Top Ten Most Original Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. 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 Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

They are the best I love pink Floyd I think they have influenced my life style through out my life and even today I am who I am because of their inspirational music Pink Floyd is one if the best bands for sure due to their amazing talents and everything they do to make the music they do.

Just brilliant. I love pink floyd and their music is pretty much one of a kind!

Gotta love their originality - jprg12

Most unique band I’ve ever listened to.

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2 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. more.

System of a Down is without a doubt the most unique band I have ever heard. I have never found a single song with them that I did not love and I have never heard a band sound even remotely alike to them, and I have looked and been sent songs from other bands. Nothing is like these guys. Original, fun and heavy.
Pink Floyd is a close second though. Two of my favourite bands right there.

I barely would like a metal band, most of them sound crazy but System of a Down is insane and FUN. Its the only rock band that you can laugh and dance with it! They have a funny style and have 14 million fans in facebook and I'm one of them. But it took 3 months for me to love them. At first I hated them. That can happen to you to

Unfairly lumped in with nu-metal bands of the early 2000's, System of a down are a very unique hard rock band with a funny and slightly avant-garde approach to songwriting. Their lead singer (Serj Tankian) has taken part in quite a few avant-garde projects over the years. Any of their albums are recommend since their sound and quality is very consistent throughout their discography.

The title says rock but you can't really define this band by one genre.

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3 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 more.

I love music and I love all forms of music to some degree but when it comes to pure talent, song writing skill and evolutionary diversification over decades No one beats Queen. They come up with melodies that shouldn't even exist yet you can't shake them after years and Brian May has mastered the most distinctive sound that I've ever heard on lead guitar

Best band ever,just behind the Beatles. They are never boring. Random listen The March of the black queen, then Good company then Father to son, then Jesus then Man oh the prowl then The millionaire waltz then Liar then Hitman etc. I can endless name the songs that are never the same. They could do anything. Not to mention the obe and only Freddie. And the other three musical geniuses. Period.

Queen deserves higher than 26..

I love bohemian rhapsody and don't stop m3 now

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4 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.

Really awesome industrial rock band. Industrial rock is a really underrated music genre and I think it deserves more attention. It's a great genre.

Trent is a musical genius! His songs are just so atmospheric. Let's keep supporting him. You're awesome Trent. And happy birthday!

Trent Reznor = Genius

You don't hear anything like them. They deserve #1!

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5 Radiohead Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Radiohead the only thing that made sense on this list. Although I feel like Gorillaz should be here somewhere since they are a mix of pretty much everything there is.

These guys and Pink Floyd are both great, but man oh man. Radiohead reinvents their sound with every new album. Each one offers something different. It's hard to believe Kid A and The Bends are from the same group. Thom's lyrics are so brilliantly ambiguous and it is evident that they are not afraid to test new sounds.

They change their style so much with each album that these days I honestly have no idea what they're going to come up with next

Theyve got a more diverse catalogue than even the beatles. Nobody blends all genres together as good as radiohead

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6 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 more.

They did start off doing covers like everyone else, but Lennon & McCartney grew into unparalleled original songwriters - close to 30 #1hit songs just for starters, not to mention dozens of innovations that have been copied by bands for decades, leading to both a musical and cultural revolution around the world.. When you add in Harrison's gems (Here Comes The Sun, Something, Taxman, While My Guitar Gently Weeps), it just gets better. How can they not be #1 on this list? Perhaps because they are also the most original Pop band of all time and get branded as such, or they were "tainted" by insane commercial success. The proof is in the songs though and ongoing influence though. No one can boast more than the lads from Liverpool.

They are one of the oldest groups here and clearly inspired the other bands in front of them! They created genres, made Rock music more relevant to the world, put Liverpool on the worldwide map, INSPIRED PEOPLE TO START WRITING THEIR OWN MUSIC, were one of the first bands to write all their songs, made british music even more famous, one of the first of many British bands to make it big in America and introduced british music to the country, so many bands have cited them as inspirations and have covered their songs. The fact they started the song-writing trend makes them the most original

Why on earth aren't the Beatles first? They started several new genres of music, as well as adding a twist to rock that had came before them. They are the main reason why '70s music was so good- because they were pioneers, and all these other great rock bands followed in their footsteps. Whether you personally like them or not, they CHANGED MUSIC, people! Look at music before and after the Beatles and how drastically different it is. By far the most original band in history.

It is impossible to claim that all of The Beatles songs sound the same. Listen to A few songs, and you won't regret it. - Pony

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7 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive metal/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. more.

Maynard is one of the few brilliant lyricists to ever admit that writing their music always starts with the sound. Then the lyrics are found. Considering the topics they choose to write about and the language that is chosen, the fact that they are inspired sonically first is a true testament to their talent.That is the best way I can describe Tool... Perhaps the most underrated band of our time.

Unique in sound and brilliant in creation. Along with Pink Floyd, the true masters of album construction.

I have listened to tool like forever since I was at least 2 so I would still say they are brilliant and amazing and it sometimes takes brainpower to even under stand their music but that's good

SO many hidden meanings and complex rhythms that no one can come close to

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8 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, more.

Great songs. Awesome songs actually.

Please muse must be 1st on chart!

People rank them higher. They deserve more!

It's Muse - for god's sake!

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9 Guns N Roses Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

I like Guns N Roses, but honestly, they're not at all original. Most of music is extremely similar to that of Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and other hard rock groups.

these guys changed the landscape of rock and roll and music

I absolutely LOVE this guys! They r awesome and have REAL talent!

Hall of famer band

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10 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, more.

They are definitely the most original band - you can't pioneer 2 music genres (hard rock and heavy metal) if you are not original. Yes, not one but 2 genres, and if you ask me - the best genres in the world! - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 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. more.

Greatest band ever! They made grunge what it is. Their original music that no one out of Seattle had ever heard before put the Rap industry on hold for a few years while everyone was listening to grunge!

They rock they are the one who invented grunge rock. Without their 'smells like teen sprit' world would not be have been same

Speechless is all I can say. They are so great that it's confusing to describe it.

These guys made 90's rock cool

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12 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". more.

Best of the best

The first tharsh metal album! - Metal_Treasure

13 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.
14 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

The most original metal band - they developed such an original style that they differ from the bands within the same metal subgenres.

Whatever they do, they do it their own way - their speed metal is different from the typical speed metal (their version is darker and heavier);
same for their power metal, which doesn't sound like any other power metal - absolutely unique dense sound, bizzare melodies and lyrics, it's also prog influenced;
their symphonic metal is different, too - they use orchestra in a different way. - Metal_Treasure

15 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

Nobody ever sounded like rush. They have a unique sound that will never be copied. They didn't sound like their music was inspired by some other band, because it wasn't. They should already have been on this list and at the top

To me you can't even classify them under a genre they are very different in their sound, and even so they are one of the best bands in the world

How do you categorize Rush? Is it rock? Is it techno? This is a list about most original bands not the best rock bands. Rush should be number 1.

16 Coil Coil Coil were an experimental group consisting of Jhonn Balance and Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, the latter of Throbbing Gristle fame. Formed in 1982, the duo went on to create well-celebrated albums such as 1987's Horse Rotovator, 1991's Love's Secret Domain, 1999's Musick To Play In The Dark, as well more.

Coil? As in former throbbing gristle & ex Ptv Coil? You people are insane. (Though they'er better then any of the crap on this list)

17 Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree Porcupine Tree were an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began essentially as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band's music.

Like all bands, their influences can be heard in their music, however, they have continuously evolved and sought to diversify their style and sound. They are the perfect mid-point between obscurity. Their music is as challenging as it can be accessible.

Listen to Anesthetize to witness Porcupine Tree at their peak. Once you've done that a decided that they're amazing, check out the rest of Fear of a Blank Planet because you'll probably love it. You'll probably love the rest of their work as well.

The Greatest and the most diverse band of the past decade. They have tried everything. Redefined prog. Fear of a Blank Planet makes you feel like you are on acid! I don't have anymore words to describe their awesomeness! #Stoned

This band gave a new meaning to prog rock. They defined and shaped music with their technical, complex and emotional music. Steven, Richard, Gavin and Collin are geniuses. VIVA PT!

18 Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.

Come one or more other bands besides Queens of the Stone Age that used a radio broadcast of a desert radio station as a concept for an album (Songs for the Deaf)? I feel as though they have never a sole formula for their songs, by any means. For instance, do "Go with the Flow" and "3's and 7's" sound anything alike? NO!

These guys brought sex and drugs back into rock and roll but in a really refreshing way, not in a cheesy 80s hair metal kind of way. they also have some really weird, dark melodies on top of their heavy sludge of a rhythm section. however, unlike other heavy bands that are satanic and wear black all the time, QOTSA don't need their mommy's permission to drink goat blood. definitely one of the most, if not the only, relevant rock bands today

While other 90s alternative rock acts were singing songs about adolescence and angst and all that other corny crap, QOTSA burst out of the desert and made heavy, solid rock music about f**king. Usually when one hears a song like "Make it Wit CHu" they would think the song is about stuff like "we can make it, no matter how hard it may seem" but what Josh is actually singing about is how he can make out with you anytime, anywhere he wants. that's right, QOTSA waxes the cheese big time, and substitutes it what something more sly, something that definitely fits the essence of rock'n'roll

19 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.

One of the best grunge band one of the best heavy metal band the creators of alternative metal

20 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture more.

Calling them unique is like calling Nickelback innovative. They are just an overly polished ripoff of Rage Against the Machine if anything.

Calling them unique is like calling Nickelback innovative. They are just an overly polished ripoff of Rage Against the Machine if anything.

How is this not at the VERY Top #1! Love every track in the first 3 albums, listen to them none stop! - LukeBlundell

Not really - wrests

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