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Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Posted on: April 28, 2008 11:24 pm
 
Well folks the brackets are now set.

I was surprised by the lack of votes for quite a few bands. I knew not all of my favorites would make it the list of 16 but I did think some of them would get more support. About 90 Bands were mentioned as well about 60 solo acts among all the postings.

4 of the 16 in the solo category could have been in the Bands category but I followed the way the votes were
cast. Tom Petty for some reason received 90% of his votes as a solo act and Carlos Santana got 75% of his that way.

Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen had enough votes to make the brackets and be seeded in the top half of both categories. I used my editorial powers to decide to put them in the solo category only.

Here are the first round match ups for both categories. The seeds are in parenthesis. Please just list your choice in each of the match ups. The voting for the first round will close on Sunday at 11:00 pm est. I will be posting the next round as soon as I can afterwards.

Thanks to all of for your participation as well as your comments.

The Beatles (1) vs. The Doors (16)
The Rolling Stones (2) vs. The Grateful Dead (15)
The Who (3) vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd (14)
The Eagles (4) vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival (13)
Led Zeppilin (5) vs. Aerosmith (12)
Pink Floyd (6) vs. Rush (11)
AC/DC (7) vs. The Allman Brothers Band (10)
U 2 (8) vs. Cream (9)


Eric Clapton (1) vs. Ozzy Osbourne (16)
Bruce Springsteen (2) vs. Chuck Berry (15)
Jimi Hendrix (3) vs. John Lennon (14)
Elvis Presley (4) vs. Johnny Cash (13)
Bob Dylan (5) vs. Tom Petty (12)
Neil Young (6) vs. Roy Orbison (11)
Billy Joel (7) vs. Carlos Santana (10)
Elton John (8) vs. Stevie Ray Vaughn (9)

I can't wait to see the results.
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Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 3:52 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

The Doors

Grateful Dead

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Creedence

Led Zep

Rush

Allman Brothers

Cream

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EC

Chuck Berry

Hendrix

Elvis

Dylan

Roy

Santana

SRV




Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2008 3:45 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

OK .. finally we got the final 16 ...   this will be pretty cool to see where this ends.

1- Doors

2- Rolling Stones

3- The Who

4- Eagles

5- Aerosmith

6- Pink Floyd

7- AC/DC

8- U2

9- Ozzy

10-Bruce Springsteen

11- Jimi Hendrix

12- Elvis

13- Tom Petty

14- Neil Young

15- Carlos Santana

16- Elton John

 

 




Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 6:14 pm
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

you are doing us all a wonderful service. interesting, all easy choices to make.

The Beatles
The Grateful Dead
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
The Allman Brothers Band
Cream

Eric Clapton
Chuck Berry
Jimi Hendrix
Elvis Presley
Bob Dylan
Roy Orbison
Carlos Santana
Stevie Ray Vaughan




Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 5:12 pm
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

The Beatles (1) vs. The Doors (16)      
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The Rolling Stones (2) vs. The Grateful Dead (15)      
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The Who (3) vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd (14)      
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The Eagles (4) vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival (13)      
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Led Zeppilin (5) vs. Aerosmith (12)      
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Pink Floyd (6) vs. Rush (11)      
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AC/DC (7) vs. The Allman Brothers Band (10)      
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U 2 (8) vs. Cream (9)      
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Eric Clapton (1) vs. Ozzy Osbourne (16)      
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Bruce Springsteen (2) vs. Chuck Berry (15)      
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Jimi Hendrix (3) vs. John Lennon (14)      
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Elvis Presley (4) vs. Johnny Cash (13)      
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Bob Dylan (5) vs. Tom Petty (12)      
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Neil Young (6) vs. Roy Orbison (11)      
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Billy Joel (7) vs. Carlos Santana (10)      
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Elton John (8) vs. Stevie Ray Vaughn (9)      
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Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 11:45 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

the Beatles

the Stones

the Who

CCR

Led Zeppelin

Pink Floyd

Allman Bros

U2

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Clapton

Chuck Berry

John Lennon

Johnny Cash

Bob Dylan

Neil Young

Billy Joel

Elton John




Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 2:13 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Beatles
Rolling Stones
The Who
The Eagles
Led Zep  (Aerosmith had a tough seed... shoulda taken care of business in the conference tournament)   ;-)
Pink Floyd
Allman Brothers Band
Cream

Clapton
Cuck Berry
Hendrix
Johnny Cash
Dylan  (Petty got a bad draw too!)
Neil Young
Billy Joel
Elton John (as much as it kills me to vote against SRV)





Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 8:21 pm
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Yankee sweet Poll / Vote

Beatles, Stones, Who, CCR, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Cream

Solo, Clapton, BS, Jimi H, Elvis, TP, Neil Young, Billy J, Stevie Ray.

Beatles= Beatles Enough said! 

 Most Number ones, 20, best selling albums of all time, ABBEY ROAD / SGT PEPPERS / WHITE ALBUM, most Worldwide influence

Stones= No one else takes a licking and keeps on kicking; they are still going strong.

The WHO = No one puts on a show like the WHO, No one.

CCR= The Original Grunge band, John is solo and the band drives on without John F..

Led Zeppelin= No one else influenced Heavy metal and classic rock rifts for the 70's to the 90's as much as Paige & Plant, and they are still going.

Pink Floyd= Progression of their progressive rock is still 'in,' the messages of their songs are timeless.

AC/ DC= the best of the Heavy Metal rifts and the bad boy lyrics.

U2 vs. Cream, this is the most difficult decision.   Cream had that driving bass from Jack Bruce and the guitar of Eric Clapton not to mention the Wizardy of Ginger Baker, few three man bands produced their tunes or their nasty fights.  U2 put on a better show and still gets along but the edge goes to Cream, even though Ginger plays polo instead of drums for the last 20+ years.  

Call me nostalgic for the CCR and Cream picks or stuck on the letter "C" Oh my!

LOL Yoko.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 7:50 pm
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

1) The Beatles - Longevity, influence on others, British invasion, recording studio innovation, impecable musicianship (but THE DOORS deserve props for Jim Morrison's poetry and their uniqueness.)

2) The Rolling Stones - sorry Deadheads, but nobody else needs an explanation for this

3)The Who - Are U kidding? The Greatest 3 piece band in the world with Pete Townsend's songwriting vs. a three guitar southern rock derivative band(who I happen to like very much)

4) CCR - Tough call. 2 of the best American bands of all time. CCR was my first favorite band so they get my vote, though I'd like to push

5) Led Zeppilin - One of the greatest guitarist ever, the band that started heavy metal, John Bphnham on drums, the most regonizable voice in rock history vs a garage band!!!

6) Pink Floyd - THE ART ROCK BAND  vs prog rock wannabes

7) The Allman Brothers -  The greatest southern rock band ever  vs  3 chord wonders with  extra large amps

8)U2 - another tough call. The best political band ever vs the best 3 man band ever. Cream's brevity costs them the win here


1) Eric Clapton - Why is this even a question

2)Chuck Berry - Very hard call. You have to be over 50 to understand who and what Chuck Berry is to rock and roll history.

3) Jimi Hendrix - John Lennon beats anyone else on the list but even with computers, musicians still can't do today what Jimi did with a stack of Marshalls and a stratocaster. THE BEST GUITAR PLAYER EVER!!!!!!!

4) Elvis Presley - I like Johnny Cash better and think he has a better body of work, but even people who don't listen to music know who the KING is and remember where they were when they heard he was dead.

5) Bob Dylan - This one is tough. I'm a big Tom Petty fan, but Dylan influenced EVERYBODY in the sixties, including Tom Petty. Dylan introduced real lyrics to popular music.(and John Lennon to getting high)

6) Neil Young - Another good contest. Neil has been around forever, still makes relevant music, has been in supergroups and been a star on his own, and plays country(not Shania Twain pop) as well as he plays hard rock. Orbison was great, but you had to hear him in the 50's.

7) Billy Joel - Just on volume of work and hits. Either one loses next round

8) Elton John - Listen to the albums he made before "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" to see just how good he was. Stevie Ray is a great guitarist, but hw wanted to be Jimi when he grows up.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2008 4:50 pm
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Thanks for asking me to vote Yankee, I wasn't going to because this music isn't really my thing, perhaps I'll start a greatest ( punk ) bands of all time because for me those are the best bands. Since you are a valued contributor to my Blog and you asked for my votes though...here goes:

The Beatles (1) vs. The Doors (16) - This one is a major rout, in my opinion The Doors are possibly the most over rated band in the history of music.
The Rolling Stones (2) vs. The Grateful Dead (15) - Another rout, Dead may be the second most over rated band.
The Who (3) vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd (14) - Like the Who were influential to many of the punk ( best ) bands I love.
The Eagles (4) vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival (13) - I can jam to some Eagles
Led Zeppilin (5) vs. Aerosmith (12) - Screeching Weasel has a song called I Hate Led Zepplin so I went with Aerosmith in the upset.
Pink Floyd (6) vs. Rush (11) - Not a Rush fan
AC/DC (7) vs. The Allman Brothers Band (10) - Wow no offense to the Allman Brothers but this is a bigger @ss kicking than The Beatles and Stones delivered.
U 2 (8) vs. Cream (9)


Eric Clapton (1) vs. Ozzy Osbourne (16)
Bruce Springsteen (2) vs. Chuck Berry (15)
Jimi Hendrix (3) vs. John Lennon (14)
Elvis Presley (4) vs. Johnny Cash (13) Wow tough first round matchup for the King but The Man In Black is the Shizz
Bob Dylan (5) vs. Tom Petty (12)
Neil Young (6) vs. Roy Orbison (11)
Billy Joel (7)
vs. Carlos Santana (10) Billy put out some catchy hits, I give him props
Elton John (8) vs. Stevie Ray Vaughn (9)




Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 3:31 pm
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Yank, great thread.  I based my decision on this premise -- If I'm going to be stuck on a deserted island for the rest of my life and I can bring all the music from one band or artist with me, who would it be?

BANDS

The Beatles -- I could live without hearing LA Woman again, but to never hear Yesterday, Hey Jude, etc. again would be a fate worse than dying.

The Grateful Dead -- I'm a DeadHead at heart, and I'm sure there's some good skunky bud on that desert island, so I'd have to bring the Dead along.

 
The Who -- This was a tougher decision for me, but I could play Baba O'Reilly over and over and over again (like I did as a teenager)


The Eagles -- While I love CCR, their body of work would not sustain me in solitude like the Eagles

Led Zeppelin -- This one was easy.  My favorite band of all time, just slightly ahead of the Dead...


Pink Floyd -- I'm a huge Rush fan, but I just couldn't bring myself to leave behind Dark Side of the Moon and the Wall

The Allman Brothers Band -- to me this was more of a mismatch than the rankings suggested.  Plus I already knocked out CCR and Lynrd Skynrd, so I've got to go with the Allman Brothers.  Book of Dreams has to be one of the great 4-CD compilations of all time...

Cream -- Never been a big U2 fan.  I liked their earlier work, like October, Boy and War, but there's no comparison to EC and the boys here...


ARTISTS

Eric Clapton -- this one is obviously a mismatch.  I would die a happy man if the only music I could listen to for the rest of my life was in this mans repetoire...

Bruce Springsteen -- I'll vote for Bruce in the event that I am stuck on that deserted island with my wife (talk about a fate worse than death -- LOL!) THis would keep her happy, for a while...

Jimi Hendrix -- Segregating his solo work from his Beatles work, I'm sorry to say that John Lennon just doesn't measure up to what Mr. Hendrix has to offer.

Elvis Presley (4) vs. Johnny Cash (13) -- What a great matchup.  While it would be an upset, I'm going with Johnny Cash -- he was an artist, while Elvis was a performer. 

Bob Dylan (5) -- Really not a fair matchup here (and I'm not going with Petty this time because my wife loves his stuff.).  I think Dylan was one of those uniquely influential musicians that has constantly reinvented himself in many ways while staying true to his roots.  Truly a legend in my book.  

Neil Young -- This one based purely on personal preference. 

Carlos Santana -- These last two are really tough for me -- Carlos put on one of the best concerts I've ever seen, and his music is timeless.  Billy Joel got a little too mainstream for my liking later in his career, so I go with Santana in OT.

Elton John -- This last matchup went into double overtime, but at the end of the day Elton John wins the battle.  So many great albums -- Elton John, Madman Across the Water, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, etc. -- with wonderful songs I could just listen to over and over and over again. 

 

Yank, thanks again for setting up this blog. I can't wait to see the results!



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