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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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2,988 1,378
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

2
3,417 1,314
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,872 1,375
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

4
2,169 1,416
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
2,139 1,418
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,737 1,136
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
1,753 1,068
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,553 1,139
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
1,186 961
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

10
1,100 731
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
1,398 740
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
1,247 1,051
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,213 931
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,487 720
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
1,096 724
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
1,046 762
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
754 865
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
923 694
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
1,026 815
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
1,250 968
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
794 681
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

22
928 963
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
816 690
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
809 602
Cream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
589 616
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
436 642
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
440 622
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

28
985 646
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
542 628
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
812 623
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

31
565 577
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

32
476 584
UFO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

33
773 558
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

34
729 715
Tool is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

35
351 603
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
480 827
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

37
738 726
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

38
322 133
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

39
461 502
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

40
442 487
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
494 584
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
523 716
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

43
366 492
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

44
544 574
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

45
583 796
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
476 616
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

47
697 514
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

48
442 586
Poison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
262 425
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
364 156
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists