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The Best Rock Bands of All-Time  

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List Rules Only rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

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 and popular bands to listen to with their timeless music. Whether it be current bands or classic oldies, 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 are truly the best. 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 fun, 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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Cream is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres
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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium
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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Ten, Vs., Vitalogy
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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution
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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash
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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles
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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends
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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown
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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters
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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
BaruchLalaev added The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave
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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot
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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends
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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars
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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach
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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All-Time
Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road