Who are the best bands of all time? This is a list of my favorite's and influence's.
#1. The Beatles
The Beatles changed music and set the standard, for the next generation of bands and artists. They set many records and still hold the most number ones by a band together and have sold the most albums worldwide, some estimate 1 billion copies. But, everyone since has been heavily influenced by the Beatles, the most commercially successful group in history.
#2. The Beach Boys
Brian Wilson was one of the greatest melodic composers in history, the bands harmonies are one of a kind. Some of my favorite song's are ''Good Vibrations'', ''Wouldn't It Be Nice'' and ''God Only Knows''. A very chipper feel good sound.
#3. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin has been one of the only bands to come close to rivaling the commercial success of the Beatles. Jimmy Page was one of the greatest riff makers in history. They had one of the most definitive distinct sounds ever. I loved Led Zeppelin 1, and Zozo.
#4. Lynyrd Skynyd
I have a little southern heritage from Kentucky, so I really love the southern blues rock sound. But, they are one of a kind and wrote some of the greatest melodic songs like ''Tuesdays Gone'', ''Free Bird'', and ''Sweet Home Alabama''.
''Foreplay Longtime'' is a long melodic piece of music, but one of the greatest ever. My other favorite songs are ''Peace of Mind'' and ''More Than A Feeling'' But, their sound inspired many others, including their great tones. Without them the 80's and 90's would've been totally different.
#6. Van Halen
Van Halen was probably my biggest influence, especially on the guitar. I learned most the great songs, and all the guitar techniques. They were one of the more talented, best sounding bands. Gotta love ''Ain't Talkin' Bout Love'' or ''Unchained''.
Metallica has been probably the biggest heavy metal band of all time, and the Black album is still on the charts. I loved the classical influence. My favorite albums are ''And Justice for All'', ''Black Album'', ''Master Of Puppets'' and ''Ride the Lightning''.
I think that Kurt was a great songwriter, I like some of the noise he made, and the emotions or expression that came out. "'Nevermind'' is still Billboard 200, and still sounds fresh. I loved the live perfomance of ''Drain You'' and the MTV Unplugged.
#9. The Offspring
When I first started playing guitar I was really inspired by the Offspring, I had just went through a skateboard phase. But, I learned a lot of the songs, and that helped me understand song structure and chord progressions. They were mostly power chords but still challenging and technical.
Creed was one of my favorite bands, and the first time I saw them in concert in 2001, they totally rocked. I thought that they had really strong songs, guitar and lyrics. But, it was good for me, because if was fun guitar to learn and the songs fit my vocal range. I learned most the songs from ''My Own Prison'' and ''Human Clay''.