Science Gets Involved!
Guys, we can spend days debating which band is best using our subjective opinions, so maybe it's better if we just scientifically quantify things to put this matter to rest. I've gone ahead and run the numbers, and the results are contained herein.
Using a 1-10 scoring system, with 10 being the best, the following bands score thusly. (Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive, solo and solo-type acts are not included, and I reserve the right to add bands I've forgotten to the list, as well as adjust rankings as new data comes in. While we don't have space here to explain all the variables that go into determining a band's final number, perhaps the most important one is sheer number of great songs. Also, the margin of error is 1<.)
10: The Beatles
9: The Rolling Stones
8: The Beach Boys
7: Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Bee Gees (pre-disco of course), The Who (mostly on the strength of Tommy).
6: Cream, Jefferson Airplane, The Mama's and the Papa's, The Byrds.
There are many other bands that produced many wonderful songs, but for one reason don't qualify as 6 or above. But it should be stressed that a band that rates a VERY respectable 4 or 5 is a VERY good band, so please don't be upset if you don't see your favorite band listed.
Finally, bringing up the rear, we have:
-3: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Any questions? And do feel free to inquire about the scores of your favorites!
Last edited by heycal; 11-15-2012 at 04:54 PM.