Top 10 Best Bands of All Time

Top ten bands of all time. Ok, it can be anything as long as it's a group of people and not a solo singer.
The Top Ten
1 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop 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... read more

This band is simply the greatest of all time! Although they weren't the most talented group ever, they maximized the talent they did have to create something beautiful. John and Paul are one of, if not the best, songwriting duos of all time. They contrasted each other greatly, but that didn't stop them from making fantastic collaborations.

They were both excellent as solo artists, but never reached the heights they achieved as a group. Also, they were the most successful band to transcend the genre of music they started off with. They went from being a great "rock band" to an amazing band, period. Lastly, people of all ages enjoy their music, young and old. This makes them even more lovable as they appeal to a much wider audience.

2 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, 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... read more

All of the bands on this list are amazing, but I think Queen is a little better. All the band members were so different, but they all went together well. Queen always has music to offer for every one of your moods, and they never disappoint. I can't think of one song of theirs that was even just a little bit bad.

Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, and John Deacon felt so connected with the audience. I've never been to one of their concerts, and I wasn't even alive when they performed. But even when I watch videos of their concerts, it feels as if I'm there. I haven't watched Bohemian Rhapsody, and I'm still in love with Queen. This just goes to show that people nowadays don't only love Queen because of the movies. Again, all the bands on this list are amazing and have so much to offer, but in my opinion, Queen has just a bit more.

3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are 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

This is, without a doubt, the best band in my opinion. It seems like they actually take more time to make amazing music for their fans. Their albums are all unique, and all the songs within the albums are unique as well. There is no other band like Pink Floyd.

I'm confused why Queen is above Pink Floyd. While Queen is amazing, with masterpiece songs that are iconic, I don't see them being above Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, or The Beatles. Heck, even Black Sabbath is above them in my opinion. I agree that The Beatles are number one, but Pink Floyd definitely deserves number two. The only band that's close is Led Zeppelin. Otherwise, Pink Floyd absolutely trashes other bands.

4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted... read more

I'm voting for Zeppelin over the two bands above them, Queen and The Beatles, based on the fact that they proved themselves to be incredibly capable both in the studio and, more importantly, live. This is unlike The Beatles, who were mainly a studio band. Each member was equally important to the sound of the band, unlike Queen, who had most of the attention focused on Freddie Mercury.

Zeppelin was so good because of the incredible interplay between John Bonham and John Paul Jones (just look at Dazed and Confused live), the soaring vocals of Robert Plant, and the otherworldly guitar skills of Jimmy Page. Page excelled as both a rhythm player and a great 'feel' lead player, as well as a crazy shredder. But if one of those sections were removed, the whole band would have fallen apart, as they did after Bonham's death. It is for these reasons that I vote Led Zeppelin as the greatest band ever.

5 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

Better than the Beatles, but with less mainstream pop. Smarter and more real than Led Zeppelin. I'll always love them more than Metallica, AC/DC, and Metallica (most mainstream metal is unlistenable or just bad). Now I have to give them the vote. They are rock by definition: like soul music sped up, or like blues and jazz but with a more modernized fast rage. I'll always love the truest rock band ever made.

Explain to me why Metallica is higher than the Rolling Stones. These guys are second-best, other than the Beatles. The Stones are awesome. Queen wasn't even that popular for its time. Suck it up. Street Fighting Man, Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, Ruby Tuesday - those are some of the best songs ever. Suck it up. The Stones are great. And if you think they are bad, then YOU ARE CRAZY. The Rolling Stones are awesome.

6 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/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 is the best band ever. Just listen to their discography. Even their weakest albums, like St. Anger or Reload, are great to me. They are a big inspiration and got me into heavy metal music. When I first heard Master of Puppets, I was blown away by their sound.

They may not be the fastest, heaviest, or most complex band, but their songs are so well-structured that their albums are very memorable and iconic, especially their first five. To me, Ride the Lightning and Justice are their best and are among the greatest metal records of all time. Amazing band.

7 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. What more do I need to say? They are, or were, so awesome - my favorite band ever, the main thing I listen to. Kurt was truly talented. I'm sure he still would be if he were alive today.

Yes, I may be a teenager, but my opinion still matters. Kurt Donald Cobain is one of the major influences in my life. Kurt said that people read too much into his music and try to make it something it's not, but true Nirvana fans don't need an explanation of what certain things in his music mean. We just know that when we listen to it, we are at home and have a place to fit in.

8 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk/punk 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 of their... read more

Green Day should be in the top ten. They have songs in many different genres, such as punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock, power pop, garage rock, acoustic, ska, and even screamo. Tre Cool is probably one of the best drummers on Earth, and Mike Dirnt is likely one of the best bassists ever. Billie Joe's lyrics were good at first, but they just keep getting better and better. His vocals are also improving over time.

Some of his guitar solos, especially from the early albums, are absolutely insane. They have sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling artists of all time. 'Dookie' is certified as diamond in the USA, and it is the best-selling punk album and also the 57th best-selling album of all time. They have stood the test of time, as they have been together for 30 years.

They are also one of the most influential bands ever, inspiring many other artists such as Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Lady Gaga, Busted, McFly, Steve Rushton, Zara Larsson, and The 1975. They truly are one of the biggest and best bands in history.

9 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

They managed to climb back to the number-one band after their lead singer died. It's the 2000s, and people still listen to them and use their songs in commercials. AC/DC is the hard rock counterpart to The Beatles.

In my opinion, the ranking is: 1. The Beatles, 2. AC/DC, 3. Queen/Led Zeppelin, 4. The Rolling Stones, 5. Pink Floyd.

Let's be real: which bands will people continue to listen to, and how many iconic songs have they made? Having a spot at number nine is a joke. Are you telling me that the number-one hard rock band isn't higher? Come on, guys, are you for real voting Green Day above AC/DC?

10 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... read more

How is it possible for Tokio Hotel to be in second place? For God's sake, Guns N' Roses are without a doubt the best band ever! Everyone knows Sweet Child O' Mine and November Rain, not to mention Welcome to the Jungle. Every time I hear Slash's solos, I go to heaven.

Guns N' Roses are hard to explain. They give you a sense of what was and what is to come. Although they are no longer together, they will forever continue to enrich people's lives.

Come on, guys. Axl Rose can sing in five octaves. Name another singer with that talent. Also, they are still performing and still sound great.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders
11 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. The band has had an iconic lineup since 1975, which included Neil Peart (Drums, Percussion), Geddy Lee (Vocals, Bass, Keyboards), and the guitarist, Alex Lifeson. Peart passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer in January of... read more

Okay, every fan of any kind of rock music (metal and alternative included) should have every rock band ahead of One Direction.

Easily the most influential prog band, Neil Peart is insane, Geddy Lee is insane, and Alex Lifeson is extremely underrated and incredibly talented. None of these other bands, aside from Led Zeppelin, can even comprehend and capture the skill and heart that goes into each of their songs. They are one of the very few bands to keep the same lineup for over 40 years.

It's not just Neil Peart who gets all the credit. The amazing solos are by Lifeson, and Lee also contributes incredible talents.

12 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal 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 guitarist Adrian... read more

This is the band that got me into metal. By far, it's the best metal band out there. You'll want to listen to this! The lyrics are great.

Steve Harris and his galloping bass-playing style are fantastic, and he's a good captain for Team Maiden. Bruce Dickinson excels in vocals. Adrian Smith is known for his melodic guitar-playing style, and Dave Murray's solos are exceptional. Janick Gers delivers good heavy guitar work and is great live, dancing and kicking around. Nicko McBrain is also a superb drummer.

In other words, it's very difficult to find a band that has been making music for the past 45 years and can match Maiden's caliber. Up the Irons!

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

Linkin Park's sound and lyrics are very powerful. They reflect the genuineness of not only their own experiences but also their audiences'. The combined talent of men in different genres has created one of the most beautiful diversities in music that I have ever witnessed. I believe they should easily be in the top 3.

Linkin Park is THE rock band leading the digital age. They are the only rock band today to be in the top 20 of "artists with the most Facebook followers" and are the biggest rock band on YouTube.

Love them or hate them, Linkin Park is still going strong and is leaving behind a huge legacy. Only time will tell, but this band has major potential to be remembered as one of the greatest.

14 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... read more

If you like Rush, you should give them a listen. They have a similar vibe but, at the same time, feel really original and amazing!

I have to say, I'm surprised they made it to the top 40. However, they deserve to be in the top 5.

Top 5! Easily! All 16 albums are amazing.

15 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983.

The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.

The band is among the... read more

My favorite band ever. Flea is an amazing bassist, Anthony is a great singer, Josh and John are great guitarists, and Chad is a pretty good drummer. How is this below One Direction?

Basically the only good band that hasn't broken up and is still good to this day.

My #1. Grew up listening to them non-stop. Funky, catchy, great riffs and basslines. The best.

16 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

For 50 years, this band has reinvented itself through music. It's truly amazing that they've lasted this long together and are still continuing to tour.

Aerosmith needs to be higher on the list. They are the "Bad Boys from Boston," and they rule! They have so many great albums and hits. They are a rock legend. Definitely one of the best and most influential bands in the world! Aerosmith forever!

One of the greatest rock bands ever. They're talented, have good songs, and put on great live performances.

17 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

As is the case with all truly great bands, U2 has been different but nevertheless brilliant in all phases of its existence. Its popularity is both trans-temporal and trans-cultural. It seems obvious by now that some of the band's best songs will be relevant and enjoyed for many generations to come.

U2 consistently has the highest-grossing and largest sold-out arena world tours every time they put out an album. Their Zooropa tour in the 90s was massive and was the third largest behind The Rolling Stones, just based on gross receipts. To say that they are not in the top 5 biggest bands of all time (yes, this includes the 80s and 90s) is just ridiculous.

18 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Provo, Utah, and are now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their... read more

I love Imagine Dragons. They've been my favorite band for over a year. Their lyrics are relatively deep, and the music is catchy. However, I don't think they deserve to be on this list, not even if they had kept the same sound and meaningful lyrics of their first two albums.

They are my favorite band. I love all of their songs, especially from the Smoke and Mirrors album. They have such deep and emotional songs. The only bands that come close to them (among modern bands) are Fall Out Boy and probably Twenty One Pilots.

One of my favorite bands. I'm pretty disconnected from my family and depressed because my dad died, but I deny it when my mom asks me and never get help. Imagine Dragons helps me so much, and along with Twenty One Pilots, they actually bring me closer to my family and relatives, and we bond because of it.

19 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... read more

How the heck is Coldplay above The Who? Name five Coldplay songs now. Now name five Who songs. I can: Baba O'Riley, My Generation, Behind Blue Eyes, Pinball Wizard, Who Are You. And that isn't even getting into their other stuff. Coldplay had Livin' la Vida Loca and Paradise. That's it.

Baba O'Riley, My Generation, I Can See for Miles, Pinball Wizard - these songs are all legendary rock songs and are made by one of the best bands in the world: The Who. They even inspired Nick Mason, the drummer of Pink Floyd, to start learning drums. That's how good they are.

20 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... read more

Black Sabbath is one of the most influential bands in rock history and one of the bands that inspired many of the bands we have today. And the original singer, Ozzy Osbourne, is not called the "Prince of Darkness" or the "Godfather of Heavy Metal" for nothing. They should be much higher. They rock and they are the godfathers of metal! Long live Black Sabbath!

Damn, a band that brings you back to the 70s as if you are in Birmingham with them, performing witchcraft. They are real hard hitters that leave you wanting more. Ozzy's vocals, Iomi's guitar, Butler's bass, and Bill's drums are all components that make up the iconic and explosive yet beautiful sound of Sabbath.

21 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock/pop 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... read more

What! Some of these bands above this one aren't even that good. Rush only had Tom Sawyer, and Iron Maiden only had The Trooper. This makes no sense. This band should at least be in the top 10. By the way, Nirvana is so overrated.

One of the best rock bands of the 80s-90s era. Their earlier albums sound so fresh even today.

I love their music. They are one of the few bands from the '80s that remained successful in the '90s and '00s.

22 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American alternative 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... read more

Foo Fighters is a continuation of the former band Nirvana. It is a modern version of the band. David Grohl is also a role model of mine.

Oh, come on! Foo Fighters are way too low here!

23 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)... read more

Avenged Sevenfold gives you the will to be weird. You may have different styles and things to say than others, but that's normal. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Avenged Sevenfold, along with Nirvana, encourages this. I mean, where do you think artists these days got their inspiration?

These guys don't care what other people think about them or their music. It's addicting. They're my favorite band personally and should be at #1.

Best band ever. I love this band because the guys are best friends first.

24 Weezer Weezer is an American alternative rock/power pop band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

Rivers Cuomo could be one of the greatest vocalists I've ever heard. Their weird music is awesome!

It's hilarious how bands like Weezer, Oasis, and The Beach Boys are behind Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. It's a shame.

How did the Bee Gees, a bunch of girly-voiced singers, beat this amazing band?

25 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).

22? How is this so far down? Radiohead isn't for this world. The human species doesn't deserve Radiohead's music. It's too good for us. Radiohead conveys emotions you had no idea existed, does things you had no idea could be done, and can make anything and everything work with their genius talent.

Also, look at how well the band members have aged! In A Moon Shaped Pool, you can't even tell that the members of the band are almost 50 years old. They haven't lost any skill or talent over the years, and if anything, they've learned. If I had to pick my Desert Island Disc, it would no doubt be a Radiohead album. Even Pablo Honey has songs like Blow Out that are better and more unique than pretty much anything musicians are doing today. Radiohead is definitely one of the most unique bands in the world, and they're easily the best at it.

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