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The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Updated March 24, 2020 3.6m votes 239.3k voters 3.4m views1.7k items

List RulesOnly rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

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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
    67,977
    27,318

    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
    61,920
    35,407

    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
    62,642
    38,597

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

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

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    Pink Floyd
    49,082
    30,806

    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
    37,732
    25,549

    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
    31,054
    20,641

    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
    22,770
    16,862

    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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  • 8
    Elvis Presley
    20,215
    14,305

    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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  • 9
    Black Sabbath
    24,836
    18,775

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

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

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    Fleetwood Mac
    18,288
    13,860

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

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

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  • 11
    Eagles
    27,806
    21,453

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

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

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    The Rolling Stones
    40,417
    31,382

    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
    18,153
    13,587

    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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  • 14
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    23,329
    17,849

    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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  • 15
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    14,412
    10,906

    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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  • 16
    Guns N' Roses
    29,242
    22,251

    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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  • 17
    Van Halen
    20,014
    16,325

    Van Halen

    Van Halen, 1984

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

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  • 18
    Eric Clapton
    17,778
    13,708

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

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

    NationalityEngland

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  • 19
    Aerosmith
    24,261
    20,417

    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
    28,685
    24,318

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

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

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  • 21
    Metallica
    27,931
    23,388

    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
    6,843
    3,385

    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
    17,642
    15,068

    Rush

    Moving Pictures, 2112

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

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  • 24
    Paul McCartney
    9,301
    6,387

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Ram

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

    NationalityEngland

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    Chuck Berry
    10,723
    8,910

    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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