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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
41,367 27,461
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
46,204 20,856
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
28,393 20,868
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
35,646 19,279
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
44,371 14,978
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
20,792 16,165
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
26,674 16,671
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
18,474 15,308
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days - See The Best Doors Albums

9
22,408 12,823
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
23,105 19,613
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
18,019 14,842
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
16,905 14,568
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation - See The Best Aerosmith Songs

13
19,437 17,054
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica - See The Best Metallica Songs

14
14,194 16,928
U2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby - See The Best U2 Songs

15
15,981 11,216
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
17,061 12,091
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
20,522 14,447
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
11,213 12,145
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas - See The Best Beach Boys Songs

19
14,704 10,645
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
12,985 11,124
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
10,314 8,868
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
12,667 10,483
Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres - See The Best Rush Songs

23
14,939 11,834
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
12,622 8,448
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim - See The Best Eric Clapton Songs

25
10,025 8,674
The Police is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta - See The Best Police Albums