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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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2,415 1,062
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
2,783 1,038
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
1,542 1,008
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
1,707 1,112
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
1,676 1,179
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,411 829
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
1,406 910
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
2,035 909
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
1,074 576
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
901 724
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

11
852 520
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
986 853
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
978 729
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,195 570
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

15
864 566
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
854 612
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
604 672
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
985 789
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
755 521
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

20
825 668
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
623 537
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 Top Metal Albums of All Time

22
626 496
Cream is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

23
724 764
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
668 549
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
626 534
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

26
438 502
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

27
480 477
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
340 483
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

29
786 524
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
341 488
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

31
392 454
UFO is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

32
462 452
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

33
274 477
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
611 455
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

35
592 595
Tool is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

All Iron Maiden Albums, Ranked Best to Worst

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369 655
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

37
585 608
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

38
366 376
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
The Cult Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

39
372 397
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

40
414 471
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cinderella Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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169 56
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

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553 424
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

Best Metal Bands From The American South

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289 381
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dokken Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

44
416 599
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

45
434 482
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

46
396 500
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
478 660
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Five Finger Death Punch Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

48
211 324
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
360 472
Poison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
345 711
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal