music The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists  

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Rock opera artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good rock opera bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top rock opera bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Rock opera groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all operatic rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest rock opera bands of all time, since the most famous rock opera artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best rock opera music.

You can click on the rock opera band names to see more information about that particular notable rock opera group. If they're near the top of the best rock opera artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top rock opera bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the rock opera band names themselves.

Artists on this list include Meat Loaf and The Protomen. Decide whicih ones are the top artists by voting for your favorites. What's in your top 10? If Arjen Anthony Lucassen or Sound Horizon is in there, vote for one of those, or both.

All important, significant and iconic names in rock opera music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new rock opera bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of rock opera, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into rock opera music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good rock opera bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent rock opera bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best rock opera bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest rock opera musician ever?"

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 rock opera bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Mägo de Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Mägo de Oz Progressive metal, Arena rock, Folk rock

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Nektar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Nektar Space rock, Progressive rock

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Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Paul O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Paul O'Neill Progressive metal, Rock opera, Rock music

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Sound Horizon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Sound Horizon Rock music, J-pop, Folk metal

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Jeff Wayne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Jeff Wayne Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Tobias Sammet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Tobias Sammet Power metal

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Andy DiGelsomina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Andy DiGelsomina Wagnerian rock, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Rick Batalla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Terrance Zdunich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Steven Sater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Stephen Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Stephen Schwartz Musical theatre

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Mark Governor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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The Divinos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Divinos Alternative Rock Opera

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Alan Simon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Alan Simon Folk rock, Progressive rock

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Ryan Scott Oliver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Avalon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Avalon Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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Tom Kitt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Laurence O'Keefe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Tim Rice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Tim Rice Musical theatre

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Alain Boublil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Bob Gaudio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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Claude-Michel Schönberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Claude-Michel Schönberg Musical theatre

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David Bryan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
David Bryan Glam metal, Rock music, Piano rock

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Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Disco Biscuits Dubstep, Dance-punk, Rock music

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Duncan Sheik is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Duncan Sheik Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Galt MacDermot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists