Top Ten Rock Bands That Were Active During the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s

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1 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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

Greatest band ever

Acdc is the best band in the world

Yes!

2 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), ...read more.

They tuned some heart touching song... Coming back to life

Hypnotism and music mixed together

3 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 ...read more.

No they weren't the were only the 70s

Led Zepplien beats AC/DC by a long shot. AC/DC music is cool, but Led Zepplien's music means so much.

4 Guns N' Roses

Whoever put this, Led Zeppelin, Poison, Metallica, and Green Day here is a retard. They were not active during all four decades.

G-n-R were good from 1987 to 1993, then Axl totally fell apart mentally and vocally. They definitely don't qualify for this list.

cool

I love this band song.. Rovember rain is one of the best song of Guns N Rose

5 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 ...read more.

Best band of all time.

Three words put at one-case in sight queen is the best rock band of the 70s or 80s and sadly not 90s

When it comes to rock, queen has gktta be first. - gemcloben

I am a total QUEENIE! I love freddie he is the best vocalist in the WORLD! he inspires me every day to do my very best! lol I love them so much my friends call me killer queen

6 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). ...read more.

This is the best pick for this category. They've played hard rock since 1962, and they still active. Also this is the band with largest discography, maybe except of the Beatles, and they've played good for all that time. Listen to "Paint it Black", "Get off of my Cloud", "Sympathy for the devil", "Gimme Shelter" and you'll know why you have to vote on them.

You call hard rock wrong there classic rock n roll and still great

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

Active all four of those decades...

8 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.
9 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
10 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". ...read more.

Did you read the criteria? 70's, 80's, 90', and 00's. Metallica started in '81.

The Newcomers

? Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the lead singer and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards.
? The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

These guys actually began in the 1960's, and are still very going today.
They fight with each other a lot, and Neil Young usually ends up stomping out in the middle of things, but the music is so incredibly good, it seems to be worth the aggravation for them.

The members of this band know how good they are together, which is why they have broken up and re-united more often than any other group.
Interestingly, all of the members are in the RRHOF anyway, separately from this group! This was indeed the first "Supergroup". Check out The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies.

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). ...read more.

They are still around. - Pony

13 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, ...read more.
14 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, ...read more.

Whether it was Osbourne, Dio or whoever as frontman they were always great.

15 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
16 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard 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. The band's ...read more.
17 Santana Santana Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.

Santana may not be a sexy pick like the other groups on this list but he played a part in all four decades.

I loved when he played wit matchbox 20

18 Chicago

I live here! :) best city in the WORLD

19 Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.
20 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Kiss was one of six bands on this list to be active all four decades. The other five are AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Rush and the Scorpions. I have great respect for all of them but Kiss was the best.

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