Best Finnish Rock Bands

The Top Ten

1 Nightwish 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.

I love Nightwish. I have loved Nightwish since I was 6 years old. They are definitely the best band out there. Not only is their music astounding, but their lyrics are out-of-this-world. I think their best album is Dark Passion Play, because it is so dark and deep. I'm not a person who listened to Nightwish's new album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and said, "They sound interesting." I've been with them since Dark Passion Play and I love their songs like Romanticide, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Eramajarvi. I love them so much that I can sing song such as Eramaan Viimeinen, and I don't know the language of Finnish. Nightwish deserves the top spot in anything they do, and Tuomas should totally be the best songwriter ever. Saying Nightwish is terrific is the understatement of the century.

I have been a fan of classic and hard rock most of my life (Ok, I still love ABBA) and hearing the two fused together so naturally is astounding. Love it so much we are going to name our speed boat "Nightwish" when it is finished. Tuomas is a musician's musician. Love the older material but Story Time would be number one at present. The melody and lyrics would be perfect for a movie
Script I have... Darn they bet me to it.

When it comes to total music experience there is Nightwish and after that...Nightwish alone.

From Quebec city, BRAVO NIGHTWISH! We love you.

2 HIM 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.


Love this band! should be #1!

H.I.M. most popular and lovely rock band in Finland. so they must be in this place exactly... their music is something... it helps to live and feel better, thats why they are number one in the world)))

HIM HIM HIM is the best band ever this band is my life! HIS has the most beautiful songs and live performance and Ville Valo is the best singer in this world he wrote the most beautiful song and the best is Gone with the sin I love him and HIM xD

3 Children of Bodom 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.

Just a kick in your face band..good riffs and in your face music

Good old kind of heavy rock with new ingredients.

4 Apocalyptica Apocalyptica Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén.

Apocalyptica is my second best band my number one band is Poets Of The Fall and I'm wondering why it's not on the list?

5 Kalmah Kalmah Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.

I love kalmah - Disturbedpotato

6 Stratovarius Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.

Excellent, excellent band! These guys rock!

7 The Rasmus 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.

I love them since I was 15.i'm 26 now. They are different on every album but they are still good. Its one love, one life...

THE BEST! FANTASTIC SONG, MUSIC, LYRICS! I love them veery very much! Lauri is my love.. I'm the biggest fan.. I wish I see them live one day.. :')

Despite of the lack of the instrumental armony in their tracks the voice and the lyrics are incredible also the feeling and the message of their songs "keeps your heart broken"

A long-term favourite band of mine. They're experimental, deep and original. There's little more that needs to be said.

I disagree with anyone claiming they are even minutely similar to HIM.

8 Poets of the Fall

Poets of the Fall is one of my favorite bands of all time and I live in the United States of America... Rock on!

How aren't they higher?

It's a pleasure to be alive at the same time as this band.

I love poets. Beautiful lyrics.

9 Teräsbetoni Teräsbetoni Teräsbetoni is a Finnish power metal band formed in 2002. They got their first recording contract thanks to a petition, started by excited fans who wanted a recording contract for the band and sent it to several record companies. In 2008 Teräsbetoni represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest more.
10 Amorphis Amorphis Amorphis is a Finnish metal band formed in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they have evolved into playing other genres, such as folk metal and progressive metal.

Amorphis rules! They've been going in for almost 20 years and they're still going strong and their albums just keep selling and so on. They are by far the best band in Finland and one of the top five bands in the world.

Kalmah receiving more votes than this band is ridiculous.

Best melodic metal band ever heard!

This band is just like wine.They get better with age.Love them.

The Contenders

11 Hanoi Rocks

Even Slash had said that guns n roses would not exist without hanoi rocks - Disturbedpotato

Without Razzle's death they would be one of the best rock bands ever. Even Slash has said that guns n roses wouldn't exist without hanoi rocks - Disturbedpotato

The 1981-84 version is the first and so far the only true rock band to come out of Finland. Goes to show how out of touch with reality some people are when crap like Poets of the Fall gets ranked higher..

One of the most important bands in history of rock

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13 Lordi Lordi Lordi are a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi.

They won eurovision song contest 2006. - Disturbedpotato

The best band ever! I have loved them from the first time I heard their songs!

Just a great band, great songs, great costumes, great performances, great effects. They wera heavy monster costumes and they can still rock the audience out. I just love them. COME ON LORDI FANS

14 Ensiferum Ensiferum Ensiferum is a Finnish folk metal band from Helsinki. The members of the band label themselves as "melodic folk metal."
15 Popeda
16 Poisonblack
17 The 69 Eyes

About all I listen to anymore... Love them!

No way are they 17, there number 1

Even though h.i.m. rules the world. The 69 should be #2 and #3 should be negative. All you dumb people that voted 4 the other 16 bands need to wake up. Helsinki vamp 4 life.

18 Sentenced

Good music

Peter than eighteenth.

19 The Jade
20 Sunrise Avenue

Awful - Disturbedpotato

Ew pop rock - Disturbedpotato

21 Zero Nine
22 Sleepy Sleepers
23 Don Huonot
24 Brother Firetribe
25 Northern Kings
26 For My Pain
27 Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band from the town of Kemi, Finland. Created as a hard rock band named Tricky Beans, they later changed to Tricky Means and finally to Sonata Arctica, when they shifted to power metal.


I love their songs


28 Apulanta

Apulanta used to be good band but they are too mainstream nowadays and they have not released a good album for a long time - Disturbedpotato

Best finnish band ever

29 Reckless Love

They are so fun. Bringing back hair metal.

I love their music!

30 Before the Dawn Before the Dawn
31 Tarot
32 Smack



AHOLA is the new band from Teräsbetoni front man Jarkko Ahola. AHOLA plays hard rock/metal in English and its members are J. Ahola (vocals, guitar) Jari Laitinen (bass), Antti Mäkelä (drums) and Antti Karhumaa (lead guitar).

34 Catamenia Catamenia
35 Hurriganes

Legend in finland - Disturbedpotato

Legendary band, old but many hits like Roadrunner, I Will Stay and Get On.

36 Eppu Normaali

Pretty good 80s punk band - Disturbedpotato

This old guys have so much energy!
They are really good on the stage.

37 Ruoska
38 Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun Swallow the Sun is a Finnish melodic death/doom metal band. They have a melodic, atmospheric doom metal sound.
39 Dingo
40 Stala & So
41 Lovex
42 Negative

PMMP is not rock ffs - Disturbedpotato

44 De Lirium's Order
45 Hevisaurus Hevisaurus
46 Kingston Wall

Petri walli is most underrated guitarist of all time - Disturbedpotato

47 Korpiklaani Korpiklaani
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List StatsUpdated 2 Mar 2019

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48 listings
8 years, 119 days old

Top Remixes

1. Hanoi Rocks
2. Popeda
3. Stratovarius
1. Children of Bodom
2. Kalmah
3. Nightwish
1. The Rasmus
2. Apocalyptica
3. Nightwish


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