Top 10 Most Talented Rock N Roll Bands

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The Top Ten

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.


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.
Led Zeppelin innovated hard rock, helped lead the path to heavy metal, and turned Rock and Roll to what it was in the 70's. No one can top John Bonham's thunderous drumming, Jimmy Pages heavy weight riffs, Robert Plant's bluesy wail, or John Paul Jones arrangement and Bass/Keyboard.
[Newest]Has to Be Zeppelin at Number One. They were the only band that no one ever wanted to open for because their talent, drawn from their history with the London Symphony Orchestra, was so immense.

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.
Rush is a band that has been producing some great music going on 40 years now. From great hits like Tom Sawyer and The Spirit of Radio to incredible epics like Cygnus X-1 Book II (which features change in time signature every ~10 seconds in parts--insane! ) Rush just has it all. None of these other bands can touch Rush in terms of perfection and playing difficulty. Plus they can pull all of the above off live, which is even better.
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.
[Newest]Unbeatable in my opinion. The talent and creativity is unmatched in history. Greatest band of all time.

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.
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!
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
[Newest]Of Course, It's Queen... !

4 Guns N' Roses
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!
Everyone on this band is really really great playing threir instruments, its a really master band
[Newest]One of my favorites

Metallica changed the way that Rock n' Roll is looked at and they share a story in their music
Metallica in the best

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

7The Who
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
The Who deserve to be in the top of this list with The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. They are great and very influential musicians.
Let's compare this band to Rush from a technical perspective:
Drums- Rush: Neil Peart-- often cited as one of the best drummers, very precise "the professor"
The Who: Keith Moon-- very explosive drumming, still very technical but may not be as precise as Peart
Bass- Rush: Geddy Lee-- overrated bassist that I can outplay, however he does sing and play bass, but when he's not singing and doing solos it's really not all that impressive
The Who: John Entwistle-- most technically proficient bassist in musical history. Can play in excess of 20 notes per second, and has a highly complex choice of notes
Vocals- Rush: Geddy Lee-- honestly this is up to your interpretation, I like his voice but after a while it get annoying
The Who: Roger Daltry-- great singing voice, most famous scream in rock and roll history
Guitar- Rush: Alex Lifeson-- very good guitarist, great lead guitar
Pete Townshend-- plays great power cords and invented that "bowling ball" style of playing

So, I would say both are very technical and very talented, but because John Entwistle is an infinitely better bassist than Geddy Lee to the point Geddy's playing seems like a joke in comparison, I would have to give it to The Who. I think Rush should definitely be in the top three for most talented rock bands, and so should Yes
[Newest]Best live band ever!

8Iron Maiden
ER they are the best not queen!
I love queen but truth is there's no band as much talented as Maiden
The only thing Maiden can't do is to produce a bad song

9 Aerosmith
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.
Steven Tyler has one of the 10 vocals that will never die.
These guys put American music back on the map. There's a reason why they're called 'America's greatest rock 'n' roll bands.
[Newest]Aerosmith is better an other!

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

The Contenders

Best live band I've ever seen

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.

13Red Hot Chili Peppers
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
Rhcp are amazing flea is my inspiration for playing bass

14Pink Floyd
Great Concept Albums! True music style of their own.
Very pleasing music and money was one of the best songs ever written.
Are you kidding me?!
There music was original and there lyrics were thought provoking. They should be #1.

15Bon Jovi
all talented musos :) plus Jon is the greatest showman with the exception of Freddie Mercury


No others like them


16The Beatles
The Beatles are awesome! They are the best artists of all time and will stay that way forever. R.I.P. You guys!


The Beatles is greatest ever
The Beatles Compare the record sales to anyone
[Newest]The Beatles are THE BEST!

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.

18Van Halen

19 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.

20The Rolling Stones
This band has amazed me time and time again. Who else can come up with that amazing riff at the beginning of Satisfaction?
Thank god for the Rolling Stones. This band should be at the top of the list. THEY ARE rock n roll. More than 50yrs rocking and they just keep getting bigger. They truly are the GREATEST rock n roll in the world. NO Question
34? Are you guys on Crack or something?


22Def Leppard

23 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.

24Linkin Park
Best band ever! Most of the modern musicians compose songs which are senseless. At least the songs of Linkin Park make sense. An amazing band, with good music and lyrics, they really do ROCK the world! Way to go LP!
Linkin park should be number one like come on I love them <3 linkin park 4 ever!

They are still making good pure metal

26Led Zeppelin
It is already on this bad list. Mater in fact it is 1.

27 Deep Purple
Another Hard Rock Band straight from the British Invasion. With a perfect fuse of Rock, Blues, Classical, and Progressive, Ritchie Blackmoore with his genious leads, Ian Gillen and his melodic vocals, and Jon Lord with his funky keyboard riffs, opened up many closed doors for Rock n Roll.

28Green Day
They brought back punk rock and made pop punk. Tre cool is a mazing drummer. Mike and Billie are both amazing at the guitar and singing, And they have decade defiling songs like 21 guns, American idiot, boulevard of broken dreams, basket case, and time of your life and much more. Green Day is the best at what they do so that is why they should be in the top ten.
No. 30? This list was impressive except this flaw

29The Velvet Underground


31Dream Theater
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...
The list is called most talented rock n roll bands and when it comes to talent no other band can exceed dream theater in talent. John petrucci is the most skilled guitarist ever. Mike portnoy is the best at what he does. John myung destroys the compitition and jorden rudess is a virtuoso. There only weak point is the singer.
Take zeppelin over rush all day, however you rate it this is where it leads!

32The Jimi Hendrix Experience


34Judas Priest



37Alter Bridge
Easily one of the most talented modern rock bands out there!

38Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The deepest, the darkest, the loudest and the coolest rock n roll band in the world
They are not so famous as others but they are the only of a kind.
Grate band love them

39The Doors
Is this a joke? The doors on 61? Tell this is a joke.
Wow this list is a fail doors are a top ten band. like come on
My love thinks the Doors are the greatest ever. Praise Jim Morrison what a legend. My love knows music real well she's a PhD in music

It was 1976, you wouldn't turn on a radio with out hearing Boston. Though they didn't last long, Boston is a staple for classic rock. Tom Scholz's guitar tones mixed with Brad Delp's highly underrated voice, it was great.
Damn these guys are great!


41Guns N' Roses

42Marilyn Manson

43Duran Duran

44Mr. Big
If the question is "which band has the most virtuoso talent? " Mr. Big is in the top 5. I am not always a fan of their writing style, but when it comes to playing and vocal quality plus range. Come on! If you play an instrument, (which should be a required skill to make a list like this) you know Mr. Big is stretching the limits. Anyone who thinks Guns N' Roses is in the same category musically as Mr. Big is simply not a musician. I would also add Rush, the Eagles, Queen, the Police and Weather Report to this list. Each band is loaded with true masters of their instruments.
Come on dude, with paul gilbert and billy sheehan and high pitch voice eric martin, what more do you want


46Simple Minds

47The Word Alive
Oh. It feeds and feeds. It breaks down everything. Destroys the life that I've been seeking. You try to force your way inside you fight and fight you're battling. I believe nothing is what it seems.
-Epiphany (Deciever)
They are AMAZING! I CAN'T live without them!

48The Crickets
Come on! Listen to them!
Buddy Holly was the greatest!


50Creedence Clearwater Revival

51Avenged Sevenfold

This band could be on the list just because of their singer, Steve Perry. However, they also have their incredibly talented guitar player, Neal Schon, their pianists Greg Rolie and Jonathan Cain, their bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith. Their current drummer, Deen Castronovo, is also an excellent singer, and can sing almost as high as Perry.

53The Tielman Brother

54Thirty Seconds to Mars

55Foo Fighters
Wait a minute... The FOO FIGHTERS aren't on this list? That's terrible. They're definitely one of the only pure rock and roll bands still producing music today. This band was started by David Grohl, the drummer from Nirvana. He recorded the whole debut album (that means all the vocals, guitar, bass lines, and drumming) by himself and only put together the rest of the band to go on concerts. That's pure talent, I mean, just listen to the first album. It has an amazing sound and feel to it. Dave Grohl and the rest of the band has pure talent. Listen to their LP Wasting Light and hear how clear and well put together it is. That album was recorded in an average garage to keep the Foo's real sound, and it still sounds perfect. I still can't believe they were not added to the list earlier.

56The Yardbirds
Nobody, repeat, nobody ever had the guitar lineup of this band.
First was Eric Clapton, who left after a couple of albums, to be replaced by Jeff Beck, who was then joined by Jimmy Page.
Both Page and Beck co-existed for awhile, but eventually Beck left too.
Page went along for awhile, tinkering with the personnel, then changed the band's name to... Led Zeppelin.

57Talking Heads
I can't believe you forgot them!


58Los Lobos

59The Police

60Yea Yea Yeas

61Steven Wilson

62Bullet for My Valentine

No talent at all.


65Black Flag

66My Chemical Romance

67Iggy Pop and The Stooges

68Sex Pistols

69New York Dolls

70Operation Ivy

71Bad Brains

72Alice In Chains
Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell, Enough Said

73Dead Kennedys

74Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
You gotta be kidding without question one of the all time best live acts.
Wow this list is a total fail. like come on.

75Papa Roach


77The Dirty Mac
True that they were only together for a short time, but what a lineup:
John Lennon- lead vocals, Eric Clapton- lead guitar, Keith Richards- bass, Mitch Mitchell- drums.
Now THAT is an all-star band!

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79The Kinks

80Black Veil Brides



83Avril Lavigne
Best music best song cheers to never growing up

84Five Finger Death Punch




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