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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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2,883 1,338
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

2
3,295 1,274
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
1,807 1,330
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

4
2,080 1,364
Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
2,059 1,378
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
1,680 1,105
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
1,693 1,038
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,460 1,113
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
1,133 930
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

10
1,065 697
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Bella70 added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
1,343 720
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
1,203 1,025
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,180 904
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,442 697
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
1,057 704
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
1,009 743
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
726 840
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
888 675
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
993 795
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

20
1,208 938
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
766 664
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

22
885 935
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

23
786 672
Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

24
784 590
Cream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

25
568 596
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
418 624
Ratt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

27
419 601
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

28
953 630
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
526 615
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
786 610
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

31
543 564
Skid Row is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

32
461 564
UFO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

33
708 698
Tool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

34
741 547
Megadeth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

35
332 591
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
464 809
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

37
720 710
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
299 128
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Jon Heinly added Thin Lizzy

39
442 495
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

40
427 476
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
472 575
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
511 704
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

43
353 480
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

44
527 565
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

45
566 778
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
466 598
Twisted Sister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

47
679 505
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
HillaryBeckmanHarvey added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

48
256 415
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
430 573
Poison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

50
344 149
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Rock Bands/Artists