Greatest Leaders of Rock Bands

There are some great rock bands. But they were led by some great band-leaders

Here's some of them

The Top Ten

1 Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Steve Harris - Iron Maiden Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
2 James Hetfield - Metallica James Hetfield - Metallica James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
3 Angus Young - AC/DC Angus Young - AC/DC Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.
4 Paul McCartney - The Beatles Paul McCartney - The Beatles Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

I never considered John Lennon the leader of The Beatles, even if he is arguably the founder of the group (Paul and George were the first of the four to meet and play music together). Don't get me wrong, John was a great lyricist, and his collaborations with Paul are second to none, but Paul was the biggest musical contributor to the group, which is what hooks most listeners first. When the going got tough for the group, Paul was able to pull them together to do their best work, even if the other three bemoaned his actions as trying to be in control.

Actually I added Paul McCartney/John Lennon. But admin only approved Paul McCartney. - zxm

Either it was John Lennon or Paul McCartney the true leader of The Beatles.But even it was John Lennon he wasn't a good leader.That leaves Paul behind a great leader.He could compromise with his group-mates - zxm

John Lennon was the leader. He formed the band and gave it direction. Paul was a very proficient collaborator, contributor and team member but Not the leader of the band. - Billyv

5 Brian Jones - The Rolling Stones Brian Jones -  The Rolling Stones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
6 Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Produced most of the songs,wrote-co-wrote almost all songs,created some great music. - zxm

7 Roger Waters - Pink Floyd Roger Waters - Pink Floyd George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

Roger wasn't originally the leader of Pink Floyd. It was Syd Barrett. But after they fired Syd, roger took the leadership. Gilmour took the singing part. Roger also sang for the band. - zxm

8 Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen Eddie Van Halen -  Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
9 Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.
10 Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".

The Contenders

11 Freddie Mercury - Queen Freddie Mercury - Queen Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

He wasn't the leader of the band, he always said this. So he doesn't belong in this list.

12 Mike Shinoda - Linkin Park Mike Shinoda - Linkin Park Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. more.
13 John Lennon - The Beatles John Lennon - The Beatles John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
14 Ray Davies - The Kinks Ray Davies - The Kinks Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.
15 Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters Dave Grohl -  Foo Fighters David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the more.

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16 Jeff Lynne - Electric Light Orchestra
17 Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Experience 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 more.
18 Pete Townshend - The Who Pete Townshend - The Who Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.
19 Jim Morrison - The Doors Jim Morrison - The Doors James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
20 Eric Clapton - Cream Eric Clapton - Cream Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.
21 Steffen Kummerer - Obscura Steffen Kummerer - Obscura Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
22 Joe Perry - Aerosmith Joe Perry - Aerosmith Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.
23 Harry Styles - One Direction Harry Styles - One Direction Harry Edward Styles is an English singer and song writer, known as a member of the boy band One Direction .

Harry Styles? Rock? He is clearly a pop singer. - Martinglez

I didn't put him on this list.


24 Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Is he the leader of Green Day? - zxm

25 Todd Rundgren - Nazz Todd Rundgren - Nazz
26 Todd Rundgren - Utopia Todd Rundgren - Utopia
27 Roy Wood - The Movie/Wizard
28 Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray, Helloween Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray, Helloween Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
29 Dan Reynolds - Imagine Dragons Dan Reynolds - Imagine Dragons Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is an American musician, most famous as frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. He has also released an Extended Play titled Egyptian - EP as a duo with Aja Volkman under the moniker Egyptian.
30 John Fogerty - Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Top Remixes

1. Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
2. Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
3. Brian Jones - The Rolling Stones
1. Ray Davies - The Kinks
2. Paul McCartney - The Beatles
3. Freddie Mercury - Queen
1. Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
2. James Hetfield - Metallica
3. Angus Young - AC/DC


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