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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

Albums: A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo, Queen II, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, + more

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The Best Queen Songs of All Time #3 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #3 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti, Houses of the Holy, + more

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Infamous Stories From Led Zeppelin's Heyday Most Fans Don't Talk About #4 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, Animals, + more

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The Best Pink Floyd Songs #292 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #4 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Rubber Soul, + more

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The Worst Beatles Songs #1 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on The Best English Boy Bands

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, The Razors Edge, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, + more

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The Best AC/DC Songs of All Time #422 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock, + more

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Wild Stories From The Guitar-Shredding Life Of Jimi Hendrix #6 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on Members of The 27 Club

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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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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, Can’t Help Falling in Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby, Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition), + more

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Elvis Presley And Richard Nixon Once Shared The Strangest White House Meeting Of All Time #131 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on 1970s Christian Pop Artists

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4, Master of Reality, + more

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The Best Black Sabbath Songs of All Time #351 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #12 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Reggae; Nationality: England

Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more

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The Best Eric Clapton Albums of All Time #7 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #83 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night, The Dance, The Original Fleetwood Mac, + more

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Fascinating Stories From Stevie Nicks’s Love Life #231 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #14 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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

Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more

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The Best David Bowie Songs of All Time #132 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #57 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Desperado, The Long Run, + more

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#202 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #8 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #4 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, Live at Leeds, The Who Sell Out, + more

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The Best Who Albums of All Time #435 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #6 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation, Aerosmith, Get a Grip, + more

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The Best Aerosmith Songs of All Time #29 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #13 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

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The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs #223 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #29 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night, + more

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#427 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #20 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #129 of 294 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days, Morrison Hotel, Light My Fire, + more

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The Best Doors Albums of All Time #308 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #11 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England

Albums: Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy, Milk and Honey, Walls and Bridges, + more

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15 Conspiracies About John Lennon's Death That People Truly Believe #23 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Yearslisted on Famous Accordionists

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Albums: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica, …and Justice for All, Kill 'Em All, + more

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The Best Metallica Songs of All Time #282 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #94 of 294 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s