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. No other genres

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 5604
    Down 1949
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 2602

    the people's #1 &most listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 3547
    Down 2091
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 4427
    Down 1751
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 4324
    Down 1636
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 2726
    Down 1580
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 3023
    Down 1881
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    75
  8. 8
    Up 2858
    Down 1443
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    74
  9. 9
    Up 2592
    Down 1607
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    73
  10. 10
    Up 2552
    Down 2182
    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 2185
    Down 1581
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    66
  12. 12
    Up 1886
    Down 1329
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 2202
    Down 1884
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    65
  14. 14
    Up 1935
    Down 1684
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    65
  15. 15
    Up 1814
    Down 1749

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 2179
    Down 1580
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
    Up 1878
    Down 1953

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    64
  18. 18
    Up 1765
    Down 1200
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  19. 19
    Up 1955
    Down 1226

    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    63
  20. 20
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    Down 1305
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    62
  21. 21
    Up 1577
    Down 1429
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  22. 22
    Up 1626
    Down 1279
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    61
  23. 23
    Up 1826
    Down 1174
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 1570
    Down 1223
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    59
  25. 25
    Up 1642
    Down 1266
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  26. 26
    Up 1497
    Down 1147
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    57
  27. 27
    Up 1305
    Down 1022
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 1223
    Down 994
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  29. 29
    Up 1333
    Down 942
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 1083
    Down 1260

    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 1535
    Down 982

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    55
  32. 32
    Up 1183
    Down 1194

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Clash

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    55
  33. 33
    Up 1137
    Down 1103
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    55
  34. 34
    Up 1542
    Down 929

    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 1054
    Down 834
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  36. 36
    Up 1136
    Down 843
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    54
  37. 37
    Up 1036
    Down 831
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    54
  38. 38
    Up 1157
    Down 1326

    often listed
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    53
  39. 39
    Up 1441
    Down 943
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  40. 40
    Up 1221
    Down 1008
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    53
  41. 41
    Up 848
    Down 1354

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
  42. 42
    Up 1135
    Down 1108
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    52
  43. 43
    Up 907
    Down 758
    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
  44. 44
    Up 1083
    Down 897
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  45. 45
    Up 978
    Down 860
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    50
  46. 46
    Up 746
    Down 750
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    50
  47. 47
    Up 749
    Down 795
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    50
  48. 48
    Up 996
    Down 855
    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    49
  49. 49
    Up 783
    Down 915
    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    48
  50. 50
    Up 887
    Down 857
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    48
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