Stand And Salute: Rock’s Most Anthemic Bands
July 8, 2008 10:35pm CST
Here are the top ten anthemic bands according to Spin magazine: 1. U2 -- If the word anthemic disappeared, U2-ish would be a good replacement. Bono always sounds like he's singing mass, the Edge's guitar rings like the trumpets at Jericho, and Larry Mullen's rhythmic stiffness is a virtue. Adam Clayton? He, uh, always looks stylish. Signature anthem: "Pride (In the Name of Love)" 2. The Clash -- Any band dubbed "the only band that matters" has got to have some serious anthemic power. Punk rock is often associated with a kind of nihilism, but the Clash sounded like their hearts might explode from caring so much. Signature anthem: "Death Or Glory" 3. The Who -- I'm thinking of the Who's Next stadium rock version of the band more than the early modfathers. Pete Townshend's power chords and Keith Moon's roiling drum fills were, and are, key touchstones for any band wanting to sound bigger than life. Signature anthem: "Baba O' Riley" 4. The Arcade Fire -- Win Butler and Co. are more dour than the other bands on this list, but even when these guys are singing about the apocalypse, their rag-tag widescreen epics make me hope they put out a few more albums before the end comes. Signature anthem: "Wake Up" 5. Thin Lizzy -- Too often thought of as a one-, or maybe two-hit wonder (if you count "Jailbreak" along with "The Boys Are Back In Town"), Phil Lynott's band fused streetwise swagger with mythology-infused poetry and a saber-rattling twin guitar attack. Signature anthem: "Roisin Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend" 6. The Hold Steady -- Craig Finn's finely wrought lyrics turn hardscrabble hardcore kids into heroes. Tad Kubler's soaring guitar solos and Franz Nikolay's baroque keyboard flourishes do the same for their band. Signature anthem: "How A Resurrection Really Feels" 7. The Waterboys -- For a hot minute back in the '80s, the Waterboys were at the forefront of a wave of big sounding UK acts like Simple Minds and Big Country. But they were the best, and their densely detailed productions and stirring folkish melodies shouldn't be forgotten. Signature anthem: "This Is The Sea" 8. The Killers -- Maybe the most self-conscious of all the bands here. They get a lot of grief for being so obvious about their influences (U2, Springsteen), but writing anthems ain't for the humble hearted. Signature anthem: "All These Things That I've Done" 9. Oasis -- For a short time, Noel Gallagher's huge guitar sound and his brother Liam's sneering swagger had this band competing for the title of "world's biggest." They've since slipped, but their rip-roaring sound has never shrunk. Signature anthem: "Live Forever" 10. Bruce Springsteen -- A no-brainer. The Boss has written a handful of songs that a lot of Americans--and everyone in New Jersey--would gladly adopt as a new national anthem. Signature anthem: "Born To Run" ----------------------------------------------------- i agree with a couple of bands in the list like u2, oasis, and the clash. if i were to have a list of my own, i'd put nirvana (rip kurt), foo fighters, and green day. i think i'm missing out on some bands but that's all i can think of from the top of my head. what bands will make up your list? feel free to chime in.
28 Dec 08
well, it'll be nice to have a list of top local bands. i'd definitely have parokya ni edgar in my list as well. i'd also have the dawn, teeth, the youth, eraserheads, true faith (early true faith), and a couple of brave new world bands and early 90's alternative bands. well, let me arrange my thoughts and i'll have a discussion started out with that topic. cheers!!!
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10 Jul 08
Sweet. Nice list. I'd have to say that Oasis, The Who, and The Clash are on my favorites list. Actually, I'm wearing a Clash t-shirt right now, lol. And you are absolutely right about reach of the anthems that you chose. Especially Springsteen because I am a New Jerseyian. This was very well written. Have you ever done reviews online before? You could make a profit.
13 Sep 08
thanks for the kind words havoc but i can't take any credit since this is an article from spin. i do write online reviews for cd albums and have a couple of reviews published in a website sponsored by an non-government organization. if you're interested, i can pm you the link. those are old cd titles though. i've also wrote a couple of articles as well. cheers!!!