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TOP LEGENDARY ROCK BANDS: The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd

by Nicole
March 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

The Battle of the Bands goes all legendary this week. Tell us which is your all time favorite rock band.

InRumor challenges you to choose the best rock band of all time.

We’ve listed some of the most popular rock bands in the music industry, if you have any other suggestions please share them with us. We will take your choice into account as we’ll nail it down to 3 legendary rock bands in the end.

Voting is open until Sunday, and there are two ways you can vote:

1. Vote one of our choices.
2. Express other options in a comment.

The Beatles

Their public was made up of the young people living after the Second World War in England, USA and all over the world. The Beatles are undoubtedly the most famous and successful group in rock history, with over 1.1 billion albums sold worldwide.

The Beatles’ music has had the greatest influence on the rock era that followed. The group consisted of John Lennon (vocals, rhythm guitar), Paul McCartney (vocals, bass), George Harrison (lead guitar) and Ringo Starr (drums).

While they initially became famous for what many labeled as pop music, their later works achieved a combination of praise from both critics and listeners that remains unequaled in the twentieth century.

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Beatles on the highest position in the top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. According to the same magazine, the innovative music and cultural impact of The Beatles helped define the 1960s.

All You Need Is Love, Hey Jude, Let It Be, Yesterday, A Day in the Life and Strawberry Fields Forever are just some of the hits that made so many people absolutely love The Beatles.


One of the most popular and beloved bands in music history, Queen was formed in 1970 from what was left of the band Smile, namely Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor. In 1971 John Deacon joined them, thus the band becoming complete.

The members of Queen are known as the pioneers of heavy metal, glam rock, sometimes stepping in the area of progressive rock. Although Mercury’s personality dominated the media, all 4 members have made huge hits (Freddie Mercury – Bohemian Rhapsody, Brian May – We Will Rock You, Roger Taylor – Radio Ga Ga, John Deacon – Another One Bites The Dust).

Queen became very well known and loved in the mid-1970s, keeping up a remarkable international basis of supporters until today. Although it was initially heavily criticized, then ignored, especially by critics in the US, the band Queen was later widely appreciated and praised for its creative force and pioneering innovations the field of rock music.

Queen has often been cited as exerting a strong influence on many artists. It was in 2001 that the band was given the privilege of being part of the best artists gallery, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

If you haven’t heard about hits like We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Show Must Go On, Love of My Life, you’ve probably been living on another planet.

Led Zeppelin

The British band Led Zeppelin was formed in September 1968 in London.

A sound dominated by guitar riffs, a singer with a powerful high-pitched voice and a heavy rhythm, Led Zeppelin is considered one of the first hard rock bands, and one of the pioneers of heavy metal. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones are the member of this legendary group.

Starting with a rock base, styles as diverse as blues, folk, reggae, soul, funk, classical, Celtic, Indian, Arabic and pop music, as well as psychedelic rock or country, have been characteristics of their concerts and their eight albums released between 1969 and 1979.

Robert Plant’s unparalleled voice and Jimmy Paige’s guitar magic, undoubtedly one of the best guitarists in rock history, remain representative for Led Zeppelin.

The albums Led Zeppelin I, II, III and IV were instant successes, staying in the charts for months after their release.

After more than 25 years after the decision to end their musical activity due to the tragic death of John Bonham in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be listened to with great pleasure, to sell very well and to exert influence on contemporary rock music. The group has sold over 300 million albums worldwide, including 110 million albums in the US alone.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd is a British progressive band, famous for its lyrics, its smooth classic rock compositions, bombastic style and highly elaborated live shows.

Pink Floyd was formed in 1964, but before establishing the band’s now famous name, the early structure worked under names such as Sigma 6, T-Set, Megadeaths, The Screaming Abdabs, The Architectural Abdabs, and The Abdabs.

They later called themselves The Pink Floyd Sound, and then simply The Pink Floyd. The origin of the name was formed by two blues singers – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. The article “the” was dropped by the time their debut album was released.

Pink Floyd became one of the most influential rock bands and successful group over time by selling an estimated 75 million music albums in the US alone and over 200 million albums worldwide.

Their thematic albums, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979) have reached international success, becoming not only highly successful music albums, critically and commercially, but also high-impact moments in the world of rock’n'roll music.

The band also became known for the significant improvements it brought to psychedelic and progressive rock, avant-garde compositions and innovative graphics on the covers of albums.

Keep in mind this isn’t about pitting one against the other, but about sharing your opinions and your musical tastes with others.

Rolling Stones

When the Rolling Stones self-titled the best rock & roll band in the world in the late `60s, they were not modest but definitely not far from reality either – the band had shown that they fully deserved the label. Responding to the British invasion of the Beatles, the Stones had become the pioneers of rock & roll blues, a style which would eventually define the beginning of hard rock.

The Rolling Stones formed in London in 1962 and they’re one of the most popular rock bands of all time, selling over 200 million albums worldwide. They took their name from a Muddy Waters song called “Rollin ‘Stone Blues”.

In June 1964, the band released their first original single – ‘Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’ – which became their first number one hit on the U.S. charts. It was just the beginning of a career as songwriters for both Jagger and Richards, as they pushed the limits of the origins of blues to a more personal touch.

From playing in sordid taverns and pubs, The Stones became one of the most popular bands, getting to fill entire stadiums and to have a major impact on the music industry.

By his latent ‘evil’, Mick Jagger became the prototype of the rock frontman, with an ironic, detached style, while Keith Richards and Brian Jones laid down the groundwork of guitar rhythmic dialogue.

Choose your favorite band. Who do you like best?

  • The Beatles (12%, 411 Votes)
  • Queen (61%, 2,024 Votes)
  • Led Zeppelin (12%, 411 Votes)
  • Rolling Stones (4%, 127 Votes)
  • Pink Floyd (11%, 362 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,335

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The results of the vote:


2.Led Zeppelin

2.The Beatles

3.Pink Floyd

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