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.

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. 433
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    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  2. 397
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    ranked low on reranks & added by KenHall Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

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  3. 520
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    added by Juba Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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  4. 171
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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  5. 383
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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  6. 174
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    Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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  7. 408
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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  8. 276
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    added by but chickens double d Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

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  9. 223
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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk

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  10. 277
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    added by groovius Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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  11. 31
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  12. 240
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  13. 80
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  14. 331
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    ranked low on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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  15. 367
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    Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock

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  16. 126
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  17. 457
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    Americana, Noise rock, Rock music

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  18. 514
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    Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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  19. 453
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    Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

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  20. 189
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    Ballad, Neo soul, Rock music

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  21. 69
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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  22. 304
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    Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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  23. 406
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    Blue-eyed soul, Disco, Soul rock

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  24. 139
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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  25. 167
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  26. 374
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    added by srpulk Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  27. 49
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    often listed Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  28. 284
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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  29. 501
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  30. 128
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    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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  31. 449
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    Down 51

    added by KenHall Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

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  32. 548
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    Blues, Country blues, Delta blues

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  33. 208
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    Blues-rock

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  34. 311
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  35. 327
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  36. 147
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  37. 243
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  38. 214
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  39. 17
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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  40. 207
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  41. 395
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  42. 33
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  43. 205
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  44. 337
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  45. 265
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  46. 149
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  47. 7
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  48. 48
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  49. 249
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  50. 183
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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