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.”
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.
The Beach Boys
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!
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."
The Mamas and the Papas
John Philips, Cass Eliot, Michelle Philips, and Denny Doherty were The Mamas and the Papas. John and Cass, as their last name implies, were a couple. Although the group played their unique and inspiring music only from 1965 to 1968, they left behind them unforgettable tunes that live until this very day.
When they first broke through, they brought a fresh and young sound to the music. They merged folk together with rock and created something new with vocal abilities that weren't heard until then.
Recommended Listening: "Monday Monday," "Dedicated to the One I Love," and the never forgotten "California Dreaming."