Top 13 bands of all time
Music is the essence of life. Everybody loves listening to songs. Music gets along pretty well with whatever work you are doing. The best way to describe music is by comparing it to literature. It is pleasing, enlightening, and even life-changing at times. Just like books, it is something that affects the listener in sundry ways. Just like a book, it stays and resonates for a long time even after the music has stopped. There are numerous genres and bands for a listener to choose from. Rock, Pop, Country, House, or Orchestra. I am a big fan of all these genres. I don’t like a lot of Rock music, but a little bit is fine for me. Early in the days, technology wasn’t all that great. The music industry, therefore, had genuine people who could sing. Also, there were not speakers and mics as good as today’s standards.
People used to attend live concerts to listen to their favorite bands. So, these bands had to perform well. Nowadays, even a person with zero talent can sing using autotune. Also, there are a lot of remakes and songs which lack originality. Since the world is observing a lockdown now, what better time to go down the memory lane and listen to some quality music? Let’s take a look at some of the music bands which used to quality music had were loved by all.
Queen (top bands)
Queen is a British rock band from the 70s. They are still active to this date but only perform live. The members have changed, but they are very talented. This band was the heartthrob of the world back in the days. Their classic line-up included the famous Freddy Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylors (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass). Their genre included progressive rock, heavy metal, and hard rock. Later they ventured into genres like pop rock and arena rock. The band kind of got lost in the dark when Freddy Mercury passed away due to AIDS. The whole world mourned for the legend after he died in 1991. Their tracks “We will rock you” and “We are the champions” have been used as official anthems in various sport events.
Their single, “Another one bites the dust,” became the bestselling single in 1980. The band was so famous and loved that in 2018, the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was released. This movie depicted the journey of the band about how they rose to prominence and conquered the world. The soundtrack of the film was just as good, and it won an American Music Award. The Queen became of the bestselling selling artists with record sales ranging from 170 to 300 million records. The band has also been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Led Zepplin (top bands)
Led Zeppelin, comprising singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and the late drummer John Bonham, became rock’s archetypical hard rock band in the 1970s, producing some of the most memorable rock music ever. The group was formed in 1968. The band was cited as a progenitor of heavy metal. Their style drew a lot of influence from blues and folk music. Critics did not like the group, but after signing a deal with Atlantic Records, the band rose to prominence by releasing Eight studio albums over Ten years.
This band is considered to be the most successful, innovative, and influential in the rock world. Sadly, the band split after the death of Bonham. They did some faceoffs between themselves. The most famous one was held in 2007. Their chartbusters include song “Stairway To Heaven” and albums like “Houses of the Holy,” “Physical Graffiti,” and Led Zeppelin IV,”.
The Beatles (top bands)
There isn’t much to say about this band. They were one of the most famous in the world. Everybody knew this band and had heard its songs. Unfortunately, the band broke up 50 years back. Even after breaking up, they released a special album called 1 which had all their songs. The album went to the top position in every billboard in the same year. When the band was still together, Nineteen of their albums topped the billboards. These albums included “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Revolver,” and “Rubber Soul.” “Yesterday” and “Something,”. The band was so famous and loved that they have their day. June 25 is observed as the Global Beatles Day. Two of the Four members died tragically. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001. McCartney and Starr are musically active.
Pink Floyd (top bands)
This was a revolutionary band formed in 1965 in London. They made progressive rock and psychedelic music. It consisted of a total of 5 members. These included David Gilmour for Vocals and Guitar, Syd Barrett also for Vocals and Guitar, Nick Mason for Drums, Roger Waters for Vocals and Bass, and Richard Wright for Vocals and Keyboard. Barrett was later replaced by Gilmour in 1968. In the late 1980s, Waters was kicked out of the band. Their commercially and critically albums include The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979), and The Final Cut (1983). Their debut album was The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). The Dark Side Of The Moon is considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
The band was inducted in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. The Dark Side of The Moon sold over 50 million copies worldwide. The Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Sadly though, Barret and Wright passed away in 2008 and 2006. The band released its last album The Endless River in 2014.
The Rolling Stones (top bands)
The Rolling Stones is a band based out of London. It was formed in London in 1962. Their initial line-up included Brian Jones on the guitar and harmonica, Ian Stewart on the piano, Mick Jagger as the lead vocalist, and on the harmonica, Keith Richards on the guitar, Bill Wyman on the bass and Charlie Watts on the drums. Their top songs include Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, and Satisfaction. They were inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989. They were also inducted in the UK Hall Of Fame in 2004. The band also completed 50 years in 2012.
Metallica (top bands)
Metallica is an American Thrash band formed in 1981. Their original lineup included James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), and Ron McGovney (Bassist). Their album “The Master Of Puppets” has become one of the most important heavy metal albums ever. Unfortunately, on the 27th of September 1986, Bass player Cliff Burton was killed in a horrible accident. He was thrown out of a window and was crushed to death. With their album Death Magnetic, the band scaled heights. This album was recognized as the band’s best album in 20 years. The album was the fifth consecutive one to achieve debut no 1 in the billboard 2000. Their song, My Apocalypse, won them a Grammy in 2009 for Best Metal Performance.
Green day is an American band formed in California back in 1986. Their genre includes pop-punk, punk rock, and alternative rock. The band has the following members Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums), and Jason White (guitar). The band is influenced by Ramones, Bad Religion, etc. Green Day is best known for songs such as The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, and Basket Case. Their bestselling albums include American Idiot and Dookie. American Idiot won the Grammy Award for being the best rock album. The band sold over 6 million copies in the US of their album the American Idiot. Green Day has sold over 75 million copies of their albums worldwide. The band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015.
AC/DC is an Australian band that was formed by two brothers. It was formed in November 1973 by Malcolm and Angus Young. The two continued as members of the band until Malcolm’s illness and death in 2014. Bon Scott fronted the band until 1979. He died an untimely death due to alcohol poisoning. Ever since then, Brian Johnson has been leading the band. The genre of this band includes hard rock and blues.
Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The early members included the following – Vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The band specializes in hard rock and heavy metal. One of their best known album is ‘Appetite for Destruction’. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ is considered to be one of their best songs of all time. The band was one of the first to revolutionize rock music. It came out with that category when te world preferred dance music and glam metal.
The band was called the most dangerous band in the world because of their guts to introduce a brand new niche in a world dominated by dance music and glam metal. The band’s classic members along with the new members were inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. The new members include Reed and drummer Matt Sorum.
This band was a short-lived one but was well-loved and accepted by the public. It was formed in 1987 at Aberdeen, Washington. Nirvana was a 3 member band and comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass). The band disintegrated after their vocalist Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer Dave Grohl went on to form a new band called the Foo Fighters. The band’s best albums include “Nevermind” and their song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was considered to be the best by the band. Nirvana was undoubtedly one of the best grunge bands of all time as it was a part of the Big 4 of Grunge. The band has sold over 25 million records in the US itself and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
Iron Maiden is an English band formed East London in the year 1975 by bassist and songwriter Steve Harris. Unlike other bands, this band saw its members coming back which resulted in a skyrocketing popularity. The band has made over 39 albums out of which 12 are live ones. Eddie is their official mascot and has appeared on almost all of their albums. The Iron Maiden was famous for its live concerts and heavy metal music. It released a number of UK and US Gold and Platinum albums. Some of their most popular albums include The number of the beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave and Live After Death.
The band is so famous for its live shows that they travel every other day. They have their very own commercial aircraft to travel around. The plane is called Ed Force One and is flown by one of their own band members as he was a 757 captain for an airline before joining the band.
U2 is a band formed in Dublin, Ireland back in 1976. The group includes Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), The Edge(lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr(drums and percussion). The band started off when the members were in high school. Their niche includes post-punk. Their famous songs include “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride”.
Linkin Park is an American rock band formed back in 1996 at Agoura Hills, California. This band was the heartthrob of almost every 90s kid. The band is known to make amazing songs liked by a lot of people. The songs by this band have been featured in numerous movies and even video games. Their debut album, Hybrid Theory made the band rise to international fame. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association Of America. Their second album, Meteora topped the Billboard 200. Their third album Minutes to Midnight also topped the Billboards 200.
The subsequent albums by this band have also been a hit. Linkin Park is one of the most successful bands of the 21st century. The band has sold over 100 million records worldwide. The band has won a lot of awards from the Grammy to the American Music Award. It has also won multiple MTV Europe music awards. Unfortunately, in July 2017, Chester Bennington committed suicide leaving the band’s future uncertain. The current band members include vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farell, DJ/keyboardist Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon, all of whom are founding members.
Special Mention –
Now this may not be a rock band but Yanni is a well-known personality in the music industry. He is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer. His works mainly include live concerts around the world. The music produced by him is mindblowing. He works with a team of the most professional musicians who can play almost all the instruments ever made. The fusion of classical and modern music makes his concerts worth watching. His concert venues include the world’s most famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Forbidden City, Burj Khalifa, Egyptian Pyramids, and many more. His reputation in the world is such that he was invited to adopt a Panda in China. Something which only nations are invited to do and not personalities. He has been ranked in the top 5 in Billboards numerous times and has also been nominated for the Grammys.