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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.6m votes 238.4k voters 3.4m views1.7k items

List RulesOnly rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Rock 2020 playlist on Spotify!

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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  • 1
    Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    67,718
    26,870

    Queen

    A Night at the Opera, Queen

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Glam rock

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  • 2
    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    61,521
    35,199

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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  • 3
    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    62,202
    38,420

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  • 4
    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
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    30,620

    Pink Floyd

    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock, Acid rock, Progressive rock

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  • 5
    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    37,524
    25,295

    AC/DC

    Back in Black, Highway to Hell

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  • 6
    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    30,852
    20,472

    Jimi Hendrix

    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 7
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    22,623
    16,646

    David Bowie

    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music, Protopunk, Glam rock

    NationalityEngland

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  • 8
    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    18,147
    13,660

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Pop rock

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  • 9
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    20,062
    14,117

    Elvis Presley

    Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions

    Genres (Music)Christian music, Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 10
    Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    24,650
    18,586

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

    Genres (Music)Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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  • 11
    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    40,123
    31,275

    The Rolling Stones

    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St.

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  • 12
    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    18,033
    13,407

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping

    Genres (Music)Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Country rock

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  • 13
    Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    23,174
    17,723

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Green River, Cosmo's Factory

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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  • 14
    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    27,623
    21,286

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

    Genres (Music)Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Soft rock

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  • 15
    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    29,074
    22,091

    Guns N' Roses

    Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  • 16
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    14,309
    10,786

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  • 17
    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    17,671
    13,594

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock

    NationalityEngland

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  • 18
    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    19,857
    16,214

    Van Halen

    Van Halen, 1984

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  • 19
    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    24,127
    20,286

    Aerosmith

    Toys in the Attic, Pump

    Genres (Music)Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  • 20
    The Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    28,489
    24,242

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

    Genres (Music)Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Protopunk, Pop rock

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  • 21
    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    27,781
    23,280

    Metallica

    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning

    Genres (Music)Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock

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  • 22
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    6,727
    3,295

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Heavy metal, Acid rock

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  • 23
    Rush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    17,512
    14,973

    Rush

    Moving Pictures, 2112

    Genres (Music)Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  • 24
    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    9,206
    6,286

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Ram

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Classical music, Pop rock

    NationalityEngland

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  • 25
    Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    10,642
    8,819

    Chuck Berry

    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Blues

    NationalityUnited States of America

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