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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.5m votes 238.2k 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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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    67,661
    26,767

    Queen

    A Night at the Opera, Queen

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

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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    61,438
    35,136

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV

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

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    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    62,071
    38,386

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

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

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    48,681
    30,589

    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/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    37,482
    25,242

    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 Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    30,809
    20,434

    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 Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    22,585
    16,605

    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

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    18,120
    13,616

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

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

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    Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    24,608
    18,555

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

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

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    20,026
    14,087

    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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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    40,043
    31,250

    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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    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    18,006
    13,364

    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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    Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    23,130
    17,700

    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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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    27,581
    21,250

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

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

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    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    29,025
    22,059

    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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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    14,286
    10,756

    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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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    17,648
    13,563

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

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

    NationalityEngland

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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    19,822
    16,192

    Van Halen

    Van Halen, 1984

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

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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    24,092
    20,264

    Aerosmith

    Toys in the Attic, Pump

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

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    28,435
    24,226

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

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

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    27,748
    23,262

    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 Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    6,703
    3,282

    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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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    17,489
    14,958

    Rush

    Moving Pictures, 2112

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

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    9,182
    6,270

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Ram

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

    NationalityEngland

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    Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
    10,623
    8,809

    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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