Thursday, July 12, 2007

TOP FIVES: My Rock Music Favorites

Favorite Rock Groups / Favorite Songs:
1. Pink Floyd / Echoes
2. Beatles / My Guitar Gently Weeps
3. Yes / Revealing Science of God
4. Led Zeppelin / No Quarter
5. Rush / Working Man

Favorite Male Vocalists:
1. Steve Walsh (Kansas)
2. Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)
3. Freddy Mercury (Queen)
4. David Gilmore (Pink Floyd)
5. Van Morrison

Favorite Female Vocalists:
1. Anne Wilson (Heart)
2. Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
3. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
4. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
5. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)

Favorite Rock Guitarists:
1. David Gilmore (Pink Floyd)
2. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
3. Steve Howe (Yes)
4. Eric Clapton (Cream, etc.)
5. Jimmy Hendrix (Jimmy Hendrix Experience)

Favorite Rock Keyboardists:
1. Rick Wakeman (Yes)
2. Keith Emerson (ELP)
3. Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
4. Kerry Livgren (Kansas)
5. Ray Manzarek (Doors)

Favorite Rock Drummers:
1. Neal Peart (Rush)
2. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
3. Bill Bruford (Yes / King Crimson)
4. Stuart Copeland (Police)
5. Carl Palmer (ELP)

Favorite Rock Bassists:
1. Chris Squire (Yes)
2. Sting (Police)
3. Geddy Lee (Rush)
4. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
5. Jack Bruce (Cream)

Favorite Rock Albums (from different groups):
1. Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin)
2. Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
3. White Album (Beatles)
4. Are You Experienced? (Jimmy Hendrix)
5. Let It Bleed (Rolling Stones)

Favorite Progressive Rock Albums (from different groups):
1. Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
2. Close to the Edge (Yes)
3. 2112 (Rush)
4. In the Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson)
5. Masque (Kansas)


Lyn said...

Great list! It could be my list, almost. I'd have to put in Amy Lee of Evanescence for female vocal rather than Annie Lennox; and Tony Banks of Genesis rather than Kerry Livgren for keyboardist. Kerry's a great songwriter and better guitarist than keyboardist. Tony is right up there with Keith (not Steve, BTW) Emerson of ELP.


Third Mill Catholic said...

Thanks for point out "Keith." "Steve" Emerson was a friend I had in college who played keyboards too. We used to say he was Keith's brother. I somtimes think faster than I type.

I wanted to put Livgren somewhere in the list. Maybe songwriter is another category I could add. Tony Banks definitely deserves honorable mention, at least.

Anonymous said...

"Topographic Oceans" is the worst Yes album of all. How could you? Wakeman hates it too. He left the group over it. haha. First theology professor I know of who has a Prog-rock list, so that deserves some credit anyway. :)

Third Mill Catholic said...

Topographic Oceans is certainly longer than it needed to be -- a rather meandering composition at times, okay, most of the time. However, The Revealing Science of God is a masterpiece. It is the only track that gets any playtime on my Ipod. It is truly worth the price of purchasing the CD.

Yes's tightest album composition was Close to the Edge -- every song a masterpiece. No other Yes album ever came close to matching its overall brilliance. But as individual tracks go, Revealing Science and Gates of Delirium (from Relayer) are every bit as good (if not better) than anything on CTTE.