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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.6m votes 239.5k voters 3.4m views1.7k items

List RulesOnly rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Rock 2020 playlist on Spotify!

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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  • 26
    Simon and Garfunkel
    10,746
    9,212

    Simon and Garfunkel

    Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  • 27
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    20,114
    17,495

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik

    Genres (Music)Alternative Rock, Funk Metal

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  • 28
    The Doors
    25,148
    22,461

    The Doors

    The Doors, L.A. Woman

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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  • 29
    Pearl Jam
    14,559
    12,662

    Pearl Jam

    Ten, Vs.

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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  • 30
    Foo Fighters
    13,512
    11,685

    Foo Fighters

    Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Post-grunge

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  • 31
    Nirvana
    31,280
    28,028

    Nirvana

    Nevermind, In Utero

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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  • 32
    Dire Straits
    11,629
    10,125

    Dire Straits

    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits

    Genres (Music)Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music, Country rock, Pub rock

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  • 33
    Santana
    8,713
    7,459

    Santana

    Abraxas, Supernatural

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

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  • 34
    Electric Light Orchestra
    7,529
    6,405

    Electric Light Orchestra

    Out of the Blue, Time

    Genres (Music)Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music, Cello rock, Pop rock

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  • 35
    John Lennon
    12,597
    10,903

    John Lennon

    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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  • 36
    Journey
    12,277
    10,835

    Journey

    Escape, Frontiers

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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  • 37
    The Kinks
    10,744
    9,489

    The Kinks

    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

    Genres (Music)Music hall, Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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  • 38
    The Police
    14,182
    12,807

    The Police

    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine

    Genres (Music)New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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  • 39
    Ozzy Osbourne
    9,785
    8,554

    Ozzy Osbourne

    Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman

    Genres (Music)Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Alternative metal

    NationalityEngland

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  • 40
    Deep Purple
    13,790
    12,478

    Deep Purple

    Machine Head, Live in Japan

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock

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  • 41
    ZZ Top
    11,432
    10,299

    ZZ Top

    Tres Hombres, Eliminator

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Electric blues, Heavy metal

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  • 42
    Iron Maiden
    11,435
    10,243

    Iron Maiden

    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden

    Genres (Music)New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  • 43
    Cream
    12,449
    11,392

    Cream

    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock

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  • 44
    Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
    4,886
    4,205

    Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

    'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind

    Genres (Music)Rock music

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  • 45
    Def Leppard
    9,581
    8,717

    Def Leppard

    Hysteria, Pyromania

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock, Hard rock

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  • 46
    George Harrison
    6,542
    5,504

    George Harrison

    All Things Must Pass, Cloud Nine

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, World music, Experimental music

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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  • 47
    Buddy Holly
    6,521
    5,742

    Buddy Holly

    Buddy, 20 Golden Greats

    Genres (Music)Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly, Pop rock, Rock and roll

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 48
    Boston
    8,636
    7,903

    Boston

    Boston, Greatest Hits

    Genres (Music)Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  • 49
    Bob Dylan
    15,283
    14,294

    Bob Dylan

    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 50
    Crosby, Stills, Nash
    5,052
    4,518

    Crosby, Stills, Nash

    Déjà vu, 4 Way Street

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock

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