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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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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Albums: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, + more

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal, + more

Career Began: Birmingham, United Kingdom

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Albums: Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Rubber Soul, + more

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

Career Began: Liverpool, United Kingdom

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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3 59,150 VOTES
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Albums: Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers, Beggar's Banquet, Some Girls, + more

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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4 73,339 VOTES
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Albums: A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo, Queen II, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, + more

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Glam rock, + more

Career Began: London, United Kingdom

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