Los Angeles Times Magazine Picks the Fifty Greatest L.A. Bands

L.A. WomanThe Los Angeles Times Magazine has put together their list of the fifty best L.A. bands.

In making the selections, a few were left out, such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and No Doubt, who have been associated with Los Angeles but did not form in the city or county area.

The bands at the top of the ranking are really no big surprise with the Doors, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield, but the big discussion rankings start in the next three spots. Los Lobos and the Seeds take up spaces five and six ahead of such popular and critically acclaimed bands as Guns N' Roses and Crosby, Stills and Nash. It's not that the editors of the L.A. Times Magazine are wrong (is there a wrong in such a subjective ranking?), it just comes as a surprise.

Here are the top 50. We originally planned on just giving the top five and the veteran artists that made the list farther down but, when over 80% of the groups have been recording for 25 years or more, it seems silly to leave the few modern units out.

  1. Doors
  2. Beach Boys
  3. Byrds
  4. Buffalo Springfield
  5. Los Lobos
  6. Seeds
  7. Guns N' Roses
  8. Monkees 
  9. War
  10. N.W.A.
  11. Crosby Stills & Nash
  12. Germs
  13. Metallica
  14. X
  15. Van Halen
  16. Go-Go's
  17. Eagles
  18. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  19. Chambers Brothers
  20. Suicidal Tendencies
  21. Tool
  22. Bangles
  23. Slayer
  24. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  25. Rage Against the Machine
  26. Maroon 5
  27. Black Flag
  28. Jane's Addiction
  29. Toto
  30. Mother's of Invention
  31. Runaways
  32. Berlin
  33. Linkin Park
  34. Poco
  35. Turtles
  36. Oingo Boingo
  37. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
  38. Motley Crue
  39. Sparks
  40. Blasters
  41. Association
  42. Flying Burrito Brothers
  43. Ozomatli
  44. Canned Heat
  45. Love
  46. Weezer
  47. Megadeth
  48. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
  49. Sublime
  50. Surfaris

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