Earlier today I happened upon a commercial for the Rolling Stones, which made a pretty boisterous claim. It said: "A million bands play rock and roll, but only one band IS rock and roll" (obviously insinuating that the Stones were that band). Obviously, the legacy of the Stones is massive, and they were a huge player in the advancement of Rock and Roll to the popular scene. But of all the rock and roll bands to have left their mark on the industry, can the Stones really claim to be king?
So, let the voice of MMO-Champ be heard! What band do you think of when you hear "Rock and Roll"? Vote for who you believe deserves the crown!
Obviously, I don't have the poll space to include every band I would like to, so for simplicity's sake I will include bands who I personally feel have a lasting legacy on the industry and I am also leaving out bands who cross over Rock with other genres (sorry to Sabbath, Floyd, and Rush fans, as well as the millions of other fans of rock sub-genres). Obviously, my poll list will be very biased towards the rock music I've experienced, but keep in mind that this is not a poll for your "favorite" rock and roll band, but rather the band you feel has had the biggest impact on or left the biggest legacy in the rock and roll industry. For that reason I've included the bands that I did. But feel free to choose "Other" and leave a reason why you feel a different band deserves the title.
Also, please remember that music is subjective, and therefore please do not bash other people's opinions. I don't want this to devolve into a flamewar and get locked. This is not a "versus" thread, it is meant to be a tribute to all musicians mentioned in the poll and the subsequent posts, so please treat it as such and be civil and polite.