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Best 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. (208 items)

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    Raw Power, Fun House, The Stooges

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    Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century The KKK Took My Baby Away, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, She Talks To Rainbows

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    White Blood Cells, Elephant, De Stijl

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    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The ...

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    Rubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers

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    The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare ...

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    Blunderbuss, Live at Third Man Records, Lazaretto

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    Pushin' Too Hard: The Best of The Seeds, The Seeds, The Seeds / A Web of ...

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    The Psychadelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, Bull of the Woods, The ...

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    96 Tears, The Best of ? and the Mysterians: Cameo Parkway 1966-1967, Feel ...

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    Freak Out!, One Size Fits All, Over-Nite Sensation Trouble Comin' Everyday, Flower Punk

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    ... Are Happening! (Best of The Leaves), Hey Joe, Hey Joe Hey Joe (original)

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    Listen Listen: The Definitive Collection, The Merry-Go-Round, Listen! Live

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    Gloria, Back Door Men, Dark Sides: The Best of the Shadows of Knight

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    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Fillmore East 1968, Scorching Beauty

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    Psychotic Reaction, Psychotic Revelation

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    Kick Out the Jams, The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5, Back in the USA

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    Louie Louie, Louie Louie: The Very Best of The Kingsmen, The Best of The ...

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    Moulty, Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl

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    Why Pick on Me, The Hot Ones!, Dirty Water

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    From Nowhere, With a Girl Like You, Love Is All Around

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    Last Time Around, Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo ... Mr. Soul (!)

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    Still No Air

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    Pre-Creedence  Brown Eyed Girl (!), Tell Me

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    Underground, California, Mass in F Minor I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

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    The Fraternity Years, Public Execution A Public Execution

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    The Fabulous Knickerbockers, Lies / The Coming Generation, High on Love / ... Lies

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    The Ultimate Turn On, Beyond the Garage, The Very Best of The Music ... Talk Talk

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    The Time Has Come, A New Time - A New Day, Unbonded Time Has Come Today

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    The Black and White Album, Tyrannosaurus Hives, Lex Hives

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

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    Here Are The Sonics, Boom, Psycho-Sonic Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

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    In, Time Won't Let Me, The Outsiders Time Won't Let Me

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    Nobody But Me, Evolutions

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    You Were on My Mind, Make Someone Happy, The Return of We Five

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    Friday on My Mind, Vigil, Easy

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    Little Girl

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    Ultimate Collection, Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake Itchycoo Park

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    Little Bit O' Soul

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    Incense and Peppermints, Wake Up... It's Tomorrow, The World in a Sea ... Incense and Peppermints

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    Black Monk Time, Monks demo tapes 1965, Let's Start a Beat – Live from ...

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    Viva Equals!, Greatest Hits, The Very Best of the Equals Baby Come Back

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    Just Like Romeo and Juliette

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    Surfin' Bird, Bird Call! The Twin City Stomp of The Trashmen, Live Bird ...

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    Forever Changes, Da Capo, Love 7 And 7 Is

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    Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer ... Steppin' Stone

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    Vincebus Eruptum, Blue Cheer, Dining with the Sharks Summertime Blues

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second Born To Be Wild

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    The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Live at the ... She Cracked

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