Best Rock Bands of the 20th Century

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The Top Ten

1
Queen
Queen - the great rock band, combining the four unique and talented musicians. Great voice, great guitar beautiful and powerful rhythm section! Bohemian Rhapsody is recognized as the best song of the millennium.

Whoop! No wonder they have are number one. They have been in he charts more times than The Beatles, they are the only band to have a Christmas number one on two occasions and not to mention the blend of rock, mock opera, hard rock and ballad in one song! Oh, and all four of them have penned number ones: Freddie Mercury and Bohemian Rhapsody; Brian May and We Will Rock You; Roger Taylor and Radio GaGa and John Deacon with Another One Bites The Dust. Love you Queen. RIP Freddie! X
QUEEN - THE GREATEST BAND EVER! Absolutely the most talented 4 genius musicians of all time! Most eclectic of any group ever, w/ 42 diff genres of music, they could do Anything, and do it to perfection! From thrash to the most gorgeous love songs ever sung, QUEEN could do it all.
FREDDIE MERCURY - THE MOST GORGEOUS VOICE ON THE PLANET / BEST AND MOST AWESOME PERFORMER EVER TO GRACE THE EARTH... EVER!
Brian May - such a brilliant guitarist, underrated, as is all of Queen, unfortunately!
Roger Taylor - phenomenal drummer! The best!
John Deacon - the icing on the cake, w/ his amazing bass playing!
All 4 wrote and played instruments. The only band w/ each member having written a #1 song!
Queen is in the only band that is in the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame! They are superb, stunningly awesome, fantastic in every way, and put on the best show ever! BEST LIVE SHOW EVER!
FREDDIE is/was/and forever shall be the GREATEST PERFORMER EVER! Nobody will ever come close or compare w/ The God Of Music - NOBODY!
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2The Beatles
Without question the greatest rock band of the 20th century, They stole our hearts with songs like "' Twist & Shout", "Love Me Do", " I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Please Please Me" & "A Hard Day's Night " and blow up our minds with songs like "Helter Skelter", "Yellow Submarine", "Strawberry Fields Forever" & "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and make us cry with with songs like "Let It Be" And others.

With 27 studios albums hey have been awarded 6 Diamond albums, as well as 24 Multi-Platinum albums, 39 Platinum albums and 45 Gold albums in the United States while in the UK they have 4 Multi-Platinum albums, 4 Platinum albums, 8 Gold albums and 1 Silver album, 55 singles hit,17 in # 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 and 18 in # 1 in the UK Singles Charts, with a record of 7 seven times Grammy Award Winners(most wins That any other rock band in History) and 15 Ivor Novello Awards, won the 1971 Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, all four are appointed by Elizabeth ll herself to becomes Members of the Order of the British Empire, In 2009, the Recording Industry Association of America certified that the group have sold more albums in the US than any other artist, on the UK charts and held down the top spot longer, 174 weeks, than any other musical act.

The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. With 3 of the 4 members having his own and exclusive inductee. The Beatles were collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people. The Beatles are one the most influential artist in the world having been the influence of very many of the most famous, popular, recognizable, bands and musicians of planet. Even the majority of bands in this list have a big influence of the Beatles, bands like : Rolling stones, Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin and many others. They best selling artists of all time, selling more the 1 billion dollars.

For this and many others things are not only the greatest rock band of the 20th century or even of all times but of music in general.

Personal note: well that's it folks, if you like it ( great ) if not ( Sad but true).
Queen is my favorite band. They did everything perfectly (except not calling it quits after their last single in 1997). That being said, the Beatles are the best band of the 20th century, as well as the best band in the history of popular music. I knew this when I first heard the music of the Beatles. I would definitely keep Queen in the top 5, but not number 1. It will always be the Beatles.
Personally I feel that they should be on top of this list!
4 great musicians with amazing vocals and great and innovative music...
The great thing about them is their ideas and opinions towards life, love, peace and change while their songs of early 60's had a great sense of rhythm and style in it..
They deserve to be the BEST ROCK AND ROLL band EVER!
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3The Rolling Stones
One of the most charismatics and influencials groups in the history of rock, since his first album released in 1964 we know that they are here to stay. with songs like: " Paint In Black", "Sympaty For The Devil", "Ruby Tuesday", "Honky Tonk Women" and " Brown Sugar" They are one of the most recognizibles rock bands of the world. they were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 they are the second most successful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and they re with no doubt the 2nd greatest rock band of the 20th century.

4Led Zeppelin
They are one most successful, innovative and influential bands and rock history, they are pioneers of heavy metal and brings a new wave of magic and mysticism on his lyrics and on stage make then mysterious and unique, with songs like: " Black Dog", "Immigrant Song", "Whole Lotta Love" and his famous, the controversial "Stairway to Heaven". They have sold over 200 million albums worldwide according to some sources, while other sources state sales of more than 300 million records, including111.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second-best-selling band of all time in the US. They have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the US, with six reaching the number one spot. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the '70s" and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history". Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described the band in the 1970s as being "as influential in that decade as The Beatles were in the prior one". A few of the awards the band have received include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and the Polar Music Prize in 2006. Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. The band is ranked number 1 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and Classic Rock's "50 Best Live Acts of All Time". Led Zeppelin remain one of the most bootlegged artists in the history of rock music. With this no can argue the they are the greatest band of the 20th century. As of 2005, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks (twenty-six years) on the UK Album Charts, more time than any other musical act

5Black Sabbath
They created heavy metal so...

6Metallica
Of the Century? More like best band ever. My other favorite band is green day, but I chose to vote for this because it's higher up. By the way, popularity does not mean its the best.
Metallica on 2, still under rated.. Its surely should be number 1... They ruled music for 4 decades.. Listening to metallica feels like riding the lightening
The best of all time hands down nobody gets the blood going better

7The Who
If you don't know "Who" this guys are, simple you don't deserved hear rock music and get the f%$k out off this list. They are one of the greatest and most innovative rock bands in the history of music with songs like:" The Seeker ", Pinball Wizzard, & "See Me, Feel Me". There album "Tommy" was groundbreaking and innovative,
Acclaimed by fans & the crtitics even called a work of art. the album sold over 20 million dollars, the best selling by the band put in they in legendary status. they are one best selling artist of all times, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility, and they rightfully deserved tobe the 3rd greatest rock band of the 20th century

8Rage Against the Machine

9Pink Floyd
Hey people, Pink Floyd was more capable of doing anything than Led Zeppelin, simply because they had better sounds and could make any sound. Pink Floyd Rolling Stone magazine said that Pink Floyd did whatever the heck they wanted to do, regardless of the rules. Led Zeppelin's lyrics get cheesy after a while. In my opinion the 2 greatest guitarists of all time are Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour. Nobody else can dig into your soul more than these 2 guitarists. Pink Floyd has better vocals than Robert Plant. Jimmy Page is a great guitarist too, but he sounds extremely messy. I don't really like that. So that's why I go with Hendrix and Gilmour for guitar. Oh by the way, Echoes is a far better song than Stairway to Heaven. There's no comparison. I'm not dissing Led Zep, but I think that Pink foyd is a better artist. They should be ahead of Led Zep and Queen on this list. Pink Floyd would destroy Queen.

10Guns N' Roses

Guns n roses was and is a very unpredictable band... Every show they played was different - from axl kicking out unruly fans, duff passing out, slash's amazing guitar playing, axl's vocal range, the band has even started riots and has been banned from certain city's. They played with other great musicians such as aerosmith and lenny kravitz... Best band ever...
axl was so personal and private so when you can find a bootleg it is always a good find


The Contenders

11Def Leppard

12Nirvana
Legendary riffs in simple yet complex music that is totally underrated

13U2

14AC/DC
Well well well what are the AC/DC doing here?
You all know that the band is great according to their songs
And albums. Though AC/DC's Highway To Hell is better enough to prove
It... And its really really GOOD!

15The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This band was amazing. Widely recognized as hugely influential on the development of hard rock and heavy metal in the late-1960s and beyond, The Experience were best known for the skill, style and charisma of frontman Hendrix, who has been voted one of the greatest guitarists by various music publications and writers. All three of the band's studio albums, Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold as Love (1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of all time, at positions 15, 82 and 54 respectively. In 1992, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His most famous songs are: "Foxy Lady", "Hey Joe", "Purple Haze", "All Along the Watchtower"&"Voodoo Child". For the, is ranking as the 6th greatest rock band of all time.
Personal note: I have wished put the experience a little more higher but because for the lack of more success and impact (due to hendrix's death and the band later disbanded) and short duration don't cut the top 5. It real sad because this band had amazing potential but is ok because they have great success for the short time they last.


16Eagles
Best American band ever- with more selling records across the world--159million copies sold.
The best mix of the most talented musicians singers / song writers.
The Eagles were America's answer to The Beatles.
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17Van Halen
This band dominate the early to mid 80s' like no other band couldn't do it smiling and dancing but don't underestimate this guys they can rock all night long with songs like: "You Really Got me", "Dreams", "Hot For a Teacher", "Panama"& "Jump ".

As of 2007 Van Halen has sold 80 million albums worldwideand has had the most #1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is the 19th best-selling band/artist of all time with sales of over 56 million albums in the United States alone, and is one of five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. In 1999, the RIAA certified their debut album diamond for ten million in U.S. sales.

There were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 12, 2007.
For they sucess and accolades is the 8th greatest rock band of 20th century.
VAN HALEN RULES that's all I have to say!

18Green Day
Green day is a very underestimated band. Its songs from 1994 onwards are just spectacular. It is the one which carried forward punk to the 21st century. Even before the release of Dookie the songs were of pretty good quality, with some of their best solos. The recent album trilogy displays their various capabilities. They are a true punk rock band.
That should be in the top 10

19Buddy Holly and The Crickets

20Lynyrd Skynyrd

21Dir En Grey

22X Japan

23The Clash

24Aerosmith

25Whitesnake
Simply, they are unique... One of the best.

26Iron Maiden

27Sex Pistols

28The Velvet Underground

29Talking Heads

30Radiohead

31Thin Lizzy

32Coldplay

33The Ramones

34The Adicts

35Dead Kennedys

36Pearl Jam
The best band ever no other band to me can beat them.enough said

37Steve Miller Band

38Journey
Journey is not a hard rock band, but they do qualify as rock. This is a great band with hits that will probably always be popular, or at least well known. Also, Steve Perry has an incredible voice. His range and emotion are beautiful.

39Tool
You people obviously have never read about "The Holy Gift" I'm guessing.

40Simple Plan
Maybe there's a lot of great bands of all time but not like SIMPLE PLAN a pop-punk band who enjoys playing great music and that's the reason why, I really love this band.

41Oasis

42Linkin Park
These guys have changed rock history, with so many different elements, they are one of the most known bands to date.

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