Best Rock Bands of All Time

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41Bullet for My ValentineBullet for My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; ...read more.

Bullet for my valentine is the best
They are number one in the world they deserve to be in top ten list I just love them their tears don't fall is a great song

"BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE" is my favorite band,
So much difficult to play guitar @ drums on their songs at such a high speed
I love to play their songs on my guitar... This band be in top 10 bands,
I think they are much much better than Metallica, linkin park & other bands,

What a band, catchy and brutal. they have got it all. I have yet to be disapointed by a song from these guys.

Mediocre band in my opinion.

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42MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.

thrashy riffs by dave marty's orgasmic solos ! defines Megadeth! Rust in peace is probably the best structured piece of metal in the world! they are the real metal gods

Greatest metal band ever they are not like other bands that have changed their music style after 20 years like other bands they haven't changed since 1983 and that's a very good thing they deserve to be in the rock and roll hall of fame.

67?! Should be at least top 10, But actually 1 come on ITS BEST. Dave mustaine is man who made what metal is nowadays.

While you can't say they are the greatest rock band ever, it is absolutely ridiculous that Green Day and Linkin Park are higher on this list.

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43Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s.

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.

I cannot accept that Linkin park is ahead of Lynyrd Skynyrd - VaticanCameos

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44Blink 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!

They should definitely be top 10. They are true to who they are and they changed punk music and made it great

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45Dream 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.

They're not my favorite band of all time. There are some periods of time where all I do is listen to one band. I'm in that phase right now with Dream Theater. With a completely unbiased opinion, I really mean it when I say that they are, without a doubt, the greatest band of all time. In terms of technicality, they are literally perfect. Each person in the band (James Labrie, John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Ruddess, Mike Portnoy/Mike Mangini) is a master at their instrument. Every one of their albums are filled with emotion. The riffs are incredible. The bass lines are mind blowing. The vocals are emotional. The solos are jaw dropping. The drumming is top notch. They are also musical geniuses, where they play in the craziest time signatures, and none of the 4/4 BS that most bands use. Try counting to The Dance of Eternity. It's almost impossible.

Dream Theater opened up a whole new world of music for me. I can't imagine where I would be without them.

This list was s weird. FALL OUT BOY AHEAD DREAM THEATER? It's so ridiculous and horrible. Dream theater should be #1. Their skill, their band and everything was the best ever. They're the best talent ever. No one can be compared with DREAM THEATER!

A criminally underrated rock band... Their music just takes me to a different, heavenly world altogether... The only possible reason that they are ranked so low is probably because not many people know about them... They deserve to be in the top 10 at least...

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46My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

They have beautiful personality! Through their music, they save lives!
They have the coolest fan base than any other co-fans I know.

Come on people! My Chemical Romance number 21 that's just not fair! They are inspirational, amazing and just well amazing! They have songs that people can really relate to and connect. They are life savers and everyone should recognize them for the true heroes they really are. The MCRmy are behind you all the way, keep running and we'll stay ugly.
Proud Member Of the MCRmy Xxx

My Chemical Romance was perfect! They all are amazing! Love them to death

Overrated emo trash band.

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47ToolTool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

#61! Are people crazy! They obviously have never listened to Tool before. Tool is by far the most talented band of all-time! Each member of Tool has such a high level of creative genius that no band comes close to their sound and balance. Tool formed in the early 90's and back than their sound was completely different than anything out there,.. I have never heard a more tight sounding band than Tool! Their odd signature tempo and off-beat sound is unmatched! There is no such thing as a repeated guitar chord/drum beat/bass chord in any Tool song. I took up drumming just because of Danny Carey and Tool songs are very very hard to play and play correctly. The more I play along to a Tool song the more I realize that Danny carry is God among drummers! Tool sells out very show they play, Tool sells millions of albums and I have never seen their band name on any "list" before but yet people KNOW Tool! Remember the guys in Tool are in their 40's! That's exceptional! I have been part of the ...more

The fact that Tool is ranked 41 and a "band" like Tokio Hotel is ranked in the top 10 really makes me question this list thing. Seriously.

If you haven't listened to Tool before, do yourself a favor: listen to Lateralus (the song, but also the whole album if you have the time), and read up on some facts about the Fibonacci-sequence. See if you can figure out something on your own, if not just read some song-facts about it or something. If you are not convinced that voting for Tool is the only correct thing to do after understanding the great musicianship of all four members of the band, I certainly don't understand your reasoning. - InPillForm

VERY SURPRISED to see Tool at #48! This band is the most complicated and mysterious rock band of all time. - ammoanpoor

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48Smashing PumpkinsThe Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha, the band included D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin in its original incarnation.

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie are the best albums ever. Corgans and Chamberlain are the best guitar drummer tandem known to man.

I am in AWE of Billy Corgan and his out of this world talent.

There are probably better bands than the Pumpkins in all their years of rock, but I'd say there is NO band that comes even close to touching the pumpkins from 1992 to 1996. During that time, they released my favorite record ever (Siamese Dream) and the monster Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Amazing riffs, incredible drum fills, and those songs!

Absolutely wonderful - funkymonkeymcslamdunky

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49RamonesThe Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

The Greatest Punk Legend
Johnny Ramone is The Greatest Man In The Industry Of Punk

The Ramones should have made at least the top 15. This is a joke. Linkin park, system of a down, blink 182, green day all above the ramones? Lol. Insult to art itself. If it hadn't been for the ramones, many of the bands on this list would have never existed. I like blink and green day... but they are sons of the ramones. Nobody could ever fill the ramones shoes. And by the way... the Beatles should have made number 1. And the fact that the beach boys aren't on the list so far only goes to show how ignorant people is. Brian Wilson was a musical genius.

The fact that average bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Coldplay, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Blink 182 are ahead of The Ramones is an absolute joke. The Ramones are one of the most influential rock bands in history, they INVENTED the punk rock genre, that alone should warrant them a top 20 spot, they're more deserving of in than most bands in the actual top 20.

One of the most influential bands of all time is at #53? They should at least be in the top 25. - Alpha101

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50Hollywood UndeadHollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.

I don't know how they aren't top 20 but hey. This is one of the best bands by far in my opinion. They are if not just as, almost as good as slipknot, linkin park, or even bullet for my valentine. Either way HU4L. I listen to them all the time. They are also hilarious in interviews and in person.

Hollywood undead is the best band right now

I don't see how people can see nostalgia in music with songs like Street Dreams, Sell
Your Soul, City, etc, etc

The best band ever whether you wanna party with songs pimpin', War Child, Party by myself, or even the extremely popular Everywhere I Go, and even more. Or if you want to listen some hardcore like Outside, Day Of the Dead, or the self named song Undead. They have songs for every mood you could possibly be in.

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51The ClashThe Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

It has to be The Clash. I love Led Zeppelin and Queen, but The Clash... Imagine a 19 years old Spanish student in 2005 that hears them for the first time and feels related to what they sing: social problems, the anger,... That was the day I started my musical re-education and I never looked back. It has to be The Clash. - Esteluki

One of the greatest bands ever. No wonder they have so many immitators, even today. Iconic sound and energetic live performances. Incoroporated a wide range of styles into their music from reggae to funk. Listen to songs as diverse as "Train in Vain", "Rock the Casbah", "Brand New Cadillac", "What's my Name", "White Man", "Lost in the Supermarket". If you don't know the Clash, buy a copy of 'London Calling' today.

117 that's pathetic for the clash were intelligent and mainstreemed the punk sound along with the sex pistols how dare they be this far down

These guys were known as the only band which mattered. How can they be at 51?

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52Five Finger Death PunchFive Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band's name is derived from a fictional martial arts maneuver in the 2003 film Kill Bill.

their bass player uses a five and six string bass depending on the song. their singer is very distinctive and he can scream well. their newest guitarist is great as well. the drumming is nothing special but not bad at all. -

FFDP is one of the greatest rock bands ever. They can go from songs like Death Before Dishonor to Hard To See to Far From Home. The singer's voice is amazing and so is the rest of the band. If you have never heard of them listen to either of their albums.

Five Finger Death Punch is an amazing band, I just don't understand how it's so low on this list. Sure, some people could consider it "bro-music" for muscle heads, but they have some really great songs. Maybe if people listened to the whole album, all the way through, they would understand how great 5FDP really is.

All I have to say is I love this band.

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53ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Absolutely amazing! Sad to see them so low on this list.. They are brilliant! The first song I heard by them and actually noticed properly was the song 'Clocks'. It has an otherworldly sound. Awesome band.

Oh come on, I never expected Coldplay to be in such a low position..! Coldplay has produced some of the best rock music ever! Same goes for U2 and Oasis, why are they placed so low? Coldplay is simply awesome!

Coldplay I think has produced more classical music then any other bands in the world

What you've given the rank to Coldplay? It should be in at least Top-10!

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54Creedence Clearwater RevivalCreedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

I guess this just goes to show that CCR is the most underrated rock band ever. They are top 5 but easily forgettable. There is no way CCR and Nine Inch Nails should be this low, they are both so revolutionary and original.

Everyone has heard of their songs like 'proud Mary' and 'fortunate son' but somehow don't know the band. The live performances are possibly my favourite of any band, so raw and gritty, perfect blues. Who in their right mind votes metal bands above this true and raw expression? Music isn't about technique and playing to impress, it is about love and portraying yourself and emotions on your chosen instrument. Pop music also falls into genres of music I dislike due to the catchy, repetitive songs that are obviously trying to sell records, instead of being pieces of art. I don't condemn those who like the technique geared metal genres and the pop repetitive genres, but they push epic bands like this to the side, which is frustrating for me, as a musician, and a fan of really passionate, expressive music.

The Greatest Rock n' Roll Band that can ever be heard. The powefull vocal and Revolutionary music composition, beautiful lyrics and blended creation makes them the greatest of all Rock n' Roll Bands. #1 forever.

There must be younger people voting. They were great

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55Papa RoachPapa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

Very good music and unique vocals

great sound, really awesome lyrics, great for when you just wanna chill, listen to some great Rock and just perfect for parties!

Possibly one of the most energetic and talented rock groups of all time, yes, they are no Gun's or Roses and will never have huge mainstream success. However, every lyric, every riff and every baseline works perfectly for every song and quite possibly Jacoby Shadix is one of the greatest, albeit, underrated front man ever, and boy do they give a kick ass live performance. At least deserve to be in the top 25 for me!

Bro this band is so awesome they play the best songs like still swinging and where did the angels go

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56KissKiss 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.

Why in the blue hell are they so low?
Here are reasons why KISS is the biggest and baddest rock'n roll band to ever grace God's green earth!
1. Paul Stanley is the sexiest front man ever (great voice too)
2. Gene Simmons tongue (7 inches baby! )
3. Ace Frehley's guitar solos! (sounds like a guitar on steroids! )
4. Peter Criss's bad ass drumming (just ' bad ass)
5. Native New Yokers
6. Paul Stanley's chest hair
7. Gene Simmons ego (can be seen outside your window)
8. Ace Frehly's laugh ( move over joker! )
9. Peter Criss's Brooklyn accent
10. THE MAKE UP & OUTFITS & SEVEN INCH LEATHER HEELS!
11. The pyro! The fire! The blood! The shows! The spectacle!
12. THE MUSIC!
ENOUGH said!

It would be a cold day in hell if guns n roses, avenged sevenfold or Metallica were actually better than kiss, first off many people who have never even heard kiss's music say that the reason kiss wears the makeup is to compensate for their lack of musicianship and ability to make good music, but that is simply not true, they wear makeup and have a fantastic stage show because and I quote gene simmons on this "when we were young we could remember going to see our favorite bands and being disappointed by them" so they decided to put on a show that would thrill their audiences. Second of all kiss always work their asses off to give people their monies worth by the way paul stanley is 61 and gene simmons is almost 64 I would rather see seasoned pros than a crappy ass one direction who will (mark my words) dissolve just as justin bieber and the jonas brothers before them and these kids just lip sync on stage to song they didn't write and the ones that they do help write are ...more

Wow, I totally agree with @PyschoDriveBy

KISS was and still is a revolutionary band, that really set the bar on what a good rock concert should be about! They've done things other bands can't ever dream of ever doing! These men gave rock and roll a whole new life!

THE MOST iconic band on the planet! Tell me one person who can't identify
These four fabulous painted faces! EVERYONE knows KISS, KISS is a spectacle and an awesome rock band, a brand, a way of life and are rock superheros! Besides the image, KISS has had many wonderful albums, songs, etc. Their music is loud, in your face, obnoxious, feel good and everything a good rock and roll band should be! Paul Stanley's wailing vocals, Gene Simmons bass playing, Tommy's awesome guitar playing and Eric's bad ass drumming skills are why KISS was and always will be the hottest band in the WORLD! And they are living proof of what an awesome band should be!

I don't know what all the critics say! 38 years and ...more

KISS is the most over rated band of all time. No one on the planet is more annoying than Gene Simmons. They rely on pyro-technics and make -up to cover up that they suck musically. They've tricked millions of mindless Americans into thinking they are a legendary rock band, but compare them to some good bands of the 70s like Foghat or Boston, they're not even close. Not only do they not belong in the top 10. They're not even top 100. - kpopcraze

Best band in the history of music

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57OasisOasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, and Tony McCarroll.

I've been listening to just about every kind of music, and Oasis is the only band that never dissapoints me! Noel Gallagher is the best songwriter of the last 20 years. Thank you for the good times Oasis!

How are Oasis #54? The Best Band to come out of Britain along with The Stones and The Beatles, But Oasis took inspiration and raised the bar to where it's never been, Noel writing songs wit unbelievable meaning and thousands of people relate to his lyrics, mix that with the attitude and arrogance of the best frontman there's ever been, You can't get any better? Manchester was the place to be back then!

How is Oasis at 53? They were the inspiration for all us growing up in the 80/90's. Some say they are not the best because they did not complete a world tour but does this really matter? They remind me of a time a long time ago when the world was easy to understand

This list is awful. These guys should be much higher

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58KornKorn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

They need to be higher, they are the best band from the 90's onward ever!

There under rated they should be up more, and KORN rules!

they are awesome, not really much into my genre, but they are very fun and weird with their music and thats awesome!

Learn to spell you pricks

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59RedRed is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002. The band's lineup consists of singer Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and bassist Randy Armstrong.

Red is truly an amazing band. They have a very distinct hard rock / metal sound that stands out from the crowd. Their vocalist, Mike Barnes, is truly amazing, and combined with the unique guitar riffs, and strings, Red songs are truly masterpieces. Red songs really stand out due to the strings used alongside the hard rocking' instruments. If you haven't heard Red, you DEFINITELY should. Their work is truly outstanding, they know how to make music. They are one of the few bands that can make albums in which ALL of their songs are amazing. Ihey would be higher on the list if they were more popular... There is so much more I can say about how good this band is, but the best way to show you would to say to listen to their music. It's so amazing, I think that this band deserves much higher up on the list

Red behind the JONAS BROTHERS?!?! If I hadn't already lost faith in humanity, it's completely gone now... - MusicAddict1993

Red is by far the best rock band in existence. Their lyrics are deep and meaningful (one of the few bands that has successfully made me cry), the music is complex and haunting, and at the same time they pull off some of the most intense/heavy music I've ever heard. Modern metal fans can't hear Red and not like them. Not to mention they're just good, nice guys.

Thanks for making my day every day, Red!

Surprised to see them at this spot.

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60GenesisGenesis 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.

Genesis has my vote for greatest band in the history of music! It's a shame that 99% of people are only aware of their mostly mediocre 80's pop output. I think so many people would be surprised at the sheer songwriting talent of these guys after a little digging into their older pre-1980 material.

It really is like listening to two completely different bands, especially when Peter Gabriel was still the lead singer. I would recommend the following albums to get a good representation of their older material:

- Selling England by the Pound (1973)
- A Trick of the Tail (1976)
- Seconds Out (brilliant live album, released in 1978)

You might just be pleasantly surprised by what you hear! Probably the most unique sounding band ever.

It's a shame that this wonderful band is not higher on the list. They made great progressive music in the 70s' and great pop music in the 80s'. Genesis put two legendary singers on the map (Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel). Keyboardist Tony Banks is a fantastic musician and song-writer and Steve Hackett is an innovative guitarist. A perfect band I think.

Genesis are greatest live band in history. You all need to check out: Genesis Live, Seconds Out (their best), and Three Sides Live.

Genesis no 61. - Bad joke

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