Bands/Musicians 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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Kyuss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Kyuss 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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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Black Sabbath 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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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Sleep 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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Fu Manchu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Fu Manchu Heavy metal, Stoner rock, Alternative rock Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band that formed in 1985.

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Electric Wizard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Electric Wizard 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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Clutch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Clutch 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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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Queens of the Stone Age 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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Monster Magnet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Monster Magnet 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) 9 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
The Sword 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) 10 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Orange Goblin 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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Colour Haze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Colour Haze 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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Truckfighters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Truckfighters Rock music, Desert rock, Heavy metal Truckfighters is a rock band from Sweden.

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Slo Burn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Slo Burn 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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Red Fang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jean-marieGerard added Red Fang Heavy metal, Stoner rock Red Fang is an American heavy metal band from Portland, Oregon.

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Nebula is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Nebula 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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Melvins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Melvins 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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Unida is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Unida 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

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Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats

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Stoned Jesus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
PhilipB.Plowe added Stoned Jesus

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Brant Bjork is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
JoaquimAmorimDoLago added Brant Bjork 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

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Dozer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Dozer Stoner rock, Hard rock Dozer is a stoner rock band from Sweden.

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Karma to Burn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Karma to Burn 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

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Witchcraft is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Witchcraft Doom metal, Neo-psychedelia, Heavy metal Witchcraft is a Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band founded in 2000.

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Corrosion of Conformity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Corrosion of Conformity 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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The Desert Sessions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
The Desert Sessions 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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High On Fire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
High On Fire 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

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The Atomic Bitchwax is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
The Atomic Bitchwax 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

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Mastodon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Iraklisherplak added Mastodon 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

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Soundgarden 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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Down is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Down 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

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Kadavar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Alan Morrell added Kadavar

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Samsara Blues Experiment is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
EmilianoMettini added Samsara Blues Experiment

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Earthless is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Earthless 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

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Nightstalker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added Nightstalker Stoner rock Nightstalker is a stoner rock band from Athens, Greece.

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Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Wolfmother 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

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1000mods is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Omar Shouekh added 1000mods stoner rock

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Masters of Reality is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Masters of Reality 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

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Dead Meadow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Dead Meadow 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

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Baroness is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jason Russell added Baroness Progressive metal, Indie, Heavy metal Baroness is an American band from Savannah, Georgia whose original members grew up together in Lexington, Virginia.

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Graveyard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TonyCascarino added Graveyard Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock Graveyard is a hard rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden formed in 2006.

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Los Natas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Los Natas 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

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Elder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
FrankJohnston- added Elder 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

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Acid King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Acid King Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Acid King is a stoner metal band from San Francisco, California. It was formed in 1993 by frontwoman Lori S., drummer Joey Osbourne and bassist Peter Lucas. Acid King have since recorded three ...more

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Philiac is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
nama added Philiac psych, prog, stoner

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Saint Vitus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Saint Vitus 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

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

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Spiritual Beggars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Spiritual Beggars Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock Spiritual Beggars is a stoner metal band from Halmstad, Sweden, formed by Michael Amott, who is known from Arch Enemy, Carcass and Carnage. The band is heavily influenced by 70s hard rock and ...more

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Radio Moscow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
TrevorKuszmaul added Radio Moscow 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

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Spirit Caravan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Spirit Caravan Doom metal, Rock music, Heavy metal Spirit Caravan is a Maryland doom/stoner metal band featuring the guitarist and vocalist Scott Weinrich.

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Stoner Rock Bands
Jason Russell added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic ...more