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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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2,528 1,128
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
2,911 1,094
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
1,615 1,074
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
1,797 1,171
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
1,484 877
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
1,771 1,223
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
1,469 960
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
2,127 965
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
939 772
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
1,136 606
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
885 570
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
1,023 768
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
1,029 894
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,245 599
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
908 589
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
882 637
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
786 552
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

18
625 700
Boston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

19
1,025 822
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
868 686
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
650 564
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
758 799
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
661 514
Cream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

24
691 574
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
495 498
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nazareth Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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349 511
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Ratt Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
355 508
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

28
812 547
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

29
404 473
UFO is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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453 518
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
473 474
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
661 549
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

33
624 610
Tool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

34
640 470
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

35
283 495
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

All Iron Maiden Albums, Ranked Best to Worst

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390 680
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
619 621
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
377 394
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
379 415
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

40
423 488
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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197 67
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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432 616
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

Best Metal Bands From The American South

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298 398
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dokken Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

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453 493
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
497 684
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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400 522
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Twisted Sister Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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220 334
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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581 440
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

49
373 489
Poison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Poison Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
359 739
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal