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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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list ordered by
1
51,202 24,884
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II
2
47,533 30,762
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
3
39,709 22,593
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
4
31,917 23,948
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers
5
52,024 17,004
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
6
23,141 18,625
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia
7
30,113 18,704
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
25,051 14,598
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
9
20,485 17,493
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days
10
25,890 22,258
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
20,669 16,657
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
12
21,907 19,140
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica
13
19,001 16,404
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation
14
17,922 12,647
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
15
19,166 13,657
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
16
23,209 16,075
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I
17
15,792 19,075
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby
18
16,722 12,069
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
19
12,650 13,690
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas
20
14,918 12,428
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down
21
11,701 10,306
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
12,975 8,927
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night
23
14,085 9,482
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim
24
15,757 10,129
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
25
13,754 9,506
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold