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The White Stripes Albums Best To Worst, music, albums,

Get Behind Me Satan

White Blood Cells

De Stijl

The White Stripes


Icky Thump

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<![CDATA[The Best American Idol Contestants Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-american-idol-contestants-ever/pocketful-of-sunshine
Who are the best American Idol contestants ever? As the FOX reality singing competition show continues on after a dozen seasons, the list of great Idol contestants continues to grow. AI is a force to be reckoned with, and it's certainly among the best reality TV shows in recent memory. Which artist do you believe is the best AI alum of all time? Vote for your favorites, vote down any you just can't stand (yes, Sanjaya is on the list, so have at it) and, if your personal favorite isn't listed, add that contestant, please.

Here's the thing about American Idol: Most of the winners are genuinely outstanding singers and have gone on to enjoy great success in the music world. It's hard to argue that Kelly Clarkson, the very first AI winner from season one, isn't a phenomenal talent and a force in the music industry. She's definitely one of the best female vocalists around.The same goes for country songbird Carrie Underwood, who won Idol in the show's fourth season. She went on to become one of the most celebrated female vocalists of the past 10 years. And Phillip Phillips, the singer-songwriter who took the American Idol crown in 2012, is enjoying a great deal of success with his debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon.

One thing about this list of favorite 'American Idol' contestants: Many of the best artists didn't actually win on the show. Some were runners up, while others finished in the top five before getting booted off. 'Idol' runners up who went on to become major stars include Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert, David Archuleta and Clay Aiken are all good examples. Oh, and guess what? Top five finishers who went on to great success would certainly include rocker Chris Daughtry, country singer Kelly Pickler and certainly Jennifer Hudson. J-Hud finished *seventh* on 'Idol' in season three, and went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in the movie Dreamgirls

Enjoy this list of Idol finalists, don't forget to vote. You can also re-rank this list in any order you want. While you're at it, why not cast your vote for the person you believe would be the next great 'American Idol' judge, too?
The Best American Idol Contestants Ever,

Carrie Underwood

Chris Daughtry

Clay Aiken

Jennifer Hudson

Katharine McPhee

Kellie Pickler

Kelly Clarkson

Adam Lambert

Jessica Sanchez

David Cook

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<![CDATA[CAKE Albums from Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cake-albums-from-best-to-worst/-kxm-

CAKE Albums from Best to Worst,

Comfort Eagle

Fashion Nugget

Motorcade of Generosity

Pressure Chief

Prolonging the Magic

Showroom of Compassion

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<![CDATA[Deftones Studio Albums From Best To Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deftones-studio-albums-from-best-to-worst/-kxm-

Deftones Studio Albums From Best To Worst,


Around the Fur

Saturday Night Wrist

White Pony


Diamond Eyes

Koi No Yokan


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<![CDATA[Musical Movies With the Best Songs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/musical-movies-with-the-best-songs/ranker-film
What are the greatest musical movies with the best songs? This list includes many of the greatest movies ever made, in large part because of the incredible songs they feature. These movies are the ones you stop and sing along to, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Vote for the musical movies that you think featured the best songs, vote down any you don't like and please, feel free to re-rank this list in any order you like. Also, if you've got a favorite film that isn't listed, add it!

There is a reason that the Academy Awards recognizes "best original song" in addition to score: Songs from films are incredibly important. Movies with the best soundtracks are already good, but they become positively iconic with great music. Films like "The Wizard of Oz" are already true classics, but with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"? Even better.

Not surprisingly, this list includes movie adaptations of some of the best Broadway musicals ever made: "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "West Side Story," to name a few. Each one of these movies included many, if not all, of the most memorable songs from the Broadway soundtracks.

Every film listed here could easily be considered among the best music movies ever made, but in this case, it's about the songs: "Tomorrow" from "Annie," "Circle of Life" from "The Lion King" and "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" - can you honestly say you don't sing along? Didn't think so.

If you love movies, and you love music, you'll definitely want to check out (and vote) on this list of the movies with that best soundtracks ever, too.
Musical Movies With the Best Songs,



Mary Poppins

Singin' in the Rain

The Lion King

The Phantom of the Opera

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Sound of Music

The Wizard of Oz

West Side Story

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<![CDATA[The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-pop-artists-of-the-1980s
The 1980s was a huge decade in terms of breaking pop stars. '80s artists benefited from the rising popularity of cable television. MTV was a cultural phenomenon that became a kingmaker in terms of helping create larger than life '80s pop stars. Singers like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna, largely considered three of the biggest '80s pop stars, were greatly impacted by these new outlets. Their iconic music videos revolutionized the way people consumed music.

In a sense, the '80s turned run of the mill musicians into major pop stars. Artists like Billy Ocean, Huey Lewis & The News, Rick Springfield, and Richard Marx all had brushes with fame during this decade. While the merits of their respective widespread fame and acclaim can be debated, no one can doubt or diminish their achievements as some of the biggest stars of the 1980s and most widely known and remembered '80s groups. Some of the decade's biggest pop artists and pop artists have endured to the present day. Bon Jovi, Journey, and the late Whitney Houston are examples of '80s singers whose music was able to endure and are considered classics from that time period.

Here is your chance to pick the best 1980s pop stars. This Ultimate List will determine who was the greatest pop star of the decade, and it's up to you decide who takes the honor.
The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s,

Cyndi Lauper

David Bowie

George Michael


Michael Jackson

Phil Collins



The Police

Whitney Houston

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<![CDATA[All Iron Maiden Albums, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/all-iron-maiden-albums-ranked-best-to-worst
Iron Maiden is considered one of the most important bands in the history of heavy metal music. The British rockers unleashed a brand of music that set them apart from their contemporaries. The band has released 37 albums, with 15 studio albums, 11 live albums, four EPs and seven compilations. Formed in 1975, Iron Maiden shot to fame to in the early '80s after the release of 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death, 1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. What makes Iron Maiden albums different from any other band is that their music has received little-to-any support from mainstream rock radio. Yet the albums have continued to sell well over the years, with many achieving platinum and multi-platinum status worldwide.

Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, reaffirming their standing as one of rock music's biggest bands. Already known as one of the best live bands ever, Iron Maiden still attracts tens of thousands of fans to their concerts. Their staying power and rabid fans helped them score their first number one album with The Final Frontier in 2010.

With a discography as lengthy as Iron Maiden's, it is up to you to vote on the albums in the Iron Maiden catalog can truly be considered the best. It is not an easy decision with so many legendary albums to choose from, but ultimately ranking Iron Maiden albums falls into the hands of you, the fans. So make sure this Ultimate List reflects your view by voting for all of the Iron Maiden albums.
All Iron Maiden Albums, Ranked Best to Worst,

Fear of the Dark


Piece of Mind


Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Somewhere in Time

Iron Maiden

Brave New World

The Number of the Beast

The Final Frontier

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<![CDATA[Insane Things That Have Happened at CBGB]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-cbgb-stories/jessica-defino
CBGB stories have become the stuff of legend. CBGB & OMFUG - that's "Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers" - has a unique history of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that's shrouded in mystery. Everyone knows that there are crazy stories from CBGB's heyday, but how many can you actually name? It's time to draw back the curtain on the iconic venue. Here are the 18 most insane things that happened at CBGB.

Insane Things That Have Happened at CBGB,

Living Color Recorded a Live Album There in 1989 - and Didn't Release it Until 2005
The heavy metal-influenced rock band Living Color recorded their album, Live From CBGB, in 1989. Their label, Legacy Recordings, held the release until 2005 - maybe to capitalize on the rumors that CBGB was shuttering its doors?
The Talking Heads Opened for the Ramones
June 8, 1975: The Talking Heads made their first-ever appearance at CBGB, opening for The Ramones. The bands went on to tour together, and were even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the same night. Thank you, CBGB, for that magical pairing.
John Belushi Filled in on Drums with the Dead Boys
When the drummer for the Dead Boys, Johnny Blitz, was stabbed in 1978, the CBGB community rallied to raise money for his medical bills. During the Blitz Benefit, many drummers filled in for Blitz during Dead Boys sets. Among them? John Belushi.
Shakira Did a Sexy Photoshoot in the Notoriously Disgusting CBGB Bathroom
The bathroom at CBGB was considered one of the most disgusting places on earth. One toilet stood in the middle of the room, with no stall around it, propped up on a wooden "throne"/platform. In 2001, Shakira thought it'd be a good idea to do a sexy photoshoot next to one of the famous urinals. She missed the mark. 
The Owner of CBGB Started a Moving Company to Employ Regulars
Owner Hilly Kristal started a CBGB Moving Company in the 1970s. He staffed his new company with the venue's regulars, and made CBGB T-shirts for them to wear while on duty. That spun off into an official CBGB Fashion Line, worth $2 million by 2005.
Patti Smith Was One of the First Performers Booked
Back when CBGB opened in 1973, owner Hilly Kristal booked a bunch of up-and-comers to play the debut shows. Among them? Patti Smith
Johnny Rotten Hid Out at CBGB And Got Wasted the Day After the Sex Pistols Broke Up
Guitarist Binky Phillips met Johnny Rotten at CBGB just two days after The Sex Pistols had broken up. The singer was holed up at the back of the bar, wearing a tan overcoat with the collar pulled up over his face in an attempt to hide out.
Guns 'N' Roses Debuted "Patience" Before Axl Rose Knew the Lyrics
Guns 'N' Roses premiered their song "Patience"at CBGB in 1987. Axl Rose had only sung the song once before, and read the lyrics off of a sheet of paper as he performed. The song would later go on to reach #4 on Billboard's Hot 100. 
The Ramones Carried Their Instruments to Their First Gig at CBGB in Paper Bags
The Ramones debuted at CBGB in 1974. It's believe that they carried their instruments to that first gig in paper shopping bags, and played a 20-minute set. They were signed a year later.
Weddings Have Been Held in the Basement
After closing in 2006, the CBGB property was split in two. The basement portion became a rental venue, now rented out for weddings. The insane part? A sink from the infamously disgusting CBGB bathroom is part of the wedding decor.

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<![CDATA[Pop Stars Who Switched Genres]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pop-stars-who-switched-genres/jessica-defino
The struggle for musicians is real: stay true to the music, or go for fame and money? You can't always have both, and the number of pop stars who switched genres suggests that the desire for super-stardom often comes out on top. Of course, singers who changed genres have their reasons, whether they've evolved as artists, want to try something new, or are just listening to their record label. From Taylor Swift (who smartly moved from country to pop) and  Katy Perry (who ditched Christian rock for her bubblegum sound), to Gwen Stefani (who left ska garages for the Top 40), these are biggest pop stars who started — or ended — in other genres.

Pop Stars Who Switched Genres,

Darius Rucker
Fans of alternative '90s bands will recognize the name Darius Rucker from his first gig as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish. While Rucker saw commercial success with Hootie, he says he's much happier as a country artist: "That's what I need to be doing, going country more than anything else. I'm happiest when I'm doing that." Fans agree; Rucker is constantly at the top of the country charts these days.
Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl and his bandmates in Nirvana are icons of the grunge rock genre. Grohl was a drummer back in those days, and has since made the jump to lead singer/guitarist with the Foo Fighters, his pop-rock band. To fans, Dave Grohl can do no wrong: he's been immensely successful in both genres.
Gwen Stefani
In the beginning, Gwen was a mid-'90s ska/punk/NorGal girl who made garage music with her band, No Doubt. She switched it up in 2002 when she released her first solo pop album, Love Angel Music Baby. Now, she bops back and forth between writing her own pop music and collaborating on ska sounds with No Doubt.
When Jewel broke onto the music scene in 1995 with Pieces Of You, she became an overnight success. Fans loved her raw, acoustic sound and poetic lyrics, which she continued to serve up with her next two studio albums. In 2003, though, Jewel decided to go full-on pop with "Intuition." The single crashed and burned: turns out, fans didn't want to see their beloved folk artist sexed-up in a wet t-shirt! Luckily, Jewel has since transitioned back to her roots.
Liz Phair
Liz Phair is the indie-feminist-rocker girls love. Her gritty, electric sound in the '90s made her a Lillith Fair staple, but all that changed in 2003 with the release of her bubblegum pop single, "Why Can't I?" Fans and critics were outraged, but Phair stood by her new, upbeat sound saying, "For years when people asked me, 'Why can't you do Guyville again?' I would say, because I can't go back into that miserable existence. Why do you want me to be a liar and unhappy?"
Miley Cyrus
Tween queen Miley Cyrus rose to the top of the pop charts after her run as Disney's "Hannah Montana" with songs like "The Climb" and "7 Things I Hate About You." Eager to shed her Disney princess image, she went for a more electronic, hip-hop vibe with 2013's Bangerz. Cyrus' next album, Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, ventured into experimental psychedelic-rock territory, and fans were split down the middle on her new sound. You do you, girl!
P!nk's big 2005 hit, "There You Go," was more R&B than anything else. Her rhyme and flow were on point, but that didn't stop her from testing the waters of the pop world. Her sophomore album, Missundaztood, had a handful of pop hits which encouraged her to dive into the genre head-first. Now, she's a bona fide pop star.
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is arguably the most successful country crossover artist of all time. Her first singles out of Nashville were filled with lyrics about pick up trucks, porch swings, and rednecks — a far cry from her 2015 pop effort, 1989. Now Swift is all about shaking it off as the reigning queen of the pop charts. She's said of her transition, "I think eventually you have to pick a lane, and I just picked the one that felt more natural to me at this point in my life."
Katy Perry
Before "California Girls" and "Teenage Dream," pop superstar Katy Perry was putting out songs called "Faith Won't Fail" and "Trust In Me" as a Christian-rock artist. Back then, in 2001, she went by her real name (Katy Hudson) and rocked her real hair color (blonde). In 2002, she moved to Los Angeles and spent the next five years fine-tuning her brand new pop sound before emerging as the raven-haired pop goddess Katy Perry in 2007, and debuting her single, "I Kissed A Girl." 
Lana Del Rey
If Lana Del Rey sounds like a made-up name to you, that's because it is! When Lana first tried to break into the music biz, she was known as Lizzy Grant. The girl-next-door name matched her casual look and acoustic sound. It wasn't until 2011 that she recreated herself as Lana Del Rey and found the haunting, DIY sound she used in her single "Video Games." Since then, Lana has released three more albums and described her most recent sound as having a "muddy trap energy."

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<![CDATA[The Best Female Vocalists Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-female-voice-ever
List of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you. Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list includes everyone from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades. Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers.

Vote: The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences. Vote up those great female voices you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Click "rerank" to make a list of your own!

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The Best Female Vocalists Ever,


Aretha Franklin
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Barbra Streisand
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Celine Dion
See The best Songs Of Celine Dion
Christina Aguilera
See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera
Ella Fitzgerald
See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald
Karen Carpenter

Mariah Carey
See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey
Tina Turner
See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner
Whitney Houston
See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

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