The Beatles Top 'Spin' Magazine's List of the 50 Greatest Bands of All Time

'Spin's' February Issue Will Name the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin,

And Radiohead as Some of the Greatest!



On Newsstands January 15



Jan 09, 2002, 00:00 ET from Spin Magazine

    NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- They sold their soul and trashed their
 dressing rooms for rock 'n' roll.  From the Beatles to the Beasties, these are
 the people who taught everyone else how it's done.  The band is back.  During
 the past year or so, the pop world has completed a cycle that began in the mid
 1990s.  Back then, with grunge flannel on Macy's mannequins, the band model
 seemed a bit tired.  Rappers, dancing teens, and DJs took over the dance
 charts, MTV, and magazines.  Then, gradually, bands crept back.  Groups like
 Creed, Incubus, System of a Down, and, most notably, Staind and Linkin Park
 have spent serious time in the Top 10.  Once again, the band dynamic -- people
 interacting as musicians, friends, enemies, or fellow drug-addled lunatics --
 is capturing our imagination.
     This is "Spin's" definitive look at 50 great bands from the 1960s forward.
 To qualify the editors at "Spin" set out clear criteria, these groups had to
 have a roof-raising, history-changing sound, presence, or hairstyle.  They
 also had to clearly influence today's music in undeniable ways.  Finally, they
 had to be bands that spawned a special emotional attachment to their fans.  No
 other band epitomizes these criteria better than "Spin's" No. 1 band, the
 Beatles.  More than 30 years after their last proper album, the Beatles remain
 the band that revolutionized the world of pop culture and basically created
 the rock-band statutes that all musical youth end up following, sooner or
 later.  Other bands that made "Spin's" list include: Led Zeppelin (No. 3),
 Nirvana (No. 5) Public Enemy (No. 8), U2 (No. 13), and Spin's February cover
 band Kiss (No. 32)!  For a full ranking of The 50 Greatest Bands, as chosen by
 the editors at Spin magazine, see the full ranking below.
     Also, Spin editors are available for interviews to discuss their criteria
 for choosing the bands as well as the acts that made it on to the list and the
 ones that didn't.
 
      THE 50 GREATEST BANDS OF ALL TIME
 
      1.  THE BEATLES
      2.  RAMONES
      3.  LED ZEPPELIN
      4.  BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
      5.  NIRVANA
      6.  PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC
      7.  THE CLASH
      8.  PUBLIC ENEMY
      9.  THE ROLLING STONES
      10. BEASTIE BOYS
      11. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
      12. SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
      13. U2
      14. RUN-D.M.C.
      15. RADIOHEAD
      16. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
      17. SONIC YOUTH
      18. AC/DC
      19. THE STOOGES
      20. METALLICA
      21. THE SMITHS
      22. PATTI SMITH GROUP
      23. N.W.A.
      24. KRAFTWERK
      25. THE SEX PISTOLS
      26. PEARL JAM
      27. GRATEFUL DEAD
      28. R.E.M.
      29. BLACK SABBATH
      30. PAVEMENT
      31. FUGAZI
      32. KISS
      33. PRETENDERS
      34. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
      35. FELA KUTI & AFRIKA 70/EGYPT 80
      36. DAVID BOWIE AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
      37. BLONDIE
      38. BAD BRAINS
      39. THE WHO
      40. GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE
      41. NEW ORDER
      42. HUSKER DU
      43. GUNS N' ROSES
      44. OUTKAST
      45. THE BEACH BOYS
      46. MASSIVE ATTACK
      47. LYNYRD SKYNYRD
      48. KORN
      49. PINK FLOYD
      50. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
 
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