The Best Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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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
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  1. 1
    Up 5792
    Down 2036
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 2688

    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 3649
    Down 2161

    often listed
    The Rolling Stones

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 4587
    Down 1816
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 4448
    Down 1703
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 2812
    Down 1640
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 3183
    Down 1931
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 2944
    Down 1483
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 2655
    Down 1654
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 2637
    Down 2246
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 2247
    Down 1626
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    67
  12. 12
    Up 1930
    Down 1381
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 1998
    Down 1730
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    66
  14. 14
    Up 2264
    Down 1935
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1848
    Down 1805

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 2254
    Down 1621
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 1944
    Down 1990

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    64
  18. 18
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    Down 1262

    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    63
  19. 19
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    Down 1234

    ranked low on reranks
    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  20. 20
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    Down 1460
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  21. 21
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    Down 1350

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    61
  22. 22
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    Down 1304
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    61
  23. 23
    Up 1859
    Down 1210
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 1612
    Down 1252
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    59
  25. 25
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    Down 1294
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
  26. 26
    Up 1559
    Down 1175
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 1069
    Down 861
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    58
  28. 28
    Up 1343
    Down 1049
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 1256
    Down 1019
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  30. 30
    Up 1363
    Down 968
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    56
  31. 31
    Up 1110
    Down 1289

    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  32. 32
    Up 1212
    Down 1219

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Clash

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 1567
    Down 1007

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 1163
    Down 1132

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  35. 35
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    Down 950
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    55
  36. 36
    Up 1078
    Down 855
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 1168
    Down 869
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 1198
    Down 1358

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 1264
    Down 1033
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    53
  40. 40
    Up 1473
    Down 970
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 873
    Down 1407

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  42. 42
    Up 1167
    Down 1129
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 931
    Down 784
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 1045
    Down 889
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 1113
    Down 921
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 773
    Down 776
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 779
    Down 820
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 1028
    Down 885
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 707
    Down 456

    ranked low on reranks
    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
  50. 50
    Up 638
    Down 785

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
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