Saturday Six — ROCK ON!!

January 30, 2021

On Twitter this week, a guy I follow asked for our top 5 favorite rock bands of all time. And let me tell you, didn’t take me long at all to come up with my list.

What I found interesting is that so many responses listed Rolling Stones, the Who, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin (does that show the ages of the people who follow him?) and I never really listened to music from those bands except for when it came on the radio. To me, the favorite rock bands means bands you’ve bought all of their music, you can sing along to every word, you still listen to it, and you’re willing to argue about why it’s the best.

So for this week’s post, I’m sharing my list — with the addition of one more band since it’s Saturday Six and not Friday Five πŸ˜†

  1. FOO FIGHTERS — Since we were Nirvana fans, Dave Grohl’s new band intrigued us and we bought that first CD 25 years ago and we’re STILL fans (I cannot WAIT until February 3rd when their new album drops! )And to be honest, while I respect what Nirvana did for music, I like the Foo Fighters more πŸ™‚ I cannot say enough about how much they stretch themselves as musicians with every new release.

2. VAN HALEN — Whether with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar as lead singers, they put out some of the hardest rocking music and believable rock ballads ever (RIP dear Eddie) that I still listen to…and not on the damn “classic rock” station. They were the second rock concert I ever went to in 1979. Yep. I’m old…a “classic” if you will 😏 I’ve seen them in concert 4 times.

3. AC/DCBack in Black is the best rock song ever — FIGHT ME ON THIS. I wore out that tape I played it so many times. And again, maybe it’s my age showing, but when I listen to those songs now, they don’t sound dated to me. I’m a big Highway to Hell album fan too…but the Bon Scott years weren’t my fave.

4. EARTH, WIND AND FIRE — Little white girl me, living in the Midwest, loving soul music and the grand, big band aspect of their musicianship might seem strange, but I LOVED them. It is impossible to listen to their music and be in a bad mood. Try it. I have a greatest hits CD that I play when I need to be lifted up and it does it every time.

5. AUDIOSLAVE — My heart is still broken over the death of Chris Cornell. In fact, I’ve only listened to my fave Audioslave CD once since his death. But no matter, that CD got me through some very tough times. The multi layers of the music, and his voice…it is a magical combination unlike anything I’d ever heard — before or since.

6. GODSMACK — An almost thrash metal band with grinding guitar licks, tribal drum beats, created such melodically searing tracks too? Sign. Me. Up. Plus….Sully, the tattooed, lead singer/drummer? Yes please. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

***bonus*** any band that Prince created/played in…the man was a musical genius 🎸🎹🎡🎼

SHARE YOUR FAVORITES! And if you’re not a rock fan, then give me your 6 favorite country or blues bands.

Happy weekend πŸ’‹

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  1. Dar said:

    I actually went and looked at my most played on Spotify to come up with this list!

    1. The Tragically Hip, quintessential Canadian Rock legends

    2. Queen, still have their songs on heavy rotation on almost every playlist I make

    3. INXS, every song take me back to middle and high school

    4. Poison, I can still probably sing every word of every song, and dance with the music as well!

    5. Matchbox Twenty,Rob Thomas’ voice is so smooth and gets with all the feels, everytime


  2. Nancy Moran said:

    Bon Jovi, Queen, Styx, Chicago and did I say Bon Jovi!!!!


  3. Pamela Gomes said:

    We have one in common, so here’s my list:

    Van Halen (prefer Sammy over David)
    Def Leppard (Can’t not dance to Pour Some Sugar On Me)
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Saw him in concert and was smitten)
    Billy Idol (that’s a punk as I get)
    Eagles (RIP Glen Fry)
    Heart (Those girls could PLAY!)

    Also, Prince and Eric Clapton on the guitar makes my knees weak. Watch the YouTube video of Prince, Eric Clapton, and bunch of others perform As My Guitar Gently Weeps, and you’ll never be the same. I watch it monthly for all the feels.


  4. Anita Mallari said:

    DEF LEPPARD and BON JOVI were my top two.


  5. Judith said:

    All of the above, Prince still my favorite.. I love music, all kinds of it..
    I even learned to love country (Chris Young with Getting you home) all because you mentioned him in one of your books. I have several songs on spotify nowπŸ₯° Never heard of him in the Netherlands, shame!


  6. Kathi said:

    Fleetwood Mac – Rumors album was a gift; I was hooked for life.
    Eric Church – his lyrics speak to me
    Thomas Rhett – multiple different songs have been a ringtone for my husband
    Beach Boys – I know every lyric to every song
    Kip Moore – His voice, his voice, his voice.
    Carrie Underwood – All the feels
    Eclectic, I know!


  7. Sharon said:

    In no particular order:
    Fleetwood Mac – every song, every album, kickass women Stevie and Christine
    Queen – I loved how their music never sounded the same. They had no sound they had 100 different sounds and they bucked the record companies at every turn.
    The Eagles – So many memories attached to their songs, but also Glen Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh…man.
    The Doors – I feel like they were before their time and I’ve often wondered what they would have done had Morrison lived.
    Van Halen – Eddie was amazing, I loved David Lee Roth. One of my most memorable concerts ever.
    Pink Floyd – There was something about their music that really spoke to me as a teenager. I wore out my Dark Side of the Moon album.
    You mention Prince and yes, he’s always going to be on the top of any list. I prefered his solo stuff but the man was the whole package with talent few have.


  8. Ellen Bartel said:

    I love Tom Petty, more favorites are Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band and Guns and Roses. I do love listening to Led Zeppelin too.


  9. Pamela said:

    Dave Matthews Band
    The Grateful Dead
    Led Zeppelin
    The Eagles
    Pearl Jam


  10. Pamela said:

    Dave Matthews Band
    The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden


  11. Diane Berarducci Amato said:

    My favorites Queen, Aerosmith, VanHalen, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, The Doors


  12. kc said:

    But I can sing along with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, The Who! However, while I enjoy them, they’re not most of my top six. Instead, Moody Blues (While Nights in White Satin is marvelous—I also love I’m just a singer in a rock & roll band!), Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes (nope, you weren’t the only white gal in the Midwest following Motown!), Chicago & Credence Clearwater Revival. And yep, I’m showing my age!

    Actually, I may follow single singers as much if not more than bands but folks never ask about those… So: Elton John, Neil Diamond (Hot August Nights–marvelous album!), Billy Joel, Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand.


  13. Michelle D Holden said:

    I usually listen to Country Music and I do love The Rolling Stone & Beach Boys too. I also love most of the 50/60’s Groups.

    Here are my 6 in no particular order:

    1~ Joan Jett & the Blackhearts & Joan Jett when she was in the Runaways
    2~ Heart
    3~ Queen
    4 ~Van Halen
    5 ~ The Eagles
    6 ~ Pat Benatar


  14. Kathleen Bylsma said:

    Can’t leave GNR and Def Leppard and Pink Floyd out! πŸ˜‰


  15. Kathleen Bylsma said:

    No use for Earth , Wind and Fire, or bands of that ilk.
    Agree with you re Prince.


  16. Anne Fortunato said:

    Queen, Beatles, Eurythmics, David Bowie , KD Lang, and Miles Davis


  17. Jenny Black said:

    I am loving more and more of Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, and Disturbed. I’m loving their newest albums. They just speak to me. I’m slowly getting into some of their older stuff too.
    And yes, Sully Erna now as he’s aged and filled out, that beard and tattoos, whew its hot in here. You should check out his solo albums. Very tribal and percussion heavy.


  18. Elisa said:

    Shinedown – I know every song, most lyrics, definitely I can hum every tune! I always play an entire album from start o finish, so when I sing along to songs that never hit the charts, my hubby looks at me sideways, “you know this song?” Saw them live in fall 2019. Best. Concert. Ever!

    Papa Roach – I can also sing along to most of their songs. Again, I play their albums start to finish, so know them all well. Their song Scars got me through some tough times. They opened for Shinedown in 2019. Lead singer , Jacoby Shaddox came out in to the crowd, he was 6 feet away, looked right at me, and I got a chin nod! Eeeeeeeee! Fan girl in me just about lost it! Even my husband commented on the chin nod, so I wasn’t dreaming it. πŸ™‚

    Three Days Grace – saw them in concert in 2016. Girl next to me commented, “There wasn’t a single song in the playlist you didn’t sing to!”

    Halestorm – who doesn’t love a Rock Band with a killing female lead singer!

    Seether – love, love, love them!

    Foo Fighters – agree with you on all your points Lorelei! Have you seen the drum battles between David Grohl and Nandi Bushell? She’s awesome, 10 yr old drummer challenged Dave to a drum-off. He got peer-pressured into responding. She’s going to play with Foo Fighters next time they play in her home town!

    (I’m adding a 7th)
    Bryan Adams – because I’m Canadian and he was all over the radio waves when I was growing up. A lot of my memories from my teenage years was somehow associated with a Bryan Adams song.


  19. Wendy said:

    1. Van Halen
    2. Bon Jovi
    3. Queen
    4. Motley Crue
    5. Prince (Purple Rain)
    6. Loverboy


  20. Lirva Bean said:

    I posted earlier and just remembered a band. I lived through the disco era in college. Has anyone heard of the Average Whit Band, used to dance to it early 70’s at the clubs we went to in Houston? let me know


    1. Janice Clark said:

      Pick up the pieces!


  21. Debbie Bales said:

    My top 5 are:
    Fleetwood Mac,
    and Earth Wind and Fire


  22. Hope said:

    1. Meat Loaf
    2. Queen
    3. Tom Petty
    4. Head East
    5. Peter, Paul, and Mary
    6. Harry Chapin

    My older brother told me I had no taste in music and the taste I had was horrible!


  23. Janice Clark said:

    david bowie
    prince (more pop than rock though)
    the Kinks


  24. Tammi Doran said:

    Cinderella, Poison, Metallica, Motley Crue, Def Leppard


  25. Alina said:

    πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™ I love you for Foo Fighters since I read Hillbilly Rockstar!


  26. Kim B said:

    Kenny Chesney his concerts are amazing and he usually releases new material close to my birthday which is cool
    Aerosmith best concert of a rock group that my sister and I saw together
    Rascal Flatts
    Little Big Town
    I was a metal/hairband follower and Slaughter was good too.


  27. Judy Cohen said:

    I go back a long way, too. My favorites are:.

    1. The Beatles. My first love.
    2. Eagles. I’ve seen them a number of times and they never disappoint.
    3. Bruce and the E Street Band. Can you tell I’m from New Jersey?
    4. Heart. I can listen to them over and over. Alone — what a voice Anne Wilson has.
    5. Keith Urban. Fantastic in concert.
    Lots of others.


  28. Kristie Heath said:

    Favorite rock band is Big Wreck. I have listened to everything that Ian Thornley has created. His band is powerful and I’m so thankful they toured Atlanta the October before COVID. It was the most incredible concert. The man can play a guitar and has the most beautiful voice. Second, Saliva! The most rocking rock band!!! Third, Steven Wilson – Porcupine Tree – Prog Rock. Talk about a mind blowing concert. Fourth, Black Country Communion – Joe Bonamassa – enough said! Not necessarily a rock band – but I ADORE They Might Be Giants. I’ve been to many of their concerts and love their albums. The Else and Glean are two of their very best albums. One of things I miss from our year with COVID is going to concerts. My husband and I have gone to so many. Looking forward to doing this again the future! Thanks for writing the very best books!


  29. Jule said:

    Love their list….your list…reminds me that I need to play more music but then that means less audiobooks….hhhmmmmmmmmmm decisions decisions decisions


  30. Suzie Weber said:

    I saw The Rolling Stones, The J Geils Band and George Thorogood at the Coliseum in LA in 1982. The warm up, who was horrid (like most unknown bands) was Prince. Go figure
    Bon Jovi, Heart, Elton John, Dan Fogelberg (picture on the cover of Souvenirs ❀️❀️), Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, CCR, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Keith Urban.
    Love a great guitarist. A girl raised in Detroit and the same age as Michael = anything from Motown.


  31. Christine Green said:

    Holy cow, so many great bands mentioned that I love. Common is Van Halen so I will leave it off my list. I’m a David fan not Sammy BTW. So here are another 6.
    Pearl Jam
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Sound Garden


  32. Lisa said:

    So many great bands. REO Speedwagon, Creedance Clearwater, Boston, Journey, Champaign, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, AC/DC. and then Diana Ross and the Supremes, Beatles, The Temptations and The Beach Boys.


  33. Lisa said:

    So many great bands REO Speedwagon, Creedance Clearwater, Boston, Journey, Champaign, Van Halen, Head East, and Diana Ross and the Supremes. Oops, over five.


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