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. (47 items)

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

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674 197
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

3
395 129
Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
ElliotHickin added Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Alternative rock

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465 173
Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

5
339 125
Brant Bjork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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318 123
1000mods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Stoner rock, Desert rock, Psychedelic rock

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305 121
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
ElliotHickin added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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224 79
Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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193 61
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 9 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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204 68
Unida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Hard rock

11
201 83
Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Shpongledpsy added Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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174 68
Dozer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhillipGallof added Stoner rock, Hard rock

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173 68
Karma to Burn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

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165 67
Yawning Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

15
177 78
John Garcia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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149 64
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

17
111 50
Hermano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Danny Mickelson added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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129 71
Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock

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77 42
The Atomic Bitchwax is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
JorgeSimonian added Doom metal, Pop music, Rock music

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69 47
Stoned Jesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
RuslanM added

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21 5
Mondo Generator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
lodata added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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59 48
David Catching is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Desert rock, Garage rock

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41 30
Nightstalker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Antonis Katsaounis added Stoner rock

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18 5
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33 26
My Sleeping Karma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
John Nikolaou added