Best Rock Bands of All Time

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21Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/alternative metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. The group is set together out of M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Guitar) and throughout their career multiple bassists and drummers. Most notably Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), who passed ...read more.

Most talented band all around nowadays, all their songs are great pieces of art. Plain genius

To the first reply, The Rolling Stones did not report it, it was Rolling Stone magazine. They are completely different. - Songsta41

I like avenged sevenfold because
Avenged sevenfold are the best band in the world
I like his song a dear god, almost easy, danger line, and anymore
The song is really best and nobody like avenged sevenfold
If you listen is song you be say amazing

Um why is Linkin Park ahead of A7X? They had 2 good albums! That's it! Avenged Sevenfold has the most unique sound to this date. They have one of the greatest guitarists of all time and probably the best duo of guitarists I have ever heard. And M Shadows probably has the most unique voice for a rock band I've heard. Yes, nobody will ever beat Metallica but Avenged Sevenfold at number 9? Whoever voted apparently doesn't really know what good music is. 30 Seconds to Mars is trash, Tokio Hotel is trash, and Linkin Park should be off this list. A7X foREVer

Talent on every instrument. Fast guitars and drums, and an insanely versatile lead vocalist. For bass they have Johnny Christ- enough said.

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22Van Halen

Wow van halen #56 so sad that people think this, that tokio hotel linkin park did I see abba up there? Is really sad they probably wouldn't be a tokio hotel without van halen best hard rock band ever and one of the best guitar players of all time! God bless eddie van halen

Greatest American hard rock band period. Can't beat the originality of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, not to mention the amazing live shows, consistently huge album sales & #1's, humor, & catalog spanning four decades.

I'm ashamed that these great American rock bands. Ac/dc guns n roses, and Van Halen aren't in the top 10. They're the best of the best

Linkin Park beats Van Halen? Seriously?!

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23Bon Jovi

Top 19? Are you kidding me? This band should be on Top 3 with much sold out concerts and I can't find any band playing with great harmony as good as Bon Jovi

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but Bon Jovi is complete trash. End of. - t-man

What?! How can 30 seconds to mars, Tokio hotel or any other boybands be better than the biggest rock band?! Bon Jovi MUST be in Top 10!

The best band around for years, there songs are real and most people know at least a couple of them and they put on the best live shows, have got better with age like a fine wine.

Why Bon Jovi is not in the top 10 is beyond me. The greatest band ever...

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24Radiohead

If anyone doesn't vote for Radiohead, it's only because they haven't had the opportunity to listen to their music. I've always been a "radiohead", and as a result, I've listened to a very wide range of music throughout my years. To be real general, I'd categorize my taste in music as being eclectic, with a preference for any music that sounds beautiful and actually has meaning (given there are lyrics in the music to analyze). That means that there exists some classical music that I find amazing, as well as some present day "house" music that I feel just as passionately about. With that being said, from what I've personally heard myself (which I'm confident should serve as a solid foundation to base my opinion on), there have been no musicians or bands as close to perfection as Radiohead are as of the moment (keep in mind, Radiohead can only exacerbate how strongly I feel about this claim as time goes). I don't believe that the word "genius" is actually a ...more

Radiohead are the greatest band since the Beatles. Very simply, here is why. In the end, there are only three things you can really judge a band by: diversity, influence (NOT popularity or record sales), and longevity. I don't care what all you Linkin Park or 30 Seconds to Mars know-nothings say about "OMGosh Chester Bennington's voice is just the best" or "3o Seconds to Mars are just musical Gods, " that is not a logical argument. Aesthetic arguments about music (i.E. , comparing vocals, instrumentals, etc. ) just don't work. Now, to explain my point:

In terms of diversity, Radiohead proved they could do hard rock sing-alongs with their smash hit "Creep, " raw, beautiful acoustic works with The Bends, crazy, spacey, compact electronic vibes with Ok Computer and Kid A, and it's fair enough to say they've taken an even more creative route with their latest releases In Rainbows and King of Limbs. If you disagree with me, well then find me a band that ...more

Yeah, Radiohead could easily be top ten. You will not find a more devoted band to their fans than Radiohead. Do you remember Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Beatles putting out an album where YOU, the listener decides what it's worth in cash? No? Radiohead has. And as far as meaning, this band is leagues above anybody. I honestly didn't look at the world as philosophically as I have ever since I began listening to Radiohead. It's a damn shame that "creep" absolutely ruined the band in terms of followers, but they've been together decades, and if you dig deeper than that one stupid song, you'll find they have some of the most thoughtful songs/albums of all time. The talent within the band is incredible, Thom and Johnny can basically play any instrument you put in front of them and make it sound good, Ed is one of the best background vocalist, Colin G. Has some sick bass lines, and Phil Selway really shines on a few tracks too. They were pioneers as well of electric music, they ...more

Best band since the Beatles.

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25Foo FightersFoo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of obviously Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, songwriter), Pat Smear (lead guitarist, pianist), Nate Mendel ...read more.

Dave Grohl is one of the most versatile musicians performing for the last 25 years in top rock music. Foo fighters Are way better than most of the bands in this silly list

Foo Fighters are the best band I agree with the comment above they are sickest and should be #1 on this list greatest alternative / rock band ever

What is the foo fighters without dave grohl. There new album was the top album in the world

Dave Grohl is one of the most talented musicians ever and Foo Fighters rock out no matter what anyone thinks they should be top ten. Anyone who has seen them live will definitely vote for them.

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26MuseMuse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

OMG, it's a shame, dear everyone. Muse not in the top 10? OMG. I must die. They are the best! The singer (Matt) is a very talented person, he can play different kinds of instruments, and his voice! The drummer (Dom) is an energetic, really happy person, and the bassist (Chris) is the best bassist forever! (And ever) Anyway, they are the best. They have the best songs. Love at first listen.

Muse are an extremely versatile band, the five studio albums they have released vary in genre with the central theme always maintaining the rock we expect. They seem to be capable of achieving great results and catchy songs in all the genres they tackle. They have the ability to play their instruments with passion and also produce a huge wall of sound although there is only three members in the band. I think they deserve the title of best rock band because not only do people enjoy listening to their music, they influence new bands and their lyrics make you think of things that you perhaps haven't thought before including conspiracy theories and a particular favorite of mine, thoughts of a dying atheist, which does what it says on the tin. I think that Muse are rock giants and two sell out nights at wembley stadium can't be wrong. Muse produce not so much fans as devotees, so although they may not have the most fans, I am proud to be called a Muser.

They got to be higher. They've got amazing songs such as Unnatural Selection, Butterflies And Hurricanes, and the rest of their songs. The guitar riffs are very good, and Matt has a very good voice.

Muse should be in the top twenties, if not top tens. They are incredible. All the people who think they're queen/radiohead tribute bands should get off their high horses and give Muse a chance. Consider listening to the album Origin of Symmetry. It will change your life (and music taste) for the better.

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27Pearl JamPearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Um this is the most disgusting list I've ever seen. Pearl Jam is the greatest American rock band of all time and is by far one of the greatest bands of all time. If you don't know Pearl Jam, you don't know music

Its hard to choose from so many awesome bands.. But I definitely didn't expect to find pearl jam at 57! I love ac/dc and rhcp and a lot of the other bands listed above but pearl jam definitely deserves a place above all of them! On the top ten at least.. I can't believe linkin park is on no.7! What bs! Eddie Vedder is way too amazing to be this low on the list! - nikitarao7

I knew this list was BS when I saw 30 seconds to mars at number 3. I mean really, number 3? A band that is known for one song and their singer is better known for his role in Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club than his singing. Meanwhile we have the greatest American rock band of all time sitting at number 57. Total crap. You couldn't take the greatest hits from the majority of these bands make an album and it be better than a mediocre Pearl Jam album.

Obviously this list was voted on by people who don't know music.

What the hell are Linkin Park and Green Day doing in top10 man. This is really devastating. Pearl Jam needs to be there

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28Three Days Grace

No matter what place they are on this list, they will always be the best band ever!

What! 11 three days grace at the 43rd? Are you kidding me? You gotta remove the 4 and make it to the 3rd position... Not a single bad song of the band... I hate everything about you, world so cold, break, pain, nver too late...

No one can beat them
They are the best ever

Three Days Grace deserves top 5 or even top 3. They are the best!

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2930 Seconds to Mars

30 seconds to mars is a kind of style of life, is a new religion, is something that people can't describe. 30 seconds to mars is a dream. And a lot of people believe in that dream, not only the band... Even the ECHELON

The most amazing band ever. Fantastic band to see live, the atmosphere is electric. They are the only band I know who have such an amazing connection with their fans. Proud to be a member of the echelon!

30 Seconds To Mars - is my life! Jared, Tomo, Shannon - they are my idols! I don't know what I would do without their music. It's the best rock band I've ever seen and listen. You should vote them!

I've seen them live four times and it's an amazing experience!

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30Deep PurpleDeep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Seriously? Deep Purple, 69th?!
No I must be dreaming... Damn it the internet got into my dreams now...

The greatest!
Their virtuosity, mixed with their ingenuity in their compositions make their sound so unique.
Their legacy is important not only for rock, but for music history.

This list only shows, that most of music lovers don't know where to direct that love...

One of the best rock bands of all time go and see them live if you don't believe me

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31System 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.

Great great great band nothing to say
They are very good, lyrics are also fantastic.
Serj is awesome in concerts or music videos.
Good job guys.

I honestly think that they are true gods of alternative rock, and they have always been a few steps in front of others, their music is down to earth but takes you on a whole another dimension, lyrics that open your head and music that opens your heart!

Serj is easily one of the best singers of all time. Daron is great on guitar. John can play more that the same beat the entire song. And Shavo is more of a guitarist but is still awesome with bass. Their lyrics have good meaning... For the most part. Songs are just great, personal favorite is Question. GREAT band, its all about opinion I guess!

System of a Down is one of my favorite bands ever. I grew up listening to them. In my own personal list they would go in the top 3.

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32Eagles

The Eagles deserve to be on the top ten, there an icon in the rock and roll community.

Eagles! Seriously Eagles! Placed 78th! What is the world coming to doesn't anyone have some sense of music. Don't agree with me listen to Life In The Fast Lane, Get Over IT, New York Minute, Witchy Woman and the list goes on and on. Come on now get voting!

Wow I totally agree. They are extremely talented and great and CCR should be in the top list also... And the stones and fleetwood mac - Lizzthaashizz

Way to low on the list

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33Journey

I love their music! They are so peaceful and inspiring

It pisses me off that they are down this low, they are way better than X Japan! COME ON GUYS? And I am a 14 year old saying this, you guys have no taste in music.

Best ever. That's all there is to it. From their powerful songs like Separate Ways to a softer ballad like Faithfully, they did it all. And their lyrics were great as well. They're one of the best examples of all-time of a band that is popular and is also TRUE MUSICAL GENIUS. And they backed that up with skills that kill. Steve Perry's voice is amazing, and the band was amazing as well. Journey is top 5 of all-time, easily.

Definitely a top 10 band. One of the most powerful rock bands with worldwide appeal. Arnel Pineda is somehow an even more powerful lead singer than one the best of voices - Steve Perry.

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34Alice In Chains

We live in a commercial-saturated, consumerist society hell today. If, like me, that causes you a lot of alienation and does not resonate with your own reality, then you need to have this music in your life. If you are suffering and all of the T.V. and youth pop culture, the disconnect between people, rampant materialism and empty, peppy brainwashing everywhere telling you everything's okay when you don't feel it is is making your fear and pain worse, then you absolutely need Alice in Chains' "Jar of Flies" album.

If anything else, it will really make you feel that there is someone who understands, and it will sooth you with its mellow beauty. It doesn't matter what the exact nature of the pain in your life is... These guys and Layne lived through hurt and understood it, and you can really hear it in the music. They excelled in both acoustic and hard rock and metal, with a sound all their own that... Well, you just need to hear it. So if you think you like those things, please- ...more

This has to be the most inaccurate, crappy list I've seen yet. There has to be an over-abundance of 13 year old girls voting. Girls, how "cool" a band is. Or how black they can dye the ratty, unbrushed, product-saturated hair. Or how cute the bassist is, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC. (Please. Take a Sharpie, write that down backwards on your forehead and go look in the mirror. )

30 Seconds to Mars, Avenged Sevenfold, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Muse, ahead of Alice In Chains, Cream, Rolling Stones, Radiohead? My God, this list has "Keane" ahead of Nirvana! PEOPLE: If you have Rhianna, Miriah Carey, Nelli Fertado, Akon, Miley Cirus or 30 Seconds to Mars in your CD collection, please, do not vote. You don't have a clue what "rock" music is. Just go what your Gilmore Girls reruns and forget your were here.

Keane and Fall Out Boy ahead of Foo Fighters. How pathetic...

- corebare32

There are a quite a few reasons why Alice In Chains should be higher than just 44th. Their names happen to be Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney, Mike Starr, Mike Inez, and William Duvall. If you listen to Facelift and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here back-to-back, you'll notice that the guitar, lyrics, and sound is just as strong.

Jerry Cantrell, the mastermind behind all of the guitar parts & most of the lyrics, makes it a joy to hear the quick and yet dense solo sandwiched by the best voice in rock -- ever.

Layne Staley. The soul of the group, before and after his death. Listen to "Nutshell" and tell me you can hear that potent sound of desperation and sorrow. And despite his passing (RIP), William Duvall has done a great job of filling that hole. The entirety of Black Gives Way to Blue proves it.

Mike Starr had an undeniable talent for the bass, from the intro to "Rain When I Die", to the wonderful end of "Would? ". ...more

Best band ever!

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35Breaking BenjaminBreaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

One of the greatest. They don't just make you like the lyrics, they make you feel the song. Ben is just an amazing musical singer and guitarist. Aaron is a great guitarist and a funny guy. Mark and chad play very complicated parts and are very nice and selfless. They are some of the nicest people. One of the bands that proves that not all music is bad nowadays. If you haven't heard of them, go listen to them. They are amazing!

I love all kinds of rock, either its Apocalyptica, Metallica, Manowar or even Dragonforce, but when it comes to BB, everything comes together in one hell of a package, great lyrics, great sounds and mostly a huge feeling they gave me, hope the best for them. Peace!

Damn! Is this list even real?! I mean WTH is BB doing down in number 40?! Are you'll off your freaking heads!

Best in the world

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36Rise Against

How can be Rise Against so low? These band is so awesome! The lyrics, Tim Voice, the guitar, the bass and the drums are all perfect! Listen to a few of their songs and you don't want more nothing... They are fantastic. (sorry for my bad english )

They have the by far the best lyrics I've ever heard. They are also politically active. They should be much higher up. Listen to a few songs and you'll be hooked.

0.1%? You serious? Come on, Rise Against surely have a meaning in their songs, other bands can only dream about. Just look at the "Make it Stop" video and you know what I mean

Such an underestimated band. They are the true definition of rock music making an impact for many people all over

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37Skillet

Rated 97? Gosh you gotta be kidding me. They are amazing, I believe they should at least be rated 5. Jen Ledger's voice is amazing, So is John Cooper's voice, I have not heard one song from them that I do not dislike. So many songs that I love, and did not hate one song ever. They're amazing.

This is the best rock band
It is a very versatile band who sings song of almost most of the genres including rock, christian rock/metal, grunge, symphonic metal, alternative rock, and also electronic...

I don't care if skillet is number 170 on this stupid list, all I can say is that skillet is just the best rock band that anyone can listen to.. I just want someone to pick up a song for them that's bad.. Every skillet song has a meaning and it has lots of things that we rarely find in other bands like the music (instruments like violin and cello).. The vocals male and female combinations JUST AMAZING.. SKILLET NUMBER 1

They're really good, they must be standing in the top 20!

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38Blink 182Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

Blink 182 was THE GREATEST BAND EVER! Even if you didn't know their name, you still knew there songs. And now almost every punk band is doing covers from them, the should definitely be in the top 10 bands in the world!

They just changed the punk/rock music for ever, without them some bands like nfg, all time low, simple plan and many more would have never existed

Greatest band ever! Each day I listen to at least one of their songs, and they are just so meaningful. Songs like adam's song and stay together for the kids are truly legends. Mark, Tom, and Travis are just so great!

This list is insane... Blink is one one the best bands of all time!

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39Judas Priest

They are able to go from very Queen-ish, piano songs like Epitaph to very aggressive, fast metal songs like Painkiller.

They are one of not only metal's biggest influences, but rock in general, having influenced countless of great bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Slayer, the list goes on and on, not to mention they were the ones to bring the leather look into heavy metal.

They have 16 albums out right now (17th is gonna be released very soon), and STILL going strong after 40 years! Name another band that has done such thing, and although they may have had some average points in their career (Turbo, Demolition), they managed to come back with a killing blow.

Their 70s were probably their best years, having released 3 masterpieces during only a 3 year span (Sad Wings, Stained Class and Sin After Sin) which have beautiful songs with amazing melodies and harmonies, as well as very aggressive songs (Dissident Aggressor for example, an ...more

The original creators of Metal are so low? Sure Black Sabbath created Metal but JP took it and refined it into something more... Sorry but the Metal Gods definitely deserve to be # 1

They are the greatest Metal band ever existed. The most influential, the best voice, and the best guitarists team.

Turbo the very best

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40Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Skynyrd of Van Zant, Collins & Rossington is a top ten band without question. Their albums are all classics an it's a shame songs such as Comin Home, Needle &the Spoon, On The Hunt, Cry For The Bad Man ( I could go on and on ) don't get the airplay of Freebird and Alabama. True fans of classic rock music know how great this band were in their short space of time. Unlike a lot of bands Skynyrd didn't need a gimmick, their music was the gimmick. Ronnie van Zant was a truly great songwriter and few bands could match them live. The Allman Brothers spent many years playing middle of the road music without the much missed and loved brother Duane. Skynyrd have been the same without Ronnie, Allen & Steve.

Should be no. 1 without a doubt. Guitar Greats such as Rossington, Collins, and of course Steve Gaines, with the mindblowing Ronnie Van Zant... It cannot be beaten. The guitarists never used effects or pedals (with the exception of The Needle And the Spoon- Wah Wah) and produced some of the best guitar driven stuff of all time..

Who knows what could've been. Without a doubt in my mind, they would've been 1 on this list if it wasnt for that fateful planecrash.

RIP.

I think Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band of all time, but their not my favorite, and it made me depressed seeing my favorite rock band at number 65. I mean come on really? Lynyrd Skynyrd should be in at least the top twenty. Free Bird is no doubt one of the best guitar solos of all time, and not to mention all the other great songs they did such as Tuesday's Gone, Gimmie Three Steps, Sweet Home Alabama, and The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe.

They are one of the best ever

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