Most Influential Rock Groups


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41Blink-182Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

were one of the pioneers of an entire genre of music (pop-punk) and one of the most influential bands of the 1990's and early 2000's... and certainly one of the most popular

Blink-182 inspired so many new-age rock bands and even some electronic music producers. They even inspired Machine Gun Kelly! (he's a rapper)

Go on Google search and type "bands inspired by". "bands inspired by blink-182" comes up first. That pretty much shows that they should be in the top 10! Come on now people.

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42Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

In my opinion Alice in Chains was one of the most influential bands of their era. The music was honest and passionate. They are still gaining fans today. Their music is timeless.

So influential that Korn can take their sound, add rapping and electronics and create a new genre of rock.

Listen to heavy rock bands today and its easy to see just how lasting their infuence truly is. Jerry's guitar style especially helped keep rock heavy and palm muted through the 90's and influenced the 2000s greatly. They've long outlasted Nirvana in my option.

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43RadioheadRadiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).V1 Comment

all japanese visual kei bands idolized d'erlanger - ronluna

45Rolling Stones

Does anyone else have 50 year old tunes still getting regular airplay?

I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) -1965

Enduring and yet remained the same, really took blues to the masses - Summerkat2002

not my favourite band but they have got to be the most influential - cahum

46Van 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.

While I was never a giant Van Halen fan, they need to be much higher on this list. Eddie changed how the guitar was played for millions of guitar players and this guitar sound and techique is a massive influence on every musical decade since they started... I'm still mad about how they influenced glam rock though... Laugh out loud.

I bet you that without Van Halen, most of the bands on this list wouldn't exist.

47L'Arc~en~CielL'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. With a reported 40 million records sold, they were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden.
48U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

35-40 years of spectacular music, distinctive timeless guitar sound, meaningful lyrics, powerful lead singer.

And the fact that they influenced many rock bands from the 90s onward. And when some new indie rock bands say "we want to be like U2," you know that's saying something.

Very unique sound... And every Christian band guitarist on the planet now sounds like the edge!... That's got to be worth a boost on this chart...

This band should definitely should be in the top ten

One of the best bands of all time easily. Number s don't lie. Think 360tour.

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49Bill Haley and the Comets
50The KinksThe Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies.

Yes we had the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, but the Kinks was a major contributor to the 1960s of Rock's defining point for the future use of the genre.

51Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
52Mötley CrüeMötley 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.
53Nine Inch NailsNine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
54R.E.M.R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.
55SkilletSkillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
56The AnimalsThe Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.

Probably one of the most "covered" groups of all time next to the Beatles - Summerkat2002

57KornKorn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

KoRn is the founder of the nu-metal sub-genre which is still very prevalent today. They changed what was considered to be "okay" to sing about, and any heavy rock band coming out today is lying if they say they weren't somehow inspired by KoRn. These guys are game-changers.

Not linken park, KORN is the most influential nu metal band ever

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58The SmithsThe Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
59The EaglesThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
60ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.
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