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Here are the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, according to Rolling Stone

on August 01, 2013, 5:15pm

springsteen bruce Here are the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, according to Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone is back with its list of the 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now, and obviously Bruce Springsteen is No. 1. Obviously because it’s Rolling Stone; Springsteen could record himself coughing for 50 minutes, release it as an album, and they’d give it 5 Stars (we probably would too, tbh). Also obviously, because let’s be honest, there is no other correct answer.

Prince was No. 2 on the list, because after Springsteen, there’s no one better than Prince. Arcade Fire came in at No. 4. Jay Z is at No. 6, which is 14 spots ahead of Kanye West, who I would argue is a more interesting live performer, but then again, HOV is the one touring stadiums right now. Radiohead is at 7; At Ease members are welcome to mail their complaints to the Rolling Stone editors at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104. Jack White is at No. 8. Rage Against the Machine, who last played together in 2011, is at No. 9. U2′s check bounced, so they’re No. 11. Paul McCartney’s check also bounced, so he’s at No. 15. Nine Inch Nails are at No. 17 (LOL). Tom Waits, who hasn’t toured in five years, is at No. 22. Pearl Jam is at No. 23 (LOL). Oh, and somehow Sleigh Bells are ahead of Beyoncé. But, good list.

Here’s the whole thing:

50. Fiona Apple
49. Taylor Swift
48. Green Day
47. Sigur Ros
46. Tool
45. Lady Gaga
44. Janelle Monae
43. Mumford and Sons
42. Skrillex
41. Tame Impala
40. Eric Church
39. Rush
38. Queens of the Stone Age
37. The National
36. Florence and the Machine
35. Bruno Mars
34. Foo Fighters
33. Beyonce
32. Sleigh Bells
31. David Byrne
30. Madonna
29. Muse
28. Patti Smith
27. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
26. Leonard Cohen
25. Phish
24. Dave Matthews Band
23. Pearl Jam
22. Tom Waits
21. Red Hot Chili Peppers
20. Kanye West
19. The Roots
18. Metallica
17. Nine Inch Nails
16. Alabama Shakes
15. Paul McCartney
14. The Black Keys
13. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
12. Wilco
11. U2
10. My Morning Jacket
09. Rage Against the Machine
08. Jack White
07. Radiohead
06. Jay Z
05. Neil Young
04. Arcade Fire
03. The Rolling Stones
02. Prince
01. Bruce Springsteen