So Very Grateful
Looking Beyond the Mark



Nicely done. I would put Led Zeppelin and AC/DC higher on the list, as maybe #1 and #3, respectively, (Pink Floyd and LZ are a tough battle for #1 and #2), but I would leave out Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen in favor of Journey and ZZ Top. But if you had a ton 12 or top 15, I couldn't argue with leaving them in.

Mike Kessler

I've got a few quibbles but I think they're mostly because I'm 49 and you're not. For fans of Dark Side of the Moon, I highly recommend that you check out Dub Side of the Moon, a very faithful reggae version of the Pink Floyd classic.


Mike, please feel free to quibble away. I'm guessing your quibbles might be with the inclusion of GnR and U2?

-domo-, I agree that Journey and ZZ Top would be included on any short list of the greatest rock bands of all time, but I could not think of a single album of theirs that would be Top Ten material. Maybe if you took the best from Inifinity and Escape, you's have a top-ten-worthy album from Journey. The same can be said for Van Halen, Aerosmith, and the Rolling Stones (though Beggar's Banquet is certainly Top 20 material). Others I considered include American Beauty by the Grateful Dead ; Sgt. Pepper's by the Beatles; the Wall by Pink Floyd; Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix Experience; and a few others. I included GnR and U2 so as to be more representatvie of the entire rock era. Other newer albums that I think would be in the Top 20 include Greenday's American Idiot; Pearljam's 10; and Nirvana's Nevermind.


How could I forget the Grateful Dead? But I think Workingman's Dead is just as good as American Beauty. Maybe go for What a Long Strange Trip It's Been as a compromise? Do compilation albums count? Or the other bands you mentioned? I think the problem is limiting it to the top 10. Obviously to do any justice at all it needs to be the top 25. To be more inclusive, it needs to be bands instead of albums, because many of these top bands have several albums that could qualify.

(Now I have Truckin' going through my mind. Not a bad thing.)

Mike Kessler

Actually, I love U2, but not GnR. And I would've chosen The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" because it was so revolutionary and inspired many other artists to create their greatest works. Definitely Joni Mitchell's "Court and Spark" and Stevie Wonder's "Inner Visions." Of course, you'll have more than ten, but rules were made to be broken.

desert vulture

Aerosmith got ripped. I think "Toys in the Attic" should displace Springstein, or Dylan at the very least. And no representatives from the Grunge? Not even Nirvana or STP? Hmmm. Cobain is rolling over in his grave.



I agree on Inner Visions. it would be in my Top 20 for sure. Not so much on the Joni Mitchell--maybe I am relegating her to the folk category. I picked Abbey Road over Sgt. Pepper's because I think that, while Sgt. Pepper's was clearly one of the most revolutionary and influential albums ever, in listening to the two albums today I think Abbey Road actually passes the test of time much better. Sgt. Pepper's is almost 40 years old and kinda sounds like it. Abbey Road doesn't. But, again, the Beatles would have 4 or 5 in any Top 50 list that I compile.

dv, you may be right on Aerosmith. I've never been a big fan, but can appreciate them nonetheless. I'm surprised nobody has ripped me for including Moving Pictures.


After going through my album stash, I was only able to find one contender that hasn't been mentioned here already. Does R.E.M.: Automatic For The People have any place in this discussion? Or is there not enough "rock" to it?


Yes, TLJ, I thought about REM but like some of the others I couldn't put my finger on one single album of theirs that I think would make the Top 10. They are on any short list of the greatest rock bands of all time, but if I were to pick their best album I'd probably go with Document.

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