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 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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123 78
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

2
95 66
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
1464639856531 added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
71 53
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

4
126 114
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
36 30
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

6
72 78
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

7
30 31
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

8
24 25
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

9
65 79
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
niko added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

10
45 56
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
william-bluth added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

11
21 26
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

12
70 92
Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

13
15 19
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

14
15 20
Dream Theater is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
13 20
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

16
1 4
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
starwarssuperfan added Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

17
22 34
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

18
19 31
Rush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
59 89
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

20
26 42
Jeff Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

21
18 31
Arjen Anthony Lucassen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

22
10 20
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

23
16 29
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

24
26 44
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

25
3 10
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

26
5 13
Coheed and Cambria is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop punk, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
5 13
W.A.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

28
4 12
Alesana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

29
24 43
The Protomen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Rock opera, Indie rock, Video game music

30
6 16
Tobias Sammet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Power metal

31
5 15
Jim Steinman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Pop music, Rock music, Musical theatre

32
4 14
The Dear Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Rock music, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

33
5 16
Sound Horizon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Rock music, J-pop, Folk metal

34
5 16
Paul O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock opera, Rock music

35
6 18
King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

36
4 15
Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
9 23
Andy DiGelsomina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Wagnerian rock, Progressive metal, Rock opera

38
5 17
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Musical theatre

39
8 22
Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added

40
3 13
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

41
3 13
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

42
3 13
Mägo de Oz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Arena rock, Folk rock

43
2 11
Stephen Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Musical theatre

44
2 11
Kim Bendix Petersen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal

45
1 8
John Miner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Rock opera, Folk rock, Progressive rock

46
3 15
The Residents is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

47
3 15
James LaBrie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock opera

48
2 13
David Bryan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Glam metal, Rock music, Piano rock

49
2 13
Henry Phillips is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added

50
2 13
Timo Tolkki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Opera Bands/Artists
passionsears added Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Power metal