Top 10 Hard Rock Bands


This is bad-to-the-bone hard rock, no emo-screamo, or happy joy joy, 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

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.
[Newest]Not my favorite band but the guitar playing is truly amazing

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.
If they are not the best rock band of all time, then why do so many T.V. shows, commercials, and movies play their music. WHY? Because they draw attention with their riffs, and the lead singers raspy voice. OH, by the way. What other rock band in history has lost their lead singer, and produced as many hits as AC/DC. UMM. They were becoming the most popular rock band with Bon Scott, then he passed away. Guess what. They carried on, never seeming to lose any kind of magic. All you nay-sayers, please recognize the best band to ever take the stage. Oh, by the way, my 5, and 7 year old boys are hard core AC/DC fanatics.
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.
[Newest]AC/DC is amazing. Gotta love their classics such as Back in Black, Thunderstruck, Shook Me All Night Long, and more. But personally my favorite song by them is Hells Bells. These guys are the best hard rock band ever. Such a shame that both Angus and Malcolm left and that Phil Rudd is a criminal. Most of the band's gone now. :(

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.


I ain't that much of a Zeppelin guy, but they kick Guns 'N Roses. Axl Rose is such a douche bag. Hate their music, no wonder why Slash left. Zeppelin made Stairway to Heaven which is by far one of the greatest songs of all time. (My favorite song of all time is definitely One by Metallica). Gonna play Stairway at my dad's funeral. Also, Zeppelin is one of the founding members of hard rock and very early heavy metal. So without them, I don't know if I would listen to much rock bands.

Back in 1991, Bangladesh was used to with pop, folk, etc kind of music. A very small amount of people used to listen to hard rock and heavy music which was in English. Back in those days, even musicians could not think of doing some rock music. Suddenly there came out a different sound, such as high pitched vocals, fast guitars with distortion, blood pumping drum bits, and thought full lyrics with new type of tunes. That was nothing but the first album of warfaze. Listeners ran up to shops to check out this unique sound and it got deep in their hearts soon.
They are one of the best band from Bangladesh along with other great bands. I'd recommend every music lover to listen to their music. You may not understand the lyrics as it is in Bengali language, though you can feel the music. Music itself is a language. Bangladesh is filled with many talented artists (mostly band musicians) but sadly the world haven't hard of them due to some reasons.. Don't forget to listen to their music though. Have a nice day
WARFAZE is WARFAZE. No Doubt to say that all founder members of the Band. Lead guitarist KAMAL as well as Leader Tipu has sacrificed a lot to continue the band and stand on ground till this days as the TOP ROCK BAND in Bangladesh. Here is another things that has to say that the VOCAL MIZAN is an Extra powerful vocal who is the current perfect front man of the band and we hope the last one till the band stands whatever comes. Rozar is the bassist of the band, old hand with the current lineup always having hungama with the vox as the best mate. ONI young talented guitarist with fast playing hand who fills the bands empty space in a new shape. AND keybordist SHAMS, ARCHITECT as well as a lecturer who transform all new vibes. Lacking of WARFAZE is not to focus on international rock music industries by live concerts, I acclaim with conviction people of Saskatoon, German, England USA, South Africa as well as Australia will never gonna hear their own band songs after your performances... The best songs are unlimited, want to hear their sound? Just buy a CD or download or see YouTube. YOU WILL ROCK.
[Newest]Just they are my heart
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Metallica isn't hard rock band. They play thrash/heavy metal. And they're epic!
For all those saying Metallica are not hard rock are wrong. a lot of their work in the 90s was hard rock along with heavy metal in some albums.
Metallica isn't hard rock band but they are god of metal
[Newest]Doesn't belong in this list!

6Iron Maiden
Haha, you can't beat those twin guitars and the speed is mind blowing, hats off to Murray and Smith.
I'm the man who walks alone, when I'm walking in a dark road--the most love line
Just love Bruce Dickinson! Awesome vocals and obviously exceptional!

One of the leading rock bands in Bangladesh at present times. A huge entertainer. The lyrics are awesome, they have some songs that will remain in people's head for a long time for sure.
Aurthohin is one of lead rock band in Bangladesh. They are best ever. I just their diehard fan.
The maestri of jaw dropping guiter riffs, flashing drum works and spellbinding bass attack made this band reign the rock kingdom of Bangladesh. Where other bands struggle to hold their reputation-Aurthohin made rock a religion where passion for creation is a signature any listener can taste.
[Newest]Aurthohin is the best hard rock band in the world

8Bon 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.
Best rock band ever!
[Newest]You give bon jovi a bad name

9Avenged 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
[Newest]They have great songs and they put on a great live performance! At least top 5.

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

The Contenders

11Deep Purple
In fact, Deep Purple have always been one of the top 3 best and most influential bands in both hard rock and metal. They were pioneers of both genres. And they were damn good!
Finding them always so low on these lists means that they are terribly underrated.
Smoke on the water... That's all
not only Smoke on the water; also great songs like Highway Star, Child In Time, Black Night, Mistreated, Perfect Strangers, Hungry Daze, Soldier of Fortune, Stormbringer, Burn, King Of Dreams... Well, some of them are actually metal songs (non-bluesy) but I listed mostly hard rock songs.


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!


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
[Newest]Nirvana isn't hard rock get your facts strait

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 is really good. That group should have been in the top ten you imbeciles

Undoubtedly the best progressive rock band in Asia, who won millions of heart from absolutely nothing. If you want to know about Bangladesh's progressive rock scenario, just listen to their album Aniket Prantor. Totally worth it!
Definitely the best band of Asia. They rock like anything! When Artcell performs no I have never seen anyone keeping quite! All of their songs are memorized by our generations!
One of the most promising progressive rock band from Bangladesh
[Newest]Real rock band in Bangladesh.

16Linkin Park
Linkin Park shouldn't be on this list. Don't get me wrong Linkin Park are my favourite band but they're Nu Metal not Hard Rock
Best Band On Earth
One of the best creative band of world
[Newest]Why is Linkin Park rank too high its should be low

17Black 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.
Zeppelin created the blue print for both genres. The sound that they displayed in songs like "Black Dog and "Whole Lotta Love" were so influential that bands like deep purple and Black Sabbath adapted a familiar sound. Toni iommi's style of picking the guitar and distortions created a low sound that was loud. Hard rock on the other hand has a bluesy sound.
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!
Their 70s sound was neither hard rock nor metal - Tony Iommi defined it as Heavy Blues Rock and this is the most correct description. They started play metal (a non-bluesy genre) in the 80s after lots of stylistic changes.


[Newest]This is Real Heavy Metal.

18Alter 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.
With vocals like Myles and Guitarist like Tremonti, They surely is one of the best and deserve to be on the top of this list.
[Newest]First met them here. I really needed this sound.

19System of a Down
They had been on of the greatest bands like Metallica if they still played
I wish they kept on playing. They were like my inspiration
Love their songs, thanks to them for "OCCUPIED TEAR"

20Red Hot Chili Peppers
Wow I can't believe the chilli peppers are all the way down here.. Really guys?
I wouldn't say hard rock, but okay

21Van 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
Humans being makes them in top 10, sorry metal fans

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
The pioneer of true metal
Megadeth? Why so far down? Ehh? You should listen man. unfair world this is.

Ahh! What can I say... This is just a class apart band from Bangladesh. Personally my favorite. They are just too good. Specially those solos by their former guitarist Maher Khan, makes you wanna listen to them again and again. And I appreciate their lead vocals Zohad because of the way he lead the band after losing two of their key musicians. Enough said, Nemesis deserves to be on the top that's it!
Nemesis is the Best Active band In Bangladesh. I like Nemesis.
My personal favorite... Love their work... Very promising..
[Newest]They are the truly hard enough to be good one.

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!


25Three 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!

26Green Day
My favorite band... but it isn't hard rock what the heck is Green Day doing here?
Posers have no place amongst legends. Biggest sellouts of the millennium
They are a good group, you idiots. They should have also been in the top ten
[Newest]They are Punk rock - NOT hard rock.


My 1 of favorite band
Their voice, their style make me crazy!
They are awesome... One of the best in Bangladesh

28Bullet for My Valentine
Bullet For My Valentine is an amazing band with songs like hand of blood, waking the demon, all these things
What they're so far down!
Tears don't fall! The song that wil inspire U.

I love black band
Best alternative rock band from Bangladesh.
BLACK is the best... BanD (y)

Are you kidding me? Skillet is the #1 band without a doubt
Skillet's best song is comatose.
Awesome. Full of energy.

31Def Leppard
On here because of the one-armed drummer, and, I guess it was cool to be successful even without two arms.


Best band ever. Should be number 1

32Breaking Benjamin
Are you serious? They deserve to be in at least top 10
Breaking Benjamin is a great band to listen to when your bored.
They need to be in top ten ; diary of jane

33Alice 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

34Rise 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!
[Newest]Number one after old school!

The prominent Band of Bangladesh...
Very popular specially for young generation...
A lot of quality and improvisation is the main strength of this band... :)
Love this...
The Republic of Arbovirus...
You guys r really awesome... Keep rocking like that...

36Judas 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.

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...
Best HARD ROCK band of all time

38The Who
This list is actually disturbing, The Who was the definitive Hard Rock band. Where would we be without Who's Next
Eh... People, we re talking about The Who here. you know, Keith Moon, John Entwistle etc, people who ve set the standards. Listen to Live at Leeds and vote again
I prefer AC/DC but it's a travesty The Who is this low! Better then Guns N' Roses up there at number 1! Seriously. Remove Appetite from Guns N' Roses's repertoire and they're an average rock band at best!

39Rage Against The Machine
Badass band... I Like Killing in the name of and know your enemy
Rage against the machine are a nu metal band which is metal music with hip-hop elements such as rap
They are still amazing

Rush should be #2 or #3! Greatest musicianship out of all these bands other than Zeppelin. Remember though only 3 guys in Rush with the sickest oddest time signatures known to man! If you haven't seen these guys live and you call yourself a musician or music lover than you should be ashamed of yourself! They could outplay the whole list of bands! I Promise!

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
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!
The best of the best hard rock band in the world
[Newest]Why is Lordi this far down? Remove those metal bands & give bands like Lordi a place they deserve! By the way one of my absolute favorite Hard rock bands

This band is amazing. enough said

Should be top 10 at least.

44Papa Roach
The best band ever, simple as that
Tey r the best rock band ALIVE!

Best. Should be at top


Old is Gold... The evergreen Miles...
They are all great musician.
They are real musician as I like. I love them all
[Newest]One of biggest band of earth

48Cryptic Fate
A true rock band from Bangladesh with pure fresh vibe and unique work. Although the vocal doesn't sync proportionally to their awesome music creations, still they are the purest so far.
One of the top leading rock bands of Bangladesh with an amazing lineneup. The most attractive part of this band is their own vocal as well as bassist Shakib bhai. His groomy voice with the instruments made them able to win hearts of the listeners. Wearing superman t-shirt this amazing vocalist had a great contribution to reach Cryptic Fate in this position
Awesome band from Bangladesh.

LRB (Love Runs Blind) is a Bangladeshi rock band founded in 1991
LRB (Love Runs Blind) is a Bangladeshi rock band founded in 1991
All time rocks

50The Rolling Stones
Not too hard but hard enough


51Stone Sour

52In This Moment

53Five Finger Death Punch
You can't go wronge with five finger death punch!

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.

55Queens 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


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!

21 albums and they just get better with age. Anyone who does not believe Motorhead is the greatest band of all time... Well their opinion simply does not matter. Without Lemmy and Motorhead there would be no Rock n Roll, no thrash, no Metal. They are THE GODS... PERIOD
Why Aren't Motorhead in the Top 10! A brilliant band!
Lemmy is a living GOD. Ok, he needs a shower buy anyway...

59The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I don't understand this ranking, it's mostly Metal & hardcore bands who took the places other bands deserve like The Jimi Hendrix Experience or Lordi, they deserve a higher place for sure!
Jimi taught us how to play through those strings...
Without Jimi Hendrix, hard rock would not exist.

60The Pretty Reckless
Who is this band anyway?

61Foo Fighters
The first good band I really liked.
Best rock band ever!

62Mötley Crue
From Wild Side to Kick Start my Heart Motley Crue should be #1!
Motley Crue are too good
Green Day 24, Motley 54?!

This Band is Pure Awesome and Dude STFU Avenged Sevenfold is Awesome as well as Saliva
Much better than the so called new legends of rock Avenged Sevenfold
Listen to Always p, I walk alone, ladies and gentlemen, rase up


65Molly Hatchet


67Nogor Baul

68Pearl Jam
They basically carried the torch of grunge music along with nirvana.. Its impossible to think of 90's music without taking them into account.. Nirvana is the reason why alternative music broke into mainstream consciousness.. Pearl Jam was their staunchest ally in cementing that breakthrough (musically of course).
Pearl jam is pretty famous, but I didn't expect them to be this low to the ground.
Pearl jam is under rated here! It's better than Creed

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.

I love Anthrax... And it will...

71Theory of a Deadman

72Alice 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?

73We As Human
A pretty sick rock band with a wicked singer


Hard Rock Band from Bangladesh
Best Bangladeshi Hard Rock Band

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


Joker and the theif
Ku $ h@!

Some retard put these posers on the list. TAKE em off

As usual - criminally underrated... What a shame.


80L.A. Guns
Their songs are amazing, "never enough and ballad of jayne"

81ZZ Top

You kidding me?! This should be in 3!

83Thousand Foot Krutch

84Cheap Trick


86Quiet Riot

87Grand Funk Railroad
Listen : Inside looking out!

88Don Dokken
My favorite hard rock band





93Black Label Society
Awesome... I love WARFAZE...

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

They are awesome!

Wheels of Steel is a unique song!

96Stone Temple Pilots


98Fat White Family
Music is definitely NOT subjective.

This it the original... how they do...

100Heard Core

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