Greatest Hard Rock Artists

The best hard rock artists of all time. No Jethro Tull on this list so you can take your pansy little flute and go home.

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

Led Zeppelin should be at number 1 in this list to be honest. Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir are some of their few gun songs. And then the influence they have had. Great bands such as Queen, Metallica E.T. C were all inspired from Led Zep. And there is no word for the members of Led Zep.

Anyone that likes hard rock should go out and buy Led Zeppelin albums 1-8. Once you get familiar with them, you won't dislike a single song on those albums. Led Zeppelin could perfect a studio song and make it different live every time. Look at the musicianship! I'd like to see another band try to come up with anything near as epic as Stairway to Heaven. Jimmy Page is the best guitar player of all time, Robert Plant is outstanding, John Bonham's power will knock you out of your seat, and John Paul Jones is a genius. A song such as Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker... I could go on. Any of those songs would tell you who the greatest hard rock band really is. There is only one answer to that, and that is Led Zeppelin.

In any fair nationwide (or worldwide, for that matter) poll, Led Zeppelin would bury everybody for greatest hard rock band. But don't limit Led Zeppelin to just hard rock or heavy metal, for they were so much more. Many carefully conducted large polls for greatest rock band, period, have placed Led Zeppelin at #1 in the world, with the only real competition coming from The Beatles. Led Zeppelin were simply the greatest rock band to have ever existed. And as for hard rock, there is nobody in the same building with Led Zeppelin. - bobby

Absolutely yeah. People like ozzy ozbourne, slash, tony iommi, sammy hagar think they're the best hard rock act ever. James hetfield thinks they're the greatest musicians ever(he voted for them on a poll by VH1 in which ozzy voted them 2nd). Their influence is severe in the genre of hard rock and their first two albums might be the most important albums for the genre of hard rock

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2 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

HEll yeah... Guns N Roses 80's-90's are still the best rock bands of all time... Appetite is still the best album of all time... Slash n axl were great... I have no idea why the band broke up... But still we should respect their talent... The whole world respect Guns N' Roses...

G n' R is the Best Rock Band for us. ,
Axl Rose was have a Very Great performance ever.
Same w/ Slash, Gilby, Duff, and Mat... ,
Their both Talented.
Even they Broke up their Music remains in my Heart n Soul..

Best hard rock band ever. Axl Rose is such a great singer, he has incredible voice with impressive range. Slash is an amazing guitarist. What a pity, that they do not work together anymore...

The best band ever

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3 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 ...read more.

AC/DC is the best hard rock band ever. They are the Definition of Hard-Rock itself. If you think somebody else even stand a chance against them then you are just kidding yourselves.
ITS A LONG WAY TO THE TOP but we - the WAR Machines are BACK IN BLACK on the HIGHWAY TO HELL with TNT, we SHOOT TO THRILL and you'll be THUNDERSTRUCK and IF YOU WANT BLOOD - YOU'VE GOT IT! LET THERE BE ROCK... HELLS BELLS...

This List Is Bull I Mean X Japan At Number 1 I've Listened To Them And They Are Crap! And This Has Been Really Ticking Me Off Who Is Gackt But I Just Looked On The Internet And Gackt Is A Pop Singer (Shudder) And Finally I Want To List The Bands That Should Be In The Top Ten And Where They Are Now On The List.

The Beatles (? ) Could Not Find Them Anywhere These Guys Are Rock Legends. I Recommend Let It Be, A Hard Days Night, And While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Led Zepplin (5) No Complaining. I Recommend Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog And Whole Lotta Love.

ACDC (7) Should Be Higher. I Recommend Highway To Hell, Back In Black, And Thunderstruck.

Aerosmith (43) This Is Pathetic 43 No Way. I Recommend Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion And Love In An Elevator.

Metallica (2) Awesome That's Fine. I Recommend Enter Sandman, One And The Unforgiven.

Van Halen (18) This Is A Top Ten Band Should Be Way Higher. I Recommend Jump, Parama And Hot For ...more - rocker1796

Greatest ever. These guys have sold more albums than the Beatles. Still going strong after all these years

Bon Scott area, they definitely ruled the world, in my opinion...
Never better.

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4 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". ...read more.

Who ever wrote the following statement "two words. Enter Sandman" Is an absolute fool. Enter sandman is NOT one of the best Metallica songs, the only reason people listen to it is because it's popular just like any rap or rnb whatever it's called these days. If enter sandman is your favorite hard rock, song you don't know ANYTHING about rock.

Also, Metallica is the best band of all time, not because they are popular but because they have made the most beautiful art in history, at least 5 of the top 10 rock songs in the world is from Metallica.
It is simply not possible NOT to like them, that's all.

Metallica all the way.
They've ruled for 30 years and are gonna rule for 30 more - slash_fan354

The few people that say they are old must see them on stage!

LITERALLY THE BEST EVER! This should be in number one and NOT number 4. Take Led Zeppelin off of this list, they SUCK! - PhoenixAura81

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5 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 ...read more.

The best thing about Queen was that they didn't just do Hard Rock. They dabbled in Heavy Metal (e.g. Liar), Opera (e.g. Somebody to Rock), Classic Rock (several of their songs), Progressive Rock (e.g. The Prophet's Song), Soft Rock (e.g. Don't Stop Me Now), Dance Rock (e.g. Another One Bites The Dust), Glam Rock (e.g. Killer Queen), Synth-Pop (e.g. Radio Ga-Ga) and Rock Ballads (e.g. We are the Champions and Who Wants to Live Forever). Their songs have stood the test of time better than most from the 70s and 80s time period. I know many people who have heard some of their songs (even the ones that aren't Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions).

But, in my opinion, they excelled in Hard Rock. Their best hard rock songs are Bohemian Rhapsody (just after the opera section), I Want It All, Hammer To Fall, etc...

Brian May also had a distinctive guitar sound with his Red Special that suited Hard Rock (best shown in Fat Bottomed Girls).

Freddie may ...more

Queen is one of the best bands in this world! Bohemian rhapsody, Don't stop me now, another one bites the dust, I want to break free are the best songs!

Queen is the best ever band in Rock, Pop, Funk, Opera, Heavy Metal, Love songs and just everything.

2nd Greatest Band of all time!
1. Pink Floyd 2. Queen 3. Nirvana

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6 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.

Practically the inventors of heavy metal. without them, bands like Metallica and Judas Priest wouldn't even exist - UFasten8Me

I am shocked to see that nobody mentioned the gods of Heavy Metal. Black Sabbath started it all. Dont get me wrong I love all the other selecyions on this list but you can't leave Sabbath out! And for the record, Metallica sucks ass and to see them at the top of this list is pathetic. Any of the other bands out rate them anyday.

A great band. Tony Iommi is Black Sabbath and everything released under this name is simply outstanding..

Black Sabbath and Queen should flip

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7 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Either Aerosmith, Nirvana, Metallica, or Green Day for me. I went with Aerosmith as I believe that Steven Tyler is an amazing vocalist and probably in my opinion the third best ever after the great late Freddie Mercury and the energetic Robert Plant. Queen are my favourite band but they are not completely hard rock, they have elements of it but have always had soft rock, funk, disco and pop in their songs too.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AEROSMITH #31? THEY ARE EVEN ON WIKIPEDIA AS 'AMERICA'S GREATEST ROCK BAND'! WHY THE HECK ARE THEY DOWN HERE? I NEED A LAWYER, NOW!

one of many awesome rock bands..there's no way to limit the list to the top 10..come on guys get serious!!!

This group is amazing and all of there songs are special for me

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8 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

With Van Halen not in the top five this list shows its suckness. They are #1 in my opinion but I could accept top 5 cause they're are some great others as well. But this is a travesty. Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player ever! And what other band has survived changing lead sIngers? Van Halen that's who! That in itself shows their genius.

Van Halen is the king of hard rock. I love many of the bands in the top ten but some of them are not hard rock. Metallica is obviously metal and queen, although they are one of my favorite bands of all time, they are still not hard rock I am sorry.

Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitarist of all time!

Most talented band on this list. Dave (and Sammy)may not have had a better voice than many of the people above these guys, but come on at least top 5. Eddie is #1

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9 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. ...read more.

Kurt Cobain was absolutely brilliant. Since his death no other artist has been able to match his vocal versatility and creativity.

If Nirvana were alive... No other band would have existed or come close to it in the present day. Kurt Cobain was the best Rock Singer ever made by the almighty. His wit got reflected in the playing style of his guitar. His riffs were intelligent, simple and showed his pain. Also Dave Grohl played the real drums and the bass by Krist Novoselic simply ran through one's veins... It's very unfortunate that Kurt died so soon...
-Regards, Bose.

No, Kurt was a psychopath who wrote mediocre rock songs that could appeal to teenagers. If Nirvana were alive, they would go out of style in 4 months, just like all other crappy music nowadays. His riffs were stolen, (Smells Like Teen Spirit - More Than a Feeling, Come As You Are - Eighties) and the ones he wrote were boring. (Heart Shaped Box, Lithium). Not to mention he was crazy ("Rape Me"). - Brobusky

This is the First..
This is only band who wants to be number 1.
If Kurt Cobain is living There are no other bands live.
Only one.

They shaped modern rock

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10 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 ...read more.

Metallica. Great band, not the same genera. The Who. Great band, composed of one of some of the most unique characters and artists in rock. Daltrey swung his microphone like a lasso. Pete Townshend had some of the most talent that an artist ever chose not to showcase, sacrificing a showcase of his talents for the band. John Entwistle, the Ox, took an instrument that was formerly classified as a "background instrument" and lead with his non-stop typewriter attack. As for Keith Moon, he might be the most innovative and original drummer of all-time, inspiring generations after him including John Bonham and Neil Peart. But more important is the Who's complete living embodiment of rock. The energy they displayed, the raucous demolitions, the off-stage antics. In the end, the Who define the very genera they created, rising up from where the Beatles and Rolling Stones left off and paving the way for a future we continue to enjoy.

The are the greatest band of all time, great live still going on, long live The Who

Probably the greatest live band of all time

How is The Who not in the top 10? They deserve at least top 5!

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The Contenders

11 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.

A lot of great bands up there; Priest, Rush, Van Halen, Zeppelin, Metallica etc.. But even more awesome bands are lower, and that's how it should be. I love some of these bands from all my heart, but it was KISS who got me into rock n' roll and metal, and that stays forever. It's like a brand on my heart, no matter what will happen, it will always be KISS. That's why I'm voting for them. KISS Forever

A Member of KISS Army Finland

KISS should be up there higher. They inspired a lot of bands. They got me into classic rock. I am 11 and have been a fan since I was one, two, or three when I saw KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. I remember my dad listening to whiskey in the jar, breakin the law, and KISS. My sisters first non nursery rhyme song she sang was beth. Mine was voodoo. I am the biggest KISS fan!

Kiss is the Greatest... Bigger Crowds than Elvis and the Beatles there is not another rock band that filled the seats like Kiss. Also they put the greatest live Rock show of all bands. On stage Kiss would blow Metallica away.

You wanted the best

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12 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal 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 guitarist Adrian ...read more.

iron maiden is the best,I mean how can America not know iron maiden.I think iron maiden beat mettalica,AC/DC,guns n roses and even led zepplin.
P.S. if U dont believe me hear wasted years,the trooper,run to the hills and the number of the beast-all of this songs are very good stories.

In all technicality, Iron Maiden is classic heavy metal. As is Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, and Van Halen. Metallica is thrash metal, and Rush is art rock. Nirvana is grunge and Bon Jovi is barely even rock. But still, Iron Maiden is better than all of those in my eyes, so I would root for them even if they were in the "pop" category.

Oh What X Japan Again First, Metallica Is Overrated Priest IS Awesome deserve Nr 2, Up To The Irons Nr 1 - copkiller

It seems people still don't know the main difference between hard rock and heavy metal. - somekindofaguy

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13 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, ...read more.

Just the greatest!
A band of Masters.
They explored the music in many different ways,
from classical, through rock n roll, and to metal.
Clearly a big influence for almost all the bands in here.

Deep Purple 10 places below Linkin Park. That, Sirs and Madams, is plain ridiculous. Deep Purple was one of the hard rock defining bands of the 70s and their legacy still influences many modern bands. Just imagine the following experiment:

Set up a pair of speakers in a densly populated area of town, play either Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple or Numb by Linkin Park, and ask the passers-by which one of the two they know. No doubt about the result.

The most talented, creative, innovative, technical and advanced = THE BEST.
A band of masters. Ritchie Blackmore alone is a whole music universe.
Details:
The riff that rules all other riffs - Smoke on the water;
The solo that rules all other solos - Highway Star;
The screams that rule all other screams - Child in time;
The best band live - Live in Japan;
The most technical pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal;
The globe's loudest band of the 70s, officially listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records.

Anything else for number 1? - Metal_Treasure

Best band ever

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14 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

not only that, but the music is earth-shattering...

Jim Morrison is the greatest Rockfrontman of all time.He created only masterpieces. - fogy55lizy

Deep Purple are THE greatest Hard Rock band of all time, bar none! Zeppelin are good but live in concert Purple blow them off the map! Les Hedger

The Greatest.

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15 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 ...read more.

Beautiful ballads, extraordinary solos, enchanting keyboards, well thought lyrics and of course real roof raisers.

What's not to like?

Bon Jovi is one of the greatest band ever... Bon Jovi Not only Created So many Songs But They Also Created an unbreakable Bond Between Brothers...

I hate Bon Jovi they only had 2 good songs. Even though Sabbath is right in front of them, it's a disgrace that they should even be this close to Sabbath.

Amazing band

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16 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Nickelback? I don't mean to be offensive but they have to get a life. Nickel back is dumber than a doorknob. Rush is way more musically talented than half those bands combined. You really concentrate on bad modern crap. Please make rush 1, please?

Rush Should be up there with Metallica and Zeppelin. No band can come close to what rush can do

HI EVERY ONE I've CAME TO SAY THAT RUSH IS THE BEST BAND OF ALL TIME MY PARENTS HAVE ALWAYS LISTENED TO THEIR SONGS ALL THE TIME I JUST LOVE THE SONGS LIMELIGHT, SUBDIVISIONS, TOM SAWYER, AND NEW WORLD MAN I've SEEN THEM IN CONCERT 5 TIMES THEY ROCKED

Rush > The Doors, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Aerosmith, Metallica, AC/DC, and Guns and Roses.

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17 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

This is quite frankly, my most favorite band out there. I think though, that where they fit in on the top 10 is very representative of what they deserve. You can't put them before Metallica or Led Zeppelin, or even AC/DC or even Guns N' Roses because they haven't imposed their position in the heavy rock scene like the greats have, but I believe their music shows that they'll be there before the start of Armageddon.

I just LOVE them. They are an awesome band. My favorite band ever is My Chemical Romance but I understand why it's so low, it's because it's not really hard rock (more like alternative rock). So when it's about hard rock, A7X all the way!

Avenged Sevenfold, out of every other band I can think of, deserve the spot of #1 the most, look at everything they've been through, the death of their brother held unspeakable trauma for them, and what did they do? They whipped out an album, just for their fans. That, my friends, is strength.

They are overrated for being on 14. They are not really hard rock. - zxm

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18 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), ...read more.

This is the absolute best band ever. Pink Floyd are what changed it all; there was nobody else like Pink Floyd. I hate the fact that they broke up the year I was born; I would have loved to see them live.

The best band ever in my eyes they have came from nothing and climbed to the top of the ladder.

Most floyd songs aren't that hard to be honest, however if you listen to their earlier stuff they could put a lot of grunge bands to the sword.
Still class them as the greatest band ever.

Hard rock? - KingofSnails42

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19 Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

Really? Blue Oyster Cult #83? No way this is right. They should be at least in the top #20 with Rush, Kiss, and Foghat. Cities on Flame, Godzilla, Veteran of the Psychic Wars, Don't Fear the Reaper and Unknown Tongue definitely give this lyrically haunting, shock rock blues boogie band plenty of heavy hard rock.

For me, the two giants of hard rock are Led Zep and Deep Purple. But how I love BOC, even though they were all but finished after 1981.

20 Queensryche Queensryche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.

I saw them when they started in a living room party in Kirkland WA and 35 or so years later I still love cranking all their tunes especially jet city woman

21 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

One of the most innovative guitarists of all time, played with his soul more than his mind.

Jimmy qould recommend u turn off the computer,pug in the guitar,and let the smoke roll.

Awesome guitarist
Just love him. he's the one of the best guitarist, on the planet

He's only known for his guitar skills, but his song writing style was very original. at the time no-one had heard anything a heavy as Hendrix. in my opinion, this makes him a legend, the guitar skills is just an amazing bonus. - gemcloben

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22 Scorpions 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.

should I explain why I've voted for scorps? words are not enough t describe them... you know I've seen a lot of great hard rock bands live... but no one like scorpions... their energy, their talent and klaus meine voice are unrepeatable and if they were americans they would have been officially no1!

Scorpions - The Band that defines Rock Ballads. They were the first hard rock/heavy metal band to really show that even Hard Rock can display emotions. A Band built on the philosophy of Friendship and Friendship alone, kick ass live even after fifty years: Riffing Machine Rudolf Sheckner and Klause Maine (By far the man with the best Rock Voice) are standouts... There are so many Still Loving You, Wind of Change, When the Smoke is going Down, Always Somewhere, Send me and Angel... the list is truly endless... On the other hand, you had Rock You Like a Hurricane, Blackout, No One Like You, Alien Nation, Raised on Rock etc. By far pioneers of the genre... One of those bands that define the genre of Hard Rock... I agree Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, AC/DC and all great but Love it or Loathe it, they would have been in the top 5 if they were Americans or British... They deserve to be in the top 5 at least if not Top 3

These guys have just put out their 21st album and after 35 years are still kicking a** LIVE!! Plus they are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. They still show us why Scorpions got a sting!!!! Keep rawkin guys.

This is my favorite hard rock band from the 80s with good European hits such as still loving you and wind of change and even rock you like a hurricane

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23 Judas Priest 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”. ...read more.

Well judas priest should be at the top their the best band in the world the have the great vocals from Halford the amazing drumming from Travis the beastly bass from Hill and the overwhelming guitar solos by Downing and Tipton here's some of their songs you should listen to: Painkiller, the sentinel, victim of changes, Beyond the realms of death, Electric eye, Breaking the law

Greatest Artist ever in history after Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. And my most favorite above all. Zeppelin and Sabbath just deserves a better position, that's all. However this is a Hard Rock band list, what are Judas Priest, Black Sabbath etc doing here is something I don't understand, Not to mention Metallica being no. 1... They are great but no. 1? Seriously, is this a Joke?!?

Lots of decades of British Heavy Metal... With Iron Maiden the best there is and ever will be

Judas Priest redefined and made metal, plain and simple.

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24 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with ...read more.

Pantera is amazing. All of the members are excellent musicians, and all of their songs reach the perfect balance of technique, heaviness, style, rhythm, and melody. Easily one of the definitive metal bands of the 1990s, and by far the kings of groove metal.

the most underated rock band of all time. dimebags guitar riffs are lengendary, the music world took a major loss when he was taken. R.I.P. dime

I love this band, the song I like the most is cowboys from he'll and let's hope dine bag is playing hard rock up their

Pantera is the best band ever! definitely wipes the floor with the others!

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25 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

Great heavy metal band and dave mustaine is one of the greatest guitarists ever!

f***ing amazing countdown to extinction

Just listen to Holy Wars, Ashes in your mouth, Good Mourning/Black Friday, Tornado of souls, Five Magics, Skin O my Teeth, Hook in mouth, The Scorpion
To just name a few. The greatest, most technical, metal band with the best songs and the most amount of great songs!

26 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

Love all Whitesnake but especially the heavy blues sound of the 1978-1984 version

Whitesnake has had the best drummers in the world and also two perfect albums! What are they doing so low on this list?
The singer is already over 50 and still has an amazingly strong and powerful voice! Oh hail whitesnake!

27 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

Who the hell is japan x?! I've never even heard of them and when I listened to them they sucked! system is a lot better than A7X, and nirvana just really sucks. Tool also deserves to be ahead of them. Japan x shoudnt even be considered hard rock, let alone number 1 - Flying_spidermonkey

Number 15?! Really? System of a Down is by FAR the best hard rock band around. You know why? Because there is absolutely no band that can ever compare to their mix of heavy guitar and drums mixed with God-like vocals in every single song. Radio/Video is one of my personal favorites. Vote until they're number 1!

System Of A Down is the GREATEST HARD ROCK BAND IN MY WHOLE LIFE! They have their own style and genre. They are BETTER than ALL of the band listed above! Serj Tankian can do many GREAT voices! The GUITARIST, THE BEST GUITARIST EVER! They should be the best among the best!

System of a Down was one of the most original bands at their time, I can't stop listening to them!

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28 Def Leppard 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've came here to say that definitely leppard is the band ever I've been to their concerts 4 times and they rocked my favorite songs from them are pour some sugar on me, bringing on the heart break, photograph, and animal so people vote for vote for definitely leppard and go see them in concert but you don't have to but they are awesome, thanks put your thumbs up if you agree with me P.S. sorry I didn't put any punctuation at the end of each sentence BUT PLEASE VOTE FOR definitely LEPPARD

What why is definitely leppard all the way down here they should be in the number 1 spot I mean come on people but its just my opinoin and I'm just saying if any of you don't know who definitely leppard is than go on youtube and listen to their songs like pour some sugar on me, bringin on the heart break/animal, photograph believe me you'll know what I am talking about so vote for definitely leppard please

I HAVE A QUESTION WHY IS definitely LEPPARD DOWN HERE THEY ARE THE BEST AND SHOULD BE IN 1SPOT DOES ANYONE AGREE WITH ME I KNOW I DO. I GREW UP LISTENING TO definitely LEPPARD AND SO HAVE MY PARENTS. NOW DAYS TEENAGERS LISTEN TO CRAPPY POP MUSIC WHY can't ROCK N ROLL BE MORE POPULAR THAN THIS CRAPPY POP MUSIC

Definitely leppard should have been 1st place

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29 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums ...read more.

In the dio years they are by far in the top 10 greatest rock bands ever and ritchie blackmore is the guitar king. He wrote smoke on the water case closed

Strange discography: one of the greats when Dio was in the band, then increasingly awful afterwards.

30 Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch is an American alternative metal/ alternative rock band formed in, Las Vegas Nevada. The band's came originated from a fictional movie called Kill Bill.

These guys are great! You really feel the emotion in their songs, from more balladic songs like Far From Home and Remember Everything to powerful songs like Never Enough and Hard To See

They should be higher they are really good

I can't stress enough how much I love them, even though I'm only eleven years old. I even memorized their names and instruments. Ivan Moody-Vocals, Jeremy Spencers-Drums, Chris Kael-Bass, Zoltan Bathory-Guitars, and Jason Hook-Guitars.

31 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). ...read more.

Am I the only one that thinks their 3000 times better then nickel back and Metallica? They are brilliant I would consider them hard rock. Gimmie shelter is amazing hard rock, can't you hear me knocking

What PEOPLE THE ROLLING STONES 126? What the @#$% is wronh with you

32 Mudvayne Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.

Dig...
The greatest HEAVY metal song in the past 10 years. Their bassist still blows me away every time I watch the music video.

The "Forget To Remember" song is one of the graetest ,ever. The rythm makes your sick

33 Motley Crue Motley Crue Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

MOTELY CRUE YOU'RE awesome COME ON PEOPLE VOTE FOR MOTLEY CRUE / GUESS WHAT GUYS ON YOUTUBE JUSTIN BIEBER IS GETTING TONS OF DISLIKES ON THE SONG BABY FT LUDACRIS IT HAS LIKE 2 THOUSAND DISLIKES PEOPLE PLEASE HELP ME BY DISLIKING THE VIDEO THUMBS UP IF you AGREE WITH ME IF you WILL GO ON TO YOUTUBE ON JUSTIN BIEBER BABY FT LUDACRIS THE ONE THAT HAS ALMOST HAS 700 MILLION VIEWS I'm ON THAT WEBSITE ALL THE TIME TO SEE WHAT PEOPLE WHO DISLIKE THE VIDEO AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME YOU GUYS CAN CHAT WITH EACH OTHER MEAN THINGS ABOUT IT PUT A THUMBS UP IF YOU AGREE

Haunting guitars that stays in your brain and heart forever... America's sex pistols, only better! Nikki sixx bad boy from hell in the early 80's. Tommy lee, one of the best, awesome musician and Vince Neil's screaming trash vocals... Mind blowing. (they absolutely cannot be lower then "TOP TEN" on my list!

Should be in the top 10. This band is right up there second to Guns N' Roses. How are they so low. Take off the head phones. Turn it up on real speakers. The way it was meant to be heard. If your under 15 years old walking around with Beats on. You don't need to be voting on here. Try seeing bands live. I've seen most of these bands and 50% of the bands listed in the top 30 sound like crap live. This band has sold out shows for longer then most bands on here.

Lovin this band since I started listing to classic rock!
Go Mötley Crüe!

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34 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Guitar (Tom Morello) - Creative, imaginative, unique, energetic, brilliant.

Bass (Timmy C) - Hip-Hop or Funk bass in an otherwise heavy metal (instrumentally) band. One of the best rock bassists ever.

Drums (Brad Wilk) - Very explosive heavy metal drumming.

Vocals (Zack de la Rocha) - Angry, energetic, passionate, rapping.

Lyrics (Mostly Zack, sometimes Tom helped) - Political complex issues addressed. - LedSabbath

One of the greatest political bands in my opinion...

35 Ratt Ratt Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA.

Did I miss them? Please don't tell me that Ratt has been left of a list that includes some VERY obscure bands. They are top 20 easily.

36 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

I agree, it's SLAYER? These guys eat Metallica then poop out their unborn babies... Honestly...

WHATT Slayer, whats wrong with you people. Metallica overrated as hell

37 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

46 on the list of hard rock artist, amazing! Think there needs to be a reality check, since this is one of the most realistic rock bands around. No fluff/honest music. As a group they hit on all levels, definitely deserve a higher rating than this...

Really #46, I can't believe these guys are so far down on this list, they are definitely better that a lot of the others above them. Need to get more votes for these guys... Great hard rock band.

the greatest,the most dark and deep grunge band of all time, and one of the bestv singers

They are definitely better then Nirvana - Sabbath

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38 Static-X Static-X Static-X formed in Los Angeles in 1994. ...read more.

They kick ass. Its that simple

39 HIM HIM HIM is a rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, under the name His Infernal Majesty.

Though They are Usually Critizised, This band has gone through a hell of alot. But they continue, And thanks to them i have Lyrics i can relate to.

Ville valo and his band have amazing aspects other bands do not... but still vocals and bass... the best you will get maybe besides a7x!

HIM is the greatest bando on earth as well as Ville Valo is the greatest singer their lyrics are absolutely amazing as well as their music

40 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Common man 95? The main man in Black Sabbath :. The epic theme of Black Sabbath was because of this man right here Ozzy=Awesome so please vote for ozzy and make him go to the top
Thanks

He is the Prince of Darkness and the Godfather of Heavy Metal! He needs to be much higher on the list. Long live the Prince of Darkness!

What he must be the 4th

OZZY = BOMB MAN. WE NEED YOUOZZY. YOU ROCK MAN. YOU IS the BOMB. Ozzy WE LOVE YOU, OZZYMAN

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41 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

Why is Dio so low? This is one of the most inspiring people of the Metal genre. He brought out the devil horns! He's literally one of the best to ever do it. Rest In Peace Ronnie James Dio!

42 L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc~en~Ciel L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. With a reported 40 million records sold, they were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden.

best band and their music is not irritating in the ears, its wonderful. you will regret it if you don't even encountered this amazing band, very talented. - ronluna

great band just don't believe on those fools that make a list of their labeled "crap" like rocker1796, long rant doesn't matter - ronluna

the best japanese band and one of the best bands i've ever seen! - ronluna

& a special style, I love the band, they are the best. - Viktor19

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43 The GazettE The GazettE The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Records.

WHAT! Why are you not number one?!?!? You're the greatest band ever! Don't ever forget that! It's the truth! I will always love you!

44 PJ Harvey PJ Harvey Polly Jean Harvey, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer.
45 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Of the four major grunge bands to come from Seattle, Soundgarden is by far the best.

Best band of all time, chris cornell greatest voice in rock

Grunge was a fashion term coined by the media. It has nothing to do with music ( do nirvana sound anything like soundgaren? Do Pearl Jam bear any musical resemblance to Alice in chains? ). Pisses me off that morons still use it to refer to any band from the Seattle scene. Soundgarden were fantastic and should be in top 20.

46 Black Stone Cherry
47 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

Thanks manav for your support um ashu... Your bro )))))
I would like to see breaking benjamin on the top of this list

Thanks to Breaking Benjamin... we still hear fab music.. i. e is not just hair metal.. but is 1 that touches souls along with being rock - manav

They are awesome in the world of new crappy bands.

The fact that I like bb more than my former favorite band, three days grace says a lot

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48 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Tool is for a higher level. You can't expect it to be on popular top lists. I mean, really?... They are on the same list as Linkin Park? That's just wrong. There's commercialized crap, and then there's music. As the fewer of us already know, Tool is of the latter.

Paul D'Amour: the old bassist, Justin Chancellor: the new bassist Adam Jones: Lead guitarist, and Maynard James Keenan ( James Herbert Keenan): singer, just de-freaking-stroy ALL the other bands with thier powerful awesome songs!

Tool has like 25 great songs and I can name them off the top of my head. Do you know any other band that has that. Forty-six and two is my favorite though; in front of vicarious and the pot.

a revolution of in the music history

Vicarious - guizpom

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49 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

The greatest live performer in the history of hard rock. Cooper still puts out great albums and is still a great live act.

Alice is almost 70 year old yet still tours 9 months a year and is as good as ever. No one else can say that! - warrantsbestgirl

Seriously 150? He has a unique voice his songs are amazing

AMAZING I TELL YOU

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50 Accept Accept Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

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