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Here you will find a list of bands that we eventually plan to cover here on 80MFL. You can see that it’s already pretty long, but is by no means exhaustive. So, we need your help. If you would like to be a contributing writer and you know any of the bands below extensively, feel free to create a playlist and send it our way. (Be sure to follow the guidelines set forth on our Ground Rules page.) If we post your list, we’ll be sure to give you full credit too! Thanks, and please help us expand our library to be a quality resource for all music lovers.


Acappella // Claimed by Garrett East!



Al Green

Alanis Morissette

Alice Cooper

Alice In Chains

All-American Rejects

Allman Brothers

Andrew Bird // Claimed by Reid Overall!

Animal Collective // Claimed by Reid Douglass!

Arcade Fire // Claimed by Brad and Patrick!

Arctic Monkeys // Claimed by Will Oliver!

As Tall As Lions

The Band


Bad Religion

Barenaked Ladies


The Beach Boys

Beastie Boys // Claimed by Ben Strickland!

Beck // Claimed by Jay Hoffman!


Belle & Sebastian // Claimed by Caitlin Flynn!

Ben Folds (Five) // Claimed by Daron Dickens!

Beta Band


Billie Holiday

Bjork // Claimed (and written) by Alexandria Brown!

Black Flag

The Black Keys

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Bloc Party // Claimed (and written) by Patrick Gosnell!


Bob Dylan // Claimed by Mark Love!

Bob Schneider // Claimed for Rebecca Rawson (by us)!

Bonnie “Prince” Billy // Claimed by James Sonnier!

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Bright Eyes // Claimed by Patrick Gosnell!

Broken Social Scene // Claimed (and written) by Liz Frith!

Bruce Cockburn // Claimed by Zach Snyder!

Bruce Springsteen

Buddy Holly

Built To Spill

The Buzzcocks



Camera Obscura

The Cars // Claimed (and written) by Caitlin Flynn!

Cat Power

Cat Stevens

The Chemical Brothers


The Clash

CocoRosie // Claimed by Jade Hoffman!

Coldplay // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!

Collective Soul

Copeland // Claimed by Robert McCall!

Cowboy Mouth



Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Cribs

The Cure

Daft Punk

Damien Rice // Claimed by Bret Walker!

Dave Matthews Band // Claimed (and written) by Patrick Gosnell!

David Bowie // Claimed by Aleksey Boytsov!

Dead Can Dance

Death Cab For Cutie // Claimed (and written) by Alexandria Brown!

The Decemberists // Claimed (and written) by Chris Smith!


Derek Webb // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!

Devendra Banhart


Dinosaur Jr.

Dirty Pretty Things

DJ Shadow



Dresden Dolls // Claimed (and written) by Alexandria Brown!

Duran Duran

The Eagles // Claimed (and written) by Chris Smith!

Echo and the Bunnymen

Ed Harcourt

Elbow // Claimed (and written) by Patrick Gosnell!

Electric Light Orchestra

Elliott Smith


Elvis Costello

Eric Clapton

The Eurythmics

The Faint

The Fall

Final Fantasy // Claimed by Reid Overall!

Flaming Lips

Fleetwood Mac

Franz Ferdinand

The Fugees

Gang of Four

Garth Brooks // Claimed by Tyler Richards!

George Harrison

George Strait // Claimed by Tyler Richards!

Gin Blossoms

The Grateful Dead

Grizzly Bear

Guided By Voices

Guns N’ Roses

The Hold Steady // Claimed (and written) by Blair Hook!


Hootie & the Blowfish

The Horrors

Hot Chip

Iggy Pop

Incubus // Claimed by Ben Strickland!



Iron & Wine // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!

Jack Johnson

James Brown

James Taylor

Jane’s Addiction // Claimed by Marius Messinese!

Janis Joplin

Jars of Clay // Claimed by Brad East!



Jeff Buckley // Claimed by Jen Shenton!

Jens Lekman // Claimed by Liz Frith!

Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Buffet // Claimed (and written) by Chris Smith!

John Coltrane // Claimed by Ben Strickland!

John Mayer // Claimed by Tyler Richards!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Johnny Cash

Joni Mitchell

Joseph Arthur // Claimed by Patrick Gosnell!


Joy Division // Claimed (and written) by Marilyn Roxie!

Kanye West

The Kills

Kings of Leon


The Knife


LCD Soundsystem

Leonard Cohen

Linkin Park

Loretta Lynn

Love and Rockets

Lucinda Williams

Lynyrd Skynyrd

M. Ward



The Magnetic Fields // Claimed by Lauren Gosnell!

The Mars Volta

Marvin Gaye


Matchbox 20

Matthew Ryan


Michael Jackson

Miles Davis

Missy Elliott

Meat Puppets


Minus the Bear


Modest Mouse


The Mountain Goats // Claimed by Carly Wray!



Mute Math

My Bloody Valentine

My Morning Jacket

The National // Claimed (and written) by Patrick Gosnell!

Neil Young

Neko Case // Claimed by Jade Hoffman!

Neutral Milk Hotel

New Order // Claimed (and written) by Ben Rose!

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Drake // Claimed by Alexandria Brown!


Nine Inch Nails


No Doubt


Of Montreal

The Offspring

Old 97s

Otis Redding // Claimed (and written) by Jen Shenton!


Over the Rhine // Claimed by Bret Walker!

Page France // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!

Patti Smith

Paul Simon

Pavement // Claimed by Blair Hook!

Pearl Jam // Written by Dan Provost & Patrick Gosnell & Pat Tremaglio!

Pete Yorn

Peter Gabriel


Pink Floyd

Pixies // Claimed by Jay Hoffman!

PJ Harvey

Primal Scream

Prince // Claimed by Album of the Week!

The Prodigy

The Pogues

The Police


The Psychedelic Furs



Queens of the Stone Age // Claimed by Zachery Oliver!


Radiohead // Claimed by Brad East!

Rage Against the Machine // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!

Ramones // Claimed by Gary Alexander!

Ray LaMontagne // Claimed by Karen Gosnell!

Ravi Shankar

R.E.M. // Claimed by Patrick Gosnell!

Red Hot Chili Peppers // Claimed by Patrick Gosnell!

Regina Spektor // Claimed (and written) by Jade Hoffman!

Relient K // Claimed by Mitchell East!

The Replacements

Richard Hell

Richard Swift

Rilo Kiley // Claimed (and written) by Alexandria Brown!

Rob Zombie

The Rolling Stones

The Roots

Roxy Music


Ryan Adams // Claimed (and written) by Patrick Gosnell!

Sam Cook


Sarah McLachlan

The Seeds

Serge Gainsbourg

The Sex Pistols

The Shins // Claimed (and written) by Chris Smith!

Sigur Ros // Claimed by Yuri Smolyar!

Simon & Garfunkel

Sleeping At Last

Smash Mouth

Smashing Pumpkins

The Smiths // Claimed (and written) by Marius Messinese!

Snoop Dogg

Snow Patrol

Soft Cell

Sonic Youth // Claimed by Matt Phillips!


Spacemen 3 // Claimed (and written) by Marilyn Roxie!

Spoon // Claimed by Reid Douglass!

Stars // Claimed (and written) by Liz Frith!



Steven Delopoulos // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!


Stevie Wonder

The Stone Roses

Stone Temple Pilots

The Streets

The Strokes



Sufjan Stevens // Claimed by Brad East!

Sugar Ray

Sun Kil Moon // Claimed by Joel Overall!

T. Rex

Taking Back Sunday

Talking Heads // Claimed by Marius Messinese!

Ted Leo/Pharmacists


They Might Be Giants



Tina Turner

Tool // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!


Trespassers William

Tom Petty

Tom Waits

TV On The Radio // Claimed by Reid Douglass!



The Used

Van Halen

Van Morrison

The Velvet Underground

Vertical Horizon

The Verve

Violent Femmes

The Weakerthans // Claimed (and written) by Gabriel Kalmuss-Katz!


White Stripes

The Who

Wilco // Claimed (and written) by Brad East!


Yeah Yeah Yeahs // Claimed (and written) by Amanda Parker!

Yo La Tengo // Claimed by Joel Overall!

ZZ Top


15 Responses to “OUR “WANT-IT” LIST”

  1. The Decemberists should be added.

  2. i told brad the same thing.

  3. Imogen Heap should be added

  4. Where’s Ryan Adams??

  5. The Cribs? Interpol?

  6. Can I please claim New Order?

  7. A few artists to submit for consideration:

    The KLF
    The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
    Paul Haig
    The Jesus & Mary Chain
    Pet Shop Boys
    Section 25
    Spacemen 3
    Skinny Puppy
    Front 242
    Public Image Ltd.
    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
    Happy Mondays
    The Durutti Column
    Cocteau Twins
    Arthur Russell

  8. What about The Band or the Beach Boys?

  9. I’ll take The Band, bye the way

  10. I already told you this via email, but since you seem to be more rapid to respond here, can I please claim Belle and Sebastian? 🙂

  11. zomg, I can’t understand that nobody claimed the Cribs, Devendra Banhart, Franz Ferdinand(especially this one, they’re really awesome!), James Taylor(come on! He’s classic!) and M. Ward yet.. seriously, I’ve I had time at the moment(which I have not)…

  12. What about the Eels ? Can I claim this one ?

  13. how do i go about claiming m. ward? i’d love to send over a playlist and write about him.

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