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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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113 65
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

2
112 106
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

3
63 61
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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68 68
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

5
28 23
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

6
40 45
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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18 18
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

8
20 26
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

9
1 1
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

10
11 15
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

11
15 21
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

12
20 29
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

13
17 25
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
26 38
Jeff Wayne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jeff Wayne Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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59 85
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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35 52
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
william-bluth added Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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52 76
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

18
61 89
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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9 16
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Dream Theater Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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16 27
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added King Crimson New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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24 39
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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16 28
Arjen Anthony Lucassen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

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9 18
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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3 10
Alesana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Alesana Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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4 13
The Dear Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Dear Hunter Rock music, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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9 21
Andy DiGelsomina is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Andy DiGelsomina Wagnerian rock, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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7 18
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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7 18
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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5 15
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added King Diamond Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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5 15
Sound Horizon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Sound Horizon Rock music, J-pop, Folk metal

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5 15
Tobias Sammet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Tobias Sammet Power metal

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5 15
Paul O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Paul O'Neill Progressive metal, Rock opera, Rock music

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3 12
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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3 12
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 34 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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3 12
Mägo de Oz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Mägo de Oz Progressive metal, Arena rock, Folk rock

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3 12
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Coheed and Cambria Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

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22 41
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
The Protomen Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

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8 20
Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Tim Curry

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4 14
Jim Steinman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jim Steinman Pop music, Rock music, Musical theatre

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4 14
Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Ian Gillan Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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4 14
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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4 15
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical theatre

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2 10
Kim Bendix Petersen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Kim Bendix Petersen Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

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2 10
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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3 14
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added The Residents Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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3 14
James LaBrie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
James LaBrie Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock opera

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2 12
Henry Phillips is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Henry Phillips

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2 12
Jennifer Sowle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Jennifer Sowle Popular music, Opera, Rock opera

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2 12
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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2 12
Timo Tolkki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Timo Tolkki Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Power metal