Top Bands/Musical Artistsby The_Listener_Canon | created - 21 Jul 2011 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
1. Led Zeppelin
Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same
Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300...
2. Pink Floyd
Soundtrack | Doctor Strange
Syd Barrett: vocals, guitar (born: Roger Keith Barrett; 6 January, 1946; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK). In 1968, Syd Barrett left the band. Syd died in July, 2006 at aged 60 from pancreatic cancer.
David Gilmour: vocals, guitar (born: David John Gilmour; 6 March, 1946; Cambridge, ...
3. The Beatles
Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...
Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked
The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...
60s and 70s
6. The Who
Soundtrack | The Kids Are Alright
Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon ...
60s and 70s
Soundtrack | Iron Man
The title of their song "Heaven and Hell" was inspired by the same-titled song from The Easybeats.
Soundtrack | Flash Gordon
Formed in London in 1970 following the demise of the band Smile, Queen originally consisted of vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor. The band became popular with audiences via their hit singles, live performances, originality and showmanship, ...
Mostly 70s stuff.
Soundtrack | Zombieland
MTV Video Music Awards: 1992: Best Metal Video - "Enter Sandman" 1996: Best Metal Video - "Until it Sleeps".
11. Guns N' Roses
Soundtrack | Body of Lies
They were ranked #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists and #40 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
80s and early 90s
Soundtrack | The Avengers
Got their name when one of the band members saw "AC/DC" on a sewing machine and thought it looked cool. They didn't know it stood for "Alternating Current/Direct Current". They also didn't know it was slang for a bisexual, which caused some uncomfortable misunderstandings early in their career.
13. Van Halen
Soundtrack | Spaceballs
April 2012 - Gibson Guitars Reader's Poll votes Van Halen #1 American Band of All-Time.
With David Lee Roth
14. Deep Purple
Soundtrack | Twister
Mentioned in the song "Life Is a Rock But the Radio Rolled Me" by Reunion.
Mark II era (eg. 1969-73)
Soundtrack | Next
British rock band Cream formed in 1966. Its members had come from other bands and had backgrounds in blues. Drummer Ginger Baker and bass guitarist Jack Bruce had both played with The Graham Bond Organization, an early British blues band, while lead guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton had come from The...
18. Iron Maiden
Soundtrack | Murder by Numbers
Studio Albums: Iron Maiden (1980) Killers (1981) The Number of the Beast (1982) Piece of Mind (1983) Powerslave (1984) Somewhere in Time (1986) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) No Prayer for the Dying (1990) Fear of the Dark (1992) The X Factor (1995) Virtual XI (1998) Brave New World (2000) ...
Mostly with Bruce Dickinson
Mostly with Rick Wakeman
Soundtrack | Vanilla Sky
Their album "Hail to the Thief" was bootlegged two months prior to its release, which is a record. Despite suggestions to release the album earlier to counteract pirating, it was released at the scheduled time and hit #2 on the charts, suggesting that major bootlegging did not drastically affect ...
26. Bob Dylan
Soundtrack | Renaldo and Clara
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the...
27. David Bowie
Soundtrack | Labyrinth
David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...
32. Stevie Wonder
Soundtrack | The Woman in Red
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his ...
38. Neil Young
Soundtrack | Philadelphia
Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has ...
Soundtrack | Brick
The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities (...
Soundtrack | Zodiac
Members have included Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello, Michael Shrieve, Neal Schon, Marcus Malone, David Brown, Benny Rietveld, Karl Perazzo, Ray Greene, Andy Vargas, Bill Ortiz, Jeff Cressman, Tommy Anthony, David K. Mathews, Paoli Mejías, Cindy Blackman.
Music_department | Medium Cool
Members have included Frank Zappa, Walt Fowler, Martin Lickert, Jeff Simmons, Ray Collins, David Coronado, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Henry Vestine, Elliot Ingber, Jim Fielder, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Billy Mundi, Euclid James 'Motorhead' Sherwood, Ian Underwood, Arthur Dyer Tripp III, ...
43. Talking Heads
Soundtrack | True Stories
Started performing in the New York club, CBGBs. They released their first album, "Talking Heads: 77", in 1977. They recorded the film, Stop Making Sense (1984), in 1984, with director Jonathan Demme. After releasing their 1988 album, Naked, the group broke up. In 1992, they released "Popular ...
Soundtrack | Paper Towns
Formed in 1994, the group's current line-up consists of Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, John Stirratt, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone.
Former members include Leroy Bach, Max Johnston, Bob Egan, Ken Coomer, and Jay Bennett, who was famously dismissed from Wilco in 2001 following the release...