Top 10 Greatest Rock Bands Who Regularly Worked As A Unit In Songwriting.

1. Green Day

A little bit under half of Green Day’s songs are written as a unit, where as the %60 are written solely by Billie Joe Armstrong. Hits written solely by Billie Joe include “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”, “Basket Case”, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, “Brain Stew”, “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”, & much much more. Hits written by all band members include “Holiday”, “Waiting”, “21 Guns”, “Jesus Of Suburbia”, & others. When the band works as a unit in songwriting – Billie Joe writes the lyrics, melody, & guitar parts. Mike Dirnt writes the bassline. Tre Cool writes the drumfills. I can’t name a single Green Day song that’s lyrics weren’t written solely by Billie Joe Armstrong.

2. Counting Crows

About %90 of Counting Crows work, they all wrote together as a unit. However, similarly to Green Day – no lyrics were made by any members other than frontman Adam Duritz. Guess I better change the name to ‘10 Greatest Rock Bands Who Regularly Worked As A Unit In Composing’, huh? Or who regularly helped out in composition….

3. Pearl Jam

Just like the Crows and Green Day, Pearl Jam’s members typically each wrote their own parts. Vedder wrote the lyrics, melody. McCready wrote the lead guitar. Gossard wrote the rhythm guitar. Ament wrote the basslines. Cameron wrote the drum sections. Some PJ songs are written solely by Vedder. Not many. No songs include any other members writing lyrics. Plenty of people such as Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, who don’t play drums or other instruments still write the drum parts/other instrument parts due to the sound they want. And they want to be called ‘The Boss’, like Springsteen…

4. Stone Temple Pilots

Typically, but not always – STP composed the songs together. Scott wrote the words and the melody. Dean wrote the guitar parts. Robert wrote the basslines. Eric wrote the drum sections. Occasionally, other members pitched in on lyrics. But it was rare. In fact, the only I can think of that was a hit right off the top of my head like that was 1992’s ‘Creep’. In which Robert wrote the “This I feel as the dawn it fades to grey”. To add on to Weiland’s chorus he wrote, so it wouldn’t sound empty. Then again, that’s only one lyric. But a fairly major one I suppose.

5. U2

This legendary Irish quartet did it the same as everyone else before them on this list. The frontman Bono wrote the lyrics and melody, guitarist The Edge wrote the guitar, bassist Adam Clayton wrote the bass, & drummer Larry Mullen Jr. wrote the drums. On random occasions, other members helped with lyrical writings – but not often. They did however regularly work as a unit when it came down to composing the music.

6. Dave Matthews Band

Under half the time, DMB worked as a unit in composing. But most of the time Dave wrote all the music and all the words, telling them what he wanted it to sound like. But at the same time – they did regularly write their own parts. As in, each member at some point or another on pretty much every record wrote the part to their instrument. Almost every album, for a song at least.

7. The Beatles

While the four of them rarely ever wrote lyrics together, it is the only band on the list I can think of so far where all the members had played a major part in actually writing the songs and lyrics. Each member wrote their own songs solely by themselves, and sung them too. That’s the only band on this list I can think of like that…

8. The Rolling Stones

Typically, each member wrote the part to their instrument. If there’s a Stones song out there where the lyrics weren’t written by Mick Jagger and/or Brian Jones, I don’t what it is…

9. Queen

Each member of Queen solely wrote at least one hit. They also worked together regularly on lyrics, and writing the part to their own instrument. Them and The Beatles worked together the most.

10. The Police

Legendary trio where each member usually wrote their own part. But the other members other than lead singer Sting pitched in with lyrics regularly. Sting wrote the basslines and words, Andy Summers wrote the guitar and helped with the lyrics, & Stewart Copeland wrote the drums and often helped with Summers an Sting’s word workings.

10 90’s Rock Frontmen, 20 Year Transformation.

1. Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.

1999 (age 32):

2019 (age 52):

2. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.

1999 (age 27):

2019 (age 47):

3. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.

1999 (age 35):

2019 (age 55):

4. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.

1999 (age 35):

2019 (age 55):

6. Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band.

1999 (age 32):

2019 (age 52):

7. Gavin Rossdale of Bush.

1999 (age 33):

2019 (age 53):

8. Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

1999 (age 31):

2019 (age 51):

9. Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1999 (age 37):

2019 (age 57):

10. Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes.

1999 (age 33):

2019 (age 53):

Top 10 Best The Smashing Pumpkins Songs.

1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (1995)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/8-r-V0uK4u0

2. Luna

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/eeZ4M6MT-CE

3. Today

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/eRb9oOhUOoE

4. Disarm

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/U9MCO3LPwT4

5. 1979

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (1995)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/Lr58WHo2ndM

6. Mayonnaise

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan, James Iha.

https://youtu.be/MElfYleGIVU

7. Rhinoceros

Album: Gish (1991)

Genre: Dream-pop

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/aVfWx9282y0

8. Cherub Rock

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/q-KE9lvU810

9. Tonight, Tonight

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (1995)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/NOG3eus4ZSo

10. The Everlasting Gaze

Album: Machina – The Machines Of God (2000)

Genre: Shoegazing

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/LWJYaep-0sg

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

11. Bodies

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (1995)

Genre: Hard Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/_IXCq02LDIg

12. Zero

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (1995)

Genre: Hard Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/YGDTnRsxA5o

13. Rocket

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/Th-AqMvvBzE

14. Spaceboy

Album: Siamese Dream (1993)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/Tw4iuM1Zjxs

15. Thirty-Three

Album: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (1995)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/MS_qNCCTVIY

16. The Celestials

Album: Oceania (2012)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/SVCHpKvyCAg

17. Pale Horse

Album: Oceania (2012)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/EJ7JCcp4YF4

18. Ava Adore

Album: Adore (1998)

Genre: Gothic-alternative

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/_1om8vWmZB4

19. Perfect

Album: Adore (1998)

Genre: Gothic-alternative

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/5DZ-ZlT9wiA

20. Stand Inside Your Love

Album: Machina – The Machines Of God (2000)

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billy Corgan

https://youtu.be/2nm4xv3firw

A Ranking Of Every Song On ‘American Idiot.’

This was ridiculously hard as it is my favorite album of all time! Not a single song that isn’t amazing off this record.

1. Extraordinary Girl

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, Mike Dirnt.

What It’s About: A girl in an abusive relationship.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/hctq2W1z7Kc

2. Holiday

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool.

What It’s About: Protesting against the government.

Type Of Songwriting: Observational.

https://youtu.be/l2hA8g1cNvQ

3. Wake Me Up When September Ends

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What It’s About: Billie Joe’s deceased father, who passed away when he was 10.

Type Of Songwriting: Experience.

https://youtu.be/rdpBZ5_b48g

4. Jesus Of Suburbia

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool.

What It’s About: A story of a man suffering the rise and fall of the American dream.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/JMcNzjzw63I

5. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What It’s About: A story of man whose dreams were crushed, leaving him bitter and lonely.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/Soa3gO7tL-c

6. American Idiot

Genre: Pop-punk

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What It’s About: Protesting against the government.

Type Of Songwriting: Observational.

https://youtu.be/h6Z5N0Z6zH0

7. Whatsername

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What It’s About: A break-up.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/XJdYn3VyAkQ

8. She’s a Rebel

Genre: Pop-punk

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What It’s About: Falling for a wild girl.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/eOv5fF7maFY

9. Are We The Waiting

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool.

What It’s About: The fall of the American dream.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/6HXa2gVj4mg

10. Give Me Novocaine

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong

What It’s About: A story about a drug dealer.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/ZKAwIwjHwZI

11. St. Jimmy

Genre: Pop-punk

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt.

What It’s About: A story about a man wanting the American dream, just to find out he didn’t want it after all.

Type Of Songwriting: Story.

https://youtu.be/jRu0O1J3Y4s

12. Letterbomb

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool.

What It’s About: Protesting against the government.

Type Of Songwriting: Observational.

https://youtu.be/qjuUMA6W9Zs

13. Homecoming

Genre: Alternative Rock

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool.

What It’s About: Being bullied.

Type Of Songwriting: Experience.

https://youtu.be/UDuwLYqOO9s

Top 10 Rock Stars With Stage Names

1. Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool of Green Day.

Actual Names: Michael Pritchard, Frank Edwin Wright III.

2. Bono & The Edge of U2.

Actual Names: Paul David Hewson, David Howell Evans.

3. Bob Dylan.

Birth Name: Robert Allen Zimmerman (He later legally changed his name to Bob Dylan, but at first it was just a stage name)

4. David Bowie.

Birth Name: David Robert Jones (He also later legally changed his name, making his stage name his actual name)

5. Freddie Mercury of Queen.

Birth Name: Farrokh Bulsara (Later legally made his actual name Freddie Mercury, making it no longer just a stage name)

6. Sting of The Police.

Actual Name: Gordon Sumners.

7. Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Actual Name: Michael Peter Balzary.

8. Joe Strummer of The Clash.

Actual Name: John Graham Mellor.

9. Elvis Costello.

Actual Name: Declan Patrick MacManus.

10. Johnny Cougar.

Actual Name: John Mellencamp.

And all of the Ramones except for Joey!

10 Amazing Songs That Are Over 6 Minutes Long

1. ‘Jesus Of Suburbia’ by Green Day, is a 9 minute song.

https://youtu.be/JMcNzjzw63I

Genre: Alternative Rock

Released: 2004

Album: American Idiot

Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool.

2. ‘Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby’ by Counting Crows, is an 8 minute song.

https://youtu.be/Xdt58T366xw

Genre: Rock

Released: 1999

Album: This Desert Life

Written by: Adam Duritz, Dan Vickrey, David Bryson, David Immergluck, Charlie Gillingham, Millard Powers, Jim Bogios.

3. ‘Crush’ by Dave Matthews Band, is an 8 minute song.

https://youtu.be/y4qHFem3uE0

Genre: Jam Rock

Released: 1998

Album: Before These Crowded Streets

Written by: Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley, LeRoi Moore.

4. ‘Echo’ by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, is a 6 and a half minute song.

https://youtu.be/_wcMYmNU3f8

Genre: Rock

Released: 1999

Album: Echo

Written by: Tom Petty

5. ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles, is a 7 minute song.

https://youtu.be/A_MjCqQoLLA

Genre: Classic Rock

Released: 1968

Album: White Album

Written by: Paul McCartney, John Lennon.

6. ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd, is a 7 minute song.

https://youtu.be/pgXozIma-Oc

Genre: Progressive Rock

Released: 1973

Album: The Dark Side Of The Moon

Written by: David Gilmour

7. ‘Everything I Do’ by Bryan Adams, is a 6 and a half minute song.

https://youtu.be/Y0pdQU87dc8

Genre: Pop Rock

Released: 1991

Album: Waking Up The Neighbors

Written by: Bryan Adams

8. ‘Pictures Of You’ by The Cure, is a 7 and a half minute song.

https://youtu.be/8U7MeuIT0mw

Genre: Gothic Rock

Released: 1988

Album: Disintegration

Written by: Robert Smith, Porl Thompson.

9. ‘Hotel California’ by The Eagles, is a 6 and a half minute song.

https://youtu.be/3vdhEMVX8pk

Genre: Classic Rock

Released: 1975

Album: Hotel California

Written by: Don Henley, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey.

10. ‘Stairway To Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin, is an 8 minute song.

https://youtu.be/iXQUu5Dti4g

Genre: Classic Rock

Released: 1971

Album: Led Zeppelin IV

Written by: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones.