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Old 06-18-2006, 10:11 AM   #16
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Strictly popular music of the last 50 or so years?

Elvis - the first rock star, the first real frontman. Every singer in a band owes a lot to him.
Beatles - made famous the songwriting concept of music, as well as the classic 4 man line-up of a rock band. Basically invented stadium playing with their Shea stadium show, did experimenting...
Beach Boys - beautiful harmony singing, Brian Wilson is the most underrated genius of pop music.
Bob Dylan - for lyric writing.
Rolling Stones - if Fab Four were the first "pop" band, this is the first rock band.

Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath/Sex Pistols: started hard rock and metal and punk.
Michael Jackson/Madonna: basically started off pop music as it is today.
Muddy Waters (or whoever was the first famous blues player)
First hip hop crew that made it big (NWA? Public Enemy?)
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:09 AM   #17
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I don't know who has contributed the most to popular music as a whole. Different bands and artists have set examples for certain aspects of music, and I agree with most of the suggestions in this thread.

I think Pink Floyd were fairly instrumental for the whole idea of elaborate live shows with their tour for The Wall in 1980/1981. The NY Times called it "the touchstone against which all future rock spectacles must be measured." You got everything with that show. A giant 10.5 metre high wall being built across the stage throughout the course of the concert, amazing lighting, massive inflatable characters, a complex video projection synched in time with the music, pyrotechnics, etc.
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I can't believe no one has mentioned Chuck Berry. The guy was writing, guitar playing, and singing his material. For Rock and Roll he may be the single most influential figure. Without him you don't have the Stones, Beatles, or Dylan.
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michael jackson for pop dance and soul!! and everything else!!
MJ hardly invented soul lol
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forgot to mention beastie boys , just because they are white i dont think they get the credit they deserve in the industry
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Wait, did someone say ABBA had edge? Since when?
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I think a few names are missing here, like Prince (pop+rock+funk+soul) and his irreverence and presence, Madonna (no words nedded for this case), David Bowie (idem), and many others...
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They definitely contributed to bringing rap music into the mainstream alongside artists like LL Cool J and Public Enemy.

Though their present musical output is different from the rap/rock type stuff they were doing back in the mid to late 80's.
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U2 are my favourite band but i think the Beatles are the greatest band ever. It's amazing how they went through so many style changes of songs in such a short period of time. Perfect pop (most of their early work), Rock (Revolution, Helter Skelter), Psychadelic (Tomorrow Never Knows, Lucy in the sky with diamonds), Ballads (Let It Be, In My Life), Progressive (A day in the life), RnB (Got to get you into my life), Avantgarde (Revolution Number 9), Anthems (Hey Jude, All You Need Is Love), the list just goes on...

They hardly made a bad song and their influence is unparralelled imo.

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Floyd
Sex Pistols/Ramones
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The Beatles. No contest.
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