Best Rock Bands of the 20th Century

A list of the greatest rock bands of the past century.

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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 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.

They are the champions, the rockers, the killer kings, the bohemians, and the gaga's of the radio! THEY WILL NOT STOP NOW

Awesome piece of music

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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!

What the hell are the Beatles doing at number 2 they are the best music artists of all time even better than elvis Presley queen should not even be in top 10 read rolling stone magazine top 50 music artists of all time queen never made top 50 music artists

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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

4The 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.

5Rage Against the Machine

Managed to combine their political views via rap with heavy metal, their band contained one of the most gifted guitarists, Tom Morello, one of the most talented bassist's, Tim Copperfield, an excellent drummer in Brad Wilk and Zack De La Rocha who managed to rap about his views over hard music. They haven't made one bad song and they all have a true meaning, they're definitely one of the most influential and all-round talented bands ever!

6Led 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

Rage against the who? Led has sold more albums than the stones and queen.
I don't even like the Beatles, but I would respect them at #1
#1 Beatles
#2 Led Zeppelin
#3 stones
#4 floyd
#567 queen

Why isn't this number one

7Black Sabbath

They created heavy metal so...

8The 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

9Def Leppard
10Guns N' Roses

The Contenders

11Pink 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.

The music of my life.


Legendary riffs in simple yet complex music that is totally underrated

Kurt Cobain conveys so much emotion through his lyrics and the music.


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!

15Green 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


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.

Eagles beat most of the bands in the top ten

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17The 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.

Short duration or not, Jimi Hendrix should have been #1. No 16, you must be kidding

18Bon Jovi
19Van 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!

20Lynyrd Skynyrd

Southern rock and bluesy style is the best. Awesome live!

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