My top 10 all-time favorite bands and artists

Tonight, while drinking a Saturday beer with some friends, we played a game called My top 10 all-time favorite bands and artists. I took this whole thing very seriously and couldn’t make up my mind until the last minute, and I’m still not completely sure.

Now I’m sharing my final list with you, even though I consider this to be a very private matter:)

Top 10:

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers (+ John Frusciante)
2. Dire Straits
3. Metallica
4. Placebo
5. Nirvana
6. Leonard Cohen
7. Damien Rice
8. Led Zeppelin
9. The Cure
10. The Smiths

Other bands I love that didn’t make it to the top:

The Verve (I couldn’t choose between them and The Smiths for the 10th position), Ramones, The Killers, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Black Eyed Peas, Clash, Depeche Mode.

The Undisputibles:

Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd


What’s your top 10?

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21 Responses to My top 10 all-time favorite bands and artists

  1. Josephine says:

    Great idea! I really like your list, though it’s not even close to what I would choose :)
    My list is:
    Michael Jackson
    Lady Gaga
    Gwen Stefani
    Britney Spears
    Foo Fighters

  2. Sophie says:

    Great post, awesome list! My Top 10:
    1. Bon Jovi
    2. Alice Cooper
    3. AC/DC
    4. Iron Maiden
    5. Kiss
    6. Nirvana
    7. Foo Fighters
    8. The Who
    9. Audioslave
    10. Elvis Presley :)

  3. Mimmi says:

    I’ve almost never listened to many of your top 10 artists, and I feel a little bad about it. I’ll try to remedy it next time I transfer songs to my iPod!
    Here’s my list!
    1) Adele
    2) Regina Spektor
    3) Beyoncé
    4) Rihanna
    5) Bruno Mars
    6) Jason Darulo
    7) Chris Brown
    8) Taylor Swift
    9) Katy Perry
    10) Christina Aguilera
    Bringing the girl power :D :D

  4. Araceli Estrada says:

    Oh this looks like fun! Hard but fun. Ok here is mine. (I apologize in advance for getting carried away.)

    1. Beatles
    2. Led Zeppelin
    3. AC/DC
    4. Queen
    5. Nirvana
    6. ELO
    7. Muse
    8. Interpol
    9. Arcade Fire
    10. Radiohead

    Other bands: Duran Duran, The Killers, Incubus, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, U2 and I can for ever.
    Just for fun, here are a few solo artist I also enjoy:
    Tori Amos
    Regina Spector
    Lykee Li
    PJ Harvey
    Ray LaMontagne
    Veronica Maggio

    • Antonia says:

      Wow, you have a great taste! Without mentioning the ones I’ve already listed, I really like some of your favorite bands and artists too! Like Radiohead and Muse – these two have slipped my mind completely!
      Also, ACDC (Hannes is crazy about them), Regina Spektor and Interpol (I haven’t listened to them that much, though).
      And you like quite a few Swedes!:) Veronica Maggio was so HUGE in Sweden this summer, you could hear her new album wherever you were. I like her too!

      To be honest, I’m like you, my “all-time favorites” list needs many more then ten positions:)

      • Araceli Estrada says:

        Thanks Antonia. I absolutely love music! I especially love to listen to different music from all over the world. That’s how I found Veronica Maggio. She has a great voice.

        But I agree with, “all-time favorites” list must be longer :-)

  5. Laura says:

    Ohhh, this is neat! I really like your list…lots of excellent rockers there :-)
    My list makes no sense at all but these are seriously artists I could listen to all day…

    1. Gorillaz
    2. Michael Buble
    3. Imogen Heap
    4. Yoko Kanno + The Seatbelts
    5. Queen
    6. The Beatles
    7. Garbage
    8. Alanis Morissette
    9. 1990s Shakira (I swear, her 1990s spanish albums are excellent…)
    10. Abba

    I mostly love songs that have very memorable lyrics or are great to dance to!

    • Klara says:

      Great list, Laura, I love many of your artists! And I enjoy many of yours as well, Antonia!
      I’ll try to keep it interesting by choosing mostly different ones, though :)
      1. Dolly Parton
      2. Elton John
      3. Björk
      4. Bee gees
      5. Pearl Jam (sorry Nirvana :) )
      6. Nirvana :D
      7. U2
      8. Led Zeppelin
      9. Lenny Kravitz
      10. ABBA!

    • Antonia says:

      Laura, I really liked your list:)) I like it how you give Gorillaz the top position, they’re actually pretty great!

      To me, lyrics have the major importance in a song, too! I think I remember all the lyrics from my favorite songs:)

  6. Sarah says:

    Oh, I love this idea! It sounded so fun I just have to give it a try myself haha (:

    1. Bon Iver
    2. Mumford & Sons
    3. Thriving Ivory
    4. The Fray
    5. Birdy
    6. Veronica Maggio
    7. Regina Spektor
    8. Florence + The Machine
    9. Loreen
    10. Adele

    To be honest I listen to a lot of music from other countries as well, recently I got a crush for Indian music, and I’ve been listening to Russian/Ukrainian music for a long time now! (According to my opinion, Russian rap is like the coolest ever haha)

    By the way, I want to thank you for posting such inspirational posts in this wonderful blog! I absolutely adore everything about it!

    • Antonia says:

      Great list! Florence and the Machine are awesome. What Russian/Ukrainian music do you like?=) I’m curious (although, Russian rap is not my strong suit)!

      Thank you for being so kind, too!

      • Sarah says:

        Thank you! And yeah, they really are. :) Florence’s voice is just amazing!
        Oh, I listen to many different artists. Yulia Zavicheva, Dima Bilan (don’t laugh haha :p) Zlata Ognevich (I LOVE her song Пристрасть!), Anastasia Prihodko, Vera Brezhneva, Maksim, Nyusha… well, that’s some of them. To be honest, I don’t really like rap either – I just listen to Russian rap because of the language, which I really like! I’m interested in languages and cultures, so sometimes I listen to music just because of these two reasons (:

  7. The nail polish is killer! Don’t think I can name my top 10 favourite bands, it is a very difficult question for me..
    Some bands that I really like are Amon Amarth, Qntal, Eluveitie. Used to love Nightwish but it was ages ago. And I was a HUGE Arch Enemy fan…

  8. Ah, have to write in English, I have a new computer with English keyboard and am tooootally procrastinating in adding Swedish to keyboard layout!


    So happy to see Dire Straits as a second on your list :D . I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and whenever somebody else does too I get all excited.

    I don’t think I would be able to write down my favourite bands and in the correct order. Way too many people I listen too and I wouldn’t feel right putting them down for a number. Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits is definitely my nr one though ;) .

    • Antonia says:

      I’m glad you approve of my list! I totally understand your not wanting to put down a top ten list! It’s really hard, and so easy to forget someone. I’m still quite content with my own list, but I’m afraid I might have forgotten someone who would be eligible :)

  9. Meredith says:

    1. Iron and Wine
    2. Beirut
    3. Gogol Bordello
    4. Alela Diane
    5. Sufjan Stevens
    6. Low
    7. yo la tengo
    8. The Magnetic Fields
    9. The Knife
    10. Joni Mitchell

    I agree with your undisputables, too and really like Dire Straits and Leonard Cohen, too!

  10. pie says:

    My number 1 would be RHCP with Frusciante too. :)
    2) U2
    3) Beatles
    4) The Cure
    5) Catatonia
    6) The Killers
    7) Rolling Stones
    8) The White Stripes
    9) Coldplay
    10) The Kinks

    I know that I’ve definitely missed out some of them.

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