My amendments: Move up Ray Charles, add the White Stripes, Clapton, RHCP, and Beck.
No avril lavigne? fail.
What about the Beatles isn’t rock?
Did they make some beautiful melodies that make you think they weren’t hard enough? I think helter skelter is the first attempt at punk by anyone. They wrote their own shit, they experimented with anything and everything. Yes it’s pop but the music they played was clearly rock and roll.
Everyone thinks that just because they don’t get the Beatles that everyone else is wrong. Well your opinion isn’t original or valid. Every band on the list that you love would tell you the same thing. And Nirvana is very deserving of this list and their rank.
Erin if your trying to argue that Nirvana does not deserve a spot near the front of any list of great artist your fighting a losing battle. I like U2 and I tolerate all the love for Springstein because I have a soft spot for lyricists and singer-songwriters but they weren’t revolutionary.
Understand Nirvana didn’t invent punk but they were revolutionary in being a band that made elements of indie, punk, and metal all relevant for the masses. That may be good or bad depending on your opinion but the Pixies were’nt gonna do it and neither was Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Sonic Youth or any other obscure favorite of yours. Your going to say Nirvana isn’t influential? please.
Some flavor of the week indie darlings are on your iPod and now Springstein and U2 invented r&r.