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 Hard Rock Bands
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.
AC/DC is the best band, because they can express our feelings and opinions with their music.
They are probably the best band ever maybe led zeppelin but them two are contenders
Not British at all despite the comment below. Raised in Australia,
there sound is completely influenced by the Australian pub rock scene.
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. - BrianScott01
They practically MADE rock for all the bands we know now. Without Zeppelin, rock would still be gospel and bluegrass. - stjpbwthjk
This isn't even a competition. Led Zeppelin, along with Black Sabbath, invented hard rock. You idiots saying that slash is the greatest guitarist ever and that guns and roses is the best need to shut up. The only guitarist on this list who can content with jimmy page is Eddie Van Halen. And there is no band that can contend with Led Zeppelin. You could listen to any one of their albums and think it was the highlight of their career.
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.
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.
If Guns N' Roses is 3... I ask why? They have to be number 1. I'm listening to "Estranged" while writing this and it is so... goood... - RamRoshanRamanathan
Slash is an awesome guitarist. His solos is very marvellous to hear. The best guitarist in the best HARD ROCK bans.
I have to go with these guys but AC/DC is a close second. I just think they have a bit better rock songs and I have always loved Sweet Child o' mine.
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.
They are one of the best band from Bangladesh along with other great bands. I'd recommend every music lover to listen to their music. You may not understand the lyrics as it is in Bengali language, though you can feel the music. Music itself is a language. Bangladesh is filled with many talented artists (mostly band musicians) but sadly the world haven't hard of them due to some reasons.. Don't forget to listen to their music though. Have a nice day
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.
You gotta listen what Warfaze created during early 90s, let alone what they are doing right now. I damn sure they are as good as the big names in the western hard rock bands. People do not know about them just because the songs are not in English. But if you are a hard rock lover from anywhere in the world, I can bet that you will love their music.
People don't pay attention... HARD ROCK! The most of the bands here are Metal! It's not fair!
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.
The best out oft he options and better than nirvana anyday
You are awesome Steven Tyler. Thanks for the memories. Dream on!
It was the gift of Freddie Mercury
Queen was very plural in theirs music and possesses excellent vocalist and excellent guitarist
The most harmonic hard rock band ever! All band members are very talented in musicality. Freddie's vocal is so hypnotizing!
Well Queen is fantastic.They made songs in different genres and they were very creative.
Metallica isn't hard rock band. They play thrash/heavy metal. And they're epic!
Black album, Load, ReLoad, Death Magnetic and Hardwired are hard rock - Disturbedpotato
For all those saying Metallica are not hard rock are wrong. a lot of their work in the 90s was hard rock along with heavy metal in some albums.
Hate to say it but Metallica isn't the longest Running band and to add Metallica was considered metal in its time but now it more falls under hard rock due to the changing of times and music
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...
They should be 1 place. A revelation and an inspiration for all before them in this top.
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.
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 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.
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
Huh? Van Halen in #23? Is this a different band that sucks with the same name? I hopes so! Cause the real van halen should be in top 3
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!
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!
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.
Amazing, like kings of melodic rock. Enough said. - stjpbwthjk
Led Zeppelin is a great band and all but they are a little too mellow for #2.
I think this is one of the greatest bands in History, because they are active for a Long time Hope Richie comes back.
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!
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.
Everything about them is amazing. Find one bad aspect of their music.
Avenged sevenfold should be number 1 they have amazing skill in all instruments and they are amazing live
Black Sabbath invented the genre who votes for some of these so called bands?
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.
Pioneers of heavy metal, and Ozzy is just as good flying solo as he is in a band. - stjpbwthjk
Really 15th, shame on ya
They aren't hard rock.. Definitely heavy metal. So is Metallica
Haha, you can't beat those twin guitars and the speed is mind blowing, hats off to Murray and Smith.
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 may be more metal than hard rock, but they are still my favorite band so whatever
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
This list is actually disturbing, The Who was the definitive Hard Rock band. Where would we be without Who's Next
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!
What is this bull. The who is one of the original hard rock bands. They have countless great songs. They should be top 5
On here because of the one-armed drummer, and, I guess it was cool to be successful even without two arms. - stjpbwthjk
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.
Steve Clark and Phil Collen were one of the best guitar duos hard rock known
NOgor Baul is undoubtedly one of the best band in Bangladesh. Besides, they have James who's often called as "Guru" and he's the pioneer of psychedelic rock in Bangladesh.
James is the legendary musician in Bangladesh. And he is the most popular singer in the country.
Second version of LRB. Boring band - zxm
My favourite band & james is my guru
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 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.
The make-up is why they're on here. Music-wise, they are not so good, but they sure put on a show! - stjpbwthjk
This to me is a disgrace, I'm sorry but bon jovi and kiss need to be switched because bon jovi is not even close to being better than kiss - Acefan4life
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...
Nirvana is boss! They are one of the best bands ever and Kurt is legend.
RIP kurt nirvana should be on no1
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... - RalphSaad
Great vocals, Great guitarist, Great songs, Everything is great!
Very underrated. Great band with good live performances too. - Userguy44
I think scorpions must be in the top 10
It's the best band I have ever see
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
Come on! I know these guys are newer, but their sound is just amazing, and no other band has a sound like this. Respect!
This is one of the best bands I've ever listened to their songs have so much meaning and even though they lost Adam their still amazing
Only Three Days Grace has a point in they're songs. And the music is good too. They deserve top 10
TDG have been my favourite band since I got into rock and metal and they have been great now an din the past, no band will ever top them in my opinion and I like all there songs, this is the only band where I like every song they make, with or without Adam
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!
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!
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. - MaxPap
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!
This has been my favorite band since I was 5, I think te should come before avenged sevenfold
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
Are you serious? They deserve to be in at least top 10
Seriously breaking Benjamin is ranked lower than Skillet! This is ridiculous they should be way up on the list
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
Great band great music
Their music is deepening! Down with the sickness and stricken are the greatest hard rock songs of all time!
Disturbed is my #1 favorite band I have been listening to them ever since I was 4 years old I was born in 1997
They are the best... you just listen to there any song... They are awesome
Just listen their live shows with John Sykes on guitar. Or their lives shows and albums with Doug Aldrich, heavy riffs at their finest
What the hell people skynyrd has been around way longer than led Zeppelin
These are terrible same drumming style in every song they make it so bad
5FDP is awesome! From one song to the next... they "Got Your Six"!
You can't go wronge with five finger death punch!
Best band ever, no acceptions.
They should be top ten
Best. Should be at top
What the hell is this doing at 27 behind TDG and A7X Tool will kick there ass! Should be at least #5
A Little soft for my liking...might appeal to those who are depressed but not great
Amazed to see them around 30! I didn't realise How popular they actually are
They are awesome
Just listen to them
I don't understand this ranking, it's mostly Metal & hardcore bands who took the places other bands deserve like The Jimi Hendrix Experience or Lordi, they deserve a higher place for sure!
Answering to the bottom opinion - Lordi is more like metal rather than rock, so your argument is invalid that way.
P.S. Yeah, this top is consisting from people voting here, and it seems people like metal more, though metal as such is sometimes considered hard rock/rock, especially Heavy Metal, and what I see here is metalcore bands as well...that one is weird actually, because metal that is more under Heavy Metal is further from rock as such.
Jimi taught us how to play through those strings...
Without Jimi Hendrix, hard rock would not exist.
I think they earn the right to be the best hard rock band due to what they've been doing for 20 years.
The first good band I really liked.
Best rock band ever!
Overrated, good it's not higher. - Disturbedpotato
2nd best southern rock ever.
Should be top 10 at least.
These guys are composers, point blank. The way these guys construct their songs is amazing! Every single member is on point with interesting musical lines/lyrics, and they never repeat themselves. Everything they write is fresh, and the emotions in the songs are second to none. These guys are musical geniuses, and it's a shame that more people haven't heard of them. They're the best band I have ever heard, and I'm a fan for life.
One of the best hard rock bands. They should've easily make it to top 10
In my opinion they're one of the only bands that keep the heavy instrumental stuff melodic enough to be enjoyable by a large audience. Terribly underrated on this list, I'd say they're easily one of the best.
Personally, I love bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, but they aren't hard rock, they're metal. Alter Bridge are the best hard rock band in the world at this time. Every album they bring out is breathtaking, the perfect mix of heavy riffs with Myles' soothing vocals.
Are you kidding me? Skillet is the #1 band without a doubt
LOVE THEM! Not Gonna die and Awake and alive are the best!
Awesome. Full of energy.
Skillet is the best how are they 49th
Evanescence is Nu Metal, not hard rock.
Halestorm is one of the best rock bands out there! Lzzy is queen
Not unlike Aussie hard rockers Baby Animals
One of the best band I've ever heard
Ok band...but very good to see a female lead vocal in a hard rock band, there should be more hot female singers in hard rock!...Just my opinion
One of the leading rock bands in Bangladesh at present times. A huge entertainer. The lyrics are awesome, they have some songs that will remain in people's head for a long time for sure.
Aurthohin is clearly a hard rock band. No doubt in it. They have played many good songs. And the bassist here "Sumon" is called "Bassbaba" for a reason. (by the way Bassbaba means father of bass). He can play bass solo. I know he is least popular. And if there's some musicians who are on the underrated list. Then this is Sumon. He plays bass solo. Geddy Lee and this guy has a tough competition (to me). But this guy wins cause this guy has a better voice than Geddy Lee. - zxm
Aurthohin is one of lead rock band in Bangladesh. They are best ever. I just their diehard fan.
The maestri of jaw dropping guiter riffs, flashing drum works and spellbinding bass attack made this band reign the rock kingdom of Bangladesh. Where other bands struggle to hold their reputation-Aurthohin made rock a religion where passion for creation is a signature any listener can taste.
Their style and unique creepiness is what might bring them down but in my mind brings them to the top ten.
They had been on of the greatest bands like Metallica if they still played
Why is this awesome band so underrated?
I wish they kept on playing. They were like my inspiration
Alice frigging invented theatrics in rock. How can one not vote the man up when he has such great songs such as I'm Eighteen, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies? Or albums like Billion Dollar Babies, Love it to Death, and Welcome to My Nightmare?
Still a great live act. Brutal Planet and The Last Temptation are two of his best works.
Still the greatest ever. - warrantsbestgirl
This band is amazing. enough said
Dude. Come on 59. Best band out there with theory of a deadman.
Best band ever!
Too low rank for Judas Priest. Rob Halford's vocals and Tipton's and Downing's great guitar work alone should guarantee a place in top 10. That being said, they were also the first band to acknowledge being a "heavy metal" band so maybe this list is quite not up their alley.
Their first two albums were hard rock!
Well, it's Heavy Metal, but still, these are Gods...should be toe to toe with Iron Maiden.
Common guys! It's Richie blackmore and Ronnie James Dio! Ranking them as #52! Are you insane? These 2 made 3 extraordinary albums in my opinion I think they should be put up there with the top ten bands.
The fact that this is so low is ridiculous. This is as good as hard rock gets.
Is this a joke? Rainbow was and is the best band ever...
Are you kidding me? Ha, really? Rainbow legend is worse than nickelback, ha?