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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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262 99
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

2
154 60
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

3
121 19
Love is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
7 And 7 Is

4
117 24
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
96 Tears

5
199 63
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock
Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

6
110 21
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music
Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

7
127 23
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk
Trash, Jet Boy

8
208 85
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

9
98 19
Monks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

10
94 14
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Alternative rock

11
101 13
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock
Hey Joe (original)

12
126 34
Them is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock
Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

13
145 44
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

14
198 72
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

15
192 83
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

16
155 52
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

17
139 35
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

18
128 39
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

19
139 35
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Psychotic Reaction

20
93 9
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk
Chinese Rocks

21
167 60
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

22
105 16
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
Surfin' Bird

23
125 16
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
Bone Machine (!)

24
233 82
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

25
98 14
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music
Incense and Peppermints