It’s higher to burn out than to fade away – or so mentioned Neil Younger. However, infrequently, a band does neither. This listing of the 30 oldest bands in music celebrates the teams who’ve turn out to be part of our cultural material: they’ve weathered the storms collectively, survived altering developments and confirmed that they’ve received what it takes to maintain a loyal fanbase coming again for extra, decade after decade.

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Oldest Bands In Music: 30 Acts That Defy The Legal guidelines Of Age And Time

30: The Radiators

Anybody who’s been to New Orleans since 1978 ought to know this band. The Radiators have dominated the famed juke joint Tipitina’s and town’s legendary Jazz Fest, all whereas making just one personnel change: including and subtracting a percussionist. Although they referred to as it quits in 2010, they’ve carried out stay yearly since then, and proceed to be one of many longest-running teams.
12 months fashioned: 1978

29: Def Leppard

UK exhausting rock legends Def Leppard deserve inclusion on this listing for perseverance alone, having survived two tragedies – the lack of guitarist Steve Clark, and of drummer Rock Allen’s arm – on the top of their fame. For all that they’ve completed through the years, they’ve had nearly no change in personnel in 40 years, with no dwelling member leaving since guitarist Pete Willis, in 1982.
12 months fashioned: 1977

28: U2

All the time a close-knit brotherhood, U2 haven’t skilled a personnel change since 1978. The core line-up was solidified that 12 months when The Edge’s brother Dik Evans realised the band didn’t want a rhythm guitarist and walked offstage throughout a present.
12 months fashioned: 1976

27: Insanity

The ska-pop veterans of North London are nonetheless going robust since releasing the smash single ‘One Step Past’, and accompanying album, again in 1979. The unique six-member outfit (dancer Chas Smash, now departed, joined afterward) stays intact and continues to be one of many oldest bands British music has ever recognized.
12 months fashioned: 1976

26: The Remedy

Robert Smith’s crew have in all probability had essentially the most personnel modifications of any bands on this listing, however The Remedy is arguably a few spirit – a darkish and mysterious spirit, after all – greater than a line-up. So it is sensible that Smith and the present line-up, which has really has two-thirds of the unique group since bassist Simon Gallup returned, not too long ago celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary by taking part in songs from their complete historical past.
12 months fashioned: 1976

25: Aerosmith

All 5 members who fashioned Aerosmith in 1970 are nonetheless rocking, which might make them kings of the hill. Solely bother is the five-year 70s-80s stretch when guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford took a flyer. By now, nevertheless, they’ve in all probability forgotten they have been ever gone.
12 months fashioned: 1970

24: ZZ High

That little ol’ band from Texas has maintained the identical line-up collectively for slightly below a half-century, with no one ever coming or going. Sure, Billy Gibbons made the primary ZZ High single with two totally different guys, however the Gibbons/Hill/Beard trio has been in place since 1970. That’s sufficient to make ZZ High the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in all the historical past of well-liked music. There’s received to be magic in these beards.
12 months fashioned: 1969

23: Little Feat

When Little Feat resumed touring in 1987, after a break prompted by founder Lowell George’s demise, they promised onstage that it wouldn’t be “a type of jive, once-around-the-block reunions”. They weren’t kidding: they’ve since misplaced drummer Richie Hayward, however the 4 survivors of the Dixie Rooster line-up are nonetheless all aboard and stay one of many longest-running teams.
12 months fashioned: 1969

22: Rush

Although they didn’t set any longevity data, 44 years collectively isn’t any slouch, with the acquainted Rush trio of Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and latecomer drummer Neil Peart remaining steady from 1974-2018. By the point they wound it down, Rush’s musical synchrony was unmatchable.
12 months fashioned: 1968

21: Deep Purple

Probably the most sturdy of British hard-rock bands, Deep Purple nonetheless consists of three-fifths of the group that recorded ‘Smoke On The Water’ in 1971. And let’s hear it for Ian Paice, who’s not solely an underrated drummer, however the one Purple member who’s been in each line-up. Should you see the band on their present tour – a “goodbye” tour, although they’ll be again within the studio afterward – count on it to shut with ‘Hush’, the hit that began all of it in 1968.
12 months fashioned: 1968

20: Parliament/Funkadelic

No matter George Clinton calls it, or whoever’s within the line-up, the funky spirit of this band – which technically started as The Parliaments, again within the 50s – is everlasting; and that even counts for the hip-hop experiments on the previous couple of releases. P-Funk’s future’s doubtful now that Clinton’s retiring, however there’ll nonetheless be a Mothership someplace within the universe
12 months fashioned: 1968

19: Van Der Graaf Generator

Prog bands are infamous for his or her personnel turnover; Sure and King Crimson are a genealogist’s nightmare. However the line-up of Van Der Graaf Generator that not too long ago toured and recorded in 2016 – that includes the core of the late-60s band, together with Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Man Evans –proved to be extra intense than ever.
12 months fashioned: 1967

18: Fairport Conference

England’s first nice folk-rock band was all the time greater than the sum of its elements, and the modifications began early. Their 1968 debut and 1973’s Rosie album have been made by fully totally different line-ups, but every is quintessentially Fairport. After 50 years, they play on with long-returned founder Simon Nicol and early joiner Dave Pegg.
12 months fashioned: 1967

17: Chicago

Given their countless personnel modifications, you wouldn’t look forward to finding Chicago among the many listing of longest-running teams. However as of 2019, 4 of the seven founders – Robert Lamm and the three horn gamers – are nonetheless formally within the band, although the horn males have these days been utilizing subs onstage.
12 months fashioned: 1967

16: The Monkees

For a band fully manufactured for TV, the longevity of The Monkees is outstanding. Their unique line-up, consisting of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and English actor/singer Davy Jones, starred as a 60s pop-rock band on the NBC sitcom The Monkees (1966-68). After their 60s heyday – and an 80s revival – the band nonetheless considerably persists, with surviving members Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith reuniting for event excursions that includes the music of The Monkees.
12 months fashioned: 1966

15: Vanilla Fudge

The band that arguably invented heavy metallic, and positively made one of many weirdest idea albums of all time (The Beat Goes On), continues to be at it regardless of just a few breaks through the years. Presently, solely retired bassist Tim Bogert is lacking from the 1967 line-up.
12 months fashioned: 1965

14: The Cowsills

Siblings can’t break up (although, sadly, three of The Cowsills have handed). The Cowsills nonetheless include Bob, Paul and Susan doing the classic harmonies (whereas brother John is an honourary Seaside Boy, offering vocals and drums with Mike Love and Bruce Johnston’s touring band), making them an actual breath of contemporary air on the 60s revival circuit.
12 months fashioned: 1965

13: The Who

Since their unique formation in 1964, The Who have taken breaks from the street, gone solo, and suffered tragedy, and but all the surviving unique members are nonetheless within the group. Additionally they deserve a particular benefit prize among the many oldest teams, for lasting the longest after their official “farewell tour”, which was again in 1982. Their 2019 album, WHO, is, nevertheless, wanting like their final.
12 months fashioned: 1964

12: Neil Younger And Loopy Horse

Neil Younger And Loopy Horse have by no means damaged up, however they’ve taken just a few prolonged breaks within the barn. The core of Neil Younger, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina has been in place since 1969, with the fourth place being held by the late Danny Whitten, the retired Frank Sampedro and, presently, Nils Lofgren.
12 months fashioned: 1963

11: The Dixie Cups

New Orleans’ contribution to the “lady group” period gave the world the traditional ‘Chapel Of Love’. Two of the three unique members (sisters Barbara and Rosa Lee Hawkins) nonetheless carry out usually, whereas the third slot is now taken by Athelgra Neville, whose brothers are equally legendary down in Crescent Metropolis.
12 months fashioned: 1963

10: The Seaside Boys

Life with out The Seaside Boys is simply too unhappy to think about, however since 1962 we haven’t needed to. By all their complicated historical past there’s all the time been a model of the group on the street, and presently you may have your selection of two: Mike Love has the official Seaside Boys, with longtime cohort Bruce Johnston, whereas Brian Wilson’s solo band options two unique bandmates, himself and Al Jardine.
12 months fashioned: 1962

9: The Rolling Stones

Rock immortals in additional methods than one, The Rolling Stones are remarkably sturdy for a band that’s lived so exhausting. Three of the six members (together with the late Ian Stewart) who fashioned the band in 1962 are nonetheless there, and even new man Darryl Jones has a quarter-century to his credit score.
12 months fashioned: 1962

8: Golden Earring

‘Twilight Zone’ after which some: this Dutch quartet are the true Methuselahs of rock. The 2 founders, bassist Rinus Gerritsen and guitarist George Kooymans, began approach again in 1961, whereas singer Barry Hay joined in 1967 and drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk got here aboard in 1970. Different gamers have come and gone, however no quartet can match the longevity of Earring’s core 4.
12 months fashioned: 1961

7: The Zombies

They’ve had some lengthy breaks, however the identical band that minimize 1968’s beloved Odessey & Oracle album (minus solely the late guitarist Paul Atkinson) continues to be performing it in 2019 – and sounding higher than ever, because of the golden-voiced Colin Blunstone.
12 months fashioned: 1961

6: Jay And The Individuals

Largely intact pre-Beatles teams get scarcer yearly, however this vocal group has solely had seven totally different members (together with three Jays) in its 60-year historical past. You possibly can nonetheless see three quarters of the group that recorded the 1963 traditional ‘Come A Little Bit Nearer’.
12 months fashioned: 1960

5: The O’Jays

Shaped in 1958 (with two originals nonetheless remaining), R&B stalwarts The O’Jays have been already veterans after they hit within the 70s with ‘Again Stabbers’ and ‘Love Prepare’. They’re presently on a farewell tour, so catch them when you can.
12 months fashioned: 1958

4: 4 Tops

No one ever stop Motown quartet 4 Tops, which maintained the identical line-up for a tremendous 44 years, starting in 1953. Three of the founders have since handed, however the group is alive with sole unique Duke Fakir.
12 months fashioned: 1953

3: The Dells

Vocal aficionados love this Chicago group, which represented soul concord at its smoothest and stored the identical five-man line-up for a tremendous 49 years, starting in 1960. Solely the demise of singer Johnny Carter stored them from hitting a half-century intact as one of many oldest bands.
12 months fashioned: 1945

2: The Oak Ridge Boys

Neglect The Seaside Boys and their contemporaries: out of America’s longest-running teams is a rustic quartet with treasured little crossover success for the reason that 80s ‘Elvira’ days. The Oak Ridge Boys fashioned in 1947 and the present line-up, which nonetheless data and excursions, has remained unchanged since 1973.
12 months fashioned: 1945

1: The Blind Boys Of Alabama

A lot of the unique members of this traditional gospel group are deceased, however surviving unique Jimmy Carter, who provides his age as “just a few years previous 50”, has been performing with The Blind Boys Of Alabama since 1939. Go and high that.
12 months fashioned: 1939

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