The Best Rock Bands Of All Time

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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, 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. How does your taste in rock music stack up against everyone else's? Listening to great rock music is good, but showing off your superior rock and roll taste is even better. This list includes a wide range of legendary rockers, from Queen and Led Zeppelin to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. 

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.

Most divisive: The Beach Boys
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  • Queen
    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
    98,587 votes

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    Renowned for their extravagant live shows and iconic anthems such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You," this British rock band became one of the world's best-selling music artists due in large part to the late Freddie Mercury's flamboyant stage presence and powerful vocals. With an extraordinary range of musical styles, they effortlessly combined elements of rock, pop, opera, and stadium anthems resulting in a unique sound that appealed to a wide audience. Their legacy endures to this day, with songs that remain popular and relevant.

  • Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II
    106,102 votes

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    Influenced by blues, folk, and psychedelia, this English band pioneered hard rock and heavy metal and is widely regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of rock music. With unprecedented technical prowess, guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant delivered electrifying live performances, while John Bonham's drumming laid the foundation for generations of rock drummers to come. Over five decades since their inception, their albums continue to sell and their impact on popular music is still palpable.

  • The Beatles
    Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    108,960 votes

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    As the world's most famous band, this British quartet set the standard for songwriting, creating a vast and diverse catalog of enduring hits across various genres, from pop ballads to psychedelic rock. Their experimentation with innovative studio techniques and influential collaborations with legendary producer George Martin revolutionized the concept of the album as an art form, going beyond traditional rock 'n' roll. Today, their timeless tracks continue to resonate with fans across generations and their influence can be heard in countless contemporary artists.

  • Pink Floyd
    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
    86,081 votes

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    Synonymous with progressive rock and mind-bending concepts, this English group captivated audiences with their immersive live performances featuring elaborate visuals and groundbreaking soundscapes. Their highly ambitious concept albums such as The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon showcased the band's mastery of complex arrangements, poignant lyrics and innovative production techniques, cementing their reputation as pioneers of experimental rock. Decades later, their influence is still felt among modern musicians and their awe-inspiring live shows are considered the stuff of legend.

  • Jimi Hendrix
    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
    56,557 votes

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    Widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential guitarists in history, this groundbreaking artist revolutionized the electric guitar with his innovative playing techniques and distinct sound. Known for his innovative use of feedback, distortion, and other sonic effects, Hendrix pushed the boundaries of the instrument, ultimately inspiring an entire generation of guitarists and changing the course of rock music forever. Although his career was tragically short-lived, his impact on the world of rock and his legendary performances at Woodstock and Monterey continue to inspire awe decades later.

  • The Rolling Stones
    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers
    77,525 votes

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    This British band encapsulates the ethos of rock 'n' roll with their blues-infused sound, rebellious attitude, and enduring appeal. Mick Jagger's charismatic stage presence, combined with Keith Richards' innovative guitar work and the interplay between the two, form the backbone of their gritty sound, influencing countless acts in their wake. With a relentless touring schedule and an impressive discography spanning multiple decades, they remain a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock music.