The Best Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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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 Criteria: Only rock bands or rock artists with solo careers. No other genres

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 1462
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 3565
    Down 1353
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    87
  4. 4
    Up 2871
    Down 1638
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    87
  5. 5
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    Down 1240

    ranked low on reranks
    Queen

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    84
  6. 6
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    Down 1209
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    81
  7. 7
    Up 2348
    Down 1066
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    74
  8. 8
    Up 2313
    Down 1558
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    72
  9. 9
    Up 2099
    Down 1290
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    70
  10. 10
    Up 2023
    Down 1781
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    68
  11. 11
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    Down 1261
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    64
  12. 12
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    Down 1516
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    64
  13. 13
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    Down 1434
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    64
  14. 14
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    63
  16. 16
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    Down 1235
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    63
  17. 17
    Up 1395
    Down 938
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    62
  18. 18
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    Down 997
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    61
  19. 19
    Up 1440
    Down 1039
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    61
  20. 20
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    Down 1172
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    60
  21. 21
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    Down 1034
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    60
  22. 22
    Up 1533
    Down 976
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    60
  23. 23
    Up 1332
    Down 1041
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 1271
    Down 1027
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    57
  25. 25
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    Down 904
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    56
  26. 26
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    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    56
  27. 27
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
  28. 28
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    Down 810
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    55
  29. 29
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    Down 798
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  30. 30
    Up 1271
    Down 808

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    55
  31. 31
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    Down 909

    often listed
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    54
  32. 32
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    Down 995
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    54
  33. 33
    Up 1111
    Down 752
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 931
    Down 1081

    often listed
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 1193
    Down 758
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  36. 36
    Up 985
    Down 814
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    53
  37. 37
    Up 856
    Down 671
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    53
  38. 38
    Up 832
    Down 671
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    52
  39. 39
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    Down 753

    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    52
  40. 40
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    Down 1050

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  41. 41
    Up 902
    Down 684
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 931
    Down 925
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    51
  43. 43
    Up 902
    Down 718
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  44. 44
    Up 730
    Down 678
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    50
  45. 45
    Up 723
    Down 594
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    49
  46. 46
    Up 809
    Down 670
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 575
    Down 611
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    48
  48. 48
    Up 511
    Down 616
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    48
  49. 49
    Up 559
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    48
  50. 50
    Up 590
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    48
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