Top 10 Bands – A Must Listen

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Every so often we try to compile some sort of list for people to check out new bands. This article focuses on the long list) of about 10 “must hear” bands for everyone to check out. The list below is opinion based, so don’t get butthurt if your favorite band is not included. You can try wreiting an article yourself and we’ll think about posting it.

 

1. Aerosmith

With Steven Tyler as lead singer and Joe Perry as lead guitarist, no wonder this band is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Formed in early 1970s, Aerosmith is sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, as well as “America’s Greatest Rock N Roll Band”. Aerosmith found a great success in the 70s with several Top 100 singles, but the 80s looked to be a little deeming when drugs came into the picture. This forced Perry to leave the band in 1979, as well as band mate, Brad Whitford, in 1981. Though their album, “Rock in a Hard Place” went gold, it failed to match the band’s previous success. Perry and Whitford returned in 1984. But Aerosmith did not gain the success the once had until 1987, when they released “Permanent Vacation”.

As of 2012, after 42 years together, Aerosmith are still together, despite the ups and downs they once had. They have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1′s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

 

2. Queen

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Queen was formed in 1971, with the legendary Freddie Mercury as lead singer, Brian May as guitarist, John Deacon as guitarist, who was also considered to be the quiet one in the group, and Roger Taylor, as the drummer. Before Queen was formed, Brian May and Roger Taylor were in a group called Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of the band, and encouraged the two to collaborate together, when band member, Tim Staffell departed. The two agreed, and changed the name from “Smile” to “Queen”. Before recording their debut album, the trio recruited John Deacon to be a foursome.

Queen found great success in the 1970s and 1980s, with hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, and “We Are The Champions”. But as the 80s came to a close, rumors began swirling that Freddie Mercury had AIDS. Mercury kept denying that fact, until November 23, 1991. He died the next day. On April 20, 1992, the remaining members of Queen prepared a tribute concert for Mercury, whih included performances by artists like Elton John, Def Leppard, and George Michael. Everyone performed hits by Queen. In 1997, the band released a tribute to Mercury, releasing the single, “Only The Good Die Young”. That was the last time John Deacon was part of the band.

Since then, Brian May and Roger Taylor collaborated with Paul Rodgers. The trio was named Queen + Paul Rodgers. Their collaboration lasted 5 years, from 2004 to 2009. But Brian May and Roger Taylor still continue to perform together. The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs, and have sold over 150 million albums, with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They have been honored with seven Ivor Novello awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

3. The Beatles

beatles1Formed in England in 1960, the Beatles included talents by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. The band was both a commercial success and critically acclaimed in the history of popular music. The band started out as a five piece, with Stuart Sutcliff, though he left in 1961. Before Ringo Starr was a band member, Pete Best was part of the five piece, until Starr replaced him. Before gaining their initial success, it took The Beatles 3 years to initiate popularity by playing in clubs in Liverpool. Their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”.

After the band broke up in 1970, each of the four members found success as solo artists, though McCartney and Lennon became to be the more successful ones. Sadly, John Lennon died in 1980 after being murdered by a fan, as well as George Harrison in 2001, due to cancer. McCartney and Starr still continue to contribute their musical talents to this day.

 

4. INXS

An Australian rock band first formed as “The Farriss Brothers” in 1977. Band members included Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, and Tim Farriss, as well as the lead singer, who made the band what it has been for many years, Michael Hutchence. Their singles include “Need You Tonight”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, and “Suicidal Blonde”. INXS found their biggest success in the 1980s and 1990s, but 1997, Hutchence committed suicide after a long battle with depression.

After Hutchence’s death, INXS did not perform for a year. They then performed with guest lead singers such as Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Jon Stevens. Stevens formally joined the band in 2002 for a tour and recording session. In 2005, INXS decided to participate in a reality show to search for their new permanent lead singer. They chose J.D Fortune as the winner, and together, they recorded hits like “Pretty Vegas” and “After Glow”. They ended up recording a whole album together called “Switch”. INCS decided to let go of Fortune in 2010.

In 2010, INXS recorded an album, “Original Sin” as a tribute to Michael Hutchence. The tracks included guest lead vocals by well known Australian singers, and the tracks included previous INXS hits such as “Beautiful Girl”. In 2011, INXS found a new permanent lead singer, Ciaran Gribbin, and announced plans to go on tour in November and December 2011.

INXS has won six Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards including three for ‘Best Group’ in 1987, 1989 and 1992, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. To date INXS have sold more than 30 million records.


5. Nirvana

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Nirvana is an American rock band founded by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, lead singer and bassist respectively, in 1987. Drummer, Dave Grohl, joined the band in 1990. The band was known for their grunge sound, and found great, surprising success with their biggest hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. It all ended in a tragedy when Kurt Cobain died in April 1994. The band never released new material since Cobain’s death, though they released some posthumous materials were released. Since Nirvana’s debut, the band has sold over 27 million albums in the United States alone, and over 50 million worldwide.

 

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11 Responses

  1. Dorian Thorn

    Just an FYI… Guns N Roses primary discography includes 5 albums:

    Appetite For Destruction
    Lies
    Use Your Illusion I
    Use Your Illusion II
    The Spaghetti Incident (an album of cover songs)

    They also released a “Best of” album and then there is “Chinese Democracy” which technically has the name “Guns N Roses” on it but I steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that atrocity as legitimate Guns N Roses.

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  2. David G. LV, NV

    nirvana at #2? higher than the beatles?! are you kidding me? (and i don’t even like the beatles that much, they’re over rated) if you were to take ANY band from the grunge era and put it on the list pearl jam would have been a better choice. and much further down on the list. and again, i don’t even really like pearl jam all that much.

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  3. Stalker

    Good list, but the best bands are Love (Arthur Lee), The Velvet Underground, Can (Damo Suzuki), The Stooges and Television (Tom Verlaine), of course, too Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, or Pere Ubu, Joy Division and Pixies

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  4. Jeff Condie

    I love Led Zeppelin, I have all of their albums,even so, they did far more plagiarising than creating. They took old blues standards Made them loud and electric and took credit for writing the song. They have been succesfully sued by a number of old black bluesman like Willie Dixon et. al. I also agree with David G. Nirvana at #2, higher than the Beatles? The Beatles influenced music . Led Zep. copied What did Nirvana do that would put them in the top 20?

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  5. churchill

    You managed to get all the right bands in there (save for AC/DC), but why anyone would put Nirvana before the Beatles is beyond me. Oh, wait, I know why you did it. In the Beatles commentary you said “they made people believe that it was possible to be happy all the time”. So coming from you, that translates into “we all die in the end”. Therefore, a psycho-dep like yourself would put Nirvana at number 2. The only good thing Kurt Cobain ever did was blow his head off. Nirvana is underrated because they deserve to be. What’s the purpose of having a band if no one gets to understand what you’re singing?

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  6. good

    well, this list is pretty good for music fans. led zeppelin, nirvana, pink floyd, beatles. all these bands are no.1. they are the pioneers.

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  7. Fine

    How did you decide this list? Zeppelin , The Beatles, The Doors, and Queen all should be on here but as 3,1,5,&2 respectively. Nirvana? Really? The only talent that band had was Dave Grohl (who now is one of the only talents in music all together). Metallica, after Cliff died they sucked deal with it. The Sex Pistols sucked and Rotten is the first to admit it. Personally I think Floyd should be in the top 20 but not 10 and far from 3. Guns without Slash is total bullcrap. As for sabbath it depends weather you’re talking Ozzy or Dio between 10 & 11

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