Fave five musical artists

Just a reminder that Sterno, Siano and I will be unveiling our fave five musical artists this Wednesday, April 30. Note that’s “musical” artists, not just artists in general, so that rules out Jackson Pollock, Robert Mapplethorpe and Grandma Moses. But it still leaves room for Mantalvani, Barry Manilow and Englebert Humperdinck, so that’s good news for Siano.



Anyway, I’ve got three of my top five already set in stone, but I’m still debating on the least two. One band that won’t be in my top five, but a sure-fire honorable mention is Pearl Jam. Yep, that’s me in the picture above with Eddie Vedder… I’m the one with the Winnipeg Goldeyes shirt, and he’s the dorky looking one. (Yes, that’s what I looked like 10 years ago with my JFK hair helmet and clean-shaven yuppie look. Guh.)

Along with our fave fives, I’ll post a handful of other pictures of me with rock stars that I’ve picked up along the way. ‘Cuz I know everyone really cares about that stuff.

Rock on!!




5. Millencolin
4. Collective Soul
3. Soundgarden
2. Billy Talent
1. Less Than Jake

Other Rockers: Something Corporate, Mustard Plug, Bad Religion, Amber Pacific, Smashing Pumpkins, Circa Survive, Against Me!, Streetlight Manifesto Live, Quietdrive, Rock n’ Roll Soldiers, Citizen Cope, Dispatch, Matisyahu, State Radio, STP, Tiger Army, Candlebox, Alkaline Trio, Marty Casey & The Lovehammers….

Noteable hatreds: AC/DC, Metallica, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Ratt.. and I know I’ll be crucified.. but Johnny Cash *puke*

Ed in Chi-Town

First off, way to go Cory–Eddie Vedder rules!!! And didn’t you look all sweet and innocent and adorable.

As for my Top 5:

First off, not part of the list but one of the best singers you’ll ever listen to: Larry Douglas (yep, that’s my dad–he has 2 songs on iTunes, from the original Broadway cast of The King and I; I highly recommend that everyone at the very least listen to the 30 second previews, and he definitely belongs here since he’s the one who taught me baseball).

1. Led Zeppelin (what do you want? blues, metal, plain old rock, they did it and brilliantly; even touring as Page/Plant, my best friend and I had to use all our self-control to keep from leaping onto the stage and doing naughty things to Plant and Page)

2. Queensryche–they’re all brilliant musicians, but the real attraction here for me is the most amazing voice in rock & roll; I saw them at the House of Blues in February and Geoff Tate’s voice is still chill-inducing.

3. Metallica–they rock hard, what else is there to say

4. Armored Saint–a lot of people may know John Bush’s voice more from his stint with Anthrax, but if you’ve never heard Saint before you absolutely must, at the very least listen to the March of the Saint album (and once you’ve heard that, you’ll want to hear the rest of their music); just an indication of how hard they rock–when Jason Newstead joined Metallica, they did their 1st 2 shows with him opening for Armored Saint.

Now it gets tougher:

5. can’t break it down–it’s a 3-way tie among Soundgarden, Linkin Park, and Live

Honorable mention:

Tool, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Tesla, Little Caesar, Candlebox (well, their 1st album, at least, Whitesnake, Anthrax, Black Sabbath, Great White, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metal Church, Pantera, Staind, Bruce Springsteen, Donovan, The Guess Who, Janis Joplin, Queen, Steve Winwood, Styx, Three Dog Night, Tony Bennett, Van Halen, The Who AND last, but not least, The Beatles.

Hey guys,
My fave five right now would be…
1. Linkin Park
2. Lupe Fiasco
3. Hoobastank
4. Yellowcard
5. Organized Konfusion
Maybe you’ve heard of one or two, but Lupe Fiasco’s SO the best rapper in existence right now.
-Kid From New York

Jeanne i am very impressed with your list…….Siano

I’ll make this simple. I have a top three. Up way on top are the Beatles. Somewhere below that is Ryan Adams. And below that, maybe Jewel cracks into the list, putting aside her, uh, pop album.

Weird Al Yankovic
Genesis/Peter Gabriel
Barenaked Ladies

Lots of honorable mentions, but I gotta make a shout out to my boy Palestrina. Totally awesome.

1. Dylan
2. R.E.M.
3. Beastie Boys
4. Pixies
5. Lennon/McCartney

Honorable Mention: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic a.k.a. P-Funk

Neighbor Steve

I just finalized my top five, what a brutal exercise. I could make it a top 20 and still feel like I was leaving out tremendous bands deserving of the utmost praise and respect. Ultimately I picked my top five based on their influence in my life and musical tastes, so I’m looking forward to everyone’s thoughts. Once we post the top five I’ll post my complete top 100, and I promise I could probably list another 100 after that! Looking forward to it…


1. Yo La Tengo, who get extra credit for taking their name from a great baseball anecdote
2. Elvis Costello
3. P.J. Harvey
4. Talking Heads
5. Lucinda Williams

Honorable mentions: Tom Waits, Beck, REM, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, The Magnetic Fields, Liz Phair, The Clash

Mike, Mexico

top 5 musical artists:

1. YES
2. FRANK SINATRA (he’s the real prodigal son)
4. IRON MAIDEN (the beast will never die)
5. DREAM THEATER (noone is better then the master of shred)

1. The Beatles – Do you know anyone who has never hummed a Fab-Four tune much less never heard one?
2. Bob Marley – Even his saddest songs leave you with a smile on your face. This man did what all true artists attempt to do in capturing the human spirit with music.
3. U2 – Some same it was Morrissey who pioneered Emo, but take a good listen to a lot of todays Alt-Emo Rock artists and you’d be hard pressed not to here a lot of U2 influence.
4. Van Halen – Had to drop them down because the latter years have left a bad taste in every fan’s mouth (and a headache no doubt)
5. Phil Collins – The Hit Machine! A truly remarkable career when you take a look at it.
HM – If you count entertainers then Frank Sinatra has to be A-number one and you can bump everyone else. Ella Fitzgerald, Guns’n’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Dr. Dre, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Foo Fighters, Nirvana. I’m leaving a lot out, Any artist mentioned on this post, excellent selections guys/gals.

Nice pic with Eddie, when I met him a few years back he wouldn’t take pictures with people but I took one of him signing autographs…one of the cooler moments of my life as the following list will show.

5. Breaking Benjamin – Newer band with only a few albums out, but it’s a group I can fire up any of their albums & listen all the way through without skipping a song.

4. Beastie Boys – Crazy guys from NYC put out some great albums, nice evolution of music from their early days with Licensed to Ill up to their latest instrumental album.

3. Led Zeppelin – Good ol’ classic rock, great guitar work.

2. Rage Against the Machine – For those days when I’m just in a bad mood or stuck in traffic nice to have some angry sounding music to listen to these guys are perfect. I don’t always agree with their message, nor care, but the lyrics are catchy enough and the music just fits. Hope they put out a new album now that they’ve ‘reunited’.

1. Pearl Jam – Been a fan since Ten and can’t stop listening. Download all their concerts when they put em up and see them every time they visit. I could listen to Eddie sing anything & enjoy it.

Cory-Great picture… As for my top 5:

1. Beatles
2. U2
3. Pearl Jam
4. STP
5. Blind Melon

Here we go:
1) Frank Sinatra
2) Bob Dylan
3) The Beatles
4) Iron Maiden
5) U2

I am shocked and impressed to see someone else has Sinatra and Maiden in their list. I don’t feel so odd anymore.

An addition that I forgot yesterday for my honorable mention list: Rage Against the Machine.

And the Frank Sinatra picks reminded me of one of my dad’s story from before he and my mom met. One of the major midwest cities (I can never remember whether it was Detroit, Cleveland, or Cincinnati) had a poll on people’s favorite singer. And the winner, over Frank Sinatra, was my dad. — Jeanne from Hollywood

Gil from Manhattan – Top 5 from the over 60’s:
1) The Beatles
2) Bob Dylan
3) The WHO
4) The Kinks – Ray Davies, the British Bob Dylan
5) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

If forgot to include my name:
Tom in Class from Boston

Weird Al Yankovic
Genesis/Peter Gabriel
Barenaked Ladies

Lots of honorable mentions, but I gotta make a shout out to my boy Palestrina. Totally awesome.

Top 5 NYC artists:
Billy Joel
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Talking Heads

Gil from Manhattan

with these lists I guess we can see why the awful music that’s piped into stadiums these days doesn’t go attested. A whose who of radio friendly 90’s alt-schock, corporate arena rock, hairbands, and/or doctor’s office music fodder.

1. The Clash (the only band that matters…if you ignore everything after 1981.)
2. Velvet Underground
3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
4. Pogues
5. Sonic Youth

honorable mentions to the Ramones, Television, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, The Smiths, Go-Betweens, Husker Du, The Mats, Divine Comedy, Bob Dylan, and any of Mark Kozelek’s projects(solo, Sun Kil Moon, or The Red House Painters).

love the lists so far. when you try to narrow it 5, it’s near impossible. my fave five changes from day to day, depending on my mood. but these are the bands that have meant the most to me at some point or another in my life.

camper van beethoven
jane’s addiction
grateful dead
the clash


No particular order:

1. U2
2. Jack Johnson
3. Neil Young
4. Widespread Panic
5. Animal Leberation Orchestra

Honorable mention: Beatles, Led Zepplein, Grateful Dead, Lenny Krativz, Steely Dan, REM, Tom Petty, Police, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rush, Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, Bruce Hornsby

Todd- Sheboygan

I think I’m going to use Cory’s premise and recognize the top artists by their total body of work rather than just ‘one hit’ wonders. I am going to concentrate on bands who changed the musical landscape and transcend generations. Here are my top 5 artists:

5. Metallica – the first heavy metal band to move into mainstream music. Ride the Lightning is one of their best albums.
4. Van Halen – I’m not counting the Gary Cerone album in this. Eddie is one of the great rock guitar artists of all time. David Lee brought them into the music world while Sammy brought them into the mainstream. I think their best album overall was 5150.
3. The Beatles – they started the British invasion and introduced the world to mop tops. They also have a legacy that lives across multiple generations.
2. The Rolling Stones – It just seems that Mick gets older and Keith gets better preserved. We could really alternate nos. 2 and 3 because they were both equally important to rock music as we hear it today. Best album – December’s Children (on vinyl)
1. U2 – I believe they are the premier rock band today. Their music is orginal and they have reinvented themselves multiple times to be the voice for an entire generation. Best album, easy. Has to be The Joshua Tree.

Tim from Baltimore.

My Top 5:
1. Tenacious D
2. Elliot Yamin ( former contestant of American Idol)
3. Journey
4. AC/DC
5. The Beatles
By the way, I don’t know if it was my ipod or not but the podcast volume was switching from high to low and back to high again. Just wanted to let you know.
Tucker from Maine.

1. Led Zeppelin-classic, powerful, awesome. Period.

2. Bob Marley-Who else had that kind of following? He was the man back in the day. Its amazing. Still a big following and everyone in the world knows of him and at least Three Little Birds.

3. Talking Heads-Very liberal, but very amazing. Radiohead can get lopped in here too, as they took their name from a Talking Heads song. Yes, David Byrne is nuts. This ain’t no party! This ain’t no disco! This ain’t no foolin’ around!

4. Dire Straits-Best guitar work of any I have ever heard, very powerful political commentary.

5. U2- The Joshua Tree? Yes. Thank you. Bono is a well known public figure leading so many political campaigns. Does anyone else remember that performance at the Superdome post Katrina? The Saints are Coming never sounded so amazing.

Honorable: Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden (always rooted in British history, SO cool), Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson is a nut, yes)

1) Aerosmith
2) Guns n Rose

1) Red Hot Chil Peppers
2) Guns n Roses
3) Bon Jovi
4) Bruce Springsteen
5) Kanye West

Honorable mentions: Mary J Blige, Aerosmith, Usher, Nickleback, REM, Nelly Furtado, aaliyah, Beverly Knight, Snoop Dogg and Texas.

1. Bruce Hornsby2. Weezer3. Counting Crows4. Toad the Wet Sprocket5. The Lemonheads

Honorable mentions:They Might Be Giants, The Freddy Jones Band, Digable Planets, The Samples, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews Band, Paul Simon, Blind Melon, Smashing Pumpkins

**Todd in St. Louis**

Fave 5 in no particular order.

NB – as a Brit, some of these may be unfamiliar to some readers – but I’d recommend checking them out!

1) Kirsty MacColl – absolutely incredible singer-songwriter, most famous for singing with the Pogues on Fairytale of New York, but her solo work is even better, if that’s possible! Her career was a journey of different musical styles, all characterised by her intelligent and witty lyrics, before being tragically cut short by an accident in 2000.

2) The Beautiful South – British band that was born out of the Housemartins. Always fascinating in their music and lyrics, they eventually split up due to ‘musical similarities’.

3) REM. ‘Nuff said.

4) U2. See REM!

5) Sleeper. One of the ‘Britpop’ bands of the early 90s, hugely underrated and overshadowed by the likes of Oasis & Blur. Great tunes, fantastic lyrics and one of the hottest lead singers ever in Louise Wener!!

Sorry – above list is from Chris in London!

This is a most difficult list to prepare…. So many great bands so little space in the list.

1)Metalica – No way you can’t bang your head while listening this band…what more can you say.
2)Iron Maiden – As a rocker from the 80’s they teach me what hard rock was about.
3)Cheap Trick – “At Budokan” one of the greatest live albums ever.
4)Rush – As individuals three of the greatest musicians in the world today, as a group an incredible combination.
5)Foo Fighters – In my humble opinion the best band today.

Honorable Mentions: Ozzy, AC/DC, Foreigner, U2, Linkin Park.
Santiago from Puerto Rico

Santiago, great list! That’s my style!

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