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The All-Time Greatest Rock Bands
Magazine, Talk of the Nation Listeners Give Top Picks

Feb. 7, 2002 -- Who are the greatest rock bands of all time? In its latest edition, Spin Magazine lists its top 50 picks. On Talk of the Nation, host Neal Conan invites NPR listeners to name their top 25.

TOTN Listeners' Top 25 Most Influential Bands of All Time

  1. The Beatles
  2. The Rolling Stones
  3. Led Zeppelin
  4. U2
  5. Pink Floyd
  6. The Velvet Underground
  7. The Ramones
  8. Nirvana
  9. The Doors
10. Grateful Dead
11. CSNY/Neil Young
12. Bob Dylan/The Band
13. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
14. The Who
15. The Beach Boys
16. The Clash
17. The Sex Pistols
18. Eric Clapton
19. Elvis Presley
20. Metallica
21. Parliament
22. REM
23. Black Sabbath
24. The Byrds
25. Iggy Pop and the Stooges


Spin's Top 50 Greatest Bands of All Time
(from the magazine's February 2002 issue)

  1. The Beatles
  2. The Ramones
  3. Led Zeppelin
  4. Bob Marley and the Wailers
  5. Nirvana
  6. Parliament/Funkadelic
  7. The Clash
  8. Public Enemy
  9. The Rolling Stones
10. Beastie Boys
11. The Velvet Underground
12. Sly and the Family Stone
13. U2
14. Run-D.M.C.
15. Radiohead
16. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
17. Sonic Youth
18. AC/DC
19. The Stooges
20. Metallica
21. The Smiths
22. Patti Smith Group
23. N.W.A.
24. Kraftwerk
25. The Sex Pistols
26. Pearl Jam
27. Grateful Dead
28. REM
29. Black Sabbath
30. Pavement
31. Fugazi
32. Kiss
33. The Pretenders
34. Rage Against the Machine
35. Fela Kuti & Afrika 70/Egypt 80
36. David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars
37. Blondie
38. Bad Brains
39. The Who
40. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
41. New Order
42. Hüsker Dü
43. Guns N' Roses
44. Outkast
45. The Beach Boys
46. Massive Attack
47. Lynyrd Skynyrd
48. Korn
49. Pink Floyd
50. Red Hot Chili Peppers


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