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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

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Rush makes the AVRev top 20 rock bands of all time list

Wed, Jun 28, 2006@1:20PM | comments

['s Top Ten Rock Bands of All Time]

Online magazine Audio Video Revolution recently compiled its list of the "Top 100 Rock Bands of All Time" to celebrate their pending tenth anniversary on July 1, 2006. Their list was compiled in a very "analytical" fashion and is not merely based on opinion. They modeled their method on the same type of tools used by sports franchises to objectively determine the "best" band, and they spell out their method in detail. I must admit, this is probably the best list of this type that I've ever seen put together - and I don't place much stock in "lists". Rush makes the top 20 on their list at #14 - which is the highest I've ever seen Rush on any "mainstream" lists. What's even cooler is that they are tied for 2nd (with Led Zeppelin - who took the top spot in the list) behind the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the "technical ability" category. The only thing I think that is missing from their criteria is "influence"; the band's influence on other musicians - an area I think Rush would also have scored high in. Thanks to rushisaband reader Jim for passing this on to me. Here's how the top 20 round out:

1. Led Zeppelin
2. The Beatles
3. Pink Floyd
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. Van Halen
6. Queen
7. The Eagles
8. Metallica
9. U2
10. Bob Marley and the Wailers
11. The Police
12. The Doors
13. Stone Temple Pilots
14. Rush
15. Genesis
16. Prince and the Revolution
17. Yes
18. Earth Wind and Fire
19. The Bee Gees
20. The Rolling Stones