Greatest Hard Rock Artists

The best hard rock artists of all time. No Jethro Tull on this list so you can take your pansy little flute and go home.

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1Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin should be at number 1 in this list to be honest. Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir are some of their few gun songs. And then the influence they have had. Great bands such as Queen, Metallica E.T. C were all inspired from Led Zep. And there is no word for the members of Led Zep.

Anyone that likes hard rock should go out and buy Led Zeppelin albums 1-8. Once you get familiar with them, you won't dislike a single song on those albums. Led Zeppelin could perfect a studio song and make it different live every time. Look at the musicianship! I'd like to see another band try to come up with anything near as epic as Stairway to Heaven. Jimmy Page is the best guitar player of all time, Robert Plant is outstanding, John Bonham's power will knock you out of your seat, and John Paul Jones is a genius. A song such as Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker... I could go on. Any of those songs would tell you who the greatest hard rock band really is. There is only one answer to that, and that is Led Zeppelin.

In any fair nationwide (or worldwide, for that matter) poll, Led Zeppelin would bury everybody for greatest hard rock band. But don't limit Led Zeppelin to just hard rock or heavy metal, for they were so much more. Many carefully conducted large polls for greatest rock band, period, have placed Led Zeppelin at #1 in the world, with the only real competition coming from The Beatles. Led Zeppelin were simply the greatest rock band to have ever existed. And as for hard rock, there is nobody in the same building with Led Zeppelin. - bobby

Do I really even need to comment? Go listen to some songs, and you should be able to judge for yourself.

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2Guns N' Roses

HEll yeah... Guns N Roses 80's-90's are still the best rock bands of all time... Appetite is still the best album of all time... Slash n axl were great... I have no idea why the band broke up... But still we should respect their talent... The whole world respect Guns N' Roses...

G n' R is the Best Rock Band for us. ,
Axl Rose was have a Very Great performance ever.
Same w/ Slash, Gilby, Duff, and Mat... ,
Their both Talented.
Even they Broke up their Music remains in my Heart n Soul..

Best hard rock band ever. Axl Rose is such a great singer, he has incredible voice with impressive range. Slash is an amazing guitarist. What a pity, that they do not work together anymore...

They should be #1.Guns N' Roses the best.

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AC/DC is the best hard rock band ever. They are the Definition of Hard-Rock itself. If you think somebody else even stand a chance against them then you are just kidding yourselves.

This List Is Bull I Mean X Japan At Number 1 I've Listened To Them And They Are Crap! And This Has Been Really Ticking Me Off Who Is Gackt But I Just Looked On The Internet And Gackt Is A Pop Singer (Shudder) And Finally I Want To List The Bands That Should Be In The Top Ten And Where They Are Now On The List.

The Beatles (? ) Could Not Find Them Anywhere These Guys Are Rock Legends. I Recommend Let It Be, A Hard Days Night, And While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Led Zepplin (5) No Complaining. I Recommend Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog And Whole Lotta Love.

ACDC (7) Should Be Higher. I Recommend Highway To Hell, Back In Black, And Thunderstruck.

Aerosmith (43) This Is Pathetic 43 No Way. I Recommend Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion And Love In An Elevator.

Metallica (2) Awesome That's Fine. I Recommend Enter Sandman, One And The Unforgiven.

Van Halen (18) This Is A Top Ten Band Should Be Way Higher. I Recommend Jump, Parama And Hot For Teacher,

Gun's N Roses (11) This Band Was Really Good Top Ten All The Way. I Recommend Sweet Child 'O Mine, November Rain and Welcome To The Jungle.

The Who (20) Ok Now Oh My God This Is Not Good Number 20. I
The Who (20) Ok Now Oh My God Number 20 That Is Horrible. I Recommend Who Are You, My Generation And Won't Get Fooled Again.

Black Sabbath (34) If I See Another One Of These Bands So Low I Am Going To Kill Myself (And I Don't I Like Those Odds)
I Recommend Iron Man, Paranoid And War Pigs

Cream (? ) I Suppose I Should Get The Noose. Cream Awesome Band Top Ten. I Recommend Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room and Crossroads.

Well I Think That Just About Does It But I Feel Tempted To List The Top Ten Bands That Should NOT be On This List. But I Think I Will Quickly

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Greatest ever. These guys have sold more albums than the Beatles. Still going strong after all these years

The perfect hard rock band. they aren't sell out's and are just rock - gemcloben

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Who ever wrote the following statement "two words. Enter Sandman" Is an absolute fool. Enter sandman is NOT one of the best Metallica songs, the only reason people listen to it is because it's popular just like any rap or rnb whatever it's called these days. If enter sandman is your favorite hard rock, song you don't know ANYTHING about rock.

Also, Metallica is the best band of all time, not because they are popular but because they have made the most beautiful art in history, at least 5 of the top 10 rock songs in the world is from Metallica.
It is simply not possible NOT to like them, that's all.

Metallica all the way.
They've ruled for 30 years and are gonna rule for 30 more - slash_fan354

The few people that say they are old must see them on stage!

Their more thrash metal. - gemcloben

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Queen is one of the best bands in this world! Bohemian rhapsody, Don't stop me now, another one bites the dust, I want to break free are the best songs!

Queen is the best ever band in Rock, Pop, Funk, Opera, Heavy Metal, Love songs and just everything.

I know most bands on this list are hard rock. And, I LOVE Queen. My fave. But they aren't hard rock... More like classic rock. Still, I love Queen more than anything. Take them away from my life, I'd have no reason to live. And come on, I just about know the time when Freddie Mercury was born-- I know exactly where, when. September 5th, 1946 on the small spice island of Zanzibar, located near Tanzania. This day is also Freddie For A Day. FFAD has its own website... Look it up.

Greatest classic rock band

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Either Aerosmith, Nirvana, Metallica, or Green Day for me. I went with Aerosmith as I believe that Steven Tyler is an amazing vocalist and probably in my opinion the third best ever after the great late Freddie Mercury and the energetic Robert Plant. Queen are my favourite band but they are not completely hard rock, they have elements of it but have always had soft rock, funk, disco and pop in their songs too.


I love queen to death but there not really hard rock, aerosmith are the best and it must be said there earlier 70's is key to this

Aerosmith should be at least #3 they have way more hits than the bands listed ahead of them!

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If Nirvana were alive... No other band would have existed or come close to it in the present day. Kurt Cobain was the best Rock Singer ever made by the almighty. His wit got reflected in the playing style of his guitar. His riffs were intelligent, simple and showed his pain. Also Dave Grohl played the real drums and the bass by Krist Novoselic simply ran through one's veins... It's very unfortunate that Kurt died so soon...
-Regards, Bose.

Kurt Cobain was absolutely brilliant. Since his death no other artist has been able to match his vocal versatility and creativity.

This is the First..
This is only band who wants to be number 1.
If Kurt Cobain is living There are no other bands live.
Only one.

Nirvana is definitely hard rock, but queen, bon jovi and guns n' roses aren't really even hard rock.

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8Black Sabbath

Practically the inventors of heavy metal. without them, bands like Metallica and Judas Priest wouldn't even exist - UFasten8Me

I am shocked to see that nobody mentioned the gods of Heavy Metal. Black Sabbath started it all. Dont get me wrong I love all the other selecyions on this list but you can't leave Sabbath out! And for the record, Metallica sucks ass and to see them at the top of this list is pathetic. Any of the other bands out rate them anyday.

A great band. Tony Iommi is Black Sabbath and everything released under this name is simply outstanding..

Black Sabbath is one of the most influential bands in rock history and the Godfather of Heavy Metal! They should be higher up on the list. They ROCK! Black Sabbath FOREVER!

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9Bon Jovi

Beautiful ballads, extraordinary solos, enchanting keyboards, well thought lyrics and of course real roof raisers.

What's not to like?

Absolute the greatest band of all times. And Jon is the most beautiful, hot man I have ever seen in this world. Absolute human being's perfection. But not only. Jon Bon Jovi is also the best human soul I've ever seen alive in this world. The god of Love. Jon Bon Jovi in my heart for ever! Paola S.

Bon Jovi is one of the greatest band ever... Bon Jovi Not only Created So many Songs But They Also Created an unbreakable Bond Between Brothers...

Ritchie sambora plays like no other. - gemcloben

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10Van Halen

With Van Halen not in the top five this list shows its suckness. They are #1 in my opinion but I could accept top 5 cause they're are some great others as well. But this is a travesty. Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player ever! And what other band has survived changing lead sIngers? Van Halen that's who! That in itself shows their genius.

Van Halen is the king of hard rock. I love many of the bands in the top ten but some of them are not hard rock. Metallica is obviously metal and queen, although they are one of my favorite bands of all time, they are still not hard rock I am sorry.

Van Halen is top five for sure in regards to live bands. In one of there concerts they opened for Arrowsmith and blew them away with a great show! Great energy, entertainment ( David Lee Roth is a awesome front man), and underrated but good drummer, and bass player, and of course one of the greatest guitar player ever, Edward Van Halen!. When it comes to this list true fans are yelling, ain't talking about love!

The sheer amount of masterful songs, solos and vocals is enough to make Van Halen number 1!

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders


A lot of great bands up there; Priest, Rush, Van Halen, Zeppelin, Metallica etc.. But even more awesome bands are lower, and that's how it should be. I love some of these bands from all my heart, but it was KISS who got me into rock n' roll and metal, and that stays forever. It's like a brand on my heart, no matter what will happen, it will always be KISS. That's why I'm voting for them. KISS Forever

A Member of KISS Army Finland

KISS should be up there higher. They inspired a lot of bands. They got me into classic rock. I am 11 and have been a fan since I was one, two, or three when I saw KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. I remember my dad listening to whiskey in the jar, breakin the law, and KISS. My sisters first non nursery rhyme song she sang was beth. Mine was voodoo. I am the biggest KISS fan!

Kiss is the Greatest... Bigger Crowds than Elvis and the Beatles there is not another rock band that filled the seats like Kiss. Also they put the greatest live Rock show of all bands. On stage Kiss would blow Metallica away.

Kiss should be on top ten, come on rock and roll all nite, love gun, strutter all are the best.

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12Iron Maiden

iron maiden is the best,I mean how can America not know iron maiden.I think iron maiden beat mettalica,AC/DC,guns n roses and even led zepplin.
P.S. if U dont believe me hear wasted years,the trooper,run to the hills and the number of the beast-all of this songs are very good stories.

In all technicality, Iron Maiden is classic heavy metal. As is Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, and Van Halen. Metallica is thrash metal, and Rush is art rock. Nirvana is grunge and Bon Jovi is barely even rock. But still, Iron Maiden is better than all of those in my eyes, so I would root for them even if they were in the "pop" category.

Oh What X Japan Again First, Metallica Is Overrated Priest IS Awesome deserve Nr 2, Up To The Irons Nr 1 - copkiller

I so love them, but I honestly think they belong under the heavy metal category. :( Like Metallica and so

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13The Who

METALlica. Great band, not the same genera. The Who. Great band, composed of one of some of the most unique characters and artists in rock. Daltrey swung his microphone like a lasso. Pete Townshend had some of the most talent that an artist ever chose not to showcase, sacrificing a showcase of his talents for the band. John Entwistle, the Ox, took an instrument that was formerly classified as a "background instrument" and lead with his non-stop typewriter attack. As for Keith Moon, he might be the most innovative and original drummer of all-time, inspiring generations after him including John Bonham and Neil Peart. But more important is the Who's complete living embodiment of rock. The energy they displayed, the raucous demolitions, the off-stage antics. In the end, the Who define the very genera they created, rising up from where the Beatles and Rolling Stones left off and paving the way for a future we continue to enjoy.

Probably the greatest live band of all time

There has never been a band with the musical virtuosity and ferocity as The Who. Every band member a virtioso on their instrument. Keith moon played lead drums. He reinvented the drummers roll in rock music. He actually played melodies on his drums. John Entwistle was the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar. Pete Townsend is one of the greatest guitarists and lyricist s ever. Rodger Daltrey is in my opinion the greatest hard rock vocalist. All of them where showmen. I like zeppelin but they are second on my list. No one can top the who's live shows.

The who are hard rock legends ad deserve top 10 - gemcloben

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14Avenged Sevenfold

This is quite frankly, my most favorite band out there. I think though, that where they fit in on the top 10 is very representative of what they deserve. You can't put them before Metallica or Led Zeppelin, or even AC/DC or even Guns N' Roses because they haven't imposed their position in the heavy rock scene like the greats have, but I believe their music shows that they'll be there before the start of Armageddon.

Avenged Sevenfold, out of every other band I can think of, deserve the spot of #1 the most, look at everything they've been through, the death of their brother held unspeakable trauma for them, and what did they do? They whipped out an album, just for their fans. That, my friends, is strength.

I just LOVE them. They are an awesome band. My favorite band ever is My Chemical Romance but I understand why it's so low, it's because it's not really hard rock (more like alternative rock). So when it's about hard rock, A7X all the way!

WHAT THE HELL AM I SEEING? A7x at no.19? This proves that people don't have a taste in music. At All! A7x deserves to be nowhere below #1! And who the hell is X Japan?

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Scorpions - The Band that defines Rock Ballads. They were the first hard rock/heavy metal band to really show that even Hard Rock can display emotions. A Band built on the philosophy of Friendship and Friendship alone, kick ass live even after fifty years: Riffing Machine Rudolf Sheckner and Klause Maine (By far the man with the best Rock Voice) are standouts... There are so many Still Loving You, Wind of Change, When the Smoke is going Down, Always Somewhere, Send me and Angel... the list is truly endless... On the other hand, you had Rock You Like a Hurricane, Blackout, No One Like You, Alien Nation, Raised on Rock etc. By far pioneers of the genre... One of those bands that define the genre of Hard Rock... I agree Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, AC/DC and all great but Love it or Loathe it, they would have been in the top 5 if they were Americans or British... They deserve to be in the top 5 at least if not Top 3

should I explain why I've voted for scorps? words are not enough t describe them... you know I've seen a lot of great hard rock bands live... but no one like scorpions... their energy, their talent and klaus meine voice are unrepeatable and if they were americans they would have been officially no1!

These guys have just put out their 21st album and after 35 years are still kicking a** LIVE!! Plus they are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. They still show us why Scorpions got a sting!!!! Keep rawkin guys.

Pure quality, I have seen them live a few times and they were outstanding. Sound riffs and stage presence, technical excellence and sound quality.

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16The Doors

Jim Morrison is the greatest Rockfrontman of all time.He created only masterpieces. - fogy55lizy

not only that, but the music is earth-shattering...

Deep Purple are THE greatest Hard Rock band of all time, bar none! Zeppelin are good but live in concert Purple blow them off the map! Les Hedger

Nothing can compare to THE DOORS.

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17Deep Purple

Deep Purple, along with the well known Led Zeppelin, constituted the idea of Hard Rock. Hits like Black Night, Hush, Child In Time and Smoke On The Water with its terrific riff led Deep Purple to an amazing amount of success in the U.K and America. The Band has just recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary and they are still going strong.

The band began in 1968 under the name of " Roundabout " but after some disappointing demonstration tracks Jon Lord sacked the drummer and the bassist, leaving himself a gap in the group. He was contacted by two people wanting to be the groups managers, bringing in Nick Simper {Bass} , Ian Paice {Drums} and Rod Evans {Vocals} who came from MI5.

The group changed its name to Deep Purple and went about recording its single, Hush/One More Rainy Day, which landed the group its first hit in Hush. The group then covered Neil Diamonds "Kentucky Woman" before recording their first album, "Shades Of Deep Purple". The album received a moderate amount of success so they decided to put "The Book of Taliesyn" out as quickly as possible to tap this. The album was successful and the band was on its way.

Just the greatest!
A band of Masters.
They explored the music in many different ways,
from classical, through rock n roll, and to metal.
Clearly a big influence for almost all the bands in here.

Deep Purple 10 places below Linkin Park. That, Sirs and Madams, is plain ridiculous. Deep Purple was one of the hard rock defining bands of the 70s and their legacy still influences many modern bands. Just imagine the following experiment:

Set up a pair of speakers in a densly populated area of town, play either Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple or Numb by Linkin Park, and ask the passers-by which one of the two they know. No doubt about the result.

What are Nirvana doing on this list... above the mighty Deep Purple who invented hard rock. Shameless list

Nirvana is not even hard rock... Grunge is punk rock and not hard rock. - Metal_Treasure

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Nickelback? I don't mean to be offensive but they have to get a life. Nickel back is dumber than a doorknob. Rush is way more musically talented than half those bands combined. You really concentrate on bad modern crap. Please make rush 1, please?

Rush Should be up there with Metallica and Zeppelin. No band can come close to what rush can do


Rush should be #1!

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19Pink Floyd

This is the absolute best band ever. Pink Floyd are what changed it all there was nobody else like Pink Floyd. I hate the fact that they broke up the year I was born I would have loved to see them live.

The best band ever in my eyes they have came from nothing and climbed to the top of the ladder.

Most floyd songs aren't that hard to be honest, however if you listen to their earlier stuff they could put a lot of grunge bands to the sword.
Still class them as the greatest band ever.

THANK GOD Pink Floyd isn't in the top 10. The band is so overrated it irritates the heck outta me!

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20Blue Oyster Cult

Really? Blue Oyster Cult #83? No way this is right. They should be at least in the top #20 with Rush, Kiss, and Foghat. Cities on Flame, Godzilla, Veteran of the Psychic Wars, Don't Fear the Reaper and Unknown Tongue definitely give this lyrically haunting, shock rock blues boogie band plenty of heavy hard rock.

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