Hard Rock The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists  

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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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3,339 1,534
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
2
3,801 1,456
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
3
2,073 1,545
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal
4
2,442 1,589
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
5
1,930 1,260
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
6
1,963 1,167
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
7
2,855 1,234
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
8
1,352 1,092
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
9
1,375 1,175
Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
10
1,271 837
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
11
1,568 829
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
12
1,674 783
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock
13
1,222 815
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
14
1,169 838
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
15
846 960
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
16
1,021 790
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal
17
1,156 892
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
18
1,418 1,056
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
19
893 762
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock
20
1,052 1,073
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
21
1,190 688
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
22
917 767
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
23
900 670
Cream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
24
913 683
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
25
520 695
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock