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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
41,214 27,325
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 - See The Best Beatles Songs 

2
46,040 20,762
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 - See The Best Led Zeppelin Songs

3
28,296 20,751
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 - See The Best Rolling Stones Songs

4
35,517 19,162
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 - See The Best Pink Floyd Songs

5
44,029 14,938
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo - See The Best Queen Songs

6
20,726 16,097
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia - The Best Who Albums

7
26,566 16,605
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 - See The Best AC/DC Songs

8
22,332 12,774
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 8 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 - See The Best Jimi Hendrix Songs

9
18,408 15,247
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days - See The Best Doors Albums

10
23,022 19,542
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
17,930 14,793
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2 - See The Best Eagles Songs

12
19,352 16,999
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica - See The Best Metallica Songs

13
16,837 14,522
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation - See The Best Aerosmith Songs

14
15,935 11,179
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys - See The Best Creedence Clearwater Revival Albums

15
20,424 14,421
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I - See The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

16
16,998 12,060
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell - See The Best Black Sabbath Songs

17
14,139 16,870
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby - See The Best U2 Songs

18
14,652 10,617
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 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 - See The Best David Bowie Songs

19
11,175 12,101
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas - See The Best Beach Boys Songs

20
12,936 11,101
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down - See The Best Van Halen Songs

21
10,273 8,844
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 - See The Best Bob Dylan Songs

22
12,584 8,425
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim - See The Best Eric Clapton Songs

23
13,903 9,146
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters - See The Best Elvis Presley Songs

24
12,631 10,448
Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres - See The Best Rush Songs

25
14,886 11,799
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium - See The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs