Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are the top 5 80s/90s rock bands and their best songs? I am in need for some new music and enjoy this genre very much.
Oh and what are your thoughts Piano Man by Billy Joel? I just started to listen to it again and I am in love with it.
Dear Betty White,
I tried to narrow it down to top fives, but I couldn't do it. I figured if you're already a fan of the genre the chances are you've already heard the best. Now, rock is such a MASSIVE genre, and I wasn't sure what type of "rock" you are looking for... So instead, I will supply you with my list of best 80s bands (in general) and their best songs. It seems like you're looking for recommendations, so this should get you started down your own path of discovery. Also, I'm less familiar with 90s rock, so that list is shorter.
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody (duh), Somebody to Love, Another One Bites the Dust, and Don't Stop Me Now.
Journey: Don't Stop Believin', Any Way You Want It, Separate Ways, and Faithfully.
Styx: Come Sail Away, Boat on the River, Too Much Time on My Hands
Pat Benatar: We Belong, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love is a Battlefield, Heartbreaker
U2 (80s songs): With or Without You, All I Want is You, Desire, Pride, I Will Follow... and basically everything on this album.
Billy Joel: Vienna, The Stranger, Uptown Girl, She's Always A Woman, (Piano Man)
Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is, Juke Box Hero, Cold As Ice
Genesis: Invisible Touch, That's All
Boston: More Than A Feeling, Peace of Mind, Amanda, Cool the Engines
Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City
AC/DC: Thunderstruck, Highway to Hell (I'll never understand why they have to be on this list)
Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, It's My Life
Van Halen: Jump, Panama, Eruption
Aerosmith: Dream On, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Sweet Emotion... And Walk This Way, I guess...
Def Leppard: Rock of Ages, Pour Some Sugar on Me
The Police: Roxanne, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, Every Breath You Take
Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love
Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall, Wish You Were Here
Blondie: Heart of Glass, Call Me, One Way or Another
The Cars: Just What I Needed, Good Times Roll, You Might Think, My Best Friend's Girl
... aaaaand I think we'll stop there or else I'll keep this list going forever. This is a very thorough introduction to the best of the best.
Linkin Park: Waiting For the End, In the End, Sorry for Now
Green Day: Still Breathing, 21 Guns, American Idiot
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Snow, Can't Stop
INXS: Need You Tonight, New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart
U2 (90s songs): One, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Discotheque, Staring at the Sun
Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Heart Shaped Box
Pearl Jam: Black, Alive
Foo Fighters: The Pretender, Everlong
... if we're honest, the 90s were not a golden era for rock. The hiphop and pop that came out of this era is much better. But you asked, so there it is.
As for my thoughts on "Piano Man," I think it is a beautiful classic with a lot of heart. Billy Joel is one of those artists that really ought to be canonized. His music is timeless and just awesome.
Guesthouse (80s music lover)