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The Best Stoner Rock Bands 

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Updated November 27, 2019 23.5k votes 3.1k voters 150.2k views 134 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. (134 items)
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Kyuss is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Queens of the Stone Age ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band that formed in 1985.
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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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The Sword is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Corrosion of Conformity ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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The Desert Sessions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Colour Haze is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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Unida is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
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