Top 10 Reunions That Need to Happen the Most

Having these guys back on track would really be something, check out the UG list inside.

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For this week's traditional Wednesday Question we asked you guys to name the band reunion we need to see the most. Various types of reunions were taken into consideration, check out the final results below.

10. The Mars Volta

On hiatus since 2012 and officially inactive since early 2013, the Mars Volta left quite a legacy during 2000s, leaving fans yearning for more than six albums the group has delivered.

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9. Led Zeppelin

The desire to have Led Zep back on track has been around for decades now. Fans are still hoping that the miracle might happen, and someday maybe it will. It seems like it's only a matter of persuading Robert Plant these days.

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8. Porcupine Tree

On hiatus since 2010, Porcupine Tree gets the No. 8 spot based on your votes. Although the Tree is inactive, its leader Steven Wilson isn't. And thank God for than, otherwise we wouldn't have got our hands on "The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories)," possibly the single best album of 2013.

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7. Black Sabbath with Bill Ward

This one was heavily reported in the media, probably way more than it should've been. But at the end of the day, we'd all like to see Mr. Ward back behind the Sabbath battery kit. Oddly enough, that even includes Tony, Ozzy and Geezer.

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6. Audioslave

Audioslave made quite an impact with their three records and six years on the music scene, earning them a No. 6 spot. Now in related news, we'll be doing an interview with Chris Cornell and Kim Thayl of Soundgarden soon and we were giving the UG community a chance to come up with a list of questions.

At the moment, the question of a potential Audioslave reunion is leading the vote, so we might have an update on the matter from the man himself. More info here.

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5. Temple of the Dog

Strangely enough, the question of Temple of the Dog reunion is also among the more upvoted suggestions for the mentioned upcoming interview, overall making the work of Mr. Cornell greatly appreciated within the UG community.

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4. System of a Down (album-wise)

Technically, SOAD are not broken up or on a hiatus. But the lack of progress (or any work for that matter) on the new album, singer Serj Tankian's distance from the rest of the guys and involvement with other projects, as well as recent jabs between band members kinda give away the impression that SOAD are in fact not an active band. Hopefully they'll get to right zone soon.

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3. Pink Floyd

Without a question one of the most discussed and desired reunions of the music world, the return of Pink Floyd is constantly anticipated by fans. However, the return of the surviving members doesn't seem likely at the moment.

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2. Red Hot Chili Peppers with John Frusciante

Not that anyone's saying Josh Klinghoffer is a bad guitarist, but the mark John Frusciante left on RHCP is truly a gigantic one. Therefore, the fact that fans want him back in the fold shouldn't really surprise you that much.

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1. Rage Against the Machine

They're not formally broken-up or on a hiatus, but RATM aren't exactly the most active band in the world either. With no plans of writing and recording new material, they're semi-active at best. As you guys put it, "the world needs RATM more than ever."

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Think someone else also deserves a spot on the list? Yes? No? Let us know below.

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    Flea's ass wtf...
    I can't tell if he's pulling a Nick Oliveri, or if Nick Oliveri pulled a Flea. Probably the latter.
    Seriously, NSFW. I love RHCP as much as the next guy, but I wasn't ready for that, even just the preview-image.
    I'd love to see The Smiths get back together but it's more likely I'll be eaten by a dinosaur
    It would be awesome if RHCP had John AND Josh! Imagine how amazingly beautiful music they would make!
    That was the touring unit for years before John left. Josh would play second guitar so they could do all the multi-layered stuff John put down on the albums. I saw them at Lollapalooza 2006, shortly after Stadium Arcadium came out, with that line up. Josh killed it. It would be interesting to see them both have creative input though.
    Ward with Sabbath? No, just ****ing no. He was in such a bad shape at their last reunion shows they did together. His drumming was weak. I like things how they are with Mr. Clufetos on the drums, he does a great job!
    I agree. Unfortunately people are a little too nostalgia blinded to accept this. I get it, y'know? I'd love to see Bill back with Sabbath, but not in his current state.
    I liked Audioslave's first album, had them all, and saw them live a few times. Let me be the first to say, if Chris Cornell takes a break from Soundgarden to play with them, that would be such a huge waste. I'm hoping we can get a heavier/weirder Soundgarden album, not a milquetoast arena rock album.
    Rare occasion for me to agree with these lists, but this is pretty solid!
    matteo cubano
    in terms of who's on it yes, whole heartedly agree. surprised at the order though. would think zeppelin would be higher.
    This list might as well be named "top 10 most famous bands to have split up".
    Because Porcupine Tree is famous, AND they have split up. Derp.
    Semantics. I could have said "famous or well-known on UG" and "split up or no longer active", but I didn't expect some dickhead to come and nitpick (though I should have). Also, "most famous" isn't the same as "famous".
    Being a dickhead is doing a dumb sweeping generalisation, which isn't even correct in several cases (PT being the most obvious), because you don't like the results. And sorry for my failure at telepathy that I didn't understand that "famous" equals "popular on UG".
    You're nitpicking again. I didn't make any generalization, just suggested a more appropriate title for this list.
    Right, because ONE BAND doesn't meet the description, therefore his entire point is moot.
    And if that's what the list actually was, it would have Nirvana, hands down.
    Hell yes dude, I dying for a new Porcupine Tree album, although Stevens solo stuff is also great
    I know De Le Rocha might be crazy...(or so I've heard) But i would do just about anything to see RATM live before I die....
    Personally I don't want John to come back. I much prefer Josh's first album with the band then John's. Besides I like that Josh is able to bring a fresh new playing style to the peppers while John gets to explore music without constraints.
    I really like Josh in the band too. Although I wasn't too impressed with "I'm With You" he does bring a certain freshness to the band. He's definitely the best Frusciante replacement they could've got. I'd like to hear him loosen up a bit more on whatever they do next, which I think he will since he's had some time in the lead guitar slot over the past few years. Also, his vocals add a great element to the band. The two lines he sings on the new album are honestly my favorite part of the whole disc haha
    You make a good point. I almost feel like John's talents would be wasted on RHCP at this point. He's outgrown them.
    Yeah, Frusciante! It's nice to see he's appreciated.
    Yeah, John Frusciante is such an under-appreciated guitarist. I mean, really.
    This makes me happy nonetheless.
    Everyone's downvote-happy on me ever since I made the Temple of the Dog comment I think. That's ok, I don't judge the quality of my statements based on how many people agree with me.
    Honestly the second time GNR got shunted they clearly made at least the top ten on both lists. Piss off UG.
    I'm glad Guns N' Roses didn't turn up on the list. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure everybody has their reasons for wanting it to happen, but, God damn, this horse has been beaten so much that I'm surprised the horse hasn't turned into mashed potato yet.
    It's funny how people were crying for Soundgarden to come back, now they are crying for Audioslave. Make up your mind ha ha
    I'd love to see Benjamin Burnley and his old members reunite and become Breaking Benjamin together again.
    I wish they would reunite, but after the law suit I would highly doubt it
    lol...i actually clicked on this article to see if someone would mention pantera... anyways, never gonna happen, and good...even if there was someone to "honor" dime, like that twat would still suck. there was only 1 dimebag and without him, there is no pantera.
    Why so much hate on Oasis? Anyone care to explain?
    because everyone is sick of hearing about two boring drama queens fight bitch and moan?
    That's obviously not the case, because this site eats up Slayer drama, or used to with Metallica vs Megadeth drama.
    Sheep Shagger
    Honestly, I'm glad they aren't together. I much prefer the new Beady Eye album and High Flying Birds' debut to anything Oasis has done...
    It's a little weird seeing Temple of the Dog on here since Chris has joined Pearl Jam on stage a few times to perform Temple of The Dog songs and all the members of PJ were in Temple of the Dog so doesn't that count? Somewhat at least.
    > and all the members of PJ were in TotD Well technically today it is - But back when they began it was actually a Soundgarden/Pearl jam collaboration since Matt hadn't joined them at that point. This of course has zero relevance now as your comment is entirely correct.
    I'd actually love to see a full Guns n' roses reunion. I was lucky enough to see them live in the early nineties- no other band has ever come close.
    It's gotta be Faith No more of Angel Dust era but I'd say it's a zero chance of happening.
    +1 - With Jim Martin playing his flying-v and wearing two pairs of glasses. I miss seeing that guy!
    As much as id like the froosch bAck in RHCP,i think it would suck, having to throw josh out and all. Great solo stuff i ddig it collaborations would be a dream come true though
    This is a terrible list, Audioslave, really ? Their albums weren't even that good and I'd rather Chris stayed with Soundgarden.
    Audioslave's first album was incredible. The other two albums after that were decent but missing that spark the first one had.
    The solid songs on the first album are really great... it's just a little too long as a whole. I really love the third album. Lots of funkier stuff on there. Seemed like their most cohesive record, in my opinion of course
    I am with you 100%, Revelations is one of my all time favorite albums, I never understood why more people didn't feel the same way
    It's came out at a weird time... I guess the band broke up right after it. Didn't even tour in support of the record, although I think they played a few songs live from it prior to it's release.
    Agree 100%. The first Auidoslave record is one of my all time favorites. Though, I didn't vote for Audioslave for a few reasons. 1.) I'd rather Chris still be in Soundgarden 2.) I'd rather see a RATM reunion. 3.) Chris' voice was torn to shreds after touring with Audioslave for a couple years.. I'd rather not see that happen again.
    I honestly don't see what anyone sees in Temple of the Dog. Their music is highly unimpressive to me, more so than Audioslave, who at least had Tom Morello.
    Down votes or not, I am totally with you. Audioslave to me is just the best of all of their worlds. Stil love it, and miss it
    Are you guys serious? Most of these will never happen due to the bands arguing, members not being interested at all, the reunions not being needed,but somehow Black Sabbath isn't number one. We need Bill Ward back. It'd be great if some of these came back, but I think you're dreaming if you think Zeppelin, Peppers or Floyd'll reunite.
    But Black Sabbath is already united, except for one member. Most of these bands are completely dead for the moment. I'd rather have Sabbath without Ward than Rage without anyone.
    JD Close
    I just think that Zeppelin are best remembered in the mystery of their prime, Sabbath are basically done for health reasons and otherwise and would no way live up to their legacy, and that Pink Floyd could absolutely never accomplish anything musically good without Richard Wright.If Floyd was to get back together (creatively), it would just be another Roger Waters dictatorship and that's what ruined Floyd the first time around.