Most Influential Rock Groups

The 10 most influential rock groups of the rock era.

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41 Neurosis Neurosis Neurosis is a post-metal band, based in Oakland, California. They formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band, and their sound progressed towards a doom metal style that also included influences from dark ambient and industrial music as well as incorporating elements of folk music.
42 Blink-182 Blink-182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) more.

were one of the pioneers of an entire genre of music (pop-punk) and one of the most influential bands of the 1990's and early 2000's... and certainly one of the most popular

Blink-182 inspired so many new-age rock bands and even some electronic music producers. They even inspired Machine Gun Kelly! (he's a rapper)

Go on Google search and type "bands inspired by". "bands inspired by blink-182" comes up first. That pretty much shows that they should be in the top 10! Come on now people.


43 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

In my opinion Alice in Chains was one of the most influential bands of their era. The music was honest and passionate. They are still gaining fans today. Their music is timeless.

So influential that Korn can take their sound, add rapping and electronics and create a new genre of rock.

The REAL influence of the 90's

Listen to heavy rock bands today and its easy to see just how lasting their infuence truly is. Jerry's guitar style especially helped keep rock heavy and palm muted through the 90's and influenced the 2000s greatly. They've long outlasted Nirvana in my option.

44 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.

While I was never a giant Van Halen fan, they need to be much higher on this list. Eddie changed how the guitar was played for millions of guitar players and this guitar sound and techique is a massive influence on every musical decade since they started... I'm still mad about how they influenced glam rock though... Laugh out loud.

I bet you that without Van Halen, most of the bands on this list wouldn't exist.

45 Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe 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.
46 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.
47 D'erlanger

all japanese visual kei bands idolized d'erlanger - ronluna

48 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 more.

35-40 years of spectacular music, distinctive timeless guitar sound, meaningful lyrics, powerful lead singer.

And the fact that they influenced many rock bands from the 90s onward. And when some new indie rock bands say "we want to be like U2," you know that's saying something.

Very unique sound... And every Christian band guitarist on the planet now sounds like the edge!... That's got to be worth a boost on this chart...

Bands like Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and The Script not even be a thing without U2 they are the most influential band of the 80s they are the most influential live band they have re-shaped touring with ZooTV Tour and also albums like The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby leaved mark on alternative rock and rock in general I think they should be 6th behind The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and The Who

This band should definitely should be in the top ten

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49 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
50 R.E.M. R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.
51 Rolling Stones

Does anyone else have 50 year old tunes still getting regular airplay?

I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) -1965

Enduring and yet remained the same, really took blues to the masses - Summerkat2002

not my favourite band but they have got to be the most influential - cahum

52 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
53 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
54 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.
55 Bill Haley and the Comets
56 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies.

Yes we had the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, but the Kinks was a major contributor to the 1960s of Rock's defining point for the future use of the genre.

57 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.

My Chemical Romance is the most influential rock band of all our time. We may never see one like them again or in some while. They started out as young men, wanting to explore music and change people's lives. To me they have done just that. Sure, they have there ups and downs, when they felt that their message was being contaminated. But they have helped so many young people with their music. The teens of today will remember them as legendary. Though they have broken up, it's amazing to me to see that the young generation is not letting them go. You still see My Chemical Romance t-shirts and backpacks here and there, and they practically haunt YouTube with My Chemical Romance related usernames. My Chemical Romance has changed my life, made me a better person. To me, their music is completely relatable and each song has a story behind it. And I don't know if they'll win this, thing, but in my heart I know that My Chemical Romance did a lot of good things to a lot of people I know. Some ...more

58 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.

KoRn is the founder of the nu-metal sub-genre which is still very prevalent today. They changed what was considered to be "okay" to sing about, and any heavy rock band coming out today is lying if they say they weren't somehow inspired by KoRn. These guys are game-changers.

Not linken park, KORN is the most influential nu metal band ever

Oh, now this survey has become a F'ING JOKE!

59 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

I can only agree with all the comments. This an insult to a group who in 3 short years were incredibly influential. Green Day, who I like, more influential than Cream? Give me a break! In fact there are few if any bands with their pedigree. They along with Jimi Hendrix helped paved the way for progressive rock. You know things like top shelf musicianship, song writing and performance. Few if any musicians on this list have the musical chops of Jack Bruce.

You've got to be kidding me! Number 68! As someone else said they should be in the top 10! Especially considering their short life span. For better or worse they influenced heavy metal and hard rock. Along with Jimi Hendrix they set the stage for Led Zeppelin and all that followed. This is a joke!

Best rock. Power trio ever. All three musicians were influential. Back then every rock band wanted to be ad good ad they were. Played like giants to quote Carlos santana.

Listen to "Live Cream Vol 2".

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60 The Animals The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.

Probably one of the most "covered" groups of all time next to the Beatles - Summerkat2002

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