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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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1
51,834 25,512
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
48,536 31,145
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
40,241 23,011
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
32,417 24,291
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
52,914 17,270
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
6
23,454 18,961
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia
7
30,538 18,996
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
25,393 14,837
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
20,748 17,768
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
26,279 22,602
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
21,031 16,894
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
12
22,234 19,420
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica
13
19,255 16,655
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation
14
18,186 12,850
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
19,396 13,912
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
16
23,530 16,298
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
16,021 19,370
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby
18
16,985 12,279
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
12,849 13,886
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
15,161 12,601
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down
21
11,875 10,511
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
13,183 9,090
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
14,292 9,627
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim
24
15,975 10,263
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
13,956 9,625
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