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Rock music, at its purest, rawest form is exciting, dangerous and energetic. That's why garage rock and garage rock bands resonate with so many fans. The fuzzy, lo-fi sound made through the use of distortion that these bands made was a contrast from the slicked up pop sounds, and even were more challenging to listen to than the rock bands of the time. Though garage rock's heyday was in the 1960s, there are many garage rock bands that still are as important as some of the groups that came after them. Garage rock, and the best garage rock bands, thus, has been one of the most influential genres to cast it's umbrella over rock music during those formative years.

So, who are the best garage rock bands? This list of garage rock bands includes all garage rock bands from music history, so that means garage rock revival bands like The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys are included on here with the likes of The Stooges, The Kinks and MC5. You'll also see popular garage rock bands like The Black Keys on this poll of top garage bands. All garage rock bands should be on this list, including new ones and ones you may not have heard of.

That said, it's up to you to pick the best garage rock bands. This list  answers the questions "who are the best garage rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest garage rock musician ever?" The best garage rock bands should be carefully chosen, so you need to vote on the greatest garage rock bands and not just the popular ones. 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 garage rock bands that you might've heard of. {#nodes}
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135 44
The Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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2
184 91
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

3
179 85
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

4
59 13
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk - Trash, Jet Boy

5
133 69
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

6
84 26
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - There She Goes Again, I'll Be Your Mirror, That's the Story of My Life

7
74 26
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

8
49 10
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

9
51 16
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Rock music - Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

10
87 48
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

11
100 50
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

12
56 16
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added ? & the Mysterians Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - 96 Tears

13
122 61
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Sonics Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock - Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

14
95 36
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

15
58 18
The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Barbarians Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll - Moulty

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16
70 26
Them is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock - Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

17
55 9
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine (!)

18
94 50
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Standells Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

19
56 13
Love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

20
75 31
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

21
64 23
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Don't Need Your Lovin'

22
73 35
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

23
45 10
Monks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

24
82 42
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

25
151 74
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

26
139 84
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

27
62 18
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock - Eight Miles High

28
75 27
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music - Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

29
45 8
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

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69 29
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

31
74 33
The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Music Machine Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

32
54 14
The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Lies

33
108 49
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

34
39 8
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Leaves Alternative rock

35
126 71
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

36
34 4
The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Golliwogs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock -  Brown Eyed Girl (!), Fragile Child

37
48 11
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock - Diddy Wah Diddy

38
76 36
The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Shadows of Knight Blues-rock, Garage rock - Gloria (best)

39
62 21
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll - Friday On My Mind

40
52 15
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - Summertime Blues (one of the best)

41
51 10
Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock - Rumble

42
78 33
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Psychotic Reaction

43
73 30
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music - Itchycoo Park

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44
33 4
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word - Metal Machine Music Remix

45
33 4
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

46
40 7
Link Wray & His Raymen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

47
43 7
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk - The KKK Took My Baby Away, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, She Talks To Rainbows

48
46 12
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock - Hey Joe (original)

49
67 27
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock - Rosalyn

50
39 6
Neil Young & Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Neil Young & Crazy Horse Cinnamon Girl