rock The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists

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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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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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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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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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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock Heavy metal

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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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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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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

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

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

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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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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal Hard rock

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

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

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal Rock music

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Boston Classic rock, Rock music Progressive rock

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock Rock music

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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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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal Stoner rock

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock Rock music

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge Heavy metal

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal Power metal

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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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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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Tool is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Tool Post-metal, Metal Progressive metal

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal Political hip hop

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music Progressive rock

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock Hard rock

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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal Groove metal

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Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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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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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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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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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music Classic Punk

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal Alternative rock

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Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Five Finger Death Punch Nu metal, Thrash metal Groove metal

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Ratt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal Rock music

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UFO is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music Space rock

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal Rock music

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The Cult is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music Heavy metal

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music Experimental rock

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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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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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Sex Pistols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Sex Pistols Rock music, Anarcho-punk Punk rock

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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Deftones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music Heavy metal