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Top Musical Acts of All-Time

According to Rolling Stone Magazine, these are the 50 greatest musical acts of all time. How many can you name?
To make it easier, we give you a song - not always the most well-known
The list was made in 2010. It was already considered out-of-date back then
Last updated: September 04, 2018
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Song
Musical Act
1
Hey Jude
The Beatles
2
Tangled Up in Blue
Bob Dylan
3
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley
4
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones
5
Johnny B. Goode
Chuck Berry
6
Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix
7
Sex Machine
James Brown
8
Tutti Frutti
Little Richard
9
Respect
Aretha Franklin
10
Hit the Road Jack
Ray Charles
11
Buffalo Soldier
Bob Marley
12
Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys
13
Peggy Sue
Buddy Holly
14
Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin
15
Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder
16
You Send Me
Sam Cooke
17
Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters
18
Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye
19
Sweet Jane
The Velvet Underground
20
I'm A Man
Bo Diddley
21
Try a Little Tenderness
Otis Redding
22
With or Without You
U2
23
Streets of Philadelphia
Bruce Springsteen
24
Great Balls of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis
25
Blueberry Hill
Fats Domino
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Song
Musical Act
26
Blitzkrieg Bop
The Ramones
27
1999
Prince
28
Rock the Casbah
The Clash
29
Pinball Wizard
The Who
30
Heart-Shaped Box
Nirvana
31
Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash
32
The Tracks of My Tears
Smokey Robinson
33
Wake Up Little Susie
The Everly Brothers
34
Rockin' in the Free World
Neil Young
35
Man in the Mirror
Michael Jackson
36
Vogue
Madonna
37
Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
38
Working Class Hero
John Lennon
39
Space Oddity
David Bowie
40
Cecilia
Simon and Garfunkel
41
Riders on the Storm
The Doors
42
Moondance
Van Morrison
43
Everyday People
Sly and the Family Stone
44
Fight the Power
Public Enemy
45
Turn! Turn! Turn!
The Byrds
46
Me and Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin
47
Because the Night
Patti Smith
48
It's Tricky
Run-DMC
49
Crocodile Rock
Elton John
50
Up on Cripple Creek
The Band
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level 59
Jun 25, 2010
17/50. Public Enemy. Really?
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level 41
Sep 28, 2014
is he your public enemy?
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level 69
Jan 14, 2015
P E in full effect, BROTHA!!!!!
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level 49
Oct 21, 2010
I can't believe Eric Clapton is not on this list.
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level 29
Jan 14, 2013
he's bland and overrated, to be honest..
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level 53
Jan 15, 2013
Tears in Heaven. Wonderful Tonight. Layla. Those songs are bland? Wow. I'd like to know your definition of what's not bland...
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level 69
Jun 3, 2014
OK. Cream then.
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level 31
Oct 20, 2014
If anyone has aged horribly, Clapton has!!!
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level 49
Jan 16, 2015
must like one direction, or something equally as bad
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level 47
Feb 17, 2011
pink floyd ????????!!!!!!!!!!! is not on the list whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat !!!
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level 71
Oct 15, 2013
Exactly! Buddy bleedin' Holly is there, but no Pink Floyd, no AC/DC, Metallica, Queen (!)...it must have been the work experience kid who compiled this list.
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level 63
Jan 16, 2015
Buddy Holly should have been higher. This list really needs renaming "the top Rock 'n' Roll acts of all time", however, and requires serious re-working. For a start, where is Louis Jordan?
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level 41
Oct 19, 2018
This is based off the Rolling Stone article
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level 15
Jun 21, 2014
No Pink Floyd or Yes, but you have Roy Orbinson and Madonna. Crazy list !!!
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level 45
May 31, 2015
Nor Queen??
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level 58
Feb 14, 2019
If you didn't already know, Rolling Stone has been defrauding its readers with every cover price paid since its inception. As taste arbiters they are about a half step up from the Grammy Awards which isn't saying a lot. I don't begrudge anyone their musical druthers but Rolling Stone touts themselves as the magazine of musical record. A look at the glaring omissions on any of their "top" lists very clearly shows they're charlatans even with the benefit of hindsight.
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level 19
Jun 17, 2011
Who the heck is Muddy WATTERS??? You mean Waters right?? lol... forget Floyd... where is ROBERT JOHNSON!!!???
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level ∞
Jun 17, 2011
Fixed the spelling of Muddy Waters. Thanks!
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level 73
Jun 17, 2013
I tried Robert Johnson...I figured surely he would be there. As a consolation prize, I got Elton John instead. So that's cool.
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level 29
Sep 14, 2011
Lots of glaring omissions to this list. Yeah it's their opinion, but I certainly don't agree with it!!
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level 44
Oct 27, 2011
Yeah, where's Robert Johnson, that guy was awesome - and the first member of the 27 Club. Everyone else in the club is there (that was around in 04) cobain, morrison, joplin, hedrix... Rolling Stone's list sucked
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level 61
Nov 3, 2016
And Brian Jones of the Stones.
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level 29
Dec 13, 2011
Why no 10cc?!
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level 43
Jan 18, 2012
The Everly Brothers influenced every group who every sung harmonies (most notably Simon and Garfunkel). They absolutely should be on this list. I actually think it's a great list of influential groundbreaking acts- I haven't seen 51-100 but I would expect to see the likes of Tom Waits, The Kinks, Queen and some of the others mentioned in various posts above. Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss and others, while great entertainers, IMO have no place among those listed.
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level 42
Mar 15, 2012
I'd vote to include Pink Floyd, the Kinks, Clapton, Rush, the Everly Brothers, Queen and Robert Johnson. And if you could erase the most recent 25 years, Genesis. I'm surprised Neil Young is there, and that Crosby, Stills, & Nash aren't. Or CSNY if you prefer. And I agree that Aerosmith, Kiss, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi have no place on a list like this. My $.02.
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level 75
Jul 3, 2016
I tried Crosby, Stills and Nash, then Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and when neither were there, I didn't even think to try Neil alone.
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level 69
Mar 22, 2012
excuse me?? The Ramones come before Michael Jackson and John Lennon????
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level 57
Apr 11, 2017
Lennon's in at the top with the Beatles. Ramones are extremely influential, as one of the first punk bands.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2017
I don't disagree about The Ramones, but Michael Jackson should be in the top 10 if not top 5.
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level 47
Dec 19, 2012
Of course I don't agree with all of these, but when you see the list you kind of get the idea of why they are there.
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level 31
Jan 14, 2013
I'm sorry but this is an absolute joke
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level 67
Nov 10, 2017
Why be sorry? You're absolutely right. Rolling Stone magazine's opinions on music are terrible and always have been.
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level 66
Nov 24, 2017
Amen to that.
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level 68
Jan 14, 2013
All of Rolling Stone's "greatest of all time" lists read more like "greatest of all 1968 plus maybe a few from 1988 and a couple of other years." However, I still really enjoy their lists because they are interesting and very well presented. It gets me thinking about who I would put in my list, and it also introduces me to some great musicians from before my time or from areas of popular music I don't listen to so often. One of their best lists as far as presentation is the "50 greatest guitar songs of all time" because they include a YouTube link for each song. However, there were a few surprises in this list. Mainly I thought that Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd would surely be the kind of acts Rolling Stone would rate highly, and I also thought they might throw in Miles Davis to, in their minds, pander to the jazz fans. If I were making this list (for popular music of the last 100 years), I would definitely add Clapton, Pink Floyd, Davis, Armstrong, maybe Sinatra, perhaps SRV, etc.
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level 68
Jan 14, 2013
And Allman Brothers. That was kind of a surprise too since they rated Duane as their #2 guitarist of all time.
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level 66
Jan 14, 2013
Not the quiz masters fault at all, but what a terrible list. Whoever put this together should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Nirvana over Elton John and John Lennon is a joke. And the lack of representation for hip hop even though it's been a credible genre for 30 years now, is terrible, there has been great hip hop after the 80's as well.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2017
Lennon is in there as part of the Beatles, which was FAR more significant than his post-Beatles work. Nirvana, while overrated, was hugely influential (and Rolling Stone always has a bias for musical acts that burned out young). I do think many of their inclusions on the list are questionable, though.
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level 29
Jan 14, 2013
Some people need to check their music snobbery at the door. Just because you're boring and only listen to one genre of music doesn't mean others are somehow less ~*artistic and meaningful. Believe it or not, rap is a credible genre worthy of attention and yes, Run DMC and Public Enemy deserve to be on the list as much as Nirvana or Bruce Springsteen.
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level 36
Jun 16, 2015
whilst run dmc was influential I do not agree they belong in the top fifty acts of all time. maybe in the top 100, but placing them along side the likes of the beatles, the queen of soul and the rev james brown, sorry but no. run dmc may have popularised rap, but (much like ac/dc, black sabbith and other genre defining groups) that doesn't make them the best of all time. I should however point out that nirvana really should not be on there either
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level 32
Mar 24, 2013
Where the hell is Frank Sinatra?
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level 36
May 7, 2013
Clapton def should be on the list as should Aerosmith and pink floyd.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2017
I can't stand Pink Floyd, and even I'm surprised they didn't make the list.
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level 69
Dec 26, 2013
Ridiculous list. I don't care who came up with it. Too many great, talented musicians left off, and too many everyday, fair/good musicians included. Rolling Stone should have called it Rolling Stone Top 50 in the opinion of the guy we happened to give the assignment to....today. I'm going to come up with my own top 50 and I'm sure they'll be a lot less disagreement from Jet Punkers.
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level 67
Nov 10, 2017
Don't know about this one, but some Rolling Stone lists are determined by reader polls. Their "top 100 guitarists of all time list" basically looks like "famous guitarists from the 60's, and then guitarists from readers' favorite bands."
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level 56
Oct 2, 2018
There are inevitably going to be many 1960s acts on any all-time great pop music list, just as many 19th century novels are going to make any all-time great novels list and just as many 2000s and 2010s television shows are going to make any all-time great television series list. Those periods are generally regarded as being Golden Ages in their respective fields.
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
No argument here, but that doesn't change the fact that Rolling Stone has a definite bias toward that decade. Probably because that's when they were at the height of their own relevance as well.
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level 35
Apr 27, 2014
18/50. Not bad, even I can't see Radiohead on this quiz.
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level 51
May 12, 2014
11/50. Where's the hell's Queen, Journey, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Sinatra, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Survivor, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, among others? Did Justin Bieber made this?
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level 69
Jun 3, 2014
The Moody Blues, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Crosby Stills and Nash??
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level 31
Oct 20, 2014
I really hope that list of artists is sarcasm...
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level 68
Jan 14, 2015
Skynyrd, Kinks, and to go along with Elvis, Jerry Lee, and Cash, what about Carl Perkins? Could also make a good case for the Eagles and Bill Haley.
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level 69
Jun 3, 2014
Its a decent list. Just like with all these kind of lists though it is completely subjective. We;d probably all agree on at least half the list and then make our own case for the next 25. Depends on your taste in music, your age, whether you place true innovators over stellar performers, and so on. But its fun to talk about. So to throw in my 2 cents, how does Neil Young keep showing up on these lists (especially without Crosby Stills and Nash)? Queen took harmonies to a whole new level turning them inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Dark Side of the Moon" alone gets PF on the list. Janis Joplin must be a typo. And do we really need Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Jerry lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard (all from the same genre) taking up one tenth of the whole list. Just sayin. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Madonna?
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level 19
Jun 9, 2014
Who is Little Richard and how is he better then Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Michael Jackson?
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level 43
Jun 22, 2014
Hmmm... if I hadn't heard of someone who made the Top 10, I'd probably google them.
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level 36
Jun 16, 2015
without little Richie there would be no Michael Jackson.
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
You could make a strong argument that Little Richard is one of the creators of rock music, alongside people like Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and a few others. Without Little Richard there would be no Elvis, which means there would be no... most of this list. While there is a LOT wrong with this list, Little Richard being in the top 10 is one of the few things they got right.
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level 57
Mar 4, 2019
They all stood on his shoulders, so to speak.
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level 25
Jun 20, 2014
No Joni Mitchell...?
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level 64
Mar 16, 2017
I guess 3 women on the list was already pushing it...
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level 75
Jul 13, 2014
All of these lists are subjective, true, but this one is just too dumb to merit a quiz. Rolling Stone is probably embarrassed they ever published the list. 10 years later, Nirvana and their 3-chord lack of talent REALLY look stupid on this list. Even Bieber makes more sense than them-- and I can't stand the guy. Yes to every other comment above about who is missing.
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level 62
Jul 31, 2016
think before you type
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
Sure, Nirvana is a bit overrated, but to deny their influence over the last 3 decades, particularly in the 1990's, is to be wilfully blind. Bieber meanwhile is already fading from relevance, and had nothing even remotely original about him in the first place.
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level 65
Aug 21, 2014
I'd like to know which factors did the magazine take into account. I know for example that Blondie was much more successful than The Ramones or Patti Smith. Blondie won the NME Godlike Genius Award this year. They're so good that they are still here after 40 years.
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level 67
Oct 4, 2014
This list just goes to show how little Rolling Stone knows about music. Because their list is so terrible, this is less a list of the top 50 musical acts ever, and more just a test of how well you know waht Rolling Stone thinks of music.
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level 71
Oct 19, 2014
Of all time? Their clock seems to have stopped at 1950.
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level 44
Nov 6, 2014
John Lennon must be best ever. He's essentially on the list twice.
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level 43
Dec 13, 2014
*sigh* I think my best was 49/50, and was keen to get 100%- then you went and added hints!
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level 69
Jan 14, 2015
no cannibal corpse? very disappointing
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level 77
Jan 14, 2015
The greatest bands of all time according to your american friend's granddad :p.
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level 75
Jan 14, 2015
I'm an American grandma, and I can agree with your statement since I tend to pretty much agree with this list, although there were three or four on here I'd never heard of. Rolling Stone has changed through the years. I remember in the 1970s it totally dismissed Led Zeppelin, but I see it's on their list of greats today. You probably had to live through the 60s to understand what it meant to many of us back then. Most of us didn't have access to the underground papers from the day, (and many of us weren't even allowed to buy Rolling Stone at the time,) but it was available and most of us knew a friend of a friend who could pick up issues and pass them around to us at school and make us feel at least part of the hippie culture. Those were different times.
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level 77
Jan 14, 2015
I was just joking, paraphrasing the front page catch phrase, which says "according to your father", which may not be true for anyone outside the US and under 25 (I'm actually 33). Sorry if it may have seem disrespectful. Anyway, I consider myself as a rock music fan but find much more satisfaction in the 70s and 80s european music, and the american bands I love (Blue Öyster Cult, Talking Heads, Pixies, Pearl Jam for example) are obviously not on RS's list, because they are a bit narrow-minded. The only ones I really like on this list are Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and... Madonna ;).
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level 32
Jan 14, 2015
Thank god that there are other magazines with a better taste.
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level 47
Jan 14, 2015
The Rolling Stone editors famously despise progressive or art rock, and revere the traditional oldies. Not surprising that Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke and Fats Domino are in their top 25. They took their bias to the point of absurdity by omitting Pink Floyd. Wasn't DSOTM the top selling album of all time?
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
I hate Pink Floyd and even I agree with this comment. To deny their influence is absurd.
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level 67
Feb 14, 2019
According to Wikipedia, Dark Side of the Moon is the 4th highest-selling of all time, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller, The Eagles' Greatest Hits, and AC/DC's Back in Black. On the other hand, Mentalfloss has a VERY different list, and they seem to think that DSOTM isn't even Pink Floyd's best-selling album, listing The Wall ahead of it.
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level 31
Jan 15, 2015
loving the outraged Pink Floyd fans on here
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level 64
Jan 17, 2015
42%. My first reaction was to be ashamed, but when I saw the ones I missed, I really didn't care. I can live with this.
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level 39
Feb 1, 2015
The only song I remember called " I'm a man", was by the Spencer Davis Group in 1966. They had quite a few hits and one of the members, Steve Winwood, was also in Traffic and formed a duo with Eric Clapton. Does anyone else remember the SPG?
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level 57
Mar 4, 2019
Yeah, I do and I'm 74! I associate SDG with my time in the Marine Corps ('66-'69), specifically the afore-mentioned "I'm A Man" and also "Gimme Some Lovin'"...
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level 9
Feb 3, 2015
68%. Initially disappointed but then I saw the ones I never got. Where's Queen? AC/DC? Metallica? Aerosmith? Guns N' Roses? Seriously - I get their good but the Ramones over Nirvana? The Who? David Bowie? John Lennon? Run-DMC, The Band - it might just be me but I've never heard of them. Never.
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level 36
Jun 16, 2015
the ramones easily rate over nirvana. ramones helped define and transform punk music. Nirvana mearly pushed grunge into the limelight. its like saying the GnR should outrate led zep or that pantera should outrate black Sabbath. Most of this list is spot on. The only tow on there that I really question are nirvana and run dmc.
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level 79
Apr 12, 2015
how is George Clinton not on this list--shame on you Rolling Stone!
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level 59
Jun 1, 2015
For extremely obvious reasons.
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level 36
Jun 16, 2015
Though a solid progressive rock band and rather ingenious Pink Floyd are not one of the best musical acts of all time. There studio albums were brilliant in there own way, but they were not the most influential of there time or even now. Moreover they were not a great live band and were somewhat narrowly focused in terms of genre, while they pushed the boundries of progressive rock, they never looked beyond that. Much like groups such as rundmc, black Sabbath, the offspring, duran duran. Floyd were a great band but just not one of the best of all time. Of course some people will disagree, I really cant put Floyd along side the Beatles, Elton John, The Rev James Brown or the King
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level 17
Jul 4, 2015
How is U2 22nd? Like what ??? Plus there is no Pink Floyd on the list... Whoever made this list was probably high when they made it
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
It IS Rolling Stone magazine, so honestly that seems pretty likely.
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level 65
Jul 7, 2015
Can't accept Lou Reed for Velvet Underground? I mean, he was Velvet Underground.
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level 69
Dec 21, 2015
Apparently Rolling Stone is stuck somewhere in time with the Beatniks and Hippies. And I grew up in that era. "Top Acts Of All Time"?? What happened to the last 30 years?
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level 33
Feb 26, 2016
First tried the Smiths. Since it's not there, the list is worthless
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level 47
May 29, 2016
No Sinatra?
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level 32
Jul 7, 2016
If it is truly the top 50 musical acts of all time then there is a glaring omission. This list does not include classical music or country music. They are both legitimate musical acts. And there are some in each of those categories that are better than some of the ones listed. They need to be more specific on who they are including. Maybe they should break it down to rock, soul, rap, country, hard rock, classical and any other category they might want to use. There might be more respect for the list or lists put out. They should also say who was included in the voting.
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
I'm not gonna touch the country music half of this because my own bias against that genre would make it a pointless discussion. As for classical, I can only assume they deliberately phrased it as "musical acts" so they could leave out composers, otherwise you'd have to put Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and several others at the very top of the list.
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level 54
Aug 3, 2016
I'm offended that no one else is offended that Billy Joel isn't on here.
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level 33
Sep 16, 2016
I'm surprised about who's not on here...
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level 70
Sep 20, 2016
Well at least the Beatles top the list.
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level 68
Dec 27, 2016
I thought the eagles had the biggest selling album of all time
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level 67
Feb 14, 2019
Depends on which source you believe. I most commonly see Michael Jackson's Thriller listed as the best-selling album of all time (and I believe it to be true) with Eagles at #2. But some lists do claim that they're #1.
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level 57
Apr 11, 2017
I can't believe they didn't name [my favourite band]! Clearly it's a farce of a sham.
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level 65
May 2, 2017
This list is kind of trash, both in order and inclusion.
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level 41
May 9, 2017
For "Good Vibrations" you should also accept Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (clearly as influential as the Beach Boys)
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level 30
Jun 20, 2017
I totally agree with this
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level 30
Jun 20, 2017
Sad that Public Enemy and Run-DMC are the only rap groups
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level 48
Sep 19, 2017
The fact that Queen and Pink Floyd aren't on this list is a disgrace. Freddie Mercury is hands down the greatest singer of all time and they have probably the two most widely played songs around the world; We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions. And the Floyd is there too along with the Stones, Beatles, Zeppelin and Bowie. Good grief!
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level 66
Nov 6, 2017
I believe that No. 31 should be Folsom Prison Blues, not Folsom Brison Blues...
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level ∞
Nov 7, 2017
Fixed
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level 67
Dec 9, 2017
AC-DC were a great act, great entertainment and I'm an old fuddy-duddy.
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level 46
Dec 9, 2017
Got half of the from these lyrics http://www.metrolyrics.com/hail-hail-rock-n-roll-lyrics-garland-jeffreys.html
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level 54
Feb 14, 2018
it's astonishing that this list was compiled by Rolling Stone... no Kinks? Pink Floyd? Clapton? Jeff Beck? Beastie Boys? Wu-Tang? Biggie? 2pac? Radiohead? Massive Attack? Black Sabbath? Metallica? The Stooges? unreal.
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level 49
Apr 5, 2018
Ridiculous list - it may be a "prestigious" music magazine, but it is their OPINIONS nonetheless. There is no basis in fact for this list: it's all to do with musical taste.
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level 32
Apr 5, 2018
The lack of Queen on this list is rather insulting.
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level 65
May 9, 2018
Fun quiz but could be better if you picked the most popular song for every artist
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level 40
May 19, 2018
Journey? Rush? Foreigner?
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level 40
May 19, 2018
Also Pat Benatar!!
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
I'd nominate the Runaways as well. They didn't stick around long, but they were pretty influential and launched the solo careers of both Joan Jett and Lita Ford.
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level 69
Jun 6, 2018
I heard Pink Floyd did not make the list.
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level 42
Jul 18, 2018
No Pink Floyd, Queen, Clapton, Deep Purple, AC/DC, ZZ Top, ELO. ELP, Diana Ross, Donna Summer ??????????? How come Bo Diddley made the list but B B King and Buddy Guy didn't. and as much as I love "Because the Night" what else did Patti Smith do that put her before the aforementioned. The Band, Run DMC Public Enemy, Sly and the Family Stone was this list complied by Trump
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level 44
Feb 24, 2019
the band 100 percent deserves to be on this list, dont trip
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level 64
Oct 16, 2018
Maybe pick a different song for Bo Diddley. I was stumped because all I could think of was the Spencer Davis Group song by the same name.
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level 57
Nov 29, 2018
I can't believe there's no Falco. It's as if "Rock Me Amadeus" had never happened. This list is BOGUS!
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level 19
Jan 4, 2019
I'm surprised Queen isn't on here.
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level 64
Feb 14, 2019
also ACDC, one of the highest selling acts in history. Just shows what elitist garbage Rolling Stone is.
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level 31
Feb 14, 2019
What about Billy Joel, the Police, Temptations, Tina Turner, the Supremes?? I am curious to know what are the criterias to make that list!! What about Michael Jackson? But Public Enemy and Run D Mc made the list!1
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level 46
Mar 7, 2019
If there's any comment to be made on how broken this list is, it's that several artists were only around for a few years. Hendrix was a great musician, but he had literally three albums. Lou Reed as a solo artist had a profound career, but The Velvet Underground had five albums, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who could name one song off of them. The list heavily leans toward artists that died young or bands considered cool or innovative in a very dad-rock perspective, which means that some of the actual innovative artists are excluded from the list. I'm especially tired of seeing Nirvana on these lists. They had three albums, and completely stole their shtick from Pixies.