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The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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Rock music, at its purest, rawest form is exciting, dangerous and energetic. That's why garage rock and garage rock bands resonate with so many fans. The fuzzy, lo-fi sound made through the use of distortion that these bands made was a contrast from the slicked up pop sounds, and even were more challenging to listen to than the rock bands of the time. Though garage rock's heyday was in the 1960s, there are many garage rock bands that still are as important as some of the groups that came after them. Garage rock, and the best garage rock bands, thus, has been one of the most influential genres to cast it's umbrella over rock music during those formative years.

So, who are the best garage rock bands? This list of garage rock bands includes all garage rock bands from music history, so that means garage rock revival bands like The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys are included on here with the likes of The Stooges, The Kinks and MC5. You'll also see popular garage rock bands like The Black Keys on this poll of top garage bands. All garage rock bands should be on this list, including new ones and ones you may not have heard of.

That said, it's up to you to pick the best garage rock bands. This list  answers the questions "who are the best garage rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest garage rock musician ever?" The best garage rock bands should be carefully chosen, so you need to vote on the greatest garage rock bands and not just the popular ones. 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 garage rock bands that you might've heard of. (295 items)
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands


    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock Talk Talk

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Blues-rock, Garage rock Gloria (best)

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    The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands


    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk Psychotic Reaction

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock Rosalyn

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

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    Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands


    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music Itchycoo Park

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock Don't Need Your Lovin'

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    British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music There She Goes Again, I'll Be Your Mirror, That's the Story of My Life

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    Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll Moulty

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    The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands


    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Jack White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands


    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll Friday On My Mind

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    Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music Summertime Blues (one of the best)

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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    Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock 7 And 7 Is

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    The Syndicate of Sound is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Rock music Hey Little Girl

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Rock and roll Time Won't Let Me

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues Cramp Stomp

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    Rock music, Garage rock Hey Joe (original)

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock Eight Miles High

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    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Rock music Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk 96 Tears

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock Lies

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    Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music Time Has Come Today

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    The Human Beinz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Rock music Nobody But Me

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    New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk Trash, Jet Boy

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal Born To Be Wild

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    Leaves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands


    Alternative rock

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    Pop music A Little Bit O' Soul

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    Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music Incense and Peppermints

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk Surfin' Bird

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock Rumble

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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