7 Bands


This is an off-shoot of our 7Songs lists as started on Twitter at @7SongsCup. The intention of this is to generate interesting rock band collections for each year. A Series consists of 7. These lists are about bands you enjoy, not necessary the 'best band of all-time', etc.

Punters (that is you people) are to send in up to 7 of your favourite bands for the chosen theme. (See Disclaimer below before submitting). I will list bands in a linked forum and presenting our 'records' below.


@7Songs started as @AltMusicBrownlow. It was set up as an alternative to @MusicBrownlow where the 'big bands', stars and pop artists are being covered. 7Songs is more focused on rock-based bands, mostly of the heavier and/or alternative variety. That continues here with 7Bands. Though I will be stricter on the choice of bands for 7Songs Seasons, try to stick to our niche here too. (I am not deploring other styles, it is just that they have their places and time in the lime-light.) When submitting your lists, think LOUD, not mellow)… and…
*First priority is that they are guitar-based!
*Second: They are ROCK PLUS: punk, alternative, indie (as in what was called 'Independent Music in 90s & earlier), metal, hard rock, rock, ska, heavy, industrial and all of their related genres. The odd upbeat folky band might make it too (not slow country-indie-singer-songwriter-basically pop stuff; we want Celtic-folk-punk stuff).
*Ask yourself - would they play Soundwave (or similar festivals), appear in mags/websites such as Wall of Sound (Aus), Blunt, Hot Metal, Kerrang, Loudwire etc? JJJ is no guide anymore (though Faster, Louder might be, if it is still on). Just b/c something is on JJJ does not mean it is 'alternative' enough for here.
*Avoid straight pop artists, country, hip hop, rap, dance, electronica, soul, jazz, classical, R&B, indie-pop, ambient, all slow, 'indie' that remains really lo-fi and continually goes, "Dnn, Dnn, Dnn, Dnn." etc.
These are all just priorities. There may be exceptions, and of course there WILL be arguments regarding genre and whether or not a band is alternative or heavy enough… I know ;). We can play out the exceptions on the Twitter, (like we did with Beastie Boys and The Prodigy - both accepted BTW ;)). Happy punting and I hope you get into the spirit of creating lists with us :)

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  • Each round is a separate THEME that are pre-selected for a series. (For example, our first run is by starting letter/number).
  • People are to list UP TO 7 of their favourite bands for that round.
  • Each mention counts as 1 vote; there is no order (except your votes may determine order of bands on the same votes).
  • Rounds typically last around 48 hours. This gives people a chance to 'check out' bands. (One of main purposes of doing this is for me, and hopefully others, to explore new music :). If punters let me know they are working on a list, I will hold off ending that run.)

Round Winner

  • At end of each round a leader board will be posted showing all bands that received 3+ votes. I keep lists of ALL voted bands on the linked forum.


  • Each series will consist of 7 rounds of 7 different themes.

(Then punters get a say on what we do next ;)).


7 Bands Records

Top 7 List of Most Bands Nominated

These are the top 'Biggest Line-Ups' (bands with 3+votes):

No of Bands Run (Series)
42 M
35 T, C
34 S, B, D
33 P

Top 7 Runs/Themes with Bands receiving 10+ votes.

No of Bands w 10+ Run/Theme
12 M
10 T, B, QR
9 S
8 A, C

Top 7 Most Votes for Individual Band.

These are the highest ranking individual bands.

Votes Band (theme)
38 Faith No More (F)
34 Metallica (M)
33 Tool (T); Soundgarden (S); ACDC (A)
30 Nirvana (N); Pearl Jam (P); The Living End (L)

Top 7 Highest Ranking Bands

This list ranks the bands that have placed several times. (1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point).

Points Band (Placings & Years)

Other Bands with Multiple Placings

Points Band (Placings & Years)


Series 1 By Starting Letter

Theme Collection (w 3+ Votes) Top Band (Votes) 2nd Band (Votes) 3rd Band (Votes)
UV 27 Van Halen (19) Violent Femmes (14) Urge Overkill (12)
M 42 Metallica (34) Midnight Oil (26) Motorhead (26)
E 26 Everclear (21) Elvis Costello (14) The Easybeats (11)
T 35 Tool (33) TISM (24) Thin Lizzy (13)
N 23 Nirvana (30) NOFX (19) Nick Cave (17)
P 33 Pearl Jam (30) Pixies (18) Pennywise (15)
S 34 Soundgarden (33) The Smashing Pumpkins (23) Spiderbait (17)

Series 2 By Starting Letter

Theme Collection (w 3+ Votes) Top Band (Votes) 2nd Band (Votes) 3rd Band (Votes)
G 21 Green Day (28) Guns 'N' Roses (24) Grinspoon (19)
F 23 Faith No More (38) Foo Fighters (27) Frenzal Rhomb (24)
A 30 ACDC (33) Alice in Chains (22) Audioslave (19)
B 34 Black Sabbath (23) Black Flag (17) Beastie Boys (16)
C 35 The Clash (26) Cosmic Psychos (14) The Cure (13)
XYZ, Numbers, Symbols 18 You Am I (23) ZZ Top (14) XTC (14)
L 26 The Living End (30) Led Zeppelin (29) Living Color (19)

Series 3 By Starting Letter

Theme Collection (w 3+ Votes) Top Band (Votes) 2nd Band (Votes) 3rd Band (Votes)
K 24 Kyuss (18) King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (14) KISS (12)
IJ 27 Jebediah (18) Iggy Pop (& the Stooges) (18) Iron Maiden (17)
H 27 Helmet (21) Hole (20) Hüsker Dü (19)
W 24 The White Stripes (23) Weezer (23) The Who (22)
QR 29 Rage Against the Machine (26) Ramones (23) Queens of the Stone Age (16)
D 34 Dead Kennedys (24) Dinosaur Jr (15) The Dropkick Murphys (13)
O 18 The Offspring (19) Ozzy Osbourne (11) Opeth (7)


Bands By Starting Letter. These are all in one forum!

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