Top 10 Hard Rock Bands


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The Top Ten

Guns N' Roses
I know a lot of people will be upset to see that Guns N' Roses is voted #1, because over the past 20 years Guns N' Roses has gotten a bad par because of everyone's hatred for Axl, but in their heyday they were, in my humble opinion, the greatest band ever formed. Songs like Sweet Child, November Rain, Civil War, Welcome to the jungle, Patience, Nightrain, one in a million etc... are better and have more depth than any songs released by any other band ever. Obviously this is purely subjective, but I absolutely agree with the ranking.
Slash is an awesome guitarist. His solos is very marvellous to hear. The best guitarist in the best HARD ROCK bans.
Axl+slash+izzy=best team ever
The original Guns N' Roses was fantastic. It still is, but I hope a reunion does happen.
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AC/DC was easily and still is one of the most popular bands of all time. Their innovation and style isn't necessarily in their songwriting or song meaning. It's in their songs' groove. And the lyrics and parts balance perfectly. Weighing all aspects of rock 'n' roll, AC/DC is the best hard rock band of all time.
Greatest band ever.. It should be listed as first.. Can't you just feel the real meaning of singing hard rock... Its about origines of real hard rock and high energy.. You get excited when you watch em.
They aren't fancy making their own genre, they are just pure rock, playing their best until your heads bang with pure rock. AC/DC is the definiton of rock and roll.


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3Led Zeppelin
How the Hell did Guns N' Roses Beat Led Zeppelin!?!? Seriously!?!? What?!?! Today's Generation! Now Don't get me wrong I think that Guns N' Roses is an awesome band but come on man Led Zeppelin is easily the best band of all time... Just give a listen to Achilles Last Stand or Stairway or Dazed and Confused or Immigrant Song or practically any other song from their 9 albums. Led Zeppelin is the best band EVER!
They practically MADE rock for all the bands we know now. Without Zeppelin, rock would still be gospel and bluegrass.


How can Guns N' Roses beat the GODS of rock... LED ZEPPELIN... They created it... LISTEN TO:
1. Stairway to heaven
2. Kashmir
3. Ramble on
4. Achillies Last Stand
5. Dazed and confused

Who the hell are voting there...
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I really like the sharp and quick guitar work as well as the crisp drums. The lead singer also has a great voice. There is just something about Metallica that is just out right awesome. Something I don't see in other bands like ACDC guns "n roses and Iron Maiden. by the way Of Wolf And Man is my favorite song
Metallica, Iron Maiden, Green Day, AC/DC, A7X, Slipknot, Disturbed, System of a down are the greatest bands. But Metallica has got a little twinge in their playing and so I voted for them
Guitar solos are really nice
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Are you guys kidding me? Nirvana is "Grunge"...noobs. How dare you.
Nirvana is boss! They are one of the best bands ever and Kurt is legend.
RIP kurt nirvana should be on no1
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6Bon Jovi
Amazing, like kings of melodic rock. Enough said.


I think this is one of the greatest bands in History, because they are active for a Long time Hope Richie comes back.
The best song Its my life

7Avenged Sevenfold
They are awesome! Shadows has an amazing voice, Syn shreds like pro, Zacky's unique cause he's a left-handed guitarist and the guitar duels they performed are amazing, Johnny's sexy as hell with his bass and Arin's just an amazing drummer. RIP Jimmy the Rev cause he's the greatest drummer for me! Their new album Hail to the King has amazing worth hearing tracks!
Everything about them is amazing. Find one bad aspect of their music.
Avenged sevenfold should be number 1 they have amazing skill in all instruments and they are amazing live
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People don't pay attention... HARD ROCK! The most of the bands here are Metal! It's not fair!
The best out oft he options and better than nirvana anyday
Aerosmith are self-proclaimed Greatest Rock band! I mean, Aerosmith are amazing.


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9Black Sabbath
Led Zeppelin did create the "Hard Rock" genre in comparison to Black Sabbath. For Sabbath created the Metal genre. They don't belong in this list. They belong at the number one spot of every Top Metal list out there.
Pioneers of heavy metal, and Ozzy is just as good flying solo as he is in a band.


Hard to define Sabbath... Some people think hard rock, some think metal. I think Zep is by far #1 in hard rock, and sabbath is #1 in metal. Period. Both great bands!

Queen was very plural in theirs music and possesses excellent vocalist and excellent guitarist
It was the gift of Freddie Mercury
Where the hell is Avenged Sevenfold on this list!


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The Contenders

11Iron Maiden
Haha, you can't beat those twin guitars and the speed is mind blowing, hats off to Murray and Smith.
They are with led zeppelin, deep purple, black sabbath, metalica, ac dc, the best hard rock band.
How can Avenged Sevenfold be above IRON MAIDEN, THE KINGS OF HEAVY METAL!


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12Rise Against
This band is simply amazing. There is no other band in the world in which you can put in any album and like every single song. They are simply perfect, and will remain that way forever.
Rise against is pure magic. Their drumming is awesome, and the best- their lyrics. They just touch the heart and believe me, you can't stop listening.
So yes ill say it its good they care for the environment but they preach too much but their music is absoultly brilliant respect them and listen to them people!

13Def Leppard
On here because of the one-armed drummer, and, I guess it was cool to be successful even without two arms.



Great vocals, Great guitarist, Great songs, Everything is great!
Most of their songs are great! Lucky to herard about them
Its the best band I have ever see

What! KISS is the best band ever! How can Rise Against be 10th and kiss 14th! Rise Against are not even a hard rock band! They are melodic hardcore... KISS ARMY forever!
This to me is a disgrace, I'm sorry but bon jovi and kiss need to be switched because bon jovi is not even close to being better than kiss


The make-up is why they're on here. Music-wise, they are not so good, but they sure put on a show!


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16Three Days Grace
Come on! I know these guys are newer, but their sound is just amazing, and no other band has a sound like this. Respect!
Only Three Days Grace has a point in they're songs. And the music is good too. They deserve top 10
The BEST band I've ever known!
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17Deep Purple
Smoke on the water... That's all
O yaa smoke on the water
Deep purple changed d rock n roll history.. must b up there in d top 10!
Greatest hits ever!

18Judas Priest
Too low rank for Judas Priest. Rob Halford's vocals and Tipton's and Downing's great guitar work alone should guarantee a place in top 10. That being said, they were also the first band to acknowledge being a "heavy metal" band so maybe this list is quite not up their alley.

Great band great music
Are you kiding me they ar best of all and they must be in top 10
Why the heck is this all the way down here?
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20Breaking Benjamin
Are you serious? They deserve to be in at least top 10
The best band for alternative rock, ben burnley has the best and soulful voice and they have helped me through my hard times BB FOREVER <3...
They need to be in top ten ; diary of jane
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Only at 44!? Lordi is just the best hard rock band ever! Rise Against has nothing to do to do here. It is hadcore. Neither Avenged Sevenfold, System Of A Down, Disturbed, Anthrax, or any other metal band. This top ten list concerns only hard rock bands!
Hard rock hallelujah
It snows in hell
Would you love a monsterman?
Blood red sandman
Bite it like a bulldog
Beast loose in paradise
Devil is a loser
The riff
This is heavy metal
Monster monster
Schizo doll
I'm the best
To hell with pop
Pet the destroyer
The house
Hulking dynamo
The best of the best hard rock band in the world
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22Van Halen
How in the name of god is Van Halen this low? Many people have deemed them the sucessors of Led Zeppelin and if you listen to songs like Panama, Hot For Teacher, and ain't' Talking' 'Bout Love, you will see that they are well deserving of that title. Plus their songs are so catchy and all instruments are always in sync with each other. Van Halen is simply a monster of rock, especially hard rock with Eddie's guitar riffs, Alex's thundering drumming beats, Michael's thudding bass lines, and Diamond Dave's wide and enthusiastic vocals. Van Halen should be in the top 5 at least because they are simply awesome and I will never stop loving them. Sure, all the other bands on here are good, but some like Iron Maiden should not be above Van Halen because they are heavy metal, not hard rock. Van Halen also ruled the air waves in the 1980s, because of their awesomeness. Also, Van Halen on their most recent album "A Different Kind Of Truth" from 2012, Van Halen has not lost their legendary sound one bit even after a long break from releasing albums and material to the public. Long live Van Halen!
Huh? Van Halen in #23? Is this a different band that sucks with the same name? I hopes so! Cause the real van halen should be in top 3
The're simply the best in you don't like JUMP you're a punk
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23System of a Down
They had been on of the greatest bands like Metallica if they still played
Laugh out loud
Three days grace and disturbed are higher? Haha
System of a Down should be number MINIMUM 3

24Alice In Chains
This band should definitely be in the top 10. Their albums have all been great and have honest and real song writing. Layne Staley's vocals were beyond amazing. He was a true gift to the world.
You people are crazy this band should at the very least in the top 15 if not the top ten if you don't believe just listen to dirt and jar of flies I mean damn laynes voice probrably in the top 3 greatist singers of all time if not the greatist I mean both those albums are completely flawless rock masterpiece
How is alice in chains not even top 15? F*** Iron maiden! Their guitars are sh** and don't have more than 3 simple chords my 7 year old brother can play,

25Bullet for My Valentine
What they're so far down!


This should be number 1! It's the best band ever and I think I am not the only one that think this band is one of the greatest.
They are the second best hard rock band behind guns and roses, thye have some amazing guitar sollos.

This band is amazing. enough said

29Green Day
Wht the hell is Green Day doing at 64
Green Day is the greatest Punk rock band
N These guys r very talented
They r hard enough to be in top 10
Green Day is the best modern band! They are amazing. Extremely Talented and experienced.
Billie's guitar and vocals, Tre Cool's drums, Mike's bass and Jason's guitar
------and you get the best song that can be ever composed!

30Rage Against The Machine

I am 49 now, and I consider Dio as a Hard and Heavy Rock band, because they are unique, from the legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, to the great other members! They should be on the top of the list. Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, Journey, AC/DC, Iron Maiden (Heavy but Melodic), Kiss, Aero Smith, etc..., should be on the top also!

Why Aren't Motorhead in the Top 10! A brilliant band!

33Papa Roach
The best band ever, simple as that
Tey r the best rock band ALIVE!

Creed should be in top 10... Guys just listen to creed-one last breath and creed-don't stop dancing... Vote it up guys... Vote it up... Don't be so lazy...

35Alter Bridge
Personally, I love bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, but they aren't hard rock, they're metal. Alter Bridge are the best hard rock band in the world at this time. Every album they bring out is breathtaking, the perfect mix of heavy riffs with Myles' soothing vocals.
Probably the most under rated band on this list. Myles Kennedy has one of the best vocals in rock at the moment and Mark Tremonti is an amazing songwriter and one of the top most seasoned guitarist today.

36Mötley Crue
From Wild Side to Kick Start my Heart Motley Crue should be #1!
Motley Crue are too good
The whole Dr feel good CD rocks. Then you got girls, girls, girls, To young to fall in love, and Shout at the devil. I think you should retest your hard rock IQ. Motley Crue should be in the top 10.

37The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Without Jimi Hendrix, hard rock would not exist.

38Red Hot Chili Peppers

39Linkin Park
Best Band Besides Avenged Sevenfold
Best Band Besides Avenged Sevenfold Should Be At 2,3,4, or 5
Linkin park is great it unfair fot it to be on 42nd grad.

Rush are pure awesome in terms of lyriscm expecially.

41Pearl Jam

42Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep are so underrated!

First of all let me tell you this is TOP 10 HARD ROCK BANDS LIST not TOP 10 METAL BANDS LISTS so bands like Metallica do not belong here

Are you kidding me? Skillet is the #1 band without a doubt

45The Who

46Foo Fighters
The first good band I really liked.


48Alice Cooper
Alice frigging invented theatrics in rock. How can one not vote the man up when he has such great songs such as I'm Eighteen, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies? Or albums like Billion Dollar Babies, Love it to Death, and Welcome to My Nightmare?

49Queens of the Stone Age
Josh Homme is love
Josh Homme is life

You can all have your opinions but queens will allways be my favorites :3

Okay, they copy too much AC/DC, but anyway, this is one of the greatest current hard rock bands, and it should be ranked higher.
They are cool, y they learn from the master acdc
They are not copping ac dc, they only inspire
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Much better than the so called new legends of rock Avenged Sevenfold
Listen to Always p, I walk alone, ladies and gentlemen, rase up


This is the best band comparable to even linkin park!
Listen to


Joker and the theif
Ku $ h@!




57L.A. Guns
Their songs are amazing, "never enough and ballad of jayne"

You kidding me?! This should be in 3!

59Cheap Trick

Should be in top 3

61Quiet Riot

62Stone Sour



65ZZ Top

66Thousand Foot Krutch



69Grand Funk Railroad
Listen : Inside looking out!

70Black Label Society

71Don Dokken
My favorite hard rock band


Coming home
Gypsy road
The last mile
Shake me
Don't know what you got till its gone

They are awesome!



76Stone Temple Pilots


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