Best Rock Bands of All Time

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161Barenaked LadiesBarenaked Ladies is a Canadian rock band. The band is currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart.

Their very existence is an affront to lovers of good music everywhere. Every note causes me pain.

Very under-rated. In the US they are a one hit wonder (One Week) but they are YUGE in Canada! Very loyal fan base (even in the States) Great live show! They improv songs and play around with the audience. Heartbreaking breakup gives us 2 albums each release instead of one, but the whole was greater than the sum of it's parts.

All of the bands in this list started with the Big Bang

Seriously, they are the WORST.

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162Beastie BoysThe Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.

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.

Transcended rap to become alternative icons, from the most unlikely beginning to creating works of genius, Beasties did it all and then some. They are rock, they are hip-hop, they are everything good in popular music. KICK IT!

The beastie boy's are legendary, it's pretty sad they aren't even in the top 100

Total, absolute gods.

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163Cage the Elephant

Really underrated. Probably one of the best bands to come from the 2000s

Awesome band... they're going to buzzfest 2016.. but as the MAIN THING WHICH IS AMAZING. GOOD JOB GUYS

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164Gentle GiantGentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members.

Really makes me sad that a band like this is at such a low position. All that complexity, skill, and musicianship...

The picture is scaring me, get rid of it please

Probably the most musically complex band in rock history.
What's that you said about King Crimson?

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166Hands 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.

They deserve to be higher than this. Their song "I Am" is the best

167You Me At Six

What the heck they might not be too good but I do like no ne does it better'underdog'save it for the bedroom'loverboyand much more great songs they should be on the top 100 and how is all time low ahead of them they ttoatly not better than these guys rock on!

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168The Pretty Reckless

With a vocalist Taylor Momsen known from her role in the T.V. series "Gossip Girl". Great music, strong voice and strong songs! Seen them live and they are amazing! Love them!

The Best Woman (Hard Rock) Voice On The Word. The Best Choked Voice And Special Tone Of Voice On The Word (Taylor Momsen)

Taylor Momsen is definitely the best vocalist I've ever heard... Live versions sound even better than studio!

Smells like poop

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169Joy DivisionJoy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

The Manchester based Joy Division provided raw post-punk music that haunts and captures the spirit of existential horrors. With a mentally ill frontman, they gained success with the implosion of punk into new wave. A heavy and fantastic bass accompanies the monotonous vocals of Ian Curtis to create the legend of Joy Division, which will live on.

I'm speechless to see the god fathers of post post back here, no band will ever do what Joy Division did. Love will tear us apart alone is far superior than the complete works of other bands.

Linkin Park is in top 10? What an outrage. Joy Division should at least be No. 5

My GOD this is low

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170AttilaAttila is an American metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005. Frontman Chris Fronzak started the band in high school and, not wanting to use typical death metal terms, adopted the name from Attila the Hun, which he came across in a book.

Above Joy Division?! What is this madness?!

It's pretty obvious the Fronz is god

171Firehouse

I'm shocked that none of the people voted for firehouse... They were tmalso one of the best band that influenced people during the 90's... They deserve a better position.

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172Duran DuranDuran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.

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...
YOU'RE SO WRONG!
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

This is pop not rock.

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173Audioslave ...read more.

About time I saw them here, I went through pages and pages of other bands just to find this at 150... Not right at, deserves to be in the top 20 or at least 50, Chris Cornell has one of the best voices rock has ever heard, from up high to the the raspy low voice, just too good!

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 - Battlegun

Well there's no point in voting for this but I will anyways. Coldplay sucks ass by the way

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174NightwishNightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen.

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 ...more

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.

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.

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175The CarsThe Cars are an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer ...read more.

The Cars are one of my favorite bands because they still sound fresh and have a really great sound. People obviously forgot about them because they should be much higher!

One of my favorite bands back in the 80's and still today. Been listening to them lately on YouTube.

People forgot about the cars obviously. needs to be way higher up

Best rock band ever. Their music is still fresh.

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176Sonic YouthSonic Youth was an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up.

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.

So many great albums, but not for mass consumption I guess. Take the expressway to your skull!

One of the most important bands ever!

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177Interpol

Their first album is a masterpiece that can't be overlooked, one of the best of the last 30 years. Atmospheric, moody, fantastic delivery from Paul Banks and they had one of the greatest bassists out there for a while. Definitely deserves a heck of a lot more than 2013

Turn on The Bright Lights is easily one of the best albums ever created. This band deserves much more recognition. If you don't believe me give them a try. Usually I'd recommend a particular song but with Interpol you simply cannot go wrong.

Go listen to them and you will understand what I am trying to get at. - george23234

Oh wow, these dudes are here, I love their stuff, I don't remember the names though...yeah these guys should be higher

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178Mad Season

Awesome. Not plain & simple here!

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179Five for Fighting

One man. Tons of talent. His voice is amazing, and there is literally so much talent he could easily take on Coldplay or The Fray. Piano rock at it's best!

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180T. RexT. Rex were an English glam rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band initially called Tyrannosaurus Rex, released four folk albums under this banner.

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

Influenced artists as diverse as The Smiths and Prince, and Slash and Steven Tyler are also fans of them

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