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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.6m votes 241.1k 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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  • Queen1
    68,495
    28,205

    Queen

    A Night at the Opera, Queen

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

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  • Led Zeppelin2
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    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV

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

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  • The Beatles3
    63,658
    38,903

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

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

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  • Pink Floyd4
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    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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  • AC/DC5
    38,115
    26,088

    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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  • Jimi Hendrix6
    31,487
    20,951

    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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  • David Bowie7
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    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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  • Black Sabbath8
    25,188
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    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

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

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  • The Rolling Stones9
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    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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  • Elvis Presley10
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    14,715

    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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  • Guns N' Roses11
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    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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  • Creedence Clearwater Revival12
    23,633
    18,066

    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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  • Fleetwood Mac13
    18,575
    14,191

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

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

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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd14
    18,406
    13,890

    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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  • Eagles15
    28,146
    21,727

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

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

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  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers16
    14,626
    11,157

    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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  • Van Halen17
    20,329
    16,555

    Van Halen

    Van Halen, 1984

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

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  • The Who18
    29,079
    24,455

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

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

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  • Eric Clapton19
    17,994
    13,937

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

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

    NationalityEngland

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  • Aerosmith20
    24,538
    20,638

    Aerosmith

    Toys in the Attic, Pump

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

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  • Metallica21
    28,217
    23,650

    Metallica

    Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning

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

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  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience22
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    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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  • Rush23
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    Rush

    Moving Pictures, 2112

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

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  • Chuck Berry24
    10,896
    9,085

    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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  • Paul McCartney25
    9,481
    6,603

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Ram

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

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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