The Kinks

Starting off is a band that might not make many other Top 5 lists. I feel like the Kinks occasionally get pushed aside, but their catalog stacks up to the other monsters of the era. They have a lot of the big hits that everyone knows, but their deeper stuff can be just as great.

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The Beatles

I know that lots of people put them at #1 of all-time...and I admit it's hard to argue against that. They changed music, and changed it more than once.The arc of their career is pretty much unmatched, ranging from the early teeny-bopper stuff onto the crazy drug era. The truly amazing thing is that they progressed that far in a mere seven years.

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The Rolling Stones

For me, the eternal argument of "Beatles vs Stones, Stones vs Beatles" ends with a slight edge for the Stones. It's almost like the fact that a majority of people leaned towards the Beatles resulted in the Stones always having a little chip on their shoulder, always striving to improve themselves and reach higher. Sure, they've actually been hurt by longevity, but they're still one of the biggest bands in the world.

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Led Zeppelin

For a while these guys were my favorite band. Similar to the Beatles, they burned bright and burned fast. A ten-year career saw them never quite pegged into one genre, ranging from blues to folk to world music and beyond.

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This should come as no surprise if you've listened to me more than once. U2 is the "greatest band in the world" as I've said many times and will continue to say forever. Maybe they just appeal to the half-Irish side of me, maybe it's just the comfort I feel when I listen to them. "The Joshua Tree" is still my favorite album of all time, and U2 will continue to claim the number one spot on my list.

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