Big Star is ranked number 215 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 9,697.
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- Chris Bell
- Alex Chilton
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Big Star best albums
The following albums by Big Star are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:
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This artist is rated in the top 1% of all artists on BestEverAlbums.com. This artist has a Bayesian average rating of 84.2/100, a mean average of 84.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 85.4/100. The standard deviation for this artist is 12.3.
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It took me quite a while, but I can finally say that this is the most underrated band in rock music history. All 3 records are equally great, and it's a shame that they didn't have more commercial success. Look on the bright side, though! At least their discography remained flawless, not counting the forgotten 2005 album.
Great melodic tunes that surprisingly slipped through the cracks commercially speaking.
How they created so much incredible music over just 3 albums and 3 years is just astonishing
I think Big Star gets the fair amount of plaudits here... An underrated gem from the 70s, pulling out riffs and hooks from thin air.
This site rates a lot of artists fairly that other lists seem to underrate. It's a shame then that Big Star isn't more well-respected here. I can't believe none of their albums are in the top 500 - these guys didn't change music, but they were a huge influence of a lot of underground artists. Everything these guys did was gold.
Also, if you enjoy music documentaries, I highly recommend Nothing Can Hurt Me. It paints a great picture of Big Star's failed attempts to reach a larger audience.
Formed in 1971 by ex- Box Tops Chilton and Bell, Big Star were a truly groundbreaking band who had a significant impact on the course of rock music but achieved no real commercial success. They were the first band to bring together the innovation of the Beatles, the aggression of the Who and merge them with the close harmony sound typified by the Byrds. In the early seventies few bands tried to take the best of pop or light rock forward, most groups taking the ‘heavy’ option. Big Star were one of the few (Badfinger being another example) who tried and succeeded artistically but failed commercially.
Tension in the band, possibly caused by lack of any significant success, led to Bell leaving in 1972 (he was to be killed a car crash in 1978) and the band broke up only to reform in 1974 and released another decent record in Radio City which again failed to score commercially.
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