19. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
"For that rare combination of rock roots and whimsy, I don't think you can do better than Jonathan Richman," writes a reader, p-mike. Another reader, billincolorado, pitched in, "Living in Colorado, I cannot count how many people I turned onto the Modern Lovers. I still have 'I'm Straight' regularly show up on my iPod. My two kids know 'Ice Cream Man' and 'I'm a Little Dinosaur' by heart."