Gibson’s 10 Greatest Singles Bands reminds you why radio used to be do darned good. Here’s the list:
1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Creedance Clearwater Revival
4. The Smiths
5. The Who
6. The Eagles
7. The Kinks
9. The Guess Who
10. The Dave Clark Five
The singles from these bands makes for a pretty good playlist and a decent party. With the exception of The Dave Clark Five, who understood their market and gracefully retired with the advent of FM radio, all these bands were pretty good on the album front too. A key point, I think.
The article points out that although 45 RPM singles gave way to albums (then CD’s), in this digital age we’re back to buying singles.
Well, the singles were always there and were always the way to get attention and exposure. So what sends the bands on this list apart? For me, it’s a combination of volume and balance. A multitude of hits to distinguish themselves from the one-hit-wonders, plus the ability to appeal beyond the constraints of the 3 minute pop song. Each album had a few hits on it, plus some great album rock that proved these bands had depth. That distinguished them from the pop groups who could churn out singles, but disappeared with the next fad.
The music from the bands on this list will not fade away.