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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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2,754 1,258
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

2
3,148 1,205
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,728 1,237
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

4
1,952 1,283
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
1,596 992
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,940 1,310
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
1,600 1,042
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
2,340 1,053
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
1,048 865
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

10
984 650
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
1,255 678
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
1,135 979
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,125 850
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,356 658
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
996 654
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

16
951 703
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
685 780
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
852 627
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
936 748
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
1,127 895
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
710 629
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

22
836 875
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
745 627
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
738 560
Cream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
533 559
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
392 579
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
391 563
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

28
893 597
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
493 576
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

30
517 527
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

31
737 584
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

32
441 527
UFO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

33
670 659
Tool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

34
695 519
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

35
433 749
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

36
674 672
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

37
306 551
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

38
254 104
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

39
409 465
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

40
403 444
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
449 539
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
483 664
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

43
325 450
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

44
492 532
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

45
544 736
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

46
438 569
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

47
628 481
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

48
405 537
Poison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
237 380
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
303 119
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists