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Big Star
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Group Members Jon Auer
Jody Stephens
Ken Stringfellow
Past Group Members Alex Chilton
Jody Stephens
Andy Hummel
Chris Bell
John Lightman
Jon Auer
Ken Stringfellow
Music Genre (Text) Rock
power pop
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Year(s) Active 1971–1974, 1993–2010
Record Label Ardent/Stax
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Official Websites bigstarband.com
Associated Acts The Box Tops
The Posies
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Big Star was an American power pop band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. Despite exceptional reviews from critics and widely acknowledged influence upon numerous notable musicians, Big Star attained only cult status, lacking commercial success. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band's musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a "seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations" in the words of Rolling Stone, as the "quintessential American power pop band" and "one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll".

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201 Songs »
RankTitleYear*
1 Thirteen 1990
2 September Gurls
3 I'm in Love With a Girl 1974
4 The Ballad of El Goodo 1990
5 In The Street 1990
6 Feel 1990
7 Watch the Sunrise 1990
8 Don't Lie To Me 1990
9 When My Baby's Beside Me 1990
10 The India Song 1990
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

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