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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. 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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1
47,243 30,642
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2
51,002 24,687
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II
3
31,761 23,821
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers
4
39,522 22,454
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
5
51,751 16,925
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
6
23,041 18,525
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia
7
29,975 18,608
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock
8
20,407 17,387
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days
9
24,950 14,513
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
10
25,776 22,145
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York
11
20,559 16,573
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
12
18,905 16,322
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation
13
21,803 19,046
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica
14
15,735 18,968
U2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby
15
17,851 12,586
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys
16
19,096 13,585
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
17
23,114 16,001
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I
18
12,594 13,628
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas
19
16,645 12,011
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs
20
14,838 12,374
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down
21
11,648 10,247
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
prostoemail97 added Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde
22
13,880 11,641
Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres
23
12,906 8,882
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night
24
16,552 13,166
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium
25
14,019 9,446
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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