The Beatles were a legendary rock group that formed in Liverpool, England, in 1960. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today. Currently, The Beatles are one of the two musical acts to sell more than 1 billion records. Band members included George Harrison (1943–2001), John Lennon (1940–1980), Paul McCartney (1942–), and Ringo Starr (1940–). The Beatles were one of the most popular bands of all time, producing songs like “Yesterday, “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” “Day Tripper” and “Come Together.” With the release of three anthologies (collections) in the mid-1990s, the Beatles remain one of the best-selling musical groups.
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Following their debut in 1973, Queen, a completely different sort of band, was hailed as “a fresh, new breeze into the world of rock.” Their big break came in 1975 with the release of A Night at the Opera, featuring the almost 6-minute long track, Bohemian Rhapsody, which also became the band’s most successful single. The English group became best known for their flamboyant lead singer, the late Freddie Mercury, whose dramatic vocal style and outrageous onstage antics formed much of the band’s reputation and personality—deservedly or not. British glam-rock band, reached the top of U.S. and U.K. charts with songs like “Killer Queen,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”
Guns N’ Roses was founded in 1985 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Their unique style incorporated punk, blues, thrash, and other genres of music into the popular heavy metal music of the time. The band was formed by singer Axl Rose, guitarists Tracii Guns and Izzy Stradlin’, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Rob Gardner. The name was derived from a combination of the last names of Guns and Rose, as well as making reference to members’ affiliation with their previous bands: Hollywood Rose and LA Guns. The band also became famous for the behavior of its members, such as inciting riots during shows and substance abuse problems. Guns N’ Roses’ biggest hits include “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “November Rain,” and the cover of the Paul McCartney song “Live and Let Die”. Thanks to their blend of heavy metal and hard rock, they sold over a hundred million albums and continue to influence other artists across the globe.
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by guitarist/singer Glenn Frey, drummer/singer Don Henley, guitarist/singer Bernie Leadon, and bassist/singer Randy Meisner. The initial idea was Frey’s; when signed to Asylum by David Geffen, he was advised to form a group – and he did. The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records – 100 million in the U.S. alone – including 42 million copies of Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. Released six studio albums, and nine live albums and compilations between 1972 and 2003.
The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers. All but two members of the group (early members Johnny Jackson and Ronnie Rancifer) were the male children of Katherine and Joseph Jackson (who served as the boys’ manager): Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, and Randy, who replaced Jermaine in 1975. Originally signed to the Motown label before switching to CBS Records in 1975, the Jackson 5 were one of the most popular groups of the era, eventually selling over 100 million records worldwide and becoming the only performers to have their first four singles reach the top of the American charts. Active from 1964 to 1990, the Jacksons played from a repertoire of R&B, soul, pop and later disco.
ABBA (stylized ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972. ABBA consisted of keyboardist and vocalist Benny Andersson, guitarist and vocalist Bjorn Ulvaeus and singers Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog. After a few years of writing songs together, ABBA finally found success when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. The world started to take notice of their pop and glam rock sound the next year, and thanks to “S.O.S.,” the band would experience a series of hits around the world, particularly in the UK, the U.S., Australia and Sweden. Though ABBA issued their last album and made their last performances in the 1980s, they experienced a revival of their popularity in the ’90s thanks to cover bands, a greatest hits compilation, and Broadway show.
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