Band Members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Widely regarded as the most popular band in rock music history, The Beatles earned universally consistent critical acclaim and commercial success, and have influenced entire generations of musicians with their innovative and imaginative musical styles.
Band Members: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones
Technically considered a hard rock band, many Led Zeppelin songs bridge numerous genres ranging from blues to folk, rockabilly to jazz. The sum of all four members created such classics as “Stairway to Heaven”, considered to be one of the best rock singles of all-time.
Band Members: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood
Giants of the rock and roll scene for over forty years, it is amazing that even to this day the Rolling Stones still pack the house, as such was the case in Rio de Janeiro in 2006. The Stones have produced such classic albums as “Tattoo You” and “Some Girls”.
Band Members: Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright, Nick Mason, David Gilmour
From the initial poetic and psychedelic lyrics spawned by Syd Barrett, to the philosophical conceptual albums that followed in the mid seventies, no-one can dispute the unique and incredible sound of Pink Floyd. “The Dark Side of the Moon” is their definitive album.
Band Members: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Felder, Randy Meisner
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the Eagles have had huge success with albums such as “Hotel California” as well as greatest hits compilations. After a ‘fourteen year vacation’ that started in 1980, the band re-united to release the live “Hell Freezes Over”.
Band Members: Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd
Australia’s AC/DC is synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll, with various songs responsible for more than a few speakers blown from being cranked to the limit. Driven by the gutsy vocals of Brian Johnson, AC/DC would go on to survive the death of the irreplaceable Bon Scott.
Band Members: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
Formed when the members were teenagers, Ireland’s U2 has gone on to win close to two dozen Grammy’s and sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide. Their music is powerful and political, and the group actively participates in humanitarian causes worldwide.
Band Members: Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac’s forty years making music looks like a rollercoaster of commercial successes, constantly changing line-ups, and numerous bouts of excess. Regardless of the ride, none produced a more fluid sound than the emotional masterpiece that is the “Rumours” album.
Band Members: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Kenney Jones
Considered rock pioneers that have influenced countless bands after them, The Who have been around for over forty years. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their artistic rock operas and power chord anthems were only upstaged by even better live performances.
Band Members: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon
Internationally popular for their music, as well as for their live performances, Queen is regularly cited as being a major influence by many of today’s mainstream artists. Their most successful singles include “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You – We Are The Champions”.