Top 10 Most Talented Bands

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21JourneyJourney is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.V1 Comment
22Zac Brown Band

Seeing zac brown in person is life changing. Every single person in their band is as good as it gets at their instrument. And they all sing and harmonize perfectly. Zac brown band is the most talented band in the world. Hands down

23Dire StraitsDire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

Mark is one of the best guitarist to breathe air.

24Alice 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.

Man in the Box, Rooster, Would, No Excuses, etc... enough said. Best songs and one of the best bands of all time! May possibly have been slightly overshadowed by some of the more mainstream hits and bands of the 90's but many will agree that Alice in Chains was unique and something everybody can relate to in their music. They will live on forever...

25AC/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.

AC/DC was not very musically talented no clue why they are on the list

AC/DC may sound simple, but their hard-rock tone poems are genius and their music is timeless.

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26NirvanaNirvana 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.

All their songs are easy to play.

I personally prefer nirvana to all bands higher on the list, except maybe rhcp and tool, but they are great because of their songwriting, not their technical talent. Kurt was no Jimi Hendrix, Dave is good but not great, and Krist was an average rock bassist.

How could this be so low? I mean kurt cobain, KURT COBAIN! And dave and krist!

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27Chicago
28The PoliceThe Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
29King 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.

King Crimson are undoubtedly the the most skillful band to have ever existed.
Robert Fripp is one of the best guitarists in the world and very underrated, and has created some of the most influential music. Fripp has also carefully selected the bands line-up over the years, and have had numerous players, starting with their current line-up (their 8th incarnation of the band, with Fripp being the only permanent member) includes Jakko jakszyk (incredibly skilled guitarist and vocals), Mel collins, and undeniably fantastic woodwind musician, tony levin, bassist and one of the best chapman stick players in the world (seriously! Look him up! Incredible! ) and best of all the drummers, there are three of em, all of which are unbelievable and the best drummers that are currently touring and performing, Gavin harrison is one of said drummers (he is also drummer in porcupine tree) is the most notable of all of them being able to do the most incredible drum solos.
Previous line-ups ...more

If more people knew about king crimson, they would certainly be on the top! It is a band that has had 20 phenomenal musicians pass through it's ranks over the years, but too few people can appreciate them!

Why are KING CRIMSON not higher? Rush cannot touch King Crimson.

They make sounds that will blow your minds.

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30Rage 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.

One of the most creative bands of the early 90s (apart from possibly tool)

31Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Victor Wooten? Jeff Coffin? They are like pizza and everyone else is green beans

32Alter BridgeAlter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

Myles Kennedy has a brilliant voice, and is an extremely proficient guitarist too. When coupled with Mark Tremonti's guitar, the band uses riffs that I imagine could only be played by the more technical thrash metal groups. Incorporating heavy riffs and drums into rock music is a brilliant idea, and requires great talent.

This is the stuff of legends. Period.

33SoundgardenSoundgarden 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.

Not many people can play complex riffs and different time signatures while belting out some of the highest notes in rock singing like chris cornell!

One of most talented rock bands. Chris Cornell's vocals! Kim Thayil's rifts, the hypnotic beat of Matt's drumming. Need I say more?

34PrimusPrimus 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.

Les Claypool I would say is tied for the greatest bassist of all time with Geddy Lee. But I think Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander are very underrated because the live in Claypool's shadow. LaLonde actually is a pretty sick, fast guitarist and for Tim Alexander... Listen to Frizzle Fry. Primus should definitely be higher on the list.

AMAZING instrumentals, doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard before. Of course Les Claypools singing isn't exactly what I'd call good, but it fits their sound nicely. Really great drumming, amazing bass playing, and incredibly under appreciated guitar work.

Talented, original, true musician's band.

Any Drummer, Guitar Player and Bassist know by hearing (nearly) any of their songs how focused they are.

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35Van 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.

All members of Van Halen are very talented. Eddie is considered to be the greatest and most influential guitar player since Hendrix. David Lee Roth is one of the best frontmen in rock. Alex is an excellent drummer. You can't get more talented than the mighty =/-/=

Even though I'm completely fine with rush at the top :)
Van halen needs to be at least in the top ten with Eddie, Alex and Dave
They are better than most of the bands on this list (besides rush)

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36Stone Temple Pilots
37Emerson, Lake and PalmerEmerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer.

In my opinion, they are the only other power trio that can even be mentioned alongside Rush when we are looking at the raw talent that each individual member generates. While they're legacy wasn't nearly as long, Keith Emerson is daft on keys, Carl Palmer is a one hell of a drummer, and Greg Lake's voice is phenomenal. Add in that Lake was also the bassist, guitarist, lyricist, and producer (produced their first 5 albums) and continue to be impressed. They're sound is incomparable and their style is unmatched by others. They truly were (one of) the best.

In my humble opinion, they are the most talented band of all time. Hands down. They are a rock band built from pure music genius and their album "Pictures at an exhibition" remains the only classical album (I know right?! A rock band! ) to reach the Top 10 charts in the US and the UK. Keith Emerson is the best keyboard/piano/synth player I have ever heard, and the classical pieces he composes (that's right, like with an orchestra) are absolutely beautiful. I love this band.

ELP was the best technical rock band ever in my opinion. They were collectively the best technically on their musical instruments. Was there ever a rock drummer better than Carl Palmer?

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38ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Okay, they are SO talented their music is so great... WHY ARE ALL THE GOOD COMMENTS ON THEM HAVE TONS OF DISLIKES?! Because they are EXTREMELY talented. Everybody should know that.

Coldplay is whiny bullcrap and none of their music has any talent whatsoever.

Coldplay is simply AMAZING! They are the one of the BEST BANDS of all time and there songs are all meaningful! Many people can relate to their type of songs that they made! I am just inspired by then! They ROCK!

Coldplay is number 1... Rest is crap... And hard rock is not good for your brain... Acc to research... Coldplay is real pleasant music

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39Protest the Hero

Too underrated, this band is literally the most talented band in existence. Although the great vocals may annoy most people, you listen closely and what's that in the background? Oh, only insane 32nd note arpeggios being pulled off by two of the greatest guitarists of our time. With double solos played so clean and perfect like in C'est La Vie, you can't ignore their phenomenal abilities to not make a single mistake in even live performances. Don't forget their incredible bassist showing off in Without Prejudice, or Neal Peart level drumming (if not better) in almost every song played. I've heard many bands, and it's a fact that none can compare to Protest The Hero. But don't forget the technicality. They play with time signatures and polyrhythms badass as Tool, mess with underlying lyric meanings, and make every other complicated aspect of music seem like basic math. They aren't even trying their hardest, look at them in concert swinging their guitarists around while trade-off ...more

Coming from a drummer, Moe Carlson is a far superior drummer to the likes of Neil Peart. As for the rest of the instrumentalists, though I play neither guitar or bass it has to be said that they are very obviously talented. When it comes to the singer, have you heard anyone else with that vocal range who can also scream. In a contest of talent they should easily be top 3 if not number 1. And how someone thinks they are less talented than Coldplay utterly confuses me!

An aspiring metal band out of Ontario that embodies anything intensity could be construed to be. The range of the vocalist is impressive and amazingly flawless performed live, the drummer couldn't possibly make better use of his double bass pedal, and the guitarists pull off intricuit and beautiful parts. There's nothing more demanding than their sound, and they have the off stage personalities to pull it off. They're all around talented kids with an amazing work ethic and over powering stage presence. Not to mention great lyrics.

Underrated band. Crazy guitar and vocals.

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40The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

How can people forget about this band. They have the greatest guitarist of all time, one of the best drummers and bassist of all time. They influenced many bands and revolutionized sounds
in rock music.

You're right, they should be in the top 5, but people always vote for their favourite band, not for the best one - Rocker00

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