TOP 100 Artists/Bands of all Times : 1

1. David Bowie

 from : London, England / first great sounds : 60’s / style : simply David Bowie / essential albums : The Man who Sold the World (1970) , Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Alladin Sane (1973), Diamond Dogs (1974), Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976), Low (1977), Heroes (1977), Scary Monsters (1980), Let’s Dance (1983), Black Tie White Noise (1993), Heathen (2002), Reality (2013), The Next Day (2013)

I do not need to add many things on top of the amazing list of records above ; I think this is self-explanatory… Please simply note that this list has been done at a time when basically David Bowie was out of public life so I was not influenced by his beautiful current come back ! The guy is a genius, went through all styles of music with grace and talent and has been the most creative musician in the pop/rock format ever. The most pertinent thing I could say is that all musicians who played with him were at the peak of their beauty and creativity when contributing to his music either on records or on stage. With David Bowie’s music and personality, the world has been without doubt a better place.

More about David Bowie :

“David Bowie is…” exhibition at the London V&A

– Davie Bowie 2011 “Station to Station” reissue and excellent biography by Paul Trynka

– Magazine special issues : Uncut ; Les Inrocks ; New Musical Express

What now ?…

Done after hours of work in May 2012, here is the full list with details, pictures and recommended discography for your pleasure, as Bryan Ferry would say. As in all lists of “best ever” choices, it is already out of date and my main hope is that the same list in five years will welcome new great artists and be much different. If I were to do it again today, I am almost sure that people like Benjamin Biolay or Everything But The Girl would be there…but who would be out then ?

Air, Beastie Boys, Beck, Benjamin Biolay, Black Sabbath, Cocteau Twins, Dinosaur Jr., Everything But The Girl, George Harrison, Grandaddy, Joni Mitchell, Kraftwerk, Leonard Cohen, Lloyd Cole, Love, Low, Magazine, Massive Attack, Morrissey, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Pulp, Smashing Pumpkins, That Petrol Emotion, The Band, The Divine Comedy, The Go-Betweens, The Horrors, The Kinks, The Triffids, The The, The Roots, The Stones Roses, The Who, The Zombies, Todd Rundgren, Tom Petty, Elvis Presley, XTC… The list of other amazing bands or artists is endless and for sure the TOP 100 exercise is a bit frustrating.

And you ? What is your favourite band or artist of all times ? What is your TOP 5 ? Which great band I did not include in my TOP 100, meaning I did not understand anything about music and that this blog sucks ? Let us know and add comments here !

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