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Which are most influential rock bands in the world?
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Following are the top ten influential rock bands of all time:
1. The Beatles
Essential Album: Revolver
With record sales estimated at more than a billion worldwide, no other band had a greater influence on the course of rock music.
2. Pink Floyd
Essential Album: Wish You Were Here
At the vanguard of the Progressive Rock movement, they have sold more than 200-million albums since 1967. One of the first bands to use light shows and fireworks in their live performances.
3. The Who
Essential Album: Who's Next
One of the first, most successful, and longest lasting power trios, The Who were innovative both musically and technically.
4. Rolling Stones
Essential Album: Sticky Fingers
The original "bad boys" of rock, the Stones are among the most durable bands, recording and touring with few breaks since they began in 1961.
5. Led Zeppelin
Essential Album: Led Zeppelin IV
Their "Stairway To Heaven" is believed to have received more radio airplay than any other song in history, even though it was never released as a single.
Essential Album: Their Greatest Hits
Another of rock's longest-lasting acts, their 1976 greatest hits album is the biggest selling album of all time.
7. Grateful Dead
Essential Album: Anthem Of The Sun
One of San Francisco's first "flower power" bands, their fan following is nearly as strong today as it was when the group disbanded in 1995.
8. Jefferson Airplane
Essential Album: After Bathing At Baxter's
Pioneers of the Psychedelic Rock genre, they were in the vanguard of the counter-culture of the '60s and '70s.
9. The Doors
Essential Album: The Doors
In spite of a short life and limited discography, they became one of rock's most popular and influential groups.
10. Moody Blues
Essential Album: Days Of Future Passed
With the exception of a few years in the mid-70s, this Progressive/Psychedelic group has toured and recorded since 1964.
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