The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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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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    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock See The Best Beatles Songs 

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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music See The Best Led Zeppelin Songs

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock See The Best Pink Floyd Songs

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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk See The Best Rolling Stones Songs

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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Queen Songs

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music The Best Who Albums

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    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music See The Best AC/DC Songs

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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock See The Best Jimi Hendrix Songs

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk See The Best Doors Albums

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    Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock See The Best Eagles Songs

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Metallica Songs

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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music See The Best Aerosmith Songs

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    Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop See The Best Creedence Clearwater Revival Albums

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    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music See The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal See The Best Black Sabbath Songs

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    U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock See The Best U2 Songs

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    The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop See The Best Beach Boys Songs

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music See The Best David Bowie Songs

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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Van Halen Songs

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music See The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae See The Best Eric Clapton Songs

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music See The Best Elvis Presley Songs

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Rush Songs

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music See The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock See The Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

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    The Police is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk See The Best Police Albums

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music See The Best Fleetwood Mac Songs

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock See The Best Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Albums

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock See The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music See The Best Cream Albums

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal See The Best Deep Purple Songs

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    The Clash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave See The Best Clash Songs

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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge See The Best Pearl Jam Songs

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    ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music See The Best ZZ Top Songs

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    Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog See The Best Radiohead Songs

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music See The Best Kinks Songs

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    Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge See The Best Foo Fighters Songs

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    Green Day is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock See The Best Green Day Songs

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    Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll See The Best Chuck Berry Albums

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    Journey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock See The Best Journey Albums

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk See The Best Ramones Songs

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music See The Best John Lennon Songs

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    R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock See The Best R.E.M. Songs

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music See The Best Dire Straits Albums

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    Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge See The Best Neil Young Albums

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    Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music See The Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock See The Best Iron Maiden Songs

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    Kiss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Kiss Songs

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time


    Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock See The Best Genesis Songs

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