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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. (303 items)
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130 37
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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2
174 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

3
172 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

4
37 4
Link Wray & His Raymen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

5
53 11
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk - Trash, Jet Boy

6
127 68
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

7
43 7
Monks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

8
77 23
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added 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

9
33 3
The Tornados is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Tornados Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock - Telstar

10
48 14
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Rock music - Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

11
50 7
Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock - Rumble

12
57 16
The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Barbarians Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll - Moulty

13
95 47
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

14
83 46
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

15
69 24
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

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32 3
The Bobby Fuller Four is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Bobby Fuller Four Rock and roll - I Fought the Law

17
52 14
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added ? & the Mysterians Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - 96 Tears

18
32 3
The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Golliwogs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock -  Brown Eyed Girl (!), Fragile Child

19
45 9
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

20
54 11
Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

21
52 8
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine (!)

22
62 21
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Don't Need Your Lovin'

23
117 60
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Sonics Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock - Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

24
70 33
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

25
92 36
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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137 83
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

27
66 25
Them is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock - Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

28
71 29
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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37 6
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Leaves Alternative rock

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90 49
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Standells Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

31
79 41
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

32
43 7
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

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60 17
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock - Eight Miles High

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73 26
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music - Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

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106 47
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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35 4
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave - Should I Stay Or Should I Go

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144 73
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

38
30 3
The Five Americans is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Five Americans Pop music, Rock music - Western Union

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30 3
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word - Metal Machine Music Remix

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30 3
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Screamin' Jay Hawkins Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - I Put A Spell On You

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30 3
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

42
46 9
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock - Diddy Wah Diddy

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71 32
The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Music Machine Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

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51 13
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - Summertime Blues (one of the best)

45
61 20
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll - Friday On My Mind

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38 5
The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Box Tops Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock - The Letter

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123 70
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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65 28
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

49
52 14
The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Lies

50
27 3
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk