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The Best Melodic Rock Bands 

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Updated March 3, 2020 10.8k votes 1.3k voters 86.1k views 97 items

List Rules Consisting 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.

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Heart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Toto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Europe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Dokken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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FireHouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Winger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Bad English is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Asia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
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UFO is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands