One cannot imagine life without music. It became a natural part of life as its meaning and use differ from person to person. Throughout centuries, numerous talented singers, musicians, and bands shared their talents and these talents gave way for music to evolve to the music we know and enjoy today. So the question is what is the basis to say that a certain performer or band is the best of their time? We picked out the top five that is considered to be the best bands of all time and we’re going to see what they have in common.
#5 – Led Zeppelin
In case you didn’t know, Led Zepellin was an English rock band consisting of a vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham, formed in London in 1968. Their music range appeals not only to blues rock and folk rock genres fanatics but also considered as a forerunner for heavy metal, too. Critics consider Led Zepellin one of the most successful, influential and innovative rock groups in history due to their great impact in the nature of the music industry, mainly in the development of album-orientated rock (AOR) and stadium rock. With certified sales of $140.6 million, their concerts broke records, albums ranked among the top selling and even now, their fan base is still growing extending their legacy among musicians and fans alike.
#4 – The Beach Boys
This American rock band is renowned by their vocal harmonies – only a few can achieve – and early surf songs which then progressed into more personal themes as their fan base also matured. With Brian as de facto leader, composer, producer and arranger, the band played with styles and genres such as black R&B, jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, which led to their unique sound. The band made use of avant-garde recording techniques in innovative ways and combined classical or jazz elements which ensured them certified sales of $31.1 million. The Beach Boys was formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961 consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.
#3 – Pink Floyd
In the 60 years of their career, Pink Floyd released 15 albums and toured to upkeep each release four of which topped both the UK and Us charts, however only two of their singles, The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon, successfully included in the top 10 in either region. Before David Gilmour joined the band, Pink Floyd was already establishing their name on the British rock scene even with their early releases led by Syd Barrett but only after David joined and took over the creative direction did the band received international acknowledgment and garnered certified sales of $121.4 million. Formed in London, 1965, Pink Floyd was an English rock band which gained following as one of the first British psychedelic pop group. They are credited with influencing genres such as ambient music and neo-progressive. As a chief band of the developing rock genre, they were notable for their sonic experimentation, extended compositions, intricate live shows, and philosophical lyrics.
#2 – The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones pioneered the gritty, heavier-driven sound that came to define hard rock as a deviating act to the popular pop-rock of the early 1960s. With genres like soul, rock, and R&B, their success is attributed to their consistency and staying true to the safe foundational genres even when pop music continuously evolves and rapidly changes, the reason why they’re still on top after nearly 60 years. Even through several feuds to which led other bands to break, the band survived and during that time, even released 23 live albums, 30 studio albums, 120 singles, 25 compilations, and embarked on 48 tours – which 4 is considered the highest-grossing among the top 5 – which justifies their certified sales of $100 million. They got started in 1962 and were at the forefront of the British Invasion.
#1 – The Beatles
Even if they only have a short run of 10 years of their career starting 1960, The Beatles, comprised of the best-known line-up of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon, are considered as the best-selling and most influential band of all time with certified sales of $279.8 million. Formed in Liverpool, this popular rock band was fundamental to popular music’s recognition as an art form and the growth of the 1960s counterculture. They’re recognized for their sound-incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop which are engrained in skiffle beat and 1950s rock and roll. Later on, the band ventured music styles ranging from Indian music and ballads to hard rock and psychedelia.
The Beatles transformed many aspects of the music industry and were often presented as leaders of the era’s youth and sociocultural movements as forerunners of songwriting, recording, and artistic presentation. As a band who started young, their fans grew up alongside them, leading the British Invasion of pop and rock into the USA. As a commemoration of their achievements, UNESCO recognizes January 16th as World Beatles Day.