One outlet of Classic Rock that I tend to fall back on more often than not is classic hard rock; the following discussion is one in which you can rank your favorite classic hard rock artists, albums, songs, etc.
My Top 5 Favorite Hard Rock Artists:
1. Van Halen- they epitomize hard rock, especially American hard rock! What's not to love about David Lee Roth/Sammy Hagar's menacing vocals, Eddie's mind-boggling guitar riffs/solos, Alex's thundering drums, and Michael's commanding bass?
2. Aerosmith- despite going for a more commercial, "pop"-esque sound with their '87 comeback, their early catalogue is some of the best hard rock has to offer; their first four albums alone will prove that! And still, some of their '80s/'90s stuff wasn't too bad either ("Love in an Elevator, "Dude Looks Like a Lady", "The Other Side", "Permanent Vacation", etc.) One of the best aspects about Aerosmith, in my opinion, is the duel guitar action of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford; the latter plays his rhthym parts as effortlessly and with as much authority as does the former, and it shows greatly on their early stuff.
3. Deep Purple- prior to hearing their live album, Made in Japan, I was a casual Deep Purple fan, knowing only the hits on Machine Head, but following my listening to Made in Japan, I realized that they are one of the best hard rock bands around, especially in regards to live performance! I mean wow, listening to them play live is a whole different experience than the studio work- so much more power! My favorite by them is, without a doubt, the live performance of "Strange Kind of Woman". That's hard rock!
4. Led Zeppelin- many might find it criminal of me to place three other bands above Led Zeppelin in the category they play so well, but truthfully, I just believe the above three are better- still though, make no mistake, I am definitely a fan of Led Zeppelin! I just picked up their live album The Song Remains the Same the other day, and man, I realized that they rivaled Deep Purple in live performance! When you have such talent like Robert Plant's soaring vocals, Jimmy Page's powerful guitar riffs, John Paul Jones' booming bass, and John Bonham's magnified drumming all rolled into one powerhouse, it's bound to be successful!
5. KISS- I am by no means an avid KISS fan, nor any kind of KISS expert, but I do know quality hard rock sound when I hear it, and KISS brings it! Whether it's "Deuce", or "Shout it Out Loud", or "Calling Dr. Love", they'll bring the thunder each and every time. Like I mentioned earlier in regard to the duo guitar attacks of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford in Aerosmith, I hear the same kind of talent going on between Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley in KISS, and it's quite epic.
My 10 Favorite Hard Rock Songs
-"Nobody's Fault" by Aerosmith (1976)
-"Deuce" by KISS (1974)
-"Romeo Delight" by Van Halen (1980)
-"Heartbreaker" by Led Zeppelin (1969)
-"Strange Kind of Woman" (live) by Deep Purple (1972)
-"Adam's Apple" by Aerosmith (1975)
-"Shout it Out Loud" by KISS (1976)
-"You're No Good" by Van Halen (1979)
-"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin (1971)
-"Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple (1972)
My Top 5 Favorite Hard Rock Albums
1. Van Halen (1978)
2. Rocks (1976)
3. Machine Head (1972)
4. Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
5. KISS (1974)
1. Van Halen--Van Halen
2. Queen--Sheer Heart Attack
3. The Who--Who's Next
4. UFO--Lights Out
5. Thin Lizzy--Jailbreak
I'm a bit tired of categorizing my favorite bands in to Hard rock, pop, prog whatever. These are my favorites period:
1. The Beatles
2. Led Zeppelin
3. The Who
4. Black Sabbath (only Ozzy & Dio, and only until 1982)
5. The Rolling Stones (They've only made ONE truly great album ("Exile On Main Street"), but it's one of the best albums ever, and they have tons of great singles)
1. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
2. Led Zep IV
3. A Night At The Opera - Queen
4. The White Album - The Beatles
5. Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Life On Mars - Davis Bowie
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
4. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
5. Old Man - Neil Young
Top 5 hard rock bands/artists