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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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250 98
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

2
110 17
Love is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

3
87 11
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Alternative rock

4
110 22
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - 96 Tears

5
143 58
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

6
186 63
The Sonics is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Frat rock - Strychnine, Psycho a Go-Go

7
101 21
Sam the Sham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music - Wooly Bully, Little Red Riding Hood

8
117 23
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
197 85
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

10
89 18
Monks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

11
118 34
Them is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock - Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

12
184 82
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

13
135 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
186 72
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

15
131 34
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Psychotic Reaction

16
147 52
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

17
121 38
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
160 58
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

19
222 80
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

20
94 14
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock - Hey Joe (original)

21
102 12
Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock - Rumble

22
91 13
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music - Incense and Peppermints

23
97 15
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

24
129 35
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

25
118 16
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine (!)

26
193 56
The Who is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

27
157 40
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

28
124 34
The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

29
100 17
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - Summertime Blues (one of the best)

30
84 9
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk - Chinese Rocks

31
100 17
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock - Diddy Wah Diddy

32
100 17
The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Lies

33
101 24
The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll - Moulty

34
83 9
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - I Put A Spell On You

35
111 22
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock - Eight Miles High

36
112 23
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll - Friday On My Mind

37
121 36
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

38
130 32
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music - Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

39
86 10
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word - Metal Machine Music Remix

40
102 14
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk - The KKK Took My Baby Away, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, She Talks To Rainbows

41
119 45
The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Garage rock - Gloria (best)

42
83 27
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

43
115 30
The Pretty Things is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
British Invasion, Rock music, Garage rock - Rosalyn

44
118 32
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music - Itchycoo Park

45
163 55
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

46
104 44
The Blues Magoos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

47
96 40
The Chocolate Watchband is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Don't Need Your Lovin'

48
59 11
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

49
46 5
The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock -

 Brown Eyed Girl (!), Fragile Child

50
53 10
The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock - The Letter