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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
30,598 19,559
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - See  The Best Beatles Songs 

2
35,296 14,110
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - See  The Best Led Zeppelin Songs

3
21,595 14,059
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - See  The Best Rolling Stones Songs

4
26,861 13,615
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock - See  The Best Pink Floyd Songs

5
28,687 11,518
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Queen Songs

6
16,164 11,478
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music - The Best Who Albums

7
20,051 12,349
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - See  The Best AC/DC Songs

8
16,994 9,526
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock - See  The Best Jimi Hendrix Songs

9
14,334 11,153
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - See  The Best Doors Albums

10
17,653 14,427
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
12,910 11,089
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock - See  The Best Eagles Songs

12
14,541 12,794
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Metallica Songs

13
12,685 11,023
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See  The Best Aerosmith Songs

14
12,138 8,294
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop - See  The Best Creedence Clearwater Revival Albums

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15
15,290 10,953
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See  The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

16
13,035 9,251
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal - See  The Best Black Sabbath Songs

17
10,839 12,675
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock - See  The Best U2 Songs

18
10,860 8,101
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music - See  The Best David Bowie Songs

19
8,412 9,057
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop - See  The Best Beach Boys Songs

20
9,731 8,455
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Van Halen Songs

21
7,418 6,287
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
prostoemail97 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - See  The Best Bob Dylan Songs

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

22
9,618 6,452
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae - See  The Best Eric Clapton Songs

23
11,437 8,870
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music - See  The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

24
10,221 7,248
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best Elvis Presley Songs

25
9,748 7,982
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Rush Songs

26
9,053 6,726
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock - See  The Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

27
8,207 6,007
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best Fleetwood Mac Songs

28
7,569 6,664
The Police is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk - See  The Best Police Albums

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29
6,882 5,842
Cream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - See  The Best Cream Albums

30
8,248 5,914
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal - See  The Best Deep Purple Songs

31
6,736 5,576
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock - See  The Best Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Albums

32
6,312 6,610
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave - See  The Best Clash Songs

33
5,739 6,112
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock - See  The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs

34
6,267 5,881
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - See  The Best ZZ Top Songs

35
7,562 7,469
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog - See  The Best Radiohead Songs

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36
7,922 6,391
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge - See  The Best Pearl Jam Songs

37
6,115 4,957
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best Kinks Songs

38
5,855 4,731
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - See  The Best Chuck Berry Albums

39
5,990 5,879
Journey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock - See  The Best Journey Albums

40
5,908 4,346
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Dire Straights Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - See  The Best Dire Straits Albums

41
5,814 6,033
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk - See  The Best Ramones Songs

42
7,387 6,090
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge - See  The Best Foo Fighters Songs

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

43
7,303 5,438
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best John Lennon Songs

44
7,734 7,274
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock - See  The Best Green Day Songs

45
5,426 5,134
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock - See  The Best R.E.M. Songs

46
5,898 4,670
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music - See  The Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs

47
6,044 4,713
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - See  The Best Iron Maiden Songs

48
4,467 4,350
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock - See  The Best Genesis Songs

49
5,578 4,776
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge - See  The Best Neil Young Albums

50
4,352 4,621
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - See  The Best Allman Brothers Band Albums