33. Talking Heads
Talking Heads became famous for their three or four chord songs and their experimentation, which gave punk music the punch-up it needed at the time; they are practically responsible for inventing art-punk. Listening to one of their tracks with take you on all sorts of journeys.
All the elements of their music mix together into some sort of collective consciousness. “Once in a Lifetime” is one of those tracks that speak to so many adults in transient phases of their lives. And a song like “This Must Be the Place” makes wherever you feel like home. That’s quite a power for a song to have.
32. The Allman Brothers Band
A lot of what rock is came from the blues, and the Allman Brothers Band gives those roots their due respect. The Allman Brothers Band, formed in 1969 in Florida, was definitely a rock band but who made music that was proudly rooted in blues, jazz, and country music.
Their comforting sound became associated with a quintessentially American one aspired to be. It is simple, yet artful, and completely unified into one harmonious song. They also became known for their live show jamming and improvisation and instrumentals. Listening to “Midnight Rider” or “Ramblin’ Man” just make you want to go cross-country cruising!