Top 10 Hard Rock BandsThis is bad-to-the-bone hard rock, no emo-screamo, or happy joy joy, so you can take your pansy little flute and go home.
The Top Ten
I ain't that much of a Zeppelin guy, but they kick Guns 'N Roses. Axl Rose is such a douche bag. Hate their music, no wonder why Slash left. Zeppelin made Stairway to Heaven which is by far one of the greatest songs of all time. (My favorite song of all time is definitely One by Metallica). Gonna play Stairway at my dad's funeral. Also, Zeppelin is one of the founding members of hard rock and very early heavy metal. So without them, I don't know if I would listen to much rock bands.
Zeppelin is everything a rock band should be. Great songs, great musicianship, great style. Zakk Wylde stated that Jimmy Page was one of the 3 greatest riff s writers ever and that is without argument (the others were Tony Iommi and Richie Blackmore). Zep also has the Lord of the Rings and Viking themes going on. Best band ever.
How the Hell did Guns N' Roses Beat Led Zeppelin!?!? Seriously!?!? What?!?! Today's Generation! Now Don't get me wrong I think that Guns N' Roses is an awesome band but come on man Led Zeppelin is easily the best band of all time... Just give a listen to Achilles Last Stand or Stairway or Dazed and Confused or Immigrant Song or practically any other song from their 9 albums. Led Zeppelin is the best band EVER!
At least Robert Plant has a voice you can actually listen to and enjoy.
Anyone with half a brain would know zeppelin are were the greatest band of all time by far no arguments 4 great musos who created magic not just music no other band has ever created what zeppelin has given and guns and posers number 1 oh spare me please they couldn't tie zeppelins shoe laces zeppelin would of blown the crappers out of them
If they are not the best rock band of all time, then why do so many T.V. shows, commercials, and movies play their music. WHY? Because they draw attention with their riffs, and the lead singers raspy voice. OH, by the way. What other rock band in history has lost their lead singer, and produced as many hits as AC/DC. UMM. They were becoming the most popular rock band with Bon Scott, then he passed away. Guess what. They carried on, never seeming to lose any kind of magic. All you nay-sayers, please recognize the best band to ever take the stage. Oh, by the way, my 5, and 7 year old boys are hard core AC/DC fanatics.
I met Brian Johnson before the first show of the Ballbreaker tour in 1996. Ran into him in the hotel elevator as he was going to the show - the band was staying in the same hotel. Nicest, most humble guy. I gave him his space and was respectable and he didn't mind chatting at all at the hotel bar. A few other people came up and were respectable, as well. If you came from another planet, he would never stick out in a crowd - just an awesome guy and rock star, as is the rest of the band.
I think AC/DC were the heaviest band to not be heavy metal. But if you listen to their music more often you'll hear the difference between metal and hard rock. AC/DC are kings of the hard rock genre for sure. Just listen to Back in Black or Highway to Hell, those highlight the vocals of Brian Johnston and Bon Scott respectively.
AC/DC was easily and still is one of the most popular bands of all time. Their innovation and style isn't necessarily in their songwriting or song meaning. It's in their songs' groove. And the lyrics and parts balance perfectly. Weighing all aspects of rock 'n' roll, AC/DC is the best hard rock band of all time.
Are you serious? A band that has about 8 songs worth mentioning and a singer with shredded vocal cords? Slash is the best guitarists in the world huh? Yeah I remember being in my teens and being able to play anything he could and with little difficulty. If you look at Musician's World top 100 Guitarists of all times as ranked by their own peers, Slash didn't do that great. Let's see who was no. 1? Oh yeah Eddie Van Halen himself! No mention of Slash near the top. Whoever posted that obviously is not a musician nor a Guitarist either. Don't get me wrong Guns N' Roses was very good for a short run. I've seen them live and they have the audio engineer keep AXL's mic lower than the instruments for a reason. He destroyed his voice by smoking and drinking too much 25 years ago.
Guns 'N' Roses is by far one of the greatest collections of musicians who have ever lived. Slash, Izzy, Duff, Steven, Gilby, Matt, Dizzy & Axl have so much cemestry that even there bad songs have immense depth and playability. It doesn't matter how easy it is to play one of Slash's solos or how much you critique their work, they came up with some of the most influential & interesting music to date and I have no doubts in my mind that no one would be able to compose a piece that is as good as a Guns N' Roses song. Eddie Van Halen may be a great guitarist but his music doesn't even come close to having the amount of soul that even the worst Guns N' Roses song does.
I know a lot of people will be upset to see that Guns N' Roses is voted #1, because over the past 20 years Guns N' Roses has gotten a bad par because of everyone's hatred for Axl, but in their heyday they were, in my humble opinion, the greatest band ever formed. Songs like Sweet Child, November Rain, Civil War, Welcome to the jungle, Patience, Nightrain, one in a million etc... are better and have more depth than any songs released by any other band ever. Obviously this is purely subjective, but I absolutely agree with the ranking.
The time of the real Guns N' Roses was short, yes... But in this time they made some of greatest hard rock songs in history.. They did not just made awesome music. They looked like rock stars! And they were... I agree that Led Zeppelin is one of the most awesome bands... But for me, Led Zeppelin was no real hard rock band. It was the beginning of hard rock... But their music was not the real hard rock... It was hard rock influenced by blues rock, progressive rock and bit psychedelic rock... The real hard rock bands were Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen, etc...
Warfaze created great musical journey in Banglades. They have some best lyrics & tune. Guitarist Kamal, Samir, former Oni hasan they are gems of this country. All the former & running vocalists are lit in their own uniquenes.
With the release of their debut album in 1991, Warfaze introduced Rock, Heavy Metal music in Bengali language in Bangladesh. Warfaze has released songs with many variations enriched with Twin Guitar Harmony, Keyboards and Bass solo's and melodious and wide range vocals. They created many hit songs and adventurous music as well. Though not in English language, Warfaze captured rock music lover with their brilliant compositions in universal language of music. And their lyrics are always exceptional talking about reality, social problems and human emotions. Warfaze is a pride of Bangladesh and Bengali speaking community of Indian sub continent. Thanks.
Back in 1991, Bangladesh was used to with pop, folk, etc kind of music. A very small amount of people used to listen to hard rock and heavy music which was in English. Back in those days, even musicians could not think of doing some rock music. Suddenly there came out a different sound, such as high pitched vocals, fast guitars with distortion, blood pumping drum bits, and thought full lyrics with new type of tunes. That was nothing but the first album of warfaze. Listeners ran up to shops to check out this unique sound and it got deep in their hearts soon.
Warfaze is one of the best bands in Bangladesh. They can give us a different touch of music. We can feel it. Love warfaze. Hope, their long live
Kidding?! Aerosmith is called "The best hard rock band of all time"! And they're not without a reason...
Steven Tyler is the most awesome singer in hard rock history! And they're awesome since the 70s and they still fill awesome concerts... Guns N' Roses doesn't, Van Halen doesn't... But Aerosmith really does!
Most people hear cryin, miss a thing and sweet emotion, then say they suck. But they have so much more that truly makes them America's greatest rock and roll band! Toys in the Attic, Rocks, and Get your Wings are some of the best albums ever, topped only by Appetite for Destruction.
People don't pay attention... HARD ROCK! The most of the bands here are Metal! It's not fair!
Aerosmith are self-proclaimed Greatest Rock band! I mean, Aerosmith are amazing.
The most harmonic hard rock band ever! All band members are very talented in musicality. Freddie's vocal is so hypnotizing!
Freddie Mercury.. I don, t have anything to say about his inhuman melodious voice. Of course the guitarist is one of the best.
Queen was very plural in theirs music and possesses excellent vocalist and excellent guitarist
Queen and Led Zeppelin should be #1 and 2. I can't decide which is better. After should come AC/DC.
How in the name of god is Van Halen this low? Many people have deemed them the sucessors of Led Zeppelin and if you listen to songs like Panama, Hot For Teacher, and ain't' Talking' 'Bout Love, you will see that they are well deserving of that title. Plus their songs are so catchy and all instruments are always in sync with each other. Van Halen is simply a monster of rock, especially hard rock with Eddie's guitar riffs, Alex's thundering drumming beats, Michael's thudding bass lines, and Diamond Dave's wide and enthusiastic vocals. Van Halen should be in the top 5 at least because they are simply awesome and I will never stop loving them. Sure, all the other bands on here are good, but some like Iron Maiden should not be above Van Halen because they are heavy metal, not hard rock. Van Halen also ruled the air waves in the 1980s, because of their awesomeness. Also, Van Halen on their most recent album "A Different Kind Of Truth" from 2012, Van Halen has not lost their legendary sound ...more
Van Halen is top five for sure in regards to live bands and hard rock music in general. Great energy, power, and entertainment. In one of there concerts they opened for Arrowsmith and blew them away with a great show. David Lee Roth is a awesome frontman. Alex Van Halen is a underrated great drummer, Michael Anthony is a very good bass player, and of course one of greatest lead guitar player's ever guitar God himself Edward Van Halen. Just really listen to their first four albums. In regards to this list, true hard rock fans are yelling ain't talking about love!
Van Halen is top five for sure in regards to live bands and Hard rock in general. 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 frontman, and a underrated great drummer in Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony is a very good bass player, and of course on of the greatest guitar players ever, the electrifying guitar god himself Edward Van Halen! Just really listen to there first four albums. In regards to this list, true fans are yelling ain't talking about love!
VH this low? Half these band are metal anyway! Look don't get me wrong alter bridge and a7x are awesome but they don't have the legacy that VH does... They changed lead singers several times and continued to go multi-platinum on every album... Songs like I'm the one, 5150, judgement day, aftershock, mean streets and good enough are incredible and nobody even knows them... Guns N' Roses have one unbelivable album but that's it... I just feel they're the best of all time if not put'em top 5 or 10 at least come on guys
I really like the sharp and quick guitar work as well as the crisp drums. The lead singer also has a great voice. There is just something about Metallica that is just out right awesome. Something I don't see in other bands like ACDC guns "n roses and Iron Maiden. by the way Of Wolf And Man is my favorite song
I agree that technically it isn't now a metal band but since it was classified as such, I think it should stay. Metallica has amazing solos. James Hetfield sang great. Kirk Hammett is one ofg the greatest guitarists ever. Metallica for life.
Metallica, Iron Maiden, Green Day, AC/DC, A7X, Slipknot, Disturbed, System of a down are the greatest bands. But Metallica has got a little twinge in their playing and so I voted for them
Although they get points in Hard rock they are in fact Thrash metal. And in my eyes the greatest Thrash metal band of all time and probable of all time...
I would have voted for Zeppelin, but I had to vote for Deep Purple because the fact that they are not in the top five, let alone top ten is just ludicrous. They are one of the hardest rocking bands of all time. And they were/are extremely influential. Machinehead is packed full of extremely well known and perfect rock riffs. I would seriously just put Deep Purple up there for in Rock and Machinehead but they also had a plethora of other great songs not to mention every guy in that band is one of the best instrumentalists it vocalists respective to their instruments (for mark 2 and 3 and 4 at least) they just need to be way higher on this list though.
Deep Purple is undoubtedly the best Hard Rock Band ever. Listen to the huge number of hits they have delivered. Smoke on the Water, Black Night, Child in time, Highway Star, Hush, Fireball,...the list is endless. There is no-one on earth who has not heard Smoke on the water. They gave rock music to the world.
In fact, Deep Purple have always been one of the top 3 best and most influential bands in both hard rock and metal. They were pioneers of both genres. And they were damn good!
Finding them always so low on these lists means that they are terribly underrated.
Deep Purple cannot be taken away from the Top 3 Godfathers of Rock & Metal. It's just sad that a lot of people these days don't even know who they are, except the song "Smoke On The Water". These guys have greatly contributed to hard rock everywhere!
They are the best because of always releasing new songs and successful hits, respect to their fans and stayed almost 30 years with the same lineup.
I think this is one of the greatest bands in History, because they are active for a Long time Hope Richie comes back.
Led Zeppelin is a great band and all but they are a little too mellow for #2.
Living on a prayer is enough to beat all the led Zeppelin song
Kiss is easily top ten - their is no Stairway to Heaven or Won't Get Fooled Again in their catalogue but no band has produced as many good hard rock songs as Kiss. They could play an entirely different set list for seveN straight days and all would be good.
What! KISS is the best band ever! How can Rise Against be 10th and kiss 14th! Rise Against are not even a hard rock band! They are melodic hardcore... KISS ARMY forever!
Kiss are a load of crap who is only liked by Americans! They don't have anything on Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, ACDC, Sabbath and so on!
The make-up is why they're on here. Music-wise, they are not so good, but they sure put on a show!
I have seen them twice live. I took my teenage son. They are pretty good for a modern day band. Whoever put they should be ranked number 1 is as clueless as any person I've ever seen post anything in my life. Background vocals leave a lot to be desired. I seen them at U.S. bank Arena in Cincy and the upper level was empty well into their Hail To The King tour. I've seen oh, Metallica, AC DC, Van Halen, and many more bands sell out every arena or coliseum in the world for decades. Metallica has played for crowds of over 250,000 before. A7X will never achieve the album sales or play for crowds nearly the size of the above mentioned and they admitted that themselves. Like I said they are very good however, at least they play good guitar solos and don't just play 3-4 chords on their guitars like most modern day guitar players. Very good but not great or anywhere near elite status but good guys.
They are awesome! Shadows has an amazing voice, Syn shreds like pro, Zacky's unique cause he's a left-handed guitarist and the guitar duels they performed are amazing, Johnny's sexy as hell with his bass and Arin's just an amazing drummer. RIP Jimmy the Rev cause he's the greatest drummer for me! Their new album Hail to the King has amazing worth hearing tracks!
You guys are the best, I love your hard rock music. Keep making more please :) My name is Justus Crum and I am 15 years old. My height is 6'2. I love basketball. But the best motivation hard rock is your music, that is right I'm talking to you Avenged Sevenfold, you're one of them best hard rock bands I listen to.
Avenged Sevenfold in my opinion is one of the best bands ever. Along side falling in reverse and black veil brides.
Iron Maiden is unique and trend setter. Not to mention " Empire of the clouds" from these days and the first 9 albums. They are musically extremely rich and only after researching a song you can really judge the superiority of their music. And the double harmonies at Guitar. Fan for 35 yrs. They are Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal...everything. But not pop.
They should be ahead of Queen, Metallica, and Warfaze. At least top 5. Listen to their songs such as Hallowed Be Thy Name, Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, and 2 Minutes to Midnite and you will fall in love with this band.
The reason Metallica appears here is because a lot of their music is hard rock. The reason Iron Maiden appears here is because it's AWESOME.
Favorite metal band, but they aren't really hard rock. Even if they have some hard rock songs (which I don't know). those songs are very few.
Though primarily they are a psychedelic rock band, they have done a bunch of hard rock staffs. they are considered as the pioneer of psychedelic rock in Bangladesh. bandleader james is an awesome lead guitar player, composer, lyricist and vocalist. in its golden days, he was accompanied by legendary funty on drums and percussions, babu on bass guitar and asad on keyboards. the line up has changed so many times over its almost 40 years journey, but the power is still the same. specially in live they are still the best in Bangladesh.
There is other bands like ac dc, led zeppelin, aerosmith the list goes on and on. Then why nogor baul. Answer is simple. Nogor baul started this all. I wasn't into rock music. This is the band that got me into rock music, inspired me to pick up the guitar. Joy guru joy
Nogor Baul evergreen Rock band in bangladesh since 1980. James who's often called as "Guru". thet means He is a master of Rock band and song. Nogor Baul's vocalist James is the legendary and most popular musician in Bangladesh and India. God bless him...
Nagarbaul james Is mixed up with our existence, Nagarbaul is the most popular & successful Band in Bangladesh. James is consider is an only Male rock singer in Bangladesh. He is the pioneer of Psychedelic rock in Bangladesh. Love you Guru & joy guru
The best band of the 2nd British Invasion or the 1980s as Americans like to call it! They never split and still thrive! I wish Steve Clark was still alive!
I'm not familiar with six of the bands ranked ahead but Def Leppard and Motley Crue should both be rated higher.
On here because of the one-armed drummer, and, I guess it was cool to be successful even without two arms.
They should be in the top 10 at least. One of the pioneer bands of the 80s rock sound. Uniquely British...
Led Zeppelin did create the "Hard Rock" genre in comparison to Black Sabbath. For Sabbath created the Metal genre. They don't belong in this list. They belong at the number one spot of every Top Metal list out there.
Zeppelin created the blue print for both genres. The sound that they displayed in songs like "Black Dog and "Whole Lotta Love" were so influential that bands like deep purple and Black Sabbath adapted a familiar sound. Toni iommi's style of picking the guitar and distortions created a low sound that was loud. Hard rock on the other hand has a bluesy sound.
You've got to be kidding me! How are they not top 3? Songs like War Pigs, Iron Man, Paranoid, and Hand of Doom will be forever remembered. Ozzy is classic and don't forget Ronny James Dio took on after him. R.I.P Dio
Hard to define Sabbath... Some people think hard rock, some think metal. I think Zep is by far #1 in hard rock, and sabbath is #1 in metal. Period. Both great bands!
Black Sabbath invented the genre who votes for some of these so called bands?
All of the members of the band Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and roger daltrey are on the rolling stone's list of greatest drummers, guitarists, bassists, and singers. John Entwistle was voted the greatest bassist of all time Pete Townshend was voted the 10th greatest guitarist keith moon was voted 2nd greatest drummer of all time and roger daltrey was voted 62nd greatest singer of all time come onn
I prefer AC/DC but it's a travesty The Who is this low! Better then Guns N' Roses up there at number 1! Seriously. Remove Appetite from Guns N' Roses's repertoire and they're an average rock band at best!
One of the most dynamic hard rock bands and highly innovative. Rock music will be meaningless without "Wont get fooled again"," Baba O Riley " or Who are you and Quadrophenia
You must be joking. The Who are better than Avenged Sevenfold for certain, and probably most of the other Top Ten bands (excluding Zeppelin) and should be top 5 at least!
Scorpions should be in the top ten if not top 5 in this list... Metallica and a7x shouldn't even be here not that I'm not a fan
Rock You Like a Hurricane and Another Piece of Meat are great Scorpions songs
The Scorpions behind nirvana has got to be a joke, this band is top 5 for sure.
Great vocals, Great guitarist, Great songs, Everything is great!
Nirvana should be in top 5 at least.. Kurt Cobain was a legend and they created many outstanding tracks in such a short period of time. whenever I feel lonely I always listen to Nirvana songs... Its like my best friend.
How is a non hard rock band higher than a God of hard rock band like Deep Purple? Nirvana was a good band but you guys need to stop putting them at the top of unrelated lists...
Nirvana is boss! They are one of the best bands ever and Kurt is legend.
Are you guys kidding me? Nirvana is "Grunge"...noobs. How dare you.
Because people think every heavy song is hard rock or heavy metal, rest of 'em don't even heard about grunge or punk I think...
I am 49 now, and I consider Dio as a Hard and Heavy Rock band, because they are unique, from the legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, to the great other members! They should be on the top of the list. Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, Journey, AC/DC, Iron Maiden (Heavy but Melodic), Kiss, Aero Smith, etc..., should be on the top also!
Ronnie James Duo has THE greatest singing voice rock has ever known. Nothing compares.
I am only 11 and have s lot of respect for the greatest singing voice ever on Earth. R.I.P Dio
Why number 21? The voice himself should be in the top five. (R.I.P.) Mr. Dio.
Rush should be #2 or #3! Greatest musicianship out of all these bands other than Zeppelin. Remember though only 3 guys in Rush with the sickest oddest time signatures known to man! If you haven't seen these guys live and you call yourself a musician or music lover than you should be ashamed of yourself! They could outplay the whole list of bands! I Promise!
Remember, Rush is only behind the Beatles and the Stones for consecutive good and platinum albums. Impressive musicians. They are missed! Nothing compares to seeing this trio live!
I agree with the comment below. their musical talent at their respective instruments is unmatched! I have seen them live many times, and each time their better than before! They should be WAY further up on this list!
Yeah, it's prog-rock, but also hard rock. Listen to 2112. It's prog and hard at the same time but still a masterpiece.
I love this band so much! Three Days Grace are life savers because their songs saved me from ending my life, they also explain ways I have felt before and it helped me deal with the pain and all these other feelings I have felt in the past. I really recommend this band for people who are going through a rough time... Three Days Grace is and always will be my favorite band! <3 m/ #3DG4LIFE
On Wikipedia they have written TDG is hard rock. But all the songs I heard of their's aren't hard rock. Hard rock is usually slow, and more low pitched sound. Their songs aren't really hard rock. They have noisy riffs.
Come on! I know these guys are newer, but their sound is just amazing, and no other band has a sound like this. Respect!
Only Three Days Grace has a point in they're songs. And the music is good too. They deserve top 10
I agree they should be at least top 20. However not top 10. They are not as aggressive as other bands, their overall sound is a little too rounded so to speak. But 43? Come on
Seriously breaking Benjamin is ranked lower than Skillet! This is ridiculous they should be way up on the list
This has been my favorite band since I was 5, I think te should come before avenged sevenfold
Breaking Benjamin is a great band to listen to when your bored.
Red is an amazing band. if you haven't listened to them do it RIGHT NOW! Their best songs are Breathe into Me, Already Over, Death of Me, Shadows, Feed the Machine, Faceless, Watch You Crawl, Release the Panic, Perfect Life, Run and Escape, Impostor, Darkest Part, And Part That's Holding On. Just listen to a few of these and you will know why I love their music! Plus they have one of the best singers out there!
Amazing band..should be top 20
Their music is deepening! Down with the sickness and stricken are the greatest hard rock songs of all time!
They are the best... you just listen to there any song... They are awesome
Why the heck is this all the way down here?
Disturbed is awesome just awesome.