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List Rules Only rock bands or rock artists with solo careers.

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 and popular bands to listen to with their timeless music. 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 are truly the best. 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 fun, 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
28,028 17,322
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - See  The Best Beatles Songs 

2
32,181 12,737
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - See  The Best Led Zeppelin Songs

3
19,657 12,414
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - See  The Best Rolling Stones Songs

4
24,335 12,393
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock - See  The Best Pink Floyd Songs

5
25,920 10,544
Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Queen Songs

6
14,862 10,195
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music - The Best Who Albums

7
18,174 11,166
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - See  The Best AC/DC Songs

8
15,389 8,602
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock - See  The Best Jimi Hendrix Songs

9
13,154 10,006
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - See  The Best Doors Albums

10
15,986 13,076
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
11,611 10,024
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock - See  The Best Eagles Songs

12
13,142 11,600
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Metallica Songs

13
11,133 7,407
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop - See  The Best Creedence Clearwater Revival Albums

14
11,491 10,043
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See  The Best Aerosmith Songs

The Most Rewatchable Movies

15
13,783 9,929
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music - See  The Best Guns N' Roses Songs

16
11,769 8,504
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal - See  The Best Black Sabbath Songs

17
9,897 11,458
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock - See  The Best U2 Songs

18
9,704 7,389
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music - See  The Best David Bowie Songs

19
7,717 8,160
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop - See  The Best Beach Boys Songs

20
8,826 7,698
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Van Halen Songs

21
6,539 5,536
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
prostoemail97 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - See  The Best Bob Dylan Songs

The Worst Band Names Ever

22
8,711 5,936
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae - See  The Best Eric Clapton Songs

23
10,322 8,093
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music - See  The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

24
8,943 7,276
Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal - See  The Best Rush Songs

25
9,288 6,676
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best Elvis Presley Songs

26
8,201 6,172
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock - See  The Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

27
6,894 6,099
The Police is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk - See  The Best Police Albums

28
7,372 5,521
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best Fleetwood Mac Songs

Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

29
6,279 5,338
Cream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music - See  The Best Cream Albums

30
7,548 5,400
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal - See  The Best Deep Purple Songs

31
6,025 5,138
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock - See  The Best Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Albums

32
5,772 6,065
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave - See  The Best Clash Songs

33
5,178 5,525
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock - See  The Best Bruce Springsteen Songs

34
5,732 5,369
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - See  The Best ZZ Top Songs

35
6,945 6,789
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog - See  The Best Radiohead Songs

The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

36
7,170 5,905
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge - See  The Best Pearl Jam Songs

37
5,632 4,524
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best Kinks Songs

38
5,308 4,390
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Chuck Berry Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - See  The Best Chuck Berry Albums

39
5,400 5,389
Journey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock - See  The Best Journey Albums

40
5,354 5,578
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk - See  The Best Ramones Songs

41
6,639 5,594
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge - See  The Best Foo Fighters Songs

42
6,733 5,035
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - See  The Best John Lennon Songs

The Greatest Fictional Rock Stars

43
5,342 4,019
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - See  The Best Dire Straits Albums

44
6,963 6,704
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock - See  The Best Green Day Songs

45
4,930 4,741
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock - See  The Best R.E.M. Songs

46
5,410 4,329
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music - See  The Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs

47
4,033 3,974
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock - See  The Best Genesis Songs

48
5,421 4,319
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock - See  The Best Iron Maiden Songs

49
5,153 4,416
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge - See  The Best Neil Young Albums

50
3,967 4,269
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music - See  The Best Allman Brothers Band Albums