Top 10 Most Talented Rock N Roll Bands

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1 Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin was made up of far more than just four extremely talented musicians, each and every one was a revolutionary musical virtuoso. To a man, they were game changers destined to rewrite the entire rock & roll playbook. They remain the only rock band in history in which every single member was arguably the best ever at their respective instrument...The odds against that much talent coalescing and then --together--becoming much greater than the sum of their incredible parts...well, that's why there is only one Led Zeppelin.

Would have gone with Hendrix on this list, but then I realized that Jimi Hendrix was the only MAJOR talent in his band. Led Zeppelin had two guitarists, both on Jimi's levels, an amazing singer and a great drummer. Led Zeppelin put out nearly nine albums, while the Jimi Hendrix Experience only had three. Also, I would have to say that Zeppelin is a marginally better than Sabbath mainly because Zeppelin I believe had a little more talent than Sabbath. - masongilbert74

Zeppelin didn't have two guitarists... and if you're counting bass guitar then both Zeppelin and the Experience had the same number of guitarists.

I think Led Zeppelin is a LOT more talented than Metallica. Here is a a comparison of each member:

Guitar: Jimmy Page. Kirk Hammett might not be as sloppy, but Jimmy puts a lot more emotion into his music.
Drums: John Bonham. I think you can figure this one out yourself.
Bass: Tie. John Paul Jones and Cliff Burton are both amazing bassists, and it would be hard to choose one over the other without being biased.
Vocals: Robert Plant. Both Robert and James have strong voices, but I have to give the edge to Robert because of that amazing range.

This sucks! Guns n roses should be no. 1

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2QueenQueen 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.

They definitely deserve to be number one. I love Queen so much. They are VERY talented. Can you sing like Freddie (no one can. )? Can you play bass like John (I know you can't. )? Can you rock out like Brian (hell no. )? Can you play the best drums ever like Roger (oh, just give it up! )?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, lemme see. And I know you won't be close to their talent. No one can ever come close. EVER.
I love you Freddie, forever and ever!

NOBODY will ever ever compare to Queen's greatness. They had the MOST talented front man ever, Freddie and on the other hand, an uber talented guitarist, Brian and an EPIC bassist, John and a super epic back up vocalist/ drummer, Roger. They made their songs out of sheer epicness and they were just geniuses that were exceptionally talented.

Freddie Mercury is without a doubt the greatest vocalist I have ever heard, Brian May is an amazing guitarist and Roger Taylor and John Deacon are great too. They wrote some of the most memorable and greatest songs ever together and no one tops them Queen #1

Freddy Mercury is just un-beatable. Amazing band overall. No song beats Bohemian Rhapsody

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3RushRush 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.

How can Rush not be number one, we are talking about pure talent, their least impressive member is a the 3rd or 4th greatest guitarist of all time, Geddy Lee is the greatest bassist of all time, who could ever play YYZ with ONE FINGER? And other songs he sings while playing bass lines more complicated than most bassists can play, and... HE PLAYED THE PIANO TOO?! Geddy Lee is the 2nd greatest rock musician of all time, 2nd to... Neil Peart, and guess what? He's their drummer, if you ever heard the solos he played... His solo in Frankfurt was unbelievable, no other drummer could play that, and Neil was 50 when he did it, he's the undeniably greatest drummer of all time, no question, Zeppelin was good but their best musicians (John Bonham) is 3rd all time at best... And Queen? Give me a break, this is about talent not who's the bigger band, the only reason Rush isn't number 1 is because they played prog Rock, a less popular genre which allows biases to take place, Queen was huge, they ...more

Listen to any song by, from 1974 to the present, you'll be blown away. Rush has three members, Neil Peart is there drummer and is the greatest drummer to have ever lived. Alex Lifeson is there guitarist and is the most underrated guitarist all time. And Geddy Lee is there bassist, the greatest bassist of all time. He also plays the keyboard and foot pedals all while singing Neil peart's unbelievable lyrics. Rush should be number 1.

You won't find a louder band with only 3 people. Neil Peart having the dexterity of a god, Alex Lifeson being a master of rhythm and time, and Geddy Lee being one of the best bass players to ever live - It is no surprise they are crowned as the Kings of Progressive Rock.

Whenever one goes to a Rush concert they will not be bored! Soft, Medium, and hard rock. Jazz, Mellow, Progressive, Solo's, innovation are the norm. Amazing and talented musicians, each being a standout, but when they play together, it is extra special

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4 Guns N' Roses

Technically not the best, but certainly the band who have made some of the most powerful music in the history of rock. The music triggers my emotions like crazy and one notable thing is that is that I never get tired of listening to their songs even if I play them every single day.
The rumored reunion, if it really happens would be like a dream. Even though Axl has lost his famous whining voice of his twenties, Slash is at the top of his game and when they combine forces, the passion will certainly make something nice to come out.

Had it not been for Guns N Roses, the late 80's would have been a very dull time. Slash arguably the best guitarist to amerge from the era combined with Axl Rose's stage persona made for a very good combination.

They make me cry every time. I get so emotional listening to them. And then other times all I want to do is dance and sing along, and then I can't stop smiling.

Best band of all time!

Great musicians Axl-Slash-Duff-Izzy, great lyrics and fabulous voice of Axl Rose.

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5MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash 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 changed the way that Rock n' Roll is looked at and they share a story in their music

Love this band, some great meaningful songs

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6Pink 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 (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard ...read more.

Pink Floyd should be up there with Led Zeppelin. It's way better than queen. The musical genius of waters and gilmour stands unmatched till date! If you don't believe me just listen to any one of there amazing concept albums.

Great Concept Albums! True music style of their own.

Very pleasing music and money was one of the best songs ever written.

Best Selling Album probably ever.

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7AC/DC AC/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.

You dance to their music whether you like it or not. They have brilliant voices that are perfect for rock n roll, and have some of the greatest songs as well. AC/DC ROCKS! Literally!

It you know who ACDC are, then you are either on the highway to hell or you have been thunderstruck.

Greatest rock n roll band. My hero!

AC/DC perfectly encompasses everything that is Rock N' Roll. Their guitar riffs, solos, sound, drumming, and singing is ALL spot on.

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8Iron 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.

ER they are the best not queen!
I love queen but truth is there's no band as much talented as Maiden

The Yardbirds had the most talented guitar players ever. Clapton, Beck, Page!

The only thing Maiden can't do is to produce a bad song

9The WhoThe Who is 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 best ...read more.

Roger Daltrey: Great singer with plenty of power
Pete Townshend: Expert guitarists and one of the best ever, (if you doubt me try to learn Pinball Wizard or something else they did on guitar) and a super songwriter.
John Entwistle: I know little about bass but bassists tell me he is superb.
Keith Moon: The King of Drums

Incredible musical/rock variety. All members rank in the top performers with respect to their instruments and singing. Pete is genius in song writing and they were the best live act of all time.

The Who deserve to be in the top of this list with The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. They are great and very influential musicians.

Stunning as individual performers, unmatchable as a live unit.

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10The 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.

I have respect for most of the bands on this list but in terms of popularity, sales, talent, influence, and just the pure verity of sounds and looks these guys are number one. Some people will claim The Beatles are over rated, those people are wrong, they are as good as everyone says they are.

We're talking about musical talent here. Paul is a really good musician but not top 10, none of the rest were above top 50. The magic of the Beatles came from the other side of the glass and great timing.

Lennon/McCartney alone put the marker down for everyone else. Add Harrison and Starr, brilliant playing and unsurpassed style and The Beatles become untouchable.

They should be in the top 10. If not, top 5. They basically created rock music! - kaitlynrad11

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The Newcomers

?System of a DownSystem of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American rock group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.
?GenesisGenesis 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.

The Contenders

11 Black Sabbath

From Tony Iommi's blungeoning riffs to Ozzy's lyrics, Black Sabbath not only invented Heavy Metal but pretty much lead the transition from the 60's to the 70's.

Black Sabbath is the Godfather of Heavy Metal and they're one of the most influential bands in rock history! And they're style is so unique. They should be at least top 5! They ROCK!

12 Aerosmith

They aren't called the "Bad Boys from Boston" for no reason. Steven Tyler has such an amazing voice and all the members are great at the instruments they play. And Aerosmith has so many great hits! They're badass!

Before Aerosmith, Rock n Roll had mostly been a British Dominated Genre. But with Joe Perry's deadly leads and Steven Tyler's shrill mouth came a perfect fusion of blues and rock.

These guys put American music back on the map. There's a reason why they're called 'America's greatest rock 'n' roll bands.

Aerosmith is better an other!

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13Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Californian funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

This is one of the most versatile bands in music history. They have amazing vocals and guitar playing, loud and rhythmic drumming, and the best bass lines I have ever heard.

They have the best bassist in the world, one of the greatest guitarists ever, Chad plays drums brilliantly and anthony's voice has really improved
Their songs are so complex and heartfelt; it's just amazing

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14KissKiss 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.

Just saw them in tulsa. The showmanship, the music. Recent hall of fame recipients. They are the hottest band in the world. Not to mention the spider stage takes the concert experience to a complete new level some of the most recognizable anthems rock and roll all nite party every day

Initial group was absolutely talented and had a mastermind for marketing. They were simply the Hottest band in the world for about 5 years in their prime. All 4 artists could sing...

Original Rock... Original Act... They have rocked 3 generations or more.

Greatest band ever from love gun to god of Thunder Led Zeppelin sucks

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15 Cream

Another Pyschedelic Band containing three masters of their instruments. Ginger Baker arguably one of the best drummers put with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce makes one deep experience of a band.

16NirvanaNirvana 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.

They were the most talented... Too bad it didn't last long...

17 The Jimi Hendrix Experience

When you put two masters of their instruments along with Jimi Hendrix, you get something very, very, big. Implementing Psychedelic Riffs with Bluesy Licks, the Jimi Hendrix Experience defined everything about rock n roll.

Number 22? There are 21 more talented bands than Jimi Hendrix? Laughable, I think not

18The 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.

This band just keeps going and getting better. Should be number 1. What other band has been around for 50 years and can still sellout a concert?

This band has amazed me time and time again. Who else can come up with that amazing riff at the beginning of Satisfaction?

Listen to let it bleed, exile on Main Street, and sticky fingers. The stones should be number one on this list. Not even top 10?

19, you've got to be kidding! The stones are one of two band's that should be at the top.

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19Dream TheaterDream Theater is an American progressive metal band. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", but had to change its name to Dream Theater later. ...read more.

No doubt if you're voting based on pure technical talent, in my humble opinion Dream Theater has the best lead guitarist in John Petrucci, drummer in Mike Portnoy (now Mike Mangini) Bass with John Myung and keyboards and synthesizer with Jordan Rudess and incredible front man for vocals with James LaBrie. I've been a drummer most of my life, and I have never seen any band play with such precision as these guys! Portnoy is hands down my favorite drummer of all time. I can copy almost any drummer such as the likes of Neil Peart and many others, but trying to play Mike Portnoys stuff is a whole other level! I love watching this band play together in concert! Just unbelievable...

Take zeppelin over rush all day, however you rate it this is where it leads!

When you have two freak a nature on drums and guitar nothing can go wrong

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20ScorpionsScorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Ooohh come on guys why scorpions is here
It's the best band ever I can't live without them
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