music 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. (296 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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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music Rock music

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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues Rock music

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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music Garage rock

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The Standells is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Standells Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock Protopunk

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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues Rock music

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The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Barbarians Garage rock, Protopunk Rock and roll - Moulty

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock Merseybeat

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The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 14 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 Byrds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music Raga rock - Eight Miles High

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The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 16 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 Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk - Psychotic Reaction

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The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Shadows of Knight Blues-rock, Garage rock - Gloria (best)

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 20 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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? & 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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The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music Garage rock - Lies

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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music Garage rock

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Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

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Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 25 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 Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 26 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 Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music Garage rock - Rosalyn

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The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 28 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 Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Music Machine Rock music, Garage rock Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock - Hey Joe (original)

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Them is listed (or ranked) 33 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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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk Glam punk - Trash, Jet Boy

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Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 35 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 Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues Rock music

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk Garage rock

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues Rock music

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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

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Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly Instrumental rock - Rumble

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Steppenwolf Blues-rock, Rock music Heavy metal - Born To Be Wild

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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music Rockabilly

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Outsiders Rock music, Garage rock Rock and roll - Time Won't Let Me

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge Noise - Bone Machine (!)

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave - Should I Stay Or Should I Go

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Chambers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Chambers Brothers Psychedelic soul, Disco Rock music - Time Has Come Today

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Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock Rock music - Incense and Peppermints

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The Syndicate of Sound is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Syndicate of Sound Rock music - Hey Little Girl

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Monks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

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Sir Douglas Quintet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Sir Douglas Quintet Americana, Rock music Electric blues - She's About A Mover