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Number one: The Beatles. Number two: The Stones. So who's third?
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3 February 2013
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Most people round here would agree that the Beatles really were the Toppermost of the Poppermost, not just in the 60s but in their entire lifetimes. I'd guess not too many would dispute that the Stones deserve to be rated number 2. But who should come 3rd, either for the 60s or for your entire lifetime?

Using such criteria as the quality of the music and the songs, I rate The Beach Boys very high for the 60s, but most of the records are played by session musicians. Bringing in musicianship, The Who score very high for me.

Bringing in subsequent decades, for me it's pretty much a tie between Queen and 10 cc, but Freddie Mercury's charisma just shaves it for Queen.

What do other people think?

3 February 2013
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It depends on the genre, I guess.  I'm not a "rock" fan per se.  I don't really seek out rock music, but there was something special the Beatles did with ordinary rock music that makes it attractive to me.  Thus, ordinarily I would tend to dislike songs like Helter Skelter or I Want You or Come Together or Back In The USSR -- but when the Beatles created those, I'm deeply impressed and love it.  (I do like two or three Stones songs, but not as much as other people like them; and I simply have never sought out Cream, or Led Zeppelin, or Steppenwolf, or Pink Floyd, or Queen, or etc. for my musical pleasure or needs.)

Then there's the concept of the "band" -- a unit of musicians with an identity, a charisma, an effect on culture.

So it sounds like you're asking your question from a standpoint of "best rock band".

From that standpoint, it makes sense to say Beatles #1 and Stones #2.

Now, I would propose for another decade, the 70s, I would nominate Chicago.

And in terms perhaps of "another world", I would nominate Santana.


However, I think there's a unique quality of the Beatles that no one else had -- and perhaps that is why no other pop/rock band has ever come close to approximating what they did in terms of that "impact" -- musically and culturally -- you are referring to here.


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4 February 2013
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For me the third band is either The Who, The Beach Boys or the Jimi Hendrix Experience.


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