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 Artist Prime Years 
W.A.S.P.1984 -  
The L.A. based W.A.S.P.were contemporaries of Van Halen, Motley Crue, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and GN'R.
John Waite1982 - 1986 
John Waite is best remembered for the #1 song Missing You.
Wakefield 
Wakefield has brothers Ryan and Aaron, along with their cousin, Mike.
Walk The Moon2012 -  
Singer Nicholas Petricca started the Cincinnati-based Walk The Moon.
The Walkmen2002 -  
The Walkmen made their debut in New York's East Village (Joe's Pub) with an EP rolling out shortly thereafter.
Wallflowers1998 - 2005 
The Wallflowers hooked up with Interscope Records and got a second chance at making a first impression.
Joe Walsh1972 - 1975 
Many Rock musicians have a sense of humor but Walsh was one of the few to who wore it on his sleeve.
Wang Chung1984 - 1986 
After their debut, Wang Chung was picked up by Arista Records who put out Points On A Curve.
War On Drugs2008 -  
War On Drugs was built around vocalist/guitarist Adam Granduciel and guitarist Kurt Vile.
Warpaint2010 -  
Warpaint's self-titled sophomore set was produced by Flood and mixed by Nigel Godrich.
Warrant1987 - 1992 
Warrant's Glam-Metal is actually fun - in a late '80s kind of way.
The Wavves2008 -  
King Of The Beach, easily the Wavves best effort to date, refines and expands their mix of Punk and Surf.
We Are The Fallen2010 -  
We Are The Fallen could be called Evanescence 2.0 since 3/5ths of the band were Evanescence alum.
Weezer1995 -  
Produced by former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, Weezer's self-titled debut scored a series of out of the box hits.
Scott Weiland1998 -  
With Stone Temple Pilots' future uncertain, Weiland issued his solo debut 12 Bar Blues.
Wheat2003 -  
Wheat plies a loose, friendly sound fronted by Levesque's evocative vocals.
The Whigs2008 -  
The Whigs self-produced Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip before landing with ATO Records, a label co-founded and operated by Dave Matthews.
White Denim2008 -  
White Denim's debut full-length album is Explosion.
Jack White2000 -  
The future Jack White was born with the name John Anthony Gillis. His first career was as an upholsterer.
White Lies2009 -  
With pumping bass lines, synth flourishes and Harry McVeigh's dour, foreboding vocals, White Lies are more '80s than the '80s.
White Lung2010 -  
White Lung eventually became one of the Emergency Room's core acts.
White Rabbits2009 -  
How could a group named Texas Chainsaw Mass Choir fail? Apparently, it did. But the band had future White Rabbits members Greg Roberts, Alex Even and Adam Russell.
White Stripes1999 -  
White Stripes hailed from Detroit.
Whitechapel2008 -  
Our Endless War reached #10 on Billboard, #2 on both the U.S. Indie and Rock charts, and topped the Hard Rock survey
Whitesnake1981 - 1986 
Whitesnake began as Deep Purple was crashing.
The Who1967 - 1978 
The Who rode youth anthems like My Generation and The Kids Are Alright.
Widespread Panic1991 -  
Many will argue that Widespread Panic is better live and that may be.
Wilco1995 -  
Wilco's fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was rejected by their label, Reprise. Not only that, the label decided to drop the group.
Wild Flag2011 -  
Wild Flag's self titled debut was preceded by a pair of singles.
Wendy O. Williams 
Wendy O. Williams out Punked the Punks.
Willowz2004 -  
The Willowz Talk In Circles shows the virtues of lean, energetic guitar Rock with a lot of thrills and next to no fluff.
The Winery Dogs2013 -  
The Winery Dogs self-titled debut cracked the Top 30 on the album chart.
Wings1972 - 1975 
The best Wings albums are Band On The Run and Venus and Mars.
Edgar Winter1973 - 1976 
Edgar Winter's music touched Soul and Funk but he is best known for straight-ahead Rock.
Johnny Winter1969 - 1971 
While never the huge commercial success his original record label had hoped, Johnny Winter was incredible.
Steve Winwood1981 - 1988 
After building a stellar reputation with the Spencer Davis Group, and then Traffic, expectations were high for Steve Winwood's solo career.
Wire Train1984 - 1985 
Wire Train formed in San Francisco with guitarist/vocalist Kevin Hunter, bassist Anders Runland, drummer Fredrico Gila-Sola and guitarist Kurt Herr.
Wishbone Ash1970 - 1976 
Wishbone Ash peaked commercially in '72 with the album Argus.
Wolf Alice2015 -  
Wolf Alice's full-length debut, My Love Is Cool, dropped in '15 with a reworked version of fan favorite.
Wolf Parade2005 -  
Wolf Parade, guitarist/vocalist Dan Boeckner, keyboardist/vocalist Spencer Krug, synth/keyboardist Hadji Bakara and drummer Arlen Thompson, had all done serious time on the local music scene.
Wolfmother2005 -  
Wolfmother won the '05 J Award from the youth radio network Triple J for the best Australian album of the year.
Stevie Wonder1966 - 1973 
Born blind, Stevie Wonder was signed, sealed and delivered to Motown Records at age 12.
Ron Wood1974 -  
I Can Feel The Fire is Ron Wood's best solo song.
World Fire Brigade2012 -  
World Fire Brigade released their debut album, Spreading My Wings, in '12.
World Party1986 - 1993 
World Party's debut album Private Revolution yielded two minor U.K. hits.
Wussy2005 -  
Wussy is an indie Folk-Rock band.
X Ambassadors2013 -  
X Ambassadors' Renegades went to #1 on the Alt. Rock chart, where it stayed for weeks.
XX2009 -  
xx has a sparse sound augmented effectively by the vocal interplay between Romy Madley Croft and OliverSim.
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Yardbirds1965 - 1968 
In the British Blues/Rock hierarchy, the Rolling Stones held the top spot with the Yardbirds and Animals duking it out for No. 2.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs2003 -  
Yeah Yeah Yeahs released a self-title five song EP to much acclaim.
Year Long Disaster2007 -  
Year Long Disaster has two modes of operation: Pile driving Rock and Metal Boogie.
Yellowcard2003 -  
Despite their performing arts background, Yellowcard was attracted to Punk.
Yes1971 - 1973 
Jon Anderson and Chris Squire founded Yes in the anything is possible environment of the late '60s.
Yo La Tengo (YLT)1993 -  
Yo La Tengo formed in Hoboken, NJ around a nucleus of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley.
Pete Yorn2001 -  
musicforthemorningafter is Pete Yorn's first and best effort.
You Me At Six2010 -  
You Me At Six ventured to L.A. to record Cavalier Youth, which become the group's first #1 album.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse1970 -  
For decades, fans have eagerly anticipated each Neil Young/Crazy Horse project.
Angus Young 
Rockin' a Gibson SG, Angus Young merged Metal's sonic density with Punk's vibrant energy to create AC/DC's signature sound.
Neil Young1971 -  
Neil Young earned the title the godfather of Grunge.
Young The Giant2011 -  
While they were still known as The Jakes, the future Young The Giant won an online contest on Sonicbids.
Young Veins2010 -  
Among the key tracks on Young Veins Take A Vacation! is Young Veins (Die Tonight) which has chiming, Byrds-inspired guitars.
ZZ Top1973 -  
ZZ Top's Blues Boogie essence is captured on the Tres Hombres and Deguello albums.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention1965 - 1974 
Frank Zappa was influenced by both Doo-Wop and classical composers Stravinsky and Varese.
Warren Zevon1978 - 1982 
Warren Zevon always had a unique perspective.
Rob Zombie1996 -  
For those with any holes in their White Zombie/Rob Zombie collection Past, Present and Future fills the bill.
Zombies  
The Zombies formed around Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. They successfully mixed Jazz elements into Rock n' Roll.
Zwan 
A meeting after the Pumpkins had disbanded, led Corgan and Sweeney to decide the time was right to form Zwan.