Re: Your top pick for the most universally loved rock artists
posted at 8/21/2014 12:23 AM EDT
In response to yogafriend's comment:
Aside from the Beatles, who are the most universally loved rock artists (in your estimation) ?
Could be any type of rock or pop, blues, living or dead, still playing, or long gone. This isn't just about the lowest common denominator of popularity, or being well-known, but feeling that the music brings a universally loved response.
NOTE: Not everyone loves the Beatles, certainly, but as far as universal love is concerned, they own the title.
Name your top 3 picks, and if you feel strongly about a few more, feel free to name them. The more unusual, the better (too bad Zilla isn't here to weigh in ...)
My top picks for this category:
"Darling, he's still dangerous."
That's weird. They were a gimmick act in a disco era. I can think of so many people who hated them as much as people who loved them.
The Bee Gees are another. KISS is another.
I think the Beatles is right on. The Stones were another that really reasonated for obvious reasons. Fleetwood Mac. They crossed over and connected.
It's a hard category because there are some great, great bands or artists in the all time pantheon, but some of the best are not cross-over worthy. Pink Floyd doesn't do it. Traffic is another. Amazing bands that don't appeal to the masses.
The Grateful Dead are loved by so many, they should cross over, but they don't. They're like licorice as Garcia said. He was right.
I like your CCR choice. Good example. Very underrated for an AMerican band, too. Short run, but a tremendous band. The Eagles should be mentioned. They had rock and country cross-over which took up a lot of what people looked for in rock and roll at that time.
U2 might be another for different reasons.
Michael Jackson has to be on the list.
This thread could go on for days.