Music

The Best Melodic Rock Bands  

Reference
10.2k votes 1.2k voters 85.1k views 99 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.

Re-rank this list to fit your opinion of what should be in which order and (99 items)
list ordered by
1
Journey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock
2
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
oldschoolrockisthebest added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
3
Boston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
4
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
dan808 added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
5
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock
6
Heart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Pop music, Melodic Rock music, Folk rock
7
Toto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music
8
REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
9
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Rock music, Pop rock
10
Europe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
mightymuskratmike added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
11
Night Ranger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Ballad
12
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave
13
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Hard rock
14
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal
15
Asia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James Adair added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock
16
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal
17
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Sidstr added
18
Dokken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music
19
Loverboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop
20
Bad English is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Glam metal, Rock music, Hard rock
21
Winger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Rock music
22
FireHouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Pop music
23
UFO is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock
24
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
James D. Keith added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock
25
Danger Danger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Melodic Rock Bands
Melodic Rock, Glam metal, Hard rock