Thursday, December 17, 2009

End of the Year Lists

As I search for current news and information on bands we play on 93 rock, I find myself coming across list after list for the end of the year. This being 2oo9, we are also subjected to end of the decade lists, as well. Which brings me to the question: Exactly what is the relevance of such a list?

Nickelback has been named "Band of the Decade" by Billboard magazine. Alice in Chains' "Black Gives Way to Blue" has been named Revolver magazine's "Album of the Year".
Green Day has the honor of not one, but TWO distinctions: MySpace's "Top 50 Albums of the Year" and Spin magazine's "Top 30 Live Shows of 2009"

Admittedly, Green Day puts on one of the most impressive shows of the last several year. It is a carnival of lights, confetti, and squirt guns. Sure, these titles make a great blurb for a press kit, but something tells me these guys don't need much by the way of promotion.

So the year end and decade end lists become little more than a lively debate among music enthusiasts.
Can you name five bands from memory that have garnered similar recognitions over the years?

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