After checking out Jakicker's Bonnaroo vs Coachella Bracket. It got me thinking that we should have a bracket for the all time greatest musician in modern music. I assembled a list of 64 acts bracketed just like the college tournament spanning from country, rock, blues, r&b,soul, jazz, hip-hop,rockabily, punk, metal, experimental/indie rock, doo-wop,electronic,folk, americana reggae, and pop to see who would win best musician(s).
The Parameters: I decided to list only Musical acts in the Modern Era. Starting from the 50's all the way to Present time. Example of acts that predate the time period (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Beethoven, and Mozart). In judging the field, I ranked acts based on their impact in American music. Obviously, there will be English bands on here. But if their impact/recognition is more felt in Europe than in the States, it will affect seeding and entry in the bracket. In organizing the brackets, I treated genres like Conferences in the basketball tournament. For example, I have Daft Punk representing electronic. Even though they might be less impactful for an act that didn't make the bracket (ie James Taylor, Boston), Daft Punk is considered the best in their genre, so they beat out those guys.
The factors I considered when choosing teams for the bracket a.Songwriting/technical ability (looked favorably on acts that fused multiple genres) b.Impact/influence c.Recognition(awards/sales) d.Body of Work. Deeper catalogs are preferred (a few exceptions such as Hendrix, Joplin, and Nirvana)
Rules: Same as jakicker. One vote per acccount. Minimum of 10 posts. Try to vote for each act, but if there is a matchup you don't like or have no preference. You may leave no choice. The opening round of the first two regions will start today with voting ending Friday at 6PM Central/7PM Eastern. Without further ado, let's begin!
BONNAROO REGION 16. Chuck Berry(14 votes) defeats 1. Elvis Presley(13 votes) The KING is out in the first round. Surprising 9. Radiohead (26 votes) defeats 8. Jerry Lee Lewis (1 vote) 4.Aretha Franklin (21 votes) defeats 13. Earth Wind & Fire (5 votes) 5. Creedence Clearwater Revival(19 votes) defeats 12. The Ramones (8 votes) 3.The Beach Boys(22 votes) defeats 14. Metallica (5 votes) 6.Bob Marley(25 votes) defeats 11. The Eagles (2 votes) 7. Pink Floyd (22 votes) defeats 10. The Velvet Underground (4 votes) 2.Johnny Cash(25 votes) defeats15. Garth Brooks(2 votes) ROTHBURY REGION 1.Bob Dylan(24 votes) defeats16. Bob Seger(3 votes) 9.Prince(21 votes) defeats 8.U2 (6 votes) 4.James Brown(20 votes) defeats 13. Rush(7 votes) 5.Miles Davis(24 votes)defeats 12. Journey(3 votes) 3. Neil Young-(27 votes) defeats14. The Police(0 votes) 11. Michael Jackson(18 votes) defeats 6. The Kinks (9 votes) 10.Lynyrd Skynyrd(14votes) defeat 7.The Supremes(12 votes) 2.The Grateful DeAD(24 votes) defeat 15. Phish (3 votes) COACHELLA REGION 1.Rolling Stones (13 votes) defeats 16.Daft Punk (1 vote) 8. Jay-Z (11 votes) defeats 9. Billy Joel (3 votes) 4. Frank Sinatra (12 votes) defeats 13.Buddy Guy (2 votes) 5. Roy Orbison (9 votes) defeats 12.Janis Joplin (5 votes) 3. Stevie Wonder (14 votes) defeats Dre and Snoop Dogg (0 votes) 11. Jimi Hendrix (9 votes) defeats 6.Marvin Gaye (4 votes) 7. Black Sabbath (7 votes) tied with 10.BB King ( 7 votes) 15. The Talking Heads (9 votes) defeats 2. Ray Charles (5 votes) GLASTONBURY REGION 1. The Beatles (14 votes) defeats 16.Outkast (0 votes) 8. Pearl Jam (8 votes) defeats 9.Simon and Garfunkel (6 votes) 4. The Who (11 votes) defeats 13.ACDC (2 votes) 5. Eric Clapton (8 votes) defeats 12.The Clash (6 votes) 3. Bruce Springsteen (10 votes) defeats 14. Nirvana (4 votes) 6. Elton John (9 votes) defeats 11.Crosby Stills and Nash (5 votes) 10. David Bowie (11 votes) defeats 7.Queen (3 votes) 2. Led Zeppelin (14 votes) defeats 15. Madonna (0 votes)
BONNAROO REGION 8. Radiohead defeats 16. Chuck Berry 5. Creedence Clearwater Revival defeats 4.Aretha Franklin 6. Bob Marley defeats 3.The Beach Boys 7. Pink Floyd defeats 2.Johnny Cash ROTHBURY REGION 1. Bob Dylan defeats 9. Prince 5. Miles Davis defeats 4. James Brown 3.Neil Young defeats 11. Michael Jackson 2. The Grateful Dead defeats 10. Lynyrd Skynyrd COACHELLA REGION 1. The Rolling Stones defeats 8. Jay-Z 4. Frank Sinatra defeats 5. Roy Orbison 11. Jimi Hendrix defeats 3. Stevie Wonder 15. The Talking Heads defeats 10. BB King GLASTONBURY REGION 1. The Beatles defeats 8. Pearl Jam 4. The Who defeats 5.Eric Clapton 3. Bruce Springsteen defeats 6.Elton John 2.Led Zeppelin defeats 10.David Bowie
John: We don't even understand our own music Spider: It doesn't, does it matter whether we understand it? At least it'll give us . . . strength John: I know but maybe we could get into it more if we understood it