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Your Top 10-15 Favorite Artists

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Initial post: Jul 20, 2012 3:08:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2012 3:20:38 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
What are your absolute, ultimate Top 10-15 most loved bands/ singers/ performers? List them according to your general preference.

Mine are:
1. The Beatles
2. Queen
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Pink Floyd
5. Deep Purple
6. Genesis
7. Iron Maiden
8. Rush
9. Scorpions
10. Black Sabbath
11. Frank Zappa
12. Yes
13. The Who
14. Jethro Tull
15. Aerosmith

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 5:34:01 PM PDT
Mine are-

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Robin Trower
3. Tony Iommi
4. Michael Schenker
5. Ritchie Blackmore
6. Randy Rhoads
7. Dave Mustaine
8. Gary Moore
9. Rory Gallagher
10. Dave Murray
11. Glenn Tipton
12. Uli Jon Roth
13. Buck Dharma
14. Ronnie Montrose
15.Jimmy Page


1. Ronnie James Dio
2. Rob Halford
3. Bruce Dickinson
4. James Dewar
5. Geoff Tate
6. Bon Scott
7. Ian Gillan
8. Robert Plant
9. Phil Mogg
10. Jon Oliva
11. Phil Anselmo
12. Layne Staley
13. Bobby Blitz Ellsworth
14. Ozzy Osbourne(Black Sabbath&Randy Rhoads era Ozzy only)
15. Freddie Mercury


1. Black Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden
3. Judas Priest
4. Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Deep Purple
7. Megadeth
8. Slayer
9. UFO
10. Blue Oyster Cult
11. Alice In Chains
12. Overkill
13. Motorhead
14. Aerosmith(70s only)
15. Metallica(80s only)
15. AC/DC(70s only)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 6:23:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 2:04:04 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
1. Bob Dylan

2a. Tommy Bolin, Genesis, Tom Waits

2b. Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Drive-By Truckers, Steely Dan

3. Afghan Whigs, Oingo Boingo, Sufjan Stevens, Replacements/Paul Westerberg, Primus (and all things Les Claypool)

So, naturally, I've been listening to nothing but Deep Purple all Evening

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 8:49:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2012 7:37:28 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
The batting order would change daily...hell, hourly. So in alphabetical order...

Dave Alvin
The Beatles
Blue Oyster Cult
Kate Bush
Cheap Trick
The Dictators
Drive By Truckers
The Fastbacks
Robbie Fulks
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Jam
The Ramones
Thin Lizzy
The Who (Moon/Entwistle era)

On The Bench : Procol Harum, Black Sabbath, Allman Brothers (Duane/Berry era), Young Fresh Fellows, Sloan,
Motorhead, GFRR, Smithereens, Yardbirds, Creedence Clearwater Revival,

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2012 9:37:56 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 20, 2012 9:50:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2012 12:54:08 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
No way.I can only just do my personal 15, not including the 58 thousand blues/r&b/soul/funk/reggae/jazz guys
and the whole top tier of perennial rock/pop favorite's (Hank,Elvis,etc.,Spector,Dylan,Beatles,Stones,Hendrix and all my favorite femme fatales) and I can't even do them in order

Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris
Arthur Lee & Love
Gene Clark/Byrds
Lowell George's Little Feat
Tito Larriva:Plugz/Cruzados/Tarantula
Roky Erickson & 13th Floor Elevators
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
The Alice Cooper Group
Scott/Walker Brothers
Arthur Brown
Syd Barrett/ Pink Floyd
Tom Waits
Ennio Morricone
Murray Head

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 11:55:28 PM PDT
The Beatles
Bob Dylan
Beach Boys
The Doors
Simon & Garfunkel
Aretha Franklin
Crosby, Stills, Nash & (Young)
Neil Young
Moody Blues
Joni Mitchell
Everly Brothers

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 12:35:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 12:38:49 AM PDT
Hard question. I'll try my hardest to keep it to 15. It's even harder to rank them, the exception being my top pick which has remained unchanged since I was six.

1. The Beatles

And everyone else:

2. The Kinks
3. The Who
4. Tyrannosaurus Rex/T.Rex
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Byrds
7. Led Zeppelin
8. Kate Bush
9. Jimi Hendrix
10. Neil Young
11. Jane's Addiction
12. The Smashing Pumpkins
13. Jefferson Airplane
14. The Velvet Underground
15. Sufjan Stevens

Genesis would be in the top 10 were it not for the entire post-77 period.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 1:16:38 AM PDT
The Beatles
Beach Boys
Fleetwood Mac
Moody Blues
Steely Dan
Earth Wind and Fire
Doobie Brothers
The Jam
Bon Jovi
Van Halen
Def Leppard
The Who

That makes 16, sorry, I'm having trouble trying to eliminate one from the list. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 1:31:49 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
It's great to see Sufjan Stevens on two lists, as well as Drive-By Truckers


I didn't even consider The Beatles, they just kind of stand by themselves. BigBad brought the same topic up on the Radio Show thread, and Goat started his list with 0. Beatles, 1. Magma, etc., as though you start counting after the fab four

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 3:08:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 3:22:50 PM PDT
Rykre says:
Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
Alice Cooper
Electric Light Orchestra
Jean Michel Jarre
Dead Can Dance
Tangerine Dream (1971-1984)
Pink Floyd
Ray Charles
The Moody Blues (1967-1982)
Midnight Syndicate/Nox Arcana
Aphrodite's Child
Steve Miller Band
Klaus Schulze (seventies)
Cyndi Lauper
Bobby Bland
The Stray Cats/Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Zombies
Elton John (seventies)
Eloy (seventies)
Yes (seventies)

Even at 25, I'm being conservative......

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:12:46 PM PDT
@Captain Ogre: if I was making a top 15 greatest live acts list, Magma would be at #2 (behind The Who). The list I posted here combines my overall assessment of live and studio abilities. I would have liked to have ranked Sufjan higher, but the competition was pretty fierce.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:32:09 PM PDT
ulijon says:
My 15, no particular order -

Bob Dylan
Tommy Bolin
Frank Zappa
Rolling Stones
Aquarium Rescue Unit
Led Zeppelin
The Doors
Trouble (Eric Wagner years)
AC/DC ( up til Flick of the Switch)
Black Sabbath (Ozzy,Dio,Gillan years)

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:38:04 PM PDT
1. The Beatles
2. The Who
3. The Rolling Stones
4. Bob Dylan
5. Stevie Wonder
6. The Clash
7. Louis Armstrong
8. Miles Davis
9. John Coltrane
10. Thelonious Monk
11. Midnight Oil
12. Frank Sinatra
13. Bob Mould
14. Neil Finn
15. The Beach Boys

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:42:34 PM PDT
Working Man says:
1. Led Zeppelin
2. Paul Rodgers/Bad Company/Free
3. Jethro Tull
4. Deep Purple/Rainbow/Ritchie Blackmore
5. Rush
6. Yes
7. Robin Trower
8. Eric Clapton/Cream/Derek and the Dominos/Blind Faith
9. Lynyrd Skynyrd
10. ZZ Top
11. Joe Bonamassa/Black Country Communion
12. Black Sabbath
13. Heart
14. Johnny Winter
15. The Beatles

Bands that just missed or who were at least at one time in my top 15: Aerosmith, Van Halen (with DLR), Foghat, Rick Derringer, Alice Cooper, CCR and the Doors. Bands that have been around for a while and I have gotten into them more recently than I did in their early days: Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep and Rory Gallagher.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 5:51:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 9:32:57 AM PDT
JBug says:
1. Beatles
2. Bowie

the others are in no particular order and subject to change, of course ;}

Everly Brothers
Matthew Good
Bryan Ferry
Pink Floyd
Alice in Chains
Concrete Blonde
Jack White
Sheryl Crow
Pink or Beck (tie)
Electric Light Orch.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 6:28:17 PM PDT
D. Mok says:
Classic rock only.

1. U2
2. Neil Young
3. Roy Orbison
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Elvis Presley
6. Queensryche
7. The Byrds
8. Pearl Jam
9. Blue Oyster Cult
10. Black Sabbath
11. Queen
12. Metallica
13. AC/DC
14. Alice in Chains
15. Bruce Springsteen

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 9:15:05 PM PDT
Working Man says:
I forgot Pink Floyd and the Black Crowes. I should have mentioned both somewhere. It was hard just picking 15.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 10:54:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2012 8:33:26 PM PDT
B L T says:
I apologize for exceeding 10 to 15.

Alphabetically as of 7/21/12...


Asylum Choir (Leon Russell)
Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull
JJ Cale
John Mayall
Pink Floyd
Roger Waters
The Beatles
The Who

International Jazz:

Anouar Brahem
Dave Holland
David Friedman
Dino Saluzzi
Eberhard Weber
Enrico Rava
Jan Garbarek
John Surman
Nik Bartsch's Ronin
Tord Gustavsen


Alexi Murdoch
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones
Chris Thile
Crooked Still
Gillian Welch
Joy Kills Sorrow
The Be Good Tanyas

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 11:49:04 PM PDT
Mike B. says:
1. David Bowie
2. Todd Rundgren
3. Johnny Cash
4. Graham Parker
5. Elliott Murphy
6. George Harrison
7. Kevin Ayers
8. Steve Harley (w/ Cockney Rebel and solo)
9. Robert Palmer
10. Dory Previn
11. The Kinks
12. The Stranglers
13. Roxy Music
14. King Crimson
15. Velvet Underground (including everyone's solo albums)

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 1:00:45 AM PDT
A favourite top 50 would be difficult to stick to as well :)

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 1:48:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2012 7:20:31 PM PDT
Hinch says:
I like various genres, so it would be difficult to name 15 favorites. I'll stick with rock for this list. These are some who have been favorites thru the years.

The Beatles
Stevie Wonder
Eric Burdon
John Lennon
Jefferson Airplane
Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Guess Who
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Doors
The Byrds
The Rolling Stones
John Mellencamp

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 1:52:27 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Kacee....true for me too. I like many.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 1:58:38 AM PDT
Jimi Hendrix
The Doors
Frank Zappa
Led Zeppelin
Van Halen
Robin Trower
Blue Oyster Cult
Ted Nugent
The Police
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 1:34:42 PM PDT
Captain Ogre says:
I honestly don't get why so many are having a hard time not going overbaord with their lists

The OP asked for "your absolute, ultimate Top 10-15". I didn't put much thought into mine, didn't have to. Could have easily rattled off 50 or so artists that I love, but there are just a handful that hold that really special place for me
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