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- Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" (1990) The British electronic music band Depeche Mode released "Personal Jesus" as the lead single from their album Violator.
- Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991) Seattle-based grunge-rock band Nirvana were surrounded by huge music media buzz when they released "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the lead single from their Nevermind album.
- R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion" (1991) R.E.M. were already celebrated as one of the top American rock bands before "Losing My Religion." They hit the top 10 on the album chart with their 1987 release Document, their 1983 debut Murmur was seen by many critics as one of the top rock debuts of all time, and the singles "The One I Love" and "Stand" both reached the pop top 10.
- U2 - "Mysterious Ways" (1991) In the late 1980s, U2 were arguably the world's biggest rock band. Their album The Joshua Tree was a worldwide smash, and they followed it up with another #1 hit around the world Rattle and Hum.
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- Blink-182. When you think “pop punk,” Blink-182 is one of the first two bands you probably think of. (The second band will be coming up next, don’t worry.)
- Green Day. Green Day is the other trio that is effectively pop punk royalty. Sure, its most well-known song is probably “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” an acoustic ballad that has soundtracked millions of graduations.
- Jimmy Eat World. Jimmy Eat World was almost caught in an awkward spot, as its breakthrough album, “Bleed American,” came out right around the time of the 9/11 attacks, which swiftly got it rebranded as a self-titled album.
- Saves the Day. There was a period of time when pop punk was in the zeitgeist, and Saves the Day got swept up in that fervor. That was totally fine, because songs like “At Your Funeral” and “Freakish” deserved the recognition.
- Marillion. If progressive rock bands are supposed to be boring, nobody told Marillion. The making of their classic album Misplaced Childhood – in early 1985, at Berlin’s Hansa Studios – was effectively one almighty bender.
- Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam are grunge’s great survivors. Unlike Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and the other major bands from the Seattle scene’s graduating class of 1991, they’ve never gone away, either permanently or temporarily.
- Rainbow. It was with Deep Purple that Ritchie Blackmore became legendary, but his legacy extends far beyond Purple. With Rainbow – the band he formed after quitting Purple in 1975 – he made nine studio albums, including such classics as Rising and Down To Earth.
- Motley Crue. Perhaps it was their manager, Doc McGhee, who best summed up Mötley Crüe. Recalling the years when he handled the business affairs of these self-styled Bad Boys of Hollywood, McGhee stated in the Crüe’s autobiography, The Dirt: “I spent 10 years of my life apologising for that band.
- The Rolling Stones. When I think of rock, I automatically think of the Stones. They are perpetual bad boys, making their own rules along the way. They have been rocking since 1962, initially presenting themselves as a blues band.
- The Beatles. I went back and forth on this ranking, but ultimately placed this band that defines so much of music at number two because much of their catalog seems to be more pop than rock to me.
- Led Zeppelin. With sexually charged lyrics and long, rhythmic masterpieces, these guys have been blowing our minds since the late ‘60s. They’re most recognized for “Stairway to Heaven” but have gifted us with so much more.
- Queen. I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t at least tempted to sing along with “Bohemian Rhapsody” when it’s played. The band formed in 1970 in London and made their presence known until Freddie Mercury’s untimely death in 1991.
- Queen. Since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991, Queen’s remaining members Brian May and Roger Taylor (John Deacon left the band in 1997) have toured with vocalists Paul Rodgers (2004 to 2009) and Adam Lambert (from 2011).
- Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin frequently sold out arenas and stadiums around the world during the 1960s and ’70s. In the U.S., they played at Madison Square Garden more than any other venue.
- Pink Floyd. One of Pink Floyd’s most innovative — and memorable — tours followed the release of their ambitious 1979 album “The Wall.” They even built an actual wall in the first half of each show, and spent most of the second half behind it, hidden from the audience.
- The Who. British rockers The Who have toured regularly since the early 1960s, but one gig in particular stands out for lead guitarist Pete Townshend: the band’s 1970 Valentine’s Day show at the University of Leeds.
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- Joy Division. It's incredibly rare for a band to have such an impact in such a short space of time. Joy Division were one of the most influential bands of the late 1970s, despite the life of Ian Curtis being cut tragically short at the age of just 23.
- Super Furry Animals. The finest Welsh proponents of weirdo rock since... well, ever. The group, pictured above on a bad hair day, have created some of the most interesting albums of the last few decades and they're also one of the first commercially successful acts to record entire albums in the Welsh language.
- The Jam. Not only did Paul Weller and the Jam create some of the most urgent and essential rock albums of the 1970s, but they also inspired an entire style movement.
- T. Rex. Marc Bolan’s hugely influential rock act started off as a pastoral psychedelic folk group. They released four albums under the name Tyrannosaurus Rex before shortening the name, reinventing themselves as glam rock behemoths and releasing a string of incredible singles such as Ride A White Swan, Get It On, Metal Guru and Children Of The Revolution.