Top Ten Rock Bands In India


The Top Ten

1 Avial (Kerala)

The very best band in the country without any doubt... Avial brings malayalam rock to the highest level possible... Nada nada, aana kallan etc are the best of the lot... You can never stop humming to their tones

They've broken free of the English hangover successfully and are actually blending regional ethos into their music.

Brilliant blending they do.. No indian language based band has their class and calibre! Rex vijayan the lead guitarist and mithun the drummer are the highlights of the band.. Even though I miss anand raj benjamin paul as the lead vocalist, tony has done a fair job in filling his void

Music is awesome... The lead guitarist rocks, the vocal is average... And DJ you deserve a throne dude... Excellent work in the film "SECOND SHOW"! Keep ROCKING AVIAL...

2 Indian Ocean (Delhi)

Indian Ocean is very rocking band. The main Rahul Ram is very talented. The album Black Friday is my favorite.
The song Ma Reva... I like it very much.

So... It should take first rank in Indian rock bands.

That band is ace and they play so skillful.

I'm in St. Xavier's Delhi, same school as Rahul Ram and 4 years ago he came to the school and he was really magnificent, slowly I became a fan of the band

... Perfect combo of music and authenticity... :-)

3 Cactus (Kolkata)

A rock band with a soul... Each and every song of this band touches the heart... I guess this is what passion of music does to you... You end up creating music which people eventually end up listening every single day... Their live performance is better than the best... Way to go cactus

There's something magical about this band's music... It's nothing like the regular music you get to hear these days... It's so different- SO good that it can make a person cry in disbelief...Disbelief that such passionate musicians actually exist, that too in India...Amazing


Deserves nothing than number 1. Kick ass tight band. Love you guys. Keep rocking as always...

4 Fossils (Kolkata)

Fossils by very far is the best rock back in India... Not parikrama.. Not indian ocean.. Not anyone else... The music and the lyrics, even though shares similarities with iron maiden sometimes, are original and the only sound in india that sounds true rock and roll. Hard rock, heavy rock. If you want soul music and soft rock, there's a separate genre for both. For true rock, fossils is the best rock band in india. And bishakto manush is the best rock song of all time in india.. And fossils debut album, fossils is the best indian rock album of all time.

Fossils is Love

Brought back the metals scene when in 90s we were forgetting it.

Best band I ever saw...I feel the fossils only in you tube.. My bad luck I never attend any fossils live concerts...
But #fossils_is_feel

5 Parikrama (Delhi)

Yes, parikrama is the most energetic and very tight band, I ever hard

Without a doubt one of the premier bands of india. Been listening to them since school and they still don't dissapoint.
Awesome vocals, awesome guitars, awesome drums, awesome everything

There is no comparison! The list is all wrong. There are true rock band.

Awesome band.. Old mens you rock!

6 Bhayanak Maut (Mumbai)

Can I work with you rockstars

Yep...i heard them and was "brutally" surprised. Good musicians, good solos & the extremely talented Rahul Hariharan.

Laugh out loud why is bhayanak maut on a rock band list


7 Sifar (Delhi)

Supercool songs... you can't ignore once you start listening!

Underrated Band!

Alternative rock band just like nirvana

Very underrated band

8 Mother Jane (Kerala)

Seriously? A silly bengali band at number 1 (No one understands the language well and anyways I've heard cactus's songs are pale and dumb)? Indian Ocean are just above this beauty of a band because they were instantly popular. Motherjane are the best band to come out of India and have produced the best guitarist of the country, Baiju D'rajan. Their drummer Deepu is awesome as well and Suraj Mani has a good voice. Definitely should have been number 1!

Awesome band.. They rock... The taste of south Indian classical can be seen in their s

Awesome band..
No one can equal the classical style of the lead guitars...
The classical touch that they give to each of their songs is awesome..

Good fusion, good control on musical instruments. Drummer and guitarist is awesome. The classical and western lead fuse very well.

9 Indus Creed (Mumbai)

They are certainly the pioneers of rock music in India

If there was no Indus Creed (Rock Machine), who knows what Indian Rock scene would have been like. They shot Indian Rock to international fame at a time when rock was mostly unheard in India. - sumit

Indus Creed at 16 The people who have been rocking since the 90's Its just stupid
Clearly anyone can call there band a "Rock" band nowadays
List is long whereas there are only a few bands in India who understand and can "attempt" to play rock

The god & conveyor of rock scene in India, n still they aren't rated in top10,! Whats wrong with the voters

10 Lucid Recess (Guwahati)

Tight band

Awesome three member band... Truly awesome

One of the best bands performing live I have ever seen

They really have a genuine and full sound to their music and no doubt they are one of the best out there who should be higher in the list,if u don't agree then just go to YouTube and listen to one of their songs.


The Contenders

11 The Local Train

Best rock band in the country

The local train is the one of the best band in India.

I like the Aaoge Tum Kabhi and Choo Lo most

Total entertainment

Nice vocals and good base by the guitarist

12 440 MHz (Jamshedpur)

Best band ever, rocking around for years spreading inspiration to music lovers

Waiting for your next show guys

Would like to see your live performance in my home city

This is my 1 of the favourite band

13 Eccentric Pendulum (Bangalore)

Hi, my name is ronit & my singing is very goog.. & my mobile number - 8746911933

14 Underground Authority (Kolkata)

Rock with passion...

Band From My College NSHM

The best band I've ever heard playing live. One of their OCs "Pehchaan" is a treat to the years. So tight!

I guess, the next gen band in India

15 Euphoria (Delhi)

Your song, compositions, music are just deserve a better rank

Well this band shouldn't be here, isn't a rock band. Where do u find tablas in rock music.

They should deserve at last on top 10. what they doing in 21..

They are better than tiesto...

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Rocked Cult a way 2013


This band was os cool

Just love their stuff, they r greattt...

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17 Agnee (Pune)

Mohan's voice is delicious and Agnee's sound is unique and unmistakable; music that speaks to the soul.

I love these guys

Love your voice Mohan

Agnes is amazing having heart touching songs deserve a better place

18 Thermal and a Quarter (Bangalore)

Bangalore band! Really good music!

Classic music composition! If there is anyone who manifests guitar playing with the spirit of Karate, Mr. (Bruce Lee) Mani is the man!

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19 Scribe (Mumbai)

The BEST rock/metal/hardcore band the country has EVER seen.

Talk about non-conformity.

Best live act in the country as well.

Real Hard rock band

20 Cassini's Division (Kolkata)

Story of my life, rockng..

Deep vocals

21 Acrimony (Bhopal)

Best in everything.. Each composition is worth listening

Best from central India

Soulful compositions they have!

Very distinct, simply the best.

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22 Sanam (Mumbai)

Just love this band... superb work

The best band ever

Awesome band, love the voice of sanam puri... and their one member named I think keshab is very talented

Becuse of this band.. I started loving retro.. Melodious voice sanam.

23 Demonic Resurrection (Mumbai)

They shouldn't be so low in the list for sure

They've played in Bloodstock. What are they doing at #28? DESERVES TO BE IN THE TOP 5 at least!

A very appreciated death metal band with suevering vocal crashing melodies

They are the best metal band in India. Why they are so down.Just listen to The Return to Darkness and The Demon King and you will know what I mean.

24 Delete (Kolkata / Howrah)

These guys are sick! My favourite band from India...gicving a new dimension to rock music.

25 Maati (Ajmer)

Rising rap rock band from rajasthan

26 Kcor (Bangalore)
27 The Sueen (Kashmir)

You are living in a disputed territory and still are making great music and are one of the top bands of north!
Good Work!

28 Naaz (Kashmir)

Best band of Kashmir, you won't stop listening, if you listen to their songs.

29 Bevar Sea (Bangalore)

Indian Stoner / Doom Metal band

30 Moksh (Mumbai)
31 Thaikkudam Bridge (Kerala)

They're the best, no questions asked

#35 is definitely not it. Needs to be in the top 20 at least. in my humble opinion, top 10. They've covered songs beautifully, and is a favorite among all crowds in Kerala. ("Nostalgia")

Marvellous I love you guys... Carry on (my one of the top song is yours nostalgia )

Fish Rock! And you'll know

32 Limit Zero (Bangalore)

The best bass guitarist ever in India... Shiva a kick ass band easily in top 5, the awesome bass riff are totally the main spot of this band

Ya agree the best bass guitarist India's got Shiva

Just listen to their songs then you'll know why it defines India and deserves to be on top

Amazing vocals infused with cool bass with the whirlwind of the amazing drummer venkat sure to rule #1

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33 Junkyard Groove (Chennai)

The best most authentically rock sounding band in india

Top 5 for sure. Crazy band with amazing guitarists.

The Best Band by all means.

Great voice, groovy guitar and gunning drums

34 Astitva (Delhi)

Best Band and it shows their dedication and love towards music... Each and every artist is awesome in their respective instruments... God Bless You all...

Best band ever live on stage

Best band so ever!


35 Agam (Bangalore)

Best of Carnatic & Rock fusion.

What a band...I love it

The best band nowadays.

At the forefront of Indian fusion music.

36 Girish and the Chronicles (Gangtok)

The best hard rock band in India by far

He is the best vocalist in India.. If you don't believe me please listen to his covers like Pink, Rock and Roll, 18 and life, I don't wanna miss the thing, Welcome to the jungle and many more.. He is by far the best and most under rated vocalist

Come on! This band should be way up. Girish pradhan is the man!

None of the above can cover 'Sweet child' like Girish does..

37 Kavya's the Band (Jaipur)

Best band I have seen ever

I'm stunned to see that they aren't in top 10. On what basis then they have been judged? They should b in top 10 at least. This band is amazing and the music is exceptional

You guys are doing a great job!

Very best band of the world

38 Apocalypse (Ranchi)

Really a rocking band

39 Magdalene (Aizawl)

One of the best rock band from the north east. Their songs are great and good to listen over and over again. Save me, heaven or hell, life beyond death are some of their great songs.

M/ the best gospel rock band in India... Great to see you on top ten Indian rock band

Awesome band. Their songs are very inspiring.

Good song, good music good band...

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40 Riprap (Assam)

They could have done much better if they would have unlike other bands in India got better assistance/support and financially sound too. But their journey never ends here, they are always marching on with new ideas that adds more light to their music. That's why I never try to miss their single album as possible.

First band of Garo Hills. With lots of pleasant, heart touching love songs and some hard licks totally the best

Music is really awesome.. Heart touches somes of the songs

The Band Riprap is from Meghalaya and not Assam

41 The Down Troddence (Kerala)

The band should be in top 10

This must be in top 20 at least

They must at least in top 15


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42 Microtone (Hyderabad)
43 Ageless Yard (Shimla)

This bands got some real metal digged inside... Deserve much better rank in the list...

Bunch of talented Metal Heads from Himachal Pradesh. Playing some real thrash metal. Search for "Black Paper Greed Dogs" on sound cloud and feel some great music from Himachal.

Hell lot of talent m/

Nice people. nice music

44 Lagori (Bangalore)

Awesome playing skill they have...they are full of energy every time...

45 Divine Connection (Kohima)

...! So below? Come on! Kids... This isbthe best band in India by miles! The other top 10 in the list are nonsense seriously!

Mtv rock contest winner... Very talented band. They are brilliant musicianss


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46 13ad (Kerala)

A real rock band from India. Their music is so divine. Lyrics are so poetic and prophetic. They released two albums, "Ground Zero" and "Tough on the Streets.

13AD will live. People who have watched them perform and heard them live can just live on with the memory. They are simply irreplaceable!

13 AD has one of the best albums among Indian rock bands.

Godfathers of indian rock

47 Sweet Children (Bhubaneswar)

Great band!

One of the most amazing bands I've ever seen.

Rap rock band Wit young Artist Very innovative. Have deep feeling in their music. May be india upcuming top band

Maybe its the next THE BIG THING because they experiment with music, they cn make you bang yo head with their metal OC's or they cn melt yo Heart with romantic OC's and best part they combine Rap and Rock

48 Soulmate (Shillong)

! You kidding me.. Did anyone ever listen to the Piece of my heart Cover. They are certainly amongst top 10

They should be in top 10

Undisputed number 1 blues band in India.

I have been in music scene for 8 years now. I hardly came across a genre specific band who does justice to it. Awesome Blues based band ever. Tips(Tipriti Kharbangar) is an extraordinary Vocalist and Rudy Wallang, oh boy he is one of the best blues guitarist India has ever produced. Just Go through their Youtube videos. 'Summertime' is my favorite song by them. Must be in top 5.
Not everyone gets a chance to play with legends like Carlos Santana. They have already achieved it. Check their stuff!

49 Rudraksh (Jaipur)

The greatest progressive rock band

Experimental Hindi Rock band

50 Lone Philosophers (Assam)

Awesome band... Great songs... Great solos and mortally impossible drumming

Wah wah kya baat hein... Accha hein... Dheshkau... '

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Avial (Kerala)
2. Cactus (Kolkata)
3. Indian Ocean (Delhi)
1. Avial (Kerala)
2. Cactus (Kolkata)
3. Indian Ocean (Delhi)
1. 440 MHz (Jamshedpur)
2. Eccentric Pendulum (Bangalore)
3. Sifar (Delhi)

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