25. Kings of Leon
There was discussion as to whether or not KOL has been around long enough to really be a top 25 band and truth is they started in 1999 out of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. In a little known fact the group consists of 3 brothers (Caleb, Nathan and Jared) and their cousin (Michael). They are going to be one of the youngest bands on the list. I personally don’t believe they deserve this high of a ranking but there is little doubt they are going to be around for a long time producing singles. Their album Only by the Night, released in 2008 is where they gained notoriety here in the US. Sex on Fire, Notion, and Use Somebody were the most popular songs. Other recent hits have been Radioactive and Pyro. I find their songs to be a tad similar sounding if that makes sense.
24. Green Day
Green day is comprised of front man and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool. Dookie was one of the first CD’s I ever purchased and I listed to every track on their dozens of times. Dookie was released in 1994 and sold over 10 million copies. Some of their other more popular albums were Kerplunk!, Nimrod, Insomniac, Warning and American Idiot. 21st Century Breakdown is an album I’ve never listened to. In my opinion this band has way better songs and then KOL and is probably more deserved of the 24 spot. Songs likes Basket Case, Longview, Welcome to Paradise, She, When I Come Around, Holiday, Jesus of Suburbia, She, Minority, I can go on an on and I’m not even an enormous Green Day fan.
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Freddie Mercury died in 1991 due to a complication with the Aids virus. The band has released 15 albums with Queen and Queen II being their debuts. Monster hits include Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, We Will Rock You, The Show Must Go On, Under Pressure, We Are the Champions, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Another One Bites the Dust, and I Want to Break Free. I particularly like the song Flash. I’m pretty sure these 10 songs are enough to make this band a top 25 band of all time. Probably even way higher than spot 23.
This is sort of a weird one and I’m sure most people have never even heard of Jim Croce. Strangely, I’ve actually listened to a few of his more popular songs and even kind of like them. To have Jim Croce up this high is sort of a slap in the face to Queen in my opinion. He debuted in 1966 and was finished in 1973 which makes longevity an issue. However, songs like Speedball Tucker, Operator, Time in a bottle, I got a name, Bad Bad Leroy Brown, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim and I’ll have to say I love you in a song are all classics. With only 6 albums I think this is way to generous of an all time rating. Good artist, not top 25.
This is a band that I really like and probably can’t appreciate nearly as much as I should. I don’t understand the brilliance behind their music and how difficult it is to play. However I do have a place in my heart for listening to Dark Side of the Moon plenty of times which being under some influence. They were founded in 1965 and obviously Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and the Wall were their most famous albums. They have so many awesome songs like Breathe, Time, Hey You, Money, Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2), Brain Damage, Learning to Fly, and Goodbye Blue Sky which I really recommend. There are so many songs that I haven’t listened to that I’m sure I’m not even close to naming all the good ones. Another band way to low at 21. Probably in my top 15.