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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. (228 items)


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    Raw Power, Fun House, The Stooges

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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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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground There She Goes Again, I'll Be Your Mirror, That's the Story of My Life

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

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    Rubber Factory, Attack & Release, Brothers

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    Psychotic Reaction, Psychotic Revelation

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    The Idiot, Lust for Life, Zombie Birdhouse

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

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

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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday Eight Miles High

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

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

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    Blunderbuss, Live at Third Man Records, Lazaretto

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

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

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

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

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

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    Too Fast to Live... Too Young to Die, Rumble! The Best of Link Wray, ... Rumble

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

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    Little Girl

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

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

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    Nobody But Me, Evolutions

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

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    Forever Changes, Da Capo, Love 7 And 7 Is

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    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, Live Rust Cinnamon Girl

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    Moulty, Are You a Boy or Are You a 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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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second Born To Be Wild

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

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    The Angry Young Them, Them, Them Again Here Comes the Night, Gloria

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    Friday on My Mind, Vigil, Easy

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

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    Day After Day: Live, Straight Up, No Dice No Matter What, Baby Blue

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    Something Happening, '63 -'67: The Essential Ride, Revolution!

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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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    The Black and White Album, Tyrannosaurus Hives, Lex Hives

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    Electric Warrior, The Slider, 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection ... Cadillac, Raw Ramp

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    S.F. Sorrow, Parachute, The Pretty Things Rosalyn

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

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

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