That earlier post about U2 being the last great rock band got me thinking about who gets on the list, relative positioning, etc..
So if we stick with “larger than life” as one category, what’s below that? I’d have to say “huge and influential.” Really good. Not quite larger than life. As good or better than the “larger than life” folks, but never quite got there. Maybe broke up or died too soon.
Below that? Well, important. Maybe not as big in our consciousness as those in the “huge” category, but very influential. Just ask the folks on the “huge” list.
Below that would be the legions of acts you really like but …
Throw this all into a graphic and you get something like this:
The Beatles, of course, are larger than larger than life. This is about perception more than taste, but I assume few would argue with the top two tiers. Notice my indecision on The Police. Almost got there, but not quite in my book anyway.
Notice my cop-outs on Dylan and Michael Jackson. I know many would place them along with The Beatles. Solid arguments could be made for any of the categories, so maybe this is more about taste than perception.
I didn’t get lazy in the “important” category; I just ran out of real estate. There are simply too many influential blues greats, Motown artists and early rockers to list. And maybe that’s the point of the graphic; it’s less about ranking and more about connecting.
Your taste – or perception – will differ from mine, so you may have different names, or different positions. That’s cool. Go build your own pyramid,