Top Ten Most Original Rock Bands

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41The WhoThe Who is an English hard rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). The genres they were associated with happened to be rock, soft rock, hard rock, and soul rock. They are ...read more.
42Arctic MonkeysThe Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.V1 Comment
43David BowieDavid Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

Definitely original. I don't know why he's so far down the list.

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44The Smashing PumpkinsThe Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation. They are also considered to be one of the most influential alternative ...read more.

They are very unique, and I love the fact that there is a girl in the band who is treated as an equal. As an aspiring female guitarist, the music industry doesn't have many bands with girls in them, that are still taken seriously. This band reminds me that yes, I can do this. Also, I loved the uniqueness of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It was nothing I had ever seen or heard before. They changed lives, and they influenced other bands to be unique and have unique themes. Panic! At the Disco for example were highly influenced by the theme of Tonight, Tonight from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Their whole album theme was influenced by the one video. The Smashing Pumpkins be whoever they want to be, and are accepted for it, and not judged. I just love them, and I will live and die as a fan.

45MGMTMGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.
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.
47The KillersThe Killers is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

THE New Wave band. Unlike any other band and they actually sound like themselves playing live. Please take a listen if you haven't yet.

48ParamoreParamore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.

I wouldn't say most original because I consider most original to be bands that pioneered and influenced the rock genre early on but this is definitely a unique band! They're different but not too odd, their lyrics are brilliant and their sound never stays the same but instead changes each album. Every Paramore song is very different from the other and they definitely stand out in the pop punk genre.

The most original band I've ever seen.

They are about as punk as Charlotte Church is death metal

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50The GazetteThe Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Records.V1 Comment
51Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

If you want to stump somebody, just ask them to name any band, past or present, that is even remotely the same as RATM. Those funky bass lines combined with Tom Morello's legendary and incomparable guitar riffs, plus Zack de la Rocha's intriguing pitch, flow, and temperament make RATM the most out there and musically unmatched band ever! I don't know how it could possibly be so far down on the list! Maybe the most unique band on the planet!

52Ween

Everyone of their songs sounds like a different band

Original doesn't mean good, but they still are original

53ABBAABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

While not strictly "rock" music, abba's style was very unique. Their Swedish voices make it almost impossible to compare them to popular groups. The only music even similar to theirs, I think, would have to be the Hep Stars while Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were writing the music together. ABBA's harmonies, with three singers taking turns as the lead, were always outstanding. They aren't one of those groups, like Boston, AC/DC etc. (no offense) whose songs tend to all sound the same after a while. No, each and every song told some sort of story or had some different twist that made it interesting to listen to. ABBA was one of the first bands, from a country other than England or America, to make it big worldwide. That's pretty unique.

All of ABBA's songs are very distinct, always quickly recognizable. Their sound unlike anything that came before or after.

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54The Adicts
5530 Seconds to MarsThirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.

Every song and every music video is so inspiring. They make you think. And it is something that I really appreciate in music. They are so original and just amazing. I love them! ECHELON FAMILY FEELS

56Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

Unlike most of the bands on this list Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band actually made a lot of music that broke musical rules in very radical ways. Have a listen to Trout Mask Replica - Lick My Decals Off, Baby - Doc At The Radar Station - Ice Cream For Crow -... And
The last two songs on Clear Spot

57The DoorsThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Jim Morrison is the prototype of ALL "frontmen" for rock bands, and every one of them since then owes him a debt of gratitude. Before him, all such singers were solo acts. He defined the role then, and still defines it today as the GOAT; Greatest Of All Time.

58Twenty One PilotsTwenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One ...read more.

One of the best bands of all time when it comes to integrating different kinds of music. Rap, edm, hip hop, classical. Lead singer Tyler Joseph can really put on a show as well. Their music is most unique for its message.

59X JapanX Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.
60Sleeping With SirensV1 Comment
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