Top Ten Rock Bands Most Teenagers Don't Know


The Top Ten

1 ELO ELO The Electric Light Orchestra are an English rock band from Birmingham. They were formed in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.

"The sun is shining in the sky, there ain't a cloud in sight. It's stopped raining, everybody's in the play and don't you know, it's a beautiful new day, hey. Running down the avenue, see how the sun shines brightly in the city, on the streets where once was pity, Mister Blue Sky is living here today! "

Such a shame that some people call this band “chick repellent.”

The music of ELO makes me so happy when I listen to it, it's almost a music high. More people should know this band!

I love them and I'm a teen. I've heard of all of these if not listened to!

2 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.
3 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.

I'm the only teen at my school that listen to actual music like heavy metal and rock. I know all these band but ELO. I might check them out

Actually not true, but then again the general public doesn't really know Rush. - Pony

I'm 15 and I am Rush's biggest fan since 2007! PS I know ELO, The Who, and literally all of the bands on this list - Boi

I'm a teen and I'm the only one in my whole school that listen to actual music like heavy metal and rock n roll pop and rap sucks so does new country ( sorry I love lynyrd skynyrd and hank Jr that's pretty much all I live in bama) anyways rush is a band that I have all albums and enjoy them

4 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.

A few teens like me know Cream. At least on this website. - Pony

I'm A Preteen I Love Cream - BeatlesFan1964

5 Styx Styx Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
6 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.

Again, some teens know this band - Pony

7 The Kinks The Kinks The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

I grew up listening to the Kinks. It is very sad that so many amazing classic rock bands are gradually being forgotten before our very eyes.

8 UFO UFO UFO are an English rock band that was formed in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal.
9 Tangerine Dream Tangerine Dream Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. The best-known lineup of the group was its mid-70s trio of Froese, Christopher more.

To be fair, not many people know this band. - Pony

10 Alabama

The Contenders

11 The Band The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson more.

Who calls a band "The Band"? Wouldn't that be like calling your Tech Company "The Company"?

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.
13 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 more.
14 Seether Seether Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band originally performed under the name Saron Gas until 2002, when they adopted the Seether name.

I've heard of this band, hell I've listened to them I'm quite sure a lot of teens have heard of them band The Kinks on the other hand I'm not too certain.

It's sad how a lot of people haven't heard of them. - Turkeyasylum

15 The Hollies The Hollies The Hollies are a British pop/rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style.
16 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.
17 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.

They will be like " the continent? ". - Pony

18 Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".
19 The Marshall Tucker Band
20 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.
21 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.
22 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.
23 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.
24 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
25 Big Star

They are a great, great band. - Pony

26 Booker T and the MGs
27 Ministry Ministry Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.
28 Supertramp Supertramp Supertramp are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music.
29 Sparks Sparks Sparks are an American pop and rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by brothers Ron and Russell Mael. The duo formed in 1968 under the name Halfnelson.
30 Strawberry Alarm Clock Strawberry Alarm Clock Strawberry Alarm Clock is a psychedelic rock band formed in 1967 in Los Angeles best known for their 1967 hit single "Incense and Peppermints".
31 Black Oak Arkansas
32 MC5 MC5 MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson.
33 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial more.

Fans of the movie Forrest Gump got re-acquainted with this great band.

34 The J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band was an American rock band formed in 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts, under the leadership of guitarist John "J." Geils.
35 Copeland
36 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
37 Demons And Wizards Demons And Wizards Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.
38 Bad Company Bad Company
39 The Silver Bullet Band
40 The Heartbreakers
41 The Allman Brothers
42 Nightwish Nightwish Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. It's currently formed by Tuomas, Emppu, lead vocalist Floor Jansen, bassist and vocalist Marco Hietala, more.
43 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

I'm quite sure a lot of Teens and Adults have heard of Nine Inch Nails. However I have not heard of the Ministry. So yeah Nine Inch Nails just doesn't belong in my opinion on this list.

44 Silverchair Silverchair Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars, and Chris Joannou on bass guitar.
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top Ten Rock Bands Most People Don't Know Top Ten Bands that Most Teens Probably Don't Know Exist Best Heavy Metal Bands Most People Don't Know Reasons Why Wearing Shirts of Bands You Don't Know is Terrible and Pointless Best Songs for Teenagers Who Like Metal, Rock, or Punk

List StatsCreated 6 Apr 2015

100 votes
44 listings
4 years, 226 days old

Top Remixes (4)

1. The Band
2. The Moody Blues
3. ELO
1. Rush
2. The Who
3. Dream Theater
1. UFO
2. Styx
3. The Kinks

View All 4

Error Reporting

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