Best Rock Bands of All Time
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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.V13 Comments
That's pretty funny, considering that about 130 bands rated ahead of them never would have existed if it weren't for the Velvet Underground.
What's the Velvet Underground doing down here? They set the pavement for the punk genre, wrote probably the most prophetic album ever and sang about things that N.W. A would be singing decades later and you give 149. Best rock band next to the Beatles.
Why are they so low. They're about one hundred times better than zed leppelin or any of the other bands on this list. Lou's vocals and guitar work along with John Cale's experimental genius is essential to all music that came after it. They influenced leigons after scoring no hits and no albums that cracked the top 100. As Brian Eno said: "only about 1000 people bought velvet underground records, but everyone of them formed a band." RIP Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison
The creators of the alternative genre. Before them there were lines you couldn't cross - after them everything was possible. Could easily be # 1 on this list.V16 Comments
Arctic Monkeys are definitely top 10 or 20 material. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is the fastest selling debut album in the UK, and it's a shame they aren't higher. I could understand that the Beatles, Metallica, Nirvana, etc. Are higher than them, but really? Tokio Hotel is in the top ten? Anybody who appreciates well crafted indie rock music will love the Arctic Monkeys.
Best Indie Rock band of all time, deserve top 50 status, listen to the first 2 albums. - 20STM
Quite simply and easily the greatest Rock band to come out of England, better than Beatles, Queen, Muse etc.. Just listen to a single song by this band and you will be addicted.
The Arctic Monkeys are awesome but I don't agree on them being better than The Beatles.
Whatever people say I am that's what I'm not is the greatest album ever recorder and they therefore deserve top 10 statusV44 Comments
Surf Rock-Genius. Baroque Rock-Genius. Psychedelic Rock-Genius. Brian Wilson-Genius. Mike Love's voice was nasal and attracted millions. Dennis was th showman. Carl's voice was heavenly. You seriously have to stop listening to Bieber or Gaga if you don't rank them in the top 3.
How is the Beach Boys all the way down here?! It should be in the top 10 at least. Kinda proves that the Beach Boys, despite the praise from Pet Sounds, is one of the most underrated bands of all time. It was/is the American counterpart of the Beatles! Also shows how they've struggled badly with their image, which is a massive shame, especially with brilliant albums such as Pet Sounds, Smile, Wild Honey, 20/20, Sunflower, Surf's Up, Carl and the Passions - "So Tough", Holland, etc. They should be remembered from them, not their surf crap! Besides, Brian Wilson is a Genius!
Not even in the Top 50?! The Beach Boys are arguably one of the greatest bands in history. Their surf rock songs are catchy and memorable (even charting in the midst of Beatlemania), but their true ability blossomed with Brian Wilson's amazing songwriting. "Pet Sounds" is groundbreaking, and its predecessors "Today! " and "Summer Days" are great as well. "SMiLE" was set to also be one of the greatest albums of the '60s before it was shelved, and even after Brian's breakdown, they released great tunes all through the decade. Their harmonies are also unbeatable.
Better than Led ZeppelinV28 Comments
Very influential. Although they did not start the prog rock movement, they definitely perfected it. Their debut album In The Court of the Crimson King is widely considered a classic, an album to hear before you die, and it acclaimed by nearly every critic to have witnessed King Crimson's influence. They released 6 of the best albums of the '70s, including my favourite of theirs, Starless and Bible Black. This band is also one of the few who had a very consistent discography, having some of their most popular and best albums in the 80s.
The band that, with its debut album, virtually invented Progressive Rock. That album, In The Court of the Crimson King, is still one of the best prog albums ever, and despite the fact that they never quite matched it with anything else, it earns them a spot in the Top 10. - Blueyays
How come King Crimson will rank so low.. It is one of the best prog rock.. even better than Pink Floyd on many occasion.. Best experimental rock... deserve something better rank - avilash.jena
Just listen to songs such as Epitaph and Starless. - DarkenedBrutalityV15 Comments
Listen to Zero, Blackbird or Metalingus and you will see why they deserve to be called the best Rock Band... no, the best band... of all time.
I love their songs I love their sounds.. Of course there are so many bands which already be famous like Metallica iron maiden... But we talk about ROCK BAND and ALTER BRIDGE deserve to be more and more votes..
I don't even like alter bridge but I recognize them as quite a sturdy band I don't have any recommended songs to show as examples-but get this-on most sites MOST sites not all, Mark Tremonti is considered a legend of a guitarist, and a gentleman, Myles is middling and when collaborated their music can generate a vast quantity of feelings-be it congenial or detestable-even as to one whom does not enjoy their music. And... therefore makes the band palatial somewhat, which is a brilliant standpoint to ANY band's career, which why the band should make it near top of the list
Blackbird is an amazing songV60 Comments
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band is one of the greatest bands ever. At least top 25 if not top 10. They have this crazy vibe when they perform. This is the worst list ever... Backstreet Boys? Bruce just by himself deserves a top ten spot! People need to listen to more good music... Metallica... Psh...
If bruce gets in at 62, behind linkin park and pink floyd, then the genre of rock really has been completely ruined. This is really embarrassing. Bruce and the e street band are one of the greatest groups of all time. They should be in the top 10 at a minimum. They're 23 of all time in any genre according to rolling stone mag. One of you might want to listen to bruce just one time. Enough with all this crap. I know I'm talking like an old man. I'm actually 13. My chemical romance ahead of Bruce? Cold somebody please grow ears?
Come on people, vote the e street band up! Can't be true that they're under tokio hotel and 30 seconds to mars -. -
Bruce should be #1V38 Comments
They fantastic! Amazing music for all times! - DeDoDoDoDeDaDaDa
all three band members were unique, extremely talented individuals, and it shows in their music...should be in top ten
I think a lot of people forget what a great band The Police were because of Sting's insufferable solo career. Too bad, because they were incredibly unique and had a collective chemistry that none of them have matched on their own. Sting wrote tons of classics while he was in the group and they played them incredibly. A shame about all the later lounge jazz then.
Sad to see one of the most Ahead of there time bands so lowV28 Comments
Best grunge band, one of the greatest hard rock sounds that I have ever heard. Just listen to "Jesus Christ Pose" or "Fell on Black Days" and you'll know what I mean. Should be much higher. Amazing riffs, Chris Cornell provides powerful vocals. Trying to burst back on the scene, 2010-2011, but popular culture now seems to disregard decent music...
Soundgarden are the Fathers of Grunge! They changed a whole Genre of Music! Chris Cornell's Vocals are Unbeatable! Thank God They Are Back! Rock On Soundgarden! You definitely Deserve to be in the Top 10! You are #1 to Me!
Soundgarden was a great act live and on CD. They were so powerful and could have been greater had they not broken up. Bon Jovi wishes they were as great as Soundgarden.
They're a very creative band, look at their versatilityV18 Comments
Got to go with Alice. His original band put out some classic albums like "Killer" and "Billion Dollar Babies" which are essential for any hard rock fan. Alice went on to a successful solo career which is still ongoing and he set the standard for all theatrical shows. Despite his age the guy still is a great live act and still records terrific albums. - hardrockfanatic
Why is Alice Cooper so low? He deserves to be in the top ten. Not only does he have killer music but he's a showman, which makes his performances all the more interesting. Most bands do music alone but don't put on a show. He's also one of the Gods of Rock and one of my Rock and Roll idols, along with Ozzy Osbourne and Steven Tyler. Both have done music with Alice, too. Alice Cooper should be in the top ten!
Simply the best rock performer. Nice and gorgeous. Elected, Department of Youth, The Black Widow - the real rock anthems.
I love Alice Cooper's music!V12 Comments
def leppard is the best band ever. even after their drummer lost his hand they can still produce many great songs. - izzat127
The best rock band forever... They know how to bring it - ccontente
Definitely Leppard is number 72? No. They should be top 10. Even after all of the disaster that has gone on with this band, they are still kickin it, they are still amazing. Think about it. Rick Allen, their drummer, has one arm. Not many drummers have one arm. Vivian Campbell, a guitarist, has cancer. Rick Savage, bass, went through Bell's Palsy. Steve Clark was an alcoholic. Should I continue? You would think that after all of this, they would have broken up by now. But no. definitely Leppard inspires me to never quit because something happens. These guys are amazing musicians, and deserve to be number one. Long Live definitely Leppard! - defleppard4ever
One of the best rock bands of all time, period.V83 Comments
Sum 41 should really win this :) I think they deserve that because they really know how to rock the house, and they have everything a band could need. Besides, they rock live, and they play all kinds of different styles, from pop-punk to Heavy Metal
How can sum41 be at this position, in my opinion there music is awesome! More than that they play different kinds of music from punk to heavy metal. There first album all killer no filler is fabulous!
They are awesome. It's a tad sad that people can't understand that they should be way up there. That is all.
Sum 41 has song for every single mood that exists... they have lyrics that reflect hard times and inspire us to get better (for example: War), they have songs that people struggling through hard times can relate to, ultimately finding comfort in the lyrics Deryck sings because they CAN relate (as in Pieces, Sick of Everyone, Still Waiting, Walking Disaster...), and even have music for the outsiders that were looked down on (Fat Lip, God Save Us All (Death to Pop)). Long story short? Sum 41 deserves top 10, if not number 1. Amazing band.V31 Comments
Boston is amazing! Their songs Don't Look Back, Smokin', Peace of Mind, Rock and Roll Band and More Than A Feeling are BEASTLY! How do people think Metallica is better?!?! Boston should at least be in the top 10! GO BOSTON!
My favourite band. I love every single song (well, not in the new album :-D). Amazingly melodic solos (hitch a ride), incredibly catchy riffs (More than a feeling, peace of mind... Etc), best lead singer ever, innovative and very talented guitarist... EVERYTHING is great about this band. But the main reason I love them is because they totally changed my point of view on music. I don't remember the last time I was listening an album from the beginning to the end without skipping any song. every damn song is impressive AND is fun to play (yeah I play guitar). Their songs are not that difficult to play on guitar, but man, I wonder how did they come up with them. To create so many catchy but yet good quality songs.. You need some real talent and that is what Tom Sholtz have (and did I mentioned his guitar sound). Oh, and if you can sing like Brad Delp (THAT VOCAL RANGE! ) than I bow before you. And still, they are not that famous as they should be. These guys should be standing right next ...more
These guys are amazing, they are perfectionist, that is prob. why they are not still working out new albums, but they are what I think of when I think of "the perfect and". They are not in the top 10?! - Baltimore1993
This should be at least in the top 30!V29 Comments
As diverse as any band on the planet. Formed in 1968, toured every year from 1968 until 2012... Over 3,000 concerts. 2 #1 albums in the US both of which had one 45 min song of each of these albums... No other band can match that. Grammy award winner for best Hard rock album in 1989. Sold over 60 million albums but that figure has been bandied around since the 70s... Probably closer to 100 million. They played blues, they played acoustic, they played hard rock, they played metal, they played world music. They are my favorites and would you believe after all of that, they are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Linked Park are in the top 10 and Tull sit at 94? Get a grip of yourselves... Vote Tull!
Jethro Tull has to be in the top 20 Rock n Roll bands of all time. Possibly the best live show I have ever seen and I have seen some of the best. Can play blues, hard rock, ballads, etc and play them all equally well. Ian Anderson has to be one of the best rock musicians of all times. Plays everything, great vocals, rivals Mick Jagger on stage and plays the damned flute on top of everything else. I have seen them 5 times, most recent in 2002 and they still cook. As talented and versatile as any rock band ever. They can go from Aqualung to Wonderin Aloud and take you to two different places immediately. Definitely top twenty all time and have been touring from 1970 until recently, so what? Over 40 years. Incredible.
On this list, they are higher than Genesis, Yes, AND King Crimson, as probably the 3rd highest Progressive Rock band. In the best Progressive Rock bands list, they came in 9th, which actually seems very low, since I thought they would've been 6th once I first saw the list. In 1971, they released Aqualung, which was said to probably be one of their best, and in 1972, Thick as a Brick was their first album with a 45 minute long song. Rush only wrote a 28 minute song, Pink Floyd a 26 minute one, Genesis a 23 minute one, Yes an 18 minute one, and last time I checked, King Crimson never wrote any songs over 12 or 13 minutes. But who cares? I don't. Still though, they are a much better band than Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. The only progressive rock bands better than this are Pink Floyd, Rush, and Kansas. - DarkenedBrutality
Screw them, they took the grammy from Metallica.V28 Comments
311 is one of the most underrated bands in USA. Beautiful Disaster is a great song! This band with Social Distortion is the best Punk Rock bands in history. - ReservoirDog
They have the funk like know one else has - landocommando88V3 Comments
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE at 66? You people are so ignorant and need to WAKE UP!
This band is what every band should be like! All these punk bands now days cry about wanting to commit suicide and stupid stuff like that.. They think the "I'm so messed up" persona is "cool"... That's lame, this band mixes some of the most appealing sounds and lyrics about world issues that will be sure to get you banging your head, and most certainly change your view of the world!
Awesome band music is suppose to inspire you listen to How I Could Just Kill A Man and don't tell me it doesn't just wants to make you pull the trigger - RAGE
When the average first pick up an electric guitar, naturally, they strum the strings in an experimental manner. But, the average RATM fan picks up an electric guitar and flicks the "toggle" switch on and off to create an even COOLER sound.
Rage has influenced many guitarists around the world, including me. Tom Morello is THE guitar player. The fact that they lasted less than 20 years collectively breaks my heart.
:( please reunite.
That's actually true for me when I started to play electric guitar, and he probably inspired me to do so. - Feirceraven
How is this band only 80? They rock harder than most bands ahead of them.V36 Comments
How did linkin park and 30 seconds to mars beat Cream, led Zeppelin, dire straits (who aren't mentioned), ac/dc, deep purple, rolling stones... All of the other young bands are crap, nothing innovative nor creative nor nothing. I'm 18 years old and discovered this beautiful music around 2 years ago. I just wish I was at the 60's 70's 80's and 30's 40's 50's (blues is the best) - Anthony987
Really, Cream #86... Really? Easily should be top 5 at least along with Jimi Hendrix Experience. I'm in my 60s but clearly recognize groundbreaking music when I hear it. Just to prove I'm just not some "old time" ex hippie; I also think Radiohead is top 10 material.
My thoughts on lists like this is that nothing less than 10 years old should be included. What seems good for a moment doesn't stand up to time.
After 44 years of listening, Cream is still standing.
While I don't think they are the greatest rock band of all time, it is a disgrace that they have fallen so far down this list. the influence that this band has had on the genre can still be heard today.
Makes no sense that so many mediocre bands are ahead of the first, true example of a platinum-selling, worldwide supergroup phenomenon. With Jack Bruce's thumping bass work and hard and beautiful vocals, Clapton's heavy and tantalizing guitar work, and Ginger Baker's innovation in the changing of rhythm from small cymbals to thudding drums, this band should be in the top fifteen, at least.V18 Comments
This list is worthless if Fleetwood Mac comes in at 195. Rumours is the 8th best selling album of all time - they say that for a few years back in the 70s you could drive from the East coast to the West coast without ever being out of range of a radio station playing a Fleetwood Mac song. How on Earth anyone could think that the likes of Linkin-bloody-Park rate so highly by comparison boggles me.
One heck of a first rate band, from hard to soft rock...they go back and forth effortlessly. With great musicianship, expert writing, great lyrics, top 10 hits, great live performance and the yin and yang of male and female talent... These guys fly forever high as rock legends... And they are still performing one dynamite concert after another... The late 70's and then the 80's were helped shaped by this band... Plus all the intrigue going on in their personal lives, but it never got in the way of some outstanding music and mega hits. They owned the radio waves in their prime and the stuff still sounds good today... They were and still are an extremely cool band. Keep rocking' on Fleetwood Mac.
My passion! I rate best over all! From energy to passion to sound... it all has to meet... It is not about the guitar (of course important) but drums, beauty, guitar and stage it is all important. Go your own way is the definition for me. Lyrics, passion and talent... say what you will they are my favorite for a reason. I take nothing away from the greats... but this BAND is the best in my eyes!
This so unfair. They must be mush higher. HOW THE HELL My Chemical Romance, not even real rock band higher!?!? - NickssV26 Comments
Paramore! Such a fantastic band with front girl Hayley Williams kicking ass! in her strong vocals
Paramore's songs give us courage.
I get much more power after I listen to paramore's song.
Hayley is my role model by the way
And the members care about their fans.
They love us!
They share the pics and videos often
And let their fans know that where they are where they are doing!
So Paramore is the best band without a doubt.
PARAMORE IS AWESOME! THEY NEVER GIVE UP, HAVE GREAT, INSPIRATIONAL LYRICS WITH FANTASTIC UNIQUE MUSIC WITH THE BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
This was once the best rock band... Hayley has so amazing voice...V76 Comments
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 don't need no monumental scenarios they are Art, simple, and everlasting.
I love this bandV10 Comments
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