It’s a program that’s sure to fuel intense debate among music aficionados. AXS TV’s all-new original series, “The Top Ten Revealed” [which premiers on Sunday, Feb 11] is a countdown show unlike any other. One where fans choose the best of the best.
In each episode, host and executive producer Katie Daryl (“The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands”) counts down a list of genre-defining songs and orchestrates discussion with a rotating panel of icons and music industry experts. Each of them examining the musicians and music that have left indelible marks on the rock n’ roll scene.
Episode one opens by counting down the top ten “Guitar Rock Intros” and includes discussion by special guests like Guns N’ Roses legend, Steven Adler, former Pantera percussionist, Vinnie Paul, and the Queen of Metal herself, Lita Ford. Future episodes in the new series include the top “Songs Named After Women”, “80s Rock Ballads”, “Vietnam Era Rock”, “‘70s Hard Rock Hits” and “Hits That Were Covers”.
In the end, “The Top Ten Revealed” is an infectious series where the world was invited to vote and viewers may have to agree to disagree. But if you’re patient and understanding you’ll find that these lists are only a whole lot of fun, but ones that will keep your toes tapping long after the show is over.
I recently spoke with Katie Daryl about “The Top Ten Revealed” and more in this exclusive new interview.
How did the idea for “The Top Ten Revealed” originate?
I’ve worked for Mark Cuban’s TV network since it was created, and being a music-driven network, we’re always picking our brains about what our viewers might like to see. We frequently have water cooler chats about our favorite artists and what everyone is listening to, and a lot of these conversations end up in debate. So, we might be talking about AC/DC vs Led Zeppelin and who does better at X,Y and Z. That’s when we realized that we didn’t have any shows on the network that allowed people to rank and argue classic rock. The idea was spawned. We knew that if our viewers liked to argue and debate music as much as our editors and writers did, then this was going to be a hit.
How much research was done in compiling the list of Guitar Rock Intros for Episode One?
Doing the initial ranking was a long process. Before we even began, we made sure that we set some parameters. In this case, it was guitar intros from bands that originated in the 60’s, 70’s and 80s. That’s why songs like “Johnny B. Goode” wouldn’t make the list, because that song initiated in the 50’s. The first thing to do was to create a list of about twenty-five intros that you can think of off the top of your head. Next, we did research to see what other people were talking about. Finally, we put the question out to social media, and people started responding. Just from us asking the question, it fueled debate, which helped us formulate a final list of ten.
What criteria was used in ranking the final ten intros?
The final listing was shaped by social media and from logging on to AXS-TV. It was fun to open it up, cast a wide net and get other people’s opinions.
Were the artists invited to participate in the show aware of the final rankings?
Everyone knew going in what the topic was about, but we didn’t tell any of them how the intros were ranked. Some of the artists were only given a few songs to talk about, and it was fun to see if their reactions coincided with how our social media vote came in.
What else can you tell me about this season of “The Top Ten Revealed”?
There are six episodes this season with topics ranging from “Guitar Rock Intros” and “Songs Named After Women” to “80’s Rock Ballads” and “Vietnam Era Songs”. What’s great about this show is that these songs are going to get stuck in your head. They’re all songs we love and that’s what makes them so classic.
Were there any guitar intros that didn’t make the list that you thought should have been included?
There’s a few Nirvana intros I would have put on the list, but those didn’t make it because of the parameters we set. We also had another parameter where each band could only be included on the list once. Thank goodness, because we could easily have had an all AC/DC list [laughs]. They’re a guitar intro machine!
Did you always know that you wanted to have a career in entertainment?
I did, although I have to admit I thought I’d always stay in radio. I was lucky enough to have a few early opportunities to be on television and make a career out of it. Presenting information in an entertaining or news format has always been something that gets me excited.
What excites you the most about this season of “The Top Ten Revealed”?
I cannot wait to see the social media reaction and the agreeing and disagreeing that will come out of these episodes. People are passionate about their opinions, and especially when they can hide behind the Internet [laughs]. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out and to see if everyone can play nice in the sand box.
“The Top Ten Revealed” hosted by Katie Daryl debuts Sunday, Feb. 11th at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on AXS-TV.