According to the readers of British rock magazine Kerrang!, they most certainly are.
The readers do not know what they’re talking about, but voted anyway on the most influential rock groups of the last 30 years and came up with an interesting list of 10 that could be debated back and forth for the rest of time — which I encourage you do in the comments section below.
Metallica are #1. Take a wild stab at who follows at #2. Think rock, not metal. If you guessed Green Day, give yourself a gold star.
“It gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling that Kerrang! magazine have voted Metallica as the band that most changed their lives,” says Lars Ulrich. “I remember the first issue of the magazine in 1981. I had made a pilgrimage to England because I was obsessed with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I travelled all over the country and that first issue accompanied me everywhere.”
Now, remember — these are British dudes voting here, so when you find out that Bullet For My Valentine made the list at #7, don’t be shocked. But they did, and Alice In Chains didn’t make the list at all. Yet, My Chemical Romance is #5.
Iron Maiden comes in at #3 — that, I can support. Slipknot follows at #4, while Linkin Park comes in at #6. Blink 182 is at #8, Ozzy Osbourne follows at #9, and rounding out the top 10 as the list’s caboose: The Foo Fighters.
Not Nirvana, but the Foo Fighters. This list is fail.
Who would be your top choice?