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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
RobinGallego added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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156 69
Boston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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130 58
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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174 88
Toto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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153 80
Heart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Pop music, Melodic Rock music, Folk rock

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145 79
Europe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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140 83
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock

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94 52
REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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88 52
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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90 55
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad

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43 15
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
oldschoolrockisthebest added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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47 20
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
*DSO* added Rock music, Baroque rock

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39 16
Asia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James Adair added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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40 17
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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42 20
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Hard rock

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95 70
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

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60 38
Bad English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock

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63 42
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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79 58
Winger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

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38 19
UFO is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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69 49
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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78 59
FireHouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Pop music

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71 59
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock

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30 18
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Sidstr added

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15 3
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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56 47
Great White is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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57 50
Harem Scarem is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Heavy metal

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40 33
Giuffria is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Hard rock

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46 41
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The Babys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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46 45
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KatsavidasAee added Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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37 35
Aldo Nova is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music

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52 53
Magnum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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44 46
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Y & T is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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41 43
House of Lords is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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31 31
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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21 21
Giant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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16 15
Free is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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31 34
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KatsavidasAee added Space rock, Progressive rock

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23 24
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
MikeCannon added Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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18 19
TNT is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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45 55
Tyketto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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17 19
Montrose is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Classic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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37 45
Wishbone Ash is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Poison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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32 39
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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33 41
Ten is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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3 2
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music