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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.6m votes 238.5k voters 3.4m views1.7k items

List RulesOnly rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

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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, popular bands to listen to with their timeless music. Whether it be current bands or classic oldies, the biggest. most famous superstars or heavy-hitting deep cuts, 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 and groups are truly at the top of their class. 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 good, 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
    Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    67,734
    26,898

    Queen

    A Night at the Opera, Queen

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

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  • 2
    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    61,548
    35,207

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV

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

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  • 3
    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    62,227
    38,437

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

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

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  • 4
    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    48,784
    30,633

    Pink Floyd

    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock, Acid rock, Progressive rock

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  • 5
    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    37,540
    25,307

    AC/DC

    Back in Black, Highway to Hell

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  • 6
    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    30,859
    20,484

    Jimi Hendrix

    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 7
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    22,632
    16,655

    David Bowie

    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music, Protopunk, Glam rock

    NationalityEngland

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  • 8
    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    18,157
    13,673

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Pop rock

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  • 9
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    20,068
    14,128

    Elvis Presley

    Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 10
    Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    24,662
    18,595

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

    Genres (Music)Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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  • 11
    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    27,631
    21,296

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

    Genres (Music)Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Soft rock

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  • 12
    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    40,139
    31,281

    The Rolling Stones

    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St.

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

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  • 13
    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    18,043
    13,419

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping

    Genres (Music)Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Country rock

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  • 14
    Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    23,181
    17,732

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Green River, Cosmo's Factory

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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  • 15
    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    29,086
    22,095

    Guns N' Roses

    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  • 16
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    14,312
    10,795

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  • 17
    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    19,864
    16,221

    Van Halen

    Van Halen, 1984

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  • 18
    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    17,673
    13,601

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock

    NationalityEngland

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  • 19
    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    24,137
    20,291

    Aerosmith

    Toys in the Attic, Pump

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  • 20
    The Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    28,498
    24,248

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

    Genres (Music)Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Protopunk, Pop rock

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  • 21
    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    27,796
    23,284

    Metallica

    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning

    Genres (Music)Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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  • 22
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    6,732
    3,304

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock

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  • 23
    Rush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    17,515
    14,978

    Rush

    Moving Pictures, 2112

    Genres (Music)Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  • 24
    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    9,212
    6,295

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Ram

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Classical music, Pop rock

    NationalityEngland

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  • 25
    Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    10,646
    8,828

    Chuck Berry

    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Blues

    NationalityUnited States of America

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