Top Ten Most Original Rock Bands

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21Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

These guys are AWESOME! Especially their stuff at the time of Blood Sugar Sex Magic. I love John's guitar playing, Anthony's vocals, Chad Smith's highly underrated drumming, and Flea's slap bass.

A completely new new sound that brought two good genres together

Best rock band ever, gave a new name to funk

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22RainbowRainbow 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.
23Iron MaidenIron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and as of 2015, the band sold over 90 million albums.
24Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson is the best artist and best band! Just watch everything they made, and you will understand

There certainly is no one like Marilyn Manson. The man and the band are truly unique and original - Shake_n_Bake13

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25SoundgardenSoundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Such unique sound mixing 70s rock with their own metal-ish style. Chris Cornel's voice is stellar and powerful! Not to mention complex and genius lyrics.
This band deserves way more recognition.

26My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

I have yet to find a band come near the ranks of My Chemical Romance in terms of their style of musical elements and lyrical quality.

I love My Chemical Romance, they inspired me and helped me get through the hardest.

They're just amazing, they are original, don't care about the haters, and just made the music they wanted to make, even if it neer really fit into a genre.

Is there anything there is band can't do? Yeah, last.

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27Sigur RosSigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. ...read more.

Weirdest and most abstract band of the past 20 years. Also most original, their sound is like nothing you have ever heard before or probably ever will again.

Beautiful songs and style. They even invented kind of language that makes use of the voice to fit the sound. Unique.

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28KornKorn 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 ...read more.

I really had to add korn. They made nu metal!

Korn ushered in an entirely new genre in "Nu Metal." Over the years, however, that "genre" has all but disappeared except for its originators. It just turned out that the new sound that emerged in 1994 was simply KoЯn, not a new genre.

Seriously, as their sound has altered throughout the years, the only way to describe it is KoЯn. Even in their dubstep album somehow sounds like KoЯn.

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29AC/DCAC/DC are a 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. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.
30Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.

First Punk-Pop band ever and are the best live

Must be in top 10! Because they are actual band and they do "rock" with rock instruments only

Best band ever. They sound amazing live.

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31GenesisGenesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Representing prog rock at its zenith, early Genesis combined complex, classical-jazz influenced songwriting with virtuoso musicianship to create several genre-defining masterpieces. From the haunting, ethereal chords of "Watchers of the Skies" and breathtaking piano & guitar solos of "Firth of Fifth" to the epic "Supper's Ready" and effortless 7/8 & 4/4 mash up of "Cinema Show," Not to mention many classics on "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway." Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford & Steve Hackett were at the top of their game. Highly innovative and memorable structures & melodies, especially on album, "Selling England By The Pound."

Few to no covers, and one of if not the first to feature finger tapping and sweep picking guitar.

32EvanescenceEvanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

You've got to be kidding me. They do NOT define gothic rock. Bauhaus, killing joke, and siouxsie and the banshees define gothic rock.

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33Black SabbathBlack Sabbath are a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward . The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback . In 1978, ...read more.

If it wasn't for Black Sabbath they'll be no Metallica, Megadeth, Iron maiden, disturbed, Slipknot, Korn, AC/DC and every other metal band that ever existed!

They created metal. I just added this, so vote it up, metal fans!

Pioneers of a whole new era way back when and demand respect

First metal band ever, and the best band in the universe

34Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

Avenged Sevenfold is a respectable band with great song.
Nightmare and Afterlife are GOLD from gothic P.O.w

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35PrimusPrimus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys ...read more.

I can't think of anything that sounds like this band with loads of great songs to boot and funny videos and just of the record who in the lucifers balls put evanescence on this list must have serious musical problems

without a doubt they are completely unlike anyone else. You can love'em or hate'em, but you can't deny originality. Pink Floyd definitely numbah 1 tho. - IknowAlotAboutMusic

SO ORIGINAL. There is literally no other band like them. And Les Claypool's lyrics are awesome.

These guys are weird, but they are incredibly talented

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36GorillazGorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.

Great band that is very original and should at least be top 20

Radiohead and gorillaz should be number one most UNIQUE bands. Guys this list isn't about your personal favorite, its about originalality. So why is Linkin Park at 11!

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37Panic! at the DiscoPanic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

They are the most unique band I have ever heard in my entire life, and I took a liking to them at the age of 6. It nay be a bit young, but they must be something special for a kindergartener to take such an interest. To this day, they still blow my mind, and chills run down my spine every time I hear the introduction to I Write Sins, Not Tragedies. They have such a unique style and theme, 1930's to be exact. Their first album was alternative, pop punk, and even cabaret or baroque. The album gives me this feeling of joy, strength, mystery, burlesque, and even a little lust at times. It's just hard to find the words that I feel when I hear them. Even though half of the original members left, their legacy will live on because nothing was the same without them. As the remaining two members rise to fame, the other two went off to create a new band. Now, they lay low, thinking that they were forgotten, but actually, some of us patiently wait for the day when they reunite to continue their ...more

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38Rolling Stones

How in the world are they behind Linkin Park

39The RamonesThe Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

Come on! How the hell are the Ramones not into the top 10!?

40King CrimsonKing Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band had numerous band member changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (Guitar). ...read more.

I really don't understand why they aren't in the top three. They have influenced basically every band on this list some way or another. I'm not saying that hate everything else on the list I'm just saying it should be top 3 at least.

King Crimson is a band everyone should listen to. They have beautiful ballads, sweet melodies and very heavy technical experimental stuff too. Most original and most interesting.

Pretty much invented one of my favorite genres of music, progressive Rock. - Pony

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