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Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby C » 05 May 2021, 09:29



I feel a list coming on!

What would yours be....?





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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby Rorschach » 05 May 2021, 09:44

Just bands? Or bands/artists?
Bugger off.

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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby C » 05 May 2021, 10:51

Rorschach wrote:Just bands? Or bands/artists?


I would say bands and artists

So Ken Dodd is okay Tym





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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby Rorschach » 05 May 2021, 11:08

C wrote:
Rorschach wrote:Just bands? Or bands/artists?


I would say bands and artists

So Ken Dodd is okay Tym.


Phew!

And Frank Ifield, and Doris Day and ....
Bugger off.

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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby GoogaMooga » 05 May 2021, 12:18

Skatalites
Lee Scratch Perry & the Upsetters
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Toots & the Maytals
Ethiopians
Gregory Isaacs
Pete Rodriguez
Charlie Palmieri
Tito Puente
Celia Cruz

Billie Holiday
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet
Louis Armstrong & Hot Fives and Sevens
Hank Williams
Johnny Cash
Patsy Cline
Tammy Wynette
George Jones
Frank Sinatra
Tony Bennett

Anita O'Day
James Carr
O.V. Wright
Solomon Burke
Sam Cooke
Ronettes
Crystals
Darlene Love (and the Blossoms)
Beatles
Beach Boys
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby slightbreeze » 05 May 2021, 18:36

not choosing anything just to look "cool", just bands and artists I love

The Who
The Kinks
Yes
Genesis (Gabriel era)
Elvis Costello
Neil Young
David Bowie
The Smiths
Steely Dan
The Cure
XTC
Vampire Weekend
Fleet Foxes
Television
Roxy Music
Todd Rundgren
The Pixies
Blur
The Decemberists
Man

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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby robertff » 05 May 2021, 19:21

slightbreeze wrote:not choosing anything just to look "cool", just bands and artists I love

The Who
The Kinks
Yes
Genesis (Gabriel era)
Elvis Costello
Neil Young
David Bowie
The Smiths
Steely Dan
The Cure
XTC
Vampire Weekend
Fleet Foxes
Television
Roxy Music
Todd Rundgren
The Pixies
Blur
The Decemberists
Man




10 more?



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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby mudshark » 05 May 2021, 19:42

The Mothers of Invention
Talking Heads
Lou Reed
Townes van Zandt
Guy Clark
Roxy Music
John Prine
Paul Simon
David Bowie
Pink Floyd
Frank Zappa
Lightin' Hopkins
Tom Waits
Nick Cave
The Allman Brothers
Neil Young
Johnny Cash
Bob Marley & his Wailing Wailers
The Beatles
The Clash
Patti Smith
James Chance & The Contortions/James White & The Blacks
Rory Gallagher
The Beach Boys
Graham Parker & The Rumour
Soft Machine
PIL
Can
Weather Report
Nick Lowe (of course)
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby slightbreeze » 05 May 2021, 19:47

robertff wrote:
slightbreeze wrote:not choosing anything just to look "cool", just bands and artists I love

The Who
The Kinks
Yes
Genesis (Gabriel era)
Elvis Costello
Neil Young
David Bowie
The Smiths
Steely Dan
The Cure
XTC
Vampire Weekend
Fleet Foxes
Television
Roxy Music
Todd Rundgren
The Pixies
Blur
The Decemberists
Man




10 more?



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So cool, I can't even read the thread properly :D. And the rest Family, Joni, Prefab Sprout, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Plant, Beach Boys, Fairport Convention, Arctic Monkeys, Waterboys, Dexys

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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby C » 05 May 2021, 22:32

Nice lists guys

Again, forget looking cool

Here I have just gone for the bands - not artists too - so no Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rory Gallagher or Miles Davis

Also not all bands I rate very highly were consistent in my eyes (or ears) - Crimso is the obvious, but also Genesis after Wind & Wuthering or Camel after Nude or If after Waterfall [virtually a different band] but in each case there is enough there for me to love them!

Pink Floyd and Yes didn't quite make it....

In no order:

1. Jethro Tull
2. Gentle Giant
3. King Crimson [up to Red]
4. Soft Machine
5. Gong
6. Pixies
7. Fairport Convention
8. Built to Spill
9. Hawkwind
10. Led Zeppelin
11. Steeleye Span
12. Budgie
13. Santana
14. If
15. Kraftwerk
16. The Nice
17. Traffic
18. Tangerine Dream
19. Genesis
20. Groundhogs
21. Frank Zappa & The Mothers
22. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
23. Caravan
24. Camel
25. The Allman Brothers
26. Family
27. ZZ Top
28. Lynyrd Skynyrd
29. Man
30. Mountain




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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby mudshark » 06 May 2021, 00:33

That's what it is with lists, my friend.
Mine SHOULD have included the good Captain B. And I thought about putting in Gong 3 times.
What I find interesting is that you and I aren't so much different, except for a bit of Americana. I had to slow myself down there. If I'd make my list for the 30 best over the past 20 years it would be so different. But nobody would start such a topic.
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby Hightea » 06 May 2021, 04:12

mudshark wrote: If I'd make my list for the 30 best over the past 20 years it would be so different. But nobody would start such a topic.

since 90 (although might need to think thru this more)
Tori Amos
Radiohead
Pearl Jam
Elbow
The Decemberists
Sigur Rós
Doves
Wilco
Oasis
Porcupine Tree
Fiona Apple
PJ Harvey
Björk
Riverside
Interpol
Super Furry Animals
Broken Social Scene
Andrew Bird
Spiritualized
Gov't Mule
Soundgarden
Idlewild
The White Stripes
Arcade Fire
Fleet Foxes
Mogwai
The Strokes
Beirut
British sea power
Neutral Milk Hotel
Explosions In The Sky
Florence + The Machine


as for the original question(top 31)
Gong
The Beatles
Pink Floyd
Bob Dylan
Tori Amos
King Crimson ( includes all eras including the most recent album)
Genesis
Grateful Dead
Neil Young
David Bowie
Radiohead
The Strawbs
Peter Gabriel
Pearl Jam
Elbow
Talking Heads
REM
Frank Zappa
The Decemberists
Marillion
Jefferson Airplane
U2
The Allman Brothers
Sigur Rós
Doves
The Smiths
Soft Machine
Oasis
Gentle Giant
Porcupine Tree

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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby C » 06 May 2021, 12:42

I knew this would happen!!

How can I possibly leave out the 5th and 7th greatest bands that ever walked the planet....??!!

Five omissions (substitute where appropriate)

Van der Graaf Generator
Strawbs
Cream
Black Sabbath
Joy Division

But today-
In no order:

1. Jethro Tull
2. Gentle Giant
3. King Crimson [up to Red]
4. Soft Machine
5. Gong
6. Pixies
7. Fairport Convention
8. Built to Spill
9. Hawkwind
10. Led Zeppelin Joy Division
11. Steeleye Span
12. Budgie
13. Santana Black Sabbath
14. If
15. Kraftwerk
16. The Nice Van der Graaf Generator
17. Traffic
18. Tangerine Dream
19. Genesis
20. Groundhogs
21. Frank Zappa & The Mothers
22. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
23. Caravan Strawbs
24. Camel
25. The Allman Brothers
26. Family
27. ZZ Top
28. Lynyrd Skynyrd Cream
29. Man
30. Mountain




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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby C » 06 May 2021, 12:46

mudshark wrote: If I'd make my list for the 30 best over the past 20 years it would be so different. But nobody would start such a topic.


This does not compute!




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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby GoogaMooga » 06 May 2021, 12:47

My list would be different if it were bands only, a lot more rockcentric.
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 06 May 2021, 12:57

The Nice weren't a very 'nice' band.
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby Matt Wilson » 06 May 2021, 15:48

Interesting how C rates The Nice over ELP too.
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby The Fish » 06 May 2021, 16:08

No Dead or Airplane C? For shame.
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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby robertff » 06 May 2021, 20:14

Okay here goes, these are the bands/acts that have meant the most to me since I became interested in popular music and for the longest possible time, in no particular order.

Stones
Beatles
Who
Kinks
Small Faces
Faces
Rod Stewart
Traffic
John Mayall/Bluebreakers
Fleetwood Mac
Pink Floyd
Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry
Yes
Jethro Tull
David Bowie
Captain Beeefheart
Beach Boys
ELO
Tom Petty/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Bryds
Jimi Hendrix
Fairport Convention (first 5 in particular)
CSN/CSN&Y
Doors
Eagles
Steve Miller
Paul McCartney
Led Zeppelin
Radiohead
U2


Okay, cheated a bit with Roxy/Ferry but I don't care.

For many of these, if not all, I have all of their recorded albums and would always want to have them. There are many others though that could have been there: Free, Family, REM, Cure, Yardbirds, Lovin' Spoonful, Neil Young, VU to name just a few. There are also many great bands from later decades that might have slipped in there but they simply haven't meant as much to me and just haven't clicked in the way that the ones above have. From the lists of others posted above I might easily have chosen some of the same bands/artists but avoided the temptation, this is my true list of favourites. Curiously, a list of my very favourite albums might comprise a very different selection of artists.


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Re: Top 30 Bands of All Time

Postby C » 06 May 2021, 21:56

Matt Wilson wrote:Interesting how C rates The Nice over ELP too.


The former any day


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