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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

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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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1
3,083 1,416
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

2
3,520 1,348
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,917 1,426
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

4
2,254 1,461
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
2,217 1,461
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,795 1,165
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
1,816 1,096
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,637 1,165
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
1,237 994
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

10
1,155 759
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
1,449 760
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
1,298 1,077
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,258 959
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,547 736
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
1,128 755
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
1,085 784
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
781 893
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
957 716
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
1,068 838
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
1,302 996
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
824 702
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

22
968 990
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
846 713
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
840 620
Cream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
464 643
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock