Bands: Best-Ever

by Dom Nozzi

The bands and artists found on this list are those which, in my opinion, have written and performed the most enjoyable, enduring music I have experienced. Most all of them are from the rock genre, as classical rock is my main, but not exclusive, preference. Many, but not all, of these bands are particularly entertaining as live performers. This list does not include “flash in the pan” bands—those bands that had one or two great hits and were never heard from again. Each band on this list has created music that has stood the test of time.

  • Talking Heads

  • Cat Stevens

  • Crack the Sky

  • Good Rats

  • Rolling Stones

  • Genesis

  • Pink Floyd

  • Jeff Beck

  • The Police

  • U2

  • The Doors

  • Jethro Tull

  • April Wine

  • Bryan Adams

  • Heart

  • Duke Jupiter

  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer

  • Lynyrd Skynrd

  • Eric Clapton

  • Johnny Cash

  • Jimmy Rogers

  • Simon and Garfunkel

  • Alice Cooper

  • Bad Company

  • The Beatles

  • The Who

  • Thin Lizzy

  • Black Sabbath

  • Led Zeppelin

  • Aerosmith

  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive

  • AC/DC

  • ZZ Top

  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Elton John

  • Scorpians

  • The Babys

  • Blue Oyster Cult

  • Deep Purple

  • Kiss

  • Journey

  • The Tubes

  • REO Speedwagon


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