Whenever you’re in the mood for a great day at the beach, look no further than The Beach Boys. Formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961, the group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend, Al Jardine.
With a rich harmony that made everyone’s day better, the group went on to grab a spot in the ears of every music lover with a radio in the ‘60s.
Recommended Listening: The songs “Good Vibrations” and the classic “I Get Around” while driving alongside the beach with the windows open and the speakers on full volume. Don’t forget to drink non-alcoholic punch while you’re at it!
With a career spanning over 50 years, Alice Cooper (who was born in Detroit, Michigan), is widely regarded as "The Godfather of Shock Rock". The singer, songwriter, and actor claim to have found his inspiration in a combination of horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock. The heavy metal entertainer is known for experimenting with various musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, glam metal, and industrial rock.
Cooper’s performances often include fake blood, snakes, baby dolls, guillotines, electric chairs, and dueling swords, and he is credited with helping shape the look and sound of heavy metal, even being described as the musician who "first introduced horror imagery to rock and roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre." Cooper was awarded the Living Legend in 2006 by the Classic Rock and Roll Honour annual awards program.
Recommended Listening: Alice Cooper's album "School's Out" quickly became a major success, and our favorite track by the band is the single title track from this album. 'School's Out' is a rebellious teenage celebration of the last day of school, many people immediately smile when they remember the classic lyrics, "We got no class / And we got no principles / And we got no innocence / We can't even think of a word that rhymes.".
Considered by many to be one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, the Talking Heads were an American band from New York City. They helped pioneer new wave music by combining funk, punk, and rock with the clean style of some of rock's more soft contemporaries.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and had four of their albums appear in Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Recommended Listening: The Talking Head's hit song, "Burning Down The House," is arguably the best song from the band's breakthrough album, delivering a post-punk song that masquerades as anything but. Give it a listen and decide for yourself.
Simon and Garfunkel
The American folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel is among the best-selling music artists in history. They had been together since the sixth grade and later on began performing under the name Tom & Jerry. Only in 1963, they became the famous duo Simon & Garfunkle.
They released several singles, and in 1965, everything changed for the two with the release of "The Sound of Silence." In 1970 the two decided to go their separate solo ways, not before releasing a few of the greatest hits of all time.
Recommended Listening: "The Boxer", "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", "Mrs. Robinson", and "America". For us, it will always be "The Boxer."
From 1994 until 2001, Marron 5 was actually known as Kara's Flowers. In 1997, after releasing their first album, they were dropped by the record company that couldn't see beyond. Their 2004 hit "This Love" is the single that made them world-famous. After releasing numerous hits, one after the other, they became one of the leading Rock (Pop) bands in the world.
Marron 5 writes their own lyrics and own music. Adam Levine, the lead vocalist, has said that they are influenced by Britpop and many great American artists.
Recommended Listening: "Girl Like You", "One More Night," "This Love," and "Sugar."