AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm’s illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always dubbed their music as simply “rock and roll”.
Aerosmith is an American rock band, formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. . Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American group and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group.
Alice In Chains
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley (later replaced by William DuVall). The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr, who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs.
Bush are a British rock band formed in London in 1992. The band found immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA. Bush went on to become one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling over 10 million records in the United States. Bush has had numerous top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, and one number one album, Razorblade Suitcase, in 1996.
Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band’s strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bassist, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). This is the band’s longest-standing line-up.
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a project following the death of Kurt Cobain and thedissolution of his previous band. Over the course of the band’s career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015 the band’s eight albums have sold 12 million copies in the US alone.
Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton Ian McDonald, along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. Jones came up with the band’s name as he, McDonald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi were American. Their biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, topped the United Kingdom and United States Charts among others. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million albums in the US alone.
Green Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1986 by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. Since 1990, the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool. In 2012, guitarist Jason White became a full-time member after having performed with the band as a session and touring member since 1999. Green Day has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in their first year of eligibility.
Gun n' Roses
Guns N’ Roses from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup Rose, era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The bands six studio albums, have sales of more than 100 million making Guns N’ Roses one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.
Kid Rock, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 million copies worldwide. He is a five-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold 25 million albums in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. He was Soundscan’s number one selling male solo musician of the 2000’s.
Led Zeppelin were an English formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drawn from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.
Linkin Park from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory. Their following studio album Meteora continued the band’s success, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work around the world. In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era and the third-best of the new millennium. Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart.
Metallica formed in Los Angeles in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an ad posted by drummer Lars Ulrich. The band’s current line-up comprises fournders Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band’s albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist. https://metallica.com/
Mötley Crüe is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by guitarist Mick Mars, and vocalist Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 100 million records worldwide including 25 million in the US.
Nirvana formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. In the late 80s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene. Nirvana found unexpected success with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind. Nirvana’s success widely popularized alternative rock, and Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation”, with Nirvana being called the “flagship band” of Generation X.
“Ozzy” Osbourne rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath, widely considered to be the first heavy metal band. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums. He has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions over the years, recording the album 13 in 2013. Osbourne’s longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal”. http://www.ozzy.com/us
Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band’s line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass). The band’s fifth member is drummer Matt Cameron, who has been with the band since 1998. To date, the band has sold nearly 32 million records in the U.S. and an estimated 60 million worldwide.
Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of popular music.
The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. The Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.
Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. The classic line-up was Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music. The band has released a total of 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records.
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is an American rap metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consisted of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. They draw inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as hip hop. Rage Against the Machine is well known for the members’ leftist and revolutionary political views, which are expressed in many of the band’s songs.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. Throughout the years, the line-up has changed immensely, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards being the only two constants in their 54-year (and counting) run as a band. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums and numerous compilations. Their estimated sales are above 200 million. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson; and drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart. Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, history, and philosophy. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums by the RIAA.
Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots is an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland, brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz. Since the band’s formation in 1989, its line-up remained unchanged until the dismissal of Weiland in 2013, who was replaced by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. In 2015, Bennington left the band to focus solely on Linkin Park. Scott Weiland passed away at the end of 2015.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band’s original lineup was Tom Petty as the lead singer and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards. The band has largely maintained this lineup, with a few exceptions. In 1981, Blair left the band, and was replaced with Howie Epstein. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. They still continue to tour and record.
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide.
Van Halen is an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band comprised guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony. In 1985, Roth was replaced with Sammy Hagar, who stayed in the band until 2005. Roth was rehired, and still fronts the band to present. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. Additionally, Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard ’s Mainstream Rock chart and have sold more than 80 million records.