Thankfully, Q fits the bill quite nicely.
Of course they go first. I could (and have) written about them before. I love them so, so, so much and consider the fact that all my kids have their mp3 players loaded with Queen music as a sign that I'm doing something right as a parent.
One of the most influential producers in the last thirty years in music, he's also done a little recording. I always loved this song along with a few of his other collaborations. If only more people could pull this kind of talent together for songs.
I love, love, love this woman. She's strong and proud and beautiful. She's a rapper, a singer, an actress and a role model to women everywhere.
In the days when the hair bands were on the downslide, they showed up and proved that metal bands could write ridiculously good songs with deep, dark lyrics. This song. I must have listened to it a bajillion times.
Queens of the Stone Age
One of the most interesting bands out there these days, they have pulled in all kinds of guests to work with them on songs. Heavy on guitar riffs, you might not recognize their name, but you've heard their music plenty if you ever wander the alternative radio stations. Oh, and who's the drummer in this video??? Yep, it's my boy Dave Grohl.
One of the earliest heavy metal bands, they rocked hard and set the stage for all kinds of music down the road. Turn it up. Go ahead. You know you want to.