Best Rock Bands of All Time

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101The Kinks
Old band but incredible! The best band you will ever hear! So much better than all the other bands! Could listen to the all day everyday! FANTASTIC BAND!
I know that this list includes almost every band ever, but the fact that the Kinks wrote so many famous riffs that were copied later (I'm looking at you Green Day and The Doors) should put them near the top of any list of rock bands. Long live the original mates-garage-based band.
How in the world are the Kinks not in the Top 100?! Ray Davies is a genius, and their work includes such legendary songs as "Lola," "You Really Got Me," "Sunny Afternoon," and "A Well Respected Man." They even had a rebirth in the late '70s and early '80s, with their arena rock phase. They are one of the earliest rock groups, influencing even the Beatles with their Indian-esque "See My Friends". They so deserve to be in the Top 10.
[Newest]The Kinks is at 104. People will die.

Blackmore is a mental legend this band made an impact before they played a note. Bonnet sounds like no other, instantly recognizable.
The most underrated band in the history of rock. During the Dio years, their music was legendary. They had made some of the best songs ever.
Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) were an English rock band, controlled by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1994 to 1997. It was originally established with former Elf members, though over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. In addition to lead singers Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White, the project consisted of numerous backing musicians. The band started out combining mystical lyric themes with neo-classical metal, but went in a more streamlined commercial style following Dio's departure from the group.

Ritchie Blackmore - Led Guitarist
David Coverdale - Led Vocals
Glenn Huges - Bass and Vocals
Ian Paice - Drums
Jon Lord - Keyboard

103Thousand Foot Krutch
Thousand Foot Krutch is the best hard rock band ever. First of all Thousand Foot Krutch is a Christian band so they have great lyrics. Second Trevor Mcnevan is a great singer, screamer, yeller, rapper, and song writer. Third, Thousand Foot Krutch is very unique and has a lot of different genres including Rock, Hard Rock, Hip Hop, Ballad, Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop Rock, Rap, and Punk Rock. Forth, Welcome to the Masquerade is one of the best Rock albums in the world. And fifth Puppet is the one of the best songs in the world it a great rock song and a great rap song.

I think Thousand Foot Krutch deserves a higher spot than 341. What don't they have that a great rock band should have?

By the way, why isn't Relient K or Hawk Nelson on this list? They are awesome rock bands, probably even better than Thousand Foot Krutch.
This band is just AMAZING. Trevor Mcnevon's voice is splendid. Their guitar riffs are amazing. The quality if their music is marvelous. Their songs such as welcome to the masquerade, shook, move, war of change etc are impressive and the music juts gets to you. If you haven't listened to them I suggest you should. Basically everyone over here just votes for the most popular bands and not the good one and listens to the popular ones only and hence bands like tfk are underrated.
Thousand Foot krutch is like Eminem, Linkin Park, and Skillet all combined. Except better! TFK rocks!
[Newest]I love this band! They have good music and rock and is so emotional! They should at least be in the top 30 or something not 129

104Panic! At The Disco
P! atD has THEIR OWN STYLE! Not many bands can come up with something completely original and be successful at it!


How couldn't they be awesome? They had so much success when they were only 17 (most of them), they didn't sound the same with their second album, which makes them a unique band since nowadays, most of the bands always sound the same despite their years of career, for example: Green Day; and also, even though there are only two of the four members, they keep making music and amazing many people with their energy at the shows.
Panic! At The Disco is such a great band.
Brendon Urie has an amazing vocal range, his voice just demands attention
Their style is unique and with every album their is something new
Not to mention Spencer Smith is such an awesome drummer!
[Newest]They should not be this far down they are the best band #1

105The Allman Brothers Band
They are improving as they get older which is ridiculous, and the talent they have had at guitar over the years is staggering... Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks. All of these guitarists are in the top 100 guitarists of all time.
Duane Allman was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the no 2 guitarist of all time. Wayne haynes and Dicky Bets who also played with the band wore in the top 30. The band it self is in the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Don't you think they should be on this list.
After nearly 40 years of great music, this band sounds as good as ever. 7 musicians with talent like no others. "WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE ABSOLUTE BEST 'BAND' TO EVER TAKE A STAGE. "


[Newest]One of my favorites. For the impact they made with their, southern rock, the are way too far down.

When it comes to sheer raw power, and pushing the envelope, NO one has done it better than the Pixies. They go from all out rock and roll to I-can't-believe-someone-made-a-song-like-this weirdness. They had so much rock that like 10 years after reuniting, which is like 20 years after being disbanded for the first time, they could rock like they were all in their 20s again. For all I know, they could be all 80 years old and keep rocking an arena. Frank Black's screams must be heard to be believed. REPENT!
You've got to be kidding me. A band that influenced almost every decent grunge band, as well as multiple different alternative rock bands that would go on to influence even more bands, and you can't do it any more respect than 113. this world and everything on it.
The Pixies were not the most successful band commercially or on this list. As the average person is an idiot this is one of the many reasons why they are the greatest and coolest band ever...

107Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
It seems that most people who vote on this list don't know about FZ at all. Great intelligent lyrics, incredible music, in many styles (we call this: Zappa style). Most underrated guitar player. Fantastic live entertainment. And also: the good humour on stage. Just take a look of youtube videos in the 1973 era: Jaw dropping musicianship. Great musicians played with FZ, but he made them performing to their best. 63 official albums. No compromise. No bull. No substitute. Still sound fresh after all those years. Thank you Frank.
sorry, but Zappa in 171 place? Has anyone voting in this pole ever listened music or they just hear. Zappa is an innovator in music, from music to lyrics to stage show. He was a real musician who had knowlledge of synthesis and of his instrument. I see groups in this pole that are not bad but they have no history to back up their existence.
NUTS! Zappa is only here because most people have never heard his terrifyingly awesome music. Frank was a musically savant so far ahead of his time and beyond us normal humans, its difficult to capture his genius in a few words. I'll just say WOW! Thanks so much Frank. You were the Mozart of your time.

108Stone Temple Pilots
STP Must be in the top 20
I've always love STP's style over any other band. They should be higher.
Plush - the bes grunge song!
[Newest]Best band hands down

109The Black Keys
Easily one of the greatest rock bands ever. Give them like 5 more years and people are going to be comparing them to Led Zeppelin
Somebody get that higher
Amazing sound.
Amazing band.
Listen to all of their albums. NONE disappoint.
The Black Keys are badass

110Dave Matthews Band
Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash and Beneath These Crowded Streets are three of the best albums ever made. Crash is absolutely brilliant. There is not a single song that you want to skip and every song on the album could be your favorite song on the album at some point. It is a testament to the quality of work these guys are capable of that their recent albums, although they are not all that bad and do include some radio hits, are very disappointing to anyone who has listened to the first three.
I have an issue with DMB being 33 on this list. There is no sound around like their sound. Live performances are spiritual experiences and they can play absolutely any genre of music like the best. Dave gives the music such a unique vocal sound and every single one of the band members are greats in their own right. Greatest Jam Band of all times - no doubt
Dave Matthews band... They are the greatest band ever. It is just extraordinary the capacity Dave has to create bread taking songs out of day to day experiences; and also be able to create social complains against injustice politics and so... Crash into me, Dream girl, Spoon... And they donÂ't need no monumental scenarios they are Art, simple, and everlasting.
[Newest]Great musicians and great performers. And amazing lyrics.

111Sex Pistols
YEAH! they made a before and after in the world, ALL rock, punk and even pop! are ALL in some way inspired by the pistols and not ONLY music but attitude and looks etc...
they broke all the music rules and social rules that make our day now free
jonnhy rotten and steve jones were the first on earth to swear on TV! they did it on the bill grundy show jonnhy said "s***!" and then Steve said "you f****** rotter!" to grundy!
they are legends and without them the world wouldn't be the same!
when you think punk, you think the pistols.
In the 2 years they were active.. They started chaos around the world JUST THROUGH THEIR MUSIC.
[Newest]And Green Day is on 11...

112Imagine Dragons
Although they haven't been on the scene for very long, Imagine Dragons is a truly fantastic band. They have set the bar for future rock bands with their upbeat tempo and excellent blend of alternative and rock music. If you disagree with me, all I have to say is welcome to the new age.
They have already made a name for themselves in so little time.
Imagine Dragons have made great songs with great lyrics and a great sound.
Try to tell me that you can't help but to sing along to at least one of their songs..
Their sound is unique and it gets you going. I'd say it's inspiring.
They have such soul and passion.
They radiate amazing energy AND they know how to put on a great show.
I know they haven't been around for a while only about a year or two but some of they songs are truly amazing if you don't like them then don't listen to them just to make fun of them. But I think if want to insult them, then you should try singing as good as them and putting a record out. Then you can insult them.
[Newest]YES. <3 Imagine 'dragons are my favorite, aside from Paramore.

113All Time Low
All Time Is a great band to listen to while your out and about, and the lyrics really get you kinda thing
Alex and Jack have saved me. Therapy, Time Bomb! Are you saying that those lyrics don't make you cry because they make me cry
[Newest]This list doesn't make sense to be honest...

I wanna say that Placebo is the most deepest band in the world. They make me feel happy and sad, make me cry and laugh in the same time. Their music is really wonderful and breathtaking! Love, Russia
I listen to all sorts of music, but Placebo is forever my number one. I've been a devoted fan since 2005 and I will forever be. When bands keep selling out and going very much mainstream and pop when they rocked like no tomorrow just a few years ago, Placebo stays true to themselves. Their music has changed over years, of course, you can easily differentiate earlier and latest stuff. But the mood, the unique style, Brians signature voice are forever there. Much love from Russia, Moscow.
[Newest]Common, people. They must have a much better rating.

115Fall Out Boy
Believers never die! And those guys are the best of the best! Awesomeness of Pete's lyrics makes me shivering after every word! Joe's solos are the most wonderful, Andy's drums are beating in the rhythm of my heart, and Patrick's voice takes me to heaven!
They are so awesome and is my favourite band!
I want them back
I love Patrick!
I love their music!
They good fellows!
Let the following album will be heavier on music.


[Newest]Sugar thanks from the down

They are the BEST! Think they actually saved my life a few times, whenever I'm pissed off or sad I just play some of their songs. They're way to unknown!
For being from South Africa, a place of more native and traditional music, they help bring great hard rock and relatable lyrics and melodies to their listeners. I believe they deserve to be listened to and be agreed to be top 100 at the least.
Seether brings a new genre to rock, something no other band can bring to the party! So many of the bands above them are just copycats, taking what someone else did, mimicking it, and getting famous. Seether is totally original, and a powerful rock band.

117Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
What an insult. Tom petty and the Heartbreakers should be In the top 10. Over 30 years of great music and their live performances are as good as if gets. Tom Petty is a brilliant singer and songwriter, Mike Campbell an AWESOME lead guitarist. Benmont Tench, a phenomenal piano and keyboard player. Ron Blair, Scott Thurston and Steve Ferrone complete this fantastic Rock & Roll band. I do miss Howie and I love them all. As the saying goes they just get better with age.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are such an amazing band. They are so dedicated to the music and have never tried to pander to the "Powers that be"
They hold over 50million records
[Newest]Holy tom petty is so talented so are the rest in the heartbreakers but I say they are top 20

What can I say... They have arguably one of the greatest songwriters in existence, one whom I personally would put next to the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare (Sing what you can't say, forget what you can't play/hasten to drown into beautiful eyes/walk within my poetry, this dying music/my loveletter to nobody; Beneath the candlebed/Two saddened angles, in heaven, in death... One light for each undeserved tear... Beneath the candlebed/Two souls with everything yet to be said). Their guitarist, unlike most others in traditional rock bands you see all over the place right now, actually knows how to play his instrument, and despite being more of a melodic/rhythm guitarist who plays alongside keyboards he sure knows how to shred when he wants to! The keyboardist himself (who is also the main songwriter) plays pretty much everything in concert - the piano, the keyboards, and the orchestra, and despite being more of a metal band, because of those aspects, they've created some of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, Ghost Love Score being the first masterpiece that comes to mind. In addition to that, their former lead vocalist's voice is gorgeous - opera trained, in fact, and to this day she possesses more talent in one finger than most other vocalists could ever dream of having. Their album Oceanborn is basically a classic in the Finnish metal scene. Now tell me, how many bands do you know have an opera trained lead vocalist and still manage to make their album a classic?

Of course, there is much more to the band than just the musicianship. They've experimented with other genres: Folk/Celtic/Worldly, Opera/Musical (because of their cover of the Phantom of the Opera theme), and Smooth Jazz, to name a few. Because of the frequent use of orchestra, some songs could be described as listening to a metal concert and a movie soundtrack at the same time. Many of their songs are fantasy oriented or about other cultures - Egyptian mythology, Greek mythology, and apparently even an ancient water ritual (gar tuht river, ger te rheged), for example. They have epic 7-14 minute long tracks, a quality I believe most other bands dangerously lack. Heck, even though their songs are primarily in English, they've got their fair of songs entirely in Finnish (a beautiful language, if you ask me) and even a song that includes a guest speaker speaking in Lakota. And let's not forget Dead Boy's Poems, easily one of the most emotional songs of the past two decades... Why aren't they more popular, again?
The music is just amazing and the singer makes it all the best!
I'm so sick of seeing them being compared to female-fronted bands like Evanescence and Paramore. Nightwish are completely different in terms of musicianship, vocals, and songwriting, and they have much, much more variety; listening to Wishmaster and Imaginaerum is like listening to two separate bands. Of course, despite their popularity, there are too many mediocre alternative/hard rock bands out today that are even more so, and because of this I doubt Nightwish will even be voted onto the first page of this poll.
[Newest]Gary Moore's version of "Over The Hills And Far Away" is good, but Nightwish definitely does it better. It's just better vocals and better guitar riffs in their version.

119The Grateful Dead
Really, there is not nor has there ever been a group like The Dead. Unlike most bands, The Dead never played the same show twice - they had well over 100 songs in their repertoire and few, if any, dogs among them. Because they didn't get much air play and the recorded versions rarely captured the "live" sound, they probably didn't win over many fans through those venues. But, if you saw them in concert and got to know some of their songs, then you know that The Dead rate at or near the top of this list.
Numbers don't lie.. Beatles are #1 for records and Grateful Dead are #1 for live concert shows.
Other rankings are obviously affected by age groups, old folks know Aerosmith = Led Zeppelin of the 90s, same with Pink Floyd and the Warlocks who don't even show up on this list. Ah wall, just enjoy what you like!
I strongly feel that the Dead and Beatles should be tied. Not looking at album sales or concert revenue, although if I did, the Dead would ultimately be second to the fab 4 in album sales but NOT concert $. But, both bands equally contributed to the rock archives.
[Newest]Come on. You can't exclude the Dead from this list.

120Marilyn Manson
W-O-W. I love MM, he and his band are pretty cool, whenever I feel down, it just picks you right back up with that sorta mellowed out evil sound.
manson's lyrics are so real so true. it gives you life when you are sad.
Marilyn Manson really does have some good music if you just give him a try. And I love his version of This is Halloween from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. I can't think of anyone better to cover that song. Nice job!
[Newest]He should be number 1

I can't believe you people don't see how great incubus is. Even if their new stuff is kinda soft, anything they make is better than anything a combined effort of all these other bands can make.
Incubus represente the real music, and I just wish that Incubus hit The LEAD of The Greatest Band EVER
Love the instrument, whether rock or slow it's still easy listening. The lyrics also represent our daily life, very match. The best vocal ever with gorgeous vocalist
[Newest]Incubus with how they change modern rock is just flawless

Hahaha yeah right, motorhead is apparently the 294th greatest rock band in the world... Right?
people are stupid these days, I'm 18 years old and still rocking out to classic motorhead everyday
Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud...

Go and see them finish a set with Bomber, Ace of Spades and Overkill
Then compare it to any other 15 minute setlist from the band you rated.
The best rock band on the world.

Just hear their songs.
-Herman li is the best on guitar.
List of musics to hear:
212th place? Everyone in this whole band has talent, and it shows in their shredding in every single song. This list isn't that good anyway; bands like Metallica and a few others in the top are pure metal. Dragonforce is a mix of power metal and rock.
A great band who does a great mix of rock and power metal. They actually take time to create a good rhythm, lyrics, and solos, unlike many other bands that just scream into microphones, and just wail on the guitar.
[Newest]They speed up their guitar to look good so bo Dragonforce!

124ZZ Top


I can't believe ZZ Top didn't even make the top 100! There was pop on the list above these guys! They created some iconic guitar riffs and are one of the top names in southern rock!
Zz top is probably 1 of the most influential rock bands and quietly crack out hit after hit... Don't believe me try getting front row tickets for 1 of there concerts

I don't think I have to say something about them... Just listen to them and you'll know why I was so shocked no one thought about them!
Come On guys! R.E. M on 123? They made awesome songs for decades! Love them.
they created they're own style.
[Newest]How is R.E.M. not higher than Paramore, or Linkin Park, and only a little bit higher than Black Veil Brides? Go listen to Losing my Religion then listen to something by Paramore. You will see the difference.

126A Day to Remember
Best Band Ever good Music, Lyrics, Band Members, Everything is good about this band nothing else better then most of the bands on this list.


This is an insult! ADTR is the greatest band of all time. There lyrics are meaningful and they sound amazing. This being at 126 is a crime.
Never heard of them and I know a lot of music. How long have they been around?
A great band that deserves to be higher on this list

127Bob Marley and the Wailers
Some say that Pink Floyd is the most influential band of all time, this is debatable. But,BMW is the band that embraces more culture than any band ever assembled (so far in history) just to be objective.
I really think these guys should be number one. Bob Marley and the Wailers aren't just a band. They give people hope when there is none. Their lyrics are so touching. And even someone with serious depression would be happy if they listened to their songs.
The further I go down this list the more my trust in the human race seems to slip away.

Yes Whitesnake was around before 87's big hit Still of the Night and Here I Go Again was a hit in 82 for them in
Europe! It America a while to catch on to them! They band was a hard rocking bluesy band not the glam band with
Screaming guitar that came later. Coverdale voice was original deep and bluesy until he started the screaming.
The live album Live in the Heart of the City is a classic and start here if you never heard earlier Whitesnake. The
Last few albums have been awesome also more like early whitesnake but of course keeping their harder sound.
Jon Lord and Ian Paice from Deep Purple were in the earlier version! Too bad Coverdale has lost his original voice.


David Coverdale is the best rock vocal ever. Listen to Judgement Day. The guitar arrangement you can never forget.
[Newest]Definitely one of the best glam bands out there

129The Smiths
Seeing The Smiths this far down doesn't surprise me at all. One of the best bands in the history of music indeed, they have influenced every single act that has come out of the British rock since 1987, but they wouldn't be The Smiths if they achieved mainstream success. The Smiths stand for the outcasts, for the outsiders, for the alternative. Morrissey's lyrics entwined with Johnny Marr's melodic guitar playing gives us the most prominent songrwiting partnership since Lennon/McCartney. However, honey is not made for the lamb's snout. Let them stick to Linkin Park and Chester Bennington,30 seconds to mars and Avenged Sevenfold while we listen to the real thing.
The Smiths should make at least the top tens. They're perf! And Morrissey's lyrics and voice keeps sending me to heaven.
Morrissey's lyrics are just heartbreakingly honest and true.
[Newest]Damn this is kinda sad how so few people know the smiths :/ hands down the best bad ever

130The Cure
The Cure best band ever! Love it since 1992. Great sound, lyrics, Robert is the best. Disintegration, pornography, the head on the door, kiss me kiss me kiss me, wish are a good example how good is the band. In the eighties they released their best albums, and in the 90s and new millennium still rocking!
Robert's voice is perfect, he is genious and The Cure is really GREAT! They have a style, Disintegration is perfect, but there are many hits from other albums.
they've had ALL kinds of awesome hits and no one's even putting it on a list!
[Newest]Disintegration and pornography are two of the best albums in the world

131Pierce the Veil
Just a good rock band to listen to when ever
Their songs have meaning and are dedicated to the fans who are having troubles. I love their style of music!
This is an awesome band
[Newest]I hate this band



134The Fray
In my opinion The Fray is awesome. The Fray's one of my favourite bands and I don't understand why they are number 203 now. They should be in the top 10! Because they deserve it. They make awesome music with lots of meanings in the lyrics. So I hope they will be in the top 10. Love The Fray.
Yes, The Fray is amazing and forever will be. I'm so glad I discovered their music! I love them. They should be on the top!
I love them so much! They should be number 1!
Isaac, Ben, Joe and Dave, thank you very much!
[Newest]Love me some The Fray... One of the best bands besides Nickelback and Lifehouse...

I think Chris Jericho has very good voice,... Fozzy is one of the best heavy metal band ever
Fozzy is the best there is the best there was and the best it ever will be... There deserve a higher place
Fozzy is the best in the world... Just listen to Sandpaper!
[Newest]I added fozzy here
Please help me take it to the top

136T. Rex
The first ever glam rockers, Marc Bolan did something truly unique here, and who knows what they would have done if it wasn't for that car crash

137Black Label Society
Zack Wylde... Enough said

138Billy Talent
It is a great injustice that an incredible band such as Billy Talent is lower on this list than the Jonas Brothers. Their uniqueness should be embraced.
This great talented hard-working band is just amazing and unique! Plus, Ian, Jon, Aaron and Ben are awesome human beings who bring very much to their fans!
I like all of their songs and they just never get old. Good lyrics and an epic stage performance make this band worth the first spot!
[Newest]At least top 100 - I think even top 50

139Queens of the Stone Age
QOTSA is the greatest band of all time. this list should be called best selling rock bands because that's what it seems like. the only reason QOTSA is so low on the list is because they didn't (and still don't) have a "genre hype train" to jump on. what I mean is: they are not "indie" (which isn't even a genre), they r not metal, they r not new wave, they r not punk rock, they r not grunge, they r not glam death thrash hardcore punk pop blues. many bands got popular because they had some stupid genre to be a part of like nirvana and pearl jam (grunge), Metallica (metal). I would just say "rock" to describe them. listen to SONGS FOR THE DEAF. that album...
Pretty tight band, shouldn't be this low, definitely one of the best modern rock bands around
Rated ARE and Songs for the Deaf are my favourite albums
[Newest]Josh Homme. Do I even need to say more people?

What? ANTHRAX IS 168? THEY ARE AWESOME! Its like people wont even try and give them a chance! They have brought out amazing songs over the past years, as well as albums! I can't even see why no-one would vote for them :/
Best band ever. Dude they are the thrash metal pioneers. There songs are simply awesome. Whether it be I'm alive, in the end, caught in a mosh or indians THEY ARE ALL AWESOME. Can't believe THEY are not in this list.
I have only heard a few of their songs but they are relly good

141Collective Soul
0% of votes?! Collective Soul is one of the most iconic rock bands of the 90's, and came out with some really good material. Top Ten? Probably not. But they're a heck of a lot better than 146. Don't judge them by Shine, their biggest hit but really not their best song.
Some of the bands in the top 20 are pretty cool, but not having this one there was unbelievable! People, please!
If I could a long way to run! I love this band so much!

142Dead Kennedys
Probably the scariest sounding band ever. And it fits them well too. The stuff Jello Biafra wrote is can mess with the sane part of your brain. Their lyrics had sarcastic dark humor that were extremely brilliant and focused on major social problems in America. Jello's voice is so weird and unique too. And East Bay Ray is a great guitarist. Add to that very good bass playing and crazy drum beats that will send your already spinning head spinning even faster.
A lot of their lyrics are still relevant.

143Maroon 5
One of the most unrated bands on this site I see. They deserve a better place over here in my opinion.
Sellouts. That's all I have to say about this band.
Please vote for this band, they deserve it

144Bring Me the Horizon
The sadness will never end, diamonds aren't forever, and it never ends must hears
Try to listen to Anthem, really good song that in my opinion kinda sums them up. plus its really up-beating so it makes you wanna go dance and jump around
Can't believe I hadn't seen this band on the list before... They are AWESOME. Just try and listen some of their best songs

145Burning Slow

146Nothing More
Falling on the more punk sounding point of metal, Nothing More has the ultimate sense of life in it's entirety. For good songs look up Jenny, Mr. MTV, and Pyre for their idealist values and what they stand for.

Audioslave is the rock of all rock... Tom Morello and former lead singer of Soundgarden Chris Cornel
They are just so good. Every single song is a hit. They should be at least top 25


After listening to bands like Metallica, Maiden Pantera Green day and Audioslave for years, I feel this is The best rock band ever among all others
[Newest]Well there's no point in voting for this but I will anyways. Coldplay sucks ass by the way

What a fantastic group! They're very nice and their music simply wonderfull... One of the best group of the world! (My favorite group! ). Their "live" album dating for the 4 december 2010 "ending on a high note" is magic! A big show representing their best music. Kiss from an fun since 1983.
They have my life, my heart. The guys are the most good-looking men and they have very special personality!
I love them very much! ! !
And also their family.

I don't know, what could I do without A-HA?!?! My life would be very empty...

Keep on, guys!


I wouldn't exactly call A-ha a rockband, but they are definitely one of the best bands ever. And they do know how to rock!


[Newest]They're the best band ever...

149Lamb of God
they are a very heavy band but they have great guitar and drums. their screamer is very good as well. listen to blacken the cursed sun and walk with me to hell

Hell yes, they are the best. They should be number one, all of their songs are good. They have a great drummer and vocalist.
Number one metal band in the world! They have the best break downs ever! The best at their genre! Perfect vocals! I just love this band! Who cares about the rating! Any metal head would know how good this band is!

Why the heck is Venom is this place, they should be in top 100 for sure. Anyone who doesn't know this band should hear their album Metal Black

I can't believe how DEATH is so underrated. Chuck Schuldiner is one of the best song writers ever.
Because death sucks. Sucks harder than cannibal corpse or deicide. I love its album called "Human" though.


Where is the Death Metal genre when they were here?
Who is it's pioneer and main progenitor?
What was the name of it's metal Genre? ? Metal
Yes you got it...
Hey don't you see the name think again...

152Asking Alexandria
Asking Alexandria Has The Best Of Both Worlds! They Scream And Breakdown ^^ Sing With Beautiful Guitar Riffs. Their Lyrics Are Real And Intense And They Know How To Put On A Show!
AA 4 Life...
This band should be in top 50 at least because they are making an excellent sound and have amazing meaning to their songs
This band is crap! Only whiny emo and scene kids listen to this band. Take them off this list NOW!
[Newest]They don't deserve to be on this list. AT ALL! They suck.

153The Band
The pinnacle of live, collaborative music with ultra-versatile, sensitive players who wrote their own script and did exactly what they wanted to do. No Band, no Eagles.
One of the three most important rock bands in history.

154Hands Like Houses
My favorite band forever. They should be in the top 10. Trenton Woodley is an amazing singer and the rest of the band is amazing to. Listen to their song A Fire on a Hill.

The hardest working band out there today.
Love all their songs!

156Cheap Trick
The Name is Cheap Trick, But not "Cheap" enough to get into 62nd place. They Kept the name so that others can get "trick"ed by the name because they don't want other dumb heads like the ones who voted here to praise them. As they don't deserve to praise them even
The first 4 albums are just classics and should be in anybody's rock collection. Zander one of the greatest voices in
Rock but also the band were also one of a kind. Their quirky raw pop punk melodic rock was very original and copied
By many since! Yeah they had the pop albums with hits but they were still good and they always put on a good show!
Many bands suffered from record company crap and they were one of them but their songs still sound great today!
They've been rocking better than anyone for nearly 40 years. Can some of these idiot bands like Linkin Park or Avenged Sevenfold make that claim after 10? I think not. And unlike these pretenders, Cheap Trick can actually play their instruments. One of the best. Loved in the U. S. , immortal gods in Japan.

157Stone Sour


Stone Sour is way underrated. They deserve more love, and Corey Taylor Rocks!
Stone Soure are great... My favourite song Bother is one of the best Rockballades ever!

158Arcade Fire
Pure perfection. They have no bad songs/albums to date. Everything of theirs is golden.


The Strokes and Arcade Fire are so low on the list. Why do idiots have such a hard on for Coldplay and Muse
This band should be in the top 50 they don't deserve to be in 430 listing too tier songs wakeup the suburbs no cars go etc their one of the best rock bands of the 21st century vote now

159Barenaked Ladies
All of the bands in this list started with the Big Bang

Nobody likes Kasabian?

161Black Tide

They may not be super popular but are definitely under-rated! They kick ass!
True! They kick ass! Definitely underrated... Hope they rise up soon to what they deserve
The best music today. Most bands will make the instruments quiet when the start singing, but not Godsmack, they will rock you face off to the very end. And they won't give it back.
[Newest]Good songs, that still stick out

163Duran Duran
A brilliant 32 years career (and counting), with countless top 10 hits.
Always surprising and innovatory, stylish and class.
Sold over 80 millions albums worldwide.
2 Brit Awards
2 Grammy Awards
1 Q Awards
1 MTV Video Music Awards
2 Ivor Novello Awards
1 GQ Lifetime Achievement
If you think DD is only Ordinary World, Notorious, Wild Boys, The Reflex, Hungry Like The wolf or Girls On Film...
Try and listen a few more DD songs and... You'll become a Duranie, just like me. :-)
My idols. My inspiration. The best POP, ROCK group.. In the entire world. Long live Duran Duran!
You must be kidding me
Who invented the video clip who made the change in the music industry
Which band started selling over the net
Its duran duran damn it
[Newest]The Greatest Band of all time
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don't let the name fool you. very talented

This top ten has every band in existence weezer deserves better ratings then this
Weezer are such an amazing band! All the songs are amazing and the riff in Dope nose is awesome. How can they be so low they could be top 20 at worst. They have so many well known songs I knew about half of them before I even knew weezer.
Weezer! I loved this band when I was little, and still love it! It's super duper best rock band. Led zeppelin should be 2nd and weezer should be first! Jimi Hendrix should be three, and kiss should be four.
[Newest]Great alt rock band

166Franz Ferdinand
They don't get enough credit


Gotta be on top! Especially, their "Take Me Out" is perfect.
Take me out is amazing!

167Rob Zombie
I think rob zombie is great and awesome but holly cow is he far down on the list this proves this list is all opinions
I love the song Dragula! One of the best songs ever written!

This is astonishing how Triumph is not higher on this list. They're the perfect power trio, and each of them are among the best in their respective fields, ESPECIALLY Rik Emmett. Seriously folks, if you think any other band but Triumph stole the show at US'83, you're simply wrong.
Love Triumph Rik is my fave guitarist. One of the best Canadian bands along with April Wine and Rush.

They have been doing so good, from the first time I hear there music I really fall in love especially with the track I GET IT, it also sound so good.
They should be in the top 100! No song they've made has ever been bad! They're way better than some of these other bands!
270th! They deserve top 100 for songs like the red, the clincher, vitamin R, jars, send the pain below. But I guess there more alternative than rock

170Awaken I Am
A newer band not many has heard of, and much like HLH, they possess a certain identical sound, but modified by the singer's range and lyricism. The guitar is a major turn down however, as from what I've heard keyboard is mostly involved within the music, which is another issue all on it's own. But, nonetheless it creates the sense of enjoyability no other band below it possesses in my opinion, and nests itself within you and tries to become one.

One of the greatest bands ever and had one of the greatest bassist and guitarist you could find
This is one of the greatest bands ever.
This band really is great!

Oh my gosh whats that 199?! Quensryche is in my top ten. Operation Mind-crime for ever.
I vote for Queensryche

173Dark Tranquillity

174Beastie Boys
This is one of the biggest of the many insults on this list. A lot of you are like,"there so stupid there not even rock". Listen to sabotage, that'll answer that stupid statement. They had one of the most influential and inspiring impacts in music history. Linkin Park and Eminem both said The Beastie Boys were one of the bands they found most inspiring. Stop disliking because you can, and realize what the Beastie Boys of done. At that time, what they did was unheard of and completely new. Not many people can make a completely new style like they did.
The beastie boy's are legendary, it's pretty sad they aren't even in the top 100
I am so depressed. 165. these guys inspired every future musician. EVER.

175Sleeping With Sirens
Sleeping With Sirens should be on the top 10!
There so good.
Good music. Kellin, Justin, Gabe, Jesse, Jack are amazing!
There one of my favorite bands.
Sleeper ~
This band is one of my most favorite band evey like there lyrics are so true and kellin is a really cool and funny guy and his soon to be wife katlyin is really nice on twitter.

17610 Years

Four outstanding musicians including two geniuses - Jan Akkerman and Thijs Van Leer. What a band. The brilliantly insane Hocus Pocus, the majesty of Cathedrale de Strasbourg, the magical Sylvia, Tommy, House Of The King.

178Blue Oyster Cult
BLUE OYSTER CULT remains a band that though have been around for more than 40 ' years still just hasn't claimed what was undoubtedly, by all right its own- a top-notch place among the greatest bands ever. Alas! But it still continues to show its true, pristine colors by doing live shows throughout the U. S and thus always keeping up to its side of terms. And its followers, irrespective of how so few they may be in number, continue to worship them with an unbreakable faith. Buck Dharma to me is in the same league (if not the superior) to Frank Zappa, Van Halen and other unbelievably good guitarists of their contemporary era. For me, undoubtedly the MOST UNDERRATED BAND and LEAD GUITARIST of the 20th century. But I will keep on believing in them till my last breath. My Heroes-B.O. C and Buck Dharma.
these guys are actually the greatest band ever, people just dont know more than 3 songs by them. COME ON! dont fear the reaper is the greatest song ever and they have the greatest guitarist.
I don't know why this band is all the way here they one of the best bands ever and I know for a fact that a lot of the bands in higher slots are pure grade crap. Sure some of their songs are not that great but we have ones like (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Burnin for you, Joan Crawford, etc.
[Newest]Most amazing but underrated band ever...

One of the greatest pop-rock bands of all time. Rosanna and hold the line are classic rock songs!
30-years this year, since Hold the Line, and still just getting better and better
My Favorite Rock Band
[Newest]Great singer and drummer

180The Misfits
The best horror-punk band ever!!!!
jerry only is the best


Danzig in the Mistfits is brilliant, and the lyrics to the songs are always - interesting.

181Sonic Youth
What is wrong with you people. No band is more original than Sonic Youth, they basically shaped noise rock and made there own style of music. They have not made one bad album (excluding NYC Ghosts and Flowers, nobody liked that crap) and every song is different form the last.

Long live Thurston Moore, Lee Ronaldo, Kim Gordon, and Steve Shelly.
One of the most important bands ever!
One of the most influental bands of the nineties, they deserve better than the 292th place on the list

182Black Veil Brides
BLACK VEIL BRIDES ARMY FOREVER! They are going to change the world with their music..

They taught their listeners -
Remember not to bleed..
When you feel alone I will always be there
We are the Fallen Angels and we won't cause the pain
Grab your weapons now and we'll run against the crowd...

This is the best band of rock I have ever heard, I LOVE this band its so awesome I think this band should be first cause really admit it its to awesome to be here I think its number one I my heart and here it has to be too ;) THIS BAND ROCKS
I think they're the best band. Their music is very inspiring. And their music leads my life. I love them and hope they continue making music for the world. LONG LIVE THE BLACK VEIL BRIDES ARMY!
[Newest]What!? Black Veil Brides is horrible! They don't belong here, what a joke!
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Love songs like "There and Back Again" and "What I want". Chris Daughtry has an amazing voice and inspiring lyrics. Definitely an awesome band!


186Mötley CrĂŒe
A lot of great songs.
Ru kidding these guys r in top 25 for sure and where is Dokken, really everyone!

220? Really? Just listen and you'll move them to the top 10!


189Alice Nine
Alice Nine is the most rising Japanese Visual Rock Bands in Japan. Their music are always grows and they tried to add other genre and mixed it with Rock like jazz, blues, ballad and some synthesizer.. they're awesome!
Best band ever. Shou's voice is amazing! They aren't a legend, but they deserve for attention too. Hope you like this band
they're really and incredibly awesome!

To be honest, I listened a lot of rock ^^ Metal bands. Many of them, Many.. But to see a lot or J-Rock Bands here is really good and especially this band, Versailles! But number 194? Versailles deserves to be in top 10. Well even thought I listened a lot of bands I liked this band the most! Their style, their music everything about them is just amazing! I Love this band ^^ I'm pretty sure one day this band will be as good as other Western Rock Bands!
Versailles is a full package of arts.. with their music, looks.. and everythings so beauty and elegant all the time, their music sounds beauty and hard
Versailles philharmonic quintet is awesome visual kei band.. Their sense of arts is very good and their songs arrangement, musical skill, looks.. All sophisticated and beauty... If versailles philharmonic quintet is a western band.. They must be a legend now
[Newest]VERSAILLES let's move on even though you do not give a significant rank 102 you've tried...

Kamijo, HIZAKI, Teru, Yuki, Masashi. Aku will remember you until whenever

191The Stooges
This band wasn't that famous during their prime years, but their greatness was acknowledged later. come on they have influenced many, many of the bands in here.


Fun House-Probably one of the best albums ever!
Pretty much set the blue print for punk, deserves a top 59 rank

This Band brings power to my veins.
Just listening the songs Time, angels cry, rebirth and arising Thunder and you see that this band have the sound to be AT LEAST in top five

My favorite band. Best musical climaxes in Rock history. 1992 to 1997 ruled. Still a quality force in live music.
Best live act around today

1943 Doors Down
Wow this list is horrible 3 doors down has so many great songs Gah can't believe this

This is just sad. Heck, the JONAS BROTHERS are in the low hundreds. This band at least deserves a place in the top fifty, probably the top ten. Switchfoot's lyrics are pure and meaningful and relevant. Their music is moving like so few bands can pull off these days. Best albums: Oh Gravity and Vice Verses. Best Songs: Restless, Your Love is a Song, Dark Horses, Awakening, American Dream... This band deserves WAY more than what the world gives them, one of the few GOOD bands still alive and running out there. Thanks Switchfoot for giving me hope that the music industry isn't in ruins!
Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley.


Runnin' Wild is one of the best rock albums of recent years - it's a shame so many rock fans don't know it!

Most people haven't heard of them - but they play great, energetic rock and deserve a wider audience. They are superb live as well as in the studio.
First of all, it says ROCK, not metal, not pop, ROCK. Second of all, Airbourne has the most energy ever put into a studio recording. I saw them live earlier this year, and let's just say, their energy was nearly tripled!

197Gentle Giant

Firehouse is simply the best

199Pop Evil

200Upon A Burning Body
Destructing vocals formed around flaming music as drums fast approach the listener. very intricate. enjoyable, and from TX! Yes, UABB has to be one of the greatest.

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