Music is the language of mankind. Those words by the Harvard Professor and renowned poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stay immortal. This immortality is similar to the immortality of our love for music. It is our natural instinct to get drawn into it.
Both evolutionary biologists and psychology scholars are proving that our recognition of music is in our genes. We are able to identify some common sounds, regardless of the culture or backgrounds we hail from. Moreover, they also suggest that we’re naturally inclined to create music, from one way or the other.
One of the genres of music, I always found intriguing was Rock. Historically, it has its roots in the “Rock and Roll” genre from the 1950s United States of America. Although by the end of the 60s and 70s, it got divided into a lot more detailed genres, the soul of rock stayed.
The essence of rock music lies in it acting as a medium for letting out the emotions buried deep inside. In Christgau’s Record Guide, Robert Christgau described rock as the amalgamation of the desires of an adolescent, the mass euphoria that surrounds them, and how they deal with it.
Furthermore, we see the theme in all the bands out there, who nail the rock genre. So, today, we’re listing down the Top 10 Most Popular Rock Bands of All Time.
The English Band, Radiohead got together in 1985, with Thom Yorke leading the main instruments such as the piano, the guitar and simultaneously handling the vocals too. Radiohead has become seemingly universal and is actually used in a lot of popular TV Series and Movies nowadays. It all started with their worldwide phenomenon debut single “Creep” in the year 1992. Furthermore, they got inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just this year.
Nirvana, an American band specializing in the “Rock” form, got together in Washington. It was formed in the year 1987. It had the renowned Kurt Cobain, their lead singer and a guitarist, and also the bassist Krist Novoselic. After a lot of change, their drummer Dave Grohl finally joined and became the legendary trio of Rock. Their work such “Nevermind” is quite popular, along with their album “Smells like Teen Spirit”. The band broke up into alternative rock bands after Cobain committed suicide tragically.
8.| Guns N’ Roses
Around the same time as Nirvana, in 1985, a Hard Rock and Heavy Metal band was forming named as Guns N’ Roses. The band was formed by Axl Rose, their vocalist, Slash, their lead guitarist, Duff McKagan, their bassist, Izzy Stradlin, their rhythm guitarist, and their drummer, Steven Adler. Their popular song and album are ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Appetite for Destruction’. The band signed with Geffen Records in 1986. Furthermore, their contribution to rock got them inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
7.| AC DC
In the 70s, the magic of Rock was spreading all over the world. In the year 1973, an Australian Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Band by the name of AC DC was catching the attention of everyone. Formed in November 1973, AC DC was started by Scotland based brothers Angus Young and Malcolm. Furthermore, their frontmen Bon Scott died an untimely death in 1979 due to alcohol poisoning. Brian Johnson was brought in as his replacement, and the album dedicated to him, “Back in Black” became the highest grossing albums in the history of rock and roll.
6.| The Rolling Stones
Before the pomp and show of the 70s and the 80s, the English Rock Band, The Rolling Stones was creating the buzz in the 60s. Formed in the year 1962 in London, the band initially consisted of 6 members. On the Guitar and Harmonica was Brian Jones, and leading along with him on vocals and harmonica, Mick Jagger. Keith Richards played the guitar, while Ian Stewart was on piano. Bill Wyman was their bassist, and Charlie Watts, the drummer. They are incredibly popular for their tracks and albums such as Paint It Black, Satisfaction and Sympathy for the Devil. Furthermore, they were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 1989.
The popular American Heavy Metal band, Metallica was formed in the year 1981, in the Californian city of Los Angeles. Metallica became one of the bands that founded thrash metal, owing to their tempo and the relationship with music. Initially, the band consisted of the lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, vocalist James Hetfield, bassist Ron McGovney and the drummer Lars Ulrich. Their 5 albums were amongst the best selling. Most notably, Master of Puppets, their third album was the first thrash metal and the heavy metal album that went platinum. Metallica continued to do worldwide musical tours.
4.| Pink Floyd
We’re stepping in with the legends now. Legendary England based Rock Band, Pink Floyd was formed in London in the year 1965. It is popularly known for its music that can only be described as something beyond that time, something purely psychedelic. The band consisted of the vocalist and lead guitarist David Gilmour, vocalist and bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and vocalist and pianist Richard Wright. Furthermore, Pink Floyd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 1996. Their album The Dark Side of the Moon is amongst the best selling and the greatest albums of all time. They sold a lot of critically and commercially successful albums such as Wish You Were Here, Obscured by Clouds and Ummagumma.
Queen was formed in England in the year 1970. The band comprised of vocalist and pianist Freddie Mercury, guitarist and vocalist Brian May, drummer and vocalist John Deacon, and drummer and vocalist Roger Taylor. Queen rose to International Limelight with their album A Night at the Opera, which came out in 1975. Their track Bohemian Rhapsody is still considered the greatest song of all time by some. The tracks We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions became the must play songs of all sports events. Furthermore, they were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
2.| The Beatles
Formed in Liverpool, the iconic face of Rock and Roll, the English Band, the Beatles was founded in 1960. The band consisted of the world-renowned musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. They delved into Hard Rock, Psychedelia, Indian, Pop and anything that could bring innovation into their music. Astonishingly, they created a lot best selling album in some few years. Their popular albums are Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, The White Album, Abbey Road and Rubber Soul. The controversy surrounding Lennon and his assassination is known to all. Furthermore, the band got inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 1988.
1.| Led Zeppelin
All Marvel Fans heard the Immigrant Song in Thor Ragnarok, but for the music fans around the world, this was just a reconciliation to the glorifying masterpieces of an English band. Led Zeppelin, formed in London in the year 1968, is regarded as the Greatest Rock Band of all Time. The band members were the vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page (Guitar), bassist and pianist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Some of their popular and successful albums are Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, III, and IV. Their tracks such as the Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love and Kashmir makes the band a remarkable and renowned one. Furthermore, Led Zeppelin got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 1995.
There are some honourable mentions such the Who, Iron Maiden, Linkin Park, U2, Black Sabbath, Rush, Green Day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Moreover, this makes us remember that music is for all mankind. Furthermore, it is indeed the language of the universe.