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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    99
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pink Floyd

    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    87
  4. 4
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Rolling Stones

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    87
  5. 5
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    ranked low on reranks
    Queen

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    84
  6. 6
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    Down 1198
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    81
  7. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    73
  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    72
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    70
  10. 10
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    68
  11. 11
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    64
  12. 12
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    ranked low on reranks
    Black Sabbath

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    64
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    64
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Aerosmith

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    63
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    63
  16. 16
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    ranked low on reranks
    Guns N' Roses

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    63
  17. 17
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    Down 932
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    62
  18. 18
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    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    61
  19. 19
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    61
  20. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    60
  21. 21
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    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    60
  22. 22
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    60
  23. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Van Halen

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    59
  24. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    57
  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks
    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    56
  26. 26
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    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  27. 27
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  28. 28
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    55
  29. 29
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  30. 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    55
  31. 31
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    often listed
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    54
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Clash

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    54
  33. 33
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    often listed
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    53
  34. 34
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    Down 749
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    53
  35. 35
    Up 1188
    Down 753
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  36. 36
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    often listed
    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    53
  37. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chuck Berry

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    53
  38. 38
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    ranked high on reranks
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    52
  39. 39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    52
  40. 40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  41. 41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ramones

    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    51
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    51
  43. 43
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  44. 44
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    often listed
    Simon and Garfunkel

    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    50
  45. 45
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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    49
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    R.E.M.

    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    48
  48. 48
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    often listed
    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    48
  49. 49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Journey

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    48
  50. 50
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    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    47
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