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The Best Desert Rock Bands 

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Updated June 14, 2019 9.2k votes 1.7k voters 46.8k views 46 items

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
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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Brant Bjork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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1000mods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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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 ultimate stoner rock band

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Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Unida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Dozer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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John Garcia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Karma to Burn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Yawning Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Hermano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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The Atomic Bitchwax is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Stoned Jesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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David Catching is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Mondo Generator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Nightstalker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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Valley of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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