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The Fly
Jan 14, 2002
Feb. 7, 2002 -- Who are the greatest rock bands of all time? In its latest edition, Spin Magazine lists its top 50 picks. On Talk of the Nation, host Neal Conan invites NPR listeners to name their top 25.

TOTN Listeners' Top 25 Most Influential Bands of All Time

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Led Zeppelin
4. U2
5. Pink Floyd
6. The Velvet Underground
7. The Ramones
8. Nirvana
9. The Doors
10. Grateful Dead
11. CSNY/Neil Young
12. Bob Dylan/The Band
13. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
14. The Who
15. The Beach Boys
16. The Clash
17. The Sex Pistols
18. Eric Clapton
19. Elvis Presley
20. Metallica
21. Parliament
22. REM
23. Black Sabbath
24. The Byrds
25. Iggy Pop and the Stooges
I don't know if U2 deserve to be that high. Even though they're my favorite band, most of the other groups they had a strong influnce on are crap. I mean, the Alarm, come on. And where's Bob Marley? Or Public Enemy? Another thing I noticed with the list - no female artists. If you're gonna include Elvis and Eric Clapton (neither of whom are a band), then shouldn't you include Madonna. And without the Patti Smith Group REM wouldn't be around. Or the Supremes, they've got some of the most perfect pop songs ever. I guess it is just a list of listeners choices.

[This message has been edited by candyfloss (edited 02-07-2002).]
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