Rank Your Top Ten Rock Bands

Simple thread: name your top ten rock bands in order. Ten points for first place, nine for second, and so on. At some point, I’ll tabulate the scores and we can figure out who The Greatest Rock Band Ever According To The SDMB is.

I know the definition of “rock band” is a little hazy, so I’ll provide a simple definition: electric guitar(s), bass, drums, singer. Keyboard optional.

Solo artists whose backing band resembles a rock band count, so Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career (for example) is eligible, but Elton John isn’t.

You can present your list based on sales, influence, how many of their records you bought, or even how well they dressed. Entirely up to you.

Bands who did not change their names should be judged by their entire ouvre, even if there’s only one original member left- so you can’t nominate Guns and Roses without apologizing for Chinese Democracy, but Queen counts since they did the “+ Paul Rodgers” bit.

Please present your list Feud-style; number, dot, one space, name. Feel free to insert commentary after the list.

My list (based primarily on influence; I’ve never bought a single record from some of these bands):

  1. Queen
  2. The Who
  3. Black Sabbath
  4. U2
  5. Depeche Mode
  6. Cream
  7. Faith No More
  8. Thin Lizzy
  9. Iron Maiden
  10. Led Zeppelin

off the top of my head:

  1. AC/DC
  2. REO Speedwagon
  3. Boston
  4. Guns & Roses
  5. Queen
  6. Bruce Springsteen
  7. Jackson Browne
  8. B-52s
  9. The Clash
  10. Lynyrd Skynyrd
  1. Rush
  2. Judas Priest
  3. Iron Maiden
  4. The Beatles
  5. Manowar
  6. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
  7. ZONE (Japanese all-girl rock band)
  8. MARIA (Japanese all-girl rock band fronted by ZONE’s bassist, formed after ZONE disbanded)*
  9. Disturbed
  10. Bowling For Soup
    *Yeah, MARIA is fronted by two bassist/vocalists - the first one singing in that video is the one from ZONE
  1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  2. Renaissance
  3. Rolling Stones
  4. Allman Brothers
  5. Beatles
  6. Neil Young
  7. Eagles
  8. Fleetwood Mac
  9. The Who
  10. Jefferson Airplane

Presented in Freudian format:

  1. The Beatles
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. Pink Floyd
  4. Led Zeppelin
  5. Rolling Stones
  6. The Who
  7. Deep Purple
  8. Tom Petty
  9. The Doors
  10. Uriah Heap
  11. Santana
    The farther I go down the list the harder it is to rank them and the easiest to leave one off. I definately put the Beatles first because they had the most prolific and diverse group of songs. Jimi Hendrix is the consummate blues guitarist. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Who did excellent rock-opera albums. The Rolling Stones are almost a class unto themselves and could be second on the list. Deep Purple utilized the organ best. Tom Petty has a unique sound unlike any other. The Doors, well, they’re The Doors. Uriah Heap could be replaced on this list by a lot of bands but I put them on along with Santana to round it out.

Off the T.O.M.H.:

  1. The Beatles
  2. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  5. The Who
  6. The Rolling Stones
  7. Led Zeppelin
  8. The Clash
  9. The Doors
  10. Jethro Tull

Talking Heads
Jane’s Addiction
Genesis (back in the day)
The Police
The Replacements

  1. Lynyrd Skynyrd
  2. Led Zeppelin
  3. The Doors
  4. The Who
  5. Janis Joplin
  6. Jimi Hendrix
  7. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. The Allman Brothers
  9. The Beatles
  10. The Rolling Stones
  1. The Beatles
  2. The Rolling Stones
  3. The Who
  4. Queen
  5. Led Zeppelin
  6. Fleetwood Mac
  7. R.E.M.
  8. Talking Heads
  9. The Smiths
  10. The Beach Boys
  1. Tool
  2. Led Zeppelin
  3. Black Sabbath
  4. Ministry
  5. Alexisonfire
  6. Deftones
  7. New Bomb Turks
  8. Dinosaur Jr.
  9. Modest Mouse
  10. Built To Spill

Based purely and completely on the bands I like the most. There were approximately 400 ties for eleventh place.

If we’re supposed to go by what you like, not a more abstract, Platonic ideal of the “best ever”, then:

Porcupine Tree
The Church
The Beatles
Pink Floyd
Kate Bush
Ozric Tentacles
Echo & the Bunnymen

This is based off of what I find most enjoyable:

  1. Nirvana
  2. Pink Floyd
  3. Tool
  4. Metallica
  5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  6. Black Sabbath
  7. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. The Doors
  9. Led Zeppelin
  10. Radiohead

According to the eyeball test the Stones and The Who are more or less tied right now for first.

The Beatles
Jethro Tull
Jefferson Airplane
The Doors
The Grateful Dead
John Mayall
Frank Zappa
Jimi Hendrix

Yeah, yeah, I know, me and your grandma. :frowning:

Not in specific order except for The Beatles. I’m too lazy to rank the rest.

  1. Beatles
  2. Queen
  3. The Who
  4. Deep Purple
  5. The Smithereens
  6. Elvis Costello
  7. Zombina & The Skeletones
  8. Jethro Tull
  9. The Clash
  10. Bruce Springsteen
  1. Pink Floyd
  2. Led Zeppelin
  3. The Beatles
  4. Metallica
  5. Neil Young
  6. Crosby Stills Nash (& Young)
  7. Guns N Roses
  8. Rush
  9. Motley Crue
  10. Poison

The first two are in order. After that it’s too hard.

  1. The Beatles
  2. R.E.M.
  3. The Smiths
  4. Husker Du
  5. The Replacements
  6. The Ramones
  7. David Bowie
  8. The Velvet Underground
  9. Big Star
  10. Joy Division
  1. Rush
  2. Led Zeppelin
  3. Stone Temple Pilots
  4. The White Stripes
  5. Wolfmother
  6. Pink Floyd
  7. The Beatles
  8. Nirvana
  9. Weezer
  10. Black Sabbath

Hard to get the list down to ten.

  1. The Clash
  2. Smashing Pumpkins
  3. The Beatles
  4. The Who
  5. Led Zeppelin
  6. Dropkick Murphys
  7. Pearl Jam
  8. Dead Kennedys
  9. Tool
  10. Violent Femmes

Honorable Mention: Matisyahu, Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, Phish and System Of A Down

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