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The Best Rock Bands of All Time 

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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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America
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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England
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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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The Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time