The thread on "Best Band Ever" has gotten pretty long. Let's look at it a different way. Almost all of the "classical" music that is today considered truly "classical" is roughly 75 to 350 years old. Only a couple of composers like Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams created music during my lifetime that critics, fans and musicologists agree is both "classical" in style (whatever that really means) and great enough to take its place among the works of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. It's really remarkable for a piece of music to retain its appeal that long. It helps to be entirely instrumental. Even in the "popular" vein, the swing of Benny Goodman and the ragtime of Scott Joplin can still connect with us. But singing styles change with the times. Few people besides nostalgia buffs and the survivors of my parents' generation care to hear the pop tunes of the early 20th century sung any more. Older vocal works like operettas and grand opera have avid but very small fan bases. (Don't try to throw "Carmina Burana" at me. It was written in 1935, making it roughly contemporary with George Gershwin and Billie Holiday.) Still, a few "songs" from earlier centuries survive, generally with their composers' names forgotten and now passed on as "folk" music. "Sheandoah" from America, "Blackjack Davy/Gypsy Rover" from England. The oldest I know of is "Greensleeves," which has been continually translated into more modern English, probably dates to the Crusades, and is surely a tribute to the legions of camp-following prostitutes. After all, how does a lady get green sleeves? So let's take a longer perspective on this question. Which bands or compositions from the rock era will people still remember, much less respect and appreciate, hundreds of years from now? I have a couple of suggestions to start the list. One is the Beatles, but not for the reasons you're thinking. Check out the children's section of your music store. You'll find songs like "Yellow Submarine" and "Hey Jude" on contemporary albums of nursery rhymes. No artifacts of our culture are more enduring than those of children because we carry the memories of our childhoods forever. I've read that a popular children's game in modern Europe is mentioned in the writings of the ancient Romans, in almost identical form. Some of the nonsense syllables that people coo to their toddlers over old Celtic-sounding melodies are actually Gaelic lyrics passed down over the centuries by English people who were raised by Irish nannies but never learned the language. The other is of course Pink Floyd. You saw that coming because I've noted a couple of times here that "Dark Side of the Moon" has been on the Billboard Top 200 for 33 years and they had to arbitrarily drop it to get it off the chart. The grandchildren of the people who first heard it love it. It's easy to predict that when it's been around for merely seven decades like Ravel's "Bolero" or a century like Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra," it will... well it will still be around. But how about when it's as old as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto? So, my friends. Those of you who say Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix or the Rolling Stones or Lynyrd Skynyrd are your favorites. That music is as old as Pink Floyd and it is still very popular. But what do you suppose people will think of it in 2040 or 2070 when the purchasers of the original vinyl are gone? Or in 2320? Will they think about it at all? Will they even remember it? And those who picked more recent stars like Guns n Roses. Same assignment, but tougher for you. The people who picked new bands like Green Day, you're off the hook. You're just telling us who your favorite band is and that's cool. No one has the perspective to place something that contemporary into a future historical context. And keep it interesting. If you think this music will endure through a couple of new eras, tell us why. Hmm... I don't think anyone mentioned Bob Dylan. Think his songs will endure? Hank Williams? Elvis? This is the kind of stuff I can see becoming future "folk music."