Greatest Hard Rock Artists

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21Blue Oyster CultBlue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

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.

For me, the two giants of hard rock are Led Zep and Deep Purple. But how I love BOC, even though they were all but finished after 1981.

22Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

I love linkin park! They are just AWESOME!

linkin park combines rap with rock, making it original.
they are way better than metallica, because metallica has been making songs, but they keep getting worse and worse especially their newest album
system of a down just sucks, like every band up there except for avenged sevenfold, which is alright

Two words everyone HAVE to remember: Linkin Park! They are not just the Greatest Hard Rock band, they invented a new style, a real Hybrid Theory! In every song, in every word there's meaning, which combined with AMAZING sound make them simply THE BEST BAND EVER!

Should be at least top 10

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23System of a DownSystem of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American rock group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

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 - Flying_spidermonkey

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!

System of a Down was one of the most original bands at their time, I can't stop listening to them!

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24QueensrycheQueensrÿche is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob.

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

25Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

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

He brought hard to rock and made it stick. One of Bob Dylan's favorite artists. - mgenet

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26PanteraPantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power" . ...read more.

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

Pantera is the best band ever! definitely wipes the floor with the others!

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27MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.

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!

28WhitesnakeWhitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

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!

29Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

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

I HAVE A QUESTION WHY IS definitely LEPPARD DOWN HERE THEY ARE THE BEST AND SHOULD BE IN 1SPOT DOES ANYONE AGREE WITH ME I KNOW I DO. I GREW UP LISTENING TO definitely LEPPARD AND SO HAVE MY PARENTS. NOW DAYS TEENAGERS LISTEN TO CRAPPY POP MUSIC WHY can't ROCK N ROLL BE MORE POPULAR THAN THIS CRAPPY POP MUSIC

Why is everyone calling them "Definitely Leppard"? - Caleb9000

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30RainbowRainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

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

Strange discography: one of the greats when Dio was in the band, then increasingly awful afterwards.

31Five Finger Death PunchFive Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

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

They should be higher they are really good

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.

32The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

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

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33Motley CrueMötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

MOTELY CRUE YOU'RE awesome COME ON PEOPLE VOTE FOR MOTLEY CRUE / GUESS WHAT GUYS ON YOUTUBE JUSTIN BIEBER IS GETTING TONS OF DISLIKES ON THE SONG BABY FT LUDACRIS IT HAS LIKE 2 THOUSAND DISLIKES PEOPLE PLEASE HELP ME BY DISLIKING THE VIDEO THUMBS UP IF you AGREE WITH ME IF you WILL GO ON TO YOUTUBE ON JUSTIN BIEBER BABY FT LUDACRIS THE ONE THAT HAS ALMOST HAS 700 MILLION VIEWS I'm ON THAT WEBSITE ALL THE TIME TO SEE WHAT PEOPLE WHO DISLIKE THE VIDEO AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME YOU GUYS CAN CHAT WITH EACH OTHER MEAN THINGS ABOUT IT PUT A THUMBS UP IF YOU AGREE

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.

You can't leave out the devil he gets angry

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34MudvayneMudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.

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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

35HIMHIM is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, under the name His Infernal Majesty.

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

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37DisturbedDisturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren.

So I'm basically just going through and voting for Disturbed in all of the rock-band-related top ten lists, because they're just THAT AWESOME. They should make the top ten way more than they do. I fail to understand why Linkin Park seems to be beating them on all of the lists. I mean, really. Pshaw.

Disturbed for the win.

Like all Disturbed fans say: They Are Harder Than Rock! - aeromaxx777

Sure, their new album has some songs that sound similar. But thats what happens on albums. They find something they like and work with it. I love their old stuff, and their new stuff.

Disturbed is the best rock and metal band ever! No one is better! The are one of firsts band of metal in the world! They are so cool and their songs are Super! Disturbed The BEST!

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38Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

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. - LedSabbath

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

39NickelbackNickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

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!

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!

They are the best rock band I ever heard! When you say Nickelback you are starting to think about hard rock! They should be 1st on this list. However 38 is stupid! Open your eyes people!

These guys are great!

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40RattRatt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

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.

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