Top Ten Artists That Define Rock Music


The Top Ten

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Rock Opera, Rock Pop, whatever ROCK you could find, Queen had a song of that. They were all around and they basically scoped the whole MUSIC scene. They had the greatest rock songs of all time too and the had the greatest rock performer as well, Freddie Mercury. Nothing can compare to what great Rock Artist these guys are and what great ARTISTS they R. In fact, they should be number one on this list.

Where would we be today without Queen? NO WHERE! They could do any genre and make it have to do with rock. Example: Opera Rock (Bohemian Rhapsody. )

For all 1970s and Classic Rock Fans, and Queen, listen to Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera and then add all their achievments together. - allqueen

Well-deserved place for them.

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2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

They've got the riffs, the solos, the soul, the groove, the heavy stuff, the ballads, the epics and a huge catalogue that has enormous variety. Great guitar, drums, bass, singing and musicianship. Isn't that what rock n' roll is all about?

PS. Why is slayer in the top 10s? They're good but they don't define rock at all. - fidelcanojr

if you have never heard of zeppelin, you have been living under a rock since the 60's!

they are one of the most famouse bands ever! - 678rob754

Much more potent than Queen, and while not as strong at harmonizing, the musical chemistry is far superior.

Led Zeppelin defined rock. But not like Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley or Beatles. - zxm

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3 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Why are Journey number 1? They have got to be the most overrated rock band of all time with the most overrated rock song of all time. Yes Steve Perry is okay, but he is extremely overrated. He sounds like every 80's singer. Any real music fan knows that Journey sucks. I expected The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd among others to be on the top of this list. But when I see that Journey is #1, then this list can't be taken seriously. Give me a break!

Saying that Rush defines rock n roll is a bit far fetched...actually a LOT far fetched! They are a good band, but The Beatles shaped and changed rock forever. If you ask anyone who The Beatles are, they would know, but I can't say the same for Rush.

Journey is above The Beatles? Unbelievable! The Beatles marked the coming of an entirely new age of music. As far as impact and influence goes, The Beatles deserve Number 2 at least. - winner333

Most of the artists on this list were influenced by The Beatles.

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4 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

I'm a huge fan of Journey! They are my favoriteband, except for maybe AC/DC. I'm just not sure of they define rock as much as Elvis or Led Zeppelin.

Amazing band definitely defines rock

My favorite band from the 80s


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5 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

As John Lennon said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing".

Actually before Elvis there were tons of black rock and blues artists but OKAY - Erucu

You say it yourself, before there were tons of " black "... but none of Rhythm and Blues singers were white. Elvis said many times ( on interviews, on the 1968 T.V. come back show... ) that before him black artists were doing what he was doing back in 1954. He opened the doors to white audiences. Without him this list would not even exist!

The King. He didn't really father rock n roll but he just did it so well. - comicoco

6 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

AC/DC defines rock plain and simple
Who put's journey up everywhere

The Best Rock band ever! How are they not #1 or at least in the top 5? Seriously, Highway to Hell is like an Anthem for all things Rock.

AC/DC should be way higher at least ahead of Journey. Classic! When you think of rock you think of AC/DC, The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, KISS, and Metallica - booklover24

When you think of rock, you think of AC/DC. That's just how it works. - Shake_n_Bake13

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7 Rush

One of my favourite bands of all time. They take hard rock to the next level. - IronSabbathPriest

Rush is amazing and is the best band of all time I don't no why its not number 1

I loved Rush! Although they are more progressive. - Pony

The most talented band of all time

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8 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

They really defined rock they were the first bad influence rock band and began an age of rebellion they should easily be number one

I was listening to the Stones back when everyone else I knew listened to the Beatles. - BobG

Rolling stones is a legend

9 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture more.

Absolutely no way should Linkin Park even be on this list. They never did anything to define rock. If they didn't exist, the world would be no different.

They have ease, soul every song. Lp is the best number 1

Lp is the best they should number 1

The death of anyone is a sad thing, and Chester Bennington is no exception.
But I'm not sorry for him. He left behind his wife and children and that was cowardly thing to do. Yeah, it must be SO hard having tens of millions of dollars. Link in Park sucked anyway.

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10 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

They certainly did better than the Beatles, that's for sure

Why is this below Linkin Park?

Why is this below Linkin Park? Linkin Park created nothing new, they just made good songs that sounded like other good songs. PF, however, did things no one else had done before.

The Contenders

11 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

Hows does Green Day and Linkin Park define rock? Seriously people, IF YOU don't KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOUR VOTING FOR THEN don't VOTE

Father of Rock N' Roll. There wouldn't be any rock music without him. Both Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry did for rock music. But if its about rock solos, riffs, then Chuck Berry deserves the credit. He should be on top 20 at least. - zxm

Only Millennials could have Chuck Berry down at #12 on a list like this, since they imagine that the world began the day they were born.

The embodiment of rock n roll. No Chuck = wasteland

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12 KISS KISS Kiss 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.

I don't necessarily listen to Kiss at ALL, but when I grew up, I always thought "Man, those are THE guys" when thinking of rock music. - higgsboson2142

KISS Should be number one in this list, Because The Music, Make-Up, and the Stage Performance that they had since day 1, KISS Is the greatest rock band in the history of rock n roll

13 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

What is Avril Lavinge doing on this list?

WHAT?! Metallica at 22 and F***ING LINKIN PARK AT 4?! This list is bull plus slayer and black sabbath are even further down! If it wasn't for Sabbath metal wouldn't exist!

14 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

U2 barely qualifies as rock. They suck

They're ok I guess but not the best

15 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep 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, more.

How is this possible? A product of the un-initiated voting!

My favorite band of all time. (Well, except during the mid-70's when guys started leaving the band or dying.) - BobG

16 Guns N' Roses
17 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some more.

Why other stupid rock posers are above them? Green Day is so much better than those posers. They should be in the top 10.

Oh damn Green Day can't be in 31'st position.. Guys vote for Green Day they are so epic...

Why theses guys are ahead of AC/DC I will never understand.

18 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.

the who must be on the top 5 - snoopbanks

Played punk rock before the punks came along. - BobG

This disappoints me. Sometimes I wonder if they were the last band that knew what rock 'n roll is about.

19 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.
20 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Nirvana is the definition of Grunge Rock - Danielsun182

Inspired me to play guitar and smells like teen spirit was so inspiring to people... Beatles, Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Led ZeplinnACDC, The chili peppers all have to get up on this!

Nirvana were the greatest musicians ever.

They Had A Big Responsibility In Killing Off A GENRE - FettiMC

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