Favorite band or artist of all time?

1st of all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at Audiogon!
I've Have been thinking about it(hundreds of choices)and lately  just wondering, If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite band or artist of all time???
 Extremely hard decision!, but Mine would be Elton John.
(deeply rooted since I was 10 or 11) Old fart now😎
Classical-->Bach and Beethoven
Jazz--> Art Pepper and John Coltrane
Rock--> Stones (debut through Exile), Bob Dylan (through Mercy)Blues--> Muddy Waters and Robert Pete Williams
THE subject at hand was not to tear down musicians and composers but to pay a (little) homage to an art form that touches your soul. I can mention names (even though my memory is not the greatest) of deserving people who have populated a planet with an abundance of mediocrity (I include myself). But I don't get the point in being cynical.  Beethoven even wrote a few pieces even he would have admitted weren't that great. Bach wrote some easier pieces for his wife so she could practice.
Someone wrote "Jingle Bells" which does not put me in the holiday mood yet I hear jazz renditions of it anyway. I would hope that we might all agree that some music makes some of us Really Truly Happy. 
Happy ? Sally Carr certainly made one boy very happy back in the day:

Happy New Year

Golden Earring is ÀWESOME!
Been around longer than The Stones!
without checking, I believe still original  members. Huge body of work and every album is different from the previous. 
Great Live band! Saw them from second row opening for Robin Trower back in '76😎