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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

List Criteria: Only rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

There are thousands of rock bands that have existed throughout the decades ever since the dawn of rock and roll, but only the greatest ones have stood the test of time and continue to be classic and popular bands to listen to with their timeless music. Who are the greatest rock bands of all time?

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 and see how your taste in music stacks up against everyone else's. 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.
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  1. 552
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    2 Tone, Ska

    ) open
  2. 853
    + 1
    - 12

    A cappella

    ) open
  3. 602
    + 3
    - 11

    Acid house, Balearic beat, Electronic music

    ) open
  4. 625
    + 1
    - 12

    Acid techno, Acid house, Dark ambient

    ) open
  5. 824
    + 2
    - 11

    Acid techno, Acid house, Minimal techno

    ) open
  6. 404
    + 52
    - 94

    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  7. 393
    + 45
    - 69

    added by KenHall Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  8. 940
    + 52
    - 86

    added by Juba Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

    ) open
  9. 716
    + 2
    - 11

    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

    ) open
  10. 919
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    - 15

    Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Pop music

    ) open
  11. 665
    + 5
    - 23

    added by minna05 Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

    ) open
  12. 499
    + 2
    - 12

    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

    ) open
  13. 982
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    - 7

    Adult contemporary music, Dancehall, Pop music

    ) open
  14. 763
    + 3
    - 11

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  15. 168
    + 231
    - 238

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

    ) open
  16. 823
    + 3
    - 13

    added by minna05 Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Merseybeat

    ) open
  17. 409
    + 53
    - 104

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

    ) open
  18. 973
    + 6
    - 7

    added by KenHall Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  19. 456
    + 3
    - 11

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  20. 546
    + 3
    - 13

    added by cfletcher4956 Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  21. 898
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    - 12

    Afrobeat, Jazz, Funk

    ) open
  22. 1102
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    - 36

    added by ongowave Mocah Alternative Rock

    ) open
  23. 937
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    - 12

    often listed Alternative country

    ) open
  24. 199
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

    ) open
  25. 872
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    - 13

    Alternative rock

    ) open
  26. 826
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    - 10

    Alternative rock

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    - 12

    Alternative rock

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  28. 697
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    Alternative rock

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  29. 491
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    - 10

    Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

    ) open
  30. 979
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    - 23

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alternative rock, Experimental rock, Indie rock

    ) open
  31. 679
    + 3
    - 11

    added by gamedemon24 Alternative rock, Indie rock

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  32. 471
    + 38
    - 79

    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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  33. 816
    + 2
    - 11

    Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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  34. 336
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    - 98

    often listed & added by but chickens double d Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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  35. 827
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    - 9

    Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  36. 245
    + 114
    - 216

    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

    ) open
  37. 309
    + 63
    - 163

    added by groovius Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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  38. 1124
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    - 8

    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-punk

    ) open
  39. 702
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    - 10

    American Primitivism, Alternative country, Indie folk

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  40. 923
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    - 11

    American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

    ) open
  41. 241
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    - 297

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  42. 80
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  43. 1100
    + 8
    - 13

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  44. 343
    + 93
    - 68

    ranked low on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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  45. 361
    + 50
    - 91

    Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock

    ) open
  46. 928
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    - 11

    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

    ) open
  47. 125
    + 321
    - 393

    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

    ) open
  48. 700
    + 20
    - 61

    Americana, Noise rock, Rock music

    ) open
  49. 842
    + 36
    - 88

    Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

    ) open
  50. 427
    + 3
    - 11

    Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

    ) open
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