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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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242 97
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

2
134 54
The Troggs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

3
102 21
? & the Mysterians is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - 96 Tears

4
101 17
Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - 7 And 7 Is

5
85 15
Monks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands

6
174 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
94 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
113 32
Them is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock - Here Comes the Night, Gloria (original)

9
108 22
New York Dolls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Protopunk, Glam punk - Trash, Jet Boy

10
110 14
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine (!)

11
176 79
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

12
186 85
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

13
78 12
Leaves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Alternative rock

14
212 78
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

15
124 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
126 44
The Electric Prunes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Acid rock - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night

17
151 57
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

18
184 55
The Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

19
139 52
The Standells is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

20
114 38
Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

21
174 72
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

22
89 14
The Trashmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk - Surfin' Bird

23
92 15
Captain Beefheart & His Magic ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock - Diddy Wah Diddy

24
148 40
Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

25
120 35
The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

26
94 12
Link Wray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock - Rumble

27
117 34
The Music Machine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock - Talk Talk

28
116 34
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Horror punk, New Wave, Punk blues - Cramp Stomp

29
86 14
The Leaves is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Garage rock - Hey Joe (original)

30
105 21
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock - Eight Miles High

31
83 13
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music - Incense and Peppermints

32
123 30
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music - Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

33
114 42
The Shadows of Knight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Garage rock - Gloria (best)

34
94 17
The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Lies

35
94 24
The Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Garage rock, Protopunk, Rock and roll - Moulty

36
94 13
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
105 23
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll - Friday On My Mind

38
92 17
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music - Summertime Blues (one of the best)

39
77 9
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbre... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk - Chinese Rocks

40
80 24
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

41
76 9
Screamin' Jay Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Shock rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - I Put A Spell On You

42
79 10
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word - Metal Machine Music Remix

43
110 29
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
156 54
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

45
112 32
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music - Itchycoo Park

46
100 42
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
92 38
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
44 7
Sir Douglas Quintet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Americana, Rock music, Electric blues - She's About A Mover

49
50 11
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

50
47 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