Most Epic Rock N' Roll Bands of All TimeThere are many great bands belonging to the gender of Rock N' Roll. But only a few are epic. This list is about Rock N' Roll gods and legends.
The Top Ten
Led Zeppelin has written some of the best rock songs ever. A great number of them have been overshadowed by Stairway to Heaven, though. It's sad that a great song like Stairway got so popular that a lot of great songs like Achilles Last Stand, No Quarter, The Battle of Evermore, Living Loving Maid, Houses of the Holy, In The Light, The Ocean, Ramble On, and Good Times Bad Times get overshadowed.
Point is, Led Zeppelin is awesome and should be remember for more than just one great song.
Led Zeppelin easily remain the most enduringly popular, enigmatic, mysterious, legendary, ubiquitous, influential, misunderstood, emulated, worshipped and revered rock band of all time. Beatles & Stones had some of these qualities but Led Zeppelin always possessed something unique and intangible that is very difficult to describe... You just knew that is set them apart from all others.
All of the members of Led Zeppelin were very skilled and very good musicians, but Led Zeppelin was not just Jimmy Page, or Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin was all four of the guys, and that is what makes Led Zeppelin that great as they are. Their chemistry and musicianship and all of their great songs is what makes Led Zeppelin number 1 for me.
Just innovative and versatile. They created a new mood in rock music that was timely and badly needed. Led Zeppelin will always be outstanding, not just for there music but for their inspiration.
When I hear the expression "musical gods", Pink Floyd is the first thing that comes to mind, the pure genius and perfection of every song can overwhelm every other band on this list. My personal favourite album, "Animals", is something that reached the highest level of what I can only call an "unbeatable, untouchable piece of art". Pink Floyd is the best, and the tribute bands out there like Brit Floyd... Etc are amazing as well!
"Wish You Were Here" had only 5 songs (four if you count the two parts of Shine On You Crazy Diamond as one part) and yet, it's one of the most complete albums ever made... That alone shows their brilliance (and then there's Dark Side, Meddle, Animals, The Wall, Piper etc). And the guitar solo in Comfortably Numb is the very definition of "epic"!
Roger Waters writes much better and more meaningful lyrics than Plant. Jimmy Page beats Gilmour on guitar technique and raw skill, but Gilmour plays with more soul and style, which is why he's my favorite guitarist, and he has one of the coolest unique tones and voices. Rick Wright was a literal god on the keyboard, and his keyboard playing is one of the main things that set apart Pink Floyd's intrumental sound from other bands. - MetalPope
I love Pink Floyd! - NeonGirl
Queen has written some of the most influential songs of all time. Bohemian Rhapsody is #1 on the list of best songs here on the top tens. We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions are also legends and pretty much nobody hasn't heard them at least once. The Show Must Go On and Another One Bites The Dust are also great.
Freddie mercury JUST AWESOME! His show will go on forever
While all those bands have great musicians, Queen is certainly the band with the most epic ballads, Rhapsody, Show Must Go On, Somebody To Love, Champions, Save Me, Fat Bottomed Girls and so on.
God Save The Queen!
Gotta Love Queen so many Hits! - Curti2594
Unlike most other bands, who "mined" their albums for hit singles, The Beatles felt like it was cheating their fans to release singles off of albums. They could easily have had ANOTHER 15-20 #1 hits had they wanted to release them. Examples: While My Guitar Gently Weeps and In My Life, just to name a couple.
The music of Beatles is very catchy. But none of their songs can be called epic maybe except Hey Jude. - ilper
Lennon, McCartney and Harrison are probably the BEST songwriters/singers (Ringo was an average drummer and mostly there for the ride).
How can you call them good songwriters if all their songs are boring? - Lord28
The Beatles CREATED what we call rock today. With more than 265 songs and musicians like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr they deserve the 1st rank!
The Beetles Couldn't live up to rock expectations, so they sold out and made kids songs after that. So there, they're not even a rock band. Please remove them.
BROWN SUGAR AND Mick Jagger was so cute, I would love to party back stage with them even today these men put the rock in Rock in roll
Let it Bleed, best album
Number 15? In the top 3 for sure. Led zep, stones, floyd, and queen are the gods of rock!
Aerosmith is a rock legend and they got so many great hits! They rule! They deserve more credit. They aren't called the "Bad Boys from Boston" for no reason.
Aerosmith is the best band ever you can't just overlook walk this way and sweet emotion
Steven Tyler's voice is the best, Joe Perry's guitar is the best, this band is the best!
Better then Guns N' Roses by far.
Come on, AC/DC is the best... Listen to their songs like highway to hell, thunderstruck, rock or bust etc. They're great
Their album "Back in Black" is the 2nd highest selling album of all time and rightfully so. - Ajkloth
AC/DC must be the first one!
U are the best
If we’re talking epic, then do me a favor and listen to Appetite for Destruction.
Guns N' Roses The other word for Rock N ROll... Nobody can mess with those five guys... Always wanted to live like them... God's beautiful 5 mistakes!
I don't understand why people say they got worse over time, chinese democracy was an amazing album, different from their previous stuff but amazing nevertheless
The late 80's was a time saturated with glam metal and dance music. Then along comes GN'R and pushes and shoves its way to the front of the line, beats the bouncer half to death and reminds the world that rock n' roll was never supposed to be corporate, hyper-processed assembly line garbage - it was supposed to be raw and real and terrifying and written straight from the heart. Guns N' Roses may have been a flash in the pan, but they embodied the hedonistic rebelliousness of rock n' roll more thoroughly than any band before or since, and Appetite for Destruction remains the single greatest rock album in the history of the genre.
I have never understood why Led Zeppelin have been rated higher than The Who. For people who do not know the name Led Zeppelin was coined by John Entwistle and the art work on Zep's first album was done by him. Led Zeppelin was the band John and Kieth Moon wanted to form when they thought of leaving The Who but their driver left them with the details and joined Jimmy Page and the rest as they say is history
The who would blow any band off stage. Every Ben wish they were the first to smash their instruments. Who are the first ones to do everything instrument smashing rock opera's movies they are the bar can't raise anymore
The Who of the late 60's & early 70's were phenomenally good. I saw them in 1970 and it was best rock concert I had ever seen (until I saw Led Zeppelin in 1972-nothing ever equaled Zeppelin in their prime). The Who belong in the top three of any "great" rock list.
Amazing, epic band! I loved how they smashed their instruments! I also love all of their hard rock songs! THEY'RE ALL WASTED! - MontyPython
Still kicking it after 44 years!
'Child In Time' speaks EPIC.
Legendary riffs and solos, epic songs - both fast and slow. They are gods of hard rock and heavy metal. Should be in the TOP 5.
They became my Number 1 band of the 70s when I realized how much they did for metal invention. - Metal_Treasure
Nothing is or can be more epic than Smoke in the Water and Highway Star.
The band who started heavy metal. Deserves a top 5 spot. - Userguy44
They built next 20 years. The vocal melodies.
First of all I am 11 but this band is the best kurt's voice is the best and I'm sad I did not grow up in the 90s
They have the best song under there belt they sold be 5ish
So far rush is the band fit this category, rolling stones and Beatles, what have you been smoking,
Best drummer, bassist & guitarist, always pushing the ceiling, inspiring technical and integrity of music.
Best Band ever. No one matches their level of detail and complexity in composition. I Like Zep but I doubt they could even play La Villa Strangiato. I doubt any band could. Pure genius and only the chosen can recognize that.
Rush is so epic it is almost ridiculous...
Awesome rock band! At least the best in the 21st century.. Just listen to songs like 21 guns, boulevard of broken dreams, American idiot, X Kid you will know what is Green Day, and again greetings from India and the whole world
Green Day is one of the best rock bands ever. Songs like "Blvd. Of Broken Dreams", "21 Guns", American Idiot", "Waiting", "Wake Me Up When September Ends" are really cool.
Green Day is the best punk band. Listen to songs like Boulevard of broken dreams, 21 guns and you'll know what is Green Day!
NOT only the Best Punk band BUT the BEST BAND EVER WHO ARE LIVING ON EARTH!
Greetings from India!
Boulevard and 21 guns are not their best. Most of their songs are massively underrated
It's the one of the best rock bands of all time...
Every thing about iron maiden is AWESOME!
CLASS ROCK BAND IN A NUTSHELL
They proved that they can make good music with or without their original lead singer
Eddie Van Halen best guitarist on the planet
Best all around band in rock history
Too short lived, and mainly remembered for their front-man's hedonism, this band is not a top 10.
What was packed into a four year span is not even fathomable
The sound of life!
The greatest, with the ultimate frontman bar none,
I'm not a very big motor head fan, because I have heard several of their songs and they all sound pretty much the same, and plus the singer sounds like he has a very small vocal range and he has been smoking too much. (also I can do a spot on impression of him singing. )
LISTEN TO ACE OF SPADES JEES 35 LIKE
Metallica should be higher.
Ummm one of the best bands ever and unbelievable LIVE, how are they way down here?
HOW ARE THEY NOT FURTHER UP?!?
They are the greatest band in history in my opinion, and certainly the best metal band ever.
This band is epic. Their concerts are simply amazing, lyrics very heart-touching and motivating " I just wanna live while I'm alive. It's my life" "this romeo is bleeding but you can't see its blood. There's nothing but some feelings that this old dog, kicked up." "It's been raining since you left me, now I'm drowning in the flood. See I've always been a fighter but without you I give up." "We weren't born to follow, come on and get up of your knees. When life is a bitter pill to swallow you gotta hold on to what you believe." "Who says you can't go home? " Also, their songs tell you a story, a real inspiring story. If you don't believe me listen to wanted dead or alive, never say goodbye, living on a prayer or you give love a bad name and quit listening to these modern new songs that only talk about how many people they slept with, how many parties they've gone to and how drunk they had gotten, etc. I know not every modern song is like this but most of them are.
Love it since I was only a kid
What about now
Best band ever!
The best literally the best!
Os Richie sambora is the best guitar player in the world!
The Greatest Band Ever
PUT THESE GUYS IN THE TOP TEN
The Sweet are the most underrated rock'n'roll band of all time
Had one of the greatest singers of all time in brian connolly
One of the greatest guitarist/ band ever! - sedatingthesystem21
A. it is The Jimi Hendrix Experience not The Jimy Hendrix Experience
B. Jimi Hendirix is the best guitarist in the world
C. listen to their music.
Black Sabbath is the Godfather of rock/metal. They have such a unique style and they practically inspired many of the bands we have today. They ROCK!
No two sets ever the same, no two performances ever the same.
They are what keep me going even if they didn't.
Kiss is amazing, they give awesome concerts, they have awesome songs, and one of the best rock bands that I know of and trust me I know a lot of bands and Kiss is definitely in my top 10 list!
You wanted the best you got the best!
" You wanted the best, you've got the best! The hottest band in the world... KISS! "
Clowns trying to play music, totally the worst
They are unmatched when it comes to the concert experience. I have never met anyone who has seen them LIVE just once. I challenge you to find one person having been to a KISS concert that said " it was just ok" KISS ROCKS. !
Just an awesome band.
Muse must be put higher on this list. Muse has literally no crappy albums. Their first to most recent albums have shown their immense capabilities. Muse should be way above RHCP whom have many albums that are just bad. RHCP aren't a bad band but they are no where near Muse's epicness. Muse is LEGENDARY.
So... epic for me must mean something different to others because MUSE being #34 is ridiculous. In fact, most bands on this list I don’t consider epic. Awesome, but not epic.
The definition of epic.
Put these guys up there
I don't think people understand the definition of " epic ". Bon Jovi : NOT epic. U2 : EPIC. Epic means music of sweep and power, not music that is dull and predictable. Again, U2... E.P.I.C.
I think they should be higher. Roundabout is the best song!
Yes is Mount Everest. Dream Theatre is a wet sand castle.
Yes below Dream Theatre? I DON'T THINK SO.
Steve Clark was one of the greatest guitarists and entertainers of all time. The whole package of Clark, Savage, Collen, Elliott and Phil Collen made a perfect combination of kick ass melodic rock and Roll. Best, ever.
The only reason that they are so low on this list is because of how underrated they are, just look up best RHCP songs and play the top 5.
RHCP, should be closer to the top. At least replace some of them. However, I agree with ONE choice: Led Zeppelin is the ONE & ONLY. Pink Floyd as well, great musicians...of ALL TIME.
Top of the world
Should be higher