Category: Music


Top 10 Greatest Rockers

We have had some very controversial lists relating to rock and pop music over the past year and a bit – and today we have one that I think might take the cake. This is a submitted list of the ten greatest rockers (bands or individuals). Almost all of the bands or people here have been featured on other lists but in differing orders or for different reasons. Hopefully there is at least one group here for everyone’s taste!

10. Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls, and cars. Brian Wilson’s growing creative ambitions later transformed them into a more artistically innovative group that earned critical praise and influenced many later musicians. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988

9. Metallica

Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, Metallica’s original line-up consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and bassist Ron McGovney.

Metallica has released eight studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, nine videos, and has finished recording their upcoming ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The band has become one of the most commercially successful and influential heavy metal acts. With over 95 million records sold worldwide, including 57 million in the United States, the band has won seven Grammy Awards, and has had four albums peak at number one on the Billboard 200

8. Queen

Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bass guitarist John Deacon joining the following year. Queen rose to prominence during the 1970s and are arguably Britain’s most successful band of the past thirty years.

The band is noted for their musical diversity, multi-layered arrangements, vocal harmonies, and incorporation of audience participation into their live performances. Since 1975, eighteen of the band’s albums have reached number one on numerous charts around the world. Since 1973, they have released fifteen studio albums and five live albums.

7. Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are an English rock band who initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. They are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music’s most successful acts, the group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million albums in the United States alone.

They have released fourteen studio albums, four live albums, seven compilations, twenty-six singles, twenty-six B-sides, fifteen music videos, and six video albums.

6. The Who

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend, vocalist Roger Daltrey, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. The band reached international success, became known for their energetic live performances, are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s, and recognized as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.The Who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and won the first annual Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement in Live Music Award in 2006. They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. Tommy was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, “My Generation” in 1999 and Who’s Next in 2007.

5. The Rolling  Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English band whose music was initially based on rhythm and blues and rock & roll. Formed in London and having their first success in the UK, they subsequently became popular in the US during the “British Invasion” in the early 1960s.

The band formed in 1962 when original leader Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, whose songwriting partnership later contributed to their taking the leadership role in the group.

The Rolling Stones have released 22 studio albums in the UK (24 in the US), eight concert albums (nine in the US) and numerous compilations; they have had 32 UK & US top-10 singles, 43 UK & US top-10 albums between 1964 and 2008 and have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. 1971′s Sticky Fingers began a string of eight consecutive studio albums at number one in the United States. In 1989 the Rolling Stones were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ were an English/American rock band famous for the guitar work, original songs, outrageous style and performance of its eponymous frontman Jimi Hendrix on songs such as ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Foxy Lady’, ‘Fire’, ‘Little Wing’, ‘Spanish Castle Magic’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’. They are also known for their performance at Woodstock. The Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

3. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band that formed in 1968. Led Zeppelin consisted of Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards) and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led Zeppelin are regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands. However, the band’s individualistic style draws from many sources and transcends any one genre. Their rock-infused interpretation of the blues and folk genres also incorporated rockabilly, reggae, soul, funk,classical, Celtic, Indian, Arabic, pop, Latin and country.

Close to 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success and broad influence. The band has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide including 111.5 million sales in the United States and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the U.S. Billboard Top 10.[16] Led Zeppelin are ranked No. 1 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time” and “the biggest band of the 70s”.

2. Elvis Presley

Elvis was an American singer, musician and actor. He is considered a cultural icon, sometimes referred to as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, or simply “The King”.

Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing “black” and “white” sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” . Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he has been inducted into four music halls of fame. The King has had 215 top singles worldwide.

1. The Beatles

The Beatles were a pop and rock group from Liverpool, England formed in 1960. Primarily consisting of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals) throughout their career, The Beatles are recognised for leading the mid-1960s musical “British Invasion” into the United States. Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and homegrown skiffle, the group explored genres ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, styles, and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon solo careers.

The Beatles are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music. The Beatles are the best-selling musical group in history. In the United Kingdom, The Beatles released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one, earning more number one albums (15) than any other group in UK chart history. This commercial success was repeated in many other countries; their record company, EMI, estimated that by 1985 they had sold over one billion records worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Beatles have sold more albums in the United States than any other band. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, The Beatles’ innovative music and cultural impact helped define the 1960s, and their influence on pop culture is still evident today.

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Top 10 Songs Of The Week

 — Top 10 Songs of the Week — Chart 00463
This
Week
Last
Week
Song Title Artist
1 1 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
2 2 Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Katy Perry
3 3 Super Bass Nicki Minaj
4 Lighters Bad Meets Evil Featuring Bruno Mars
5 Pumped Up Kicks Foster The People
6 4 Tonight Tonight Hot Chelle Rae
7 5 How To Love Lil Wayne
8 8 I Wanna Go Britney Spears
9 6 Give Me Everything Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
10 9 Rolling In The Deep Adele

Top 10 Greatest Rappers Of All Time

Let me know who do you think are the greatest to ever touch the MIC, mine are as follows.

1.BIGGIE SMALLS

2. TUPAC

3. RAKIM

4. JAY-Z

5. NAS

6. KRS1

7. ICE CUBE

8. SNOOP DOGG

9. WU TANG CLAN

10. DR. DRE

 

Top 10 songs of the week

 — Top 10 Songs of the Week — Chart 00461
This
Week
Last
Week
Song Title Artist
1 1 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
2 2 Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Katy Perry
3 3 Super Bass Nicki Minaj
4 5 Tonight Tonight Hot Chelle Rae
5 4 How To Love Lil Wayne
6 6 Give Me Everything Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
7 Rehab Amy Winehouse
8 10 I Wanna Go Britney Spears
9 7 Rolling In The Deep Adele
10 Back To Black Amy Winehouse


Top 10 Rock Guitarists Of All Time

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#10 – Kirk Hammet

Kirk Hammet has been impressing fans with his awesome speed, aggression and mesmerising guitar solos for the heavy metal band “Metallica” since 1983. Kirk first picked up a guitar when he was 15 years of age, and was heavily influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppellin.

Hammett was initially brought into Metallica after lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was sacked from the band in 1983, at the time, Kirk was getting guitar lessons from the now famous Joe Satriani. Hammett is well known for his use of the “Wah-Wah” pedal in his solos, and is quoted as saying “They’ll have to cut off my leg if they want me to stop using the wah-wah pedal.”

#9 – Keith Richards

Keith Richards is considered by many people, to be the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. Richards is the founding member of one of the greatest rock bands in history – TheRolling Stones.

Richards sometimes gets overlooked as one of the guitar greats, as he predominantly plays rhythm guitar and not so much lead, but his rhythm guitar work has been a major influence to the songwriting, style and live performances of the Stones throughout their star studded career.

#8 – Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana became famous in the late 60′s after forming his band “Santana”. Carlos Santana is known for mixing many styles of music into one….namely blues, jazz & rock, combined with a wide array of percussion instruments that made his style one of a kind in the music world.

Later in his career, Carlos teamed up as lead guitarist with some of the era’s big music names such as, Eric Clapton, Rob Thomas, Everlast and Dave Matthews to record his 1999 album – “Supernatural” of which one song that featured Matchbox 20′s Rob Thomas – “Smooth” went on to spend 12 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also the last #1 hit of the 1990′s. Supernatural went on to win 9 grammy awards, including, album, song and record of the year.

#7 – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Number 7 on our list of Top 10 Rock Guitarists of all time is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stevie learned the guitar and started playing in rock bands when he was 12 years of age. Vaughan was known for his warm blues rock tones, and used very heavy strings on his guitar ranging from 13-58 gauge. He named one of his Fender guitars “Lenny” after his wife Lenora, this guitar was later sold in 2004 to Guitar Centre for $629,500.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990 while on tour with Eric Clapton. Thousands of people attended Stevie’s funeral including ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson Browne. His music has become more & more popular since his death, and many upcoming guitarists worldwide, look at Stevie Ray Vaughan as an influencial figure. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2000, and more recently – the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008.

#6 – Jeff Beck

Geoffrey Arnold Beck is one of 3 guitarists who started out with the band “The Yardbirds”…the other 2 guys were Jimmy Page & Eric Clapton. Beck has won 4 grammy awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2009.

Beck has a wide range of guitar styles such as blues rock, heavy metal and jazz fusion. Although Jeff Beck is regarded as one of the great guitarists of all time, he has not been able to establish the commercial success of some of his bandmates.

#5 – Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page started out in the guitar world as a highly talented session guitarist, before he joined a band called the Yardbirds. After his Yardbirds gig, he co-founded English supergroup – Led Zeppellin.

Page has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame twice…once for his stint in the Yardbirds and once as a member of Led Zeppellin. Jimmy Page has been described as“unquestionably one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history”.

#4 – Duane Allman

Duane Allman a.k.a “Skydog” was one of the most influential rock guitarists of his generation. He started playing guitar when he was 13 and immediately became infatuated with it.

Duane is best known for his awesome guitar licks & slide guitar while playing in his family band – The Allman Brothers. Duane passed away just before his 25th birthday in a horrific motorcycle accident.

#3 – Eddie Van Halen

In the 70′s when Eddie Van Halen took to the stage, he used to play guitar solos with his back to the audience so that budding guitarists could not steal his trademark fretwork.

There are few guitarists in history who can even come close to the lighting speed, raw power and flawless fretwork of the Van Halen lead guitarist. He was named by the all music guide as “undoubtedly one of the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century”.

#2 – Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is known for his “bluesy” slowhand style of guitaring and has played for many supergroups, such as: Yardbirds, Cream, Derrick & The Dominos and Blind Faith. Clapton established himself as a well known guitarist in the 60′s by entwining the blues with hard rock.

Clapton is the only person in rock and roll history that has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 3 times.

#1 Guitarist Of All Time – Jimi Hendrix

Topping the list of Top 10 Rock Guitarists is the flamboyant showman Jimi Hendrix. There is no doubt that Jimi has been the major influence for many of todays top guitarists. Hendrix was a left handed guitarist who mostly played a right handed Fender Stratocaster upside down.

Jimi was also known to woo crowds by playing lead breaks behind his back, with his teeth, and while his guitar was on fire! Jimi Hendrix died when he was a young 27 years old, but his music will always be alive in the world of rock.

Top 10 Rock Bands Of 2000/2010

 

10.Fall Out Boy – Just beating Kings Of Leon to number 10, Fall Out Boy are a joy to listen to.

9. 30 Second To Mars – Slightly over rated but still amazing, they don’t just make music they trail along a story with it too which I love.

8. Linkin Park – Forming up with not just rock, but an occasional rap enclosure too!

7. Lostprophets – The Welsh boys are still rocking out in 7th place.

6. Nightwish – So unknown but they are a colossus of orchestra and rock and you get one of the most beautiful set of music ever..this is Nightwish.

5. Greenday – So many people love this band, they are awesome.

4. Evanescence – They are an amazing rock band, evanescence takes 4th place.

3. Paramore – Paramore comes out of nowhere nd rocks our socks off!

2. My Chemical Romance – You Voted Them The Greatest Rock Band Of All Time On Kerrang! So I Gave Them 2nd Place Because There Sensational.

1. Billy Talent – You Probably Haven’t Even Heard Of Them, But They Are Sooooo Under rated it’s absolutely unbelievable..just go listen to surrender, rusted from the rain, white sparrows nd nothing to lose..come back nd tell me there not the best rock band in the world..plus it’s not just music wise they are awesome they send a message out to the world and have helped so many charities so that’s why i gave them the number 1 spot.

source: http://rateyourmusic.com/list/PhoenixT150/top_10_rock_bands_of_2000_2010

10. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)

Ringo Starr was far from a flashy drummer, and he saved his only drum solo in The Beatles for the last song on their final album. But even with a low-key profile, Ringo was an integral part of The Beatles. Not only did his inventive, offbeat drumming help give The Beatles a unique sound, but he fulfilled other band roles. Ringo was seen as the most relatable Beatle and eventually became the moderator during band arguments, especially in the later days. After the Fab Four disbanded, Starr went solo, and he had many great solo hits with “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen” and “It Don’t Come Easy.” Without Ringo, The Beatles wouldn’t be The Beatles.

9. Stewart Copeland (The Police, Oysterhead)

Stewart Copeland is famed for his imaginative fusion of rock, jazz, Middle Eastern and reggae beats. As drummer for The Police, he brought momentum and excitement to Sting’s melodies. After The Police wrapped up touring in 1984, Copeland dabbled in experimental projects with Les Claypool (Oysterhead), Orchestralli (his orchestral project) and composed soundtracks for movies AirborneWall StreetHighlander II: The Quickening and others.

8. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Devo, Nine Inch Nails)

One of the most sought-after studio drummers in rock music both for his precision and jackhammer groove, Josh Freese has appeared on nearly 300 records, including Puddle of Mudd, The Offspring, 3 Doors Down, Avril Lavigne and Tracy Bonham. He’s also the skins man for A Perfect Circle, Devo and The Vandels and has toured with Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. Not many drummers can honestly claim to have experience in every given style of music, from rock to jazz to metal, but his capability runs the gamut of modern music.

7. Ginger Baker (Cream)

During his time manning the drum kit for Cream, Ginger Baker essentially invented the rock drum solo. His pioneering use of double bass drums marked Baker as one of the most influential drummers of the ‘60s, with a thick, thunderous sound that has inspired nearly every heavy metal drummer that’s followed. Even after Cream broke up in 1968, Baker went onto prove just as influential in world music and jazz, demonstrating a true talent that transcends genres.

6. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

As drummer and founding member for Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy helped define the progressive rock drumming style with a basic but meticulous approach to technique. While Portnoy wasn’t the fastest player or flashiest soloist, his main objective was to serve the greater musical picture and experiment whenever it fit. It’s that careful attention to detail and creativity that caught the attention of young metaller Avenged Sevenfold, who recruited Portnoy to tour with them in 2010. While the move shocked Dream Theater fans, it showed Portnoy’s continued motivation to evolve and take on stunning challenges.

5. Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Metal hasn’t seen a more interesting and perhaps eccentric drummer than Lars Ulrich. As a founding member, songwriter and drummer for metal goliaths Metallica, Ulrich has been the thrashing force behind some of the best-known metal tracks ever recorded. His drumming style is simple, but always smart and strong. He doesn’t get in the way of the message with flashy fills and double bass drums, but instead uses restraint with his drum parts, leaving the basic, muscular essentials. With Metallica’s massive influence, it’s no wonder Ulrich is one of the most popular and inspiring drummers of the past few of decades.

4. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures)

Rock’s hardest working drummer during his time with Nirvana, Dave Grohl first took to the mic on “Marigold” off Nirvana’s, Heart-Shaped Box. Grohl has gone on to front the Foo Fighters on seven studio albums, but hasn’t left his drumming talents behind, making a much-anticipated return to the drums on Queens of the Stone Age’s albums and with the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl has come a long way since his early heavy-handed drumming with Freak Baby and Scream, and it’s a career filled with taking chances and following his heart. It’s no wonder everyone wants to jam with him.

3. Keith Moon (The Who)

Keith Moon’s wild drum technique was part of the Who’s core, and they haven’t sounded the same since he passed away in 1978. Moon played the skins with the kind of untamed recklessness that most schooled drummers before him would have seen as crazy, but it’s that intensity that brought such personality to the Who and made Moon’s wild, brash playing the soul of the band. His solo album, Two Sides of the Moon, captures his spirit, bringing a bizarre, haunting blend of ’50s/’60s rock ‘n’ roll, pushing character into every beat.

2. Neal Peart (Rush)

Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neal Peart is hailed in many circles as the quintessential rock drummer. He’s known for his ingenious drum parts and intense solos with lead passages that rock hard and prove the drums, indeed, can be a lead instrument. No Rush concert is complete without Peart’s sparking, obligatory drum solo, and his syncopated drumming style certainly has its own distinct sound and aura. You can always tell when it’s Peart playing.

1. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Bonzo was famous for his speed, intensity and swift right foot, but above all, he was a “soul” drummer. Even with all the attention given to his dazzling soloing, cool beats and fills, and bass drum know-how, in the end, John Bonham was simply a groover. For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, Gibson.com recognizes him as our Top Rock Drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable.

 

source: http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/top-rock-drummers-0531-2011/

Top 10 Songs of 2010

1. Need You Now By Lady Antebellum

2. California Girls By Katy Perry Ft. Snoop Dogg

3. Love The Way You Lie By Eminem Ft. Rihanna

4. Hey, Soul Sister By Train

5. OMG By Usher Ft. Will.i.am

 

6. Dynamite By Taio Cruz

7. Tik Tok By Ke$ha

8. I Gotta Feeling By The Black Eyed Peas

9. Just The Way You Are By Bruno Mars

10. Airplanes By B.o.B  ft. Hayley Williams