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List Of Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

Aug 05, 2013 -- 1:49pm

Rolling Stone Magazine has put together a list of the 50 greatest live acts right now and some are music greatest artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Prince, the Rolling Stones, and making the list is two of country music’s very own Eric Church and Taylor Swift.

To create this extensive list, the magazine asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists to vote on their favorite live performers right now. The magazine raved about Church, saying, “At his summer stadium shows, country star Eric Church emerges amid smoke and sirens…beginning a gig that recalls arena rock’s golden age.” Church appeals to an enormous audience, as demonstrated by his Lollapalooza invitation, he was the only country star invited to the alternative rock festival, and he also received Album of the Year at the 2013 ACMs, as for Swift, she just made the list at No. 49.

What makes a great live band?

Is it how long they play? Or maybe the set list distinction between “the hits” and “the new stuff”? How about the energy the lead singer expresses on stage telling the audience to clap their hands and so on? Maybe it has to do with the number of original members who aren’t dead, or the already-peaked level of fame they’re still coasting off from 30 years later? If you’re Rolling Stone, it’s all of that, though it also helps if you’re the Rolling Stones or you have been in a band for more than 20 years and around 50 years old.

50. Fiona Apple
49. Taylor Swift
48. Green Day
47. Sigur Ros
46. Tool
45. Lady Gaga
44. Janelle Monae
43. Mumford and Sons
42. Skrillex
41. Tame Impala
40. Eric Church
39. Rush
38. Queens of the Stone Age
37. The National
36. Florence and the Machine
35. Bruno Mars
34. Foo Fighters
33. Beyonce
32. Sleigh Bells
31. David Byrne
30. Madonna
29. Muse
28. Patti Smith
27. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
26. Leonard Cohen

25. Phish
24. Dave Matthews Band
23. Pearl Jam
22. Tom Waits
21. Red Hot Chili Peppers
20. Kanye West
19. The Roots
18. Metallica
17. Nine Inch Nails
16. Alabama Shakes
15. Paul McCartney
14. The Black Keys
13. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
12. Wilco
11. U2
10. My Morning Jacket
09. Rage Against the Machine
08. Jack White
07. Radiohead
06. Jay Z
05. Neil Young
04. Arcade Fire
03. The Rolling Stones
02. Prince
01. Bruce Springsteen


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