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The Best Stoner Rock Bands  

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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)
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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
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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
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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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
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 7 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.
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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 8 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
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 9 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
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Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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The Sword is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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Orange Goblin is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal
Truckfighters is a rock band from Sweden.
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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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The Desert Sessions is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 19 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
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Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 21 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.
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Colour Haze is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added
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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Unida is listed (or ranked) 25 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