Most Iconic Rock Bands

The Top Ten

1 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.

Queen is definitely number 1. I can't think of anyone who has'nt heard We Will Rock You, or hates Queen.

Journey is actually above Queen, think people, Queen's greatest Hits album is something that absolutely everyone-at least in America-has in some version from 8-track to Mp3 - I<3Queen

Queen has to be number 1 they have so many more recognizable songs then any other band on this list

Queen is amazing!

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2 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Everybody should know JOurney. Don't Stop Believing is still a huge song on classic rock stations. I once again can't think of anyone who doesn't like them at all.

The best band ever. You can recognize a Journey song anywhere. Timeless, classic melodic rock. The creators of the power ballad.

Steve Perry --- the voice of rock - list1010

Ever time I look on a best band list journey is in the top 30 or 40 but on this list journey beet some very popular bands like the Beetles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC-DC and tons more. This just shows that people like and love journey but they don't spend there time to look for it on a list. Long Live Steve Perry!

3 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

The Beatles are most iconic by far with top chart songs, promoting peace, love, to enjoy yourself and don't look back. For people who don't agree don't know rock the Beatles tower above others, and for journey to be taking number one spot that's not right... do whats right vote Beatles.

Without a doubt No. 1. Everyone loves at least 1 song by the Beatles, and if they don't, they really need some help.

Even the people who don't listen to music know who they are.

Most people know all four members of the Beatles. the Beatles are music. everything else is just a footnote - RecklessGreed

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4 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.

The biggest selling rock band. Of course they are the icons of "rock music". No rock band can beat their records at concert tickets or album sales or radio hits like stairway, the most requested song of all time (oh, and the Beatles aren't really rock, so... the biggest rock band of all time).

Amazing band. Stairway to Heaven just rocks my mind. Enough said.

The greatest rockers in the history of life. Hands down

5 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.

METALLICA! Talk about shredders. These guys totally changed metal, and are still rockin today.

6 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

Old time rock. AC/DC seems like its been around forever. Definitely a moust have on this list, songs l ike HIghway To Hell, Back In Black, and Let There Be Rock are so iconic.

Rock and Roll ain't Noise Pollution. Great die hard rockers.

7 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were 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.

Not one of my facorite bands (honestly, I only like about 3 of their songs, ), but Pink Floyd just has to be in this list. Songs like Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2, Comfortably Numb and Have A Cigar are just so awesome. Pink Floyds legacy will live on for generations to come.

8 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses

Their debut sold over 25 million copies, making it one of the top-selling debuts of all time. Appetite for Destruction was an album of hits: Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine, and Night Train, plus the other songs which contain just as much energy. During their prime fame ('87-'94) they were on top of the world. Little did anybody know, these guys were going to be so impactful to rock music for the years to come. After a bit of a break, and a small album release (Guns N' Roses Lies, famous for Patience), they released the epic double-album Use Your Illusion I and II. More hits emerged with this release, such as: November Rain, Don't Cry, You Could Be Mine, Estranged, and Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Though a short-lived band (breaking up in 94), GNR have earned their status as a legendary rock band and will always be remembered as such. They helped revive hard rock music to its roots (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, AC/DC) and are easily ...more

Totally iconic. Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain, Patience, they all left a mark on the earth for us to enjoy.

Guns N' Roses was a band born in a time dominated by disgusting pop music and others similar to it. However these saviors brought rock and roll crashing back into the music scene. Thanks to them rock is not an ovselete genre today. The world's best true rock band lies in them.

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

The Greatest Drummer in the World and that is said by a Queen fan!

10 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.

The Contenders

11 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".

They are legends! Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time!

Just Incredible. Steven Tyler is one of the best singers I know, and Joe Perry on guitar just absolutley fuses it.

12 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.
13 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.

Nirvana should be way higher than 23 they pretty much founded music for the fest of the 90's

Only The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, and maybe Pink Floyd should be ranked higher. Number 13 is ridiculous!

Kurt Cobain cs Was Simply Great...!

Should be in the top 5! Nirvana was the biggest band of the 90's!

14 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.

Rolling Stones 14!?!? Sad

Should be higher

15 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.

Kiss set the new standard for concerts and their music was amazing.

KISS rocks my world. Where would we be without Rock N' Roll All Nite and Detroit Rock City?

They are amazing

Kiss helped bring rock n roll up a few notches.

16 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Nu-metal ...read more.

The best band ever!

This is the bast band ever
They created a new genre in rock music
Hats of to LINKIN PARK

17 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.

Have defined the modern era of rock

18 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.

This band defined the 80s rock and changed the history of rock.

19 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.
20 Yellowcard Yellowcard Yellowcard was an American rock band that formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1997 and were based in Los Angeles beginning in 2000. The band is well known for its singles "Ocean Avenue", "Only One", and "Lights and Sounds".
21 The Offspring The Offspring The Offspring is an American punk rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1984. Formed under the name Manic Subsidal, the band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dexter Holland, bassist Greg K., lead guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada.
22 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.
23 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.

What is going on, how was this not even on the list?

24 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.
25 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. ...read more.
26 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

Especially in their funk-rock era.

27 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.
28 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.
29 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.
30 Sex Pistols Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history ...read more.
31 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.

Extremely iconic!

32 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.
33 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
34 The Clash The Clash The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.
35 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.
36 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.
37 B'z B'z B'z is a Japanese rock duo, consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Koshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard-rock tracks and pop ballads.
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39 HIM HIM HIM was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström.
40 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.
41 The Ramones The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.
42 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.
43 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.

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