42. The Monkees

Many of the musicians on this list create a polarizing opinion as to their “validity”. In the latter half of the 1960’s, there likely was no group that separated fans as much the Monkees did. Their bubblegum image and status as a corporate creation were labels that they couldn’t shake, and despite the fun solid music they made they were a group that was not considered “cool” at their height.   The Monkees have to be the most successful band in the 60’s who have not been enshrined in Cleveland. Granted, they were assembled together to create a television show and did not play on their first album, but after they fought for some semblance of creative control, they proved to be a very capable group. This was certainly proven by their live shows, later albums and fact that their fans included such legends as John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.…
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