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 5801
    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 3655
    Down 2161

    often listed
    The Rolling Stones

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 4595
    Down 1816
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 4458
    Down 1705
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 2813
    Down 1641
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 3188
    Down 1931
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 2945
    Down 1483
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 2657
    Down 1654
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 2643
    Down 2247
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 2249
    Down 1627
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    67
  12. 12
    Up 1932
    Down 1381
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 2001
    Down 1731
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    66
  14. 14
    Up 2268
    Down 1935
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1849
    Down 1806

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 2258
    Down 1621
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 1947
    Down 1991

    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 1235

    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
    Up 1402
    Down 1352

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    61
  22. 22
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    Down 1305
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    61
  23. 23
    Up 1860
    Down 1211
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 1613
    Down 1253
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    59
  25. 25
    Up 1699
    Down 1294
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
  26. 26
    Up 1565
    Down 1175
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 1069
    Down 862
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    58
  28. 28
    Up 1346
    Down 1049
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 1257
    Down 1020
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  30. 30
    Up 1365
    Down 968
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    56
  31. 31
    Up 1111
    Down 1290

    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  32. 32
    Up 1213
    Down 1220

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Clash

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 1568
    Down 1008

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 1165
    Down 1132

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  35. 35
    Up 1582
    Down 951
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    55
  36. 36
    Up 1079
    Down 855
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 1169
    Down 870
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 1201
    Down 1358

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 1268
    Down 1033
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    54
  40. 40
    Up 1475
    Down 970
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 874
    Down 1409

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  42. 42
    Up 1169
    Down 1130
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 933
    Down 785
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 1048
    Down 890
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 1115
    Down 921
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 775
    Down 776
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 782
    Down 820
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 1028
    Down 886
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 708
    Down 457

    ranked low on reranks
    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
  50. 50
    Up 638
    Down 787

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Billy Joel

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