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Some consider Abba to be one of the best pop bands ever, while others love Faithless. Of course the two bands are worlds apart they are now connected, along with other rock and pop bands in this ADDucation list featuring the best pop bands of all time.

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Best Bands EverLine upEx-membersBest Albums & Hits (first release date)
Eagles, The
(USA, 1970)
V/D/G: Don Henley V/G: Joe Walsh,  Vince Gill, Deacon Frey B: Timothy B. Schmit
V/G: Glenn Frey † 2016 G: Don Felder, Bernie Leadon B/G: Randy Meisner

Albums: Eagles (1972), Desperado (1973), On the Border (1974), One of these Nights (1975), Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976), Hotel California (1976), The Long Run (1979), Hell Freezes Over (1994), Long Road Out of the Eden (2007)


Greatest Hits: Best of My Love (1974), One of These Nights (1975), Lyin’ Eyes (1975), New Kid in Town (1976), Hotel California (1977), Heartache Tonight (1979)

Earth, Wind & Fire
(USA, 1969)
B: Verdine White V/D: Philip Bailey D/G/V: Ralph Johnson SX: Gary Bias TRO: Bobby Burns PER/V:  David Whitworth
V/D: Maurice White † 2016 G: Al McKay D: Sonny Emory TRO: Ray Brown

Albums: Earth, Wind & Fire (1971), The Need of Love (1971), Last Days and Time (1972), Head to the Sky (1973), Open Our Eyes (1974), That’s the Way of the World (1975), Spirit (1976), All ‘n’ All (1977), I Am (1979), Faces (1980), Raise! (1981), Powerlight (1982), Electric Universe (1983), Touch the World (1987), Heritage (1990); Millennium (1993), In the Name of Love (1997), The Promise (2003), Illumination (2005), Now, Then & Forever (2013), Holiday (2014)


Greatest Hits: Shining Star (1975), Sing a Song (1975), Getaway (1976), Saturday Nite (1976), Serpentine Fire (1977), Got to Get You into My Life (1978), September (1979), Boogie Wonderland (1979), After the Love has Gone (1979), Let‘s Groove (1981), Fall in Love with Me (1983); System of Survival (1987)

Electric Light Orchestra
aka ELO
(GB, 1968-1987)
V/G: Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood D: Bev Bevan
K: Richard Tandy, Mik Kaminski, Louis Clark B: Kelly Groucutt † 2009

Albums: Electric Light Orchestra (1971), ELO 2 (1973), Eldorado (1974), Face the Music (1975), A New World Record (1976), Out of the Blue (1977), Discovery (1979), Xanadu (1980), Time (1981), Secret Messages (1983), Balance of Power (1986), Zoom (2001), Alone in the Universe (2015)


Greatest Hits: 10538 Overture (1972), Roll over Beethoven (1973), Evil Woman (1975), Livin Thing (1976), Telephone Line (1977), Mr. Blue Sky (1978) Don’t Bring me Down (1979), Confusion (1979), Xanadu (1980), Hold on Tight (1981), Twilight (1981), Rock ‘n‘ Roll is King (1983)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer aka ELP
(GB, 1970-1998)
V/G/B: Greg Lake D: Carl Palmer K: Keith Emerson † 2016
D: Cozy Powell G: Robert Berry

Albums: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970), Tarkus (1971), Pictures at an Exhibition (Live 1971), Trilogy (1972), Brain Salad Surgery (1973), Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends (Live 1974), Works Volume I (1977), Works Volume II (1977), Love Beach (1978), Black Moon (1992), In the Hot Seat (1994)


Greatest Hits: Lucky Man (1979), Fanfare for the Common Man (1977), Black Moon (1992)

Erasure (GB, 1985)V: Andy Bell KEY: Vince Clarke (Founder of Depeche Mode + Yazoo)

Albums: Wonderland (1986); The Circus (1987); The Innocents (1988); Wild (1989); Chorus (1991); I Say I Say I Say (1994); Erasure (1995); Cowboy (1997); Loveboat (2000); Other People’s Songs (2003); Nightbird (2005); Union Street (2006); Light at the End of the World (2007); Tomorrow’s World (2011); Snow Globe (2013); The Violet Flame (2014); World be Gone (2017). One of the best pop bands of the 1970s.


Greatest Hits: Sometimes (1986); Ship of Fools (1988); Drama! (1989); Blue Savannah (1990); Chorus (1991); Always (1994)

Eurythmics
(GB, 1981-2005)
V/K: Annie Lennox G/K: David A. Stewart

Albums: In the Garden (1981), Sweet Dreams (1983), Touch (1983), Be Yourself Tonight (1985), Revenge (1986), Savage (1987), We Too are One (1989), Peace (1999)


Greatest Hits: Sweet Dreams (1983), Who’s that Girl? (1983); Sexcrime (1984); Here Comes the Rain Again (1984); There Must Be an Angel (1985), Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves (1985); Thorn in My Side (1986); Revival (1989); I Saved the World Today (1999). Brit-Pop-Duo, and one of the best pop bands of the eighties.

Faithless
(GB, 1995)
V: Maxi Jazz K: Sister Blizz, Rollo
V: Dido

Albums: Reverence (1996), Sunday 8 PM (1998), Outrospective (2001), No Roots (2004), To All New Arrivals (2006), The Dance (2010)


Greatest Hits: Salva Mea (1995), Insomnia (1995), Good is a DJ (1998), Why go? (1999), We Come 1 (2001), One Step to Far (2002), Mass Destruction (2004)

Fleetwood Mac
(GB, 1967)
V: Stevie Nicks G: Lindsey Buckingham B: John McVie D: Mick Fleetwood
G: Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Billy Burnette K: Christine McVie

Albums: Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (1968), Mr. Wonderful (1968), Then Play on (1969), Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973), Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974), Fleetwood Mac (1975), Rumours (1977), Tusk (1979), Mirage (1982), Tango in the Night (1987), Behind the Mask (1990), Time (1995), Say you will (2003)


Greatest Hits: Albatross (1968), Oh Well (1969), Go Your Own Way (1977), Dreams (1977), Never Going Back Again (1977), Tusk (1979), Big Love (1987), Little Lies (1987),  Everywhere (1988)

Foo Fighters (USA, 1994)V/G/KEY: Dave Grohl V/G: Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett B: Nate Mendel D/V: Taylor Hawkins

Albums: Foo Fighters (1995); The Colour and the Shape (1997); There is Nothing Left to Lose (1999); One by one (2002); In Your Honor (2005); Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007); Wasting Light (2011); Sonic Highways (2014), Concrete and Gold (2017)


Greatest Hits: Everlong (1997); My Hero (1998); Learn to Fly (1999); All my Life (2002); Time like These (2003); Best of You (2005); The Pretender (2007), Rope (2011)

Foreigner
(GB/USA, 1976)
V: Kelly Hansen G: Mick Jones, Tom Gimbel, B: Jeff Pilson D: Jason Bonham K: Michael Bluestein
V: Lou Gramm G: Ian McDonald D: Dennies Elliot

Albums: Foreigner (1977), Double Vision (1978), Head Games (1979), 4 (1981), Agent Provocateur (1984), Inside Information (1987), Unusual Heat (1991), No End in Sight (2008), Can‘t Slow Down (2010)


Greatest Hits: Cold as Ice (1977), Hot Blooded (1978), Double Vision (1978), Urgent (1981), Waiting for a Girl like You (1981), Juke Box Hero (1981), I want to know what Love is (1984), That Was Yesterday (1985), Say You Will (1987)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood
(GB, 1980-1987)
V: Holly Johnson, Paul Rutherford G: Brian Nash B: Mark O’Toole D: Peter Gill

Albums: Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984), Liverpool (1986), Bang! (1993)


Greatest Hits: Relax (1983), Two Tribes (1984), The Power of Love (1984), Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1985), Rage Hard (1986), Warriors of the Wasteland (1986)

Franz Ferdinand (GB, 2001)V/G: Alex Kapranos G/KEY: Nick McCarthy D/G: Paul Thomson B: Robert Hardy

Albums: Franz Ferdinand (2004); You could have it so much better (2005); Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009); Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013); Late Night Tales (2014); FFS (2015), Always Ascending (2018)


Greatest Hits: Take me out (2004); The Dark of the Matinée (2004); Do you want to (2005); Ulysses (2009)

Genesis
(GB, 1967)
V/D: Phil Collins G/B: Mike Rutherford K: Tony Banks
V: Peter Gabriel G: Anthony Philipps, Steve Hackett D: Chris Stewart, John Silver, John Mayhew

Albums: From Genesis to Revelation (1969), Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Selling England by the Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), A Trick of the Tail (1975), Wind and Wuthering (1977), And Then There Were Three (1978), Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), Three Sides live (1982), Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986), We Can‘t Dance (1991), The Way we Walk I (Live 1992), The Way we Walk II (Live 1993), Calling all Stations (1997)


Greatest Hits: I Know What I Like (1973), The Carpet Crawlers (1974), Follow You Follow Me (1978), Abacab (1981), Paperlate (1982), Mama (1983), Land of Confusion (1986), I Can’t Dance (1991), No Son of Mine (1991), Jesus He Knows Me (1992), Congo (1997)

Gossip
(USA, 1999-2016)
V/PIANO: Beth Ditto G/B: Nathan Howdeshell alias Brace Paine D: Hannah Blilie
D: Kathy Mendonca

Albums:  That‘s Not What I Heard (2001), Movement (2003), Standing in the Way of Control (2007), Music for Men (2009), A Joyful Noise (2012). One of the best pop bands of the millennium.


Greatest Hits: Heavy Cross (2009), Perfect World (2012), Move in the Right Direction (2012)

Grateful Dead
(USA, 1965-1995)
V/G: Jerry Garcia † 1995, Bob Weir V/B: Phil Lesh KEY/PER: Ron “Pigpen” McKeran † 1973 D: Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart
KEY: Vince Welnick † 2006 V/KEY: Brent Mydland † 1990

Albums: The Grateful Dead (1967), Anthem of the Sun (1968), Aoxomoxoa (1969), Workingman’s Dead (1970), American Beauty (1970), Europe 72 (Life, 1972), Wake of the Flood (1973), Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel (1974), Blues for Allah (1975), Steal Your Face (1976), Terrapin Station (1977), Shakedown Street (1978), In the Dark (1987), Built to Last (1989), Dark Star (2012), Fare Thee Well (2015)


Greatest Hits: Uncle John’s Band (1970); Truckin (1970); Dire Wolf (1981); Touch of grey (1987); Hell in a bucket (1987); Throwing stones (1987); Foolish heart (1989)

Green Day
(USA, 1987)
V/G: Billie Joe Armstrong G: Jason White B: Mike Dirnt D: Tre Cool
D: Al Sobrante (John Kiffmeyer)

Albums: 39/Smooth (1990), Kerplunk! (1992), Dookie (1994), Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997), Warning (2000), American Idiot (2004), Bullet in a Bible (2005), 21st Century Breakdown (2009), Uno! (2012), Dos! (2012), Tré! (2013), Revolution Radio (2016)


Greatest Hits: Basket Case (1994), When I Come Around (1995), Good Riddance (1997), Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2005), The Saints are Coming (2006), Know your Enemy (2009), 21 Guns (2009)

Guns N‘ Roses
(USA, 1985)
V/K: Axl Rose G: Richard Fortus, Slash B: “Duff” McKagan K: Chris Pitman, Dizzy Reed D: Frank Ferrer
G: Robin Finck, Traci Guns, Izzy Stradlin, Ron Thal B: Tommy Stinsen D: St. Adler

Albums:  Appetite for Destruction (1987), G N‘ R Lies (1988), Use your Illusion I (1991), Use your Illusion II (1991), The Spaghetti Incident? (1993), Chinese Democracy (2008)


Greatest Hits: Welcome to the Jungle (1987), Paradise City (1988), Sweet Child o’ Mine (1988), Patience (1989), Don‘t Cry (1991), You Could be Mine (1991), Live and Let Die (1992), November Rain (1992), Knockin on Heaven‘s Door (1992), Yesterdays (1992), Sympathy for the Devil (1994), Chinese Democracy (2008)

Hot Chocolate
(GB, 1969)
V: Kennie Simon G: Harvey Hinsley B: Patrick Olive D: Tony Connor
V: Errol Brown † 2015 B: Tony Wilson K: Larry Ferguson

Albums:  Cicero Park (1974), Hot Chocolate (1975), Man to Man (1976), Every 1‘s a Winner (1978), Going Through the Motions (1979), Mystery (1982), Love Shot (1983)


Greatest Hits: Brother Louie (1973); Emma (1974); You Sexy Thing (1976); Don’t Stop It Now (1976); So You Win Again (1977); Put Your Love in Me (1977); Every 1‘s a Winner (1978); I’ll Put You Together Again (1978); No Doubt About It (1980); It Started with a Kiss (1982); Girl Crazy (1982) > Find more best pop bands on next page!

INXS
(AUS, 1977-2012)
V: J.D. Fortune G: Tim Ferris, Kirk Pingilly, Andrew Ferris B: Garry Beers D: Jon Ferriss
V: Michael Hutchence † 1997

Albums: INXS (1980), Underneath the Colours (1981), Shabooh Shoobah (1982), Dekadance (1983), The Swing (1984), Listen Like Thieves (1985), Kick (1987), X (1990), Live Baby Live (1991), Welcome Wherever You Are (1992), Full Moon, Dirty Hearts (1993),  Elegantly Wasted (1997); Switch (2005)


Greatest Hits: Need you Tonight (1987),  Devil Inside (1988), New Sensation (1988), Suicide Blonde (1990), Disappear (1990)

Iron Maiden
(GB, 1975)
V: Bruce Dickinson G: Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers B: Steve Harris D: Nico McBrain
V: Paul Di’Anno, Blaze Bayley, P. Day D: Clive Burr † 2013

Albums: Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981), The Number of the Beast (1982), Piece of Mind (1983), Powerslave (1984), Somewhere in Time (1986), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988), No Prayer for the Dying (1990), Fear of the Dark (1992), The X Factor (1995), Virtual XI. (1998), Brave New World (2000), Dance of Death (2003), A Matter of Life and Death (2006), The Final Frontier (2010), The Bock of Souls (2015)


Greatest Hits: Run to the Hills (1982), The Number of the Beast (1982), Aces High (1984), Can I Play with Madness (1988), Bring Your Daughter … to the Slaughter (1990), Be Quick or Be Dead (1992), The Wicker Man (2000), Wildest Dreams (2003)

Jamiroquai
(GB, 1992)
V: Jay (Jason) Kay G: Rob Harris B: Paul Turner D: Derrick McKenzie KEY: Matt Johnson
B: Stuart Zender, Simon Katz, Nick Fyffe KEY: Toby Smith

Albums: Emergency on Planet Earth (1993), Return of the Space Cowboy (1995), Traveling Without Moving (1996), Synkronized (1999), A Funk Odyssey (2001), Dynamite (2005), Rock Dust Light Star (2010), Automaton (2017)


Greatest Hits: Virtual Insanity (1997), Cosmic Girl (1997), Deeper Underground (1999), Canned Heat (1999), Little L (2001), Runaway (2006)

Jethro Tull
(GB, 1967-2014)
V/G/FLÖ: Ian Anderson G: Martin Barre B: David Goodier D: Doane Perry
D: Clive Bunker B: J. Glascock † 1979, Jonathan Noyce, Dave Pegg K: John Evan, Andrew Giddings

Albums: This Was (1968), Stand up (1969), Benefit (1970), Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972),  A Passion Play (1973), War Child (1974), Minstrel in the Gallery (1975), Too Old to Rock ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976), Songs from the Wood (1977), Heavy Horses (1978), Stormwatch (1979), A (1980), The Broadsword and the Beast (1982), Under Wraps (1984), Crest of a Knave (1987), Rock Island (1989), Catfish Rising (1991), Roots to Branches (1995), J-Tull Dot Com (1999), The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)


Greatest Hits: Living in the Past (1969),  Sweet Dream (1969), Locomotive Breath (1971), Aqualung (1971)

Journey
(USA, 1973)
V: Arnel Pineda G: Neal Schon B: Ross Valory K: J. Cain D: D. Castronovo
V/K: Gregg Rolie V: Steve Perry G: Georg Tickner D: P. Prince, A. Dunbar

Albums: Journey (1975), Look into the Future (1976), Next (1977), Infinity (1978), Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Captured (Live 1981), Escape (1981), Frontiers (1983), Raised on Radio (1986), Trial by Fire (1996), Arrival (2001), Generations (2005), Revelation (2008), Eclipse (2011)


Greatest Hits: Wheel in the Sky (1978),  Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (1979), Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981), Who’s Crying Now (1981), Open Arms (1981), Separate Ways (1983), Be Good to Yourself (1986), When you Love a Woman (1996)

Kinks, The
(GB, 1964)
V/G: Ray Davies, Dave Davies B: Jim Rodford K: Ian Gibbons D: Bob Henrit
B: Peter Quaife † 2010, John Dalton, Andy Pyle D: Mick Avory K: John Gosling

Albums: Kinks (1964), Kinda Kinks (1965), The Kink Kontroversy (1965), Face to Face (1966), Something Else by the Kings (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969), Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part I (1970), Muswell Hillbillies (1971), Everybody’s in Show-Biz (1972), Preservation Act 1 (1973), Preservation Act 2 (1974), Soap Opera (1975), Schoolboys in Disgrace (1976), Sleepwalker (1977), Misfits (1978), Low Budget (1979), Give the People What They Want (1981), State of Confusion (1983), Word of Mouth (1984), Think Visual (1986), UK Jive (1989), Phobia (1993)


Greatest Hits: You Really Got Me (1964), All Day and All of the Night (1964), Tired of Waiting for You (1965), Sunny Afternoon (1966), Dandy (1966), Waterloo Sunset (1967), Death of a Clown (1967), Lola (1970), Apeman (1970), Don’t Forget to Dance (1983)

Kiss
(USA, 1973)
V/G: Paul Stanley (Starchild) V/B: Gene Simmons (Demon) G: Tommy Thayer (Spaceman) D: Eric Singer (The Cat)
V/G: Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick D: Peter Criss, Eric Carr (The Fox) † 1991

Albums: KISS (1974), Hotter Than Hell (1974), Dressed to Kill (1975), Alive I. (Live 1975), Destroyer (1976), Rock‘n‘Roll Over (1976), Love Gun (1977), Alive II (Live 1977), Double Platinum (1978), Dynasty (1979), Unmasked (1980), Music from the Elder (1981), Creatures of the Night (1982), Lick it Up (1983), Animalize (1984), Asylum (1985), Crazy Nights (1987), Hot in the Shade (1989), Revenge (1992), Alive III (Live 1993), Carnival of Souls (1997), Psycho Circus (1998), Sonic Boom (2009), Monster (2012)


Greatest Hits: Rock’n Roll all Nite (1975), I was Made for Loving you (1979), God Gave Rock ’n’ Roll to You II (1991), Unholy (1992)

Kool & the Gang
(USA, 1969)
V: James “JT” Taylor, V/SAX: Ronald Bell B: Robert „Kool“ Bell K: George Brown T: Dennis Thomas
G: Charles Smith † 2006

Albums: Kool and the Gang (1969), Music Is the Message (1972), Good Times (1973), Wild and Peaceful (1973), Light of Worlds (1974), Spirit of the Boogie (1975), Open Sesame (176), Behind the Eyes (1976), The Force (1977),  Everybody’s Dancin’ (1978), Ladies‘ Night (1979), Celebrate (1980), Something Special (1981), As One (1982), In the Heart (1983), Emergency (1984), Forever (1986), Sweat (1989), Unite (1993), State of Affairs (1996), Gangland (2001), Still Kool (2007)


Greatest Hits: Ladies Night (1979); Too Hot (1980); Celebration (1980), Get Down on it (1981), Joanna (1983); Cherish (1985), Fresh (1985); Victory (1986)

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