Bands/Musicians The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists  

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Rock opera artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good rock opera 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 rock opera bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Rock opera 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 operatic rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest rock opera bands of all time, since the most famous rock opera artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best rock opera music.

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

Artists on this list include Meat Loaf and The Protomen. Decide whicih ones are the top artists by voting for your favorites. What's in your top 10? If Arjen Anthony Lucassen or Sound Horizon is in there, vote for one of those, or both.

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

The list includes all new rock opera 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 rock opera, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into rock opera 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 rock opera bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent rock opera bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best rock opera bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest rock opera 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 rock opera bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

You can change the order of the list by having your Google circles vote too.

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
1464639856531 added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
william-bluth added Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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Jeff Wayne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jeff Wayne Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added W.A.S.P. Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Alesana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Alesana Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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The Dear Hunter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Dear Hunter Rock music, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Andy DiGelsomina is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Andy DiGelsomina Wagnerian rock, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Tobias Sammet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Tobias Sammet Power metal

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Paul O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Paul O'Neill Progressive metal, Rock opera, Rock music

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Sound Horizon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Sound Horizon Rock music, J-pop, Folk metal

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical theatre

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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Tim Curry

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The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Protomen Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

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Jim Steinman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jim Steinman Pop music, Rock music, Musical theatre

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Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Ian Gillan Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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Mägo de Oz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Mägo de Oz Progressive metal, Arena rock, Folk rock

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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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Stephen Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Stephen Schwartz Musical theatre

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Kim Bendix Petersen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Kim Bendix Petersen Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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John Miner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
John Miner Rock opera, Folk rock, Progressive rock

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The Residents is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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James LaBrie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
James LaBrie Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice

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SoulSpell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added SoulSpell Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal