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Music

The Field of Rock: Jeff Rogers' favorite 64 rock bands of all-time

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty performs June 24 with the Heartbreakers on Day One of Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, California.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty performs June 24 with the Heartbreakers on Day One of Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, California.

Anyone who knows me even remotely well knows I love college basketball. In fact, I’m on vacation this week, specifically to have time to watch all of the first-round games of the NCAA Tournament.

I also get to my alma mater, Bradley University in Peoria, six or seven times a year to watch my Braves. First 20-win season since 2008-09, baby! Go, Braves! #TheMovement.

Thanks for indulging me.

One of the few things I love more than college basketball is music. So, this being the week that March Madness tips off, what else would I do but combine the two?

The NCAA Tournament has 64 teams.

I know, I know; technically there are 68 teams. Four 11th-seeded teams and four 16th-seeded teams participate in play-in games in Dayton, the winners advancing to the field of 64. But I’m a traditionalist about a few things, and one of them is that the NCAA Tournament has a field of 64 teams.

As I was watching the overlong selection show on Sunday announcing the teams that were in the tournament, I had a thought. If I put together a field of my 64 favorite rock bands of all-time, what would they be? Where would they rank?

So, you know what I did? I started a list. And my selection committee of one put together a field of 64 rock bands and artists. There was no selection show on TV, but there’s this article. There wasn’t any criticism of my selections and placements, unless you count the occasional eye rolls I got from my wife from across the living room.

Now, I will open myself to criticism. Here is my field of 64 artists in my all-time rock music tournament. It’s completely subjective, of course. And I’m sure if I did this exercise again next year, the field would look at least slightly different.

A few things you should know about my musical tastes.

I’m a fan of alternative rock music, but I also love classic rock.

I’m a child of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. I’m certain that’s apparent from this field.

Most of the music I listen to today is fresh and modern. While I love classic rock bands, I don’t listen to them often anymore. (I’m very likely to share my field of 64 current favorite rock bands next week.)

Don’t @ me about my placement of The Beatles and Rolling Stones.

But feel free to let me know what you think.

Here, without further introduction, are my favorite 64 rock bands and artists of all-time:

No. 16 seeds:

64. Frank Turner

63. Maritime

62. INXS

61. Tokyo Police Club

No. 15 seeds:

60. The Killers

59. Duran Duran

58. The Joy Formidable

57. Red Hot Chili Peppers

No. 14 seeds:

56. The Strokes

55. Boston

54. Keane

53. Nirvana

No. 13 seeds

52. Alice Cooper

51. The Smashing Pumpkins

50. Blondie

49. Led Zeppelin

No. 12 seeds

48. Adam & The Ants

47. Motion City Soundtrack

46. Talking Heads

45. R.E.M.

No. 11 seeds

44. Radiohead

43. Devo

42. Oasis

41. Cake

No. 10 seeds

40. Vampire Weekend

39. David Bowie

38. Rolling Stones

37. Ben Folds Five

No. 9 seeds

36. Bob Marley & The Wailers

35. Pixies

34. The Cars

33. Fleetwood Mac

No. 8 seeds

32. Pink Floyd

31. Paul McCartney and Wings

30. Genesis

29. Journey

No. 7 seeds

28. New Order

27. The Clash

26. Sex Pistols

25. The Beatles

No. 6 seeds

24. AC/DC (with Bon Scott)

23. Bruce Springsteen

22. Styx

21. The Lemonheads (look them up, check them out)

No. 5 seeds

20. Aerosmith (before “Dude Looks Like A Lady”)

19. Prince

18. The New Pornographers

17. The Cure

No. 4 seeds

16. Coldplay

15. The National

14. The Who

13. Weezer

No. 3 seeds

12. Electric Light Orchestra

11. Biffy Clyro (Spoiler alert: My current favorite band)

10. Van Halen

9. Arcade Fire

No. 2 seeds

8. The Police

7. Kiss

6. Foo Fighters

5. Elton John

No. 1 seeds

4. U2

3. Tom Petty

2. Cheap Trick

1. Queen

There will never be another voice like Freddie Mercury’s. That is all.

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