okay, as a yank, i freely admit that the 4 greatest bands ever all came to us from Britain (plus quite a few more great bands)...they took American blues-based music, were inspired by it, amplified it, and took it up level after level... so who is the best? The Who The Beatles The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin (yes, there were other great groups such as Pink Floyd, Cream, The Yardbirds) but if you had to rank the "big 4" how would you do it? make two lists (and of course feel free to add opinions as well) List one should be who you feel is the /most influential/most important/most talented overall/ etc/ (rank them 1-4) List two should be who is YOUR favorite (rank them 1-4) here is mine LIST ONE /most influential/important/talented/overall 1. The Beatles 2. Led Zeppelin 3. The Who 4. The Rolling Stones LIST TWO Your personal favorite order 1. Led Zeppelin 2. The Who 3. The Rolling Stones 4. The Beatles to be honest...I think in terms of influence and importance, it has to be the Beatles, but in terms of most talented, I think Led Zeppelin were the most talented overall musicians...the one thing the Beatles could not do that the other three could, is really rip in addition to the beautifull more relaxed stuff. In terms of really having the most range, I believe Zeppelin and The Who had a top gear that neither the Stones nor the Beatles could ever match. (of course the Stones and Beatles were still brilliant) also, I compared the musicians side by side...to try and pick the best in terms of overall musical talent and influence...in a number of categories... Best Vocalist 1. Robert Plant 2. Roger Daltrey 3. Mick Jagger 4. Lennon/McCartney Best Guitarist 1. Jimmy Page 2. Pete Townsend 3. Keith Richards/Brian Jones/Ron Wood/Mick Taylor 4. Lennon, Harrison, McCartney Best Bassist 1. John Paul Jones 2. John Entwistle 3. Bill Wyman 4. Paul McCartney Best Drummer 1. John Bonham 2. Keith Moon 3. Charlie Watts 4. Ringo Starr Best Songwriting Pair 1. Lennon/McCartney 2. Page/Plant 3. Townsend/Daltrey 4. Richards/Jagger also, i rated them in terms of body of work (being prolific while still retaining high quality, plus "best in Live Concert" Concert... 1. Led Zeppelin 2. The Who 3. The Rolling Stones 4. The Beatles Body of Work 1. The Beatles 2. Led Zeppelin 3. The Rolling Stones 4. The Who what do you guys think?