The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists

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List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks & added by Bella70
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by HillaryBeckmanHarvey
    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by HillaryBeckmanHarvey
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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    added by HillaryBeckmanHarvey
    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    - 142

    ranked low on reranks & added by DukeArcher
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    + 168
    - 185


    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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