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. 506
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    Down 19
    Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music More
    23
    added by: Coolza
  2. 490
    Up 36
    Down 58
    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    23
  3. 522
    Up 11
    Down 19
    Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave More
    22
    added by: KenHall
  4. 519
    Up 34
    Down 45
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music More
    22
    added by: Juba
  5. 304
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    ranked low on reranks
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    28
  6. 228
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock More
    30
  7. 376
    Up 36
    Down 50
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock More
    26
  8. 192
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    Down 221
    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap More
    32
  9. 417
    Up 19
    Down 40
    Alternative rock, Indie rock More
    25
  10. 534
    Up 20
    Down 39
    Alternative rock, Indie rock More
    22
  11. 246
    Up 60
    Down 106
    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk More
    30
  12. 485
    Up 14
    Down 56
    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock More
    23
  13. 325
    Up 39
    Down 88
    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore More
    27
    added by: groovius
  14. 32
    Up 1084
    Down 1058
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  15. 209
    Up 118
    Down 184
    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    32
  16. 74
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    43
  17. 337
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Fogerty

    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    27
  18. 343
    Up 35
    Down 43
    Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock More
    27
  19. 130
    Up 169
    Down 182
    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    36
  20. 439
    Up 11
    Down 21
    Americana, Noise rock, Rock music More
    25
  21. 491
    Up 24
    Down 53
    Americana, Rock music, Latin American music More
    23
  22. 459
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    Down 29
    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop More
    24
  23. 202
    Up 111
    Down 182

    often listed
    Lenny Kravitz

    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music More
    32
  24. 69
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    Down 385
    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    44
  25. 378
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    Down 50
    Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music More
    26
  26. 424
    Up 17
    Down 47
    Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock More
    25
  27. 367
    Up 66
    Down 55

    ranked low on reranks
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    26
  28. 241
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    Down 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Robert Palmer

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    30
  29. 166
    Up 126
    Down 137
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music More
    34
  30. 168
    Up 100
    Down 75
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    34
  31. 362
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    Down 62

    ranked low on reranks
    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    26
    added by: srpulk
  32. 51
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    Down 747

    often listed
    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    48
  33. 272
    Up 49
    Down 47
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    29
  34. 475
    Up 13
    Down 35
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    24
  35. 128
    Up 146
    Down 155
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock More
    37
  36. 443
    Up 13
    Down 24
    Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave More
    24
    added by: KenHall
  37. 221
    Up 70
    Down 46
    Blues-rock More
    31
  38. 336
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    Down 60
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    27
  39. 321
    Up 41
    Down 24
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    27
  40. 167
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    Down 111

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Cocker

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    34
  41. 254
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    Down 46
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    29
  42. 216
    Up 95
    Down 102
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    31
  43. 19
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    Down 1159

    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    63
  44. 274
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    28
  45. 447
    Up 13
    Down 17
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    24
  46. 38
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    Down 811
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    53
  47. 223
    Up 104
    Down 120
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    31
  48. 370
    Up 22
    Down 29
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    26
  49. 262
    Up 44
    Down 65

    ranked low on reranks
    Humble Pie

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    29
  50. 159
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    34
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