bands/musicians The Best Desert Rock Bands  

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Generally, desert rock refers to bands that hail from the greater Palm Springs Ca area. One of the chief sounds to define desert rock and desert rock bands is snarling version of hard rock that contains elements of psychedelia, blues, heavy metal and hardcore. Desert rock bands have managed to emerge from outside their local hub to become some of the biggest bands in the world. Also, desert rock can be used to describe the more general genre of stoner rock due the heavy grinding riffs and and brooding instrumental jams.

So, what are the best desert rock bands? Any list of desert rock bands must include the likes of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality, Fu Manchu and Yawning Man. These are some of the best desert rock bands and exemplify the Palm Springs/Palm Desert scene. Over time, several of these bands have gone on to bigger fortunes - most notably Queens of the Stone Age - and became wildly successful.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best desert rock bands. If you think a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best desert rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest desert 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 desert rock bands that you might've heard of. (32 items)

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Kyuss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Kyuss Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Queens of the Stone Age Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
ElliotHickin added Fu Manchu Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Alternative rock

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Brant Bjork is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Brant Bjork Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Truckfighters Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
ElliotHickin added Clutch Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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braden-anderson added St. Range Desert Rock, Rock - Hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, St. Range is the culmination of many lives who have influenced what would become one of The Southwest's most creative and hard-working true rock acts. Described as "young outlaws" ...

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Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Masters of Reality Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock

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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Shpongledpsy added Monster Magnet Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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John Garcia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
John Garcia Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Yawning Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Yawning Man Desert rock, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

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Dozer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhillipGallof added Dozer Stoner rock, Hard rock

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Karma to Burn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Karma to Burn Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

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1000mods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added 1000mods Stoner rock, Desert rock, Psychedelic rock

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Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Slo Burn Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Nebula Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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Unida is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Unida Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Hard rock

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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
zombieadmin added Sleep Sleep is an American doom metal power trio from San Jose, California. Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in its career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ...

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Sungrazer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Sungrazer Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Desert Rock

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Hermano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Danny Mickelson added Hermano Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Palm Desert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Palm Desert Desert Rock, Stoner rock

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Jesse Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Jesse Hughes Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock

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Deaf Radio alarm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
cainl7nk added Deaf Radio alarm Ηeavy Rock, Desert Rock, Stoner Rock

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Alfredo Hernández is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Alfredo Hernández Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Black Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Black Rainbows Fuzz rock, Stoner rock, Heavy Psych

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SUMA is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added SUMA Stoner Rock, Doom, Desert Rock

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Thin White Rope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Thin White Rope Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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David Catching is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
David Catching Blues-rock, Desert rock, Garage rock

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Ruff Majik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Ruff Majik Garage rock, Punk rock, Desert rock

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Sand Rubies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands

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Hot Beat Pussy Fiend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
barflybrookz added Hot Beat Pussy Fiend

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Orquesta del Desierto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Orquesta del Desierto Desert rock