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

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 ...read more.

Without a doubt the most dynamic mix of heavy blues, folk rock with a splash of prog ever. They were so well balanced with the best of everything. From probably the most diverse virtuoso guitar player ever Jimmy Page to John Paul Jones's heavy but creamy bass licks, Bonzo's foundation shaking, chest pumping drums and of course, the best male vocalist of all time, with a range way above and beyond, Robert Plant (must've been the jeans). If they did borrow, they did it better! A real sonic sandwich that tastes better every time you take another bite! The way to squeeze your lemon baby!

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.

Guns N‘ Roses definitely deserves a lot of credit for bringing this type of music back to relevance in the 80s, but Led Zeppelin deserves all of the credit for making this type of music in the first place. Not even Guns N' Roses can touch the awesomeness that is Led Zeppelin. For every bad song they had, they had about 10 amazing ones to counter for it, and with that said, only a very small amount of their songs are ones I’m not fond of. They are the pinnacle of hard rock and roll. No one will ever master their creation.

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.

Guns N' Roses is easily the greatest hard rock band to be formed. Simply from a numbers standpoint, Appetite for Destruction is like the most sold album ever. Use your illusion I and II both broke records of their own. But aside from numbers, they are iconic, and a perfect example of the hard rock of the 80s. With a dynamic duo like Axl Rose and Slash, who is better? It's a shame they couldn't stay together, but there are rumors of a reunion world tour. Also, slash is the greatest guitarist of all time, and the rest of the band are a bunch of badasses. Easy choice for number 1.

Deepest quality guitar, most unique voice in the history of rock, and tremendous variety in length, pace, and tone make Guns N' Roses the best rock band ever. Throw in the attitude with which they performed, and they will forever be unbeatable. Use Your Illusion I and II will always be staples in my collection, and Estranged (the second half in particular) is the greatest rock ballad of all time.

This is definitely the best Hard Rock band ever! They create a sound that's so magnificent that it must be from God's hand anyone who wanna understand what hard rock really is MUST listen to their music, and will deeply fall in love whith Axl's singing, and especially Slash's guitar playing!

For me, the greatest band of all time! Changed the way people view rock. Axl rose is up there with the way vocalists of all time. Slash is up there with the great guitarists. The songs, the style, the attitude, even the chemistry in the early days. This band has it all!

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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

Angus Young is in a class by himself when it comes to guitar playing. If you look at his athleticism his skills his acrobatics and his physical endurance during any of his performances one is amazed. Even late in his life! He's one of a kind he's among the greatest of rock and roll guitarist to ever lay his hands on a guitar. ACDC since the 1970s has constantly toward and sold out audiences around the world including stadiums greater than 100,000. IsfAngus Young was still with them, theycould sell out a quarter million fans easily. Back in Black is the greatest selling hard rock album of all time. Selling well over 40 million albums. If you look at their touring schedules over the years they could perform up to 90 to 100 performances a year and sell them all out. It is hard to decide who is number one since the Greats like Led Zeppelin and many others are up for consideration. Arguably ACDC stood the test of time and the guitar playing of Angus Young and his brother are in a class by ...more

Thunderstruck, highway to hell, back in black, you shook me all night long, shoot to thrill, hells bells, whole lotta rosie, dirty deeds done dirt cheap, if you want blood, rock n roll damnation! There are like a hundred of AC/DC songs I can name. And they are all so awesome! When you have a band that lost their vocalist ( Bon Scott ) and the same year made an album with another one ( Brian Johnson ) and have a huge success so fast you have to be impressed in MY OPINION it should me #1!

It's AC/DC, words can't explain the energy in their songs. Even Paul Mccartney thinks they're the best hard rock band (GQ interview). AC/DC is AC/DC no band can match them (except beatles)

I agree that AC/DC are the definition of Hard Rock, Highway to hell became the national Rock Anthem for just over 30 years, If you ask me that is a huge accomplishment, AC/DC definitely deserve a spot on this list, I love them very much.
Thank You to anyone who reads my comment, I am EmmaMusicAngel, I have made up some of my own list's on here. I'll make it clear to you all, I am a bit of a geek.

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 are in-fact Heavy Metal not Hard Rock, two very different genre's of music right there. I don't know why but my favourite song by Metallica just happen's to be wherever I may Roam, I really like that one, obviously there is Master Of Puppets one of their biggest tracks. I do agree with you about the song Enter Sandman, I think the reason I love Metallica so much is that they are able to mash together with other genre's of music very well indeed, for example Orchestral music, believe it or not they combine together very well indeed.
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I love Metallica but they aren't hard rock. They are thrash metal. Just wanted to make it clear. Sure Wnter Sandman and the whole Black Album may be hard rock, and people may say that that's their best work. In all honesty, those are the people who know nothing of music. Have you heard Master of Puppets ir Kill 'Em All lately? That's where it's all at.

Its been 30 years I have listened to Metallica and been to numerous gigs. I have never grown tired of their material or seeing them live. I like most music where people can write and play their own instruments, I have over 200 rock bands in my collection. I consider Metallica to be in the top 3!

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

I know most bands on this list are hard rock. And, I LOVE Queen. My fave. But they aren't hard rock... More like classic rock. Still, I love Queen more than anything. Take them away from my life, I'd have no reason to live. And come on, I just about know the time when Freddie Mercury was born-- I know exactly where, when. September 5th, 1946 on the small spice island of Zanzibar, located near Tanzania. This day is also Freddie For A Day. FFAD has its own website... Look it up.
I LOVE YOU FREDDIE MERCURY!

The Great King Rat approves this! People who don't know Queen usually think they are a lightweight band, only thinking of I Want To Break Free and such, when in fact, they produced a big, juicy bag of hard rock in the 70's and on the Innuendo album.

Classic group that spans several generations. Queen has made songs that are iconic and recognizable by all ages. To compare them to Heavy metal, Hard rock or Punch is just not possible as Queen has a little bit of each, and none of them at onec.

Queen is Queen, and nobody else will compair.

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

Aerosmith was rocking when a lot of these "top 10" bands show here were babies strumming on their crib rails. They learned how to rock by listening to them.

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.

I love Guns n Roses, well old Guns N' Roses, but there is no way they are above Aerosmith.

It's funny how many of these bands sing Aerosmith songs at their own concerts, right Mr Bon Jovi, Mr, Axl Rose, even Mr James Hetfield.

One of many awesome rock band. There's no way to limit the list to the top 10. Come on guys get serious!

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.

100 percent bon jovi great songs and great in concert I saw them many many times they have been voted the number one band to see plus they made the most money their last few concerts touring all over the world! Don't get me wrong l love lots of other bands and have been to their concerts but Bon jovi is my all time favorite second Is the boss Bruce Springsteen... And they don't need the money Bon jovi just loves what they do just read Jons bio it says it all!

Absolute the greatest band of all times. And Jon is the most beautiful, hot man I have ever seen in this world. Absolute human being's perfection. But not only. Jon Bon Jovi is also the best human soul I've ever seen alive in this world. The god of Love. Jon Bon Jovi in my heart for ever! Paola S.

Bon Jovi is the best by far! I discovered them in 1987 ( in the year of our king Bon Jovi) and his music has made a major impact in my life! They are one in a million! Jon l love you!

Bon Jovi is an amazing band. They've changed from 80s glam metal to 90s soft rock. They've got amazing hard rock songs/ and lovely power ballads. So underrated. Bon Jovi is one of the best bands ever.

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.

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").

I like Nirvana very much.

Can you please stop! Hard Rock and Heavy Metal are two different genre's of music, I can understand people putting Black Sabbath on the list, Black Sabbath didn't originally start out as Heavy Metal. Rock n Roll shouldn't be on the list either.

Nirvana's head banging trend brought with it true alternative music, the type that I pride myself with saying is the best type of rock ever played! Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Heart Shaped Box.. Classics.

Kurt donald cobain... The man, who turned music industry up side down with his music... When everyone was going with hip-hop, he proved that rock is still as good as before... Always live in my heart...

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.

I've started listening to them recently and they have some great tunes. The guitar playing is very impressive.
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Van Halen is top five for sure in regards to live bands. In one of there concerts they opened for Arrowsmith and blew them away with a great show! Great energy, entertainment ( David Lee Roth is a awesome front man), and underrated but good drummer, and bass player, and of course one of the greatest guitar player ever, Edward Van Halen!. When it comes to this list true fans are yelling, ain't talking about love!

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.

X Japan X Japan is a Japanese heavy metal band from Chiba, formed in 1982 by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi.

What the hell is this? This is a bunch of crap! This band shouldn't even be close to number 10! Who ever put these idiots on the list is a dumbass...

X Japan's the Greatest Hard Rock Artists that I never seen before. This band's a legend and They came back to be X Japan again few year ago.

In front of Van Halen, Kiss, and The Who? Oh, no you don't! Those are real hard rock bands, this band is crap!

X Japan is the best band in Japanese history.

The Contenders

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.

There isn't and never will be another band like KISS. They are the the true staple in Rock and Roll #1 on any list. If you don't like KISS you don't like good true Rock and Roll

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. ...read more.

Black Sabbath changed the face of Hard Rock forever and Invented Heavy Metal Along the way. They should stand as second to Zeppelin, or else imma have ta bring in a lawyer.
Also, where the hell is Thin Lizzy?

What...no other metal band would exist without "Black Sabbath"! The other reviewer's who fail to see this blatant short coming must be either be a misguided latchkey "Gen-X"(1988-1994) or a clueless "Millennial" (1998-2006).

Black Sabbath is one of the most influential bands in rock history and the Godfather of Heavy Metal! They should be higher up on the list. They ROCK! Black Sabbath FOREVER!

Black Sabbath before Avenged Sevenfold? This list is a joke. Black Sabbath Invented Metal Music when avenged sevenfold wasn't even born yet what. I hate this list.

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 ...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.

There has never been a band with the musical virtuosity and ferocity as The Who. Every band member a virtioso on their instrument. Keith moon played lead drums. He reinvented the drummers roll in rock music. He actually played melodies on his drums. John Entwistle was the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar. Pete Townsend is one of the greatest guitarists and lyricist s ever. Rodger Daltrey is in my opinion the greatest hard rock vocalist. All of them where showmen. I like zeppelin but they are second on my list. No one can top the who's live shows.

Again, hardly hard rock. In the early '60s they started with power pop/mod/garage rock songs, and around late '66 they started the average period psychedelic pop/rock. And then, they truned into art rock! Maybe just 1-2 Who songs are hard rock

The Who made hard rock what it is today. Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, and Metallica are heavy metal. Iron Maiden is punk. Queen and Guns and Roses is pop. Bon Jovi and Aerosmith are just a couple hit wonders. Nirivana is grunge. The Scourpions are a one hit wonder.

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.

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?

Reply @gemcloben RE difference between hard rock and heavy metal.
Music specialists apply one basic criterion to differentiate hard rock from metal - the scales used.
Hard rock - uses blues scales or Rock N Roll scales (Guns N Roses, ACDC, Led Zep, Motorhead).
Metal - uses scales typically used in classical music (no blues, RNR, etc.).
Deep Purple have both hard rock and metal songs. They were the first band that used classical scales to create rock songs and this way they invented metal (Highway Star is based on Bach scales).

So metal is not just a heavier or louder version of hard rock - metal may be heavier but it’s also different. Some hard rock songs may actually sound heavier than some metal songs but it doesn't make them metal. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N' Roses sounds heavier than Beyond The Realms of Death by Judas Priest but this doesn't make the Guns N' Roses song metal.

I fully agree, but how would you explain this difference to someone with no knowledge of music theory (I'm not one of those, don't worry)?

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.

Ultimate hard rock band! Second place, after Zeppelin! Child in Time - best vocal performance and best guitar solo ever; Speed King - terrific intro & awesome organ-guitar work; Highway Star; mindblowing organ and epic guitar solo and fast rhythm; Lazy - ultimate Blackmore-Lord song; and ofc amazing Blackmore riffs - SotW, Black Night, Burn, Bloodsucker, Stormbringer :) and best duo in guitar history - Blackmore-Lord

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.

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

Best Hard Rock Band, great chorus, great guitar solos, great riffs, great ballads, good rhythm session, it's an awesome band... And they will Rock Like a Hurricane, because they's Bad Boys Running Wild

I've been a die hard Scorpions fan for 27yrs. They are simply one of the best Rock bands ever in the history of time. Kings of the Ballads forsure. No band writes ballads better then the SCORPS. Not to mention they love and adore their FANS. RAWK ON SCORPS. See Ya in California 2008.

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

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.

They r young, talented and have a fresh sound in their music
Also unlike other metal bands its not only about guitar solos... They have a brilliant drummer and singer... I do agree that there are few better guitarists than synyster but come on the is barely 30 years old
M sure that after 5-6 years they will be they best band in all aspects though overall they r one of the best...
Also I guess people don't buy their albums because they r jealous of them because they r so cool...
Sooner or later they will reach the #1 spot

Well A7X is a band who has many genre from death metal to hard countrified ballad. And I must say that they are different than the other metal bands and all the members has a different characters and talent. And my most favorite, the late drummer Jimmy THE REVEREND Sullivan for me he is the best Drummer of all time. I was goosebumps when I heard they song called M.I. A he got an eccentric pattern on Bass drum. And also I love Dear God because it's so unpredictable that a metal band was doing a country song.

If I was told to describe them in two words it would be PRUE AWSOMENESS. Avenged Sevenfold will always have the number one stop for me. They have the look, sound, and over all aditude. They love making music. Zacky Vangence and Synyster Gates create a masterpice when ever they play. Nobody will ever replace Jimmy (Jimmy may he rest in heaven), though. I love this ban and if you don't you are just completely messed up. This band is so amazing people have actualy gotten death-bat tattooed on them. LOVE Avenged Sevenfold
I pledge allegiance to the DEATHBAT of the united nation of SEVENFOLD, and to the GATES for which they stand PLAGUE, one nation, under CHRIST, indivisible with SHADOWS and VENGEANCE for all!

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.

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.

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

Very far from hard rock. I'm not even know about hard rock Doors song, but I know about almost all Doors songs.

Avenged Sevenfold are above the doors. Lots of teenage girls voting on this site then? ;p

Psychedelic not hard rock

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.

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

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

Judas Priest redefined and made metal, plain and simple.

Rush Rush was 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.

RUSH is the best rock band of all time. Their individual musicianship and collective musicianship is off the charts. Listen to La villa Strangiato. Their 40 years and body of work is unmatched by any other band.

Nickelback? I don't mean to be offensive but they have to get a life. Nickelback 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?

Whyy is Rush ranked 7? This band, without a doubt, should be ranked 1! They are the GREATEST band of all time. The member's are entering their 60's and their new album acts like their 1st album (Clockwork Angels). It's UNBELIEVABLE! Please check it out on YouTube!

RUSH... Always RUSH, a three players rock band that reached perfectionism of Hard Rock, two out of three (Geddy and Neil) are in the top three of all time! Can't wait till June the 6th in Berlin!

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.

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 ...read more.

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.

I think the reason maiden isn't ranked higher is because they have never been recognised in USA (unlike metallica). my personal list is this
1. Maiden
2. Metallica
3. Kiss

10 . Led zeppelin

Actually maiden is really a heavy metal band. They don't sings hard rock very much. But I think they still deserves to be in top 5 because Rush and Linkin Park doesn't stand a chance.

Iron maiden is the best. I mean how can America not know iron maiden. I think iron maiden beat Metallica, AC/DC, guns n roses and even Led Zeppelin.

P.S. if YOU don't 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.

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

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.

He brought hard to rock and made it stick. One of Bob Dylan's favorite artists.

Jimmy would recommend you turn off the computer, plug in the guitar, and let the smoke roll.

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

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 ...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.

I grew up with Pink Floyd best ever music I did grow up with. I just wish I could have gone to one of their concerts, the light shows & cover bands just can't do them justice.

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.

Think of Pink Floyd and then look at the bands that are listed above them. Something is seriously wrong with this list.

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

Guess what I've always loved definitely leppard. I've also saw them in concert they were awesome, don't forget songs like pour some sugar on me, bringin on the heartbreak, animal and photograph GO definitely LEPPARD YOUR awesome

Come on, A one armed drummer who can outplay anybody.

And don't forget songs like rock of ages, pour some sugar on me, and foolin

Definitely leppard rocks! Talk about a band with a bond, and a serious love to rock out! They no doubt deserve #1

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