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 5768
    Down 2029
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 2676

    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 3629
    Down 2152

    often listed
    The Rolling Stones

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 4560
    Down 1810
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 4434
    Down 1688
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 2794
    Down 1630
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 3154
    Down 1924
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 2932
    Down 1473
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    75
  9. 9
    Up 2644
    Down 1649
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    74
  10. 10
    Up 2618
    Down 2240
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 2234
    Down 1619
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    67
  12. 12
    Up 1922
    Down 1374
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 1989
    Down 1721
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    66
  14. 14
    Up 2256
    Down 1926
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1842
    Down 1796

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 2244
    Down 1611
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 1932
    Down 1985

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    64
  18. 18
    Up 1990
    Down 1256

    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    63
  19. 19
    Up 1807
    Down 1227

    ranked low on reranks
    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  20. 20
    Up 1607
    Down 1457
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  21. 21
    Up 1401
    Down 1344

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    62
  22. 22
    Up 1672
    Down 1301
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    61
  23. 23
    Up 1857
    Down 1203
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    61
  24. 24
    Up 1604
    Down 1249
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    59
  25. 25
    Up 1688
    Down 1290
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
  26. 26
    Up 1552
    Down 1171
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    58
  27. 27
    Up 1063
    Down 857
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    58
  28. 28
    Up 1338
    Down 1046
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 1247
    Down 1016
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  30. 30
    Up 1361
    Down 964
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    56
  31. 31
    Up 1106
    Down 1286

    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  32. 32
    Up 1563
    Down 1004

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    56
  33. 33
    Up 1208
    Down 1217

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Clash

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 1159
    Down 1128
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  35. 35
    Up 1575
    Down 947
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    55
  36. 36
    Up 1074
    Down 853
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 1161
    Down 865

    ranked low on reranks
    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 1193
    Down 1352

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    54
  39. 39
    Up 1260
    Down 1030
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    54
  40. 40
    Up 1467
    Down 966
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  41. 41
    Up 872
    Down 1396

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  42. 42
    Up 1161
    Down 1125
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 929
    Down 778
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 1037
    Down 884
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    51
  45. 45
    Up 1111
    Down 916
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    51
  46. 46
    Up 768
    Down 772
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 775
    Down 817
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 1026
    Down 879
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    50
  49. 49
    Up 697
    Down 453

    ranked low on reranks
    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
  50. 50
    Up 635
    Down 781
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
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