Though there has been a lot improvement in musical instruments today, a unique and special style of rock and roll still bewilders the world, which was started in the late 1940s. The rock and roll style is a genre in music that was initiated by Americans. Piano or Saxophone were primarily used as musical instruments during the start of the rock band industry. Across the globe, a lot of rock band groups have come up till today. But none could trespass the quality and success of the ones listed here. Here, we have come up with the 10 greatest rock bands of all time, who seems to be ruling the rock band industry even today.
10. Jimi Hendrix
Jim Hendrix was a renowned rock guitarist, singer and songwriter from United States, who started playing guitar at the age of 15. He stands to be the most influential guitarist around the world for his magical music from electric guitar. Initially, Jim was enlisted in the U.S. Army, who then got trained in the 101st Airborne Division. Further, his inspiration towards rock band and heavy metal was due to American rock and roll and electric blues. Adding on much value for his passion, he was then chosen as the best Pop Musician of the Year award in 1968 by the readers of Melody Maker. His sensation peace of rock band has produced an impact even today, which have got him sixth greatest artists of all time.
9. The Doors
The Doors rock band was formed by a group of four artists started in 1965 in Los Angeles. These American rock band artists derived the name “The Doors” from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception”, which emphasized infinity. The blend of instruments and the sound by them is sensational, which can bewilder any youth’s state of mind. Initial stage of their rock band career, the group were figured out to be the most controversial in 1960s due to lyrics. Unfortunate to the fact that the group’s vocalist died in 1971, but the remaining ones kept continuing as a trio until 1973. Majestic in terms of instruments, the rock band were so loved that they have sold over 100 million records worldwide.
AC/DC just by the name enthralls the youth across the globe by the small and feel of rock band adrenaline. They are an Australian classic rock band from Sydney. The rock band consists of five members namely Brain Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, Cliff Williams started in 1973. Mind blowing in terms of heavy metals, their first success came to light after releasing the album “Highway to Hell” in 1979.
Unfortunately, the lead singer of the rock band died of excess consumption of alcohol on 19, Feb 1980. However, the rock band is still alive and have come up with much better and successful albums in near future. Further, they are also featured in the top lists of VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. Through their journey of rock band, they have sold over 200 million records across the globe and seems to be still counting on the number.
7. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are an impressive rock band formed in England in 1962. The band consists of six members Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart. However, Stewart was removed from the rock band group, but was kept in the official line-up until his death in 1969. The group started to explore in anti-establishment culture that developed in United Kingdom. During their period of rock band, the group was considered as “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World”. Albums like “Sticky Finger” and “Let It Bleed” is considered the band’s fantastic work ever and assumes it to be the “Golden Age”. There have been over 250 million records sold worldwide and people around the world still consider it to be the best rock band ever.
6. The Who
The Who was an English rock band formed by four members in London in 1964. Considered as the most influential rock bands of 20th century, who were inspired by American rhythm and blues. Additionally, the group almost shook the teenagers worldwide gathering at a single place for fantastic live shows and studio works. Greatly known for selling over 100 million records worldwide, the group is comprised of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, john Entwistle and Keith Moon. The Who’s initial success came up in top ten UK for the song “I Can’t Explain”. Time past quite a very long, but the band still holds up their quality for ever and seems to be loved by people even today.
Considered to be very popular just by the name “Nirvana”. Stands at 5th position of world’s greatest rock bands of all time. Nirvana was started by two members, a singer and guitarist “Kurt Cobain” and bassist “Krist Novoselic” in 1987 in Washington. Unfortunately, the band was dissolved after the death of Cobain in 1994, but still the band stands to be the most renowned even today. Nirvana found their first success with the release of their second album “Nevermind” in 1991. Finally, the copies of their recordings are still sold today and have crossed 75 million records sold worldwide since then.
4. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd were a fantastic English rock band who were much into progressive and psychedelic music. Started in 1965 at London, they expanded live shows there on to become one of the most famous and influential bands in the world. The group comprises of five members, which was founded by Syd Barrett. Further, under his leadership, the group gained immense popularity in late 1960s. Some of the achievements by them include the featured inclusion in “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1996 and the “UK Music Hall of Fame” in 2003. Turning out to compete with the other rock bands in the world with records sold of over 250 million worldwide.
Queen band is an amazing rock band, which was formed in London in 1970. Primarily graduated with the heavy rock, heavy metal and progressive rock, which provided an influential impact for the public in hard rock era. Gradually, they started venturing radio-friendly styles like arena rock and pop rock. The albums like “News of the World” was featured and then became anthems for many sporting events. Fame kept lasting with them, which caused them to become the biggest stadium rock bands in the world in 1980s. With a record sales of 150 million to 300 million records, the band still stands to be the greatest rock bands of all time and best-selling music artists.
2. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is considered as one of the best rock bands in the world, formed in 1968. Started in London, the band is comprised of four members, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Fantastic in terms of heavy metal, the group is cited for their progenitors. Some of the vibrant style from Zeppelin includes blues, psychedelia and folk music. Though the initial phase for the group was not much successful, they kept continuing towards artistic freedom. The first album released by them was released in 1969, which was Led Zeppelin. Following with the series, the fourth album “Stairway to Heaven” helped them achieve success of fame. Even today, Led Zeppelin is considered as “the heaviest rock bands of all time”.
1. The Beatles
The Beatles is by far considered as the greatest rock bands of all time, formed in 1960 in Liverpool. They were a English rock band, who were considered as the most influential during the rock era. The Beatles experiments on several musical styles like pop ballads, rock and roll, hard rock, Indian music and psychedelia have incredibly influenced the rock band era for over three consecutive years, right from 1960. The band’s performance came to light amazingly when they almost performed like never before in Liverpool and Hamburg. Additionally, they were the first to initiate serving the bass player with Stuart Sutcliff. The Beatles one of the most popular recordings “Love Me Do” was their first hit in late 1962. Finally, with expanding fame in England, the band even today stands to be the best-selling band in history for sales crossing over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide.