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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

2
2,953 1,119
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,628 1,113
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

4
1,822 1,199
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
1,511 903
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,805 1,251
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
1,495 986
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
2,175 989
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
961 794
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

10
1,169 621
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

11
902 587
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Scorpions Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

12
1,047 783
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,056 908
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,272 613
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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15
934 601
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

16
902 649
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
801 568
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

18
634 724
Boston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

19
1,045 841
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
883 699
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

21
665 580
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

The Best Female Hard Rock/Metal Guitar Shredders

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773 819
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
676 526
Cream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

24
702 584
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
503 512
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
364 525
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
835 557
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
358 528
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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413 488
UFO is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

30
466 531
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

31
484 485
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

32
678 557
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

33
634 619
Tool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

34
653 481
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

35
634 631
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

The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time

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288 509
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
398 696
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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217 73
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

39
383 408
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

40
384 428
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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433 499
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cinderella Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
309 408
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dokken Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

The Best Female Musicians of All Time

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443 628
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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463 502
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

45
507 696
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

46
409 534
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

47
591 451
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

48
223 346
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
383 498
Poison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
270 94
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists