Rock music has revolutionized the world and is gaining more and more popularity as the years go by. Rock music fans are of the most dedicated and passionate fans you can see the level at which it is popular from how quickly their concert tickets are sold out these days. Here are 10 of the most popular rock bands of all time.
U2 are an Irish rock band formed in 1976 and consisting of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. Bono is considered as one of the best rock artists of all time and he the most important factor in U2’s popularity. They have 12 albums which have sold over 150 million records till date. Not only are they popular and commercially successful they are also critically acclaimed and their 22 Grammy wins more tan justify this claim. Mysterious Ways, One, New Year’s Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday and With You or Without Me are some of band’s most popular work.
9. Linkin Park
Easily the most popular rock band of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Linkin Park was formed in 1996 by members Chester Bennington, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda. Their first album, Hybrid Theory itself became extremely popular and was certified as Platinum in some of the countries. They produced 4 more albums all of whom sold as projected and are in the process of bringing out a new album soon. Their collaboration with rapper Jay Z for an album Reanimation was also received by their fans with open hands. Somewhere I Belong, Numb, In The End, Faint and What I’ve Done are some of the bands most popular songs.
8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
RHCP are an American Band founded in 1983 and are considered legends in the field of funk rock. Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klingoffer are the current members of RHCP. With 7 Grammy wins, they’re also one of the most commercially successful rock bands with over 80 million records sold worldwide. Throughout their career they have experimented a lot with music and still found immense success and recognition. Californication is by their most popular song which is still a hit but songs like Snow, Zephyr Song and Scar Tissue are also popular among the rock fans.
Queen’s Bohemian Rhaspody is considered to be the greatest song that’s ever been written. Queen would have been the greatest British band had it not been for a certain band called The Beatles, but, they are still one of greatest bands ever. Queen’s original members were Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. Over 300 million records have sold till now and the song Bohemain Rhaspody had the unique honor of staying at the #1 stop in UK for nine weeks. Known for selling out concerts in few minutes, the Queen’s live performances back in the day are still fondly remembered. I Want To Break Free, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and Killer Queen are some of the best songs from the band.
AC/DC are an Aussie hard rock band formed by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young in 1973. Often called as Thunder from Down Under (in relation to their origin) AC/DC are one of the most ardently followed rock bands. Having been named in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, AC/DC have also sold over 70 million records till date, their most popular album is Black in Black which sold 20 million units itself! Having won many awards and laurel throughout their 4 decades long career AC/DC are one of the most decorated bands in the rock history. Highway To Hell, Thunderstruck, Back In Black and Shoot To Thrill are some of the most popular songs from the band.
Founded by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in 1987, Nirvana only released 3 studio albums in 7 years but are still regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the modern day era. Dave Grohl joined in a drummer and in 1990 before the band broke up in 1994 due to singer Cobain’s sudden death. Nirvana rose to fame due to their song Smells Like Teen Spirit which became this youth anthem when it was released. Even with only 3 albums, Nirvana has sold over 75 million records and have had several #1 songs on the billboard. Heart Shaped Box, In Bloom, Lithium and All Apologies are some of the better songs from the band.
Regarded as one of the ‘big four’ of trash metal, Metallica are by far the most accepted band of all time. Founded by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo complete the current band members of Metallica. Founded in 1981 the band is still active and tour around the world throughout the year. Having sold over 110 million records, Metallica are one of the best selling artists among the genre of trash metal. With 8 Grammy wins and many other awards, not only are they extremely popular but also a critically acclaimed band. My Apolocalypse, Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters and Master Of Puppets are some of the many known songs from the band.
3. Led Zeppelin
“..And she’s buying a stairway to heaven…” one of the greatest verses that have ever been written, Led Zeppelin comprised of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Jones and John Bonham was founded in 1968. The band is known for their heavy guitar driven sound in the songs. It is estimated that Led Zeppelin have sold around 250 million units worldwide and are regarded as one of the best selling artists in the history of audio records. Led Zeppelin was as influential in the 70s as The Beatles were in the decade before. Stairway To Heaven, Kashmir, When The Levee Breaks and Black Dog are some of the popular songs from Led Zeppelin.
2. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd is heaven. There is no other way to describe the legendary band and the legacy they have left behind. Pink Floyd may not be the most popular band but they’re regarded as the best rock band of all time among the ardent rock faithful. Founded by Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Walters and Richard Wright in 1965, the band was together for almost 3 decades until they stopped and were reunited in 2005. Having sold over 250 million units worldwide all the band members are considered as one of the wealthiest musicians of their generation. Wish You Were Here, Another Brick In The Wall, Echoes and Shine On You Crazy Diamond are few of the famous songs by Pink Floyd.
1. The Beatles
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 4 young lads from Liverpool decided to form a band and ended up being the most known and the most influential rock band of all time. Formed in 1960, the band has sold 177 million records in US alone. With estimated sale of over a billion units, they are the best selling band in the history of music. With 20 number 1 hits on the Hot 100, they rank the band with most #1 hit for any band that has ever been on the list. Hey Jude, Can’t buy me love, Twist and Shout and Hard day’s night are some of Beatles’ most famous songs. Without a shadow of doubt, The Beatles are the most famous rock band of all time.
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