Sam’s History of the Best Bands – Who They Are, What They’ve Done in The Past and Why You Should Know Them

You might not know it, but the music you are listening to is connected to a long history. There are many bands that have made an impact on popular culture, and they deserve recognition. This post will give you a brief history of some of these bands, their past contributions, and why you should appreciate them today.

So get your ears ready because we’re about to take you on a musical ride that will never get old.

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band who formed in Liverpool in 1960. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The Beatles are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 800 million records sold worldwide. They have been highly influential with artists such as Bob Dylan and David Bowie claiming they were inspired by the Beatles music. In 1964 the group became the first act to release their picture on an album cover – a tradition that is still honored today.


Formed in Washington state in 1987, Nirvana’s classic line-up consisted of Kurt Cobain (vocals and guitar), Krist Novoselic (bass), and Dave Grohl (drums). They became one of the most influential rock bands in the 1990s.

Nirvana’s debut album Bleach was released on June 15th 1989. It was a commercial success for an independent release, but received mixed reviews. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with their second album Nevermind, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts with sales of over five million copies in the US alone.

Nirvana’s sudden fame put pressure on frontman Kurt Cobain who had developed a drug addiction by this point. His marriage to Courtney Love also began to breakdown at this time due to his infidelity and abuse towards her.

Their final album In Utero, released in 1993 just prior to Cobain’s death, featured an intentionally abrasive sound designed to capture the discomfort felt by artists under upon achieving sudden fame.


Radiohead is a British band from the 90’s. They have been around for over 20 years and have been one of the most popular alternative rock bands in music history. Radiohead has six studio albums, all released after their debut album “Pablo Honey” in 1993. In 1995, they released “The Bends”, which features hits like “Just” and “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”.

Radiohead has won many awards including two Brit Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, seven Grammy Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards, and three American Music Awards. They are often praised for their experimental style of music, as well as Thom Yorke’s vocal ability.

Led Zeppelin

If you’re looking for a band that has it all, then you should know Led Zeppelin. Formed in 1968, they have made many contributions to the music industry. They are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 300 million records sold. But their contribution to music goes beyond record sales.

Led Zeppelin is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their unique sound helped shape what would become heavy metal music. And while they are no longer together, their impact on popular culture will never be forgotten.


The Irish rock band U2 has been around for 40 years and is still going strong. The band has won 22 Grammy Awards, most recently in 2017 for their album “Songs of Experience.” U2 has created an impressive body of work with 12 studio albums that have gone platinum or diamond. Their newest album, “Songs of Experience,” is the group’s 14th studio album.

U2’s song “One” was listed at #35 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

In the late 1980s, three friends decided they wanted to start a band. They were Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and Hillel Slovak. These three friends would go on to create one of the best bands in history: the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their first album was released in 1984 and was called ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers.’ The name of the album came from a dream that Anthony had about Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums.


Queen is a band that was originally formed in the U.K but has had an international presence. They are known for their powerful vocals, guitar work, and their operatic style of singing which is often called “the Queen sound.” The band’s songs (often penned by lead singer Freddie Mercury) explore themes like isolation, rebellion, love, sex, death, and other social issues. Queen is one of the most successful bands in history because they have sold over 150 million records to date.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band that has been around for 50 years. They released their first album in 1964 and have been making music ever since. The Rolling Stones are known for their songs Brown Sugar, Angie, and Start Me Up.

The Rolling Stones have a long history of being one of the best bands of all time. They have a total of 18 studio albums to date and are still going strong and plan to release a new album this year!