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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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709 626
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

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

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742 625
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Whitesnake Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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

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

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

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Skid Row Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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440 525
UFO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
UFO Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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

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694 517
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Megadeth Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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306 549
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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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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435 568
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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627 480
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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237 379
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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