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 5741
    Down 2015
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 5511
    Down 2660

    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 3614
    Down 2138
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 4533
    Down 1793
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 4413
    Down 1677
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 2777
    Down 1620
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 3131
    Down 1919
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 2915
    Down 1468
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 2633
    Down 1643
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 2604
    Down 2230
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 2226
    Down 1612
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    67
  12. 12
    Up 1914
    Down 1366
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 1980
    Down 1712
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    66
  14. 14
    Up 2242
    Down 1921
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1834
    Down 1790

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 2235
    Down 1606
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 1921
    Down 1982

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    64
  18. 18
    Up 1796
    Down 1224
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  19. 19
    Up 1979
    Down 1252

    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    63
  20. 20
    Up 1399
    Down 1336
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    62
  21. 21
    Up 1600
    Down 1453
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  22. 22
    Up 1661
    Down 1297
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    61
  23. 23
    Up 1847
    Down 1200
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 1597
    Down 1245
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    59
  25. 25
    Up 1677
    Down 1287
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
  26. 26
    Up 1541
    Down 1166
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 1055
    Down 853
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    58
  28. 28
    Up 1329
    Down 1043
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 1242
    Down 1013
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  30. 30
    Up 1353
    Down 962
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    56
  31. 31
    Up 1101
    Down 1284

    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  32. 32
    Up 1559
    Down 1001

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    56
  33. 33
    Up 1203
    Down 1215

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Clash

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    56
  34. 34
    Up 1154
    Down 1125
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  35. 35
    Up 1569
    Down 942
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    55
  36. 36
    Up 1069
    Down 850
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 1155
    Down 863

    ranked low on reranks
    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 1188
    Down 1347

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 1462
    Down 962
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  40. 40
    Up 1252
    Down 1026
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 870
    Down 1389

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  42. 42
    Up 1155
    Down 1120
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 926
    Down 772
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 1029
    Down 878
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 1107
    Down 911
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 763
    Down 764
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 768
    Down 813
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 1019
    Down 873
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 813
    Down 936
    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    49
  50. 50
    Up 685
    Down 450

    ranked low on reranks
    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
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