Top 10 Most Talented Bands

I don't wanna know who the best sounding band is, but the most talented band!!! Is it Rush, Yes, Avenged Sevenfold, Tool?

The Top Ten

1 Rush Rush Rush was 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.

Rush is the ultimate power trio. There is no band that deserves to be on this list more than Rush. Rush has made music for 46 years since they got together in 1968 and 40 years since their first album in 1974. Rush has some of the most complex albums and songs ever made. They have made over 20 albums! Unlike other bands they continue to make crazy stuff! Geddy Lee is the best bassist of all time. No one even comes close to Neil. I think you could make a case that Alex Lifeson also belongs in a list among the best guitarists of all time. Rush, Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, A Farewell to the Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, Test for Echo, Vapor Trails, Feedback, Snakes and Arrows, Clockwork Angels and more is coming! It is insane what these guys managed to do. They crossed so many different genres. First they originated from a Blues Rock/Heavy Metal background ...more

When you really look who the best bands were they are definitely up there. Rush is probably the most complex band out there and they are still playing and they are going to keep playing unlike a lot of the other bands on this list even those who generally do not like rush like one or two songs. All their albums I love and one thing that I can't understand is why people down caress of steal so much. If you really listen to it you will grow to love it. The necromancer is a great sequel to by-tor and the snow dog and it also contains rush's most experimental piece in their history Didacts and narpets (which is on the fountain of lamneth). Plus as we see many bands these days seem so scared to add experimentation in what they make in the way rush always has from day one and will. Alex Lifeson is a truly underrated guitarist. He has always been known to play to the songs strength instead of showing off his own talents too much and it still sounds great. Critics are always looking for ...more

In 2012 I saw RUSH twice. I've seen them twice before that and I am going to see them in july 26 2013. It is an absolute no brainer that they are the most talented band ever hands down. Before RUSH my favorite bands were zepp, the who, cream, aerosmith, acdc, Guns N' Roses, soundgarden, u2, metallica and many many others like the cars, heart, iron maiden, black sabbath, ozzy, judas priest, van halen, pink floyd. I learned to play a lot of zepp on my les paul. Love so much music with deep passion for all different sounds and styles. I say no thank you to beatles and stones, just doesn't sound good to me, never did like them from day one with no other input from any persons, just the sound of their music was annoying to me for some reason. RUSH! Oh my god... I have been going out of my mind with how simply amazing they are in every aspect there is in being the best. RUSH is the best band of all time with great distance between them and second place who ever that might be, and don"t ...more

Rush is no doubt the most talented band in the world. With over 150 songs being so unique and completely different, it's pretty incredible. You can listen to 2112 and then Moving Pictures, Power Windows and Caress of Steel and it will sound like a completely different band. The fact that they have more variety than anyone else out there, makes them deserve the #1 spot. Now I'm only 17 years old and I grew up with Rush, so I've always been a fan. But just a year and a half ago, I really started to explore their music, Sure I've heard all of the other great music, but when I first listened to 2112, Cygnus X-1 Book 2: Hemispheres, By-Tor, The Necromancer and Lamneth, it sounded like nothing I had ever heard before; as well as the other albums besides their Chronicles compilation, I was blown away. Then when I saw Rush in concert, they sound even better in person than they do in the studio! Especially knowing that this is only THREE guys, makes the band even more incredible. They have ...more

2 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

As much as I love Rush they're my in my top five. Dream Theater is my favorite band of all time. I haven't listened to a bad album by them I even like the albums that other fans of Dream Theater don't like and I don't know why they don't like those albums too me they always been constant and always expand their sound too me. John Petrucci, is my favorite guitar player of all time and he has influenced me on the way I approach playing guitar, and the way I play, and his guitar solos are the best.

Dream Theater loses out to Coldplay? I am literally sickened and enraged at the today's ability (or lack there of) to find musical talent. If you break down Dream Theaters music and see the skill involved I'm not even sure Rush could hold number one. Lee's Bass and synth switching may give rush an upper hand, but Dream theater is one of if not THE most skilled band ever.

I am so glad they are number 2

While many of dream theater's songs are influenced by the psychedelic and progressive rock movements, they continue to provide sublime and novel perspectives which transcend the boundaries of genre. The Dream Theater sound is unique from all other bands and even progressive rock, to which they are exalted as the most prominent.

One can argue that Dream Theater does not take rank among their contemporary genre, but among those with historical acclaim. The understanding of music theory demonstrated by John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess rivals that of music icons, such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky or Arnold Schoenberg. I ask that you compare the Dream Theater's Misunderstood Schoenberg's Violin Concerto; you will hear that the uncanniness of DT's piece rivals that of Schoenberg's.

Their insight into the complexities of our musical reality is simply absurd. At times when listening so some of DT's work, it feels as though I am listening to the language of some vastly intelligent ...more

3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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 more.

Very few bands carry a reputation of having all of their members being nearly equally talented and some of the best musicians in their respective categories in all of rock. In my opinion, in terms of musicianship, these are the bands that have the best all-around talent:
1) Led Zeppelin
2) Queen
3) The Who
4) Black Sabbath
5) Iron Maiden (Number of the Beast lineup, though it's far from their best album.)
6) Megadeth (always had great musicians but most notably the Friedman and Menza lineup)
7) Rush
8) Ozzy Osbourne (First two albums lineup with Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake)
9) Pink Floyd (Waters, Gilmour, Mason, and Wright)
10) Van Halen (Roth era)

Most talented, creative, musically gifted band of all time.

Jimmy Page: best guitarist of all time. his riffs are heavenly
Robert Plant: one of the greatest voices in music history. passion, power, feeling, grit
John Paul Jones: brings a mature and powerful undertone with his bass few others can match
John Bonham: needs no explanation. god of the drums, no one comes close

There are many good bands in this list (I like Metallica, Rush, RHCP, Queen, Soundgarden... ), but I think Led Zeppelin deserves to be first in this list, because that's the truth: the music tallent of the four members of this epic band is worldwide recognised.

Avenged Sevenfold above the greatest band of all time?! This blasphemy is deeply troubling. I can understand RUSH being ahead (because they're another one of my favorites), but A7x? Just pitiful.

4 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.

Absolutely brilliant songwriters & performers. None equal nor better.

If you haven't listened to their first 6 albums throughout, then you probably don't know any better. With the exception of Rush, I doubt very seriously that any other group could even come close to playing Queen's early stuff. Add a vocalist like Freddie and lyrics that are incredible, and Queen has no equal.

Incredible music for several decades. Amazing range from opera to heavy metal, to ragtime, to... you name it. Their albums (especially the first 6) have such a variety of different & amazing music, it blows the mind. A great song is like a piece of art - it can be enjoyed over and over again. Brian May is one of the best guitarists of all time, Freddie was great, and the band together created some really amazing music. Probably the best group ever.

Freddy mer Urey died early(45 years old) and yet they still have 189 songs and were very influential. Awesome music too

5 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was 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 more.

Pink Floyd is a band that demonstrates a lot of qualities that are desirable in a band such as talented members, great composition skills, great lyrics, and evolution over time. They demonstrate revolutionary music that followed a unique form, drawing from previous musical geniuses in rock, jazz, blues, and even classical music through their pioneering of progressive rock. Their albums have a central theme reflecting important matters of life with haunting and philosophical lyrics. All in all, I believe these are reasons that contribute to why pink Floyd is such a great band aside from the musical skill the members showed.

Great prog rock band. Pure talent. This and Deep Purple are the best! - Userguy44

It is true that Pink Floyd contain highly skilled players. However, it is more important to recognize the powerful sound they create for a band of their size. There is something about this band that gives them a sound like no other. Fifty years from now people will continue to be blown away by the rich melodies of Pink Floyd's great albums. In other words, there skill is not completely measured in their technical abilities, but instead by the footprint of their overall sound. which is unique and original to this day.

Pink Floyd & The Beatles are the topmost bands of all time. Anyone who understands innovative and artistic music, will surely vote them to the top. It is really annoying that they are not at the top.

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

I have been getting into a lot of TOOL lately, and oh my gosh these guys need to be higher than number 7! I mean not many bands can base the rhythm and lyrics pattern off of a mathematical sequence (the Fibonacci Sequence), and make it work! Heck they didn't just make Laterulas's rhythm work, they made one of the greatest written songs ever written! Yeah you could complain that, "they're too weird," "Their songs are too long," or, "I don't like rock." The thing is though, it takes talent and intellect to come up with the thing they come up with. Justin Chancellor is one heck of a bassist. He has some of the most complex and amazing baselines, period. Not only are they complex in the fact that yo needed to have a really good at playing bass, but the unique and difficult time signatures are what makes his bass lines. Adam Jones's guitar riffs can range from powerful, soothing, hypnotic, chaotic, confusing, and everything in between. Maynard James Keenan not only has a unique and ...more

Definitely put out the most technically impressive heavy metal albums ever, which were all equally pleasing to listen to. Talent and intellect are certainly two words that come to mind when I think of the level of sophistication that goes behind the creation of "Aenima" and "Lateralus" -- both are among my picks for greatest metal album of the last 30 years.
Tool rocks!

I'm not just saying Tool is the best kuz thyre my favourite band, but they all are really amazing!
Justin Chancellor can play the bass like a maniac, and his bass lines are unmatchable, unlike anyone elses!
Danny Carey is a beast when it comes to playing the drums, he is the best no contest
Adam Jones' guitar playing is what gives the songs that feeling hat just gets down into you, like all true music should do... and then theres Maynard James Keenan, man he is an incredible singer who provides Tool with the most amazing, inspiring, deep lyrics I have ever heard... Tool is and always will be my favourite band ever! - Okami

Tool has to be way higher than this. Their lyrics are like no other band ever Lateralus completely connects to the Fibonacci Sequence and many other songs are not similar to any other songs you have heard. Danny Carey is just god when it comes to the Drums, he is just incredible. Adam Jones' guitar is so powerful when he plays it you can feel the music moving through you. Chancellor can play the base so well they're hard to match him! Keenan can sing so well and every time he sings you can feel the power of his voice. He's even wrestled a guy on the ground and he is still able to sing! Their time signatures are incredible and so weird. Try to play Rosetta Stoned on drums, the song is so long and its just not simple to play at all. Tool is unmatchable.

7 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

This website's rankings :

Bassist at #2
Drummer at #3
Guitarist at #26
Singer at #74

Pretty good if you ask me. - JoLeKosovo

If you've seen the Who live, then you understand that they are the most talented band of all time. It's one thing to listen, but to watch is a completely different experience. John Entwistle and Keith Moon are probably the best bassist and drummer ever, Pete Townshend is one of the best songwriters ever who deserves more credit for his fantastic guitar playing. Also, Roger Daltrey is the opposite of a weak link. He is one of the greatest rock singers of all time who's stutter on My Generation and his famous scream in Won't Get Fooled Again leaves people speechless. I think the Who should be at the top of this list.

John Entwistle is a pioneer on bass. Keith Moon is the single most influential drummer ever, inspiring other greats such as John Bonham and Neil Peart. Pete Townshend wasn't a shredder, he was an artist on par with the greatest of all classic rock. Roger Daltrey stacked up pretty evenly with most vocalists and is Robert Plant Sr. The Who's ability to blend conflicting amounts of talent and personalities is what put them over the top, being able to work together in a setting that would cause most musicians of their caliber to fail.

Having seen this band and the five others above it on this list live, there is absolutely no comparison. The sound The Who made live was truly unbelievable, it's too bad their recordings sounded so different. Entwistle was the most technically proficient bass player to ever live, far exceeding John Myung and Geddy Lee who are in bands ranked above The Who (on a side note Hadrien Feraud is the best living bass player atm). Keith Moon may not have been the best drummer in the world, but his style was incredibly unique and influential. Daltry's voice really worked well during live performances, and Townsend held his own. I will admit that without Entwistle I would not put them number one, but that guy was so damn talented he truly slingshotted them ahead of the rest. When a band is objectively the best live band ever, it stands to reason that that is a good metric for deducing that they are in fact the most talented band ever.

8 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.

The Beatles laid the foundation for what would be modern music. In addition to that the quality of their music was superb. The songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was undoubtedly one of the greatest partnerships of all time. Four extremely talented people brought together to create a beautiful band. They brought out the best in each other, with John Lennon tackling more controversial matters and Paul McCartney generally sticking within the realm of light hearted pop music. Thus, they would compete with each other and attempt the other's retrospective "realm" of songwriting. Do not forget George Harrison for a second, on the other hand. His song "Something" was said by John Lennon to be the best on the album "Abbey Road" which is commonly thought to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Even Ringo Starr, who was generally believed to be the least talented of the three provided a solid tempo through innovative drum lines. There are spectacular bands out there, ...more

I'm laughing that the Beatles are even on this list


Very influential and great songwriters, but not known for technical talent.

9 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

As far as most skilled at their instruments, the top 10 should be all metal bands. now if you include how good a bands songs were which is obviously what were doing here then its not, because metal is underground. Iron maiden is my favorite band and I love all metal except screamo, but like honestly the only reason why this top 10 isn't filled with metal bands is because metal is an underground genre of music

A7x more talented than Iron Maiden?
Don't make me laugh please..

They have to be higher on the list when you think of overall talent. Dickensons's vocals, Harris's skill with the bass, come on.


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.

Deep Purple?

More like Shallow Yellow11!


Oh come on! Deep Purple should be first. They're literally the inventors of talent - Userguy44

Belongs in the top 10. Still together today and touring after 50 years! They were the inspiration for many heavy metal bands. Classically trained John Lord and genius guitar player Ritchie Blackmore are joined by the powerful voice of Ian Gillan (also sang the part of Jesus in the original album Jesus Christ Superstar) to make up the Mark II lineup of this very talented band.

Only one band on this list could do a 20-40 minute improvisation piece every night on tour., enough said!


The Contenders

11 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. more.

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Incredible band. The talent put forth to create songs like Under the Bridge and Snow (Hey Oh) is incredible. The guitar from John Frusciante is incredible, Anthony Kiedis's voice is great, the drums from Chad Smith keep the timing perfect, and Flea's bass is truly amazing. Great band.

It is not that I believe that they should be in the top ten, I feel that they should be on the top of this list. This is a talent list, and if you actually listened and compared them to the rest of these artist (who are all good) you would hear their undeniably superior talent.

With the lineup of John Frusciante, Flea, Chad Smith, and Anthony Kiedis, it is hard to imagine a band with more energy, style, and raw talent as the Chili Peppers. Just listen to their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and you'll know what I'm talking about.

12 Yes Yes Yes is an English progressive rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. Their best known song is their 1971 hit "Roundabout" off of their album Fragile.

Too many people seem to confuse popularity with talent. In terms of musical talent, Yes is has to be near, or at the top of any list regardless of the musical genre.

Close to the Edge is a song unlike anything else if you listen to it you'd agree for Yes's place in the top ten

Those who play music understand how difficult and technically advanced most of Yes' music really is. There's no bank requiring more musical talent and ability than Yes.

Listen to The Gates of Delirium. 'enough said. - MaxPap

13 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

I hear you, brave young Jables, you're hungry for the rock. But to learn the ancient methods, secret doors you must unlock. Escape your fathers clutches and this opressive neighbourhood. On a journey you must go the land of Hollywood. In the city of fallen angels where the ocean meets the sand, you will form a strong alliance and the worlds most awesome band. To find your fame and fortune through the valley you must walk. You will face your inner demons. Now go, my son, and ROCK!

Dio is just awesome they had an incredble vocalist guitarist bassits drummers and best off all vocalist

14 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.

Opeth, Tool, Rush, and Yes are the most talented

Okay so I get that Opeth doesn’t use a style that everybody likes, but they deserve to be much higher on this list. From incredible lyric meanings to powerful deliverance of those lyrics, accompanied by some awesome riffs and harmony, Opeth does it all.

15 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.

Metallica is a band that is consistently changing for themselves, it's refreshing to hear a ballad thrown in on an otherwise heavy album. Their phenomenal success over the years and loyal fans is one of the reasons they're a brilliant band. Not to mention, the band members are wonderfully real people.

Look, when I chose Metallica as my favourite band, it was for a reason, they're very talented. Please, before saying that Lars (my favourite drummer behind John Bonham) is overrated, please, listen to the early albums. Besides, Metallica had the best bassist ever, Cliff Burton. - Nintendonix

Extremely precise, complicated music with a dark energy

The black album, enough said...

16 M2M M2M M2M was a Norwegian teen pop duo consisting of Marit Larsen and Marion Raven, both of which provided vocals, guitar, piano and songwriting. They released two albums, “Shades of Purple” and “The Big Room”, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Both albums received universal acclaim internationally more.
17 Primus Primus Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Les Claypool is regarded as one of the best bassists of all time for his slap-bass ability in notable songs like "My Name Is Mud", "The Toys more.

I'm so glad that they are in the top 50! I thought I would have to add them.

Les Claypool : One of the most talented bassists of all time. Original singer, although heavily inspired by The Residents. If you like numbers, he has almost four octaves (quite good).

Larry Ler LaLonde : Very versatile and creative guitarist. Quite underrated, but give a listen to what he does with the band, it's very original.

Tim Herb Alexander : An otherworldly drummer. He never bores you. He is very musical and melodic. His drums sing a tune by themselves. Any drummer will like him. - JoLeKosovo

Some of their songs will put you in a trance while others will make you do a celtic dance.

Les Claypool I would say is tied for the greatest bassist of all time with Geddy Lee. But I think Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander are very underrated because the live in Claypool's shadow. LaLonde actually is a pretty sick, fast guitarist and for Tim Alexander... Listen to Frizzle Fry. Primus should definitely be higher on the list.

Primus is close to Rush in terms of creativity and sheer skill with each member's instrument.

18 Pentatonix Pentatonix Pentatonix is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.

So underrated.

A cappella group with a hell of a talent. Lead & Baritone Scott Hoying has an amazing voice and can do better riffs and runs than anyone I've ever heard. Tenor Mitch Grassi has a sweet satisfying voice and has a large vocal range but is mostly known for his high voice. Not to mention he's hot as hell. Soprano Kirstie Maldanodo has a very beautiful voice being the only girl in this band she can rock the stage and has a fun personality. Bass Avi Kaplan does his part very well he has an extremely low voice and does his part very well. Last but not least Beatboxer Kevin Olusa also known as K.O. amazing beat boxer best I've ever heard and can probably do an imitation of any instrument. These guys won season 4 of the sing offs with judges Ben Folds, Sara Bariels, and Shawn Stockman. Won the 2015 Grammys with Best musical or A cappella arrangement and are nominated for the same award for the 2016 Grammys. Has appeared on the Amas Cmas and many other award shows. Gone Platinum in the USA and ...more

19 Toto Toto Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, plus touring members Leland Sklar and Shannon Forrest.

THE most talented group of musicians on planet earth (this actually verbalized by no other than Eddie Van Halen). They have a history of being shot down by music critics BECAUSE of their extraordinary talent, claiming that this was an "assembled" band of session musicians and thus labelled "corporate rock". Nothing can be further from the truth. They are all indeed extremely well respected session musicians. The late brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and...of course, "Luke" Steve Lukather were all go-to session musicians, writers, composers, elite musicians. This all comes out in their music. Forget Africa and Rosanna and dig into their archive of excellent, lasting music. You also can't listen to over 30 minutes of rock or pop radio, anywhere in the world, at any time and not hear at least one of these guys playing.

I am so sorry, but this list is horrible. Many of you know Toto by songs like Africa, Rosanna which are their pop songs. But believe me Toto are much more than this, Toto are world class musicians, they could easily outplay Rush, Dream Theater or any other band. They have played almost all genres that there is on the world because they are all session musicians. Jeff Porcaro (RIP) was a legendary drummer and still is the best ever. Nobody comes close to him. Steve Lukather is just amazing guitarist and virtuoso. Let's not forget to mention amazing David Paich who co-wrote many Boz Scaggs and even Steely Dan songs and of course Porcaro brothers. Overall Toto members wrote or co-wrote most 80s and 90s hits. They can play anything you give em, pop, rock, soul, R&B, Fusion... Anything. You guys should really listen to them and also Lukather's solo stuff. Talent overload!

They're very underrated - Userguy44

Seriously, just take a look at each of the musicians in Toto. They've all been requested and used many other artists. Yes, dream theater is the most technically proficient group I've ever heard. But that's what they are-technically perfect. Toto moves your soul. Dream theater doesn't touch your soul. I am in no way knocking how incredible they are. Anyone could even argue that this is apples and oranges. The kind of band dream theater is is unique. To Dos uniqueness lies in their ability to be cohesive, so phone, and be in perfect harmony with their singing as well as her plane. Yes, Toto has to be number one.

20 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Everyone just calls A7X an overrated hard rock band who don't have much depth. But I guarantee that if you listen to any song on their album City of Evil, you will hear all the characteristics of music that define prog, and how they make their prog sound so seamless. You will hear the guitar tracks overloaded with crazy riffs, different riffs/ solos playing on multiple tracks throughout the song along with the Neil Peart- style drumming of The Rev. I mean The Rev will use every imaginable inch of the drumset, and I wouldn't be surprised if he went beyond that, to make the intense drum sound he does. And the lyrics are always hidden messages, complex stories to push across simple morals, and more. I mean, The Rev really was like a modern Neil Peart in every way. So please have a listen of City of Evil before you write this band off as untalented. - Songsta41

I personally actually do agree with the power trio RUSH being at top.
I only vote A7x because they are still highly underrated, and Shadow's voice is actually the greatest in my opinion. They're songwriting is inarguably of high standard and of deep thought, MOST of the time. Despite Rush and Dream Theater still doing their stuff, this band has done much more for music in general than any other band in this millenium.

Avenged Sevenfold has it all. They have a great vocalist with Matt Shadows incredible voice and not just 1 but 2 great guitarists. Zacky and Synyster both do a great job on their instruments. I'm actually surprised to see them in the top ten above a lot of other super talented bands. But on the other hand, A7X can compare well to these other bands in talent.

Avenged Sevendfold seriously need to be higher than 4th. They are awesome! AWESOME I TELL YOU! So people vote! Do it for The Rev!

21 Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are an extreme progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia, formed in 2003.
22 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”. more.

would have said mastodon but judas priest sounds better

23 The Police The Police The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. They are most known for their songs "Message In A Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close To Me", "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", more.

Roxanne is stuck in my head and they're currently at #29 on the list so sure, why not.

24 Symphony X Symphony X Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from Middletown, New Jersey. Founded in 1994, the band consists of guitarist Michael Romeo, keyboardist Michael Pinnella, drummer Jason Rullo, lead vocalist Russell Allen and bassist Michael Lepond.

Complex, balanced and epic

25 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

One of the most creative bands of the early 90s (apart from possibly tool)

26 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). more.

While the Beatles were pumping out mostly awful overrated music, The Rolling Stones were creating art through their music and instrumental talent. (Ringo Starr cough cough)

Ringo is one of the best drummers of all time.

If it wasnt for the Beatles we never would heard of the rolling stones. the Beatles paved the way for all the british bands. so whoever wrote the above comment is an idiot.

27 Culture Club Culture Club Culture Club are an English band that was formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss.
28 Obscura Obscura Obscura is a technical/progressive death metal band from Germany, founded in 2002. The band became prominent when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full-length album, Cosmogenesis. The band was named after the Gorguts album Obscura. more.
29 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

I'm sorry,. I love me some Metallica, but megadeth is so much more talented. Marty Friedman and Dave Mustaine are combined one of the best guitar duos ever. Nick Menza is a beast on drums and David is an excellent bassist. Overall an incredibly talented band. I know Dave isn't a great or even good singer, but he by far makes it up with his ability on the guitar.

Megadeth's riffs and solo's are the most extraordinary things I've ever heard from a band, they also play very fast and Dave Mustaine's lyrics have a lot of meaning. Why are Avenged Sevenfold 3rd? They are mainstream emo posers.

This should be the top, nirvana and coldplay are cool but nothing can compete with the masters of metal

Second only to Dream Theater

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30 Bauhaus Bauhaus Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J.
31 Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers.

Mark is one of the best guitarist to breathe air.

32 Zac Brown Band Zac Brown Band Zac Brown Band is an American country band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zachry Alexander "Zac" Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano, and Daniel de los Reyes.

They could probably play circles around half this list.

They deserve so much more credit how talented each member is in this band. I don't we will ever see a band as dynamic as this band ever again.

Seeing zac brown in person is life changing. Every single person in their band is as good as it gets at their instrument. And they all sing and harmonize perfectly. Zac brown band is the most talented band in the world. Hands down

33 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.

Were they seriously not on the list? - christangrant

34 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 more.

How can people forget about this band. They have the greatest guitarist of all time, one of the best drummers and bassist of all time. They influenced many bands and revolutionized sounds
in rock music.

You're right, they should be in the top 5, but people always vote for their favourite band, not for the best one - Rocker00

35 Steely Dan Steely Dan Steely Dan is an American rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972.

Steely Dan needs to be much further up on this list. The talent between Donald Fagen and Walter Becker is unparalleled by any other duo, along with all of the talented musicians that came and went such as Michael MacDonald, Bernard Purdie, and many others. They are one of a kind

I have found only one band that makes music that can still sound so fresh and new even after decades. It's Steely Dan.

By fat the best ever trained musicians. The others are way behind these guys

#28? Their music is so well layered and complex I don't know how they don't have more appreciation today. Michael MacDonald said that it was a major learning experience for him as a musician to be a part of Steely Dan. Peg, Chain Lightning, Home at Last, The Caves of Altamira, Kid Charlemagne, Bad Sneakers, Lunch With Gina, Josie, and Hey Nineteen are only some of the best tracks they ever produced! There is an incredible documentary on their album "Aja" you can find on YouTube. I really suggest looking into this "band" more... to be honest, Steely Dan almost seems like a musical cult amongst the vast list of people involved in their albums. Fagen and Becker are typically viewed as perfectionists and were considered difficult to work with as they ran through tons of series off edits for all their albums. Have fun diving into this band!

36 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

First heavy metal band ever, should be considered best band ever!.. The heavy bluesyness in there sound melts your soul, in Geezer's lyrics you find yourself, and Ward's jazzy swing never fails... by far, this is the best band of all time.

Black Sabbath is the best they have world greatest guitarist best ever bassist and best ever derumer and vocalists like ronni james dio and ozzy osbourn

37 King Crimson King Crimson King Crimson is a British progressive rock band that was formed in 1969. While the band has had numerous lineup changes, the head of the band has always been Robert Fripp (guitar). However, the most notable lineup is between 1972-75, consisting of Fripp, John Wetton (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), more.

They always experiment with super complex styles and push into completely new boundaries, all lineups show an unbelivable degree of talent and creativity but (though my favourite is the wetton era) the 80s band all the way to 2003 with belew: the new gamelan picking styles, alongside fripps NST and experiments with electronics, feedback, percussion and time signatures has to be the most skilled rock band to walk this earth. Even the new incarnation shows mental capacity for complex arrangements with three interlocking drummers!

King Crimson are undoubtedly the the most skillful band to have ever existed.
Robert Fripp is one of the best guitarists in the world and very underrated, and has created some of the most influential music. Fripp has also carefully selected the bands line-up over the years, and have had numerous players, starting with their current line-up (their 8th incarnation of the band, with Fripp being the only permanent member) includes Jakko jakszyk (incredibly skilled guitarist and vocals), Mel collins, and undeniably fantastic woodwind musician, tony levin, bassist and one of the best chapman stick players in the world (seriously! Look him up! Incredible! ) and best of all the drummers, there are three of em, all of which are unbelievable and the best drummers that are currently touring and performing, Gavin harrison is one of said drummers (he is also drummer in porcupine tree) is the most notable of all of them being able to do the most incredible drum solos.
Previous line-ups ...more

If more people knew about king crimson, they would certainly be on the top! It is a band that has had 20 phenomenal musicians pass through it's ranks over the years, but too few people can appreciate them!

Robert Fripp has the same musical approach of Miles : he introduces incredible musicians in Crimson and, then push them beyond what they already know : " because is there that Real Art and Music come out " (Miles)

38 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

In my opinion, one of the greatest contemporary blues acts of all time. - guitargoddess

39 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 Alternative more.

For all those idiots that commented negatively here;


Don't just listen to Crawling or One Step Close and think that you know everything about them. Seriously. There is more than one side of Linkin Park, people.
Linkin park has told a story with their albums that is FAR deeper than Led Zeppelin or any of the other overrated bands on this list.
Most people are too simple minded too understand the beauty of Linkin Park, and just think of the band as a cheesy, whiny, teenager band.
Until you have listened to HT, Meteora, MTM, and ATS from front to back, don't you DARE comment on them.

Even though I respect lots of Floyd and Zeppelin's albums (DSOTM and Zeppelin 5 are some my favorite records), I still think that Linkin Park is vastly more intellectual than them. Yeah, even more than Rush was

Long live Linkin Park.
~The most intellectually diverse and talented band of all time!

They play two chords, whine, and rap cheesy lyrics why are they on this list.

Linkin Park is the best band ever, period. They are extremely talented and have wide varieties of types of music. Look at Mike Shinoda, he can sing, rap, play guitar, piano, is an artist, and also has many more talents I can't even list. Linkin Park Forever!

Very talented and unique vocalist, but other than that their songs aren't hard to play.

40 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).

What is Radiohead doing at #48? - Userguy44

Best band in the world. Why-
Because as an artist I believe that it's not how fast you play,
How complex a song is. But it's how you fit all the elements together. It's how you deliver the feel or emotion of the song.
Radiohead does it perfectly, track after track, album after album, keep in with the time and trend. Never selling out though, they always bring out unique ways of improvising. Best band in the world.

Paranoid android?

It is a crime that Radiohead is not in the top ten, if not top five. Their songs are complex, lyrical, and topical.

41 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 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 more.

They are really good at what they do. And their music is so good! Also a very good live band. - Userguy44

Matt plays drums, piano, guitar and sings amazingly! Such a legend. His piano and guitar playing Is better then his drums though. But his voice actually sounds like a guitar on some songs! So talented.

They compose all their music them self and have done a large variety of music from heavy rock to symphonies, just listen to Isolated system a master piece.

Best live act on planet earth. These guys are not human.

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42 Protest the Hero

They would easily be number 1 if they were more well known. They're one of those bands that is so talented that it almost makes their music less pleasant to listen to because they just toy with their musical ability, and I mean that in a good way. They release instrumental versions of their songs and you listen to them and wouldn't even realize they were supposed to have vocals because there is so much going on with their instrumentals. Style wise they are comparable to Dream Theatre but frankly are on another level entirely.

Too underrated, this band is literally the most talented band in existence. Although the great vocals may annoy most people, you listen closely and what's that in the background? Oh, only insane 32nd note arpeggios being pulled off by two of the greatest guitarists of our time. With double solos played so clean and perfect like in C'est La Vie, you can't ignore their phenomenal abilities to not make a single mistake in even live performances. Don't forget their incredible bassist showing off in Without Prejudice, or Neal Peart level drumming (if not better) in almost every song played. I've heard many bands, and it's a fact that none can compare to Protest The Hero. But don't forget the technicality. They play with time signatures and polyrhythms badass as Tool, mess with underlying lyric meanings, and make every other complicated aspect of music seem like basic math. They aren't even trying their hardest, look at them in concert swinging their guitarists around while trade-off ...more

Coming from a drummer, Moe Carlson is a far superior drummer to the likes of Neil Peart. As for the rest of the instrumentalists, though I play neither guitar or bass it has to be said that they are very obviously talented. When it comes to the singer, have you heard anyone else with that vocal range who can also scream. In a contest of talent they should easily be top 3 if not number 1. And how someone thinks they are less talented than Coldplay utterly confuses me!

An aspiring metal band out of Ontario that embodies anything intensity could be construed to be. The range of the vocalist is impressive and amazingly flawless performed live, the drummer couldn't possibly make better use of his double bass pedal, and the guitarists pull off intricuit and beautiful parts. There's nothing more demanding than their sound, and they have the off stage personalities to pull it off. They're all around talented kids with an amazing work ethic and over powering stage presence. Not to mention great lyrics.

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

Cream has no peers for pure talent.

50? How is cream 50? More musically gifted than rush, zeppelin- etc.

44 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

It is a shame for a band with so good musicians and so great songs that are clasic now to be so low in the list. Even below kids like one dimension

45 Gentle Giant Gentle Giant Gentle Giant was a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members.

Proficient musicians as well as great songwriters. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

Instead if trotting out the usual superlatives, I'll just say this: Gentle Giant was the band that people would say about their studio albums that there was no way they could reproduce that sort of proficiency and complex playing live on stage... and then Gentle Giant went out there and did it.

This should be in the top 5...just listen to the Free Hand album, the band is ridiculously tight through many very complex songs

The only reason this band isn't #1 is because nobody knows they exist at all.

46 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Everyone who thinks lincoln park is better than the eagles must be mentally retarded... eagles deserve to be in top 3

Joe Walsh's technical and soulful riffs tease out the silence as much as the notes. Definitely up there.

Eagles deserve to be way higher on this list but I was just here to say to the guy before me that its not Jeff Frey, its Glenn Frey

Every member can sing great, play several instruments, write songs. They are extremely talented musicians.

47 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 more.

Catchy tunes, terrific gutair playing!

AC/DC was not very musically talented no clue why they are on the list

AC/DC may sound simple, but their hard-rock tone poems are genius and their music is timeless.


48 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Not many people can play complex riffs and different time signatures while belting out some of the highest notes in rock singing like chris cornell!

One of most talented rock bands. Chris Cornell's vocals! Kim Thayil's rifts, the hypnotic beat of Matt's drumming. Need I say more?

49 Alter Bridge Alter Bridge Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti are both among the best guitarists and both among the best vocalists. Brian Russell is an absolute beast on bass, and Scott Phillips compliments it all nicely with his sick drumming. Some of their stuff is soft and melodical, and some of it is really heavy. They are extremely versatile. Not to mention, Myles is the most humble musician you'll ever meet. - benhos

Myles Kennedy has a brilliant voice, and is an extremely proficient guitarist too. When coupled with Mark Tremonti's guitar, the band uses riffs that I imagine could only be played by the more technical thrash metal groups. Incorporating heavy riffs and drums into rock music is a brilliant idea, and requires great talent.

This is the stuff of legends. Period.

50 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.

All members of Van Halen are very talented. Eddie is considered to be the greatest and most influential guitar player since Hendrix. David Lee Roth is one of the best frontmen in rock. Alex is an excellent drummer. You can't get more talented than the mighty =/-/=

This band is amazing, don't forget Michael Anthony the best back up vocalist of all time.. deserves top 5.. and eddies the best bands down

All I have to say is Erruption, and hot for teacher

Even though I'm completely fine with rush at the top :)
Van halen needs to be at least in the top ten with Eddie, Alex and Dave
They are better than most of the bands on this list (besides rush)

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