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. 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
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X Japan is the best band in Japanese history.
Asian hard rock at its finest! X Japan rules!
WE ARE X!
what a damn great band I've ever known..
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not only that, but the music is earth-shattering...
Jim Morrison is the greatest Rockfrontman of all time.He created only masterpieces.
Love all Whitesnake but especially the heavy blues sound of the 1978-1984 version
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!
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
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
f***ing amazing countdown to extinction
Great heavy metal band and dave mustaine is one of the greatest guitarists ever!
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!
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 maybee 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
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.
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
The "Forget To Remember" song is one of the graetest ,ever. The rythm makes your sick
The greatest HEAVY metal song in the past 10 years. Their bassist still blows me away every time I watch the music video.
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.
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
Pantera is the best band ever! definitely wipes the floor with the others!More comments about Pantera
great band just don't believe on those fools that make a list of their labeled "crap" like rocker1796, long rant doesn't matter
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.
the best japanese band and one of the best bands i've ever seen!
ronlunaMore comments about L'Arc~en~Ciel
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!
BlindInferno73More comments about Disturbed
they kick ass. its that simple
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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.
a revolution of in the music history
Tool deserves to be #1, with Metallica and Megadeth after it.
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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.
SlashheadMore comments about Slipknot
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...
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!
Number 1 all the way. Best singer, best guitarist, best bass, best drummer.
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 stageMore comments about Alter Bridge
From 75-80 Heart was a bad ass band. This is long before MTV changed them to pop queens.
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
Rise against cd's are awesome! the guitarist is awesome, I would like to have his guitar!
Best band of all time, chris cornell greatest voice in rock
Of the four major grunge bands to come from Seattle, Soundgarden is by far the best.
Hey, even VH1-which knows absolutely nothing about music rated Cheap Trick NO. 25. For once they were right.
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!
This Is War isn't heavy but try the first 2 albums, first being metal, 2nd hard rock. This band should be top.
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.
Crazy good vocalist... with awesome hair too!
They are amazing. Their music is like art
Most energy no doubt
the best of fusion
these guys are crazy, they put on excellent concerts
they are heavy rockers i have ever seen
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.
i can't beleive they're not on here yet
Flying_spidermonkeyMore comments about System of a Down
How about some pansy flute music to your list of hard rock acts.
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.
the best example of pure black metal
Cannot forget who these guys are!!! Actually just Billy!!!
great band that has not made a bad album yet.
COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!!!! I really shouldn't have to say more
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Updated Thursday, December 12, 2013