It’s almost impossible to sustain an artist’s momentum indefinitely. For as much greatness as some of the classic bands might have, no one can keep that artistic fire burning until the end of time. On the other hand, when these bands were going full throttle, they left us with more classics than we can count.
While many bands may try to make a career out of the strength of a single album, these bands have had times when every single release was an absolute masterpiece. Some of the records may have become more iconic than others over time, but that doesn’t diminish the quality of these songs. If anything, it’s a testament to the musicianship of these artists that even when they end up releasing something duller, it’s still some of the best music in their field.
From prog to metal to down and dirty rock and roll, each of these bands has had many classics under their belt and built a solid legacy to their name. Although almost everyone guesses which albums are the best, you can hardly go wrong listening to any of them. Fasten your seatbelts…this is where it starts to get better.
As the punk wave came to an end, the new wave scene eventually grew by leaps and bounds. While bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols were determined to destroy, bands like Devo and the Eurythmics took things to a more artistic level with songs that sounded emotionally synthetic. Sting and the Police might have fit that bill at first, but with each record that passed, they became one of modern music’s most interesting trios.
Outlandos D’Amour showed the band’s punk leanings well, but later releases like Zenyatta Mondatta and Reggatta de Blanc saw them play with their styles, with songs like “Message in a Bottle” and “Walking in the Moon” having a distinct reggae flavor. for them. Even with the most mundane departures, they never stopped creating fantastic pop tunes like on “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”.
Despite the group’s success, things started to go off the rails after the release of Synchronicity. Although the album featured their biggest hit “Every Breath You Take”, creative struggles between the three members led the band to fold shortly after the promotional tour. We may not have seen any new police recordings since, but with a mind-boggling back catalog, perhaps it’s best not to mess with perfection.