Top Ten Artists That Define Rock Music

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1QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Rock Opera, Rock Pop, whatever ROCK you could find, Queen had a song of that. They were all around and they basically scoped the whole MUSIC scene. They had the greatest rock songs of all time too and the had the greatest rock performer as well, Freddie Mercury. Nothing can compare to what great Rock Artist these guys are and what great ARTISTS they R. In fact, they should be number one on this list.

Where would we be today without Queen? NO WHERE! They could do any genre and make it have to do with rock. Example: Opera Rock (Bohemian Rhapsody. )

For all 1970s and Classic Rock Fans, and Queen, listen to Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera and then add all their achievments together. - allqueen

Got this list right!

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2Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

They've got the riffs, the solos, the soul, the groove, the heavy stuff, the ballads, the epics and a huge catalogue that has enormous variety. Great guitar, drums, bass, singing and musicianship. Isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

PS. Why is slayer in the top 10s? They're good but they don't define rock at all. - fidelcanojr

if you have never heard of zeppelin, you have been living under a rock since the 60's!

they are one of the most famouse bands ever! - 678rob754

I love all of these bands, but it's gotta be Led Zeppelin. It's always been Led Zeppelin.

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3JourneyJourney is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

I'm a huge fan of Journey! They are my favoriteband, except for maybe AC/DC. I'm just not sure of they define rock as much as Elvis or Led Zeppelin.

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4The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Why are Journey number 1? They have got to be the most overrated rock band of all time with the most overrated rock song of all time. Yes Steve Perry is okay, but he is extremely overrated. He sounds like every 80's singer. Any real music fan knows that Journey sucks. I expected The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd among others to be on the top of this list. But when I see that Journey is #1, then this list can't be taken seriously. Give me a break!

Journey is above The Beatles? Unbelievable! The Beatles marked the coming of an entirely new age of music. As far as impact and influence goes, The Beatles deserve Number 2 at least. - winner333

Without the Beatles, there wouldn't be a lot of the bands there are today! They are truly great... - jprg12

My favorite band

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5Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

Absolutely no way should Linkin Park even be on this list. They never did anything to define rock. If they didn't exist, the world would be no different.

They have ease, soul every song. Lp is the best number 1

Lp is the best they should number 1

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6Rush

Rush is amazing and is the best band of all time I don't no why its not number 1

One of my favourite bands of all time. They take hard rock to the next level. - IronSabbathPriest

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7The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

They really defined rock they were the first bad influence rock band and began an age of rebellion they should easily be number one

I was listening to the Stones back when everyone else I knew listened to the Beatles. - BobG

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8AC/DCAC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

AC/DC defines rock plain and simple
Who put's journey up everywhere

The Best Rock band ever! How are they not #1 or at least in the top 5? Seriously, Highway to Hell is like an Anthem for all things Rock.

When you think of rock, you think of AC/DC. That's just how it works. - Shake_n_Bake13

This is better than queen! Come on! - GoToews17

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9Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

As John Lennon said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing".

Actually before Elvis there were tons of black rock and blues artists but OKAY - Erucu

The King. He didn't really father rock n roll but he just did it so well. - comicoco

10KISSKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

I don't necessarily listen to Kiss at ALL, but when I grew up, I always thought "Man, those are THE guys" when thinking of rock music. - higgsboson2142

KISS Should be number one in this list, Because The Music, Make-Up, and the Stage Performance that they had since day 1, KISS Is the greatest rock band in the history of rock n roll

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11U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

U2 barely qualifies as rock. They suck

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12MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.V2 Comments
13Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

How is this possible? A product of the un-initiated voting!

My favorite band of all time. (Well, except during the mid-70's when guys started leaving the band or dying.) - BobG

14Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

They certainly did better than the Beatles, that's for sure

Why is this below Linkin Park? Linkin Park created nothing new, they just made good songs that sounded like other good songs. PF, however, did things no one else had done before.

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15Guns N' Roses
16Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.

Why other stupid rock posers are above them? Green Day is so much better than those posers. They should be in the top 10.

Oh damn Green Day can't be in 31'st position.. Guys vote for Green Day they are so epic...

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17The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.

Played punk rock before the punks came along. - BobG

This disappoints me. Sometimes I wonder if they were the last band that knew what rock 'n roll is about.

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18NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nirvana is the definition of Grunge Rock - Danielsun182

Inspired me to play guitar and smells like teen spirit was so inspiring to people... Beatles, Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Led ZeplinnACDC, The chili peppers all have to get up on this!

Nirvana were the greatest musicians ever.

They Had A Big Responsibility In Killing Off A GENRE - FettiMC

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19Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.
20Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

Sabbath at 36? That's enough internet for today...

These guys defined everything in heavy metal, including hard rock, glam rock, grunge, and Iron Man is in Beavis and Butthead.

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