Haha, what a topic. What do you mean by rock? Hard rock, glam rock and that type of thing specifically, or anything loosely categorized as rock? Rock over two decades is a lot of ground to cover. >_>
If we're sticking to bands rather than solo artists, and try to avoid borderline cases (like the Cocteau Twins) my quick list might look something like this:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Those are the kind of big bands that immediately come to mind when I think of the 70s or 80s. With some work, I could probably make a much more accurate list. It's pretty boring to list the best bands when those decades were really a high point for solo artists:
Could go on and on, but I think the best thing about especially the 70s were the folky singer-songwriters. The 80s saw plenty of interesting new genres and movements. Rock was really not a strong point for either decade.
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09.02.2012 at 01:47
There is alot of that hard rock and classic rock that i enjoy. Righteous stuff.
I think Axe is one of those "forgotten" bands, they play basically a more straightforward version of Deep Purple / UFO version of keyboard hard rock. Some amazing songs from them include "Burn This City Down", "Silent Soldiers" and one of my newly favorite ballads ever, "Battles", which features an absolutely beastly powerful chorus and guitar solo.
I discovered them while checking out the bands in this year's Sweden Rock Festival line-up.
Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil.
Blue Oyster Cult (highly recommended)
Budgie (everyone should know this I dare say)
Bloodrock (American hard rock but quite adventurous)
Epitaph (German band, their early albums are great)
Trapeze (Glenn Hughes's first band)
I'll be back with some more.
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