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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. (155 items)
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229 93
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Stooges Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

2
83 17
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Rock music - Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

3
74 9
Link Wray & His Raymen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

4
70 10
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Leaves Alternative rock

5
91 17
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
? & the Mysterians Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - 96 Tears

6
97 12
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine (!)

7
95 19
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
New York Dolls Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk - Trash, Jet Boy

8
125 27
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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

9
83 9
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk - The KKK Took My Baby Away, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, She Talks To Rainbows

10
79 11
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Trashmen Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

11
173 50
The Who is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

12
123 51
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Troggs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

13
86 10
Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Link Wray Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock - Rumble

14
221 87
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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76 13
Monks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

16
140 54
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

17
105 36
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
82 13
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock - Diddy Wah Diddy

19
116 43
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Electric Prunes Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

20
68 7
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk - Chinese Rocks

21
90 16
Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

The Best Qualities in a Leader

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134 37
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Iggy Pop Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

23
128 51
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Standells Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

24
68 7
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word - Metal Machine Music Remix

25
87 15
The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Lies

26
95 18
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock - Eight Miles High

27
109 33
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

28
159 61
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Sonics Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock - Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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101 29
Them is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock - Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

30
73 11
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Strawberry Alarm Clock Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music - Incense and Peppermints

31
110 27
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Yardbirds British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music - Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

32
107 33
The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Music Machine Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

33
78 13
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Leaves Rock music, Garage rock - Hey Joe (original)

34
105 33
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Cramps Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

35
87 23
The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Barbarians Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll - Moulty

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
174 85
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
13th Floor Elevators Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

37
84 16
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blue Cheer Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - Summertime Blues (one of the best)

38
161 78
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

39
94 22
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Easybeats Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll - Friday On My Mind

40
114 33
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Count Five Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Psychotic Reaction

41
67 8
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - I Put A Spell On You

42
193 77
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

The Best Frontmen in Rock

43
163 71
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

44
101 28
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Pretty Things British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock - Rosalyn

45
106 31
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Small Faces British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music - Itchycoo Park

46
143 53
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

47
104 41
The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Shadows of Knight Blues-rock, Garage rock - Gloria (best)

48
72 23
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

49
90 40
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Blues Magoos Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

50
84 37
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
The Chocolate Watchband Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Don't Need Your Lovin'