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    Post Top 25 Favorite Bands

    I've been wanting to compile my own list and i thought it would be fun to do it here.

    Bands, of course, includes solo artists, rappers and rap groups, and electronic artists and DJs.

    I have to go to the grocery store so i will do mine later.

    Hopefully we can turn each on to some new music!

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    The Beatles
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Boston
    The Chemical Brothers
    Dr. Dre
    Eminem
    Garbage
    God Is An Astronaut
    Holly Cole
    Jane's Addiction
    Julee Cruise / Angelo Badalamenti
    Metallica
    Mike Morasky
    NIN / Trent Reznor / HTDA
    Nirvana
    Otis Redding
    Pixies
    The Prodigy
    Psapp
    Silversun Pickups
    Sonic Youth
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Was Not Was
    Wu-Tang Clan
    The xx

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    I tried... I can't do it. My opinion changes so fast, by the time I've written out 25 names I've already scratched about 5 of them off and replaced them.

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    In no real order (too hard to trim the list down to 25):

    The Beatles
    The Doors
    Jimi Hendrix
    Bob Dylan
    Alice Cooper
    Black Sabbath
    Iron Maiden
    Judas Priest
    The Cure
    KISS
    The Jesus and Mary Chain
    The Velvet Underground/Lou Reed
    David Bowie
    Mark Lanegan/Screaming Trees
    The Monkees
    Pink Floyd
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Tori Amos
    Aerosmith
    The Cult
    Jane's Addiction
    Garbage
    Van Halen
    Led Zeppelin
    Guns N' Roses
    The Replacements
    Nirvana
    Pearl Jam
    Soundgarden
    Alice In Chains
    Frank Sinatra
    Nine Inch Nails
    The Smashing Pumpkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    I tried... I can't do it. My opinion changes so fast, by the time I've written out 25 names I've already scratched about 5 of them off and replaced them.
    Come on @Jinsai , you can do it! NIN...Boards of Canada...Squarepusher, my band...

    i can't wait to do mine but i gotta hit the sack. I'm gonna love this thread. Part of the reason i made it is because i want to explore some of you guys favorites. I'm kinda stagnant in the new music department.

    Goodnite ever'body. I'll do mine after church tomorrow.
    @Vertigo , what is "god is an astronaut" all about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    @Vertigo , what is "god is an astronaut" all about?
    Post rock... they're good, but I couldn't (personally) put them in my top 1000.
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    alright, I'll put together a quick top 25.
    Order insignificant.

    1. Aphex Twin
    2. Coil
    3. Billie Holiday
    4. Venetian Snares
    5. Radiohead
    6. Pink Floyd
    7. The Beatles
    8. Ornette Coleman
    9. Mozart
    10. Autechre
    11. Bob Dylan
    12. Radiohead
    13. Beethoven
    14. Tom Waits
    15. Einsturzende Neubauten
    16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
    17. Nine Inch Nails
    18. Dmitri Shostakovich
    19. Brian Eno
    20. Unwound
    21. David Bowie
    22. The Velvet Underground
    23. Godspeed You Black Emperor
    24. Depeche Mode
    25. Chopin

    This is right now... Miles Davis would be in here, so would Stars of the Lid, so would J. Dilla, so would The Afghan Whigs.... etc etc etc etc, and somebody would get bumped. Right now I feel like listening to either Sparklehorse or Dead Can Dance more than any of the musicians I just named though, and so much of this is "this artist impacted me so heavily when I was growing up that I cannot not include them" sort of thing (so it's ridiculous that I didn't include Nirvana, so...)

    edit: Just realized that I didn't include Joy Division. Goddamn it... And since lately I've been marathoning Jesus and Mary Chain, they should be there too... and on that note, why the fuck didn't I put My Bloody Valentine on there. I'm going to walk away and let it alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    alright, I'll put together a quick top 25.
    Order insignificant.

    1. Aphex Twin
    2. Coil
    3. Billie Holiday
    4. Venetian Snares
    5. Radiohead
    6. Pink Floyd
    7. The Beatles
    8. Ornette Coleman
    9. Mozart
    10. Autechre
    11. Bob Dylan
    12. Radiohead
    13. Beethoven
    14. Tom Waits
    15. Einsturzende Neubauten
    16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
    17. Nine Inch Nails
    18. Dmitri Shostakovich
    19. Brian Eno
    20. Unwound
    21. David Bowie
    22. The Velvet Underground
    23. Godspeed You Black Emperor
    24. Depeche Mode
    25. Chopin

    This is right now... Miles Davis would be in here, so would Stars of the Lid, so would J. Dilla, so would The Afghan Whigs.... etc etc etc etc, and somebody would get bumped. Right now I feel like listening to either Sparklehorse or Dead Can Dance more than any of the musicians I just named though, and so much of this is "this artist impacted me so heavily when I was growing up that I cannot not include them" sort of thing (so it's ridiculous that I didn't include Nirvana, so...)

    edit: Just realized that I didn't include Joy Division. Goddamn it... And since lately I've been marathoning Jesus and Mary Chain, they should be there too... and on that note, why the fuck didn't I put My Bloody Valentine on there. I'm going to walk away and let it alone.
    Great list, lots of variety, far more than mine. Reminds me that I have to edit my list and include The Jesus and Mary Chain. I saw them 2x in Boston a few years ago--great shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    Great list, lots of variety, far more than mine. Reminds me that I have to edit my list and include The Jesus and Mary Chain. I saw them 2x in Boston a few years ago--great shows.
    Jesus and Mary Chain are amazing. Honey's Dead has been my constant jam lately. I think everyone around me is sick of hearing it by now.

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    Best 25, most listened-to, most loved, have most of their studio albums...

    In no particular order,

    1. Bjrk
    2. Blur (incl. Gorillaz)
    3. Crom Shin (yes, a Korean musician)
    4. David Bowie
    5. Deep Purple
    6. Genesis (incl. Gabriel)
    7. Jamiroquai
    8. King Crimson
    9. Bob Dylan
    10. Nine Inch Nails & HTDA
    11. Pink Floyd (incl. Gilmour and Waters stuff)
    12. Prince (and all his associated acts)
    13. Queens Of The Stone Age
    14. Radiohead
    15. Rush
    16. Sigur Rs
    17. The Smashing Pumpkins
    18. Steven Wilson (incl. Porcupine Tree, IEM, Blackfield...)
    19. Paul McCartney
    20. Marillion
    21. Miles Davis
    22. Gary Numan
    23. Pantera
    24. A Perfect Circle
    25. Chris Rea
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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    @Vertigo , what is "god is an astronaut" all about?
    Instrumental rock, focusing on melodic or thrashy guitars and drums, underscored by spacey synths.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXXwkzB5eoY

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    No particular order (apart from 1 and 2):

    1. Slowdive
    2. Swans
    Depeche Mode
    Underworld
    New Order
    The Church
    Sonic Youth
    The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Primal Scream
    The Cure
    Cocteau Twins
    R.E.M.
    For Against
    Unwound
    My Bloody Valentine
    Bark Psychosis
    Cranes
    Bjork
    Aphex Twin
    Throbbing Gristle
    Autechre
    The Chemical Brothers
    Orbital
    Spiritualized
    Nine Inch Nails

    I deferred to nostalgia/longevity of enjoyment for this list. My top 25 at this very moment would look pretty different, but changes constantly. For example, I've very recently become enthralled by and obsessed with the late Jason Molina's body of work (esp. as Songs: Ohia) and was tempted to put him in my list, but it was hard to justify kicking off a band I've loved for years to make the space.

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    In order (Because I can)
    1. Faith No More
    2. Nine Inch Nails
    3. Mr. Bungle
    4. Pixies
    5. The Dillinger Escape Plan
    6. Slayer
    7. Metallica
    8. System Of A Down
    9. Tool
    10. Mastodon
    11. Rammstein
    12. Slipknot
    13. Queens Of The Stone Age
    14. Tomahawk
    15. Deftones
    16. Killswitch Engage
    17. Machine Head
    18. Animal Collective
    19. Lamb Of God
    20. Carcass
    21. Rage Against The Machine
    22. Pantera
    23. Primus
    24. Cannibal Corpse
    25. Gojira
    \m/
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    Nine Inch Nails
    Danzig
    The Cure
    Type O Negative
    VAST
    David Bowie
    Aphex Twin
    Lustmord
    Tool
    A Perfect Circle
    Isis
    Carnivore
    Rob Zombie
    Gary Numan
    Morrissey
    Cocteau Twins
    Jeff Buckley
    Rammstein
    Samhain
    Depeche Mode
    Ween
    A Pale Horse Named Death
    Bauhaus
    Joy Division
    New Order

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    If I had to pick my 25 favorite artists of all time.

    1. Nine Inch Nails
    2. The Flaming Lips
    3. The Smiths
    4. Animal Collective
    5. Radiohead
    6. Kanye West
    7. Yo La Tengo
    8. Pedro the Lion
    9. Death Grips
    10. Converge
    11. Weezer
    12. Daft Punk
    13. Aphex Twin
    14. Sigur Ros
    15. Daughters
    16. Built to Spill
    17. Bjork
    18. My Bloody Valentine
    19. Deerhunter
    20. Sun Kil Moon
    22. American Football
    22. Boards of Canada
    23. Iron & Wine
    24. MF Doom
    25. Mogwai

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    1Nine Inch Nails
    2Boards of Canada
    3Tool
    4Rush
    5The Fugees
    6The Old 97's
    7David Bowie
    8Nirvana
    9Led Zeppelin
    10Tricky
    11Rasputina
    12The Prodigy
    13A Perfect Circle
    14Portishead
    15Busta Rhymes/Flipmode Squad
    16Michael Jackson
    17The Lemonheads
    18Pearl Jam
    19Steely Dan
    20Broadcast
    21Baxter
    22Primus
    23Seal
    24Jay Z
    25Eminem



    Pretty much in order, from off the top of me head, especially the first 10 or so.

    I left out drum and bass, which i am REALLY into, but most drum and bass albums are dj mixes and don't really count as "bands" to me. That being said, my favorites are Dara, AK1200, Dieselboy, Evol Intent
    @Vertigo , i REALLY like that GIAA track! what album should i start with?

    Edit: holy shit, Idk how I managed to leave out both Type O Negative and Outkast.
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    25...? Uh...yeah.

    No order

    1. Nine Inch Nails
    2. Marilyn Manson
    3. Queens of the Stone Age
    4. Smashing Pumpkins
    5. Rammstein
    6. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    7. David Bowie
    8. Depeche Mode
    9. KMFDM
    10. Skinny Puppy
    11. Danzig
    12. Rollins Band
    13. White Zombie
    14. Ministry
    15. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
    16. Type O Negative
    17. A Perfect Circle
    18. Tool
    19. Puscifer
    20. Mindless Self Indulgence
    21. Deftones
    22. Primus
    23. The Dillinger Escape Plan
    24. Pantera
    25. Down
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    I can dig this.

    NIN
    Depeche Mode
    Kraftwerk
    New Order
    Recoil
    Sasha
    John Digweed
    Paul Kalkbrenner
    Pet Shop Boys
    Queen
    The Cure
    Pink Floyd
    The Smiths
    Linkin Park
    The Orb
    Boards of Canada
    Joy Division
    Fischerspooner
    Radiohead
    Deftones
    Gabriel & Dresden
    Holy Ghost!
    Hot Chip
    Erasure
    Cursive
    Electric Light Orchestra

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    There is a bit of an order, but not completely...

    1. David Bowie
    2. Bjrk
    3. Miles Davis
    4. Nine Inch Nails
    5. Jon Hassell
    6. Brian Eno
    7. Fela Kuti
    8. Kate Bush
    9. Arve Henriksen
    10. James Brown
    11. Pharoah Sandars
    12. Pet Shop Boys
    13. Pink Floyd
    14. Talking Heads
    15. Steve Roach
    16. Kraftwerk
    17. Aphex Twin
    18. The Ink Spots
    19. Neu!
    20. Donna Summer
    21. Fleetwood Mac
    22. The Beatles
    23. Edvard Grieg
    24. Scott Walker
    25. Led Zeppelin

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    No particular order...

    NIN
    Buckethead
    Nick Cave
    Spiritualized
    Kate Bush
    Prince
    Talking Heads
    UNKLE
    Sparklehorse
    PJ Harvey
    The KLF
    Leftfield
    P.I.L
    Bat For Lashes
    Graham Coxon
    The Art Of Noise
    FGTH
    Suicide
    Stevie Wonder
    Richard Ashcroft
    Kraftwerk
    Massive Attack
    Erykah Badu
    Boss Hog
    DJ Food

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    1. Radiohead
    2. Wilco
    3. Pearl Jam
    4. Queens of the Stone Age
    5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    6. Pulp
    7. The Rolling Stones
    8. Arcade Fire
    9. Beck
    10. Arctic Monkeys
    11. The Flaming Lips
    12. Kanye West
    13. The Replacements
    14. Blur
    15. Supergrass
    16. Modest Mouse
    17. The Black Keys
    18. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    19. Spoon
    20. Grizzly Bear
    21. Spoon
    22. Deerhunter
    23. Black Sabbath
    24. The Dismemberment Plan
    25. The National
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    In orderish

    NIN
    Leonard Cohen
    Talking Heads
    St.Vincent
    Bob Dylan
    Bowie
    Jack White/White Stripes
    Beastie Boys
    Public Enemy
    Frank Ocean
    The Knife
    Pink Floyd
    The Beatles
    The Flaming Lips (I can still love them and not like Wayne, right?)
    Dead Kennedys
    Hank Williams
    Joy Division
    Velvet Undergroud and some of Lou Reed's solo
    Woody Guthrie
    Pixies
    Kraftwerk
    Ledbelly
    Jimi Hendrix
    Kendrick Lamar
    Stooges/Iggy Pop

    Forgot Beefheart and Zappa... Don't know where I would throw them on my list and who to take off though.
    John Coltrane and Dave Brubeck too
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    cocteau twins
    slowdive
    the cure
    david bowie
    wire
    the shangri-las
    the chameleons
    and also the trees
    breathless
    scott walker
    front 242
    his name is alive
    the church
    for against
    smashing pumpkins
    dead can dance
    nine inch nails
    cranes
    asylum party
    nick cave & the badseeds
    lycia
    death in june
    r.e.m.
    felt
    kate bush

    a few that kill me to leave out, but i think this is pretty accurate... there's a few albums that are all time favorites (peter gabriel's melt, red house painters' down colorful hill, ride's nowhere, jesus & mary chain's darklands, nico's desertshore, the orb's live 93, the klf's white room, massive attack's mezzanine, suede's debut, u2's boy/the unforgettable fire etc. etc. etc.) that should propel those artists into the top 25, but i'm aiming for bands that have a hugely consistent body of work vs a sole album i love.
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    Let me take a shot at this but I'm not going to include NIN since this is a NIN forum and I think a lot of us here will put NIN as our favorite band so this is a list 25 of my favorite bands/artists... that isn't NIN.

    1. Radiohead
    2. David Bowie
    3. My Bloody Valentine
    4. Pink Floyd
    5. Joy Division/New Order
    6. Queens of the Stone Age
    7. The Cure
    8. Depeche Mode
    9. Pixies
    10. The Beatles
    11. The Stone Roses
    12. Suede
    13. The Clash
    14. The Ramones
    15. The Sex Pistols
    16. R.E.M.
    17. Guns N' Roses
    18. PJ Harvey
    19. This Mortal Coil
    20. The Stooges
    21. Deep Purple (Mach II-Mach IV line-up)
    22. Jane's Addiction (original line-up only)
    23. The Rolling Stones
    24. The Velvet Underground
    25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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    So yeah, half a day later I realize there's a ton I couldn't add to my list now looking at it.

    TEH Failurez.

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    Oof okay.

    NIN/Trent everything
    Radiohead
    Arcade Fire
    MGMT
    Mew
    Sigur Ros
    Silversun Pickups
    Queens of the Stone Age
    Kilowatts
    James Blake
    El-P
    Ben Folds Five
    The Beatles
    Pinback
    MuteMath
    At the Drive-In
    Hot Chip
    Eminem
    Led Zeppelin
    Frank Ocean
    Bon Iver
    TV on the Radio
    UNKLE
    Vessels
    All music from the webcomic Homestuck
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    No particular order (except for NIN).

    I'm a huge fanboy.


    NIN
    HTDA
    TR + AR Soundtracks
    SONOIO
    QOTSA
    God Is An Astronaut
    I am waiting for you last summer
    If These Trees Could Talk
    EF
    Explosions In The Sky
    Mogwai
    Russian Circles
    Sigur Rs
    Arcade Fire
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Tool
    Puscifer
    A Perfect Circle
    Junius
    Linkin Park
    Yoshihisa Hirano and Hideki Taniuchi
    Hans Zimmer
    Howard Shore
    Pilotpriest
    Tycho

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    I'll try but it'll never be in any kind of order...

    01 nine inch nails
    02 David Bowie
    03 The Birthday Massacre
    04 Electric Six
    05 Talking Heads
    06 Slowdive
    07 Faith No More
    08 Gary Numan
    09 Depeche Mode
    10 The Cure
    11 Ministry
    12 Skinny Puppy/ohGr
    13 Radiohead
    14 Deftones
    15 AFI (suck it, haters)
    16 Mastodon
    17 The Smiths/Morrissey
    18 Peter Gabriel
    19 M83
    20 A Perfect Circle
    21 Joy Division
    22 Dead Kennedys
    23 Iron Maiden
    24 Adam Ant
    25 The Police


    Could be on this list in the future: Chvrches, HTDA, The Joy Formidable, Glasvegas, Cold Cave
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    Currently, and in alphabetical order:

    A Perfect Circle
    Aphex Twin
    Beastie Boys
    Boards Of Canada
    Boris
    Brian Eno
    Daft Punk
    DJ Shadow
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    Joy Division
    Justice
    LCD Soundsystem
    Low
    My Bloody Valentine
    Nine Inch Nails
    Nirvana
    Pink Floyd
    Queens Of The Stone Age
    Radiohead
    Saul Williams
    Sigur Ros
    Talking Heads
    The Chemical Brothers
    The White Stripes
    TV On The Radio

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    This is really fucking hard. Lots of stuff from my formative youth up at the top, since those were very influential to me.

    1. Nine Inch Nails
    2. Deftones
    3. Sleater Kinney
    4. Portishead
    5. Rage Against the Machine
    6. Amon Tobin
    7. PJ Harvey
    8. Aphex Twin
    9. Smashing Pumpkins
    10. Tricky
    11. At The Drive In
    12. World's End Girlfriend
    13. Tool
    14. Massive Attack
    15. Nirvana
    16. Sigur Ros
    17. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
    18. Boards of Canada
    19. Micheal Jackson
    20. Tycho
    21. Radiohead
    22. The Doors
    23. The Mars Volta
    24. Germs
    25. The Beatles

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