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The greatest band of all time?

Updated on September 10, 2017

The Beatles is an obvious answer

So, in the world of music, everyone has a favorite artist. The question that lingers to me though, is who is the most accomplished and considered the overall best band ever. Due to the fact that this is about bands, someone like Michael Jackson, who has the highest grossing album ever with Thriller, is disqualified. There are some names that should come to mind when asked this question. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, even a band like AC/DC has had huge albums. The question remains, who did the most in their time as a band?

The Beatles are an obvious choice as the best band ever. At one point in 1964, they owned the top 5 spots on the Billboard top 100 singles chart, something that has not been done since. According to Rolling Stone they have 4 of the top 10 greatest albums of all time. They've sold over 1 billion albums, they've revolutionized the science of recording, they can be linked to the first heavy metal songs (Helter Skelter), they had a number one album 20 years after the band broke up (Beatles 1), and perhaps most impressive of all, they did this in just 7 years.


The Rolling Stones are a band that get linked to the Beatles for many reasons. The Stones have been blessed with longevity, unlike the Beatles, but how do they really stack up? Well, they have over 30 studio albums and more than 109 singles, which is impressive. They've sold over 240 million albums world wide and (I can't get no) Satisfaction is considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time. The Stones, for as good as they are, come nowhere close to album sales as the Beatles or the amount of success.

The Eagles have sold more that 150 million albums world wide. Their greatest hits album, which i own, was the best selling album of the 20th century in the United States. The Eagles are the fifth highest selling music act of all time and the highest selling American band in United States history. The Eagles greatest hits has actually sold more than any one Beatles album, but total sales wise, there isn't a comparison.

This is a bit of an odd entry into this article, but AC/DC has to be on here because they have the second highest selling album of all time (world wide) with Back in Black. AC/DC is the fifth highest selling band in U.S. history and the tenth highest selling of all time. As far as total album sales, it's not even close.


Effect on popular culture is also a grand slam for the Beatles. No band has appeared or been copied more than the Beatles. there are even bands that impersonate the Beatles, like Rain, which sell out. There really isn't any competition to compete with the mega world success of the Beatles. The Rolling Stones probably come closest, and if we're being honest, it's not really that close. Opinions are welcome in the comments section. if anyone wants to debate, i'm 100% fine with that too.

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