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

Ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists.

3. Linkin Park

Soundtrack | Transformers

Before Linkin Park the band was originally called Hybrid Theory or Xero.

4. Green Day

Soundtrack | American Idiot

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the band's first song "Why Do You Want Him?", when he was only 14 (appears on the '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' album).

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

So far, Blink-182 has released six studio albums (not counting the "Flyswatter" and "Buddha" demos though). The five albums are "Cheshire Cat" (1994), "Dude Ranch" (1997), "Enema of the State" (1999), "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" (2001), "Blink-182" (2003), and "Neighborhoods" (2011).

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Soundtrack | The Fighter

Ranked #72 on VH1's 100 Sexiest 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

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 ...

11. INXS

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

1983: The band is signed to Atlantic Records in the USA.

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

Although it's often believed that the group's name is an acronym for the Brothers Gibb, they have said that the name was to honor two friends with the same set of initials who gave them a lot of help when they were first starting out: a man named Bill Goode and a disc jockey named Bill Gates.

16. Beastie Boys

Soundtrack | Star Trek: Into Darkness

Ranked #11 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.

17. R.E.M.

Soundtrack | Man on the Moon

Ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

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...

British popband formed in Basildon, England, UK. Band members are Martin Gore, David Gahan and Andrew Fletcher. Alan Wilder was a member between 1982 and 1995.

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

Album: "Sam's Town" (second album). Went platinum one month after release, 2006. released.

31. Fall Out Boy

Soundtrack | Supernatural

They didn't have a name for their band and they asked a crowd that they were playing for what their name should be and someone yelled out Fall Out Boy and it stuck.

32. Arctic Monkeys

Soundtrack | Safety Not Guaranteed

Winner of the 2006 Brit Awards as "Best British Breakthrough Act".

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 ...

41. The Police

Soundtrack | Red Planet

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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).