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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. (302 items)
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The Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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+ - 158 91
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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+ - 156 83
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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

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+ - 47 14
The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Barbarians Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll - Moulty

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The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Golliwogs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock -  Brown Eyed Girl (!), Fragile Child

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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk - Trash, Jet Boy

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Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Rock music - Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

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The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Sonics Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock - Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Don't Need Your Lovin'

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The Five Americans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Five Americans Pop music, Rock music - Western Union

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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

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Link Wray & His Raymen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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+ - 80 46
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground 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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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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+ - 35 8
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
? & the Mysterians Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - 96 Tears

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+ - 94 46
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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The Standells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Standells Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock - Rumble

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine (!)

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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

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The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Box Tops Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock - The Letter

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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+ - 68 40
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word - Metal Machine Music Remix

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The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Music Machine Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

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Them is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock - Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

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+ - 85 43
Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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Leaves is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Leaves Alternative rock

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+ - 66 30
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Psychotic Reaction

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+ - 51 19
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll - Friday On My Mind

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The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock - Diddy Wah Diddy

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The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Shadows of Knight Blues-rock, Garage rock - Gloria (best)

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The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Left Banke Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - Walk Away Renee

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - Summertime Blues (one of the best)

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock - Eight Miles High

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+ - 60 26
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music - Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

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The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Lies

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+ - 62 28
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music - Itchycoo Park

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The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock - Rosalyn