Greatest Hard Rock ArtistsThe best hard rock artists of all time. No Jethro Tull on this list so you can take your pansy little flute and go home.
The Top TenXW
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
I would be at number 1 too if I could rip off other artists and get away with it. Beatles are #1 all time. No contestV94 Comments
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...
Simply the bestV61 Comments
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.
ITS A LONG WAY TO THE TOP but we - the WAR Machines are BACK IN BLACK on the HIGHWAY TO HELL with TNT, we SHOOT TO THRILL and you'll be THUNDERSTRUCK and IF YOU WANT BLOOD - YOU'VE GOT IT! LET THERE BE ROCK... HELLS BELLS...
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 ...more - rocker1796
Greatest ever. These guys have sold more albums than the Beatles. Still going strong after all these years
They kick assV81 Comments
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!
They're not hard rock, they're a sellout metal band.V39 Comments
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.
I LOVE YOU FREDDIE MERCURY!
Queen should be number 50 of all timeV12 Comments
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.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AEROSMITH #31? THEY ARE EVEN ON WIKIPEDIA AS 'AMERICA'S GREATEST ROCK BAND'! WHY THE HECK ARE THEY DOWN HERE? I NEED A LAWYER, NOW!
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!V6 Comments
Kurt Cobain was absolutely brilliant. Since his death no other artist has been able to match his vocal versatility and creativity.
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...
No, Kurt was a psychopath who wrote mediocre rock songs that could appeal to teenagers. If Nirvana were alive, they would go out of style in 4 months, just like all other crappy music nowadays. His riffs were stolen, (Smells Like Teen Spirit - More Than a Feeling, Come As You Are - Eighties) and the ones he wrote were boring. (Heart Shaped Box, Lithium). Not to mention he was crazy ("Rape Me"). - Brobusky
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.
Nirvana is definitely hard rock, but queen, bon jovi and guns n' roses aren't really even hard rock.V22 Comments
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..
Hard and heavy before hard and heavy was even invented. Definitively rock!V18 Comments
Beautiful ballads, extraordinary solos, enchanting keyboards, well thought lyrics and of course real roof raisers.
What's not to like?
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...
I hate Bon Jovi they only had 2 good songs. Even though Sabbath is right in front of them, it's a disgrace that they should even be this close to Sabbath.
He's got the greatest voice in all of rock history, with a great and creative band to back him upV10 Comments
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!V12 Comments
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 is my favorite band of all time. Their music is amazing and their live shows are life changing - JonermanV21 Comments
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
Masters in Metal!V23 Comments
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
The are the greatest band of all time, great live still going on, long live The Who
The who are hard rock legends ad deserve top 10 - gemclobenV2 Comments
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.
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!
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.
How the hell are they not in the top ten. Best band out there today!V54 Comments
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!
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
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.
Simply the best to meV16 Comments
Well judas priest should be at the top their the best band in the world the have the great vocals from Halford the amazing drumming from Travis the beastly bass from Hill and the overwhelming guitar solos by Downing and Tipton here's some of their songs you should listen to: Painkiller, the sentinel, victim of changes, Beyond the realms of death, Electric eye, Breaking the law
Greatest Artist ever in history after Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. And my most favorite above all. Zeppelin and Sabbath just deserves a better position, that's all. However this is a Hard Rock band list, what are Judas Priest, Black Sabbath etc doing here is something I don't understand, Not to mention Metallica being no. 1... They are great but no. 1? Seriously, is this a Joke?!?
Lots of decades of British Heavy Metal... With Iron Maiden the best there is and ever will be
Judas Priest redefined and made metal, plain and simple.V2 Comments
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.
The most talented, creative, innovative, technical and advanced = THE BEST.
A band of masters. Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe.
The riff that rules all other riffs - Smoke on the water;
The solo that rules all other solos - Highway Star;
The screams that rule all other screams - Child in time;
The best band live - Live in Japan;
The most technical pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal;
The globe's loudest band of the 70s, officially listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records.
Anything else for number 1? - Metal_Treasure
Should be top 10V15 Comments
not only that, but the music is earth-shattering...
Jim Morrison is the greatest Rockfrontman of all time.He created only masterpieces. - fogy55lizy
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.V2 Comments
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
HI EVERY ONE I've CAME TO SAY THAT RUSH IS THE BEST BAND OF ALL TIME MY PARENTS HAVE ALWAYS LISTENED TO THEIR SONGS ALL THE TIME I JUST LOVE THE SONGS LIMELIGHT, SUBDIVISIONS, TOM SAWYER, AND NEW WORLD MAN I've SEEN THEM IN CONCERT 5 TIMES THEY ROCKED
Rush should be #1!V6 Comments
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.
Pink Floyd?!? Hard Rock?!? Pfft. They are very good but they're not hard rockV9 Comments
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