Most Iconic Rock Bands

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1QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Queen is definitely number 1. I can't think of anyone who has'nt heard We Will Rock You, or hates Queen.

Journey is actually above Queen, think people, Queen's greatest Hits album is something that absolutely everyone-at least in America-has in some version from 8-track to Mp3 - I<3Queen

Queen has to be number 1 they have so many more recognizable songs then any other band on this list

Queen is amazing!

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2JourneyJourney is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Everybody should know JOurney. Don't Stop Believing is still a huge song on classic rock stations. I once again can't think of anyone who doesn't like them at all.

The best band ever. You can recognize a Journey song anywhere. Timeless, classic melodic rock. The creators of the power ballad.

Steve Perry --- the voice of rock - list1010

3The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

The Beatles are most iconic by far with top chart songs, promoting peace, love, to enjoy yourself and don't look back. For people who don't agree don't know rock the Beatles tower above others, and for journey to be taking number one spot that's not right... do whats right vote Beatles.

Without a doubt No. 1. Everyone loves at least 1 song by the Beatles, and if they don't, they really need some help.

EVERYBODY and I do mean EVERYBODY knows who they are. - moose4life19

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4Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

The biggest selling rock band. Of course they are the icons of "rock music". No rock band can beat their records at concert tickets or album sales or radio hits like stairway, the most requested song of all time (oh, and the Beatles aren't really rock, so... the biggest rock band of all time).

Amazing band. Stairway to Heaven just rocks my mind. Enough said.

The greatest rockers in the history of life. Hands down

5MetallicaMetallica is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

METALLICA! Talk about shredders. These guys totally changed metal, and are still rockin today.

6AC/DCAC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal.

Old time rock. AC/DC seems like its been around forever. Definitely a moust have on this list, songs l ike HIghway To Hell, Back In Black, and Let There Be Rock are so iconic.

Rock and Roll ain't Noise Pollution. Great die hard rockers.

7Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. ...read more.

Not one of my facorite bands (honestly, I only like about 3 of their songs, ), but Pink Floyd just has to be in this list. Songs like Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2, Comfortably Numb and Have A Cigar are just so awesome. Pink Floyds legacy will live on for generations to come.

8Guns N' Roses

Their debut sold over 25 million copies, making it one of the top-selling debuts of all time. Appetite for Destruction was an album of hits: Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine, and Night Train, plus the other songs which contain just as much energy. During their prime fame ('87-'94) they were on top of the world. Little did anybody know, these guys were going to be so impactful to rock music for the years to come. After a bit of a break, and a small album release (Guns N' Roses Lies, famous for Patience), they released the epic double-album Use Your Illusion I and II. More hits emerged with this release, such as: November Rain, Don't Cry, You Could Be Mine, Estranged, and Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Though a short-lived band (breaking up in 94), GNR have earned their status as a legendary rock band and will always be remembered as such. They helped revive hard rock music to its roots (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, AC/DC) and are easily ...more

Totally iconic. Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain, Patience, they all left a mark on the earth for us to enjoy.

Guns N' Roses was a band born in a time dominated by disgusting pop music and others similar to it. However these saviors brought rock and roll crashing back into the music scene. Thanks to them rock is not an ovselete genre today. The world's best true rock band lies in them.

9RushRush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

The Greatest Drummer in the World and that is said by a Queen fan!

10Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

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11AerosmithAerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

They are legends! Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time!

Just Incredible. Steven Tyler is one of the best singers I know, and Joe Perry on guitar just absolutley fuses it.

12Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.
13NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Nirvana should be way higher than 23 they pretty much founded music for the fest of the 90's

Kurt Cobain cs Was Simply Great...!

Should be in the top 5! Nirvana was the biggest band of the 90's!

14The 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.V1 Comment
15KISSKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

KISS rocks my world. Where would we be without Rock N' Roll All Nite and Detroit Rock City?

16Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (vocals , pianist [rapper]), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

This is the bast band ever
They created a new genre in rock music
Hats of to LINKIN PARK

17Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar). Green Day are associated with punk rock and alternative rock. Some of their influences include The ...read more.

Have defined the modern era of rock

18Rise AgainstRise Against is an American melodic hardcore band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes.
19Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
20Van HalenVan Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
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1. The Beatles
2. Led Zeppelin
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