The Best Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
Ultimate List
339  reranks 306,061 votes 17,722 voters 515,702 views more info

The Best Rock Bands of All Time

List Criteria: Only rock bands or rock artists with solo careers. No other genres

The best rock bands ever, ranked by music fans worldwide. Anyone can vote on this best rock bands list, which makes these rankings a trustworthy way to find out which great rock artists are truly the best. You can also add your own rankings to this list of the best rock bands, and see how your taste in music stacks up against everyone else's. Because listening to great rock music is fun, but showing off your superior rock and roll taste is even better.

For more rock music, check out this list of the Best Beatles Songs of All Time, or vote on these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 339 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 5354
    Down 1802
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 5191
    Down 2445

    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 3405
    Down 1964
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 4243
    Down 1625
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 4143
    Down 1497
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 2608
    Down 1449
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 2754
    Down 1283
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 2766
    Down 1796
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 2490
    Down 1515
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    73
  10. 10
    Up 2444
    Down 2069
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 2086
    Down 1501
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    66
  12. 12
    Up 1802
    Down 1250
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 1862
    Down 1600
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    65
  14. 14
    Up 1743
    Down 1676
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
  15. 15
    Up 2115
    Down 1792
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 2085
    Down 1490
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 1811
    Down 1846

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    63
  18. 18
    Up 1686
    Down 1124

    ranked low on reranks
    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  19. 19
    Up 1880
    Down 1159

    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    63
  20. 20
    Up 1327
    Down 1227
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    62
  21. 21
    Up 1504
    Down 1365
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  22. 22
    Up 1552
    Down 1221
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  23. 23
    Up 1758
    Down 1125
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 1507
    Down 1172
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    58
  25. 25
    Up 1428
    Down 1087
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    57
  26. 26
    Up 1587
    Down 1206
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  27. 27
    Up 1257
    Down 971
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 1167
    Down 951
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
  29. 29
    Up 1481
    Down 940
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 1050
    Down 1190
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  31. 31
    Up 1293
    Down 893
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    55
  32. 32
    Up 1084
    Down 1058
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 1147
    Down 1149
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 1122
    Down 1270

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 1005
    Down 796
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  36. 36
    Up 1484
    Down 895

    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 1397
    Down 892
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  38. 38
    Up 1085
    Down 811
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    53
  39. 39
    Up 997
    Down 796
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    53
  40. 40
    Up 1178
    Down 961
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 811
    Down 1281

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  42. 42
    Up 1099
    Down 1063
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 1055
    Down 854
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 873
    Down 719
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  45. 45
    Up 953
    Down 810
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    50
  46. 46
    Up 860
    Down 816
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 703
    Down 709
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 713
    Down 749
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 730
    Down 853
    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    48
  50. 50
    Up 848
    Down 822
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    48
  51. 547 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 91 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 546

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists