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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
42,626 28,558
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

2
47,545 21,697
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

3
29,164 21,842
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

4
36,717 20,151
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

5
46,928 15,422
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

6
21,347 16,818
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
27,554 17,167
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
23,034 13,283
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
18,941 15,853
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
23,792 20,257
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
18,664 15,298
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

12
20,040 17,563
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

13
17,402 15,014
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

14
16,455 11,539
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
21,209 14,837
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

16
17,556 12,419
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

17
14,610 17,427
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

18
15,158 10,994
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
11,541 12,533
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
13,430 11,434
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

21
10,649 9,189
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
14,420 9,382
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

23
12,973 8,676
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

24
11,781 8,023
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

25
12,961 10,775
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres