? They used to be a blues band, and then.....
Ha.
 

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Bill Haley and His Comets "Rock Around the Clock"

Your move, Snappy...lol.

ps-thank you for your kind words. The feeling is and has been and I am sure will continue to be mutual.
You are making me do more research... :)
The country in question currently makes up only
0.87% of the world wide population
(back then probably less)
cut that in half to account for the men and
0.435% of the worlds population account for a staggering amount of the worlds greatest rock bands of all time
....in a period of about decade.
Jolly old England fit all of those bands in the land mass of just one of our states:
Alabama.
The truth is stranger than fiction.
 
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You are making me do more research... :)
The country in question currently makes up only
0.87% of the world wide population
(back then probably less)
cut that in half to account for the men and
0.435% of the worlds population account for a staggering amount of the worlds greatest rock bands of all time
....in a period of about decade.
Jolly old England fit all of those bands in the land mass of just one of our states:
Alabama.
The truth is stranger than fiction.
Wait, the original post was "Which country produced the most "greatest" rock bands per square mile?"????

I thought it was "25 Greatest Rock Bands of all Time"?!!!

;)
 

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............................*snip*............................

Jolly old England fit all of those bands in the land mass of just one of our states:
Alabama.
The truth is stranger than fiction.
And in the beginning, if I am not mistaken, EVERY one of those bands begged, borrowed, or stole their inspiration from a handful of U.S. "bands" or artists....

All I am asking is that we be honest in acknowledging how great the spark was that lit the fire that led to the "creation" of all these "Greatest Rock Bands of All Time".

ps-trying hard not to throw the "The Wrecking Crew" card my second pick for "25 Greatest Rock Bands of All Time." lol
 
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And in the beginning, if I am not mistaken, EVERY one of those bands begged, borrowed, or stole their inspiration from a handful of U.S. "bands" or artists....

All I am asking is that we be honest in acknowledging the great the spark was that lit the fire that led to the "creation" of all these "Greatest Rock Bands of all time.
Wait, the original post was "Which country produced the most "greatest" rock bands per square mile?"????

I thought it was "25 Greatest Rock Bands of all Time"?!!!

;)
The issue you took exception to was "any greatest band list that has a band from the USA in the top 5 can be dismissed entirely"
Thats the debate.
Your choice.
You set the parameter.
Once again:
Use the entire globe to choose the top 5
(Simply include just one from the USA).
Your first rebuttal was "Rock Around The Clock".
I was going to let you off the hook with an answer no one asked a question to
but you clearly want to stay on the hook...
:)
 
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The issue you took exception to was "any greatest band list that has a band from the USA in the top 5 can be dismissed entirely"
Thats the debate.
Your choice.
You set the parameter.
Once again:
Use the entire globe to choose the top 5
(Simply include just one from the USA).
Your first rebuttal was "Rock Around The Clock".
I was going to let you off the hook with an answer no one asked a question to
but you clearly want to stay on the hook...
:)
Oh? I must have misunderstood then. I thought we would be going tit-for-tat with our choices so we could build up the suspense?

Also, before we continue, let me clarify, I only need to provide at least ONE American rock entry that you would be Willing to accept as worthy into your coveted top five, correct?

ps-the answer was BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS...."Rock Around the Clock" was just a reminder of "the shot heard round the world". Lol
 
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Tame Impala is great as well! More funk rock though and I can't say he/they belong on this particular list. This year's coachella set was insane!
 

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This is easy to fix: Just name an American band greater than American than the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Rolling Stones.
My list alphabetically ...


Adam Again
All Star United
Audio Adrenaline
Bethlehem
Big Tent Revival
Black Eyed Sceva
Burlap To Cashmere
Caedmon's Call
The Choir
Daniel Amos
David Crowder Band
Dime Store Prophets
Dryve
The Elms
Gentle Faith
Jacob's Trouble
Jars of Clay
Lost Dogs
Model Engine
Mustard Seed Faith
Poor Old Lu
Resurrection Band
Smalltown Poets
The Staple Singers
The Swift
The Swirling Eddies
Switchfoot
Undercover
Vigilantes of Love
The Way
The 77's

There are more.
I don't put the bands in that other list very high up on my list of listening pleasures.

That's the issue with "Greatest" lists.
Most don't fit well on the old Venn Diagrams ... and that's a good thing.
I personally don't care about other peoples taste in music. I listen to what floats my boat.
I have my own "Greatest" list.
You and others have yours.
... and you know what?
The world - she spins.
 

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This is easy to fix: Just name an American band greater than American than the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Rolling Stones.
Bill Haley and His Comets-greater in influence
Jerry Lee Lewis greater in debauchery and rebellion
Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires-greater in appeal
Little Richard-greater in style
The Beachboys-greater in harmony
The Wrecking Crew-greater in ability and record sales
Grateful Dead-greater in live ticket sales
Van Halen-greater in guitar sales
Jimi Hendrix Experience-just "greater" lol

(He runs...he hides....lol)

Gotta run out, I'll be back.....lol....maybe.....lol
 
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Although Hendrix was American, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was a British band.
Not sure I'm ready to give you that. Jimi's creative foundation was forged in the US, in the Black American blues traditions and early American rock scene. Anything he had in Britain he brought with him. Ending up in Britain and recording with (GREAT) British backing musicians was just a part of his journey. Jimi WAS the Experience in every tangible way.

But I'm not in the mood to debate that here and now....

:)
 
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KELSEY VEILLETTE - the author of this list is a young musician - age 24. Which really speaks volumes regarding this list - and helps explain so much of the "researched with little to no actual insight of most of the writing in the article that accompanies this list.

Queen as #3??? - well all before her time, but they just had a big movie.
The Who still shows up TV
Led Zeppelin at #2 - because so many rock players under 40 see them as being that pioneering and foundational - which they sort of were AND sort of weren't.
Police? Isn't that Sting? He's not rock...
Hendrix, The Kinks, Credence.... who???

Anyway internet fluff journalism... that probably paid $50 to write - if that.

As for high schools and Zeppelin t-shirts...I bet for ever 1 Zep Shirt at a high school, you'll find 2 Hendrix shirts - 3 AC/DC shorts and FIVE Bob Marley shirts - just saying' :)
 

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Bill Haley and His Comets-greater in influence
Jerry Lee Lewis greater in debauchery and rebellion
Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires-greater in appeal
Little Richard-greater in style
The Beachboys-greater in harmony
The Wrecking Crew-greater in ability and record sales
Grateful Dead-greater in live ticket sales
Van Halen-greater in guitar sales
Jimi Hendrix Experience-just "greater" lol

Gotta run out, I'll be back.....
Bill Haley and His Comets-greater in influence -- From 2 hits? Really? He's no Little Richard.
Jerry Lee Lewis greater in debauchery and rebellion--Not a band.
Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires-greater in appeal--Not a band.
Little Richard-greater in style--Not a band.
The Beachboys-greater in harmony--Not really the most rockin' band, right. Did they even play on their records?
The Wrecking Crew-greater in ability and record sales--An ever-changing assortment of session players who were not a band.
Grateful Dead-greater in live ticket sales--This is a matter of personal taste, but I simply don't like this band. At all.
Van Halen-greater in guitar sales--Right on this one... Replace the Eagles at No. 5.
Jimi Hendrix Experience-just "greater" lol--One guy wrote all the songs, sang and played with two sidemen -- Not a band.
 
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My list alphabetically ...


Adam Again
All Star United
Audio Adrenaline
Bethlehem
Big Tent Revival
Black Eyed Sceva
Burlap To Cashmere
Caedmon's Call
The Choir
Daniel Amos
David Crowder Band
Dime Store Prophets
Dryve
The Elms
Gentle Faith
Jacob's Trouble
Jars of Clay
Lost Dogs
Model Engine
Mustard Seed Faith
Poor Old Lu
Resurrection Band
Smalltown Poets
The Staple Singers
The Swift
The Swirling Eddies
Switchfoot
Undercover
Vigilantes of Love
The Way
The 77's

There are more.
I don't put the bands in that other list very high up on my list of listening pleasures.

That's the issue with "Greatest" lists.
Most don't fit well on the old Venn Diagrams ... and that's a good thing.
I personally don't care about other peoples taste in music. I listen to what floats my boat.
I have my own "Greatest" list.
You and others have yours.
... and you know what?
The world - she spins.
Switchfoot, really? For the "Greatest" list? Over Thin Lizzy?
 

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Switchfoot, really? For the "Greatest" list? Over Thin Lizzy?
By a looooong shot.

Heck, I’d put Model Engine over Thin Lizzy by quite a spread ... and they only released one CD.

And that’s the point.
People approach music differently. They have varied opinions. With it, there are “Lists” that are disputed.
Without it ... there would not be Jazz or Rock or much of anything beyond what the first musicians created.
So, celebrate the differences and enjoy the resultant music from them.
I can overlook your poor taste in music if you can allow others to appreciate fine musician artistry. That’s a bit of humor to make a point.
It’s all good ... we all hit the drums with passion.
 
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My list alphabetically ...


Adam Again
All Star United
Audio Adrenaline
Bethlehem
Big Tent Revival
Black Eyed Sceva
Burlap To Cashmere
Caedmon's Call
The Choir
Daniel Amos
David Crowder Band
Dime Store Prophets
Dryve
The Elms
Gentle Faith
Jacob's Trouble
Jars of Clay
Lost Dogs
Model Engine
Mustard Seed Faith
Poor Old Lu
Resurrection Band
Smalltown Poets
The Staple Singers
The Swift
The Swirling Eddies
Switchfoot
Undercover
Vigilantes of Love
The Way
The 77's

There are more.
I don't put the bands in that other list very high up on my list of listening pleasures.

That's the issue with "Greatest" lists.
Most don't fit well on the old Venn Diagrams ... and that's a good thing.
I personally don't care about other peoples taste in music. I listen to what floats my boat.
I have my own "Greatest" list.
You and others have yours.
... and you know what?
The world - she spins.
If you are going to mention a bunch of Christian bands than you need to include the greatest Christian band of all time. Whiteheart!
 

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Strike Foo Fighters: replace with Soundgarden or Queens of the Stone Age
Strike Journey: replace with Ramones
Strike Santana: replace with Jimi Hendrix Experience
Strike Eagles: replace with Kinks

Def Leppard and RHCP are marginal but influential, so I've left them. I'll defer to the other members of the human race on Pink Floyd, but not the Eagles.
 
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