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Let's have a debate, name your Top 3

Discussion in 'music' started by Woodface, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    In the interest of creating some chatter on the music section, let's do a list. Top 3 rock/pop acts of all time. the correct answer is as follows but feel free to provide alternatives:

    1) Beatles
    2) Steely Dan
    3) REM

    One of which will be argued over more than the others I guess. Oh, The Who are probably the most overrated band around so don't include that one.

  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    1. Elvis. Can’t stand him personally but his influence is unarguable.
    2. The Stones. The Beatles were only around for 8 years.
    3. The New York Dolls. Rebooted popular music when it was dying.
  3. Folkman

    Folkman pfm Member

    1 - Hendrix.
    2 - Jefferson Airplane.
    3 - Cream.

    my top 3 anyway :D
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  4. shrink

    shrink pfm Member

    I like the Steely Dan idea, but I couldn't possibly have any list of the top of anything that didn't include Led Zeppelin.

    1) Led Zeppelin
    2) Pink Floyd
    3) Steely Dan (although I never really do think of these guys as rock, they're more jazzy)
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  5. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Stones, 'just a blues band' not as influential as Beatles or as good. Have no opinion on New York Dolls but pretty sure Bowie did similar for longer.
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  6. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Never been arsed with Zep just not my thing, like Floyd but a bit inconsistent. It is hard to categorize Steely Dan but they had hits, were popular & had a good to their tunes.
  7. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    Without asking questions like ‘biggest or most enduring impact, best to go and see, longest period of great output, most often played or what...’

    Beatles, Zappa, Steely Dan. In some order.

    I thought the standard pfm response to this sort of question was ‘Bowie, Kraftwerk and Miles Davis’ (followed by an explanation why he falls into the rock category) so I’m surprised none of them have been voted for yet.
    Martian Sunrise likes this.
  8. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    It can only go on personal preference & who you listen to. Hard to quantify 'influence'. Never got round to Zappa but hard to argue with his talent
  9. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    That’s why I was musing on the criteria. Is there more to it than talent? Why did Vaclev Havel want Zappa as a Czech ambassador? Why is there a statue of him in Vilnius?
  10. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    The 3 top popular music artists called Bob:

    Bob Wills
    Bob Dylan
    Bob Marley
  11. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    1) E
    2) L
    3) P
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  12. flapland

    flapland pfm Member

    Corrected your finger trouble with the last letter.
  13. happy_chappie

    happy_chappie pfm Member

    1, Pink Floyd
    2, Rolling Stones,
    3, Bob Dylan.
    Zep / Beatles in joint fourth.
  14. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Never really got on with Dylan, I know he is good but can't stand his voice & reverence he attracts.
  15. Jonn

    Jonn Tons of Trouble

    Elvis: style and influence (the Sex Pistols deserve an honourable mention for the same reasons)
    Dylan: lyrics
    Beatles: innovation and progression

    Each were on the cusp of major social change and captured the zeitgeist. The rest followed in their wake.
    vince rocker likes this.
  16. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    1) Steely Dan
    2) Buddy Holly (Don't mock, and much more influential than you might think)
    3) Van Morrison (Rock? Pop?...debatable)
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  17. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Jog on you old hippies ;)

    1 The Clash
    2 The Jam
    3 The Specials
  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    In terms of influence?

    Miles Davis
    Gil Scott-Heron
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  19. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    Kate Bush

    David Bowie

    krenzler and Woodface like this.
  20. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Golly, do I ever have a lot of soul!

    Wot, no Bowie?

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