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The Best Stoner Rock Bands

Updated November 27, 2019 25.9k votes 3.2k voters 152.5k 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
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    Black Sabbath

    Doom metal, Blues-rock
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    Pink Floyd
    531
    150

    Pink Floyd

    Rock music, Space rock
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    Kyuss
    792
    303

    Kyuss

    Rock music, Desert rock
    Kyuss was an American rock band, formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1987 by Josh Homme,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jimi Hendrix
    303
    94

    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Led Zeppelin
    343
    115

    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock
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    Masters of Reality
    193
    74

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Queens of the Stone Age
    584
    348

    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 on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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    Fu Manchu
    436
    250

    Fu Manchu

    Heavy metal, Stoner rock
    Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band that formed in 1985.Amazon buy button
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    Philiac
    153
    59

    Philiac

    psych, prog
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    Clutch
    509
    319

    Clutch

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Sleep
    387
    254

    Sleep

    Doom metal, Rock music
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    Blue Öyster Cult
    208
    123

    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal
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    Monster Magnet
    349
    249

    Monster Magnet

    Rock music, Space rock
    Monster Magnet is an American stoner rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Electric Wizard
    351
    251

    Electric Wizard

    Doom metal, Heavy metal
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  • 15
    Soundgarden
    319
    225

    Soundgarden

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

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    Jefferson Airplane
    135
    74

    Jefferson Airplane

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk
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    Robin Trower
    80
    29

    Robin Trower

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    178
    117

    1000mods

    stoner rock
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    Elder
    94
    44
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    Grateful Dead
    168
    109

    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music
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    Santana
    106
    56

    Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock
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    The Desert Sessions
    174
    120

    The Desert Sessions

    Stoner rock, Hard rock
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    Melvins
    258
    194

    Melvins

    Doom metal, Noise rock
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    Orange Goblin
    283
    223

    Orange Goblin

    Doom metal, Rock music
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    Free
    82
    42

    Free

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul
    Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button