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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 Jimi Hendrix to Led Zeppelin. Vote for your favorite items to see them rise to the top! The list includes stuff like The Who and The Rolling Stones, 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. (114 items)

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.

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Shock rock More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
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    Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music More
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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock More
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    Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal More
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge More
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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music More
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal More
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
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