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    Default Favorite Rock Bands

    Sufjan Stevens (all major releases except Enjoy Your Rabbit)
    Radiohead
    Rufus Wainwright
    Frank Zappa
    Tom Waits
    Jeff Beck (If you consider him Rock, I consider him more Fusion, at least the three albums I love; Wired, Blow by Blow and There and Back) (I just typically find him in the Rock section at record shops)
    Sylvan Esso
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    Genesis (the Gabriel and/or Hackett years)
    Peter Gabriel solo
    Porcupine Tree
    Steven Wilson solo
    Pink Floyd
    David Bowie
    Kate Bush
    Tori Amos
    Dire Straits
    David Sylvian
    Roxy Music
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    With me it depends on when I was asked the question - there were bands which I was crazy about for a decade or so but hardly - if ever - listen to now. Based on that, I'll list ten acts which still I listen to more often than most, even though rock accounts for barely 25% of my listening these days.

    The Beatles (anything from Help! onwards)
    The Kinks (nothing after 1978)
    The Byrds (nothing after 1970)
    The Who (nothing after the death of Keith Moon)
    Jimi Hendrix (anything apart from poor quality live recordings/dodgy exploitation releases)
    AC/DC (Bon Scott era only)
    Black Sabbath (the first six albums plus the first two with R.J. Dio)
    Mott The Hoople (anything)
    Led Zeppelin (all bar In Through the Out Door)
    Grand Funk Railroad (nothing after 1974)

    Honourable mentions to the Clash, The Doors, James Brown, the Stones, Tom Waits and Neil Young.
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    Brian Setzer Orchestra
    Scorpions
    KISS
    ZZ Top
    AC/DC
    Journey
    Bon Jovi
    Eagles
    Queen
    Dream Theater
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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    Too many to name, but best overall band for me would probably be Queen. Seemed like they dabbled in about any kind of popular music form you could think of and did it well. Freddie had such a powerful voice, and Brian May had one of the greatest guitar tones. There's a lot of great neo-classical shredders, but Brian May was something else. He played guitar more like a composer than a virtuoso. Amazing bass playing from John Deacon. Roger Taylor in addition to being a great drummer, was a great singer. There's a lot of times in live performances he took a lot of the load off of Freddie. I'm not as big of a fan of their mid 80s work, in comparison to what they did in the 70s, but I still think it's all quite good.

    I like almost too many bands to name, but ones that I am a big fan of on an album basis:
    Rammstein
    Korn
    Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler is my favorite rock/pop guitarist of all time. Just tasteful playing with great tone)
    Van Halen (Roth Era)
    Ozzy (Randy Rhoads Era)
    Cream
    Pantera (I take my phases where I get obsessed with them. There's just something undeniable about how tight they played as a band.)

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    Fave bands that I like their overall output from:

    Fab Four
    Hendrix and the Experience
    Love
    Zappa and Mothers
    King Crimson
    Wire
    Costello and the Attractions
    Mekons
    Ween
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    Here are some bands/artists who are not necessarily my favorites, though many are. But over the decades these artists have produced such long strings of fine songs that I can listen, via iPod, to hours of their work:

    R.E.M.
    John Mellencamp
    Bob Dylan
    U2
    Joni Mitchell
    Neil Young
    Rush

    There are certainly more. But, perhaps curiously, only one of the artists/groups in the list here has one of my Top Ten Greatest Songs, and only one (other) has one of my Top Ten Albums. The takeaway? There are several ways by which we can evaluate this music, and likely all music.

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    I don't listen to much rock any more, but I've got to add this band to the lists above:

    Steely Dan
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    The following all went beyond rock but I include them for their rock contributions:

    Johnny Winter

    Jimi Hendrix

    Bob Dylan

    Neil Young

    Rock Bands:

    Deep Purple

    Stryper

    Tom Petty
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    At one time in my life these were considered my favourite rock bands

    Led Zeppelin
    The Beatles
    Pink Floyd
    Yes
    The Who
    Queen

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    Going to go All-American on this one...

    Bob Dylan

    The Byrds

    Buffalo Springfield

    The Doors

    Jefferson Airplane

    The Grateful Dead

    The Beach Boys

    Jimi Hendrix

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    The Allman Brothers Band

    The Eagles

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

    Talking Heads

    Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
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    The Beatles
    Led Zeppelin
    Joy Division
    The Doors
    Pink Floyd
    Radiohead
    Jimi Hendrix and the Experience

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    Zappa
    X
    Wire
    Steely Dan
    Spirit
    Sonic Youth
    The Smiths
    Roxy Music
    The Pixies
    Pink Floyd
    New Order
    The Kinks
    King Crimson
    Fleetwood Mac
    The Doors
    The Cure
    The Clash
    Chrome
    Bowie
    Bauhaus
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