bands/musicians The Best Rock Bands of All Time  

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List Rules 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
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
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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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors 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
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
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
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop - See The Best Creedence Clearwater Revival Albums

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal - See The Best Black Sabbath Songs

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock - See The Best U2 Songs

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop - See The Best Beach Boys 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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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music - See The Best Elvis Presley Songs

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - See The Best Bob Dylan Songs

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 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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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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Cream is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal - See The Best Deep Purple Songs

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock - See The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave - See The Best Clash Songs

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 35 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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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music - See The Best Kinks Songs

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk - See The Best Ramones Songs

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 39 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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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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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - See The Best John Lennon Songs

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 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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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - See The Best Iron Maiden Songs

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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock - See The Best R.E.M. Songs

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See The Best Kiss Songs