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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Led 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.


[Newest]Dazed and confused is their best song.


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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
[Newest]The perfect hard rock band. they aren't sell out's and are just rock
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3Guns 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...
[Newest]#3 my ASS! This is the greatest rock band to ever grace this planet period.

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


The few people that say they are old must see them on stage!
[Newest]Their more thrash metal.

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!
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.
Queen is the best ever band in Rock, Pop, Funk, Opera, Heavy Metal, Love songs and just everything.
[Newest]Queen aren't really known as a hard rock band, as their most famous songs aren't their best. stone cold crazy, scandal and I want it all are the true queen songs.

6Black Sabbath
Practically the inventors of heavy metal. without them, bands like Metallica and Judas Priest wouldn't even exist


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..
[Newest]Them and Led Zeppelin basically invented heavy metal.

7Bon Jovi
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.
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...
[Newest]Ritchie sambora plays like no other.

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

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

10Iron 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


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

The Contenders

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

12Van 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.
Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitarist of all time!
[Newest]The sheer amount of masterful songs, solos and vocals is enough to make Van Halen number 1!

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

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

14Judas Priest
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

15Deep 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.
[Newest]What are Nirvana doing on this list... above the mighty Deep Purple who invented hard rock. Shameless list

16Avenged 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!
[Newest]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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17The 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.
[Newest]The who are hard rock legends ad deserve top 10

18X Japan
What the hell is this? This is a bunch of crap! This band shouldn't even be close to number 10! Who ever put these idiots on the list is a dumbass...
In front of Van Halen, Kiss, and The Who? Oh, no you don't! Those are real hard rock bands, this band is crap!
They're really... really great Musicians in a great group!
and They're not EMO! They're VISUAL KEI!


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.
[Newest]To hear the music!

20The Doors
Jim Morrison is the greatest Rockfrontman of all time.He created only masterpieces.


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

21Def Leppard
I've came here to say that definitely leppard is the band ever I've been to their concerts 4 times and they rocked my favorite songs from them are pour some sugar on me, bringing on the heart break, photograph, and animal so people vote for vote for definitely leppard and go see them in concert but you don't have to but they are awesome, thanks put your thumbs up if you agree with me P.S. sorry I didn't put any punctuation at the end of each sentence BUT PLEASE VOTE FOR definitely LEPPARD
What why is definitely leppard all the way down here they should be in the number 1 spot I mean come on people but its just my opinoin and I'm just saying if any of you don't know who definitely leppard is than go on youtube and listen to their songs like pour some sugar on me, bringin on the heart break/animal, photograph believe me you'll know what I am talking about so vote for definitely leppard please
[Newest]Why is everyone calling them "Definitely Leppard"?

In the dio years they are by far in the top 10 greatest rock bands ever and ritchie blackmore is the guitar king. He wrote smoke on the water case closed

23Jimi Hendrix
one of the most innovative guitarists of all time, played with his soul more than his mind.
Jimmy qould recommend u turn off the computer,pug in the guitar,and let the smoke roll.
Awesome guitarist
Just love him. he's the one of the best guitarist, on the planet

Rush Should be up there with Metallica and Zeppelin. No band can come close to what rush can do
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?
[Newest]Rush are a cross between Led Zeppelin and Genesis. What more could you want?

Whitesnake has had the best drummers in the world and also two perfect albums! What are they doing so low on this list?
The singer is already over 50 and still has an amazingly strong and powerful voice! Oh hail whitesnake!
Love all Whitesnake but especially the heavy blues sound of the 1978-1984 version

26Blue 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.

I saw them when they started in a living room party in Kirkland WA and 35 or so years later I still love cranking all their tunes especially jet city woman

Though They are Usually Critizised, This band has gone through a hell of alot. But they continue, And thanks to them i have Lyrics i can relate to.
Ville valo and his band have amazing aspects other bands do not... but still vocals and bass... the best you will get maybe besides a7x!
HIM is the greatest bando on earth as well as Ville Valo is the greatest singer their lyrics are absolutely amazing as well as their music

Pantera is amazing. All of the members are excellent musicians, and all of their songs reach the perfect balance of technique, heaviness, style, rhythm, and melody. Easily one of the definitive metal bands of the 1990s, and by far the kings of groove metal.
the most underated rock band of all time. dimebags guitar riffs are lengendary, the music world took a major loss when he was taken. R.I.P. dime
I love this band, the song I like the most is cowboys from he'll and let's hope dine bag is playing hard rock up their

30The Rolling Stones
Am I the only one that thinks their 3000 times better then nickel back and Metallica? They are brilliant I would consider them hard rock. Gimmie shelter is amazing hard rock, can't you hear me knocking
What PEOPLE THE ROLLING STONES 126? What the @#$% is wronh with you

Great heavy metal band and dave mustaine is one of the greatest guitarists ever!
f***ing amazing countdown to extinction
Just listen to Holy Wars, Ashes in your mouth, Good Mourning/Black Friday, Tornado of souls, Five Magics, Skin O my Teeth, Hook in mouth, The Scorpion
To just name a few. The greatest, most technical, metal band with the best songs and the most amount of great songs!


best band and their music is not irritating in the ears, its wonderful. you will regret it if you don't even encountered this amazing band, very talented.


great band just don't believe on those fools that make a list of their labeled "crap" like rocker1796, long rant doesn't matter


the best japanese band and one of the best bands i've ever seen!


[Newest]& a special style, I love the band, they are the best.

34The GazettE
WHAT! Why are you not number one?!?!? You're the greatest band ever! Don't ever forget that! Its the truth! I will always love you!

Why is Dio so low? This is one of the most inspiring people of the Metal genre. He brought out the devil horns! He's literally one of the best to ever do it. Rest In Peace Ronnie James Dio!

36Alice in Chains
46 on the list of hard rock artist, amazing! Think there needs to be a reality check, since this is one of the most realistic rock bands around. No fluff/honest music. As a group they hit on all levels, definitely deserve a higher rating than this...
Really #46, I can't believe these guys are so far down on this list, they are definitely better that a lot of the others above them. Need to get more votes for these guys... Great hard rock band.
the greatest,the most dark and deep grunge band of all time, and one of the bestv singers
[Newest]Best band in my opinion

37Motley Crue
Haunting guitars that stays in your brain and heart forever... America's sex pistols, only better! Nikki sixx bad boy from hell in the early 80's. Tommy lee, one of the best, awesome musician and Vince Neil's screaming trash vocals... Mind blowing. (they absolutely cannot be lower then "TOP TEN" on my list!
Should be in the top 10. This band is right up there second to Guns N' Roses. How are they so low. Take off the head phones. Turn it up on real speakers. The way it was meant to be heard. If your under 15 years old walking around with Beats on. You don't need to be voting on here. Try seeing bands live. I've seen most of these bands and 50% of the bands listed in the top 30 sound like crap live. This band has sold out shows for longer then most bands on here.

38System of a Down
Who the hell is japan x?! I've never even heard of them and when I listened to them they sucked! system is a lot better than A7X, and nirvana just really sucks. Tool also deserves to be ahead of them. Japan x shoudnt even be considered hard rock, let alone number 1


Number 15?! Really? System of a Down is by FAR the best hard rock band around. You know why? Because there is absolutely no band that can ever compare to their mix of heavy guitar and drums mixed with God-like vocals in every single song. Radio/Video is one of my personal favorites. Vote until they're number 1!
System Of A Down is the GREATEST HARD ROCK BAND IN MY WHOLE LIFE! They have their own style and genre. They are BETTER than ALL of the band listed above! Serj Tankian can do many GREAT voices! The GUITARIST, THE BEST GUITARIST EVER! They should be the best among the best!

39Five Finger Death Punch
These guys are great! You really feel the emotion in their songs, from more balladic songs like Far From Home and Remember Everything to powerful songs like Never Enough and Hard To See
I can't stress enough how much I love them, even though I'm only eleven years old. I even memorized their names and instruments. Ivan Moody-Vocals, Jeremy Spencers-Drums, Chris Kael-Bass, Zoltan Bathory-Guitars, and Jason Hook-Guitars.
They should be higher they are really good

40Ozzy Osbourne
Common man 95? The main man in black sabbath :. The epic theme of Black Sabbath was because of this man right here Ozzy=Awesome so please vote for ozzy and make him go to the top
What. why is ozzy all the way down here? He's definitely better than 96! Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalallalalalalalalalal You people must really epically suck because he's way better than this, screw y'all.
What he must be the 4th

I agree, it's SLAYER? These guys eat Metallica then poop out their unborn babies... Honestly...
WHATT Slayer, whats wrong with you people. Metallica overrated as hell

The greatest HEAVY metal song in the past 10 years. Their bassist still blows me away every time I watch the music video.
The "Forget To Remember" song is one of the graetest ,ever. The rythm makes your sick

43Quiet Riot
I like quiet riot and I thought maby they would get more than this!

The most awesome Hard Rock band ever! Simply incredible lines and great refrains! Lordi Rule them all, they ought to be as famous as AC/DC! I really recommend lordi and find that they ought to be first, all vote lordi up!
Awesome just awesome the Kings of hard rock
Most better of slipknot or something

Tool is for a higher level. You can't expect it to be on popular top lists. I mean, really?... They are on the same list as Linkin Park? That's just wrong. There's commercialized crap, and then there's music. As the fewer of us already know, Tool is of the latter.
Paul D'Amour: the old bassist, Justin Chancellor: the new bassist Adam Jones: Lead guitarist, and Maynard James Keenan ( James Herbert Keenan): singer, just de-freaking-stroy ALL the other bands with thier powerful awesome songs!
Tool has like 25 great songs and I can name them off the top of my head. Do you know any other band that has that. Forty-six and two is my favorite though; in front of vicarious and the pot.

46Linkin Park
I think linkin park is the best group band in the world... I love all of linkin park...
I don't understand why they choose X-Japan... Linkin park should be numer 1, not 11...
Linkin park have many songs1. Numb 7. What I've done
2. In the end 8. Iridescent
3. Breaking the habit 9. Waiting for the end
4. Faint 10. Somewhere I belong
5. Crawling 11. One sep closer
12. Papercut 13. Lying from you
14. Don't Stay 15. Points of authority
6. New divide ETC...
I love linkin park very much.. The songs, members, melody... WOOW I can't imagine... ALL of Linkin Park is Amazing...
And do you know Transformer 1,2 and 3? What I've done, new divide and Iridescent is Transformers songs...
Linkin park have the best album : Meteora and Hybrid theory is my favors..

You must know that linkin park is AMAZING!...
Try to listen the song.. I'm sure you like it... Trust me...

Very dissapointed linkin park must be number 1 and avenged sevenfold no.2 AC/DC and X-JAPAN should be here..

Linkin park forever AWESOME BAND AND SONGS!

What are lp doing at 11
These should be in the top 5
Chesters voice is meant for hard rock in songs like
Faint, crawling, from the inside and many more
I love linkin park! They are just AWESOME!
[Newest]What the... They should be at least in the Top 5!

47Breaking Benjamin
Thanks manav for your support um ashu... Your bro )))))
I would like to see breaking benjamin on the top of this list
Thanks to Breaking Benjamin... we still hear fab music.. i. e is not just hair metal.. but is 1 that touches souls along with being rock


They are awesome in the world of new crappy bands.
[Newest]So cold and all that is the best

One of the most underrated band in the history of hard rock! Their most played song 'The Final Countdown' is tottaly different from their other songs! Most of the people have never heard Europe first two albums which are heavy metal oriented! In the recent time, since the reunited in 2004 they released 4 albums and they are great especially the last one 'Bag of Bones'
And remember that they are not just the band that did 'the final countdown' becouse if you think that and called yourself a hard rock fan you're losing a lot!
How can you people forgot about one of the greatest hard rock band of all time!
One of the best bands ever. Their 4 latest albums are better than the golden era albums, and way better than the sum of all the XXI century releases of all the other bands in this list.

49Rage Against the Machine
Guitar (Tom Morello) - Creative, imaginative, unique, energetic, brilliant.

Bass (Timmy C) - Hip-Hop or Funk bass in an otherwise heavy metal (instrumentally) band. One of the best rock bassists ever.

Drums (Brad Wilk) - Very explosive heavy metal drumming.

Vocals (Zack de la Rocha) - Angry, energetic, passionate, rapping.

Lyrics (Mostly Zack, sometimes Tom helped) - Political complex issues addressed.


One of the greatest political bands in my opinion...

50Bullet for My Valentine
They are pretty good none of the people up there r really hard rock this is the only decent one I've seen so I don't know but ya go Bullet For My Valentine. Jeez this thing makes me do minimum word selection wow this sucks but bullet is pretty good. P
Best metalcore band. All albums very successful. Poison,
Scream aim fire and fever. Very unique type of music. Really like it
Bullet For My Valentine is the best, all the albums are fantastic and great, scream aim fire, fever
[Newest]Vocalist is very good

Did I miss them? Please don't tell me that Ratt has been left of a list that includes some VERY obscure bands. They are top 20 easily.

They kick ass. Its that simple

53Twisted Sister
Well I guess I'm a loner... Come on people vote for the good stuff
Fond memories for sure.
Were not gonna take it, No we ain't gonna take it. Were not gonna take it anymore. Watche the watchmojo best hard rock anthem on YouTube, see for yourself

54Dir en grey
Dir en grey is one of the greatest international rock acts to come to fame this year, making huge strides in selling out shows in both America and Europe with very little to no airtime or promotions. It's becoming clearer and clearer that the japanese community can rock just as hard, if not harder then the rest of the world!

Motorhead Is Truly One of the greatest Bands of all time enough said!
Motorhead Is Truly One of the greatest Bands of all time enough said!
Best Hard rock band ever

Enough said

Of the four major grunge bands to come from Seattle, Soundgarden is by far the best.
Best band of all time, chris cornell greatest voice in rock

57Blackmore's Night

58PJ Harvey

59Dream Theater
Wow, This is obviously wrong. Anyone who knows music and not just listens to it that Dream Theater is the Dream Team of musicians. With the exception of the lead singer the rest of the band is the best to be had.
Well... I could go on and on about how this is the best band ever but I have no need, because it's enough just to listen to them to know in your heart that they are just AMAZING.
these guys are just brilliantly faultless.

60Alter Bridge
Alter Bridge is so under rated! True Hard Rock Perfection. Myles Kennedy is so talented vocally.
Myles Kennedy is one of the best rock singers of today
These people can make music... They are alive on stage

61Uriah Heep
Why misses Uriah Heep?! Can anybody explain that?!
Uriah Heep is one of the most famous and most popular rock bands.
Uriah Heep is one of the founding fathers of Hard Rock... They should be in the top ten! They started in 1967!
Uriah Heep, 61? You'got to be kidding me. UH is a beast of a band, with dozens of badass masterpieces. They're just unique.

From 75-80 Heart was a bad ass band. This is long before MTV changed them to pop queens.

63Black Stone Cherry

Just don't believe in this crap- rocker1796, they are the one of the bands introduced visual rock in late 1980s with DEAD END, LOUDNESS, 44MAGNUM, etc


65Thin Lizzy
A hard rock list where Thin Lizzy isn't in top 5 at least, and with bands like Linkin Park in top 10 can't be taken seriously. Best hard rock band ever, Metallica is metal and the same goes for a lot of bands in this list.
Zeppelin good hendrix excellent lizzy best

Number 1 all the way. Best singer, best guitarist, best bass, best drummer.
The best band with a unique style and simply the best

67Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace are the greatest band and deserves to be #1 for their hard work, dedication and making the best song that we heard so far. Man I love this band as a #1 fan in the world. Also Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Apocalíptica, Adelitas Way, Iron Maiden, My Chemical Romance, Ozzy Ozbourne, and the last but not least Evans Blue, including Three Days Grace as my top ten bands. If you don't like this comment I don't like you thanks.
Three Days Grace is REAL! They sing about real life, real situations, they put their passion into their music and it shows! You can understand what the hell their saying and you can relate! All of their albums and each song is so different but they're still distinctly Three Days Grace. Just listening to them puts goosebumps on my skin!


This band is one of the best bands of all time. Please listen to the music of this band, just feel the voice of the vocal. You will understand what kind of band is this. I wont tell you to vote, you will vote yourself when you will listen to the songs of this band.

Nickelback is the real and greatest hard rock band ever! They should be in top 10! Nirvana-Smells like teen spirit is Nirvana's only good song! Metallica plays metal not hard rock! Bon Jovi is like Nickelback, nothing Better!
Hard Rock = Nickelback
They are just the band for this title! They and no one else! They are bands here that play metal! Not hard rock! Nickelback is the band you're looking for!
Nirvana was a great band, but face it, their time is past. Nickelback is still breathing, and how they roar like lions! Chad Kroeger has an AMAZING voice that fits perfectly with the sound of the band. They should be in the top Ten if not Five on this list!
[Newest]These guys are great!

69The Stooges

70Cheap Trick
Hey, even VH1-which knows absolutely nothing about music rated Cheap Trick NO. 25. For once they were right.
I saw them once in a really small club in Seattle, they were unbelievable, rocked us hard then put us away all wet... (sweat) hehe

7130 Seconds To Mars
Listen to Edge Of The Earth, From Yesterday, A Beautiful Lie, Attack, Capricorn, Battle Of One, Welcome To The Universe, Fallen, The Fantasy, Year Zero etc. Then come back here and make this band number 1.

72Rob Zombie
I love Rob! I think he should be up on the list. He's just super awesome!

They are amazing. Their music is like art
Fast like old, old school punk. But with a lot of thought AND talent.

RED is so amazing! They definitely do not deserve to be so low on the list.. At least give them a chance. The best song in my opinion is Already Over or if you guys don't like that one just look at their more hardcore songs or their softer songs like Pieces. This is a under rated band but their music is so passionate.
Holy crap! How in the HELL is Red so low? Red is my favorite band of all time! Their music has everything and they know exactly what to deliver in their songs to hook you!

Listen to Breathe into Me and Feed the Machine. AWESOME!
They remind me of Linkin Park, so if you like that listen to these guys.

The self titled album, seriously not a bad song on it. If you haven't heard it you owe it to yourself to give it a listen...
Crazy good vocalist... with awesome hair too!

76Nine Inch Nails
One of the greatest and most original band to come along since the beatles

77Faith No More
Faith No More was before their time. Their music was artistic, vocals were the best out there. This band is still my favorite after all these years.
Mike Patton rocked before he left the band. Now most everything he does is too strange to listen to.



I can't believe they're not on here yet
Creed Should Be Mentioned and Listed Number One Here

Come on! Really! Skillet is like THE BEST BAND EVER! They deserve a WAY higher rating than 95! Rocking on and spreading the word. Their new album Rise kicks butt!
Oh come on! Rank 106? Skillet is one of the greatest bands ever! They spread the gospel while rocking hard!
Skillet is the best rock band universe! Just listen to monster, sick of it or whispers in the dark!


83Children of Bodom
these guys are crazy, they put on excellent concerts
They are heavy rockers I have ever seen

84In Flames
In flames is the best melodic, death, great lyrics, powerful, hard all around a great band and they create unique music
One of the greatest bands to ever play. Music is kick A** and they have deep awesome music.

One of the best punk-rock bands next to Green Day which I also love
How could paramore be this low... So they arnt as heavy metal or screamo as some bands but they have really good songs and really good lyrics too
Oh my god, their stuff is so passionate. They really want to get their message accross to the public.

86Papa Roach
Quite possibly one of my favourite bands ever! The fact it is only at 88 is a joke!
Great band with great songs... Why it is in 92


88Limp Bizkit
Most energy no doubt

the best of fusion

89Jethro Tull
How about some pansy flute music to your list of hard rock acts.

great band that has not made a bad album yet.

COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!!!! I really shouldn't have to say more
The best band in the world



94Cradle of Filth
the best example of pure black metal

95Smashing Pumpkins
Cannot forget who these guys are! Actually just Billy!

96The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
One of my favorite BANDS!!!
Top songs: Face down AND Your gardian angel
Amazing band, every song in Don't You Fake It is pure genius.

97The Ramones

98From First To Last
THE MOST AWESOMEEST BAND EVER!! Sonny Moore and Matt Good are mine!!

i can't believe they aren't on here yet...i mean i can't believe people waste their breath to say some of these bands...terrible.. i think the deftones should be higher than MOST of the bands on here!


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