The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

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. (229 items)


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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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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, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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    Rock music, Garage rock Hey Joe (original)

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    Rock music

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

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock Talk Talk

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    Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Garage rock

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

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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

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

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock Lies

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

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    Psychedelic soul, Disco, Rock music Time Has Come Today

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music Summertime Blues

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

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    Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock Eight Miles High

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    Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

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    Pop music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock Rumble

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock Rosalyn

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music Itchycoo Park

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock The Letter

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock Mr. Soul (!)

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    Blues-rock, Nederpop, Rock music Venus

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    Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music No Matter What, Baby Blue

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

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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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    Popular music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk The KKK Took My Baby Away, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, She Talks To Rainbows

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