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Greatest Bands Between the 80's-00's

Updated on September 14, 2010


                Over the years, many types, genres and styles of music have been created for the pleasures of entertainment and emotion. One can agree that music is one of the greatest art forms that can just about suit any emotion.  Rock, Hip-Hop, R and B and Country are a few of the many forms music can take. Dating many centuries ago, music has been around and has captivated audiences in just about every form. Growing up in the eighties till now, I have been introduced to many great bands and styles of music. Some I love and others I do not care for. In my opinion, I have been lucky to have known some of the greatest and most influential bands that have ever graced the presence of music.  To me a band that stands out and is original is very important in being one I listen to. I cannot stand the bands of today who mostly sound alike. I hate when I ask who this is, and people go through five different bands till they finally have the right one. Today’s music seems more about image than the actual music. That is why the bands I feel have made an influence in music, are the ones I still love to play. Again these are just my opinions and would love feedback from others who they think are some of the greatest bands from the eighties until now.

                During the eighties, big hair, rocking love songs and a lot of makeup was the trend that bands followed. One band dared to be different and play ballad metal songs and right lyrics that were pushing the envelope. That band is Metallica. With their complex song writing, and head banging fast paced music, Metallica definitely stood out among the cliché eighties rock bands.  From songs like one, dealing with the realities of war, to fade to black, a song about losing the will to live, Metallica did not sugar coat their lyrics to hide the true meaning of what they wanted to say. To this day, Metallica continues to make great music. They also still manage to put on one of the best live shows I have ever seen.  This why Metallica has earned a spot in the Rock n Roll hall of fame, because they dare to be what they were many years ago.

                With their shadowed meaning in their lyrics, to their artistic music videos, Tool has been a band like no other. With their visual art and videos they use during live concerts, Tool definitely is not your glamorous rock band. Though gaining millions of fans worldwide, Tool has always managed never to go mainstream which makes them that much better and a band that sticks out over time. Tool has never been afraid to push the creative envelope when it comes to writing music and making videos. Four very talented musicians came together to form a band that will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

                Politically charged and not afraid of the law, Rage Against the Machine definitely stands out among the bands of their time. With edgy and daring lyrics about the truth of what is going on with the government, Rage Against the Machine will never let down when delivering rage in their music. Not to mention the fact that they also have some of the most hyped up and energetic music to feed the rage. With adding a different and unusual guitar riffs and solos, Rage Against the Machine knows exactly how to stand out. Hip-Hop style lyrical flow and fuel feed energy on both their albums and their live shows Rage Against the Machine will never be forgotten for their intensity of getting the point across.

                One famous genre of music that came upon the scene in the late eighties, early nineties was Grunge. The distortion of guitars, and moody lyrics, Grunge became popular with the masses. Though Nirvana was one of the pioneers, another Grunge band I feel stands out among the rest. Alice in Chains hit the Grunge scene like no other.  With the singing duo and distorted sounds, Alice in Chains became a winner with most. And it seemed like Alice in Chains had a song for just about any mood you are in. They delivered heavy music, to more easy listening songs that could relax and sooth. Nirvana popularized the Grunge scene, but Alice in Chains perfected it and paved ways for other bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

                Another band on my list is still making music to this day. Known for mixing funk and rock, and doing it with style, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been making one of kind music that has become fan favorites. They have that original style and are not afraid of changing it up. And when it comes to dealing with personal problems, Red Hot Chili Peppers manage to turn those problems into songs that become hits. Red Hot Chili Peppers also are not afraid to have fun with their music as well. Writing hit after hit, it is no wander Red Hot Chili Peppers are still many of today’s music fans favorite band.

                These five bands I mainly focused on are in my opinion some of the most original and talented bands that have ever shown up on the music scene. Other bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Greenday, Beastie Boys and Korn, are other bands that I feel are standing out. It is hard to stand up to these reputations that these bands have made for themselves. It’s disappointing, that no new band has come along and really stood out as original and influential like the bands I have listed. There are a few newer bands that I do listen to, and I am always open to new bands. I just think today’s music lacks the enthusiasm and drive that all these great bands once displayed.


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    • Fullerman5000 profile image

      Ryan Fuller 7 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      yeah they are a great rock band. Back in Black did make it on my other hub about eghties albums

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      Angela Harris 7 years ago from Around the USA

      I am also a fan of Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, and Korn. Speaking about the greatest bands from these years, AC/DC has to be in there somewhere. (My all-time favorite band.) And a few more. There just isn't enough time. Enjoyed the hub!