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The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists

List Criteria: Only hard rock bands should be on here. Any pure metal bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest shouldn't be on here.

Hard rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good hard rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top hard rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Hard rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all hard rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest hard rock bands of all time, since the most famous hard rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best hard rock music. You can click on the hard rock band names to see more information about that particular notable hard rock group. If they're near the top of the best hard rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top hard rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the hard rock band names themselves. This list below has a variety of items in it, from Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin. Vote for your favorite items to see them rise to the top! The list includes stuff like Van Halen and KISS, giving you a breadth of choices. All important, significant and iconic names in hard rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list. The list includes all new hard rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of hard rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into hard rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good hard rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent hard rock bands. 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, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote. Re-rank this list as your own so that it fit your opinions, the share it with your friends, to find out how they would rank it via votes. (92 items)
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    most listed Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Shock rock

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    ranked low on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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

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

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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    Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    added by HillaryBeckmanHarvey Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    added by DukeArcher Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by DukeArcher Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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