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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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265 103
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

2
119 26
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
96 Tears

3
154 64
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

4
201 66
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
112 23
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music
Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

6
101 20
Monks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

7
210 87
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

8
129 26
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk
Trash, Jet Boy

9
121 23
Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
7 And 7 Is

10
128 35
Them is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock
Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

11
146 45
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

12
201 74
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

13
195 85
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

14
95 16
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Alternative rock

15
155 54
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

16
139 37
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

17
129 41
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

18
139 37
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Psychotic Reaction

19
236 85
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

20
169 63
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

21
101 16
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock
Hey Joe (original)

22
167 43
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

23
202 59
The Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

24
106 18
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Surfin' Bird

25
132 37
The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock
Talk Talk