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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 group’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 which 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.

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
xxvortexbeatboxxx added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
4
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
william-bluth added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music
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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music
13
My Chemical Romance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
mssss00e added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
14
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal
15
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal
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Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock
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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock
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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
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Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal
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Jim Steinman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop music, Rock music, Musical theatre
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King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music
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Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Musical theatre