best bands and singers

by chrisd_98 | created - 10 Dec 2013 | updated - 10 Dec 2013 | Public

1. 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, ...

2. Foo Fighters

Soundtrack | Boyhood

As a part of their tour for promoting the last album "Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace" Foo Fighters played two sold-out shows in the new Wembley Stadium in London. (06-06-08 and 07-06-08). The second show saw a big surprise as Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin joined the band. They ...

3. Linkin Park

Soundtrack | Transformers

Their new album should be released sometime this year.

4. Green Day

Soundtrack | American Idiot

Still in the studio, now with producer Butch Vig, recording the follow-up to their 2004 classic "American Idiot".

5. Simple Minds

Soundtrack | The Breakfast Club

The best-selling Scottish band of the 1980s, they had five number one albums in the UK and sold 30 million records worldwide according to the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums in 2005.

6. Blink 182

Soundtrack | Boyhood

In February 2005, Blink-182 announced they were on an "indefinite hiatus". They have since gone in their own bands with Tom in Angels & Airwaves and Mark and Travis in +44.

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Soundtrack | The Fighter

Ranked #30 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.

8. 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 "...

9. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, ...

10. Radiohead

Soundtrack | Children of Men

In 2005, Q magazine selected OK Computer as tenth in its top 40 of the best progressive rock albums ever. The band have been credited by progressive rock musicians (including Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree) with helping to spur a revival of interest in the genre with their ambitious and ...

11. INXS

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

Honored with a 60¢ Australian commemorative postage stamp in the Living Legends series, issued 18 January 2013. Other performers honored in this issue were John Farnham, 'Paul Kelly (III)', Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Men at Work, and The Seekers.

12. Phil Collins

Soundtrack | Tarzan

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick, London, England, to Winifred (Strange), a theatrical agent, Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. He spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. He played the "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of "Oliver!" ...

13. Genesis

Soundtrack | American Psycho

One of the most successful British bands of all time, Genesis made their mark in the 1970s as a progressive rock band influenced by classical music, folk and even jazz fusion, before becoming a huge stadium band in the 1980s with a series of big pop hits fronted by a singer who was also a solo ...

14. U2

Soundtrack | Gangs of New York

U2 has been perhaps the biggest music act in the world since the late 1980s to the current day. They take prominent stands on human rights issues, expressed through their lyrics and other public statements and actions. The band's lead singer, Bono, has become quite prominent in charity movements ...

15. The Bee Gees

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The opening lines of their 1967 single "Massachusetts" are "Feel I'm going back to Massachusetts, something's telling me I must go home". At the time they wrote the song, none of the Bee Gees had ever been to Massachusetts. They said that they just liked the sound of the word.

16. Beastie Boys

Soundtrack | Star Trek: Into Darkness

The lead guitar track of their signature song "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" was played by Slayer guitarist Kerry King.

17. R.E.M.

Soundtrack | Man on the Moon

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

19. The Smiths

Soundtrack | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

In 1989, the band's drummer, Mike Joyce, sued Morrissey and Johnny Marr for unpaid royalties. The judge ruled in favor of Joyce, who was awarded damages in excess of $1 million. Morrissey and Marr have both refused to speak to Joyce since the court case.

20. The Cure

Soundtrack | The Crow

Members have included Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, Roger O'Donnell, Laurence Tolhurst, Andy Anderson, Phil Thornalley, Michael Dempsey, and Matthieu Hartley.

21. Depeche Mode

Soundtrack | Say Anything...

At first Depeche Mode consisted of: Vince Clarke, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher and David Gahan. Vince Clarke left soon after the first album "Speak and Spell", 1981. Alan Wilder didn't join until after the release of their second album 'A Broken Frame', 1982.

22. New Order

Soundtrack | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Performing at a concert the lead singer/guitarist said between songs, "These instruments cost as quite a lot of money. We would appreciate it if you clapped a little louder".

23. Coldplay

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Band Members: Chris Martin Lead Vocals, Piano, Guitar. Jon Buckland Lead Guitar. Guy Berryman Bass. Will Champion Drums.

25. Duran Duran

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

The group took their name from the character Durand Durand in Barbarella (1968).

26. Blur

Soundtrack | Trainspotting

British band.

27. Lou Reed

Soundtrack | V for Vendetta

He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental ...

28. Alanis Morissette

Soundtrack | Dogma

Alanis Nadine Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, on June 1st 1974. Alanis' Greek name is a feminine version of her father's name, Alan. Her mother's name's Georgia and she has two brothers: Chad and Wade (Alanis' Twin). She learned to play the piano at age 6 and the guitar at age 21. In 1986 ...

29. No Doubt

Soundtrack | Alias

Ranked #11 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

30. The Killers

Soundtrack | About Time

None of the band members smoke. Brandon Flowers quit smoking on November 22, 2006.

31. Fall Out Boy

Soundtrack | Supernatural

The video for "This Ain't A Scene; It's An Arms Race", thought up by bassist Pete Wentz and director Alan Furguson, is a parody of all the rumors and scandals the band has been tied to.

32. Arctic Monkeys

Soundtrack | Safety Not Guaranteed

Band members are Alex Turner (vocals, lead guitar), Jamie Cook (guitar), Matthew Helders (drums) and Nick O'Malley (bass). Bass player Andy Nicholson left the band in May 2006.

33. The Human League

Soundtrack | The Hooker with a Heart of Gold

The Human League are a Sheffield based New Wave Electronic Synth-Pop band fronted by Phil Oakey. The band originally comprised of Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware who went on to form the other Sheffield Electronic band Heaven 17 with Glenn Gregory. Although the line-up of the band has changed over ...

34. The Verve

Soundtrack | Sliver

35. Echo & The Bunnymen

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

Broadcaster Terry Christian said that at one time the band could have been as big as U2. Richard Osman called them "a terrific band" that seemed to have become "lost to history".

36. Dexys Midnight Runners

Soundtrack | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Dexys Midnight Runners are a British New Wave pop/soul band from Birmingham, England. The group was first formed in 1978 by singer/guitarist/songwriter Kevin Rowland and singer/guitarist Kevin Archer. The other original members were: Jim Paterson (trombone), Geoff Blythe (saxophone), Steve Spooner ...

37. 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Soundtrack | UHF

Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, to Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. He is of Yugoslavian, Italian, and English descent. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His...

38. Blondie

Soundtrack | Donnie Brasco

Blondie rates highly as the single most popular and successful group to emerge from the 1970s New York City punk/New Wave music scene. Blondie was founded by singer/songwriter Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in 1974. Drummer Clem Burke, bass player Gary Valentine and keyboardist Jimmy Destri...

39. Talking Heads

Soundtrack | Wall Street

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 ...

40. Billy Idol

Soundtrack | The Wedding Singer

Born William Michael Albert Broad in Middlesex, England, in 1955, the first child of Bill and Joan Broad. When he was 2, his father moved the family to Long Island, New York, in pursuit of the American dream. They returned 4 years later (now with a baby sister, Jane) to Dorking. America made a big ...

42. 3Oh!3

Soundtrack | When in Rome

43. Hollywood Undead

Soundtrack | Highway to Havasu

Hollywood Undead is an actor and composer, known for Highway to Havasu (2017), Madden NFL 2009 (2008) and Hollywood Undead: No. 5, Version 1 (2006).