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
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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426 137
Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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352 107
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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313 100
Brant Bjork is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
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 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
Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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208 58
Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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282 103
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
ElliotHickin added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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186 54
Unida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Hard rock

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169 49
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
zombieadmin added 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 Stoner rock, Hard rock

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162 56
Karma to Burn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

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178 73
Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Shpongledpsy added Rock music, Space rock, Grunge

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149 58
Yawning Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Neo-psychedelia, Stoner rock

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160 67
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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138 54
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal

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103 39
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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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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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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58 33
Stoned Jesus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
RuslanM added

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

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

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34 35
Sungrazer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Desert Rock

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Alfredo Hernández is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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6 3
Mondo Generator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
lodata added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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33 38
Black Rainbows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Fuzz rock, Stoner rock, Heavy Psych

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lodata added

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The Machine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Metal, Desert Rock, Stoner Metal

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Orquesta del Desierto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Desert rock

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Ranker Video
braden-anderson added 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 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 Heavy Rock

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Ranker Video
lodata added 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 Desert Rock

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

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12 32
Ruff Majik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Garage rock, Punk rock, Desert rock

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10 33
SUMA is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Biomechatronic Warpoodle added Stoner Rock, Doom, Desert Rock

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14 47
Thin White Rope is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Desert Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock

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12 47
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

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