... Has been the most consistently good in all their years of preforming? Could be any genre. Obviously, we are not talking one hit wonders. Not even five hit wonders. The guys that, you could pull anything from their entire catalog and be happy listening to it. For me (And it is a close list.), it's...
1st: Led Zeppelin
Really though, with that cast of guys, pretty much everything they did was an epic. Led Zeppelins I-III were great, and IV was just excellent. Physical Graffiti was amazing. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are both at the paramount of their crafts, and nobody is second guessing John Bonham or John Paul Jones either. They were masters of their instruments, and certainly paved the way for so much greatness. I mean, just listen to these tracks, all big hits in their time...
- Stairway to Heaven
- The Immigrant Song
- Black Dog
- When the Levee Breaks
- Rock and Roll
- Whole Lotta Love
etc., etc., etc. These guys cannot really do any wrong, in my eyes. That might be a bit closer to fact then opinion, for sure.
Wow, are these guys ever fresh, and they keep getting better. I know with Muse, it's kind of a 'Love 'em or hate 'em' thing... But I love them. I find their sound as innovative as it is great, and usually, I would be turned away from concept albums, but theirs are always the cream of the crop. Just listen to some of these...
- Map of the Problematique
- Black Holes and Revelations
- Supermassive Blackhole
- Knights of Cydonia
All hits in their own right. And many more.
3rd: Pink Floyd
Floyd is about as magnum opusy as you can get. Every one of their albums, much like Zeppelin, are considered must have classics, from 'The Wall' to 'The DSotM'. Their philosophically and psychedelic drugs charged music and lyrics make them one of the main stays of classic rock. For song samples, try...
- Another Brick in the Wall (Parts I and II)
- Goodbye Blue Sky
- Shine on You Crazy Diamond
- Comfortably Numb
- Run Like Hell
You can obviously see the rock overtones, but that's just my tastes.
Feel free to add and back yours up. Honorable mentions for me include: Rush, Stars, Jack Johnson, Metallica, The Who and The Killers. And forgive me for leaving out The Beatles, but any list that would include them would not be fair.