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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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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

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Jeff Wayne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Jeff Wayne Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, 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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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Protomen Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

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Andy DiGelsomina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Andy DiGelsomina Wagnerian rock, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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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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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Paul O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Paul O'Neill Progressive metal, Rock opera, Rock music

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Sound Horizon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Sound Horizon Rock music, J-pop, Folk metal

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Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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James LaBrie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
James LaBrie Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical theatre

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Jim Steinman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Jim Steinman Pop music, Rock music, Musical theatre

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Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Ian Gillan Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
W.A.S.P. Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Jennifer Sowle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Jennifer Sowle Popular music, Opera, Rock opera

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David Bryan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
David Bryan Glam metal, Rock music, Piano rock

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Nektar is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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The Dear Hunter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Dear Hunter Rock music, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Henry Phillips is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists

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SoulSpell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
SoulSpell Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Mägo de Oz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Mägo de Oz Progressive metal, Arena rock, Folk rock

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Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal