Most Revolutionary Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 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 were part of the Merseybeat explosion which was in the north of England but in London at the same time there was another music explosion. Groups like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Them, The Downliners sect, The Pretty things, The Yardbirds etc... were mainly influenced by the raw sounds of fifties Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues. They were really different groups than The Beatles. The Beatles were the first to get big success in the United States. Other " different groups followed the " British invasion " but had also a bigger influence than The Beatles over there. Just listen to mid-sixties US Garage punk rock and it's obvious that groups like Them, The Yardbirds, The Animals, The Kinks were bigger in influence than The Beatles. What in fact did The Beatles exactly ever do during the British invasion? They started by finding a new form of American music to imitate ( Motown, Chuck Berry, Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley... ) which they combined with a little ...more

You say you want a revolution? Well you know, we all want to change the world. But not many rock bands can do it. - PetSounds

They influenced Numerous musicians and still do today. A lot of pioneering, creative work. - Billyv

Not the first rock band ever, but they created the style of rock that almost all bands from the 60s on use. They led the british invasion and influenced bands such as The Who, Rolling Stones, etc. - ryanrimmel

2 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, more.

The inventors of heavy metal. Should be #2 behind The Beatles - ryanrimmel

3 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.

Ritchie Blackmore did something revolutionary: he first created rock songs based on scales typically used in classical music. All other rock bands used mostly blues scales to create rock/hard rock, or - in the case of Black Sabbath (70s) - to create heavy blues rock.

This was the biggest invention in the 20th century music because it was the pattern of metal music as we know it now. Heavy metal is a non bluesy genre.

Deep Purple first used double bass drumming on an early metal song. They were also the loudest band of the 70s. And last but not least - the most talented band, a band of masters.
Conclusion: Deep Purple is the most revolutionary rock/metal band. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah, I made this list. And I'm sorry to say this, there is no way Deep Purple is the most revolutionary band. No way they were more influential than The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Queen, etc. It's pretty ridiculous to have them voted #1 - ryanrimmel

They don't get a lot of credit, but they were the best hard rock band of their time and helped influence heavy metal. - ryanrimmel

Deep Purple didn't help influence heavy metal - they invented it. - Metal_Treasure

Lars Ulrich said that "they have probably been the primary musical backbone in my body ever since I first heard them". And things like that make them one of the most revolutionary bands ever. If you just listen "Hard Lovin' Man", and ending of that song, you'll know why they are so important.
+1 for DP.

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.


5 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.
6 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.

Smells like teen spirit, but not just that song. All the sounds they made in their songs changed the interests in music over the globe.

They basically made Grunge awesome.

7 Rolling Stones
8 Ramones Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.
9 Rainbow
10 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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.

Should be number 2 after Beatles

12 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.
13 MC5
14 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Jim Morrison is the prototype of the rock band frontman even to this day.
Everyone from Axl Rose, to Steven Tyler, to Anthony Kaedis clearly followed in Jim's footsteps, as is just about every modern hard-rocker wearing leather pants.

15 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.

They're not un-metal... Anyway, they revolutionised what you could write about when producing music. Writing about complex and specific political concepts, stories of the lesser fortunate and rebellions against. Morello developed techniques that changed the way people looked at the guitar and both Commerford and Wilk were real virtuosos. Rage deserve to be higher on this list.

They were not the first to write politically at all. Bad Religion, Napalm Death, Dead Kennedys, and Anti-Flag all did that before them - ryanrimmel

16 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.
17 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

They get too much credit and are for that matter overrated. Pop-Art mixed with music was before them already in groups like " The Who ", " The Creation "... and monotone singing style techniques were also before them used by groups like " The Deep ", " Question mark & the mysterians ", " The Seeds "... Their originality is in more soft songs, but then again, is this revolutionary in Rock?

18 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.
19 The Stooges The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are more.
20 New York Dolls
BAdd New Item

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Best Rock Bands of All Time Best Japanese Rock Bands Top 10 Best Modern Rock Bands Best Punk Rock Bands Best Rock Bands of the 2000s

List Stats

28 listings
2 years, 315 days old

Top Remixes

1. Led Zeppelin
2. Black Sabbath
3. The Beatles
1. Deep Purple
2. Pink Floyd
3. Queen
1. The Beatles
2. Black Sabbath
3. Rolling Stones



Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.