Best European Bands

The Top Ten

1 HIM HIM was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström.

This band represents a wide range of musical influences and genres and is in no way defined by one genre only. That's one of the most beautiful characteristics about HIM, they sing in all colors and still manage to deliver their sound beautifully with their signature romantic sense. Ville, the vocalist, is a lyrical genius and never fails to keep up with the modern dark poet lyrical style, whether drunk or sober. Together, with Mige, the funny bassist, Burton, the handsome keyboardist, Linde, the introverted cute guitarist and Gas, the adorable drummer, they put on so much effort and talent to produce pieces of arts that never die with time. Add to all that the fact that they are truly amazing with their fans, which is something that most artists miss nowadays. HIM are really underrated in a world full of posers who claim they know everything about music and call HIM 'wannabes', because HIM deliver artistic music in all its colors, which is their specialty, unlike limited bands ...more

I just love HIM and the music they put out. When someone is in love and you hear all the lyrics you have a scene Of Love for that person you are with. And you can relate to there music Much Love
Angela Marie

Amazing band, amazing music, lyrics, and very warm and nice to their fans.
Go HIM, GO HIM! Best band ever!

HIM absolutely make the best music I've ever heard to... I love every single song they made in the same way: they are all beautiful, full of meaning and passion. Ville Valo has the most sensual male voice I've ever listened, and he is able to make you feel every single sensation he sings. HIM are definitely the best European band! :D (sorry for my bad English)

2 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.

The Beatles should seriously be number 1. What's it doing at number 2?

The Beatles were, are and will be the best

You can find Beatles in every other bands, because they invented a new idea of music

The most legendary European band by far, no other European bands are better than this band.

3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. 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 Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

pink floyd, black sabbath, the beatles, the who, led zeppelin are 5 knights of the round table

Influential, different, brave, heartbreaking, bold... There are some many ways to describe Pink Floyd. One of the best bands I know.

Pink Floyd has been & will always be my favorite band.


4 Nephew

A really damn good Danish band! I love them, really recommended for those who like foreign language songs. Kind of a heavy rock sound mixed with techno :D

Who r they... Don't even know em..

Nephew is just awesome.

Here's a recipe for what their sound is like.

One cup of Depeche Mode
A half a teaspoon of Franz Ferdinand
Two cups of the Danish language

And that's the awesome recipe for this awesome band.

5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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.

Come on! Half of these bands wouldn't exist without Led Zeppelin.

Not only the best band in Europe, but the best band in the world!

Um what the hell they NEED to be number 2 or 3 - CalebMusic

The epitome of excellence.

6 Poets of the Fall

This is my favorite band ever, not just in Europe, but the entire world - and I'm American, by the way! Their music is impeccably produced, entirely by the band and their independent label. It's difficult to express how deeply their music has touched me over the years, since I first discovered them in 2009. They are all incredible musicians, but together they have created something you simply don't hear these days. Their sound incorporates elements from many different genres, but is still completely unique to anything I have ever heard before. Their music is memorable and will stay with you forever. It was a blessing to have discovered them, and I feel bad for those who will probably never have the opportunity to hear their music simply because they are not well known in the US. Hopefully we can change that though!

I hope they will get the success they deserve outside of Finland some day. It would be sweet to see them preform in person but they rarely come this side of the ocean.

The only word that describes them is, "MAGNIFICENT"! A great band, with a great lineup! Marko, with excellent and diverse vocals, Olli and Jaska, with a unique and impressive guitar work, Captain, with pleasing and rhythmic keyboards, Jani, with great bass work and jari, with awesome drum work! Overall, this band is simply excellent! All of their songs are unique, inspiring and creative! Songs like carnival of rust, cradled in love, late goodbye, lift, diamonds for tears and maybe tomorrow is a better day, have a special place in my heart! The songs are simply great! They deserve much more than the limelight they get! Its a knows fact, that they are the most underrated band is rock history! So let us all make an effort to make the people realise, that POTF is not just great, they are, THE BEST!

Simply Amazing! Their new album temple of thought is almost like a beautiful love story wrapped in sweet words enriched by Maarko's voice to create the best blend of music you will ever hear.

7 Kashmir

One of the most consistently excellent Scandinavian bands of late. They have at least five really good albums. They also have a good twenty to twenty five great stand-alone songs. - dinofs


8 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.

In my opinion, queen is the greatest band of all time. As far as singing quality goes, they are unsurpassable. They can do opera, and they can do heavy metal. They are the best.

Queen is awesome! They are so underrated to me! Much better than one direction!

The greatest.

There the BEST band in the WORLD!

9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

The best Metal band of them all. Power, melodic anthems, with crafted musicianship. Speed, intensity, and at other times, complex and thoughtful and even progressive. Great live act, great stage show, great albums, great songs. May never be beaten.

Iron Maiden are just the greatest European band of all time!

Few can match their power, awe and excellence on stage, and they are the best band when it comes to live performances.

The best band ever! Which other band has 10 studio masterpieces, 1 great album and 4 good albums? The beatles are cool, but Maiden are GODS!

Not just the best band in Europe, but one of the best in the world. No one can match the live performance given by this band.

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Phoenix

I love their songs!

One of a kind...

12 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

My only regret going to their stadium tour is, that every other convert will pale in comparison.

Best live performance I've ever seen.

One of the most amazing bands

My favourite band for 10 years, and I still love them just as much. They put on the best concert I'v ever seen.

13 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.
14 The Pigeon Detectives
15 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

They truly rock! I voted for HIM, but I love them too!

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17 Children Of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

Children Of Bodom is low because todays peoples are only listening to awful musics!

Best european band ever! - Disturbedpotato

18 Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.

Europe is one of the absolute best bands to ever come out of the 80s. They are the definitive Arena Rock band. The point is, when you put on The Final Countdown album, you feel like everything is gonna be awesome.

Europe is still rocking and have proven that they are one of the best bands from Europe.

This band has produced the best music I have ever heard.

Europe has got the awesome guitar riffs in songs like The Final Countdown combined with a great vocalist aka Joey Tempest.

19 Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Wow a little underrated if you tell me. Everyone needs to dig a little deeper other than wind of change or still loving you. Songs like we'll burn the sky and zoo are really good songs that aren't so well-known; however, I do want to say that Uli Roth should've stayed longer with them and they'd definitely be up there with the giants.

The nearly 5 decade of carrier, and the 80-100 000 000 sold record says everything! HIM is the MOST POPULAR OF ALL TIME? Ridiculous! If HIM is the first, then the Europe should be the second... The final countdown was a bigger hit, than any song from HIM. To be honest I know a quiet few songs from HIM, but I remember only one hit... Maybe join me in death...

With "winds of change", the band's song should rate #1 of all the times. Thank you.

Best Band ever- Wind of Change

20 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.
21 Muse Muse 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

Hello, where is muse, u know the band that redefined bass and guitar, basically the 2nd biggest european band ever -

Deserves to be on the top of list, they are best, especially matt, his vocals are just awesome!

Great band, awesome live deserved winners in my eyes

Their song is so cool! Our time is running out~ and many more...!

22 Kaiser Chiefs Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year.
23 Nightwish Nightwish 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. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.

Hardcore Nightwish fan. I start listen them when I was 8. My dad bought their album and me and my dad are still NIghtwish fans - Disturbedpotato

Best songs in the symphonic metal history! Listen this music of you don't know what this is!

Best band in like EVER!

Them songs are awesome!

24 Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.
25 A-Ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.
26 ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

This band was amazingly popular in the 70s, and has stood the test of time very well. The broadway play, Mamma Mia! Has had huge success, as well as their greatest hits album, ABBA GOLD. In fact, ABBA GOLD has become the second best selling album in the UK, more popular there than even The Beatles. If this list is ranking popularity in Europe and not the US, than ABBA should very well be high up on it. They were not very big in the US, because they were focused primarily on countries in Europe and even Australia. ABBA is, in my opinion, the best of European music.

They are my favourite music group ever! Their songs are well made and combination of the Agnetha and Frida's voice is just amazing! They should be in the top 10! - ivylee

ABBA are really good. Definitely the best group from outside of the UK. There music is so catchy and melodic. Certainly on a par with the Beatles. Brilliant!

I went out with two Swedish chicks and I couldn't remember their names so I just called them ABBA - Acropolis Now. - ParasN2000

27 Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, more.


28 Coldplay Coldplay 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 more.

Cold play is the best decently in my opinion
They are so awesome ya

Overrated - Disturbedpotato

29 The Prodigy The Prodigy are an English electronic music group from Braintree, Essex, formed by Liam Howlett in 1990. The members were originally Liam Howlett (keyboardist and composer), Keith Flint (dancer and vocalist), Maxim (MC and vocalist), Leeroy Thornhill (dancer and occasional live keyboardist), and a female more.
30 Ayreon Ayreon is a musical project by Dutch songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Ayreon's music is described as progressive rock, progressive metal and power metal sometimes combined with genres such as folk, electronica, experimental and classical more.
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32 Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Best power metal band

33 Keane Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and Tom Chaplin.

They really are the best. Love basically every one of there songs. THEY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!

Best band ever! should be number 1 the piano is unreal!

34 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

32? What is Black Sabbath doing behind Progidy and coldplay - Disturbedpotato

35 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.

sick joke

36 Iris

"Best heavy metal band from Roumania"

37 Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

I can't believe definitely leppard are not in this list.. what! You guys are gone mad... I my opinioun definitely leppard should be in top three... I hope you understand the rock music clearly...

38 Behemoth Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdańsk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground.
39 Oasis Oasis 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.

Liam voice is awesome

40 Tokio Hotel Tokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass) that formed in 2001. more.

I love Tokio Hotel! The music is good and the guys are cute.

41 Volbeat Volbeat are a Danish heavy metal band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly.

Just listen Seal The Deal... - Disturbedpotato

Excellent music.

42 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

Depeche Mode is on 50th place?

43 The Rasmus The Rasmus are a Finnish rock band that formed in 1994 in Helsinki while the band members were still in upper comprehensive school.

Sail Away is a masterpiece

44 Golden Earring Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as The Golden Earrings. They achieved worldwide fame with their international hit songs "Radar Love" in 1973.

Probably the best kept secret in the USA when it comes to great rock bands. What a shame too.
I saw them back up Aerosmith in the seventies and they put on a great show.
The drummer lept over his kit during Radar Love, which was for a teen, pretty spectacular but more,n that these guys were prog musicians at one point and stood their ground with some great albums in the early seventies. They were musically diversified thru the course of there career, so far. I believe they are one of the three longest running rock acts on the planet.

I love this band and radar love one of the best songs ever

This is a great band with big hits

Unreal band

45 Roxette Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Roxette went on to achieve four US number-one hits with "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," "It Must Have Been Love," and "Joyride", and nineteen UK Top 40 hits. Other hits include "Dangerous," more.

The Duo is perfect! Great music!

The best band in the world

Best pop-rock band ever! Kicking live!

46 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

Really one of the best bands of all times, come on The Who it's awesome

One of the greatest bands ever why it's 54th? - Disturbedpotato

:0 this is obviously one of the greatest bands in the world. Obviously can't be nr.70

47 Within Temptation Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.

If you have not listened to their albums, you are missing one of the best bands of all time. Sharon is a truly gifted singer and on a par with the very best in any genre. The more you listen, the more you want! by the way - they are a symphonic ROCK band living at the intersection of cinematic symphony, rock and metal.

This band is too much underrated. The combination of heavenly music and heavenly voice of Sharon den Adel can't be found anywhere else!

76?! Should be way up there!

One of best musicians of the Genre. The melodious voice of Sharon Den Adel is just awesome. Gives goosebumps. It has to be in the top 10. The music of WT is heavenly

48 Sigur Ros Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994. Known for their ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. more.
49 Omega
50 Epica Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever.

Cry for the moon and burn trough a cinder, listen to them

Cry for the moon is best song!

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