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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. (115 items)
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    most listed
    AC/DC

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    100
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    95
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Aerosmith

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    70
  4. 4
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
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    Metallica

    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    65
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    Def Leppard

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    64
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    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    61
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    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    61
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    59
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Shock rock More
    58
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    Guns N' Roses

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    58
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    58
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    51
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ratt

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    49
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    48
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    48
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    48
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    Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music More
    47
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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    47
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    Five Finger Death Punch

    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    44
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    44
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    Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock More
    43
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    42
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    Godsmack

    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
    42
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    41
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    40
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    40
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
    39
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    37
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    36
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia More
    35
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    34
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    34
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    34
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
    33
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    32
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    32
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
    32
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    Slaughter

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    31
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal More
    31
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King's X

    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    29
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    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    29
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    Slayer

    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
    26
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