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List Rules Only hard rock artists. Pure metal bands like Sabbath, Maiden, Priest or punk bands like Pistols, Ramones belong on other lists

Hard rock is a genre that started with bands like Cream, Mountain, Steppenwolf, and Grand Funk in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and filled stadiums in the 1970s and into the 1980s. Hard rock bands are rooted in garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock and over time, hard rock has come to include elements of post-punk. That said, some of the greatest bands of all time are hard rock bands. Featuring iconic guitar solos, aggressive music and heavy drumming, top hard rock bands remain some of the most beloved bands in history and their songs continue to be played on radio today.

So, what are the best hard rock bands? Any top 100 list of hard rock bands has to include the likes of Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, Deep Purple and Guns N Roses. These bands are considered among the best in hard rock and with good reason. They continue to endure and their songs hold up - even as new hard rock songs fight for space on radio waves. In the cases of the hard rock bands that have retired or long broken up, they continue to have fans, which is a testament to their staying power.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best hard rock bands. If you like hard rock and noticed that someone is missing from this list of hard rock bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best hard rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hard rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular hard rock bands that you might've heard of.
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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2,360 847
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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1,291 811
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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1,461 926
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,421 963
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,202 761
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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1,228 675
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,707 773
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
896 479
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
DukeArcher added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
867 727
Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
775 618
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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866 613
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,049 469
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

14
852 659
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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716 407
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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713 470
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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730 510
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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534 535
Boston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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709 548
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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530 430
Cream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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530 438
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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520 468
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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612 433
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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626 653
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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577 463
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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686 446
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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378 427
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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512 513
Tool is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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513 518
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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422 401
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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303 397
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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479 358
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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543 389
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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368 521
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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376 405
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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330 376
UFO is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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344 323
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
DukeArcher added Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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321 545
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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404 570
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Five Finger Death Punch Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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297 399
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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325 302
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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312 612
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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356 420
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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219 344
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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242 384
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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406 373
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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374 494
Korn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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314 396
Poison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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375 403
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cinderella Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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241 324
Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
DukeArcher added Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock