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 Post subject: Greatest Artists of Rock 'n' Roll 300-101
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101. Wilson Pickett
102. The Ramones
103. Eric Clapton
104. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5
105. Red Hot Chili Peppers
106. The Four Tops
107. Green Day
108. Frank Zappa
109. The Coasters
110. Etta James
111. LL Cool J
112. Dion (& the Belmonts)
113. Earth, Wind, & Fire
114. Chicago
115. Santana
116. Yes
117. Martha & the Vandellas
118. Jefferson Airplane
119. Iron Maiden
120. The Moody Blues
121. Rick Nelson
122. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
123. Lavern Baker
124. Talking Heads
125. The Jackson 5 / The Jacksons
126. John Lennon
127. Gladys Knight & the Pips
128. Roy Brown
129. Wynonie Harris
130. Eric B. & Rakim
131. Blondie
132. The Mamas & the Papas
133. The Velvet Underground
134. The Sex Pistols
135. Daryl Hall & John Oates
136. Lynyrd Skynyrd
137. Joy Division/New Order
138. The Five Royales
139. The Yardbirds
140. Rush
141. The Smiths
142. Tom Petty
143. Roxy Music
144. Bob Seger
145. The O’Jays
146. Carole King
147. George Michael / Wham!
148. Kraftwerk
149. KISS
150. Solomon Burke
151. Sam and Dave
152. Genesis
153. Eddie Cochran
154. King Crimson
155. Notorious B.I.G.
156. Patti Smith
157. Alice Cooper
158. The Flamingos
159. Def Leppard
160. James Taylor
161. Jackson Browne
162. Diana Ross
163. Bon Jovi
164. Little Willie John
165. War
166. The Animals
167. The Cars
168. Phil Collins
169. Kool & the Gang
170. Ivory Joe Hunter
171. Bonnie Raitt
172. Del Shannon
173. R. Kelly
174. Mary J. Blige
175. Coldplay
176. Chuck Willis
177. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
178. Afrika Bambaataa
179. Carl Perkins
180. Dr. Dre
181. Iggy Pop & the Stooges
182. The Pretenders
183. A Tribe Called Quest
184. Booker T. & the MG’s
185. Depeche Mode
186. Cher
187. Kate Bush
188. Bobby "Blue" Bland
189. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
190. Salt-N-Pepa
191. The Carpenters
192. The Ventures
193. Nas
194. Boogie Down Productions
195. Journey
196. Johnny Ace
197. Chic
198. John "Cougar" Mellencamp
199. Dionne Warwick
200. Shirley & Lee

Chris F. provided positions 181-300 in the following posts. The reason for the 5 position overlap was that I determined that Eminem, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and Coldplay should be promoted, and that Wings and Paul McCartney should be combined into a single listing, where Chris had planned to list them separately, which freed up an additional position. The words in the last 2 paragraphs of this post are Chris', as are those of the following posts, except where indicated. (I later added Chris' 181-195 to the above list at 186-200.)

"100 artists can never truly sum up Rock’N’Roll, in all of its glorious shades. Undoubtedly the 100 acts that top this list are the most profoundly dominating artists of the last sixty years. However to limit discussion only on those 100 artists greatly diminishes a vast amount of Rock’N’Roll’s history. It is for that reason that 200 additional artists are ranked (because that is the way we do business here) and described based on their achievements and against the same criteria the legendary top 100 are. Where the top 100 are chapters in the book that is Rock’N’Roll, the 200 names listed here are vital to its existence and by no means are footnotes. Through sheer dominance Rock music has become the soundtrack to generation of lives, from every background and every culture. So sit back and enjoy as the names slowly reveal themselves.

"Like every list on the site this support thread will go through revisions based on competent responses by posters. By definition this list is flexible, but these bottom 200 are the best examples of the term flexible and revisions will happen often. A few other notes to consider when looking through the list: This is Rock’N’Roll in a broader definition than some are comfortable to give it, if that in any way offends you… another site may suit you better. What you will get here are a multitude of Rock styles, from the Progressive sounds of King Crimson to the Hip Hop of Queen Latifah. Additionally, while the placements are as objective as humanly possible the descriptions themselves will be subjective looks at careers. Of course facts will be displayed within them, but the general feel as I write them is to just go at it as a fan. Which I can honestly say I am of every artist on this list, so no one will be shortchanged in that way."

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Image300. Big Mama Thornton: With a voice that could shake the very crust of the earth, Big Mama Thornton emerged in the 1940s. If all she had done were to record the Blues she started with, she would have still left an indelible mark on the music scene. However in 1953 her signature tune “Hound Dog” sailed to the top of the R&B charts. It established her as a powerful female, and one month later an answer record bounced onto the scene called “Bear Cat” by Sun’s Rufus Thomas (#3-R&B). 3 years later the immortal Elvis Presley would cover Thornton’s signature song and it would sit atop the Pop charts for 11 weeks. Thornton’s vocal prowess would inspire artists such as Janis Joplin, who covered her “Ball & Chain”. Her rough style and large girth helped to establish her as one of the pioneering females of a genre in its youth. Although she passed away in 1984, at the age of 57, her legacy through women such as Bonnie Raitt and men such as Rufus Thomas could still be seen. Even though a Presley version of her classic out shadowed her own claim to fame, Thornton’s vocal girth (which was larger than even her frame) has endeared her to generations of Rock fans.

Big Mama Thornton perforimg "Hound Dog"
Selected Track: "Hound Dog"
Selected Album: "Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings"

Image299. Ritchie Valens: Often overshadowed by the larger name that perished with him on that fateful day, Buddy Holly, Valens had actually been establishing himself a sturdy reputation that could have rivaled the big names of the day in time. His appearance on the charts was brief, he debuted in December of 1958 with “Donna” (#2, RIAA Gold) followed by “La Bamba” in January of 1959 (#22). Sadly by February of the that same year he was gone. However when a movie about his life appeared a resurgence of popularity was expected. What followed was a top 100 Album under his own name, and the soundtrack hitting #1 staying there for 2 weeks and selling 2 million copies. By 2001 he found an induction into the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame. If one were to listen to his catalogue closely, they would understand that while that plane crash did steal Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper from Rock it also ripped one of the most promising youths from going onto bigger and better things. Valens was proof that Rock music could and did spread to other cultures and ethnic groups from the American melting pot.

Selected Track: “Donna”
Selected Album: “The Very Best of Ritchie Valens”

Image298. Larry Williams: Of the many exciting sounds of the late 1950s coming out of the Rock world, few were as energetic as Larry Williams’ 1957 smash hit “Bony Moronie” (#14 Pop, #4 R&B). However even “Bony Moronie” was behind his biggest hit “Short Fat Fannie” (#5 Pop, #1 R&B) which included the titles of various Rock hits that preceded it (“Blue Suede Shoes”, “Blueberry Hill”, and “Jim Dandy”). Similar to Chuck Berry & Little Richard in his up-tempo numbers, which makes sense since Williams came onto Specialty Records Roster as Richard was leaving. One of the earlier influences on the Beatles sound, John Lennon in particular, Williams lively numbers are now bona-fide classics in the genre. However after a short stay at Specialty, the label dropped him because of drug dealing charges. It helped him earn the image of a bad boy. His death, which was considered a suicide, has been around the rumor mill. Some arguing it was a murder. Whatever the case Williams’ late 50’s recordings are some of the finest in the decade, and his reputation as a bad boy is more than established.

Selected Track: “Bony Moronie”
Selected Album: “Bad Boy of Rock’N’Roll”

Image 297. Black Flag: With a lineup that changed fairly often, Black Flag established itself as an early example of a Punk/Metal mixture. It combined the best of both worlds to create its distinct sound and image, influencing much of the hardcore punk scene to follow. Yet a listener can not pigeonhole their sound that easily; Jazz music seemed to creep into the mix as well. The label founded to release Black Flag material became one of the more preeminent Underground labels in America, with works from artists like Sonic Youth, Bad Brains, Husker Dü and The Minutemen all releasing material from the label. While never quite as popular as some of their contemporaries, Black Flag is still recognized today as a major force in the Punk scene. Yet even more importantly is the music they created, which is some of the best of the style.

Selected Track: “Rise Above”
Selected Album: “Damaged”

Image296. Ice-T: Ice T is one of the oddest icons in Rap. He wasn’t afraid to approach the harder styles of Punk and Metal and incorporate them into his own hybrid of Rock. He was among the first handful of West Coast hardcore rappers to really explore the lifestyle that many of the fans lived, becoming a major influence on Gangsta Rap. As Gangsta Rap began its dominance in the early 1990s Ice-T would release one of the styles defining albums, “O.G. Original Gangster” (#15 Album Chart). It would be a much more thorough examination of the life and times of young black men in the ghetto. The style of Gangsta Rap has many controversial topics, but few are as well known as Ice-T’s “Cop Killa” (released under a heavy metal band fronted by Ice-T called Body Count). “Cop Killa” kicked off a media blitz because of its controversial lyrics, and was eventually pulled from the album (which hit #26). One of the odd things about Rap music is that its stars tend to fade out quickly, disappearing from the conscious of popular culture. Ice-T, along with LL Cool J & Queen Latifah, is one of the exceptions and furthered his career into the acting world. However his true stamp of artistic genius is his early 1990s work as a rapper, and his accomplishments in that realm have cemented his place in Rock history.

Selected Track: “New Jack Hustler”
Selected Album: “O.G. Original Gangster”

Image295. Fugazi: The Underground music scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s was a rich one. The scene continuously churned out some of the most creative artists of the time. Possibly the most creative, and certainly one of the more popular, artists to come from the scene was Fugazi. The group managed to have 3 top 200 albums in 5 years. Which is a distinction not many other underground groups before them can attest to. However Fugazi were not in it for their music to be justified by the mainstream, and if anything they fought against it. Their reputation was built off their exciting live shows, shows that were open to all ages and insanely cheap to get into. The political aspect is something Fugazi has been very open about, supporting causes like Amnesty International and Food Not Bombs. While Fugazi’s music by all media classifications is underground, their music remains some of the most enjoyable and political of its era.

Selected Track: “Waiting Room”
Selected Album: “13 Songs”

Image294. Doug E. Fresh: There is no doubting Doug E. Fresh’s importance to Hip Hop, he is the major force behind the use of beat boxing in the music and the finest at the skill with his imitations of drum sounds. Hailing from the Golden Age of Hip Hop’s formative years, Fresh was among the most popular. He had a string of hits in the 1980s, starting with the landmark “The Show/La Di Da Di” (#4 R&B). Fresh would explore with various styles from the old Rap standby Funk to Gospel. His Get Fresh Crew, who backed him on his records, had another notable member in Slick Rick whom would go onto later fame himself. Fresh’s party style of Rap fell out of favor as the 1990s and Gangsta Rap emerged, but he is still one of the most respected performers of his time.

Selected Track “The Show/La Di Da Di”
Selected Album: “The World’s Greatest Entertainer“

Image293. Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Some bands push every boundary out there, others, like Bachman-Turner Overdrive, stick to a solid format. What may be hard for some to believe is that nearly 25 record companies refused to sign Bachman-Turner Overdrive before they found their footing. While its not hard to believe new artists have trouble being signed, Bachman-Turner Overdrive actually held 1 successful artist in Randy Bachman ( a member of the Guess Who). Once they did finally establish themselves Bachman far surpassed his Guess Who days in popularity. Since their chart debut in 1973 they have collected 7 top 40 hits and 11 top 100 albums. That kind of popularity is enough to put the 25 labels that passed on them to shame.

Selected Track: “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”
Selected Album: “The Anthology”

Image292. Dave Matthews Band: Proving that a reputation can still be made by a slow growing fan base, the Dave Matthews Band formed in the early 1990s. By 1994 they had debuted on the album charts, hitting number 11 and selling 6 million copies. Proving to be a college favorite, and mainstays of the adult radio market, the band actually did not hit the Hot 100 until 5 years later and didn’t find a spot in the top 40 until 2001. However in that process they released the album “Crash” (#2, 7 million), “Live At Red Rocks” (#3, 2 million), and “Before These Crowded Streets” (#1, 3 million). There 1990s success made them one of the most popular artists on the charts, in sales, and on the road for the decade. So far that success and their charming sound has carried on into the next century.

Selected Track: “Crash Into Me”
Selected Album: “Crash”

Image291. Jack Scott: With his deep voice and handsome looks Jack Scott made the perfect Rockabilly star in the 1950s. Scott made his debut on the Pop charts’ Top 40 in July of 1958 with “My True Love” (#3 Pop), supported by its flipside “Leroy” (#11 pop). However, like all good Rockers in the 1950s, his hits also did well on the R&B charts, “My True Love” reaching number 5. He would continue to make Rock hits until the early 1960s, but eventually his sound began to take on more of the hillbilly aspect of Rockabilly than the Rock and he became a notable Country act later in his career. The Rock work is what he will be best remembered for, and his fine singing voice could handle the uptempo Rock numbers as well as the Elvis inspired ballads. Even if Scott is not as well known today, his catalogue is a rich and versatile one. Which makes the cheap small collections of hits just as enjoyable as the bigger career spanning ones.

Selected Track: “Leroy”
Selected Album: “The Best of Jack Scott (1958-1960)"

Image290. Kanye West: Egos in music are a common theme among artists. However one the size of Kanye West’s ego is hard to come by, and maybe is only surpassed by Al Jolson’s. Then again West has a reason to have so much self-confidence…his talent. West is by far one of the most creative minds to emerge in the new century, and that has a lot to do with his production skills. He established himself as one of the most sought after producers in the music world, but yearned for more. When he made his major debut with “A College Dropout” West not only scored a hit record (#2 Album, 2 million certification), but also rejuvenated the Hip Hop scene. With a penchant for creating controversy with his words, West has become one of those artists where their personality popularity does not compare to their musical popularity. A little controversy can help a career though. It should be interesting to see where West’s career will lead him.

Selected Track: “Jesus Walks’’
Selected Album: “The College Dropout”

Image289. The Roots: Putting to rest any idiotic claim that Rap music could not or did not use live instruments, The Roots debuted in the late 1980s. Most Rap groups include a few emcees, a turntabilist, and a hype man. The Roots included other instrumentalists, notably bass and drums, besides the common turntablist. What also makes The Roots unique is that they are fairly popular in Alternative circles, and one could argue their fan base is made up equally of fans from both the Rap and Alternative world. While it had taken them a number of years to establish some form of popularity, by 1996 their second charting album, “Illadelph Halflife” entered the top 30 on Billboard’s album chart. However it was their momentous “Things Fall Apart” that established them as major artists, hitting #4 on the charts and going gold. A track highlight was collaboration with Neo-Soul Vocalist Erykah Badu (“You Got Me“), where The Roots and Badu form a modern day version of Billie Holiday and one of her All Star combo bands. The Roots success has carried into today, and they remain one of the most promising bands of Rocks 6th decade.

The Roots & Erykah Badu “You Got Me”
Selected Track: “You Got Me”
Selected Album: “Things Fall Apart”

Image288. The Pointer Sisters: It’s odd to think that The Pointer Sisters, in their earliest years, actually had hit the top 40 on the R&B, Pop, & Country charts, pointing to their eclectic mix of sounds . That may explain why the sisters remained consistent as hitmakers for 15 years. Within that span they charted 16 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, and an impressive 16 singles on the Hot 100 chart. One of their biggest hits, “Fire” (#2, Gold), was actually penned by Bruce Springsteen. Their sleek dance music of the early to mid 1980s established them as one of the more popular acts of the time, and is really where their legacy is most recognized by the general public. With hits like “Jump (For My Love)” (#3) and “I’m So Excited” (#30, and again in 1984 at #9) it isn’t hard to see why they were so accepted by the mainstream. However the production and sharp sister harmonies are some of the finest in the field, and the songs may be some of the most entertaining of the decade.

Selected Track: “I‘m So Excited”
Selected Album: “The Best of The Pointer Sisters”

Image287. Rufus: During the 1970s Rufus was one of the preeminent Funk groups. That may be due in large part to the vocals of Chaka Khan, who would go onto greater acclaim when she left (and a solo spot on this list as well). Rufus created Funk masterpieces highlighted by the tight multi-racial band‘s instrumentalists, and pumped full of energy by Khan’s powerhouse vocals. They hit the R&B top 40 for the first time in September of1973 with “Whoever’s thrilling You Is Killing Me” (#40), but the following year “Tell Me Something Good” (#3 Hot 100, #3 R&B, Gold) truly launched them into the stratosphere. Over the next decade they would hit the R&B chart 20 times, 5 of those occasions peaking at the top of the chart, the Hot 100 11 times, and the Album chart 11 times. Rufus’ music generally emphasized the dance aspect of Rock rather than the slow tempo ballads. One exception from their exhilarating dance catalogue is “Sweet Thing” (#1 R&B, #5 Pop), with its slow burn and eventual build up into vocal ecstasy. When the dust settles Rufus may remain one of the most enduring bands of the Funk style and the 1970s as a decade, which may be due to the fact there “Ain’t Nobody” quite like them.

Selected Track: “Sweet Thing”
Selected Album: “The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan”

Image286. Peter Frampton: Frampton’s 1976 chart dominance came as a surprise, he did have hits before…but few expected the album to hit the top spot and hold onto it for 10 weeks. In the process that album, “Frampton Comes Alive“, has sold in excess of 6 million copies and the cover has become one of the more defining ones of the decade. On a second glance maybe those few hits before “Frampton Comes Alive” (which covers his back catalogue) should have pointed that the album would have been a success. If nothing else Frampton’s damn good songwriting ability should have hinted that his songs could be hits, and three songs from this album did go onto the Hot 100 and perform very well. However “Frampton Comes Alive” is just a portion, albeit a large portion, of his great body of work. While he would never match it in popularity, Frampton maintained a sturdy career for another decade.

Selected Track: “Baby, I Love Your Way”
Selected Album: “Frampton Comes Alive!”

Image285. System of a Down: While System of a Down did appear in the late 1990s, it wasn’t until 2001’s “Toxicity” that they hit full stride. With their interesting mix of metal and hard rock styles, System of a Down proved an unlikely group to be so popular. But their unique sounds may be the reason they are so welcomed on the charts and by the mainstream. Vocalist Serj Tankian’s unique pedigree lends itself to his distinct vocals, which in today’s scene are as unique as they come. Recently they just collected their third #1 album, “Hypnotize”. “Hypnotize” was actually the second release of 2005, and went hand in hand with “Mesmerize”. What could have worked great as a double album, works even better as two separate ones. As long as they remain as creative in their sound as they have, System of a Down may have a long career to come.

Selected Track: “Aerials”
Selected Album: “Toxicity”

Image284. X: While most of the Punk genre was becoming increasingly harder sounding due to the influence of the Dead Kennedys & Black Flag, X emerged with a distinctly different Punk sound. They mixed old Country music and Rockabilly into their own Punk mold, creating some of the style's biggest classics. Billy Zoom, the band’s guitarist, may be the link between the Punk and Rockabilly, and his different guitar style merged the two together beautifully. However their music is entirely classifiable as Punk, and with albums like “Los Angeles” and “Wild Gift” (#165) they solidified their hold on the Punk music of the day. The contribution by Doors member Ray Manzarek, who produced their first few albums, may explain why they managed to outdo most other Punk acts on the charts. They hit the album chart 6 times, which is only 1 less than Blondie. Truthfully though at the heart and soul of the music are Exene Cervenka, one of the liveliest frontwomen at the time, and John Doe, one of Punks greater songwriters. Like most Punk artists (really most Rock artists) X is not without its controversial songs, and “Johny Hit And Run Pauline” was no exception displaying rape and murder by a horny young male youth. X’s music even when approaching the taboo subjects was superbly well crafted, and it still sounds great today.

Selected Track: “Los Angeles”
Selected Album: “Los Angeles”

Image283. Kurtis Blow: The first Rap star who sustained a good amount of popularity, Kurtis Blow appeared as the 1980’s begin with the hit “The Breaks (Part 1)”{#4 R&B). At the time Hip Hop was a music almost entirely built around a party theme. It had fantastic beats and the lyric usually only supported those beats. Blow was a master of the form, and his popularity helped to establish Rap as more than just a few forgettable names with great songs. Labels began to understand that more money could be made in establishing Rap artists. Blow was also among the first Rap artists who managed to have popularity as well as the acclaim of the community he came from, something artists like the Sugarhill Gang lacked. Blow sustained a 6-year career as a Rap act, and broke a lot of commercial doors down for the revolutionary artists to come…who knows what the music may have been like without him.

Selected Track: “The Breaks’
Selected Album: “The Best of Kurtis Blow”

Image282.Erykah Badu: With a voice that seemed to have been lifted off a Billie Holiday record, Erykah Badu became one of the (if not the) defining artists of the Neo-Soul movement. Upon release of her 1997 album there really wasn’t a place for the females of her kind, they weren’t as sleek as Mariah Carey or as rough as Mary J. Blige. The sound was unique for lack of a better word, merging the old Soul of Aretha Franklin with the modern sounds of Hip Hop, and Badu helped to establish it as a viable style for labels to stomach. Simultaneously she also made critics and the public fall in love with it Her debut “Baduizm” sold 3 million copies and hit the #2 slot on the Billboard 200, and won the Grammy for R&B album of the year. Not only did Badu indicate the Lauryn Hills & Alicia Keys to come, she also broke the ground that allowed them to flourish. Thus far Badu’s career hasn’t seemed to falter, both popularly and artistically, proving to be one of the promising acts as Rock continues on.

Selected Track: “Bag Lady”
Selected Album: “Baduizm”

Image281. Melissa Etheridge: Melissa Etheridge may possibly be the greatest Janis Joplin descendant to exist, she has the rough earthy vocals and the weird sexuality. The first half of the 1990s was a good time for females in Rock, they were more dominant than their male counterparts and finally breaking down old barriers that still existed in the backwards industry. Etheridge was just one of many soldiers in that fight, and while she may not have been the greatest her style was all her own. She hit for the Adult audience, the generation that had grown past the teenage Rock of their youth, and became quite the success. Her debut sold 2 million copies and parked just outside the top 20 on the albums chart at #22. She didn’t invade the top 40 of the Hot 100 until 1994 however, with “Come To My Window” (#25). She struggled with going public that she was a lesbian, since that taboo can hinder a career. Oddly though she found the greatest success after she came out at President Bill Clinton’s inaugaration in 1993. “Yes I Am”, the album at that period in her life, went on to sell 6 million copies, and that roughly makes up a half of what the RIAA credits her with. After she survived a bout with cancer, Etheridge has once again shown why her talent is so amazing and returned to the top tier of the charts with a greatest hits compilation. Proving her roots did indeed lie within Janis Joplin, Etheridge performed an all time Grammy highlight at the 2005 awards ceremony when she sang, with Joss Stone, “Piece of My Heart”. Yet Etheridge’s legacy is not entangled in Joplin’s and is as strong as nearly all her contemporaries in the 1990s.

Selected Track: “Come To My Window”
Selected Album: “Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled”

Image280. Foreigner: Popularity never seemed to be a hard hill for Foreigner to get over, even if peer acclaim was less abundant. Foreigner was one of the more popular acts in the late 1970s and the entire 1980s, with a string of hit singles and albums. 16 Top 40 singles to be exact, there biggest being the Gold certified #1 smash “I Want To Know What Love Is”, and their smash 1981 album “4’’ which would spend 10 weeks at the top and sell 6 million copies (one of 10 charting albums). Another single “Waiting For A Girl Like You” sat outside the number one spot for 10 weeks never taking the spot over, as it went up against several large hits including “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John. Oddly sometimes Foreigner is looked down upon, and there isn’t really a reason for it. Their songs were well crafted, and that in its own is a hard accomplishment. Lou Gramm was an amazing vocalist and along with guitarist Mick Jones they created some of the catchiest Rock tunes of the time.

Selected Track: “Cold As Ice”
Selected Album: “4”

Image279. Television: It is possible that of the 300 artists compiled here Television would score the lowest amount of Popularity points to an American audience (a larger amount in a UK point of view). However their distinct sound left a fairly large influence crater on Rock music, and Punk is forever in their debt. “Marquee Moon” is one of the greater Rock albums of the genre, and certainly of the 1970s. Yet it isn’t the only notable work in their book, as albums like “Adventure” showcase. While American popularity evaded them, the British charts were fairly open to receiving them (one of those examples where the 2 important markets for Rock have varying tastes). Still Television’s legacy isn’t tied to popularity, and it does not diminish their standing within the world of Rock.

Selected Track: “See No Evil”
Selected Album: “Marquee Moon”

Image278. Alanis Morissette: Oddly Alanis Morissette started her career as a artist similar to the beginning’s of Britney Spears, and was mildly successful in her native country of Canada. However when her dance oriented Rock style disappeared and a more angst-ridden female persona arose she found global success. “Jagged Little Pill” (#1) would be the launching pad, and with it’s gritty power would come to be one of the top albums of both 1995 and the decade as a whole. The album transformed Alanis overnight from a Canadian Dance Queen into a very recognizable face of the alternative crowd. While she has remained popular she hasn’t yet equaled “Jagged Little Pill”. However even if she never equals it again the impact of that album can justify her as a great artist on its own.

Selected Track: “Ironic”
Selected Album: “Jagged Little Pill”

Image277. Coldplay: With their lush sound and poetic lyric Coldplay is an artist who could have only appeared post-U2 and Radiohead. However where Radiohead was a little grittier, Coldplay was smooth and polished. They first made waves with their full-length debut “Parachutes” which didn’t crack the Billboard top 50 albums, but earned critical praise from the music community. In the early 2000s a new wave of British bands seemed poised to launch a second British invasion, though not as potent as the first, however out of them all Coldplay established themselves in the States as hitmakers and critic darlings. Often compared to other bands of a similar vein, Travis for example, Coldplay’s success was what initially separated them from the pack. When “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” hit stores it scaled the charts to #5, and at the same time cemented them a place as the next big band on the horizon. Since then they have only continued to grow and prosper, making any future albums an enticing buy.

Selected Track: ”Clocks”
Selected Album: “A Rush of Blood to the Head”

Image276. Dick Dale: The image that became so popular through the Beach Boys, Surf music, should also be attached to guitar master Dick Dale. While never quite that popular in the mainstream Dale has become one of those beloved cult icons. After all the man was a played some of the best guitar at the time, and influenced a handful of the greatest guitarists in Rock’s history.. Songs like “Miserlou” were hard and fast, and as the years passed the harder edged worlds of Metal and Hard Rock would pick up on Dale’s style. His career never fully recovered from the British Invasion period, but Dale has delighted audiences for a number of decades now…and his songs still are often heard in Popular Culture. Most recently in the film “Pulp Fiction” and the Black Eyed Pea sample on “Pump It”.

Selected Track: “Miserlou”
Selected Album: “King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale”

Image275. The Fugees: In the mid-1990s Gangsta Rap was the trend to follow in Hip Hop, and the Fugees offered the alternative. The Fugees brought together 3 large talents, Wyclef Jean, Pras, and Lauryn Hill. Each would go on to further success after the band’s short run, but only Hill would create another milestone album. Pulling influences from varying sources like Nina Simone, Bob Marley, & Teena Marie, the sound of the group was distinctive. What resulted from this interesting mix was the album “The Score” (#1), and it was a rich album in sounds. The biggest hit from the album by Hot 100 standards was “Fu-Gee-La” (#29) but the true monster hit (though never appearing on the Hot 100 because it was not commercially released as a single) was the Robert Flack classic “Killing Me Softly”. It has become one of Hip Hops more enduring tunes. While the band would quickly fizzle out, their sound would carry on to add to the richness of Rock and influence the coming generation of Hip Hop Fans

Selected Track: “Fu-Gee-La”
Selected Album: “The Score"

Image274. Grand Funk Railroad: Similar to Foreigner in having a good amount of popularity but not necessarily the critical respect to back it up, Grand Funk Railroad’s melodic Hard Rock enabled them to become one of the bigger “arena” rock bands of the time. Between 1969 and 1974 the band would chart an astounding 11 albums, all would be certified to some degree by the RIAA. Despite the lack of critical acclaim Grand Funk Railroad became one of the most popular touring acts of the period, selling out Shea Stadium in 72 hours (grossing over $300,000 dollars in ticket sales). However as 1976 came to a close the band’s popularity began to take a sharp decline. Yet even decades after their success Grand Funk’s biggest hits like “We’re An American Band” (#1) and “Some Kind Of Wonderful” (#3) are radio favorites…and their catalogue upon a second look deserves the critical acclaim it did not receive initially.

Selected Track: “We’re An American Band”
Selected Album: “Greatest Hits”

Image273. Blue Oyster Cult Although Blue Oyster Cult’s lineup has changed quite drastically over the years (the drummer spot as evidence to that), the band had a consistent streak of top 50 albums from 1975-1982. Within that timeframe they offered up what can be said as their best album (though not the highest charting), “Agents Of Fortune” (#29). Within that album was the smash hit, and best known Blue Oyster Cult song, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (#12). “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” mixed the pop sounds of the sixties with the harder edged sounds of the 1970s perfectly, and it has become one of those perennial favorites of many music fans. The Blue Oyster Cult, in one form or another, still tours today…but it is the 1970s work they will be best remembered for.

Selected Track: “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
Selected Album: “Agents Of Fortune”

Image272. The Dead Kennedys: Possibly the greatest Hardcore Punk act to exist The Dead Kennedys’ certainly added one of the finest Punk albums to its arsenal of great works. That album of course is the landmark “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables”. The Dead Kennedy’s mixed their honest political views with their unique musical approach. Jello Biafra’s vocal tremble would come to the front of the band’s harsh sound, and his writing would create some of the most severe social commentaries of the Rock world. In the mid 1980s upon the release of the controversial “Frankenchrist”, the Parents Music Resource Center (or as I call them the Enemies of Free Speech) filed a lawsuit against the band. The band would break up in 1986, and a year later the lawsuit would be dropped. However the Dead Kennedys’ music comes before the controversy. They proved that the American Punk scene could hold its own against the U.K.’s, and in the process influenced generations to follow.

Selected Track: “Kill The Poor”
Selected Album: “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables”

Image271. Jeff Buckley: In the music business it is hard to fight your way out of the shadow of your parent’s legacy. There are of course the exceptions that prove the rule, Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne & Nat King Cole’s daughter Natalie as two examples, but perhaps the only one who outpaced their great parent by such a large margin is Jeff Buckley. Arguably (or maybe inarguably) Buckley was the finest male vocalist of the 1990s, and his album “Grace”(#149) is also arguably the best display of vocals from the decade (or from the entire genre of Rock). While “Grace” is an album full of highlights, the striking cover of “Lilac Wine”, pulling from his Nina Simone influence, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” stand out. Sadly like many great Rock musicians his life ended (drowning in the Mississippi River in 1997) before he could create more masterpieces that would match “Grace”. At the end of the day however it is his voice, that glorious instrument, which will both haunt and excite generations of fans.

Selected Track: “Hallelujah”
Selected Album: “Grace”

Image270. Leonard Cohen: Rock’N’Roll has more than its fair share of cult icons, those names whose status now doesn’t reflect their popularity at the time. In the front of the pack is Leonard Cohen. He may have never had a top 50 album (only 5 charting at all), but his genius was evident right from the start. Yet Cohen is an unlikely Rock act, he was well into his 30s before he debuted with “The Songs of Leonard Cohen”, and was an established writer before leaping into a recording career. One of the finest, and least known, writers in Rock’s great arsenal of writers. Judy Collins helped to shine a light on him when she covered “Suzanne”. As the years progressed Cohen’s recording career was rather erratic, but the art he created left an impact on the music scene that is clear. He stands as proof that by the late 1960s Rock was an open playing field for both the new youth and those who were becoming adults themselves.

Selected Track: “Suzanne”
Selected Album: “The Songs of Leonard Cohen”

Image269. Lovin’ Spoonful: For a brief period in the 1960s The Lovin’ Spoonful were one of the most popular acts on the charts. A little over a year of chart dominance between 19065-1966 led the group to 7 Top 10 hits. Whatever they touched seemed to fly up the charts, starting with “Do You Believe In Magic” (#9). However their peak was short-lived, and after a drug incident members of the band were involved in they found their days as a popular act over. Like much of the music of the 1960s The Lovin’ Spoonful’s songs still stand the test of time, and “Do You Believe In Magic” has become one of those perennial radio (and cover) favorites The rest of their catalogue hasn’t faired to bad either, especially hits like “Daydream” (#2) and “Summer In The City” (#1, 3 weeks), Their music helped to define the decade, and remains some of the greatest Pop sounds this side of Pet Sounds.

Selected Track: “Do You Believe In Magic”
Selected Album: “Greatest Hits”

Image268. Anita Baker: Quiet Storm, that smooth 1980s style of R&B, would not have been as potent (nor as successful) without the vocal wonder Anita Baker. Baker’s vocals were rooted in the melismatic approach of Sarah Vaughan, but some intangible quality in her timing and phrasing could have only come after Chaka Khan or Patti Labelle. She often draws comparison to a fellow 80s R&B icon, Luther Vandross. The comparison is not unmerited, they were both among of handful of the greatest vocalists of their era and were also very active (and exciting) touring artists. Yet Vandross’ star always has seemed to shine brighter. Baker herself was no slouch on that front, and has had quite the successful career. For example her album “Rapture” (#11) managed to sell 5 million copies, and she followed that with the lucrative album “Giving You The Best That I Got” (#1, 4 weeks). That chart success has never truly dulled, even if Baker has become considerably less active in the studio, and her latest non-holiday studio release peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. Then again when you have an instrument like Baker’s, and truly give your fans the best that you got, few things can stand in your way.

Selected Track: “Giving You The Best That I Got”
Selected Album: “The Best Of Anita Baker”

Image267. The White Stripes: One of the big questions to arise as the White Stripes emerged into mainstream culture, was exactly what the relationship of the creative duo was? A brother and sister pairing like the Carpenters, possibly husband and wife like Ike & Tina Turner…maybe aliens (like the Eurythmics), however that question soon lost any relevance when people started to listen to the music. The sound was refreshing, equal parts the remembrance everything before it and the promise that the torch could and would be carried on. While their music had set the critics world ablaze, it was not until their fourth album “Elephant” (#6) that the mainstream jumped on. The duo, combining Jack White’s powerful guitar playing and quirky voice with Meg White’s minimalist drumming (and occasional enchanting vocals), unique blend of styles made “Elephant” (and all of their catalogue) unique in an era were labels try and copy the latest fad with an army of similar artists. Jack became somewhat of an odd cultural icon and their white and red style made them instantly identifiable. Proving that he wouldn’t be defined to any one genre for long White emphasized influences from a vast array of composers (From Burt Bacharach to Dolly Parton), and artists like Loretta Lynn would benefit from collaborations with him. Of the artists of the past 6 years, the White Stripes are proving to be one of the more substantial acts…and one of the most promising.

Selected Track: “Seven Nation Army”
Selected Album: “Elephant”

Image266. No Doubt: Some had called No Doubt the second coming of Blondie, and surely the comparisons existed. Gwen Stefani reminded some critics of Blondie front woman Debbie Harry. However No Doubt’s marriage of New Wave and the Ska style was uniquely their own. Stefani was by no means the greatest vocalist, but her very presence on stage was enough to win over legions of fans. While the band itself had no standout musician, they worked extremely well as a collaborative group. Yet whatever edge No Doubt had was not enough to put the group immediately in the spotlight, in fact they spent nearly a decade in relative obscurity. That all changed upon the release of Tragic Kingdom (#1, 9 weeks), and within a short period of time it would become one of the biggest albums of the decade. The singles off the album held an odd fate, most of them were not released commercially on the market and only had airplay going for them. What that meant was the Hot 100 was out of question, and only “Just A Girl” (#23) managed to chart (it was released as a single). But few could actually argue that one of the largest hits of the decade was “Don’t Speak”, which never saw the light of day as a Hot 100 single but ruled the Airplay chart for 16 weeks. A sophomore effort didn’t appear until the new millennium, and failed to reach the success of “Tragic Kingdom”. Yet No Doubt’s success continued, and had been growing steadily. What Stefani’s new found (and quite large) solo success means for the future of the group is still to be judged, but No Doubt’s significant mark in the last decade insure they will be well remembered.

Selected Track: “Don’t Speak”
Selected Album: “The Singles 1992-2003”

Image265. Soundgarden: With their own mix of Grunge and Hard Rock, Soundgarden slowly rose to a level of major popularity. At the forefront of the band (and alongside Jeff Buckley & Mariah Carey in the 1990s Rock Vocal Pantheon) was Chris Cornell, whose range and power hadn’t truly been felt in a hard Rock group for quite some time. However he was not the only focal piece in the talented group, as Kim Thayil (guitar), Ben Sheperd/Hiro Yamamoto (bass), and Matt Cameron (drums) would prove. While according to the mainstream Soundgarden by all definitions was a 1990s band, their late 80s EP “Screaming Life” brought the attention of critics early on. A few years later, in 1990, the album “Louder Than Love” peaked at #108 on the charts. Yet their big claim to fame didn’t come until the #1 smash album Superunknown. The band would soldier on for the next few years but would disband in 1997, their decade long run had establishing them as one of the finest acts in Rock’s harder styles…one that newer generations would be in debt to.

Selected Track: “Black Hole Sun”
Selected Album: Superunknown

Image264. TLC: In the industry the girl group is a tried and true moneymaker, stretching far back to artists like the Boswell Sisters. Rock music was no exception and its female groups and duos, the Teen Queens & the Chantels as examples, had hits in Rock’s younger days. The early 1990’s found the same old formula in a new era, acts like SWV & En Vogue were new names in an old trend. However out of that new wave of female groups TLC emerged as the most recognizable. Which at the time didn’t seem like the case, their mix of Hip Hop and R&B wasn’t yet at the pinnacle of its power, and En Vogue seemed like the best the 1990s would offer against the girl group juggernauts of the 1960s. TLC at first compared weakly against the quartet, though they did have a string of hits alongside them. However their meteoric rise was just around the bend in late 1994. In that year they would release “Crazysexxycool” (#1), and through that one album they could lay claim to being the largest girl group of the decade. The album spawned 4 huge singles, none more than “Waterfalls” (#1, 7 weeks) which has become one of the defining songs of that decade. Success on that level is often hard for an act to live up to again. However 5 years later “Fanmail” debuted at the #1 spot and went 6x platinum (and added 2 more #1s to their collection). The death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, in 2002, dealt a crushing blow to the group. Nevertheless the recordings they had made in the 1990s are among the greatest decade…and in at least one case the last 60 years of Rock’N’Roll.

Selected Track: “Waterfalls”
Selected Album: “Now & Forever: The Hits”

Image263. Rage Against The Machine: The harder sounds of Rock, and the fiery soul of Hip Hop do come together well. Rage Against The Machine was by no means the first act to mix the two Rock styles, but they may have done it best. Their unique and highly political music was the backbone which many bands built there sounds on in the near future. At their popular peak the band was at the height of their powers, and had a large audience willing to listen to its message. Rage Against The Machine may be the most notable act where music seemed to be a second priority, a supporting role, to that message (whatever it may have been at that moment). Frontman Zach de la Rocha was as political and exciting as anyone could want from a front man, and his dreadlocked image provided a key focal point for the band. In a three year span Rage Against The Machine had two albums hold the top spot on the Billboard 200, and combined totaled over 5 million in sales. That success proved that their mix of sounds, even if not the message as much, were welcomed by the public. However like many bands of similar intent, Rage Against The Machine ended far too soon. Their sound and views however influenced the generation that was beginning its own period of dominance in the world of music…though it is Rage Against the Machine that proves to be the lightning rod of the sound.

Selected Track: “Guerilla Radio”
Selected Album: “The Battle Of Los Angeles”

Image262. Laura Nyro: While Nyro herself never managed to see an album chart past #32 on the Album chart, nor any single sail past #92 on the Singles chart, only a fool would call her music unpopular and an even greater fool call it insignificant. Nyro is among the finest songwriters in Rock’s long and varied history. Without her unique writing some of the greatest songs of Rock would not exist. Her talent may have lied within her ability to weave various strands of the Rock sound together into a lush quilt of sound. Some could argue (quite strongly) that her popular peak came in 1969. In that year The 5th Dimension brought her song “Wedding Bell Blues” to #1 (for 3 weeks, and they had other hits with her songbook as well), Blood, Sweat, & Tears found her “And When I Die” a number two spot, and Three Dog Night placed “Eli’s Coming” at #10 all within that year. Yet her popularity among artists reaches far beyond that point and far outside the world of Rock, Barbra Streisand and folk vocal group Sweet Honey In The Rock as two examples. While artists do indeed flock to her work, it is Nyro’s own interpretations of her songs that are regarded as the best. Her warm voice, which merged the Folk-Rock era with the Girl-Group sound, was the perfect instrument to demonstrate the true emotion behind each word. Nyro is so often lost in the great artists debate, but with a talent so profound and artistry so distinct it is a great loss if we ever forget her. Luckily the music will insure we cannot.

Selected Track: “Eli’s Coming”
Selected Album: “Time and Love: The Essential Masters”

Image261. Lloyd Price: Most recording artists find out that behind the glitter of the business is a nasty machine where profit is held above all else. Some this before they enter, but like a moth drawn to a light they come anyway. However through their experiences within the business (and away from the art) many artists become savvy businessman/woman themselves (and/or become altogether bitter, ex. Joni Mitchell) Lloyd Price was one of Rock’s early geniuses (both artistically and in the business). When he began his career, he was as popular as an early Rock act could be scoring 5 top 10 R&B hits within a year (between 1952-1953). But that successful recording career was put on hold during his two-year service in the military (in Korea from 54-56). When he returned he helped to pioneer the roles of blacks in the business, he established a label (KRC) and a publishing company (Lloyd & Logan Music), both among the first black owned businesses in the music industry. Price’s business smarts also led him to refuse to sign a contract with any major label, and instead leased his music through them (maximizing his control and profit of his own work). The years that followed far surpassed his year at the top, adding 16 more top 40 R&B hits to his run, and giving him 10 top 40 Pop hits (including the #1 hit “StaggerLee”). Often considered one of the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fames larger absentees (of many!), they Hall finally came to its senses in 1998 and inducted him. It is hard to say if it was his for his work within the business, or for the great records he put to wax in Rock’s formative years.

Selected Track: “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
Selected Album: “Lawdy”

Image260. Kansas: Some have mocked that naming your band after a location on the globe has a curse of making your band one that makes less than good music. If that is true then along with that lack of quality comes a bucket of money. Kansas is a band that have never garnered immense critical acclaim, but their late 1970s period placed them among the most popular acts of their time. While Kansas had been seeing certified albums throughout the mid 1970s, it was not until 1976 that their album “Leftoverture” began its chart climb (peaking at #5 and selling 4 million copies) that Kansas truly hit their full stride. While the critic pool never latched on to them, possibly because they were so popular, that never hurt the legacy of a number of their songs. “Dust In The Wind” (#6) in particular has become one of those well known songs, with covers from artists as varied as The Scorpions and Sarah Brightman. So despite the lack of critical (or even for that matter peer) acceptance on a large scale, Kansas carved their own little spot in the global world of Rock.

Selected Track: “Dust In The Wind”
Selected Album: “Best Of Kansas”

Image259. Alice In Chains: Alice In Chains were a rare case in the 1990s, not just musically but also commercially. The 1990s became the time for artists to arrive on the scene with albums sporadically, making their popular impact seem like nothing compared to the blitzkrieg assault made by artists in the 1960. Alice In Chains worked against the grain in that fashion, becoming one of the most popular (and acclaimed) album artists of the 1990s. Finding themselves with 2 number 1 smashes, and one mammoth seller. That mammoth seller was “Dirt” arguably among the 5 finest albums released in the decade. With a dynamite team of Layne Staley (vocals), Jerry Cantrell (guitar), Mike Starr (bass), and Sean Kinney (drums) Alice In Chains was a fresh sound coming from a movement, which pushed a handful of the more refreshing artists from its pool of talent. While the band suffered from internal conflicts, the record business (in all of its lovely glory) began to repackage odds and ends from their collection waiting for a new release. Solo projects seemed to get in the way of that, but Staley’s death was the final nail in the coffin. What they did manage to put to wax influenced the upcoming generation, whose popularity was due largely to the sounds of Alice In Chains and bands of their kind.

Selected Track: “Rooster”
Selected Album: “Dirt”


Image258. Chaka Khan: Chaka Khan was equal parts Funk and Jazz, maybe the funkiest female vocalist of the Funk style, and certainly the one with the greatest sense of Jazz timing and phrasing. While her popular beginnings happened within the group Rufus, it was her solo career that further pushed her to the forefront of the great female vocalists. That early career was actually hinted at after Rufus crossed into the Pop charts with “Tell Me Something Good” in 1974, after that point the band would be titled Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Just four years later Khan would strike solo stardom with “I’m Every Woman” (#21 Pop, #1 R&B 3 weeks) and by 1984 her Prince penned hit “I Feel For You” (#3 Pop, #1 R&B 3 weeks)cemented her place as a leading lady of the 1980s R&B scene. While never quite at the same level of popularity as women around her, like Patti Labelle or Sade, Khan’s 80s work gathered her a devout following of some of the more potent songbirds of the 1990s (most prominently Mary J. Blige). While she has started to experiment with the Jazz aspects of her vocals, one can always hope she will one day return to the Funk roots she surfaced out of (then again her music has always been a little funky).

Selected Track “I Feel For You”
Selected Album: “Epiphany: The Best Of Chaka Khan”

”I Feel For You”

Image257. Ricki Lee Jones: As Joni Mitchell began to musically rebel against the industry, critics and the business alike began to search for the next version of her. In 1979, upon release of Ricki Lee Jones’ self titled debut (#3), they thought they had found it. The comparisons can be made, but Jones is stylistically different from Mitchell. Mitchell worked the melodies of pre-Rock music with the conversational lyric style of Bob Dylan, whereas Jones is very much entrenched in the music that emerged from acts like Jackson Browne. A better comparison may have been to call her the second coming of Jackson Browne, yet, for the industry, comparisons of men and women seems to be a taboo. But with all the comparisons aside, Jones was one of the more gifted songwriters. And while not as popular as she once was, it isn’t uncommon to see her latest release somewhere in the Billboard 200.

Selected Track: “Chuck E.’s In Love”
Selected Album: “Ricki Lee Jones”
"Chuck E.'s In Love"

Image256. The Chiffons: The Brill Building sound of the period between Elvis and the British Invasion caused Rock to grow to such a great degree that it became larger than anyone expected. With a stable of writers including King & Goffin, Mann & Weil, Leiber & Stoller, Pomus & Shuman, and Barry & Greenwich, the location was the hotspot for new hit singles….and the Brill Building group defined “hit” like few things before it. While the Chiffons were not the stars of the roster of musicians (and are one of many to appear ), their singles have become standard Rock classics. The girl groups of the early 1960s, just before the major breakthrough of the Supremes, had a very distinct sound. And of the successful ones few sounded quite as good as the Chiffons. The Chiffons’ biggest hit was most certainly “He’s So Fine’’ (#1 4 Weeks, R&B and Pop), and it might also be their largest claim to fame considering years later George Harrison would use the sound in “My Sweet Lord” ( a lawsuit would follow ). As the years passed by the Chiffons would score a few more top 40 hits, including 2 more top 10s (“One Fine Day - #5 and “Sweet Talkin’ Guy”- #10). While not one of the most definitive girl groups (ranking behind a small number of ones still to come) the Chiffons did serve as a bridge between the Brill Building and the Motown era which was just beginning to take hold of the charts.

Selected Track: “He’s So Fine”
Selected Album: “The Best of the Chiffons”

Image255. Carly Simon: Carly Simon’s career was a mixture of good timing, charisma, and catchy songs. She is today one of the most popular of all album artists to ever hit the market. Throughout the 4 decades she has recorded in she has landed 22 albums within the Billboard 200, and if nothing else she has been consistent. Not a year had passed by from 1971-1976 that an album by Carly Simon was not somewhere in the top 100, and many will argue that is also the time she was at the height of her powers. Her 1971 Grammy win for Best New Artist was that rare occasion when the Grammy committee correctly predicted an artist who would continue on for years with style, vigor, and immense popularity. That same year also saw Simon hit the charts twice with both her self titled debut (#30) and “Anticipation” (#30), but it was the 1972 entry of “No Secrets” (#1) that directed her path. The album was released in a year that include number ones from Elvis, 2 Beatles (Paul & George), The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross singing Billie Holiday, and Jethro Tull…and was among the finest in a class that also included “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, “Houses Of The Holy”, and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”. While it never matched those last three mentioned albums in critical acclaim or influence, it is still one of the more impressive releases of the year. Simon would at times dabble (some would argue falter) outside of Rock, as she did in 2005 with “Moonlight Serenade”, but with her legacy intact…many would say “Nobody Does It Better”.

Selected Track: “You’re So Vain”
Selected Album: “No Secrets”

Image254. Steve Miller Band: While the Steve Miller Band never had a number one album to his credit, their significant chart span and large sales figure are proof that their music was among the most popular of the 1970s. But that peak happened years after their initial start, and they didn’t hit the top 20 until they released “The Joker”, the single hit the top spot, and the album went to number two selling a million copies in 1973. For the next 10 years the band created music that became part of the soundtrack for a generation, and grabbed 2 more number one singles. The Steve Miller Band proved to not only be one of the more dominant acts of its time, but to also have music that as the years pass by still sounds as fresh and great as ever.

Selected Track: “The Joker”
Selected Album: “Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits”

What the 1980s could do to a band…

Image253. Paul McCartney: It is hard to say whether or not the solo careers of the Beatles would have been as popular as they came to be without that initial group success, but as solo acts the Beatles carried on their chart topping tradition. Out of the four men (Paul, John, Ringo, and George…as if I had to say it) McCartney would become the most successful, not the most creative necessarily, of the group. McCartney is one of the few artists whose various forms could land him a spot near the top of an all time popularity list…but even without The Beatles or Wings, McCartney’s solo success is something to behold (and it seems to not end). Excluding Beatles and Wings material, McCartney has entered the singles chart as a solo act (or alongside wife Linda) over 10 times, but has found himself greater success with his 20+ charting solo albums. So while McCartney may come in third among solo Beatles here, expect to see him again (and again) as the list continues and as his work within groups appears.

Selected Track: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
Selected Album: “Ram”

”Follow Me”

Image252. ZZ Top: For all of you trivia buffs out there, ZZ Top are the last artists on an alphabetical list of charting acts on both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 (Aaliyah being the first). They may have also been the most unlikely of video stars as the MTV era came into power….nevertheless they became one of the more popular acts of all time. For many artists popularity at a great level comes for a price, but ZZ Top seems to rise above that idea. They are respected within the musical community, and even their bigger hits have become beloved radio staples and musical testaments to their enchanting mix of sounds. ZZ Top represented what Rock truly is about at its core, good music expressing good times. That may be what lead “Eliminator” to its #9 peak and 10 million in recognized RIAA sales, the girls and cars in the video didn’t hurt though. While “Eliminator” was their popular peak, accounting for nearly half of their sales, many would argue their best album came a decade before in 1973 when “Tres Hombres” (#8) was released. Their 2004 induction into the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame is icing on a very good cake, and while they are not among the most definitive of Rock acts…the Rock world would be less colorful (and hairy) without them.

Selected Track: “Legs”
Selected Album: “Eliminator”


Image251. Joan Armatrading: The United Kingdom and America tend to have similar popular tastes, but in some cases a popular artist on one side of the pond may not be as popular on the other (that difference can sometimes be very significant). One such artist that the UK grabbed a hold of but America did not (at least not to the same degree) is Joan Armatrading. Despite that lack of a large American following Armatrading has managed to remain an influential artist on that acts that followed her (maybe no better example exists outside of Tracy Chapman), as well as make quite a few classic albums and songs. Her 1976 (#67) self-titled release showcased a songwriter in peak form, but her 1980s work (as she moved further into an electronic world) would mark her peak in the States (and would just add to her stardom in the UK). While her popularity has declined throughout the years, the respect from the musical community (as “Lovers Speak” would show) has steadily grown.

Selected Track: “Love & Affection”
Selected Album: “Greatest Hits”

”Drop The Pilot”

Image250. Wu Tang Clan: When “Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)” (#41) first debuted, in 1993, it was becoming evident that Hip Hop was dead set on a new path . The Gangsta Rap style had fully taken hold, pushing the party music of Raps youth further away and embracing the urban lifestyle depicted by acts like N.W.A.. Similar to N.W.A. in many ways, the Wu Tang Clan was also a commercial beginning for what would become some of the largest names in Hip Hop (like Method Man & the genius producer RZA). In fact nearly the entire lineup of The Wu Tang Clan went on to become a significant popular act in the years to follow. The album itself stands today as one of the great albums of the 1990s (and one of the greatest produced albums of the decade), and can also be pointed to as a rallying cry for the East Coast Rap scene, which had started to drag behind the emerging West Coast in acclaim. No matter the view, the Wu Tang Clans existence greatly shaped the sounds of Hip Hop as it soldiered into its darker chapters. While they never hit that high of a peak again, they continued (through solo and group projects) to be a dominant force within the world of Rap.

Selected Track: “C.R.E.A.M.”
Selected Album: “Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)”

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Image249. George Harrison: The members of the Beatles careers continued on after the group disbanded….without really skipping a beat. By 1971 three had number one albums (the odd man out was Ringo…who never grabbed that to spot), but the biggest album (and according to this site the greatest) of all of the members post-Beatles career was “All Things Must Pass” (#1, 7 weeks) by Harrison. Which spawned the hit “My Sweet Lord” (#1, 4 weeks), and despite the lawsuit it also spawned, the song remains a radio staple…with few noticing the change in lyric from “hallelujah” to “hare Krishna” part way through the song . Harrison‘s releases would continue to be popular for the rest of his career, and his records sound as good today as they ever did.

Selected Track: “My Sweet Lord”
Selected Album: “All Things Must Pass”

”My Sweet Lord”

Image248. Annie Lennox: With a unique voice and an even inimitable look Annie Lennox first rose to prominence as a member the Eurythmics. It was that androgynous visual that Lennox put forth that made the group a mainstay on the early days of MTV, but it was her voice that cemented the tracks as radio essentials. However as the duo slowly fell apart, Lennox became quite the star in her own right when she appeared with Al Green on “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” (#9). In 1992 she emerged with “Diva” (#23) putting her in a more Adult Contemporary market (a place she has stayed firmly rooted in since). Her next release however, 1995’s “Medusa” was a bit of a surprise. An album full of covers by artists ranging from Paul Simon to Bob Marley, the Clash, and Al Green, the critics gave it mixed reviews, but the public enjoyed it enough for the album to match “Diva”’s sale mark. And with age Lennox seems to only become more popular, her latest release hitting the #4 mark on the Billboard 200 is evidence of that. When (it isn’t so much a matter of if) the Eurythmics are inducted (I believe they become eligible for the next induction class) it will undoubtedly be influenced by the presence Lennox has had over the last 2 decades.

Selected Track: “Why”
Selected Album: “Diva”


Image247. INXS: Australia’s major exports supposedly include things like coal, wool, and wheat, but the world of music surely is richer because of the talent that has risen from down under. And when the Australian acts crossover to America or the UK it is in a big way, as AC/DC, The Bee Gees, or Olivia Newton-John prove (though not all Australians by birth right). Somewhere behind that group of acts, and Aussies born and bred, is INXS who connected 1960s Rock with New Wave flawlessly. While there crossover appeal was not immediately apparent (in either the US or the UK) by 1985’s “Listen Like Thieves” began its march up the chart (eventually hitting #11 in 1986 and selling 2 million copies). However it was their 1987 album “Kick” (#3) that gave them the global success they deserved. The album spawned a significant number of hits (4 in the States including the #1 single “Need You Tonight” and 3 in the UK) and earned the band a devout following which seems to not falter for any reason. Michael Hutchence’s suicide in 1997 slowed the bands momentum down, but a popular television talent search in the 00’s brought the band a new lead singer in J.D. Fortune, and once again the act was in the upper levels of the charts.

Selected Track: “Need You Tonight” (#1)
Selected Album: “Kick”

”Need You Tonight”

Image246. Mary Wells: The best American defense against the British Invasion was Motown, and Wells helped put them on the map. Her big hit “My Guy” (#1 Pop & R&B) was, alongside “Hello Dolly” by Louis Armstrong, a brief break in the chart dominance of the Beatles in 1964, and is still today recognized as one of the crowning achievements in the Motown songbook. But Wells was no newcomer to the scene in 1964, she had racked up 8 top 40 hits before “My Guy” jumped to the top spot and 9 top 10 R&B hits (including two other number ones). After Wells departed from the Motown label, a shock at the time, she never truly regained her former star status landing only 1 single on the Pop charts (and 7 more R&B top 40s), Nowadays it may seem that acts like the Supremes were always the most essential ones in Motown’s stable, but a little scratching at the surface will show that artists like Mary Wells were the foundation upon which those later acts emerged from. Well’s has yet to be inducted into the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame and her importance to Rock makes her absence in the Hall a crime. Wells died of cancer in 1992, at the young age of 49.

Selected Track: “My Guy” (#1)
Selected Album: “The Ultimate Collection”

”My Guy”

Image245. Missy Elliott: While many female artists have come and gone in hip hop, no one female has held it down quite like Missy Elliot (formerly known as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot). Whether she’s rapping, singing, songwriting, producing, or fashion designing, Elliot has established herself as one of hip hop’s true visionaries. First surfacing with her stellar debut, Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, her career has consisted of a string of hits albums and singles.

Undeniably, Missy Elliot’s finest work has come from her lethal partnership with producer, Timbaland. With her quirky swagger and witty lyrics and Timbaland’s infectious beats, characterised by their sporadic arrangements and exotic samples, the pair churned out one dance floor anthem after another. The most memorable of which - “Get Ur Freak On”, “Work It”, “For My People” and “One Minute Man”, to name a few – remain dancefloor staples to this day. The development of what came to be known as the “Timbaland Sound” is greatly indebted to Missy, as she played an influential role in the production process.

The peak of her popularity came with 2002’s multi-platinum release, Under Construction. Missy’s success is also complimented by successful songwriting endeavors for other artists, including Aaliyah and Ciara, and four Grammy Awards.

Selected Album: Under Construction
Selected Track: “Work It”

Work It

Contributor: Maria S.

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Image243. The B-52s: The B-52's were the first of many bands to form in Athens, Georgia (also the hometown of REM), which would become the indie rock capitol due to the this wacky group. Members originally consisted of Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland and Ricky Wilson. Named after the girls' beehive hairdo, initially their style was a take on new-wave, mixed with elements of surf, punk, and dance. They were also considered a post-punk band and were a popular college-rock outfit. Their crazy thrift shop, campy appearance and their non-mainstream dance style music, recognized by the girls' harmonies and Scheinder's spoken word, made them one of the first underground music acts. With having two woman in a rock group, The B-52's would set the stage for the inter-gender exchange of alternative rock. This all made them influence on both alternative and new wave.

In 1978, they would record and release a few thousand copies of an early version of the classic "Rock Lobster", and with many appearances at New York's CBGB's, they brought attention to the New York Press. The following year, they released their legendary eponymous debut album, which was one of the first new wave albums to crack the top 50. No more of their albums would match this in greatness. It featured many great and weird songs with absurd lyrics such as "52 Girls", "Planet Claire", "Downtown" (a Petula Clark cover), "Dance This Mess around" and "Lava" but none as great as the reworked version of "Rock Lobster", which would score them an underground club hit and would become one of the first significant new wave hits.

The next year they would release the Top 20 album, Wild Planet (produced the hit "Private Idaho"). And in 1982, with producer David Bryne, they released Mesopotamia and then Whammy. In 1985 Ricky Wilson would die of AIDS so their next album would be a tribute to him.

It wasn't until 1989 though that they released it and finally break through commercially with Cosmic Thing (#1) with two #3 hits, (also huge video hits) "Love Shack" (which could be considered their signature track) and "Roam". Both singles went gold. The album also produced the hits "Channel Z" (#1 modern rock) and "Deadbeat Club" (#30) In 1990, Cindy Wilson would leave and the remaining trio would record the album "Good Stuff." And the next year would perform the track to the Flinstones movie. In 1998 they came back with a tour to support "Time Capsule", a compilation album.

The group had their ups and downs but would influence countless alternative bands. They have not been forgotten today with their wacky music, appearance and creativity as they set the stage for what the 80's new wave/ alternative scene would be.

Selected Track: "Rock Lobster" #56 "Love Shack" #3, #1 Modern Rock
Selected Album: "The B-52's" #59, "Cosmic Thing" #1

Contributor: Classic Rock Rocks

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Image240. The Hollies: The Hollies are one of the greatest and most successful bands, which erupted out of the British invasion. Starting as a Mersey Beat band they had several stylistic changes through their career which included a variety of styles: folk rock, psychedelic rock, pop/rock and even disco at the end of 70’s. However during all of those stylistic changes the band never lost their perfect trademark, the amazing high three part harmonies, which rivals those of the Beach Boys.

The Hollies will always be remembered as a very successful singles band, even if only in the U.K (where they had 19 top 20 hits in a row between 1963-1970). Nevertheless, they had many solid and underrated albums especially from mid to late 60’s – “For Certain Because” and as primary example “Evolution”, on which they penned all of the material. In addition, the Hollies (Clark-Hicks-Nash/Sylvester) were a quite strong songwriting team, though they were using professional songwriters like Graham Gouldman ("Look Trough Any Window", "Bus Stop") for their singles’ material. Initially they wrote B - Sides of all of their singles, and much of their albums' material and in continuation they penned many successful A - sides of their singles as well ("Carrie Anne", "Stop,Stop,Stop"),which came to be international hits.

Although, the band went trough some core changes during their long artistic career (departures of their frontman Graham Nash, Eric Haydock -one of the strongest bassists of British Invasion, lead singer Alan Clarke etc) they continue to perform successfully in England and Europe, and released a new album in 2006. The Hollies still haven't been inducted to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame,but nevertheless, their status as rock legends is already assured. The Hollies’ music has influenced many generations, including alternative pop/rock and Britpop. In 1995 a tribute album released titled "Sing Hollies In Reverse",which featured major alternative-rock artists covering the Hollies tunes. The Hollies’ famous jangly guitar deffo are known for being influential on many brit pop bands such as the Bluetones etc. In 1993, they were given an Ivor Novello award in honor of their contribution to British music. All of this proving that the Hollies’ music will draw new rock and pop enthusiasts for a years to come.

Selected Album:Evolution
Selected Song: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Contributor: Beat Man Rules

Image239. The Doobie Brothers: Despite constant line-up changes, health problems, and an ever-wavering fan base, The Doobie Brothers have remained one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1970s. The Doobies (whose name is not coincidental) were founded in 1970 by three of the group’s most consistent members: Patrick Simmons, John Hartman, and lead songwriter Tom Johnston. With 1973’s The Captain and Me, which featured the major hits “China Grove” and "Long Train Running" (both written by Johnston), The Doobies became one of the most popular vocal groups of the mid-seventies. However, in late 1974, after the considerable success of What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (which featured Simmons’s “Black Water”), Johnston fell ill, and a temporary replacement was found in Michael McDonald, a session vocalist who had previously worked with Steely Dan. During the so-called "McDonald" period, the focus of the music changed from the "classic rock" sound The Doobies had previously established to accomodate McDonald's famous "blue-eyed soul" style. After Johnston’s return, McDonald was retained as a permanent member. Despite continuing debate as to who the “true” leader of the band was, The Doobies stayed a major act throughout the 1970s. It was during this period that they achieved their best-selling single and album: the Grammy-winning "What a Fool Believes" (written by McDonald) and Minute by Minute, respectively. This album was the last to feature drummer John Hartmann, and ever since the primary lineup of the band has been inconsistent; various incarnations have toured under the name to this day. Today, Simmons and Johnston are the only two original members left of the band; McDonald and many others have opted out over the years. The Doobies are most remembered, in addition to their influence upon the "vocal group" sound, which often featured layered of over-dubbed vocals, as a versatile band capable of hard rockers and soft acoustic ballads; their original lineup of dual drummers was certainly a unique appearance in the early 1970s. Despite any controversy, The Doobies have remained an immensely successful act and will most likely continue to be in upcoming years.

Selected Album: The Captain and Me
Selected Track: "China Grove"

Contributor: The Man

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Image236. Judas Priest: Judas Priest is the missing link between Black Sabbath (as well as other early metal pioneers such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and KISS) and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and to a further extent, the thrash metal movement of the 80's. In fact, on their Behind the Music special, Paul Gargano, editor of Metal Edge remarked that Metallica never would have gotten to where they were if Judas Priest hadn't opened doors both artistically and commercially for metal. While they more or less fit the oft hurled Spinal Tap description of metal bands in regards to their revolving drummers, Rob Halford is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest metal vocalist of all time. Known primarily for his piercing high range, in the early Judas Priest albums he also demonstrated skill at an occasional low baritone range. As much as Steve Harris likes to point influence toward Wishbone Ash, KK Downing and Glenn Tipton are unquestionably the starting point for the twin lead guitar approach in metal. Their career had massive amounts of influence and impact on metal, whether it was the surreal yet proto-thrashy works of the 70's, the commercial fist-pumping anthem albums of the 80's or the vicious shred speed/thrash style of the 90's.

Selected track: Victim of Changes (live)

Selected album: Screaming For Vengeance

Contributor: JRA

Image235. The Ronettes: Ronnie and Estelle Bennent and their cousin Nedra Talley honed their skills throughout the early-60s with a series of regional hits, and got their big break when their talent was noticed by famed producer Phil Spector. He must have known something, because as soon as he turned his express focus towards the Ronettes, they recorded the crowning song of the entire Girl Group movement in “Be My Baby,” which climbed to #2 on the pop charts in 1963. Enough could be written about that song to fill the brief space here, but it was just the first classic they recorded, with “Walkin’ in the Rain,” “Is This What I Get For Loving You,” “Baby I Love You,” and many other masterful pop tunes coming within just the next few years—forgotten songs like “I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine” being just as good as the hits. The Ronettes pulled off everything thrown at them seemingly effortlessly, with grace and cunning that’s still palpable today. And the lush backdrops Spector provided were as influential as everything the Beatles and the Beach Boys were doing at the time, in fact profoundly influencing Brian Wilson.

When Spector’s association with the group ended, so did most of their importance as artists (though some of their later 60s work remained excellent.) Sadly the future for the Ronettes was plagued by Spector, with a disastrous marriage to Ronnie and decades long legal battles over royalties to come. On the list of nominees for the Rock Hall this year, for once the Ronettes have a chance to get the credit due them.

Selected Track: “Be My Baby”
Selected Album: “The Best of the Ronettes”

Be My Baby & Shout

Contributor: E

Image234. The Spinners: Dropped by Motown records in the early 70s despite a sizeable hit in the shape of the Stevie Wonder penned "It's A Shame", the Spinners moved to Atlantic records, drafted in Phillipe Wynne on lead vocals, and subsequently made Motown records regret their decision time and again over the course of the 1970s.

At Atlantic records the band changed stylistically under the watchful eye of producer Thom Bell, coming to represent the Philadelphia sound with the addition of strings and horns in many of their classic tracks. With this trademark sound in place the group dominated the music scene for most of the decade as the premier soul group and the envy of Motown. The group topped the singles chart with "Then Came You" in 1974 and went top five on numerous other occasions. Yet their success was not restricted merely to singles, a fact which is attested to by three top ten records, the pick of which arguably being the aptly titled "Pick Of The Litter".

The Spinners' career waned after the departure of Wynne in 1977, yet by this point they had already assured their place in the pantheon.

Recommended Single: "Then Came You" (#1)
Recommended Album: Pick Of The Litter

Could It Be I'm Falling In Love

Contributor: Nick Rogerson

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Image232. Duane Eddy: When it comes to charting rock instrumentals, Duane Eddy is the King. He invented a guitar sound that was dubbed "Twang", characterized by echo and tremolo heavy single-note picking on the low strings of his Chet Atkins-model Gretsch 6120 hollowbody guitar. That sound launched fifteen instrumentals into the American Top Forty in the '50s and '60s, a record that will likely never be broken.

"Twang" helped make Duane Eddy one of the very first of rock's guitar heroes, and he remains one of the most distinctive the genre has ever produced. There is an undeniable power to Duane Eddy's recordings. From the throbbing pulse of "Peter Gunn Theme" to the saxophone wail of "Rebel Rouser", Eddy blazed a unique, influential and exciting trail through rock 'n' roll's first decade.

Selected Album: Have 'Twangy' Guitar - Will Travel
Selected Track: "Rebel Rouser"

Rebel Rouser

Contributor: ClashWho

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Image228. Electric Light Orchestra: One of the first bands to ever effectively mix classical strings with rock and roll and have consistent success were Electric Light Orchestra. Guitarist Jeff Lynne’s brainchild began as a side project for his former band, The Move, but in a matter of two years (and over five lineup changes) became completely controlled by Lynne, and a long line of Top 40 hits soon followed.

1974’s Eldorado is considered a landmark album in progressive rock history, with the band reaching success in America for the first time with the top 10 hit single “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”. The album itself was also a success, reaching #17 and going gold. The band followed it with another gold record in Face the Music, that was accompanied by the classic instrumental “Fire on High” and two more substantial hits in “Evil Woman” and “Strange Magic”.

In 1977, the band hit it’s highest mark to date with the platinum A New World Record, an album strewn with hits such as “Livin’ Thing”, “Tightrope”, and the biggest in “Do Ya”. Their most ambitious and highest-selling effort, Out of the Blue, was a 75-minute double album with four songs charting in the U.S. Their last album of the 70’s, Discovery, marked the end of a remarkable string of classic albums for ELO, boasting their biggest song “Don’t Bring Me Down” that reached #4 in America and #3 in Britian. The band had a fair amount of success in the 80’s, writing the soundtrack for the movie Xanadu and scoring two more top 10 singles in America, but they will best be known for their line of five straight classic albums in the mid to late 70's.

Selected Album: Eldorado
Selected Track: Don’t Bring Me Down

Contributor: Aunt Jemima

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Image219. Tom Waits: Tom Waits may not be one of Rock’s most popular artists; but as a songwriter he is one of the most respected and influential to emerge from the last thirty years. He has maintained a highly visible cult following, and amongst his achievements, has scored two Grammy Awards and an Academy Award nomination. He is also one of the few musical artists to make some notable appearances on the big screen.

Beginning as a more traditional singer-songwriter in the 1970s with releases such as Closing Time and Small Change, his 1980s work featured a dramatic change in creative direction. With 1983’s Swordfishtrombones, he began crafting more experimental music, drawing from blues, jazz, and Vaudeville, and often employing a megaphone to lace the vocals. Due to his often-bizarre vocal delivery (think Captain Beefheart meets an old dying bluesman) and unpredictable musical backdrop, the merit of his work was not fully realised until it was covered by other prominent artists. In 1985 came his most acclaimed album, Rain Dogs, which featured the song that later became a top ten hit for Rod Stewart, “Downtown Train”.

After three decades Waits still remains a creative force, releasing a string of highly acclaimed albums in recent years. The most heralded of which, 1999’s Mule Variations, became his first ever US Top 40 album.

Selected Album: Rain Dogs
Selected Track: "Downtown Train"

Downtown Train

Contributor: Rob

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Image216. Eminem: A top-grossing movie, an Academy Award, highly publicized feuds with his wife (turned ex-wife turned wife to ex-wife again) and estranged mother, and he’s managed to throw in a music career, too. Eminem entered the rap game like a sonic storm, gaining a legion of fans and maintaining a controversial presence along the way.

Discovered by Dr Dre, Eminem first came to the world’s attention with his 1999 debut single, “My Name Is”. His debut album, The Slim Shady LP, followed shortly after. The album made Eminem an immediate force to be reckoned with in hip hop; this was later strengthened by his stand-out performance on Dr Dre’s comeback album, 2001. On the verge of becoming a superstar in his own right, Eminem’s commercial potential was fully realised with the release of his follow-up, The Marshall Mathers LP. Becoming the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, it debuted at number one and featured one of Eminem’s signature tracks in “The Real Slim Shady”, as well as the highly acclaimed, “Stan”. While not being able to maintain the creative heights of his first two releases, his popularity soared with the release of his semi-autobiographical movie, 8 Mile, and the subsequent soundtrack featuring the smash, “Lose Yourself”. Also released in 2002, was the multiple-platinum, The Eminem Show, spearheaded by the single “Without Me”. Encore followed two years later, and uncharacteristically for Eminem, was met with mixed reviews.

Luckily for hip hop enthusiasts, who for years were scarred by the commercial success of Vanilla Ice, Eminem’s popularity is coupled with a stellar talent – both on the mic and in the producer’s chair. As much as his success, or his behaviour for that matter, has peeved-off his contemporaries, you’ll seldom find a hip hop artist that downplays his abilities. And with nine Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for “Lose Yourself” lining his mantel piece, his respect is not just limited to hip hop’s quarters or white kids who want unleash the homey within. And rightfully so.

Pseudonyms: Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers

Selected Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Selected Track: "Lose Yourself" (#1, 12 Weeks)

Lose Yourself

Contributor: Maria S.

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Image209. The Marvelettes: Originally formed as a quartet in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, Michigan, the Casinyets ( Can't sing yets) entered a High School Talent Show and came in 4th. Despite the fact that only the top three finishers were supposed to recieve an audition at Berry Gordys new record company, Motown records in nearby Detroit, an exception was made, and the group, now called The Marvels were allowed to audition for two of Motowns talent scouts. Original member, Georgia Dobbins was singing lead, and was asked if the group could return and bring any original material they might have. Upon their return, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson listened as Georgia convinced an accompaniest she knew to take a blues song he had written, and change the name of the song for their second audition, which they did, and the song turned out to be a smash hit when Gordy gave the go ahead to record the song and release it on his newly minted Tamla label. That song, "Please Mr Postman" made a slow ascent up the charts , eventually sitting at or near the top of every major chart, both pop and R&B. During that success, Georgia left the group over her familys wishes, and was replaced by Wanda Young (later Rogers), and the group ultimatly became a trio consisting of Rogers (who married Miracles singer Bobby Rogers), Gladys Horton, and Katherine Anderson. Gladys was actually the lead singer on Please Mr Postman. Group member Juanita Cowert left the group following a goof up during an appearance on Dick Clarks American Bandstand show in 1962, turning the group into a trio. Several ensuing singles failed to capture the success of Mr Postman, yet The Marvelettes continued to be the sweethearts of Gordys now growing enterprise. They were sent through the famous Maxine Powell Motown "Charm School", and performed on virtually every major national and international tour put together to showcase Motown to the world at large. A few popular hits like "Strange I Know" and "Too Many Fish In The Sea" "Beechwood 45789 followed, but those recording enjoyed nothing like their initial success. The Marvelettes began working with other songwriteres like Norman Whitfield, Ivy Hunter and Mickey Stevenson, and Holland Dozier Holland, but when Smokey Robinson put a song he had written, "Don't Mess With Bill" as the last song on the album during the mid-60's, The Marvelettes recaptured some of that success that had slightly diminished in the years leading up to it. Despite their newfound success and chart topping record releases, The Marvelettes were no longer the "darlings" of the Motown stable, with groups like Martha & The Vandellas and The Supremes beginning to get more and more of the company's attention and promotion, but during the mid 60's, there were plenty of hits to go around for everyone.

Perhaps the groups biggest comeback occured in 1967, with the self titled album "The Marvelettes" featuring the smash hit..."The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game", and a remake of a Ruby And The Romantics earlier hit, "Young And In Love". Shortly thereafter, Gladys Horton left the group to get married and was replaced by Anne Bogan. The group had one or two additional hits, including "My Baby Must Be A Magician" (with a familiar intro featuring Temptations bass singer Melvin Franklin).

As the 60's waned down, and other Motown acts taking center stage, The Marvelettes failed to recapture the glory (and record sales) from their earlier years, and when Motown left Detroit for Los Angeles, the deal was done, as Berry Gordy sold the rights to The Marvelettes name, thus prohibiting any of the former members from even using the name to perform under. A couple members went on to perform with other groups, but none ever achieved the success they enjoyed as Motowns first successful "girl group".

Select single: "Hunter Gets Captured By The Game"
Select Album: "Marvelettes Greatest Hits"

Please Mr. Postman

Contributor: StuBass

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Image205. The Smashing Pumpkins: The Smashing Pumpkins had started out as a meek band from St. Petersburg, Florida called The Marked with original member Billy Corgan. After the band imploded Billy Corgan traveled back to his hometown of Chicago to eventually reform the band which would later become one of the most significant rock acts to emerge from the Chicago underground.

The band did not actually start to gel until the band picked up local jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin to open up for Jane’s Addiction. Chamberlin replaced the drum machine and added the touchstone jazz style and throbbing drum rythem that people identify Pumpkins with today. From there they caught the public’s attention with their second LP titled Siamese Dream which brought them to the forefront of popular music fuelled by the song “Today.” The album later went to become certified quadruple platinum and make the Chicago natives stars. Finally, in 1995 the band released its benchmark album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness; a double album opus featuring several hit singles that quickly rocketed the album past the nine million mark.

Over the years the Smashing Pumpkins have become known for their unique mixtures of several different sub-genres of rock including goth, new wave, electronica and metal. The band’s career finally came to a close after bassist D’arcy Wretzky called it quits, which followed soon by the release of the final commercial album, MACHINA / The Machines of God. Corgan celebrated the band’s demise by releasing a the final Smashing Pumpkins album and sequel to MACHINA, MACHINA II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music, on the internet for free.

Selected Album: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Selected Track: 1979


Contributor: Dipsoid

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Image201. Oasis: Formed in 1991, Oasis quickly ascended to the top of the music world in their native UK on the strength of memorable melodies, an abrasive swagger, and the belief that they were the best band in the world and the heirs apparent to the Beatles.

Led by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, the band released their debut album, Definitely Maybe, in August 1994. The album entered the charts at #1 and became Britain's fastest selling debut album ever. Over ten years later, the album was voted the greatest ever in a poll run by NME and the book of British Hit Singles and Albums.

In 1995, the band began a famous feud with fellow Britpop icons Blur, culminating with both bands releasing a single on the same day. Blur topped the charts, but Oasis had the last laugh with the success of their landmark second album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory?), which went on to become the second-best selling album in UK history, and succeeded where all other Britpop albums had failed, becoming a huge hit in America.

After embarking on extensive tours, the band released their third album, Be Here Now, in 1997. Despite becoming the UK's fastest-ever selling album, it was viewed as inferior to the band's previous two efforts. The band has since released three studio albums, a b-side compilation, and most recently, a greatest hits album entitled Stop The Clocks.

In most countries, the band's popularity has dwindled since their mid-90's peak. However, Oasis maintains a large fanbase in the UK, with all of their albums having entered the charts at #1 in their homeland. Recently, the band was named "Best Act in the World Today" at Q magazine's 2006 "Q Awards."

Selected track: "Wonderwall"
Selected album: (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Contributor: swedishspeedmetal

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Image199. Jethro Tull:
For most newcomers to Jethro Tull, the fact that the band’s name is not the full name of frontman Ian Anderson will probably come as quite a shock. A truly unique progressive rock group, Tull has been focused around the talents of its only two consistent members: Anderson, considered by many to be the absolute heart and soul of the band, and guitarist Martin Barre, whose innovative riffs and licks have been complementing Anderson’s surreal lyrics and fast-paced flute-work ever since he joined the band on its sophomore release, the mega-popular Aqualung. The title track of this album, with the famed opening lines "sitting on a park bench..." is still viewed by many as the Anderson’s personal anthem. The follow-up to Aqualung was the risky Thick as a Brick, which took the lengthy compositions of fellow progressive rockers Yes, Pink Floyd, and ELP to the next level: Thick as a Brick features only one song, the forty-minute title track. It was the first album of its nature.

After Thick as a Brick, Anderson’s songwriting reached its peak with a string of brilliantly artistic albums lasting from 1973's A Passion Play to 1976’s Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die! After a triad of folk albums, followed by several electronic albums (which were heavily panned by critics and fans alike), Tull ended the 1980’s on a high note with Crest of a Knave, which won the 1989 Grammy for the Best Hard Rock / Metal Album (leading to many wise-cracks from Anderson about his flute being a "heavy metal" instrument). As of today, Anderson and Barre are still working with a slew of talented musicians as Jethro Tull. Perhaps the next decade will see more releases from one of rock’s most original bands.

Selected Album: Thick as a Brick
Selected Track: “Aqualung”

Contributor: The Man

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Image184. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer: Surely the most over-the-top progressive rock band of all-time, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer’s impact on the 1970’s “prog-rock” scene in England is quite substantial. Praised in England as being one of rock’s first true supergroups, with each member coming from a successful English progressive rock band before joining ELP (and almost being joined by Jimi Hendrix before his untimely death), the band’s main lineup was one of the most talented groups ever assembled in rock history. Keith Emerson’s pioneering keyboard playing, Greg Lake’s influential bass guitar style, and Carl Palmer’s outrageous vigor on drums combined to make a pretentious yet smart mix of synth keys and down n’ dirty 70’s rock and roll.

The band’s first self-titled album sold very well upon it’s release, going gold. The album’s single, the ballad “Lucky Man”, made them giants in England. Their second album, Tarkus, contains what many consider the band’s opus in the title track, a sprawling, twenty-minute synth prog masterpiece. The next release was the live album Pictures at an Exhibition, which was a reworking of Modest Mussorgsky’s classical composition of the same name, which surprisingly sold very well despite it’s classical nature. The band had developed a reputation for their pretentious style by their fourth studio album, and Brain Salad Surgery was a huge step forward for the band, containing an unmatched use of electronics that were layered over each other and added a “wall of sound” type feel to the album. It’s crowning achievement was another 20+ minute composition by the band named “Karn Evil 9”, boasting the hit “Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2” that contained their motto of sorts in the lyric “welcome back my friends to the show that never ends”. Although critics’ opinions on the album were mixed at almost 50/50, the album is looked upon as one of progressive rock’s gems.

The live triple album that followed, 1974’s Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, sold well and went gold, and relatively was the end of the band’s success. They lasted four more years, but did not produce anything as amazing as this run of influential progressive rock gems in the early 70’s.

Selected Album: Brain Salad Surgery
Selected Track: Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2

Contributor: Aunt Jemima

Image183. Bobby "Blue" Bland: Description Needed

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Should Laura Nyro really be ahead of Cohen? I mean Cohen has clearly had a big influence on the alt. singer/songwriters since (Nick Cave and Tom Waits in particular). I didn't realise Nyro was ever that big or influential at all.

Also Cohen does have more popularity in the UK. His debut Songs of Leonard Cohen spent 71 weeks in the UK album charts.

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Nyro has better numbers on the American album charts than Cohen, but not hugely so, and I do think that placement is questionable. From the description, it sounds like she might be getting credit for some of her songs being hits for other artists.

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Billy Joel isn't in the top 100? :what?: I'm very confused

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Joel could be in the top 100, but the reason why he isn't is that he doesn't have much going for him besides popularity. But the comparison between Joel and the Sex Pistols could have gone either way.

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How's this major project coming along for you?

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JB, I still have quite a ways to go, but I think from this point the top 100 will probably take more time than this part of the list. I'm also working on revising and extending the '90s songs list, which I hope to finish with fairly soon.

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I think that's a good move at this point.

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Dunno if this is running, but was thinkin that maybe New York Dolls was worth a lower spot. Thei were one of the prime pre-punk acts along with The Stooges and MC5... Probably more deserving than Fugazi at least...

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Since Turd no longer posts around here, could I do the Steely Dan description if you're still doing those? Might consider doing the descriptions for Kate Bush and The Cure as well

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If we're doing descriptions, can I do one for Jackson Browne?

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Deany, you may do a description for Browne, and Piper, you may do one for Steely Dan, and for Kate Bush and The Cure if you want. Any of those listed as reserved were reserved more than a year ago, so even if that poster is still at the site, it's very possible that he has lost interest. So if see one that is reserved that you want to do and the poster who reserved it is still active, you could ask the poster if he still wants to do it.

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Could Randy Newman perhaps make the list? He's not that popular for what i know, but he's very acclaimed and as a songwriter he has definitely has a certain influence and acclaim within the rock community, judging by the amount of covers made from his songs...

Also, I think I should mention New York Dolls again, who were, along with Iggy, the most prominent and influencial pre-punk group out there... Probably more important than artists like Laura Nyro and Doug E. Fresh, just to name a few...

Finally I think some metal bands, Motorhead and Slayer, could make the list...

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