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The Best Rock Bands of All Time 

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There are thousands of rock bands that have existed throughout the decades ever since the dawn of rock and roll, but only the greatest ones have stood the test of time and continue to be classic, popular bands to listen to with their timeless music. Whether it be current bands or classic oldies, the biggest. most famous superstars or heavy-hitting deep cuts, who are the greatest rock bands of all time?

Anyone can vote on this best rock bands list, which makes these rankings a trustworthy way to find out which great rock artists and groups are truly at the top of their class. You can also add your own rankings to this list and see how your taste in music stacks up against everyone else's. Listening to great rock music is good, but showing off your superior rock and roll taste is even better.

For more rock music, check out this list of the Best Beatles Songs of All Time, or vote on these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo, Queen II, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, + more

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, + more

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Infamous Stories From Led Zeppelin's Heyday Most Fans Don't Talk About #2 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #19 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, Animals, + more

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Rubber Soul, + more

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock, + more

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, The Razors Edge, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, + more

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Insane Stories From The Heyday Of AC/DC #422 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I, Chinese Democracy, Use Your Illusion II, + more

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The Best Guns N' Roses Songs of All Time #54 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #31 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition), + more

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night, The Dance, The Original Fleetwood Mac, + more

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Fascinating Stories From Stevie Nicks’s Love Life #241 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #3 of 161 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom

Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more

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The Best David Bowie Songs of All Time #18 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #82 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Desperado, The Long Run, + more

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold, Christmas Time Again, Nuthin' Fancy, + more

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

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The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs #209 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #31 of 364 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy, Milk and Honey, Walls and Bridges, + more

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock, Perfect Strangers, Fireball, + more

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The Best Deep Purple Albums of All Time #88 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #64 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends, The Graduate, The Concert in Central Park, + more

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The Best Simon And Garfunkel Songs #372 of 2,040 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #13 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies, Love Over Gold, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, + more

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