Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.
Sonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981 & were part of the 'no wave' art & music scene in New York City.
Seattle band Soundgarden are regarded as one of the pioneers of grunge who helped popularise the genre in the 1990s.
The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band, their music combines a ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.
Squeeze are a British band formed in Depford, London in 1974 that came to prominence during the new wave period of the late 1970s.
Status Quo are one of Britain's most successful rock bands selling over 118 million records, famous for their unique brand of boogie rock
Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band formed in 1992 that are best described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals"
Stevie Ray Vaughan, frontman & guitarist of Double Triuble, is regarded as one of the most influential people in the history of Blues music.
Stevie Wonder is a multi-talented singer-songwriter who developed from a child prodigy into one of the world's most creative musical figures
The Stone Roses are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1983, meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat.
The Stranglers are one of the most enduring bands to have come out of the punk scene with an uncompromising attitude and idiosyncratic style
The Style Council, formed by Paul Weller and Mick Talbot in 1982, was known for blending musical styles, politics, and high fashion.
Syd Barrett was a founder member of Pink Floyd and was the lead singer, guitarist and principle songwriter in the band's early years
Talking Heads were formed in New York in 1975. They are known for pioneering new wave music, often combining elements of punk, and funk.
The B'52's are an American new wave band that emerged in the mid-70s with their quirky, fun sound
Thelonious Monk was part of that small but select group of jazz musicians who were responsible for the birth of a new kind of jazz - bebop.
Thin Lizzy's music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music.
Thornley was a Canadian post-grunge/hard rock band formed by Ian Thornley in 2002 after the break-up of his earlier band, Big Wreck.
Tina Turner is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, she has also been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.
National treasure Tom Jones has been entertaining audiences for over six decades with his powerful voice and sex appeal
Tom Robinson is a British singer-songwriter & bassist, who first became known in the late 1970s as a musician with the 'Tom Robinson Band'.
Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters, misfits & his blend of blues, folk & jazz.
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.
The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends drawing on influences from punk rock and the new wave scene.
Van Halen is an American rock band formed in California in 1972, famed for their acclaimed guitarist Eddie Van Halen & electric performances
Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician who is usually known by the name "Van the Man" to his fans.
Velvet Revolver was an American hard rock supergroup who achieved commercial success with their debut album, 'Contraband'.
The White Stripes were an American rock duo who became a worldwide phenomenon with their energetic blend of blues, punk, folk & country.
The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964 & are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.
The Yardbirds were an English rock band formed in 1963. The group launched the careers of guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck.
Yoko Ono is a renowned Japanese multimedia artist, musician, filmmaker, and activist who was the wife and artistic partner of John Lennon
Yumi Matsutoya is renowned for her idiosyncratic voice, live performances & is an important figure in Japanese popular music.