LED ZEPPELIN and METALLICA are among the Top 10 Rock Bands of All Time, according to AVRev.com.
To celebrate their pending tenth anniversary on July 1, 2006, AVRev.com has compiled its list of the Top 100 Rock Bands of All Time. Unlike past lists that are based on mere opinion, the AVRev.com "Top Rock Bands" list uses the same type of analytical tools employed by sports franchises and applies them to rock bands to objectively determine which bands are the best. Among the categories considered were: U.S. Sales (100 points), Songs/Songwriting (100), Technical Ability (100), Live Performance (50), Consistency vs. Longevity (50) and Random (50). Random is a category that allows a judge to vote on how likely he or she is to want to hear a band's songs on their iPod playlist.
Topping the list with a total of 525 points was LED ZEPPELIN. All of the judges gave LED ZEPPELIN high marks not only for their songs/songwriting ability, but also their consistency as a band through the years.
The Top Ten is as follows:
01. LED ZEPPELIN - 525 points
02. THE BEATLES - 514 points
03. PINK FLOYD - 506 points
04. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE - 503 points
05. VAN HALEN - 496 points
06. QUEEN - 493 points
07. THE EAGLES - 479 points
08. METALLICA - 468 points
09. U2 - 455 points
10. BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS - 454 points
The 100 band nominees range from the usual suspects that make up classic rock playlists, but also include more out-of-the-box sleeper bands from the 1950s through today's most popular bands. The list doesn't include solo artists such as MICHAEL JACKSON or ELVIS PRESLEY.
Voting on the list was done by an esteemed panel of judges including: former DIRE STRAITS guitarist Jack Sonni, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music professor Ken Lopez, Xhifi desktop speaker company president Howard Schilling, as well as AVRev.com founder and publisher Jerry Del Colliano Jr. and AVRev.com's music editor Charles Andrews.
A downloadable form allows you to create your own list and a link on the page allows you to email AVRev.com the names of bands you would have liked to have seen in the nominee list.
Results for the entire 100-band list of nominees can be found at this location.