Music Lists #8: Top 20 Groups of 1975 and Today

Results from the CREEM Reader's Poll of the Top 20 Groups in 1975:

1. Rolling Stones

2. Led Zeppelin

3. The Who

4. Aerosmith

5. Kiss

6. Bad Company

7. Roxy Music

8. Queen

9. Elton John

10. Pink Floyd

11. Bruce Springsteen

12. Black Sabbath

13. Rod Stewart & the Faces

14. David Bowie

15. The Eagles

16. Sparks

17. Jefferson Starship

18. The Tubes

19. Alice Cooper

20. Yes

Results from the Poll of Myself of the Top 20 Groups in 2009:

1. Isn't there a group called Fall Out Boy, or something?

2. Wait, I know - Queens of the Stone Age.... no they've probably broken up by now...

3. Ummmm.... how about Wolf Bait?

4. Actually, I made that last name up.

5. Coldplay

6. No, I hate Coldplay. Strike that last one.

7. Ummmm.... pass

8. Fall Out Boy.... no, I said them already. Shit!

9. Are the Pixies still together? How about Ween? If they are, then I name them.

10. Pass

11. Pass

12. There's some good songs on car commercials by some indie bands I can't think of.... but if you're selling your songs to Hyundai, you're an effing sell-out, so nevermind.

13. Pass

14. If Jack White would team up with Beck and Waylon Jennings' son - I'd name that band. That would be really good.... I guess. Nevermind, it would probably be awful.

15. Pass

16. I tell you what - let's quit this charade. I can't name a single contemporary band. Sue me. They all suck. How about we forget this whole thing ever happened?



  1. I'm with you. Poor kids today. I have to go chase some of them off the lawn now but thanks.

    ps. Minus Yes of course.

  2. To think the kids today have to listen to the Jonas Brothers and have no real choice in current music.

  3. HAH! You said a blog-full there, dude!!!

  4. I'm with you 100%. My teenage kids are exposed to (and enjoy) most of that Creem Top 25 through me, but unfortunately it's not cool with many of their friends to listen to that 'old stuff.' The current state of rock/pop is indeed absolutely abysmal IMHO. Most of it sounds so unoriginal and homogeneous as are the artists themselves.

  5. I am actually a "youth" being 15 and to be honest i have most of the bands in to top 20 and to be honest ween and the pixies. I can't stand our "generation's" music at all.
    Kudos Jefferson Starship for the win XD

  6. It's a fact restated over and over on Retrospace - music today is just plain awful. Look at the list from 1975 - there's no comparison to today.... but why? There's a lot of theories: big greedy record companies sucked the life out of music and that rock has been taken as far as it can go. But I'm not sure I buy all that.

    Todays rock bands don't ALL suck, but I think it's safe to say the glory days are over. I just scratch my head and wonder why.

  7. I like most of those bands in the 1975 list (you can drop #'s 4, 5, 12 ans 17 as far as I'm concerned). Really Jefferson Starship? By 1978 they were well past their prime. Anyway, I don't listen to the radio anymore not so much because the music sucks (although it does) but because the djs suck. I get my new music from two 'song of the day' podcasts. I have no idea if these songs are played on the radio or not (see above, I don't listen to the radio), but I keep probably 90% of the songs. The music is as good as anything I've heard in the last 40 years.

  8. As to the Jefferson Starship inclusion - this is an actual 1975 CREEM reader's poll, so it wasn't my choice to put them up there. I mean "Sparks"? C'mon, no way.

    And, yes, I agree there's good stuff out there.... it's just not listened to. Plus, do your daily podcasts compare to anything by Led Zep, Sabbath, Floyd? You get my drift? They're probably nice to listen to - but, there's really no comparison.

  9. I couldn't agree with you more. I couldn't care less about much of the music out there today.

  10. You ever listen to The Residents? You might dig them. They're still kicking around in total obscurity.

  11. As to the 1975 groups, I can't TELL you how completely I had forgotten about Fee Waybill and the Tubes!

    A friend of mine started exposing me to "today's" music a couple years ago and there is some good stuff out there. The problem is there are no standout styles so that I can recognize the group if I ever hear anything else by them. Add to that the fact that they usually don't last more than a few years...Is Matchbox 20 still together? they were okay I guess.

  12. What's that, Gramps?

    Just joking. I actually LOVE a lot of those retro bands, and agree, today's music just doesn't compare percentage wise... but there are a few. "Keane", for example, "The Strokes", "Coldplay" (sorry), "Foo Fighters", "Weezer" etc... Most though, suck (ESPECIALLY those gosh awful Disney freaks that I FORBID any of my kids to listen too, even the 4 year old) and it's pretty depressing to turn on the radio anymore. That goes for tv as well. There's a few good shows, but overall it's a sucky suckfest.

  13. Ummm, Anonymous.... The Foo Fighters, Weezer, Keane and The Strokes have all been around for at over ten years. A poll of the top acts of 1995 would probably include every band you mentioned. I'm talking about TODAY - I mean, the Rolling Stones and Journey still may tour, but I don't think they qualify as "today's music".

    There are some relatively current bands that I do happen to like: Belle & Sebastian, Kasabian, The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kaiser Cheifs,... but as Booksteve just said, they're kind of forgettable by comparison with the most of the names on the list from '75.

  14. My kids tops (oldest is only 13)
    1. Johnny Cash
    2. Waylon Jennings
    3. Marty Robbins
    4. Elvis Presley
    5. Jim Croce

    Well, you get the point. These are acts that were popular when I was their age. Actually, Robbins was before that. The stuff of my teenage years (1980s) they don't really care for too much.

  15. Odd that Cream wasn't in the Creem poll?

    I like a few bands/artists that I will not name because I don't have my riot shield to block the rocks and garbage I'd receive ;-)

  16. (Anon from above)

    I'm not saying band for band, there's any real comparison today... but, to say they all suck is a bit extreme. Plus, I'm pretty sure more than a couple of those 1975 bands had been out for years before this list was compiled and have since sold out big time, peddling whatever cheesy product they could to earn a buck along with the young folk. Is it way more difficult to find the great today? Absolutely! I AGREE WITH YOU, Gilligan.

    ps. Rush wasn't on the 1975 list?
    pps. Wolf Bait rocks.

  17. All of bands on the 70's list are great bands of varying degrees, but all great. I just wonder when we (or our descendents) gaze back in time what bands of the last decades will make future lists of great bands to remember? I somehow think the list will still the one from the 70's (and some 60's guys too, like those 4 mop tops)

  18. Where the heck is Rush?

    A lot of kids these days like their parents' classic rock collections better than the crap that's out there now.

    And who the heck is/was "Sparks?"

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  20. AnonymousMay 31, 2010

    Re - music of today: First 3 Queens of the stone age albums are classics. Disregard the others. Them Crooked Vultures is also beyond excellent....Field Music, The Dead Weather....that's a short list to be sure, but it's all good music. They're all islands of reality in the sea of shit music has become in recent years. Nothing will ever touch the classics of course (Zep, Sabbath, The Stones, The Stooges, CAptain Beyond, etc). Kudos on this blog btw....It's like a time machine to my youth :)