Bands/Musicians The Best Stoner Rock Bands  

Reference
15.2k votes 2.4k voters 134.5k views 135 items

Stoner rock, which combines elements of heavy metal, psychedelic rock, blues rock and doom metal, is one of the more deliberate genres of rock. With it's brooding, slow-to-middling tempos, stoner rock bands emerged in the 1990s, and can often times be confused with desert rock. However, the best stoner rock bands have a trippier groove in their sound, which is what separates stoner rock bands from other genres.

So, who are considered the best stoner rock bands? Any list has to begin with Kyuss. The Palm Desert-based rockers were one of the pioneers of the genre. Even though they were influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and MC5. But what makes Kyuss one of the most important stoner rock bands is what they spawned. Though Monster Magnet are just as important in terms of influencing stoner rock, when Kyuss broke up, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu and Celestial Season were formed. Thus, if not for Kyuss, there would be no stoner rock, at least how we know it.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best stoner rock bands. If you notice that a stoner rock band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best stoner rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest stoner 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 stoner rock bands that you might've heard of. (135 items)
list ordered by

1
696 134
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill ...more

2
684 169
Kyuss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal Kyuss was an American rock band, formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1987 by Josh Homme, John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Chris Cockrell. After releasing an EP under the name Sons of Kyuss in ...more

3
424 166
Clutch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly Clutch is an American rock band based out of Frederick, Maryland, originating in Germantown, Maryland. They met while in high school in Germantown and consider themselves a Frederick based band ...more

4
518 212
Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van ...more

5
265 92
Sleep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Sleep is a stoner doom metal band from San Jose, California. Active during the 1990s, Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in their career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes ...more

6
358 141
Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Alternative rock Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band that formed in 1985.

7
282 104
Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Electric Wizard are an English doom metal band from Dorset, England. The band formed in 1993 and have recorded eight full length albums, two of which are now considered to be genre landmarks: ...more

8
263 104
The Sword is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Viking metal The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is composed of vocalist and guitarist John "J. D." Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan ...more

9
285 117
Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Grunge Monster Magnet is an American stoner rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf, John McBain and Tim Cronin. The band first went by the names "Dog ...more

10
260 110
Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal Truckfighters is a rock band from Sweden.

11
236 97
Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Space rock Orange Goblin, previously Our Haunted Kingdom, are a heavy metal band from the United Kingdom that formed in 1995. The band's lineup currently consists of singer Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, ...more

12
195 76
Melvins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Noise rock, Rock music The Melvins are an American band that formed in 1983. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers. Since 1984, singer and guitarist Buzz ...more

13
179 69
Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jean-marieGerard added Heavy metal, Stoner rock Red Fang is an American heavy metal band from Portland, Oregon.

14
174 67
Colour Haze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Stoner rock, Psychedelic rock Colour Haze is a stoner/psychedelic rock group from Munich, Germany, consisting of singer and guitarist Stefan Koglek, drummer Manfred Merwald and bassist Philipp Rasthofer. Formed in the ...more

15
168 65
Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Stoner rock Slo Burn was a stoner rock band whose popularity peaked in 1996 and 1997. The band was formed by John Garcia of the influential stoner rock band Kyuss, which had split up some months previously. ...more

16
147 56
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal Nebula are a psychedelic stoner rock band, formed by guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano upon departing Fu Manchu in 1997. Mark Abshire soon joined as the band's original bassist. ...more

17
119 41
Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added

18
166 70
Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Rock music Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 1982. For almost the majority of its existence, the band has consisted of guitarist Woody ...more

19
116 40
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jason Russell added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic ...more

20
165 71
Unida is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Hard rock Unida is an American stoner rock band that was formed after the dissolution of Kyuss and Slo Burn. The band originally consisted of John Garcia, Arthur Seay, Miguel Cancino and Dave Dinsmore. ...more

21
103 34
Stoned Jesus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added

22
122 49
Brant Bjork is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
JoaquimAmorimDoLago added Desert rock, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Brant Bjork is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Palm Desert, California. He is perhaps best known as the drummer and founder of the influential ...more

23
217 113
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron ...more

24
140 63
Dozer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Stoner rock, Hard rock Dozer is a stoner rock band from Sweden.

25
118 49
The Desert Sessions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Stoner rock, Hard rock The Desert Sessions are a musical collective series, founded by Josh Homme in 1997. Artists such as Brant Bjork, PJ Harvey, Jeordie White, Dave Catching, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, John McBain, ...more

26
124 53
Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Iraklisherplak added Post-metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor. ...more

27
127 56
Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal Witchcraft is a Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band founded in 2000.

28
135 62
Karma to Burn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock Karma to Burn, sometimes known as K2B, is a desert rock/stoner rock band from Morgantown, West Virginia comprising guitarist William Mecum, bassist Eric Clutter, and drummer Evan Devine. The ...more

29
128 58
High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Rock music High On Fire is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California, that was formed in 1998. Matt Pike, the band's frontman and founder, also plays guitar for the influential stoner doom band ...more

30
68 19
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Utah Cornelius added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John ...more

31
69 20
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Utah Cornelius added Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

32
139 70
Down is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Groove metal, Grunge Down is an American heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Bobby ...more

33
152 85
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band. Formed in 2004 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, the band is currently a ...more

34
113 59
The Atomic Bitchwax is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Pop music, Rock music The Atomic Bitchwax is an American rock band from Long Branch N.J. formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist Ed Mundell and drummer Keith Ackerman. Atomic Bitchwax mixes ...more

35
65 24
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jason Russell added Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs " The Reaper", "Godzilla" ...more

36
77 34
Earthless is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock Earthless is an instrumental psychedelic rock band from San Diego, California consisting of guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba. The band formed in 2001 ...more

37
55 19
1000mods is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Omar Shouekh added stoner rock

38
61 25
Samsara Blues Experiment is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
EmilianoMettini added

39
61 26
Kadavar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Alan Morrell added

40
57 24
Nightstalker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Stoner rock Nightstalker is a stoner rock band from Athens, Greece.

41
57 29
Graveyard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TonyCascarino added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock Graveyard is a hard rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden formed in 2006.

42
40 15
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Utah Cornelius added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock The Grateful Dead is an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, ...more

43
77 46
Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Desert rock Masters of Reality is a hard rock group formed in 1981 by guitarist and singer Chris Goss and Tim Harrington in Syracuse, New York. The band is sometimes associated with the "Palm Desert ...more

44
78 47
Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Saint Vitus is an American doom metal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1979. They consist of founding members Dave Chandler and Mark Adams, alongside sporadic singer Scott Weinrich and recently ...more

45
80 50
Los Natas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Stoner rock, Experimental music Los Natas or Natas was an Argentinian stoner rock band. In their latest releasessuch as? they had been steering away from the genre and leaning towards a more experimental sound coined by them ...more

46
74 45
Dead Meadow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Space rock, Neo-psychedelia Dead Meadow is an American stoner rock band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1998. Currently comprising vocalist and guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin, the ...more

47
74 46
Bongzilla is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Bongzilla is a stoner metal band from Madison, Wisconsin.

48
55 30
Baroness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jason Russell added Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal Baroness is an American band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.

49
31 10
Elder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
FrankJohnston- added Elder is a three piece heavy metal band from Boston. The band consists of members: Nick DiSalvo, Matt Couto, Jack Donovan, and previously Chas Mitchell. Elder have released two full-length ...more

50
52 28
Radio Moscow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Blues-rock, Garage rock, Psychedelic rock Radio Moscow is an American psychedelic rock band from Story City, Iowa. Formed in 2003 by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Parker Griggs, the band currently features bassist Anthony Meier and ...more