The Greatest American Rock Band Bracket!
Second Round, Punk/Hard Rock Division
Aerosmith (3) vs. Beastie Boys (11)
The American Stones versus Brooklyn's dopest rap-rockers
"Aerosmith were one of the most popular hard rock bands of the '70s, setting the style and sound of hard rock and heavy metal for the next two decades with their raunchy, bluesy swagger. The Boston-based quintet found the middle ground between the menace of the Rolling Stones and the campy, sleazy flamboyance of the New York Dolls, developing a lean, dirty riff-oriented boogie that was loose and swinging and as hard as a diamond. Aerosmith's ability to pull off both ballads and rock & roll made them extremely popular during the mid-'70s, when they had a string of gold and platinum albums."--Allmusic.com
"Beastie Boys crashed into the mainstream in the mid-'80s, their brash hedonism striking a chord with hip-hop fans and suburban metalheads alike. This loud, obnoxious blend of hard rock and rap wound up having a lasting impact, but the trio were young punks and restless artists. They soon abandoned pounding, aggressive rap-rock for dense sampladelic vistas and became revered by hip-hop aficionados, pointing the way to the genre-bending, self-referential pop culture of '90s pop. Beastie Boys played a vital role in that decade and became alternative rock icons."