acclaimedmusic.net ranking for Tool is 175.
the only artists below them are...
72. 3 Doors Down
This isn't so much a comment on Tool but on a few of the artists in this group in general. Can you explain to me why Nickelback, Creed, and 3 Doors Down are in the top 100? I don't see anything these groups have going for them on this list other than popularity.
edit: Creed's gonna get dropped because as i was researching this, i realized the end of the decade Billboard charts were counting Human Clay (99) in their figures.
sure, but its massive
popularity. when Billboard released their artists of the decade based on album and singles success, Nickelback was 7th. the other top 10 artists: Eminem, Usher, Nelly, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Jay Z. the next ten were Mariah, Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye, Ludacris, Rihanna, Creed, Linkin Park, Christina. 3 Doors Down were 30th.
Nickelback also had the 4th biggest single of the decade. 3 Doors Down show up at 43. Creed at 46. the few artists with top 50 singles that aren't here were one hit wonders. Creed shows up at 5 and 22 on the highest selling albums list. Nickelback at 13, 47, 157 and 191. 3 Doors Down at 46 and 110 (not counting their next two albums which both went to number 1).
they are basically the 3 biggest acts in post-grunge. without them on the list, the list wouldn't show post-grunge at all, and its pretty much what is carrying "modern rock format" radio right now. that and nu-metal.
i gave the artists with musical impact and nothing else the benefit of the doubt and most of them are higher on this list. so why not give those with massive commercial impact some benefit of the doubt too? there are not 100 artists that score high in every aspect, sadly.