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The Best Stoner Rock Bands

Updated November 27, 2019 24.9k votes 3.3k voters 154.3k views133 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. {#nodes}
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    Black Sabbath

    Doom metal, Blues-rock
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    Pink Floyd

    Rock music, Space rock
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    Kyuss

    Rock music, Desert rock
    Kyuss was an American rock band, formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1987 by Josh Homme,...  more

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    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock
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    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Masters of Reality

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    Masters of Reality is a hard rock group formed in 1981 by guitarist and singer Chris Goss and...  more
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    Fu Manchu

    Heavy metal, Stoner rock
    Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band that formed in 1985....  more
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    Queens of the Stone Age

    Rock music, Desert rock
    Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California....  more

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    Clutch

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Sleep

    Doom metal, Rock music
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    Philiac

    psych, prog
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    Monster Magnet

    Rock music, Space rock
    Monster Magnet is an American stoner rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group...  more

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    Electric Wizard

    Doom metal, Heavy metal
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    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal
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    Soundgarden

    Rock music, Grunge
    Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and...  more

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    1000mods

    stoner rock
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    Melvins

    Doom metal, Noise rock
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    Orange Goblin

    Doom metal, Rock music
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    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music
    The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band...  more

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    The Desert Sessions

    Stoner rock, Hard rock
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    Corrosion of Conformity

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal
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    The Sword

    Doom metal, Rock music
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    Robin Trower

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Jefferson Airplane

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk
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