Re: Your top pick for the most universally loved rock artists
posted at 8/21/2014 1:45 PM EDT
In response to DougIrwin's comment:
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.
RE: ABBA. I was "channeling" our (lost) friend Zilla on that one, but I do maintain they are remarkably well-loved and cross the genres with ease in terms of popularity. I did not say you have to *like* the artists that you name, either. Just recognize them. There are some obvious choices, but the "surprise" choices are fun to see. NOTE: I am trying to "smoke" out Zilla, just in case he is reading / lurking. No luck so far. I'm not giving up. :D
Thanks re: CCR. The classic hits are still going strong, and they cross all generations now. They immediately came to mind.
Eagles are an inspired choice. Fleetwood Mac, top choice for sure. I would have put them on my short list, if they'd sprung to mind.