Originally Posted by SunDeck
Very interesting, but I think there are no "great rock bands" anymore. That is not to say there isn't great music out there. On the contrary, I am happily finding more really good bands to listen to now than I ever have before. What's the difference? Well, back in the day, the music industry dictated much more clearly which bands we would listen to, whereas today they have much less control over our choices. It's a good thing, but I think it has ended the era when just a few bands would dominate the rock scene.
I think you might, and I'm certainly a classic example where the great rock bands I listen to all peaked in the 90s and the new stuff I listen to tends to fly well under the radar.
The early to mid 90s is an interesting period where it may be the last time where the music industry saw several great bands in their peak who all turned out several outstanding albums. Off the top of my head ...
Metallica - Metallica (Black Album)
Pearl Jam - Ten
Nirvana - Nevermind
Counting Crows - August & Everything After
Four bands, four albums, 43 million album copies sold, and a massive contingent of outstanding singles.
Originally Posted by vaticanplum
Linkin Park is an interesting example of how things have become fragmented. I know they're wildly popular with a certain group of people -- and apparently a lot of them -- but I can sit here and say that, as a person who follows music with some gusto, I'm not sure I've ever heard a Linkin Park song in my life. I certainly couldn't recognize one. But there are people who might be able to say that about Radiohead.
I'm sure you have, but if you aren't familiar with their stuff then it'd be difficult to recognize. My guess is you've heard each of the following songs at some point, some of these songs probably several times because they've dominated modern rock radio the last eight years:
One Step Closer
In the End
Somewhere I Belong
Breaking the Habit
Lying From You
What I've Done
Shadow of the Day