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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
36,028 22,901
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
40,613 17,430
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
24,998 17,034
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
31,177 15,953
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
33,857 13,435
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
18,553 13,721
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
23,200 14,566
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
19,752 11,201
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
16,390 13,227
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
20,224 17,053
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
15,501 12,959
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
16,867 14,911
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
14,801 12,826
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
14,071 9,769
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
17,725 12,754
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
15,029 10,701
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
12,443 14,827
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
12,707 9,437
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
9,825 10,612
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
11,432 9,802
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
8,913 7,630
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
11,133 7,476
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
12,080 8,197
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
13,167 10,418
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
11,306 9,272
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres - See  The Best Rush Songs

26
9,786 6,884
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night - See  The Best Fleetwood Mac Songs

27
10,686 7,716
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold - See  The Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

28
8,779 7,740
The Police is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta - See  The Best Police Albums

29
7,944 6,758
Cream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream - See  The Best Cream Albums

30
9,340 6,902
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock - See  The Best Deep Purple Songs

31
8,051 6,373
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open - See  The Best Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Albums

32
7,215 7,682
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash - See  The Best Clash Songs

33
6,699 7,230
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising - See  The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs

34
7,210 6,826
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud - See  The Best ZZ Top Songs

35
9,241 7,352
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Ten, Vs., Vitalogy - See  The Best Pearl Jam Songs

36
8,611 8,748
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends - See  The Best Radiohead Songs

37
7,003 5,729
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles - See  The Best Kinks Songs

38
6,786 5,394
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars - See  The Best Chuck Berry Albums

39
7,141 6,757
Journey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution - See  The Best Journey Albums

40
6,794 5,148
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies - See  The Best Dire Straits Albums

41
6,611 6,895
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century - See  The Best Ramones Songs

42
8,365 6,199
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy - See  The Best John Lennon Songs

43
8,555 7,045
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters - See  The Best Foo Fighters Songs

44
8,809 8,469
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown - See  The Best Green Day Songs

45
6,216 5,956
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People - See  The Best R.E.M. Songs

46
6,812 5,304
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends - See  The Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs

47
6,953 5,556
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
BaruchLalaev added The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave - See  The Best Iron Maiden Songs

48
5,136 5,064
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot - See  The Best Genesis Songs

49
6,385 5,408
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush - See  The Best Neil Young Albums

50
5,113 5,244
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach - See  The Best Allman Brothers Band Albums