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Favorite/Best Band of all time?

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Now because of the age division here I'm expecting a lot of answers but with all that aside, what's your favorite band/group of all time? Some bands are just the best for you; you like them just fine and it fits your listening needs. But who's the best of all time in your mind?

My favorite band of all time happens to be Queen. To start off, I love their music! I love their #1 hits and there not as popular hits. I think they are iconic and their music has really tested the sands of time. I guarantee this week you will hear a Queen song on television or in a movie. Their songs have stayed on the UK charts longer than both The Beatles and Elvis Presley. I think at least now, they are one of the most underrated bands of all time. If you are like me, during most commercials you won't even realize you are listening to a Queen song. Trust me, they are much much more than just Behomian Rhapsody. Check this out from their wikipedia page:

Some of the musicians that have cited the band as an influence include: Anthrax, Ben Folds Five,[46] Boston, Blind Guardian,[47] Kurt Cobain,[48] Def Leppard,[49] The Darkness, Extreme,[50] Foo Fighters, The Germs, The Go Go's, Davey Havok, My Chemical Romance, The Killers,[51] Green Day,[52] Guns N' Roses,[53]Helloween,[54]Iron Maiden,[55]Judas Priest,[56]Kansas,[57] Manic Street Preachers, Metallica,[58] George Michael, Marilyn Manson, Kaiser Chiefs, Muse, Mika,[59]Nine Inch Nails, Panic at the Disco, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, Switches, Max Cavalera,[60][61] Styx,[62], Sweet,[63] Dragonforce Cesare Cremonini and Threshold keyboardist Richard West; amongst others.

If you don't have it, check out their double disc greatest hits album. It rocks.

I'll post two others just to make a top 3. My other two favorites in no particular order are the beastie boys and red hot chili peppers. I think both bands have again done very well over time and were very influential in their respective hay days.
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Michael. Jackson.
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Atom wrote:

Michael. Jackson.
Ah yes, he's a great band.


Muse; I like a lot though, hard to choose a singe band if one likes a variety of music and kinds of bands. I'd list others worthy, but that'd be offtopic. I'll save it for any upcoming "favorite music" threads that are inevitable.
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Sorry meant to include other individual performers who are usually known for being their own entity; Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Sting, Madonna etc, etc.
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sfbmovieco wrote:

Sorry meant to include other individual performers who are usually known for being their own entity; Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Sting, Madonna etc, etc.
In that case, my personal favorite greatest musician of all time would be Bob Marley. I love his music, maybe not the most, but I also love his message and his philosophy. I like him for more reasons than just his music.

My favorite musician/group of musicians that has produced the most music I love remains Muse.
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Serpent wrote:

My favorite musician/group of musicians that has produced the most music I love remains Muse.
Definitely, without a doubt.
Posted: Thu, 28th Feb 2008, 10:00am

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sfbmovieco wrote:

I think at least now, Queen are one of the most underrated bands of all time.
Really? Maybe it's different across the pond, because Queen have always been very highly regarded here in the UK, as far as I'm aware. Though I do recall a documentary saying that their popularity in the US plummeted when they released the cross-dressing I Want To Break Free video.

I only 'properly' discovered Queen in the last year-or-two, oddly. And they are indeed fantastic.

As for choosing a favourite band of all-time, I don't think I actually have one. My musical tastes tend to change every couple of years, so stuff I liked 5 years ago will be very different to stuff I like now.

If I were to pick a handful of bands, though, which at different times were my 'favourite', I'd go for:

Radiohead, Eels, Bran Van 3000, Mr Scruff, David Bowie, Queen, Led Zeppelin.....etc
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According to my Last.FM profile, my top listened to bands are
    Death Cab for Cutie
    My Chemical Romance
    Weird Al Yankovic
    Danny Elfman (soundtracks from movies like Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Batman, Edward Scissorhands)
    Fall Out Boy


Queen get a mention at 39, Muse at 16 and "Chase Ames and Andreas Petersen" are at number 18 smile

EDIT: For sheer awesomeness and inspiration, Tim Minchin.

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Favorite band of all time for me has to be The Strokes. I can't really describe why I like it either. They've become popular of late, but thankfully they're not the sell-out type of group.

Oh, and extremely close behind The Strokes are The White Stripes, mainly Jack White. He's a f__kin' genius.

Muse is great too, I like them a lot. I've heard they're awesome live, and I'm dying to see them!
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Bryce007 wrote:

Serpent wrote:

My favorite musician/group of musicians that has produced the most music I love remains Muse.
Definitely, without a doubt.
Agreed.
Posted: Thu, 28th Feb 2008, 12:07pm

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Tarn, maybe it's because I'm younger that's the case. But I think when people talk about the Beatles or The Rolling Stones they look back at a time and have more appreciation for that music rather than say Led Zeppelin or Queen.

I hate to say it would be because of the late Freddy Mercury's condition and orientation but who knows.

All I can say is I'll be checking out some new tunes this week.
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In Flames.

I met them on Wacken 2007, I never where so excited.
At least I could ask one guy from "Dir en Grey" like every other guy which camera he is using (it was a Panasonic Black Mamba smile )

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EELS. ALLLLLL DA WAY
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yeah! I get to post my vote for RUSH before Rocinante LOL

RUSH

hands down smile
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I have probably around 50 favorite bands, but probably my top 3 are:

1. Sublime
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. The Offspring
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There's no way I could name just one!

My vote probably lies with Daft Punk. Or Muse. Or Duran Duran.

Avast! Don't try and make me pick! It's like Sophie's Choice, only *slightly* less dramatic...
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In my top five Last.fm I have Coldplay, Less Than Jake, Green Day, Harvey Danger.

Then I have The Fourth Chamber as my number 8.
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I forgot to post this earlier, it's a youtube of my favorite bands performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU&feature=related
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Sonata Arctica is by far my favorite band.

Angra, Ayreon, Bastardz, Bad Religion, Children Of Bodom, Dragonland, Dream Theater, Ensiferum, Evergrey, Foo Fighters, Galloglass, In Flames, Megadeth, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stratovarius Are all nice bands too smile
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My favorite band of all time has to be Rise Against.
Posted: Thu, 28th Feb 2008, 7:26pm

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Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Muse, Incubus, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Lupe Fiasco, Black Eyed Peas, Blink-182, Men Without Hats, The Postal Service.
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Arcade Fire, Talking Heads, Ennio Morricone
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I'd probably have to say Red Hot Chili Peppers or Godhead.
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Digerati Media wrote:


Danny Elfman (soundtracks from movies like Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Batman, Edward Scissorhands)
Danny Elfman didn't write the music for Sweeney Todd. Stephen Sondheim did.



And my favorite band would have to be System of a Down.
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ACDC, Led Zepplin, Van Halen, the Who, and Aerosmith
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I don't have a particular favorite band. Because the music I listen to is constantly different. I'll listen to few certain bands for about a month. Then I get over them and listen to something new. Then I'll start listening to the songs I got over again later on.

A couple bands that have definitely stood out from me are The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, Foo Fighters, Daft Punk, Tupac, Michael Jackson, Ratatat, Justice, Sublime, The Police, Moby, and I can't really think of anyone else. I listen to a bit of everything except emo, screamo, and most rap that's featured on MTV.

One song that I've been hooked on lately has been this: rap/hip-hop/indy/tears for fears mashup It's by Girl Talk.

For anyone that hates rap here (which is a lot razz ) I suggest you try listening to it. It's not what you might expect it to be.
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FreshMentos wrote:

For anyone that hates rap here (which is a lot razz ) I suggest you try listening to it. It's not what you might expect it to be.
Here's a rap hater who thinks that song is terrible. The only hip-hop I've ever liked is, still, DJ Shadow. For the past years I've really been waiting for something else and it's yet to come.

Now some hip-hop is funny (Soulja Boy, Ballin', Ridin' Dirty, etc.), but that's about as good as it gets for me. It has to be so bad it's funny for me to appreciate it. unsure And I recognize rap and hip-hop artists talent, I just don't dig it.
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Without a shadow of a doubt in my thoughts its Pink Floyd.

The Wall is the best album ever conceived.
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er-no wrote:

Without a shadow of a doubt in my thoughts its Pink Floyd.

The Wall is the best album ever conceived.
Pink Floyd is awesome too, I almost forgot about them.
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The Decemberists, becouse they are the Decemberists. who else has written an 18 minuet long song as awesome as The Tain. When people ask me what kind of music they are I say, "They are like Homer, you know,the Greek poet. They write epics and put them to music."

Some other bands of worthy note are Rilo Kily, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and lots of others.
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Well, I gave my choices, but I completely forgot about my true favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7l28F8x9WGo


You just don't find talent like this anymore.wink
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Green Day, even though their only records that I really like are American Idiot, Nimrod and Warning.
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film freak wrote:

Well, I gave my choices, but I completely forgot about my true favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7l28F8x9WGo


You just don't find talent like this anymore.wink
I think that just scarred me for life. But you know... Whatever floats your boat... wink
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SlothPaladin wrote:

The Decemberists
I have always respected you for your animation skills and knowledge, and that level of respect went up even further.


Yes, I do judge people on their music tastes.
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eshhhhh! hard to choose my faves!

1)Matchbox 20
2)red hot chillie peppers
3)Queen
4)journey
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.20124) huuuuh.... Micheal jackson... SMOOTH CRIMINAL!!! OUWWWW!!!
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Serpent wrote:

SlothPaladin wrote:

The Decemberists
I have always respected you for your animation skills and knowledge, and that level of respect went up even further.


Yes, I do judge people on their music tastes.
music is a great way to judge people, chances are if someone listens to stuff I hate we won't have much else in common and won't really get along, but if they listen to stuff that is AWESOME chances are things will be just peachy.
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Hey Serpent, I don't like rap at all either, but Aesop Rock is incredibly talented, and doesn't fit the cliche at all.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1u43KDiWD0&feature=related
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tyguy2021 wrote:

Digerati Media wrote:


Danny Elfman (soundtracks from movies like Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Batman, Edward Scissorhands)
Danny Elfman didn't write the music for Sweeney Todd. Stephen Sondheim did.
Got confused. Danny Elfman writes lots of music for Tim Burton films (which Johnny Depp is in too)
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Journey
Guns N Roses
Bon Jovi
Boys 2 Men
Chicago
Prince and the Revolution
Green Day
Carpenters(my softy side)
ABBA-yes there groovy!
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Bryce007 wrote:

Hey Serpent, I don't like rap at all either, but Aesop Rock is incredibly talented, and doesn't fit the cliche at all.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1u43KDiWD0&feature=related
Great talent, great lyrics. But I could never listen to it. unsure Thanks for trying though, it's a genre that I somewhat respect that I just can't find anything for. It was a cool, trippy video that was very well done at least. I'm convinced there is some rap/hip-hop artist out there that I'd completely dig, but the style of even high quality rap, high quality underground/indie rap, etc. just hasn't done it for me yet. And I'm being completely open to the possibility, I love music in general. This is the one genre (besides modern country, which I am not even open to) that I have found nothing for. DJ Shadow, again, is the closest, but isn't traditional hip-hop, his work has been dubbed trip-hop and it's quite a bit different.

Oh, one other genre that I am not open to at all is modern R&B. Just not the kind of music I appreciate, but I regard it higher than modern country.
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Serpent, try Ghostface Killah - Fishscale.

My favourite bands/artists (abridged version):

Martha Wainwright
Queen
Catatonia
Tori Amos
The Veils
Smashing Pumpkins
Feeder
Sarah McLachlan
Saint Etienne
Pink Floyd
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So...hard... to... chose... one!
BIlly Joel
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In no real order:
Radiohead
Muse
Pink Floyd (The Wall alone would be enough to get them on this list)
AC/DC
Rage Against the Machine
Velvet Revolver
The Beatles (later stuff and mainly the Lennon written ones)
Queen
King Crimson
Jeff Buckley and Frank Zappa as well if we're counting individuals as well as bands.
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Classic: Zeppelin.
Contemporary(well, they've been around since the mid 80's but whatever) Dream Theater
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Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix (Experience and Band of Gypsies), Beatles, Radiohead and a bunch of others.
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Rawree wrote:

In no real order:
Radiohead
Muse
Pink Floyd (The Wall alone would be enough to get them on this list)
AC/DC
Rage Against the Machine
Velvet Revolver
The Beatles (later stuff and mainly the Lennon written ones)
Queen
King Crimson
Jeff Buckley and Frank Zappa as well if we're counting individuals as well as bands.
Copier.
Just kidding wink . Wow. Everyone is bringing up bands that I completely forgot to mention; Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Revolver, Journey, all that good stuff. Has anyone but me here heard of the band called Steriogram? Because I really like them.
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SlothPaladin wrote:

who else has written an 18 minuet long song as awesome as The Tain.
I believe it was jethro tull who had a song that was about 22 mins long and was pretty decent, though its probably been about 15 years since i heard it. Don't remember the name of the song.
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The Beatles.

They did it all.
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One thing that stands out about Queen was their live show - Freddie was a true showman who could fill a stage, very often lacking with other groups. Live Aid got them touring again, I remember watching it on TV and thinking Wow!. Sadly I missed their final tour (with Freddie - after Freddie doesn't count) in '86, but went to the Freddie Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, it was my farewell.

I was in Montreux the other day, and I see there's a bronze Freddie by the lakeside, it always has flowers and candles from wellwishers. I guess he was more than just a pop singer to a lot of people, maybe an alter ego, a bit of star quality, but with talent too. Queen haven't been worth listening to since, as hard as they may try. Their stadium-filling days are over, time to hang up the spandex...
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Radiohead

(I thought the original poster wanted us to pick just one?)
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How about the late great Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle group who was one of the main instigators of the guitar playing phenomenom of the early years (50's) in the UK.......hehe.....now that should bring a laugh to you guys out there.
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Dream Theater is definately my favorite band. Altought I'm not really fond of their newest work.

I also can enjoy Muse, Frank Zappa and Pain of Salvation very much.
Jordan Rudess his solo work. The Gorillaz. David Bowie is one hell of an artist too. Gentle Giant, Liquid Tension Experiment and Jamiroquai.
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Aw crap, I forgot to mention Frost*, who incidentally did a song 26 minutes long. Milliontown. And it kicks ass.
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Bands/artists I am listening to allot these days: HORSE the Band, Rhapsody (of Fire), The Aquabats, Bo Diddly, Roy Orbison

My absolute, 100%, of all time favorite bands are The Blood Brothers and Oingo Boingo. Oingo Boingo has been practically my favorite band since I was a freshman in high school.
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Howard Shore... lol. smile