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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.

The Best Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock See The Best Beatles Songs 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music See The Best John Lennon 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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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge See The Best Neil Young Albums

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

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal See The Best Def Leppard Albums

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

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