With a complete and highly successful wedding now behind us, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming but with a twist:

From here on out, I aim to have much more frequent posting. However, most of these posts will be more bite-size in nature, while larger, in-depth posts (i.e. Ear Training Revisions) will be interwoven as seen fit.

On with the show:

Today I share my newest iteration of the classic list of Top Bands. Usually one would expect a nice, even top 10 list, but with so many great groups/artists out there, I can’t bring myself to whittle it down to less than 15. Bear with me – the additional five deserve to be on here and then some.

To go along with the bands (and to provide a bit of visual interest), I’ll be posting album covers of my favorite album(s) from each group.

Here we go:

#15 Bob Marley – Albums: Too many to cho0se from, so here’s my favorite, four-disc set that sums his massive catalog of work up nicely: Songs of Freedom

#14 Jimi Hendrix – Album: Axis: Bold as Love

#13 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Albums: Cosmo’s Factory and Willie and the Poor Boys

#12 The Kinks – Album: The Kinks are The Village Green Preservation Society

#11 Bob Dylan – Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Not a bad 11-15, no? Now onto to the heavy hitters:

#10 The Clash – Albums: The Clash and London Calling

#9 The White Stripes – Albums: Elephant and Icky Thump

#8 Led Zeppelin – Albums: Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin IV

#7 Pink Floyd – Albums: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Dark Side of the Moon

#6 Radiohead – Albums: Kid A and In Rainbows

#5 The Rolling Stones – Albums: Beggar’s Banquet and Exile On Main Street

#4 The Velvet Underground – Albums: The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground, and Loaded

#3 The Flaming Lips – Albums: Clouds Taste Metallic, The Soft Bulletin, and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

#2 Eels – Albums: Daisies of the Galaxy and Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

#1 The Beatles – Albums: The White Album and Abbey Road

So there you have it: 15 bands and 28 albums. If you haven’t had the good fortune to partake in any of these, all I can say is drop whatever activity you currently find yourself participating in, flips on your speakers, and prepare your ears for sheer brilliance.


As a preface to this post, for those of you who have not heard the news, The White Stripes broke up back in February.

This hiatus – permanent or not – left many fans, myself included, quite saddened by the loss of such a fantastic band.

In fact, I didn’t listen to them for many months after the news came out. Call it mourning if you will.

Time heals most wounds though, and, in the past week, I find myself once again ensnared by the howl of Jack White’s voice and plastic guitars – not to mention the primal beats resonating form Meg White’s drums.

So, for those of you who have never fully delved into their catalog of albums, I present a short playlist of my personal favorites (presented in chronological order):

The White Stripes:

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

When I Hear My Name

De Stijl:

Hello Operator

I’m Bound to Pack It Up

Your Southern Can Is Mine

White Blood Cells:

Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground

Hotel Yorba

Little Room

We’re Going to Be Friends


Black Math

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

I Want to Be The Boy Who Warms Your Mother’s Heart

Ball and Biscuit

The Air Near My Fingers

Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine

Get Behind Me Satan:

My Doorbell

Little Ghost

White Moon

Passive Manipulation

Take, Take, Take

I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)

Icky Thump:

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)

300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues

Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn

Little Cream Soda

I’m Slowly Turning Into You

Effect And Cause

Baby Brother


That should provide an adequate start to anyone looking to explore and learn of the genius that is The White Stripes. Note that I intentionally left off some excellent songs just for the sake of picking my absolute favorites and not listing an entire album (as could be the case for their last three albums). If you enjoy this selection, do yourself a favor and dive into these albums in full.

So get out there to Rhapsody, Grooveshark, iTunes, or your preferred music provider of choice and open your ears to a band that will revitalize your musical soul.