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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.6m votes 240.9k 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.

  • Queen1


    A Night at the Opera, Queen

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

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  • Led Zeppelin2

    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

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

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

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  • Pink Floyd4

    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


    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

    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

    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


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  • Black Sabbath8

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

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

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  • The Rolling Stones9

    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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  • Creedence Clearwater Revival10

    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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  • Elvis Presley11

    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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  • Fleetwood Mac12

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

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

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  • Guns N' Roses13

    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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  • Lynyrd Skynyrd14

    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


    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

    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

    Van Halen

    Van Halen, 1984

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

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  • The Who18

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

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

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  • Eric Clapton19

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

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


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  • Aerosmith20


    Toys in the Attic, Pump

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

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  • Metallica21


    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

    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


    Moving Pictures, 2112

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

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  • Chuck Berry24

    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

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Ram

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

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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