I would buy a Grateful Dead pin for sure! Led Zep, Pink Floyd and Rush would also be tops on my list.
Here is a post I made recently which looked at band popularity using Facebook likes (an imperfect measure of course), since I know that a large target market would be a factor in the decision. Of course license feasibility is the show stopper.
I know Facebook isn't the only measure of popularity, but for kicks I looked at Facebook likes for rock / alternative bands that formed pre-1990. There were only 21 rock bands / artists with > 10 million likes. I left off Michael Jackson with 75M likes and Madonna with 18M because they were a bit too pop for me. Any others that you think I missed? There were lots of other bands in the 4-6 million range (Van Halen, Scorpions, Skynyrd, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, etc.). The Who only had 5.6M likes but of course they are special.
Besides Kiss in the works, who is our best hope for a new machine? One of these or someone else??
1) 41.3 Beatles (1967 Williams - Beat Time)
2) 36.9 Metallica (2013 Stern)
3) 32.0 Green Day
4) 29.8 AC/DC (2012 Stern)
5) 29.5 Guns and Roses (1994 Data East)
6) 29.1 Pink Floyd
7) 28.4 Queen
8 28.0 Nirvana
9) 27.8 Red Hot Chili Peppers
10) 26.0 Bon Jovi
11) 19.5 The Rolling Stones (1980 Bally, 2011 Stern)
12) 17.4 U2
13) 16.5 The Doors
14) 16.0 Aerosmith
15) 13.1 Led Zeppelin
16) 13.1 Iron Maiden
17) 12.6 Kiss (1979 Bally, 2015? Stern)
18) 12.6 Elvis Presley (2004 Stern)
19) 11.7 Black Sabbath
20) 11.7 Radiohead
21) 10.1 Pearl Jam