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The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands 

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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. (302 items)
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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
2
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
3
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
4
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock
Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go
5
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
6
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Psychotic Reaction
7
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat
8
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
9
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music
Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood
10
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
11
? & the Mysterians ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
96 Tears
12
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
13
Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
7 And 7 Is
14
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
15
The Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
16
Them is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock
Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)
17
Paul Revere and The Raid... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
18
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Surfin' Bird
19
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
20
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk
Trash, Jet Boy
21
Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock
Rumble
22
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll
Friday On My Mind
23
Monks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
24
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk
25
The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock
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