Music Groups

by donnysimon | created - 11 Aug 2018 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

1. The Beatles

Soundtrack | The Beatles Anthology

The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas...

2. The Rolling Stones

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...

6. Steve Miller Band

Soundtrack | Baby Driver

Band members have included Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Tim Davis, Jim Peterman, Lonnie Turner

7. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Secret Service

The song "Sweet Home Alabama" was written as a response to Neil Young's "Alabama" and "Southern Man". Ironically, in spite of the title, none of the band members were actually from Alabama; most of the group came from Florida, and guitarist Ed King was from California.

8. Creedence Clearwater Revival

Soundtrack | Battleship

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the same year as Cream, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, and Sly and the Family Stone.

9. Eagles

Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.

10. The Hollies

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The band's 1969 smash hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (by Bobby Scott & Bob Russell), featured then little-known session musician Elton John on piano. Elton was paid £12 for his services.

11. Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Soundtrack | A Knight's Tale

Bachman-Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, is a Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone.

12. Santana

Soundtrack | The Long Kiss Goodnight

Members have included Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello, Michael Shrieve, Neal Schon, Marcus Malone, David Brown, Benny Rietveld, Karl Perazzo, Ray Greene, Andy Vargas, Bill Ortiz, Jeff Cressman, Tommy Anthony, David K. Mathews, Paoli Mejías, Cindy Blackman.

13. Scorpions

Soundtrack | Knight and Day

Unknowing fans often use the article "The" in conjunction with the band's name (e.g. "The Scorpions"). Their name is actually just "Scorpions".

15. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Soundtrack | Larry Crowne

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida formed in 1976. The band was part of Southern rock but also at the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp who arose in the late 1970s and...

16. The Troggs

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The band took its name from "troglodyte", which is a mythical beast that lives in caves.

17. Manfred Mann

Soundtrack | Kick-Ass

Manfred Mann was born on October 21, 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Manfred Sepse Lubowitz.

18. The Kinks

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

Robbie Williams made the cover of their song "Lola" to celebrate the 40th birthday of BBC Radio 1 (2007).

19. Freddie & The Dreamers

Soundtrack | Troop Beverly Hills

Freddie & The Dreamers is an actor, known for Troop Beverly Hills (1989), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and Seaside Swingers (1964).

20. The Animals

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

The Animals was a British rock band that started out as The Alan Price Combo and aimed for a hard blues/R&B sound. They changed their name when Eric Burdon joined the band in 1962. Their second single, "House of the Rising Sun", hit #1 on both the British and American charts in 1964. They had a ...

21. The Bee Gees

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Pop group of the 1960s onwards consisting of Barry Gibb and his younger brothers, twins Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb.

22. Los Lobos

Soundtrack | La Bamba

Los Lobos are: Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louis Perez and Cesar Rosas.

23. Led Zeppelin

Soundtrack | The Song Remains the Same

Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300...

25. Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Soundtrack | Up in the Air

In 1970, they beat out Led Zeppelin for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.

28. The Byrds

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

29. Buffalo Springfield

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

The group came up with their name after seeing it on the side of a steamroller.

30. The Beach Boys

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Beach Boys is an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and their friend Al Jardine. The Beach Boys are one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful, ...

31. The Traveling Wilburys

Soundtrack | Checking Out

The Traveling Wilburys were a British-American super group consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The band recorded two albums, the first in 1988 and the second in 1990, though Orbison died before the second was recorded. The project's work received much ...

32. Electric Light Orchestra

Soundtrack | Super 8

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970, by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. During ELO's original 14-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide. From ...

34. Hall & Oates

Soundtrack | Pixels

Daryl Hall and John Oates were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

35. Pink Floyd

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Syd Barrett: vocals, guitar (born: Roger Keith Barrett; 6 January, 1946; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK). In 1968, Syd Barrett left the band. Syd died in July, 2006 at aged 60 from pancreatic cancer.

David Gilmour: vocals, guitar (born: David John Gilmour; 6 March, 1946; Cambridge, ...

36. Cream

Soundtrack | Snowpiercer

British rock band Cream formed in 1966. Its members had come from other bands and had backgrounds in blues. Drummer Ginger Baker and bass guitarist Jack Bruce had both played with The Graham Bond Organization, an early British blues band, while lead guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton had come from The...

37. The Doors

Soundtrack | The Doors

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and John Densmore on drums. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception. They were ...

39. Genesis

Soundtrack | American Psycho

One of the most successful British bands of all time, Genesis made their mark in the 1970s as a progressive rock band influenced by classical music, folk and even jazz fusion, before becoming a huge stadium band in the 1980s with a series of big pop hits fronted by a singer who was also a solo ...

40. Fleetwood Mac

Soundtrack | Frequency

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit ...

41. Dave Matthews Band

Soundtrack | The Matrix Reloaded

Ranked #88 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

42. Kansas

Soundtrack | Pitch Perfect

Formed in 1970, the band Kansas, originally called Reasons Why, did not start to gain in popularity until 1973 and really did not have a hit until the release of their 4th album, "Leftoverture" in October 1976, which produced a hit single, "Carry on my Wayward Son". Some of their songs have been ...

44. Soundgarden

Soundtrack | The Avengers

Soundgarden are an internationally successful American alternative rock band, who first appeared from amidst the damp and misty city of Seattle, Washington. Along with Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, Nirvana and the Screaming Trees, they formed what was referred to as the 'Grunge' movement of the early ...

45. Pearl Jam

Soundtrack | Big Fish

Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has consisted of Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass). The band's fifth member is drummer Matt Cameron (also of ...

46. Nirvana

Soundtrack | Shoot 'Em Up

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Despite releasing only three ...

47. No Doubt

Soundtrack | Zoolander

Ranked #11 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

48. Alice in Chains

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums. Their debut album, Facelift, featuring the hit single "Man In The Box", was released ...

50. Foo Fighters

Soundtrack | Godzilla

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported ...

51. Goo Goo Dolls

Soundtrack | City of Angels

Ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

52. Garbage

Soundtrack | The World Is Not Enough

Garbage is a Scottish-American alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1993. It consists of Scottish musician Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (guitar, keyboards), Steve Marker (guitar) and Butch Vig (percussion). All four members are involved in ...

53. The Cars

Soundtrack | Transformers

The music video for their song "Drive" was directed by Timothy Hutton.

54. Boston

Soundtrack | The Limey

Members have included Sib Hashian, Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl, Curly Smith, Jeff Neal, Tommy DeCarlo, Tracy Ferrie, Beth Cohen, Bradley Delp, Jim Masdea, Fran Sheehan, Barry Goudreau, David Sikes, Doug Huffman, Fran Cosmo, Anton Cosmo, Anthony Citrinite, Michael Sweet, David Victor, Kimberley Dahme.

55. Aerosmith

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" since they were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records ...

57. Dire Straits

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Secret Service

When MTV branched out to Europe on 1 August 1987, the band's "Money for Nothing" was the very first video to be aired for the launch. The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" had been used for the premiere of MTV in the US on 1 August 1981.

58. INXS

Soundtrack | Face/Off

INXS were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. The band would achieve international success with a series of hit recordings in the mid-to-late 1980s and the early 1990s, including the albums Listen Like Thieves, Kick, and X, and the singles "...

59. The Police

Soundtrack | Red Planet

The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s ...

60. Uriah Heep

Soundtrack | Life on Mars

Members have included lead singer David Byron, Mick Box, Philippe Melançon, Bernie Shaw, Russell Broom, Ken Hensley.

61. The Zombies

Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Zombies were formed in 1961 by students Rod Argent, Paul Atkinson and Hugh Grundy. They later brought in bassist Paul Arnold, who in turn brought in Colin Blunstone as lead singer. They first called themselves The Mustangs, then The Sundowners, before finally settling on The Zombies. The band ...

62. ZZ Top

Soundtrack | Back to the Future Part III

Turned down a $1-million offer in 1985 to appear in a Gillette razor commercial, which would have required Gibbons and Hill to shave their beards; they claimed they were "too ugly" to be seen without them.

63. Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Soundtrack | Doomsday

Frankie Goes to Hollywood were a terrific British dance/funk/pop/rock quintet. The band first got together in 1980 in Liverpool, England. The members were: Holly Johnson (vocals), Paul Rutherford (vocals/keyboards), Peter Gill (drums), Mark O'Toole (bass) and Brian Nash (guitar). The group ...

64. Steppenwolf

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock band, formed in late 1967 in Los Angeles. Steppenwolf has sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which six were top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet ...

65. Clannad

Soundtrack | The Last of the Mohicans

Clannad (short for Clann As Dobhar, "the family from Dore") is a traditional Irish music group dating back over a quarter of a century with multiple hit records in Ireland, the UK, and the US. Clannad are Maire Brennan (vocals, keyboards, harp), Ciarán Brennan (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar), ...

66. T. Rex

Soundtrack | Whiteout

Members have included Marc Bolan (lead vocals), Mickey Finn (drums), Elton John (keyboards), Steve Currie, Bill Legend.

67. The Mamas and the Papas

Soundtrack | The One I Love

Originally called The Inner Circle, they changed their name to The Mamas and the Papas (a slang term used in biker culture for bikers and their wives or girlfriends) shortly before recording their first album.

68. Chicago

Soundtrack | Deadpool

According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to The Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles.

69. Jefferson Airplane

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

Jefferson Airplane, a rock band based in San Francisco, California, was one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the three most ...

70. The Electric Prunes

Soundtrack | Easy Rider

The Electric Prunes are a mid 60s psychedelic acid/garage rock band from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. They are well known for their offbeat and unique hard-rocking sound which makes inventive and extensive use of echo, reverb, and other kinds of quirky sonic distortion. The ...

71. The Stooges

Soundtrack | Kong: Skull Island

Members have included David Alexander, Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, Steve Mackay, James Williamson, Mike Watt, Billy Cheatham, Zeke Zettner, Jimmy Recca, Bob Sheff, Tornado Turner, Scott Thurston.

72. Ramones

Soundtrack | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Punk Rock band formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, USA, in 1974. They are known as one of the pioneers of the punk rock sound. All the band members have adopted the fake surname "Ramone" alongside their stage name. School friends John Cummings (Johnny Ramone ) and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy ...

73. Sex Pistols

Soundtrack | The A-Team

Glen Matlock left the band in late February 1977. The story given was that he was kicked out for "liking The Beatles." The real reason was that he was simply "sick of the bullshit," according to his autobiography, "I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol".

74. The Supremes

Soundtrack | The Sixth Sense

The greatest girl group ever had its origins in the late 1950s in Detroit's Brewster Projects. At the beginning the girls formed a quartet and named themselves "The Primettes", achieving mild success locally and recording a single for the Lupine record label. They ended up being a trio in 1960 ...

75. The Pointer Sisters

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

The Pointer Sisters are an eclectic and versatile pop/R&B group who hail from Oakland, California. The four original members were June, Anita, Ruth and Bonnie Pointer. The ladies are the daughters of Reverend Elton Pointer and his wife Sarah and the sisters of brothers Fritz and Aaron. They began ...

78. Sly and the Family Stone

Soundtrack | Stealth

Their signature hits included "Dance To The Music," Everybody Is a Star", "Stand" . "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "(I want To Take You) Higher" and "Everyday People".

79. The Temptations

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Debuted in 1961.

80. The Four Tops

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

On July 4, 1987 performed on "Welcome Home (Viet Nam Veterans"), an all day music special seen on HBO US cable.

81. Jethro Tull

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed its sound to incorporate elements of hard and folk rock to forge a progressive rock signature. The band is led by Ian Anderson, and has featured a revolving door of ...

82. Earth Wind & Fire

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

They were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

85. The Lennon Sisters

Soundtrack | Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

They were a young, crisply harmonic quartet of sisters who called themselves simply The Lennon Sisters and they made their singing TV debut in 1955 on Lawrence Welk's old-fashioned variety show with sixteen-year-old Dianne (Dee Dee), fourteen-year-old Peggy, twelve-year-old Kathy, and nine-year-old...

86. The Who

Soundtrack | The Kids Are Alright

Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon ...

89. War

Soundtrack | Deadpool

War is an American funk band from Long Beach, California, known for several hit songs (including "Spill the Wine", "The World Is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", "Low Rider", and "Summer"). Formed in 1969, War is a musical crossover band which fuses elements of rock, funk, ...

90. The Human League

Soundtrack | You Don't Mess with the Zohan

The Human League are a Sheffield based New Wave Electronic Synth-Pop band fronted by Phil Oakey. The band originally comprised of Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware who went on to form the other Sheffield Electronic band Heaven 17 with Glenn Gregory. Although the line-up of the band has changed over ...

91. Booker T. & the M.G.s

Soundtrack | X: First Class

Members have included Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Steve Potts', Al Jackson Jr., Donald Dunn, Bobby Manuel, Carson Whitsett, Willy Hall, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan, Lewie Steinberg.

92. Deep Purple

Soundtrack | Twister

The cover of their album "Stormbringer" is based on a 1927 photograph of a tornado touching down in Jasper, Minnesota. The same photograph appears on the covers of Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" and Siouxsie and the Banshees's "Tinderbox".

93. Backstreet Boys

Soundtrack | This Is the End

The Backstreet Boys is an American boy band consisting of A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Scott Richardson and Brian Littrell. They became famous in the 90's with their debut international album, Backstreet Boys (1996). They released their second international album, Backstreet's ...

94. Jackson 5

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Group formed in 1964 containing siblings Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Michael Jackson. In 1975, they changed their name to The Jacksons and replaced Jermaine with another brother, Randy Jackson.

95. New Kids on the Block

Soundtrack | It

Group members consisted of brothers, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood.

96. Echo & The Bunnymen

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Broadcaster Terry Christian said that at one time the band could have been as big as U2. Richard Osman called them "a terrific band" that seemed to have become "lost to history".

97. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Soundtrack | Twister

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist ...

98. Crowded House

Soundtrack | Everest

Crowded House is a rock band from Melbourne, Australia that originally formed in 1985. The band have been on hiatus since 2011, however the group reunited in 2016 for a series of sold out anniversary shows at the Sydney Opera House. The last official lineup for the band is Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, ...

99. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

Soundtrack | Glenn Miller Time

Members have included Glenn Miller, Marian Hutton (vocalist), Johnny Desmond (vocalist), Ray Anthony (trumpet), Johnny Best (trumpet), Bobby Hackett, Dan Riley, Tex Beneke, Beat Kaestli, Ray McKinley, Al Klink, Maurice Purtill, Lenny Hambro, Eddie Durham, Buddy DeFranco, Peanuts Hucko, Dick ...

100. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

Soundtrack | Lady in the Water

Members have included Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra (vocalist), Buddy Rich (drums), Bud Freeman, Dave Tough, Ken Curtis (vocalist), Jack Leonard (vocalist), Nelson Riddle (trombone), Connie Haines (vocalist), Jo Stafford (vocalist), The Pied Pipers (vocalists), Ziggy Elman (trumpet), Bunny Berigan (...



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