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List Rules Only hard rock artists. Pure metal bands like Sabbath, Maiden, Priest or punk bands like Pistols, Ramones belong on other lists

Hard rock is a genre that started with bands like Cream, Mountain, Steppenwolf, and Grand Funk in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and filled stadiums in the 1970s and into the 1980s. Hard rock bands are rooted in garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock and over time, hard rock has come to include elements of post-punk. That said, some of the greatest bands of all time are hard rock bands. Featuring iconic guitar solos, aggressive music and heavy drumming, top hard rock bands remain some of the most beloved bands in history and their songs continue to be played on radio today.

So, what are the best hard rock bands? Any top 100 list of hard rock bands has to include the likes of Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, Deep Purple and Guns N Roses. These bands are considered among the best in hard rock and with good reason. They continue to endure and their songs hold up - even as new hard rock songs fight for space on radio waves. In the cases of the hard rock bands that have retired or long broken up, they continue to have fans, which is a testament to their staying power.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best hard rock bands. If you like hard rock and noticed that someone is missing from this list of hard rock bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best hard rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hard rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular hard rock bands that you might've heard of.
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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1,392 909
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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1,594 1,026
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,542 1,068
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,309 764
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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1,296 845
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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1,867 847
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
971 534
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
830 674
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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789 461
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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924 796
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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914 675
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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783 514
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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1,111 522
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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781 568
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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566 595
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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910 722
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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770 596
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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576 479
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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663 480
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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574 468
Cream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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674 715
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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616 511
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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574 504
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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407 467
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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451 444
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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318 451
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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732 492
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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318 448
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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359 419
UFO is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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430 415
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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258 434
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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550 559
Tool is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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550 566
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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342 349
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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399 441
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cinderella Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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580 428
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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522 399
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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346 604
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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397 565
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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358 369
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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403 453
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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380 467
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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457 619
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Five Finger Death Punch Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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268 357
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dokken Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

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338 442
Poison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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192 300
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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128 41
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

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328 667
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal