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, and heavy metal. 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. (46 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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Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Truckfighters Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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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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1000mods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added 1000mods Stoner rock, Desert rock, Psychedelic rock

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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Queens of the Stone Age Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Slo Burn Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
ElliotHickin added Clutch Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Unida is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Dozer is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Karma to Burn Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Shpongledpsy added Monster Magnet Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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Yawning Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Yawning Man Desert rock, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

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John Garcia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
John Garcia Desert rock, 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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Hermano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Danny Mickelson added Hermano Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Masters of Reality Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock

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The Atomic Bitchwax is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
JorgeSimonian added The Atomic Bitchwax Doom metal, Pop music, Rock music

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Stoned Jesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
RuslanM added Stoned Jesus

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Nightstalker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Antonis Katsaounis added Nightstalker Stoner rock

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Valley of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
RobertPitsch added Valley of the Sun Desert Rock

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My Sleeping Karma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
John Nikolaou added my sleeping karma

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David Catching is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
David Catching Blues-rock, Desert rock, Garage rock

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Alfredo Hernández is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Alfredo Hernández Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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

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Mondo Generator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
lodata added Mondo Generator Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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The Machine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added The Machine Metal, Desert Rock, Stoner Metal

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Orquesta del Desierto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Orquesta del Desierto Desert rock

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Black Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Black Rainbows Fuzz rock, Stoner rock, Heavy Psych

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lodata added Fatso Jetson

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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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Los Natas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Jorge Brändt added Los Natas Stoner rock, Experimental music

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Out Of The Earth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
MonsieurHannibal added Out Of The Earth Heavy Rock

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lodata added Loading Data Heavy groove rock / Desert rock

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Fire Down Below is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Chad Smith added Fire Down Below Desert Rock

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Palm Desert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Palm Desert Desert Rock, Stoner rock

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Deaf Radio alarm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
cainl7nk added Deaf Radio alarm Ηeavy Rock, Desert Rock, Stoner Rock

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Jesse Hughes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Jesse Hughes Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock

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Ruff Majik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Ruff Majik Garage rock, Punk rock, Desert rock

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SUMA is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Thin White Rope Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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Sand Rubies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands

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Hot Beat Pussy Fiend is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
barflybrookz added Hot Beat Pussy Fiend

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Brunt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Brunt Desert Rock, Metal, Stoner Metal

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Cleophuzz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Alex Sabourin added Cleophuzz