Since the era of rock’n’roll disappeared, there were thousands of rock bands who have appeared throughout the years, some of them still exist and others are just legends now, some of them have been the best of their time, some of them less known, but all of them have left behind an amazing legacy. Everyone has at least one favorite rock band, or has at least once shook his or her head on a rock song. Many people spent their childhood and adolescence growing on rock music, collecting tapes or CDs with rock music.
It’s difficult to state who is the best and the greatest, because they are many. But, at least, we can remember the best rock bands since the beginning of rock music and their amazing music they have created.
In 1960, when the new rock wave started to appear, 4 young boys formed in Liverpool the band named Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr became widely famous and represented the most influential rock band of all times. Another English band formed in 1962, also considered one of the best rock bands, was The Rolling Stones, with 30 studio albums and estimated album sales around $250 million. The 4 actual members, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood represent the most lasting band ever, in 2012 celebrating their 50th anniversary and in 2017 announcing their next live concerts.
Barrett, Mason, Roger Waters, plus Richard Wright founded in 1965 the English rock band named Pink Floyd. The pink floyd band became popular by performing in underground music scene based in London, but after successful albums they had a lot of tensions over the years leading to constantly break-up and reuniting. Despite their problems, Pink Floyd remains one of the most best rock bands ever, who influenced many other artists with their psyprogressive style.
The hard-folk-blues rock and heavy metal combination appeared in 1968, when Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham founded Led Zeppelin. They have been widely considered the most influential, innovative and successful rock groups from the 1970s, as the Beatles were in 1960s. Led Zeppelin released 9 albums and collected many honors and awards throughout their career.
In the same year with Led Zeppelin, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore represented Deep Purple, listed in 1975 as the “globe’s loudest band”. Deep Purple sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have changes their genres many times and had a break between 1976 and 1984, but as one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, Deep Purple remains one of the most influential and best rock bands ever.
The British rock band that appeared in 1970 in London, formed with Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, was such a big success that “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Are The Champions” and “We Will Rock You” can still be heard in movies, commercials and many covers. Queen has represented one of the best rock bands in history of music and also the world’s best selling music artists, with 18 number-one albums and 18 number-one singles.
The Australian band AC/DC, formed in 1973 by Malcom and Angus Young, was a hard rock/blues band who sold more than 200 million record worldwide, adding them on the list as one of the best selling music artists and one of the best rock bands with a long career lasting for more than 40 years.
Even if there is not enough space and time to talk about so many amazing rock bands that revolutionized the rock industry or to include them in ranks as one of the best rock bands, there is still plenty of time to listen to their music and enjoy it as much as other people did over the years.