AC/DC damn near made my list, because for whatever appeal Back in Black once held, it's been pretty well tortured the fuck out of existence by overplay. How this band became central to the classic rock canon escapes me.
Finny, AC/DC was a going concern way before Back in Black
. Most fans of the band (full disclosure: I am a fan of the band) would tell you that that album is pretty much when they started to suck.
If you need a refresher on AC/DC, look behind the Tim Couch for your old copy of Highway to Hell
Dire Straits could have made the cut easily.
I like "Romeo and Juliet". But, yeah. I actually own more Brinsley Schwartz records than Dire Straits records. I own one Brinsley Schwartz record.
When Joe Strummer died, even the New York Post saw fit to mention it. They gave him about ten lines, stuffed between sudoku and an ad for ladies' hair removal. It was all good, though, because they ran a picture of him too. Problem was, they fucked up and ran a picture of Mick Jones instead.
Mick Jones from Foreigner.
6. George Thorogood
My only real beef with your list. His first album (the one with "One Bourbon") is excellent, if you listen to it from a pure blues perspective.
10. Meat Loaf
I will always have a soft spot for "Two out of three".
Any alternate lists?
If I had to start a list, I would start it with the Beatles. Never need to hear another Beatles song, ever. Pisses me off that they're given credit for man first discovering he could stand up to pee.