The ten most influential artists of rock music?

Notable artists (not in any specific order):

-The Beatles

-Nirvana

-Elvis Presley

-Led Zeppelin

-Queen

-The Sex Pistols

-The Who

-The Rolling Stones

-AC/DC

-The Clash

The artists I chose were the first ones that came to my head. There are a lot more, but I only wanted to list 10. I chose them for different reasons. For example, Led Zeppelin was the birth of heavy metal and Nirvana widely popularized alternative rock. If I had to choose the most influential of the names above, it would be The Beatles, followed closely by Elvis Presley.

What do you think are the most influential artists of rock music?

They don't have to be in a specific order.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Here is my top 10 list(ok it's a little more than 10)of influential artists and why they're influential:

    The Beatles-Forget how many albums they sold for a minute,they revolutionized the way songs were written,they changed the way music was made in the studio,it was through them that music grew a social conscience,they encouraged their contemporaries(and those who followed them)to express their opinions on relevant issues of the day.I could go on for awhile about what The Beatles did for rock and roll other than sell a lot of albums.

    ELO-Their fusion of rock and classical music,yes The Beatles were among the 1st to use classical instruments on pop/rock songs,but ELO took it to the next level!

    The Who-Considered by many to be the godfathers of punk,also put out the 1st album that told a story(Tommy)

    Pink Floyd:All I have to do is mention 2 albums:Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall

    The Beach Boys:All I have to do is mention one album:Pet Sounds,in fact Paul McCartney has been quoted as saying that if not for Pet Sounds,there would've never been a Sgt.Pepper

    Bee Gees-Helped usher in a cultural revolution in the 1970's

    The Rolling Stones-Albums like Beggars Banquet,Sticky Fingers,and Exile on Main St. have shown why the Stones earned the title "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band"

    Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath-I put these 2 bands together for a reason because they are considered by many to be the founding fathers of heavy metal

    The Kinks-Although Zeppelin and Sabbath are considered to be the founding fathers of metal,it was You Really Got Me that was a huge influence on them and other bands(like The Beatles),in fact You Really Got Me is considered to be the 1st metal song

    The Byrds-1968's Sweetheart of the Rodeo inspired bands like The Eagles,Poco,and The Stone Canyon Band,in fact it was this album that gave birth to the country/rock genre

    The Yardbirds-Particularly while Jeff Beck was a member,listen to songs like Shapes of Things,I'm A Man,Heart Full of Soul,Evil Hearted You,and Still I'm Sad

    Cream-Their pioneering fusion of rock,pop,jazz,and blues

    Nirvana-As The Beatles and their British Invasion cohorts swept away the teen idols of the late 1950's and early 1960's,so to did Nirvana and their grunge brethren swept aside the hairbands and power ballads of the 1980's.

    The Moody Blues-All I have to do is mention 1 album:Days of Future Passed

    The Doors-One of the 1st to really write from the dark side of music,I highly doubt that any other band would've had the balls to write a song like The End or defy an order of The Ed Sullivan Show!

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  • 8 years ago

    1. Theatre of Tragedy were most influential for Gothic Metal, because they were the first to use the now popular The Beauty and the Beast Singing (harsh male vocals/growls and beautiful female mostly classical singing)

    2. The Beatles/Remo Four/The Kinks/The Rolling Stones are definitely very influential of many musical genres. They developed Beat Music. Their later works were proto-metal, proto-punk, and other.

    3. Jimi Hendrix

    4. Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions, ex-Electric Sun)

    5. Mountain, Steppenwolf, The Troggs, Iron Butterfly are those who paved the way for metal music along with Blue Cheer and similar bands.

    6. The Who

    7. Glenn Miller Band

    8. Yes/King Krimson/Eloy

    10. Deep Purple/Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath

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  • Ryan
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    8 years ago

    The Beatles

    The Clash

    The Sex Pistols

    The Doors

    Led Zeppelin

    Alice Cooper

    Black Sabbath

    Jimi Hendrix

    Judas Priest

    The Who

    Honourable mentions to these bands: The Cure, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Ramones, Black Flag, Rainbow, Sonic Youth, X, The Kinks

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Chuck Berry-one of the firsts guitar heros

    Elvis Presley- introducing rock and roll to the white man

    The Beatles-starting the British revolution

    The Rolling Stones- Made Rock & Roll rebelious and awesome

    Eric Burdon& the Animals-brought the blues sound

    The Kinks- Intro to the more metalish sound

    Led Zeppelin- intro heavy metal

    The Ramones-founding fathers of punk rock

    Black Sabbath- led it off into metal

    Queen- made rock unforgetable

    Source(s): I love music You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/diegosantiago1996?feat...
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  • 8 years ago

    No order

    The Beatles

    The Rolling Stones

    The Who

    Chuck Berry

    Pink Floyd

    Led Zeppelin

    Deep Purple

    The Sex Pistols

    Cream

    Van Halen

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  • 8 years ago

    King Crimson

    Bob Dylan

    Buffalo Springfield

    The Who

    The Pixies

    Neil Young

    Primus

    Kiss

    Pink Floyd

    Cream

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  • 8 years ago

    In no order

    The Beatles

    The Ramones

    The Who

    Elvis

    Chuck Berry

    Black Sabbath

    Led Zeppelin

    Nirvana

    The Sex Pistols

    The Rolling Stones

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  • 8 years ago

    Bill Haley & The comets (For introducing rock & roll to the mainstream)

    Chuck Berry

    Elvis Presley (HUGE)

    The Beach boys (America's biggest band till...)

    The Beatles (The biggest of them ALL)

    The Rolling stones

    The Who

    The Monkees (Beleive it or not they brought rock right into your house)

    Elton John

    Bob Dylan

    Black Sabbath (Where heavy metall all staerted)

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The Velvet Underground

    David Bowie

    Television

    Iggy & The Stooges

    Brian Eno

    Joy Division

    R.E.M.

    The Talking Heads

    Kraftwerk

    Pixies

    No order.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    elvis #1.he was rock n roll.he broadened it from chuck berrys country and blues fusion to that finest of genres,and he popularized it.he did alot more for music than the beatles.they just followed in his footsteps.without elvis we wouldnt have had the beatles.he did more for music than any other single man in history

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