6. The Who (1964 – 1982, 1989, 1996 – present, thewho.com)
Also known as The Detours or The High Numbers, this English band started in 1964 originally as a traditional jazz group. After the love for rock music made the members change the style and also the title as The Who was more suitable because it “had a pop punch”, it was only a matter of time until they got noticed by the right people and became a hit.
Out of the original members, The Who still has Roger Daltrey as a multi-tasking vocalist, guitarist and drummer, Pete Townshend by guitar and keyboards. While they have collaborated with other musicians to replace some members due to their departure from this world, the best drummer and the best bass player will forever remain Keith Moon and John Entwistle.
Part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1990, The Who has won many awards during its long lasting activity, including 5 Tony Awards, and it is always part of tops regarding rock music, both as a band and as musicians individually. The Who’s song are often featured in media, such as CSI and The Simpsons. Flirting with rock, hard rock and power pop, this band has also been influencing other artists such as Ramones, Sex Pistols, Oasis and Green Day.
51 years after their formation as a band, the members of The Who are the proud owners of 11 studio albums, 58 singles and 34 tours and performances. Their most popular albums, which you must listen to, are the 1969 Tommy, a rock opera, the 1971 Who’s Next, which has always been perceived as their ultimate best record and the 1973 Quadrophenia, which got its own movie adaptation. In matters of songs, we suggest you listening to Baba O’Riley, Who are You, Won’t Get Fooled Again, Eminence Front and Behind Blue Eyes, whose cover by Limp Bizkit for Halle Berry’s thriller Gothika, you might have often heard.
5. The Rolling Stones (1962 – present, rollingstones.com)
It all started in 1962 with the friendship, a garage band and meeting the right man with the right advertisement and venues. So it was born one of the most legendary bands in the world. Currently composed of founders lead vocalist, piano and guitar player Mick Jagger and guitar and bass player Keith Richards, but also Charlie Watts as drummer and Ronnie Wood as guitarist, The Rolling Stones is younger and fresher than ever and set on tour for 2016.
The Golden Boys
Assimilating various styles – including jazz, country, blues and reggae – in order to make their own specific The Rolling Stones sound, the band not only became influential on other artists, but it also inspired the pop culture magazine, Rolling Stone, in choosing its name, slowly growing together and becoming a name in the industry. During its 53 year long career, The Rolling Stones has released 29 albums, plus 13 live ones, 57 music videos and 109 singles, as well as almost as many tours as their years of activity.
Moves like Jagger
Stepping away from Maroon 5 and Christiana Aguilera’s tribute to Mick Jagger and his fabulous moves, let us introduce you to the best of their work. We are talking about Beggars Banquet (1968), in which you can hear a touch of samba drums, Let it Bleed (1969), their darkest album, Exile on Main St. (1972), full of euphoric riffs for an adventurous sound, and Sticky Fingers (1971), an album so full of vitality that it makes the blood in your veins sizzle like a bubbly juice. Out of their 109 singles, we advice you to listen to Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfaction, Gimme Shelter, Miss You and You Can’t Always Get What you Want.
4. Pink Floyd (1965 – 1994, 2005, 2012 – 2014, pinkfloyd.com)
When we say Pink Floyd, everyone has in mind the modern remix of We don’t need no education by Eric Prydz as well as the famous cover featuring light passing through a prism becoming a rainbow, but few people do know anything about the English band.
Formed in 1965 by a group of student – Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright – this progressive, psychedelic and art rock band started as an underground group, until it attracted the attention of influential people and ended up signing with EMI.What followed was an international success.
A Chapter in the Rock Encyclopedia
Ones of the first English psychedelic musicians, or space rock as others might call it, with influences from country, folk, blues and electronic music, Pink Floyd is definitely one band to remember in the history of music.
With 15 albums and 27 singles, composers for the soundtrack of The Committee, More, Zabriskie Point, La Vallee and on tour for around 22 times, Pink Floyd might not be the richest band, but it surely made itself remarkable amongst the others.
To mention their best sold and acclaimed albums, we have the famous The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), whose dark themes were inspired by Syd Barrett’s poor mental state, The Wall (1979), a rock opera exploring abandonment and isolation issues, Wish You Were Here (1975), inspired by their European tours, and The Endless River (2014), their swan song album in which they said goodbye to the stage. The most memorable songs are Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, The Great Gig in Sky and of course Another Brink in The Wall (Part II), the actual song about not needing education.