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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. (295 items)
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The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go
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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Genre: Punk blues, Garage rock & Protopunk; Nationality: United States of America
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13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Bone Machine (!)
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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The Who is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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MC5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Genre: Blues-rock, Punk blues & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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The Standells is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
7 And 7 Is
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New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Trash, Jet Boy
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Paul Revere and The Raid... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Psychotic Reaction
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? & the Mysterians ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
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Them is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)
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The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Surfin' Bird
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Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Instrumental rock; Nationality: United States of America
Rumble
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The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Friday On My Mind
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The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night