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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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2,758 1,267
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

2
3,157 1,209
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,730 1,242
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

4
1,963 1,287
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
1,597 994
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,946 1,314
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
1,600 1,046
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

8
2,344 1,056
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
1,051 868
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

10
985 654
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
1,262 682
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
1,140 983
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,127 853
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,361 661
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
998 657
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
953 706
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
687 783
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
855 629
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
940 751
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
1,131 898
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
714 632
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

22
838 880
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
750 629
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
741 561
Cream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
538 562
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
393 582
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
897 599
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
391 566
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

29
496 579
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
742 587
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

31
518 529
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

32
443 529
UFO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

33
671 664
Tool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

34
699 521
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

35
677 676
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

36
435 756
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

37
306 554
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

38
256 106
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

39
411 467
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

40
404 445
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
453 540
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
486 668
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

43
327 451
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

44
496 536
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

45
546 739
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
439 571
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

47
631 483
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

48
406 541
Poison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
237 382
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
307 122
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists