Top Bands/Musical Artists

by 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...

5. The Rolling Stones

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

7. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

The title of their song "Heaven and Hell" was inspired by the same-titled song from The Easybeats.


8. Queen

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.

9. Metallica

Soundtrack | Zombieland

MTV Video Music Awards: 1992: Best Metal Video - "Enter Sandman" 1996: Best Metal Video - "Until it Sleeps".


10. Nirvana

Soundtrack | Shoot 'Em Up

Ranked #42 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

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

12. AC/DC

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)

15. The Doors

Soundtrack | The Doors

Early on the band did not have a dedicated bass player, so for concert performances keyboardist Ray Manzarek would concentrate on the bottom end of his instrument to compensate for this absence.

16. Cream

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...

17. Rush

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 19, 2013.

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

19. Yes

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Formed in Soho, London by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire in 1968.

Mostly with Rick Wakeman

20. Aerosmith

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


22. Radiohead

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 ...

23. The Beach Boys

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Beach Boys was born in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, USA.

24. Pearl Jam

Soundtrack | Big Fish

The current lineup is Eddie Vedder (vocals), Stone Gossard (guitar), Mike McCready (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), and Matt Cameron (drums). Past members include Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons (all drums).

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 ...

29. Queens of the Stone Age

Soundtrack | xXx

Current members are Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman, and Jon Theodore.

30. Jethro Tull

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

The band came up with its name because their agent was a history buff, and knew that a man named Jethro Tull was an 18th-century British agricultural pioneer who invented the seed drill, and thought the name was unusual enough to stick in listeners' minds.

31. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Soundtrack | Twister

Ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

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 ...

33. Smashing Pumpkins

Soundtrack | The Saint

Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.

35. Creedence Clearwater Revival

Soundtrack | Battleship

Members have included John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford

36. Pixies

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

Kim Deal, former female vocalist of Pixies, ranked #98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

37. Arcade Fire

Soundtrack | Her

Canadian rock band.

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 ...

39. The Velvet Underground

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 (...

41. Santana

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.

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 ...

44. Kraftwerk

Soundtrack | Control

Members: Ralf Hütter (1970-present), Florian Schneider-Esleben (1970-2008), Fritz Hilpert (1990-present), Henning Schmitz (1991-present), Stefan Pfaffe (2008-present), Wolfgang Flür (1974-1987), Karl Bartos (1975-1990), Fernando Abrantes (1991).

45. R.E.M.

Soundtrack | Man on the Moon

Music video "Losing My Religion" was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.

46. Wilco

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...

47. The Stooges

Soundtrack | Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

48. Can

Music_department | Deep End

49. Jefferson Airplane

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

The only band to appear at the three major pop festivals of the 1960s; Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont.