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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNnAvTTaJjM

  • Cat Stevens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5sSEkZ86ts

  • Crack the Sky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9AQa_1frBI

  • Good Rats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL5iEWQJfmI&feature=related

  • Rolling Stones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLddJ1WceHQ

  • Genesis

http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialGenesis?blend=24&ob=5#p/u/0/Fuzre0-wnfU

  • Pink Floyd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_anbEJsr6s

  • Jeff Beck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQDcjel69CM

  • The Police

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs

  • U2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM4vblG6BVQ

  • The Doors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRwwUZLV-IE

  • Jethro Tull

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqZmtq5LhFo

  • April Wine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usWQOPTORn8

  • Bryan Adams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQC91K-IohQ&NR=1&feature=fvwp

  • Heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXznl5S7ZbI

  • Duke Jupiter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG6R38dApbY

  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=129uSUEN-8w

  • Lynyrd Skynrd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elA5RMSJ7I4

  • Eric Clapton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUSzL2leaFM

  • Johnny Cash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEV58ztuihs

  • Jimmy Rogers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEIBmGZxAhg

  • Simon and Garfunkel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-S90Uch2as

  • Alice Cooper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBEcLxnXVAc

  • Bad Company

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UbRhH_bN1A

  • The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIc6AH_2TEs

  • The Who

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKUBTX9kKEo

  • Thin Lizzy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FmPhJkdTwU

  • Black Sabbath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F5C0rrncXE

  • Led Zeppelin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugxFcmZXDyc

  • Aerosmith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Qd9VR1gD8

  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9rhdNOxh8A

  • AC/DC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsDpznl8eIs

  • ZZ Top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnMFOeEPUks

  • Bruce Springsteen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=129kuDCQtHs

  • Elton John

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9Bj6FdNlSA&feature=related

  • Scorpians

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bdaSNGYgbU

  • The Babys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AcY-OJRbxk&feature=related

  • Blue Oyster Cult

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo2Aypi0R2c

  • Deep Purple

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ_kez7WVUU

  • Kiss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Env5iMrBjws

  • Journey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFC8sDTXlng

  • The Tubes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkdQyyChTlw

  • REO Speedwagon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-4qR-69hpM

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I urge you to email me (dom@walkablestreets.com) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.

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Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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