1.4k voters

The Best Melodic Rock Bands

Updated March 3, 2020 10.5k votes 1.4k voters 88.0k views97 items

List RulesConsisting of heavy guitar effects, sweet choruses, and melodies to rock arenas, these are the best melodic rock bands.

Melodic rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good melodic rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top melodic rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Melodic rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all melodic rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest melodic rock bands of all time, since the most famous melodic rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best melodic rock music.

You can click on the melodic rock band names to see more information about that particular notable melodic rock group. If they're near the top of the best melodic rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top melodic rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the melodic rock band names themselves.

List features artists like Dokken, Great White. Vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top of the list. The fun part of voting on multiple artists is making the hard choices, like what's better Winger or Toto?

All important, significant and iconic names in melodic rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new melodic rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of melodic rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into melodic rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good melodic rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent melodic rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best melodic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest melodic rock musician ever?"

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 melodic rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

Re-rank this list to fit your opinion of what should be in which order and {#nodes}
  • 1

    More Def Leppard 

    The Best Def Leppard Albums of All Time#59 of 139 Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums

  • 2

    More Journey 

    #339 of 559 The Most Hipster Bands#7 of 47 The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

  • 3

    More Boston 

    #24 of 66 The Greatest Rock Band Logos of All Time#1 of 54 The Best Bands Named After Cities

  • 4

    More Heart 

    #2 of 151 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever#1 of 100 The Best Sister Bands & Musical Groups, Ranked

  • 5
  • 6

    More Alice Cooper 

    The Best Alice Cooper Albums of All Time#85 of 489 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • 7

    More Toto 

    #69 of 106 Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?#49 of 254 The Best Bands With Animal Names

  • 8

    More REO Speedwagon 

    The Best REO Speedwagon Albums of All Time#258 of 416 The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

  • 9

    More Cheap Trick 

    The Best Cheap Trick Albums of All Time#60 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

  • 10

    More Night Ranger 

    The Best Night Ranger Albums of All Time#80 of 255 The Best Ballad Bands/Artists

  • 11

    More Survivor 

    #15 of 105 The Best Musical Artists From Illinois#51 of 95 The Best Glam Metal Bands

  • 12

    More Bad Company 

    The Best Bad Company Songs of All Time#5 of 40 The Best Supergroups Ever Made

  • 13

    More Europe 

    #140 of 392 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time#12 of 62 The Best Bands Named After Real Places

  • 14

    More Pat Benatar 

    The Best Pat Benatar Albums of All Time#44 of 227 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

  • 15
  • 16

    More Rainbow 

    #28 of 259 The Best Power Metal Bands#127 of 222 The Best British Rock Bands/Artists

  • 17
  • 18
  • 19

    More Asia 

    #284 of 359 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#211 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

  • 20
  • 21

    More Mötley Crüe 

    The Best Mötley Crüe Albums, Ranked#39 of 218 The Best Musical Artists From California

  • 22
  • 23

    More Dokken 

    #718 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#772 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

  • 24

    More Cinderella 

    #497 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time#7 of 156 The Best Hair Metal Bands Of All Time

  • 25

    More Loverboy 

    #237 of 541 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time#21 of 232 The Best Canadian Rock Bands