Best Rock Bands of All Time

Rock and roll is a genre of music that emerged as a defined musical style in the American South in the 1950s, and quickly spread to the rest of the country, and the world. It later evolved into the various different sub-genres of what is now called simply "rock".

This list is a collection of the top ten rock bands of all time. This includes bands that can be categorized as rock and roll, hard rock, southern rock, metal, punk and just about any other genre that has evolved from 50's rock and roll.

The Top Ten

1 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.

I think after going through quite a few lists that unfortunately the very young generally have more to say than the older group who might not necessarily even ventured onto a computer. There is a top 5 without a doubt, not in any particular order and they are Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd ( I never understood there popularity but it is there just the same ) and the newest member to the to group AC/DC

Groups should not even be considered unless they are loved worldwide and have been together for many many years with little change and still be able to command high venue sellouts and also in most cases if not huge radio play than at least high radio request. Many great great bands are biting at the doorstep of the big 5. Rush, Queen, U2 and Metallica, Black Sabbath to name a few.

I love these lists and they hold huge interest and although you will never get it just right for everyone they do make for great talk.

Pink Floyd deserves number 1 position, and the no.2 is Led Zeppelin - CaptainNemo

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham... Led Zeppelin; four individuals from differing backgrounds with diverse personalities and creativity came together composing, producing, and performing music without limits.

They are legendary and formed the backbone of what "hard rock" is defined as today. Jimmy Page was and still is the heart and soul of Led Zeppelin. They deserve their rightful place as the number one rock band of all time.

I love Stairway To Heaven, and whole Lotta love, but Led Zeppelin is overrated, I can see why they are very a legendary band, but I don't like it, I think it is just me. - Fuziion

Led Zeppelin, the true Hard Rock originals placed at No.2! Sort of pains me. It should be in number 1 slot. And Metallica doesn't deserve that number 1 position. I have heard Queen, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, The Who, Beatles, AC/DC, Metallica but none have that understated elegance in Rock Music, perfect tunes, great Guitar riffs, fantastic drums and of-course the lyrics. I have been a fan of all above mentioned Rock Bands at various times but finally getting hold of many Led Zeppelin albums made me an honest fan of them. Also at times I feel embarrassed that all these years I had been listening to average to run-of-the-mill rock songs (My Pre-Led Zeppelin years).

I still don't understand Led Zeppelin being #1. The Beatles deserve #1. Led Zeppelin ripped off all of their good songs. Like Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, etc. - mmarce445

Join the cult - Jointhecult

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2 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 ...read more.

It seems I was born in the wrong generation, because I see that Metallica is the first. The Beatles is a legend, unbelievable phenomenon in the music history.

You should feel that you "born in the wrong generation", at least you can still listen to it, and brag that you have superior music tastes. - RogerWatersfan1999

This band started music without the Beatles the world would still be in the great depression

I too think that I am born in this wrong generation why people are going after Metallica or somebody because the Beatles is good

They are a pop band - AliciaMae

At first, yeah you could say that. But as time went on, their music changed to be among the most experimental and influential of all time. Listen to A Day In The Life, Helter Skelter, or Strawberry Fields and tell me that's pop music. - DiamondJoyride

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3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were 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.

I honestly think Pink Floyd should be at number one. The combination of Waters concepts and lyrics and Gilmours guitar/vocals (as well as the fine musicianship of Rick Wright and Nick Mason)produced a force that generates Pink Floyd addicts to this very day.

I recently saw someone write "Pink Floyd has never written a bad song. There may be a weak song, or a song that requires thought to understand, but never a bad song". I agree with this 100%. This is one of the few bands that has never released a 'filler' album.

Metallica at the top? What a disgrace... Pink Floyd are easily one of the most influential bands in history, with one of the largest fan bases of any band. They definitely deserve to be number one!

The Beatles are the greatest rock band ever, but I was so horrified at the place of the second greatest that I had to put my vote here. Best progressive rock band ever. Dark Side of the Moon is the greatest album ever, and that includes Sgt. Peppers (which does have the most innovative use of the studio ever, but the songs themselves aren't as good as on revolver).

Dude I agree with you 100 %. It should go 1. Beatles 2. Pink Floyd and Dark Side is the greatest album ever and Revolver is my favorite Beatles album as well. You read my mind exactly. - PeterG28

The first Prog band, and Roger's lyrics are the best in all of rock and roll, second to only Bob Dylan. The combination of Gilmour and Wright instrumentally is beyond impressive. - MetalPope

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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 ...read more.

I find that freddie mercury a so good vocal have and that no men of the wide universe where we live not other creature can sing so as freddie mercury!

And the different styles that freddie mercury can do in different songs is
Not possible!

Queen had it all. The sound, the show, the image, the everything. Queen has composed many songs that are still remembered today.

There's nothing as attractive and magical as a Queen concert. Just buy one of their DVDs and try to imagine you were there. A great band and a mythical voice rocking you on and on. This was Queen, this was Freddie.

Queens good but it's seriously overhyped - 8chAnonymous

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5 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.

Metallica opened my world. Metallica opened my eyes. Metallica opened my ears.

Metallica released my soul. Metallica are the best metal band that will be playing in the whole universe. Great performers!
In fact... I listen nothing else matters now!

I can appreciate that you loved their music. It's not that they weren't good, it's that they had a particular genre of rock (hard) that was GOOD and it may have influence on this genre of rock. It didn't have the diversity to change the direction of rock music in general, which I think must be a factor in reaching top ten status. - sharzi

Metallica roars like a lion that is what separates it from others and makes it the number 1 it's the real HARDCORE man's choice. Real EPIC hard Rock means Metallica

Metallica isn't rock, maybe for two albums they were but that's only a fifth of their catalogue (at least studio albums). - Skullkid755

Metallica is an another meaning to rock metal!
Long live Metallica

Black album and load and reload were the best

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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.

The Stones #38? Are you kidding me? Proof positive why they shouldn't let 'tweeners vote on the all-time greatest anything except episodes of Sponge Bob. Twenty years from now, if this question is asked, the Rolling Stones will still be in the discussion. And bands like 30 seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, and their ilk will be just cutout records in the dump bin.

100% agree with you. Long live classic rock. It is sad that rock music is non existent these days. This generation has no idea what real music is. All the great rock bands of the 60's and 70's are timeless. Can you say that about today's so called music? NO! - WayCoolJr

Kept scrolling down thinking 'well surely the stones are next... ' Number 37? Are you kidding me? I think I've lost fate in humanity! I wouldn't mind as much, but 30 Seconds To Mars are at number 6 for gods sake! The Beatles should be number 1 and The Rolling Stones should be number two! Any song by The Rolling Stones would have been a hit for 30 Seconds To Mars, but for The Rolling Stones it was just another song on another album! - GuitarZero

They are a great classic rock band and they made lots of influences. Some people know them as The Beatles Rivals! - RichardKoshorekII

They Were, Are And Forever Will Be Garbage Compared To The Beatles - 12cc

Rolling Stones are the greatest and still rocking

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7 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 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

What why is japan x and 30 seconds to mars higher than AC/DC, acdc are legendary their music's raw and to the bone.

AC/Dc back in black album has sold more than 49 million copies, and is the second highest album sold WORLDWIDE! Is there any rock band in the world that can beat this EPICNESS!

I disagree. Look at the diversity of their music. AC/DC was the king of hard rock. But not rock overall. I saw them in concert back in 81, and was really into them, but they cannot top the Beatles or Pink Floyd in originality, for a few examples. This is not about who you like, but other factors need to be considered. - sharzi

AC DC IS THE BEST ROCK BAND OF THE ALL TIMES! ANGUS, MALCOLM, CLIFF, PHIL AND BRIAN ARE PERFECTS, LIKE A ROCK�'N ROLL ORCHESTRA! THEY DID A LOT OF THE BEST ROCK SOUNDS IN THE HISTORY! AC DC FOREVER!

AC/DC should closer to the top then #7 - ChelseaPurnell

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8 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. ...read more.

Who the heck is tokio hotel? Why isn't nirvana in the top ten? They changed music forever! How is a band like Ah-ha or X Japan ahead of nirvana! I've never even heard of them! Nirvana should of cracked the top ten at least! This list is rigged! Metallica number 1? They're a really good band but number one maybe a bit much. I think the beatles should've made it number 1

I'm a big nirvana fan but did they really change music forever? Certainly not in a big way! I feel Grunge pretty much died the same day kurt did. Did they influence any bands? I'm sure they did but that can be said for 100's of bands. - Darren_jm

Nirvana is for me the best band ever, they may not be better than Metallica but they changed the history of RnR. And with Kurt Cobain as frontman they just must be in the top 10

"Have fun in hell! ". Don't you mean a "lake of fire" (Nirvana fans will get the joke) - Skullkid755

NIRVANA is the best band ever! Hands down. Nirvana should be at least in the top 5 or 10. Every single album they made was different and yet Awesome, so many fans worldwide in such a short period! NIrvana has inspired me in so many ways and I'm only 11 years old. ILY KURT!

You read comment the man who sold the worlds

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9 Guns N Roses 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.

Best voice on the planet, Axl Rose
Best guitarist of all time, Slash
Coolest bassist ever, Duff GUNS N ROSES
Badass drummer, Steven Adler
Best songwriter, Izzy Stradlin

Come on, all the hubbub about this band over one album. I'll grant you it's a brilliant album, there's no denying that. But what happened to them? They have faded into oblivion. Why? Its not exactly rocket science to see that everywhere Slash goes, great rock and roll follows. And he's a humble enough guy to spread the wealth, so in the case of Guns N' Roses, they are all just riding on his coattails. Slash is, and always will be everything that was great about this band. - Ned964

Why Guns n Roses is the best? Because it's simply the best band you can Jam om with an air guitar. That's why. Listen to slash's awesome guitar strummin' and axl's voice combining in an awesome pack of songs

Yeah you're right! They are the best band ever. , the original member is the best band formation of all time. ,

Guns and Roses is the best rock and roll band ever, I love them, they are my favourite, they have the best guitarists, drummer and singer - ChelseaPurnell

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10 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 ...read more.

Best band, hands down. from my generation to real good looking boy, the who have created fantastic music. Who's next, Quadrophenia, Tommy, The Who by numbers, the who sell out, who are you. all great albums. this band should be #1. every person on earth probably likes at least one song by the who. the majority will like at least on album. and maybe 1/5 to 1/3 of people in the world like at least 30 who songs. I own 100 songs by them and every one of them (besides underture from tommy) is gold. - Nickname

This whole list is lame and really messed up due to too many fanboys and people who have a bad taste in music from this generation. Reading some comments and dear God, the fanboyism. And so many bands like the Rolling Stones so down on the list and bands like Muse so up there. What the... Anyway...

The Who were definitely the greatest rock band ever, and only Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Queen and Pink Floyd would equal them. And the albums, "Tommy" and "Who's Next" say it all. Let's not forget Live At Leeds. The greatest live concert ever. Hands down.

One last thing. Everything before the mid '90s was pure great and everyone then was "equality" great. SO PLEASE STOP THE FANBOYSM! THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THEY ALL WERE ALL GREAT! Apart from this generation.

The Who created their own sound, it is completely unique. Many other band's influences can be heard without much effort, in not saying this is a bad thing, but though The Who had their influences, their sound was their own. I think it's easy to argue that this band was the best group of individually talented musicians that, when brought together, sounded perfect together. Pete Townsend, a true genius, provided most of the songs and lyrics. Lyrics which eluded to many relatable personal issues often disguised under more blatant topics (like in his rock operas Tommy, Quadrophenia, and Lifehouse (later adapted into Who's Next)). Pete produced some of the best songs ever, and played guitar for the band with great finesse. His guitar playing was often more rhythmical (to make up for Keith's often melodic drumming), but after Keith's death and the addition of Kenney Jones, Pete was able to play more melodical guitar parts and showcase his truly amazing guitar talent since Kenney provided ...more

The greatest of all time!

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The Contenders

11 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.

Did you forget what rock and metal is all about?! If Black Sabbath is number 58 then number 57 shouldn't exist!

Laugh out loud this list is so bad My Chemical Romance ahead of black sabbath this is the funniest thing ever black sabbath is definitely the most underrated band lyrical wise they are probably 2nd to led Zeppelin bass I would say geezer butler is my favorite bass player geddy lee is very close same with steve haris:tony iommi has made some of the best rifts ever(powerful) his solos are also incredible:their vocalists are very good too ozzy has one of the most distinct voices ever his lyrics are amazing(snowblind)and same said about ronnie james (heaven and hell)bill ward is very good he really uses his cymbals I don't know too much about drumming but he is one of the best
They were also the first metal band ever! Opened many doors for bands like led Zeppelin also other bands I would put them second to the beatles

The whole argument that Sabbath is underrated is far from correct. - AdamDestructorJr.

The list system on this site provides the same dilemma as the the MLB all-star game. People who know nothing about music are free to vote for their pop bands like 30 Seconds to Mars and have their votes drag down great bands like Sabbath.

But Sabbath isn't just a great band. They CREATED metal. Paranoid was one of the most influential metal albums of all time. Songs off of that album (and their self-titled effort) like War Pigs, Iron Man, and Paranoid laid the foundation for metal music. As much as I love Iron Maiden, Sabbath played a much more important role in creating metal. Ever since metal was forged in the early 70s, its bands have been following Sabbath's model.

Zeppelin is number one (a spot that they definitely deserve). The Beatles are number 2 (They were the original "band. " I completely agree with this). Other than the Stones and the Who, really no other rock band can touch Sabbath. Because, if you erased Black Sabbath from history, bands like ...more

Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin. You can argue which should be #1 & #2 between them, but there's no argument about them holding the top two spots. Plant/Page/Jones/Bonham were a force which had never been seen before or since. Osborne/Iommi/Butler/Ward arguably invented heavy metal. Any guitar riff you've heard since, was most likely originally done by Tony Iommi. And as an aside, anyone who voted for Nirvana on this list is a fool, Grunge, & those who promoted it, were the reason for Rock's downfall, & why (C)Rap is now more popular for the first time in history.

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12 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative 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 ...read more.

THE best of the best, go billie joe armstrong, just love these guys! 111 This should be in the top 10, their best song holiday, and best albums American idiot and 21st century breakdown, you possibly cannot beat that!

Surely the most enthusiastic band ever...21 guns, Jesus of suburbia, wake me up when September ends... Just amazing!
Their songs touch each and everyone's heart...
GREEN DAY FOREVER

Nothing compares to the "Jesus Of Suburbia"! Its like their songs are for everybody, every audience that sings back their songs is not just reflecting what Green Day are saying with that song.. It is also.. Reflecting their lives being in that song.. Billie Joe is an amazing performer, musician, song-writer and singer, Mike is awesome underrated bassist ( with the best bass lines in history ) and Tre' Cool is the most bad ass, funny, pure energy, and great Rock and Roll drummer ( with awesome drum solos )... Their line up is the best

With the exception of Bohemian Rhapsody, Jesus Of Suburbia is better than all of those songs in my opinion - ProPanda

My playlist is dominated by Green Day songs. You listen to them over and over again but they never seem to get boring. - SimpsonHomerSimpson

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13 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Rush is a kind of band that you, literally, cannot describe. Their musicality level is just beyond the boundary, and anyone who says the opposite deserves to reconsider their lack of experience and criterion.

Have you ever heard their sound? Is amazing that only THREE guys can do SUCH a sound. They keep their line-up form for more than 30 years and they gave us (and keep giving us) a variety of sounds, rhythms and styles that is just incomparable. Together, Alex, Geddy and Neil form a sound that is unapproachable and unique, with a range of styles such as progressive rock, hard rock, reggae and with a diversity of sounds that is peerless.

I have been listening to Rush since I was a small child and I have never, EVER got tired of hearing them. With classics such as Tom Sawyer, Limelight, 2112, La Villa Strangiato, Time Stand Still, Working Man, The Trees, The Spirit of Radio and Roll the Bones and more underrated songs such as The Pass, Kid Gloves, Marathon, Territories, ...more

It's funny and ironic how first you said Rush is a band you "literally can't describe", then you went on to type paragraphs describing them. - yaygiants16

Okay. I bet half the people here voted for bands they've heard of or because of a song they heard by a band. Seriously, listen to Rush. They've been around since 1973 and have always been a 3 piece band. Since 1973, they've released 19 albums, all are Gold or higher. Every album has at least one or two hits that most people recognize. They started out with hard rock then moved to progressive, and that change was amazing. With Neil Peart smacking the drums and writing science fiction-like vocals, Geddy Lee slapping the bass, hitting those extremely high notes and playing the keyboards and Alex Lifeson shredding on guitar, the music doesn't get better than that.

Neil Peart is an amazing drummer. There's not one beat that he can't keep. He uses every piece of his drum kit to make music and his arms and legs always seem to be moving. Aside from that, he makes most of the lyrics for the band. You can thank him for that.

Geddy Lee is like a one man band. He plays bass like ...more

Rush is 32? Have you people not heard their music, or do you simply concentrate on crap?

Peart is the most talented drummer, hands down. No one can play the skill level he's at, Bonham was able to hit what, 4 polyrythms while Peart's hitting 6 or even 7 at a time?!

What about Geddy and Alex? Combined they are the ultimate band. Go watch the move "I Love you Man" Rudd and Segel know what their talking about!

Bastille Day is my reason.

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14 Iron Maiden 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.

Iron Maiden is EPIC!
They are awesome... Voted low because people in America know less about them...

I can't believe Iron Maiden isn't in the top 10! These guys define Heavy Metal Rock! Just think about it... The Trooper, Piece Of Mind, THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST! These guys are just AMAZINGLY BEASTLY! They just can't be topped!

This is messed up.. Iron maiden has to be in the top ten... FEAR OF THE DARK is reason enough..

I'm just disapointed... THAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT AWESOME MUSIC IS! Sure, the bands in top 10 are good, but even from an un-bye-ist point of view, they should be at least in the top 10. Although personally, they're my favorite band on the whole damn list. Just try listening to my personal favorites like Trooper, Different World, Rainmaker, Run to the Hills, Aces High, 2 Minutes to Midnight, From Here to Eternitty, Be Quick or Be Dead, Shadows of the Valley, If Eternity Should Fail, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Flight of Icarus, Can I Play With Madness, or The Number of the Beast. ik it's a lot

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15 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".

It's pretty sad how Aerosmith is not in the top 10. What do you get when you mix one of the greatest guitarist and the "Demon of Screamin'? You get AEROSMITH, and one hell of a show!

Aerosmith is bloody brilliant- To think they are actually below knock offs of Aerosmith is really sad. Tyler's got lyrical talent and amazing vocals- Perry is chock full of catchy riffs and Hamilton is great for a band that's not bass heavy.. The fact that these guys have lasted from '71 to now, still throwing out hits is just amazing. This list just shows how far people's musical knowledge has fallen.. Because these guys should be in the top ten.. Easy.

My Chemical Romance..

I love Led Zeppelin, Queen Journey but Aerosmith is the best band ever! Think about their song, they are all great hits! Aerosmith has to be in the top 10

Their 70's output alone should have them in the top 5. If you judge them buy their hits, you are missing what makes this band special: Movin' Out, SOS (Too Bad), Uncle Salty, Adam's Apple, No More No More, Sick as a Dog, Nobody's Fault, Lick and a Promise, Sight For Sore Eyes, Three Mile Smile, Lightning Strikes, Done with Mirrors album, St John, Voodoo Medicine Man, Flesh, Nine Lives, The Farm...THAT's Aerosmith! - Bigred7684

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16 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

How are they not the best band, they should be at least in the top 10.
They may not have the best drummer or bassist but noel and mitch are still very good. And they have the best guitarist ever!

About 90% of these bands don't even compare to The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They don't even come close

There was Before Jimi Hendrix, and there is after Jimi Hendrix. I know I was there. Every rock musician since, just like every jazz musician after Louis Armstrong, has some of Jimi Hendrix in him; it's as simple as that. When he appeared, he put the soul in rock.

I love the Experience, have 2 of their cd's but the reason they aren't up there in the list is because Jimi Hendrix IS the band, no disrespect to the other guys but they are shadowed, Jimi always had a back up band, and it wasn't always this, they are the best of his bands, but he had Band of Gypsies and a couple other groups at different times. This is why groups like David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars aren't in the list, because the BAND isn't noticed, the LEGEND is, and what a super legend is Hendrix! Rock and Roll hall of famer and The Rolling Stones best guitarist ever. - THEMASTER

The creativity is excellent, with emotion that is difficult to copy. Had Jimi Hendrix not been murdered, who knows what would have evolved...

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17 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. ...read more.

I'm sure the bands above these guys are extremely talented and have been incredibly successful in their careers, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just a legend still being born. They've inspired the creation of many other bands and I really believe they deserve a Top 10 spot. Who doesn't know of RHCP? Who doesn't enjoy at least one of their songs? The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the greatest rock bands in history. They can generate a different sound, vibe and mood with every album released.

Two of the bands above don't deserve their place. Yes, you've guessed it: Green Day and Linkin Park. They are good bands but, I don't understand how they are above better bands. - Powerfultekin

Best Band to Grace this Earth Period. Been listening to them since I was a little tike and let me tell you something I'm a modern day Plato from listening to these guys. Kiedis theory isn't perfect but it's close, his insightfulness has been the foundation of my constitution of which I live by today. He's taught me more than any teacher could ever teach me and I love him for that, now back to the band. They fuse all these great sounds that we as humans know, love, feel and can't explain and the peppers extract those feelings from us and take us on a ride of a beautiful thing we call life. They are more than just a band to me, they are my medicine, I bleed the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If I had one wish other than everlasting wellness for my family, it would be that these guys would find the fountain of youth.

When I first heard their songs, I was completely conquered their charm. I didn't know how to express my feelings of surprise. In my mind, RHCP is one of the best bands in the world. I believe a lot of people think so.

Rhcp needs to be the first!

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

They've brought to the world an all new Genre. Its called, Linkin Park. The combination of Chester (Amazing voice) and Mike Shinoda (Rap) is just insane. They're awesome. No one can match chester's voice when it comes to shouting like that and yet find it so pleasing. Linkin Park forever. They've produced music that no one can ever forget. Lives always somewhere within. Somewhere very deep.

When I was younger, Linkin Park was my favourite band. But then I realised that bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Metallica are way more talented and diverse. Every Linkin Park song has the same structure and they have no outstanding talent whatsoever.

It's the most crazy, most rocking and the exotic rock band ever evolved...
Simply...
THE AWESOME!

All the likes on these Linkin Park comments are nothing but hacks. If thousands of people really voted for Linkin Park on this list, they would be at least in the top 3. - yaygiants16

They can't be beat they change their music they have so many hit songs they are in TRANSFORMERS. They have the most views of any rock band on youtube

New divide, what I've done, crawling, in the end, numb, faint, breaking the habit and so many more hit songs. THEY ARE SIMPLY THE BEST

Plenty of other bands have their songs in movies. And you can't use a views argument because YouTube didn't exist when Beatles, Zeppelin, etc. existed. - EGBrett

Linkin Park has good songs. - LeRoiDesSapins

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19 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.

The Doors deserve to be in the top 15, because if you actually know the Doors than you will see how many hit songs they had made in only 4 years. They have a lot more hits/talent than most of the bands that were voted better (i.E. metallica...Metallica sucks). And the Doors influenced another big rock band in the 70s know as Led Zeppelin. Led is good, but they plagiarized way too much. The Doors took the 60s from happy "I want to hold your hand" to a rocking "Break on through to the Other Side! ". The Doors showed their talent by taking jazz/blues grooves and mixing them together and putting in Jim's hypnotizing lyrics (i.E.The End, Ship of Fools). Jim's voice too was spectacular and I love to see how much it changed from 1967-1971. The Doors pulled all the stops from "Crystal Ship" to "5 to 1" to "The Soft Parade" to Roadhouse Blues" to "L.A. woman". Some interesting facts are that Robby Krieger finger picked, which ...more

The End and Riders On the Storm. Two of the greatest songs of all time. The End, playing in Apocalypse Now, when the helicopters are flying over Vietnam, is so eerie and mesmerizing. - WayCoolJr

What! The doors at 58, you have to be kidding me, obviously majority of the voters from this list prefer commercial bands like Linkin Park etc. That can only be the reason why great bands like the doors, Pink Floyd and deep purple are not doing so well. Anyways, The doors are Gods, the produced classic records that will never die, their music is heavenly and incredibly spiritual.

What... So many mediocre bands ahead of these legends. I will name a few bands that are ahead of these legends that have no business being near the top 10. Bullet for my Valentine, My Chemical Romance, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Evanesence, System of a Down, Muse, Green Day? ABOVE THE DOORS! The Doors at #46! You f*** kidding me! Come on, this is why I can't stand my own generation sometimes. No sense of history or in doing cool and fun s***! They were a personification of the rock and roll life: Sex, Drugs & Partying. Morons with no musical understanding vote for those safe, soulless bands with no depth, creativity or talent in their art. This list dismayed me with the Beatles not being number 1, Jimi Hendrix being ranked around 30, Linkin Park and Green Day being in the top 10, while the Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden are not. This goes to show the ignorance of peoples understanding of rock and roll. But to put the Doors at 46 is just moronic. Move the Doors up for the ...more

In just 4 short years, their influence and Jim's colorful and exotic edtion to the world will never be forgotten. - MetalPope

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20 U2 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.

U2 are still to leave their legacy.. Today still breaking all types of records; most grammy's, largest world tour (360), most tours in the top 10 of all time (3 x Popmart, Vertigo and 360)... And garnering more young fans than any other rock band... Took a photo of my 8 yr old in the golden circle at their SA leg... And behind her was a group of 8 teenagers... That's just insane!

U2 are the most decent band in the world as they have made 12 albums and have sold over 650 million albums. There last tour was the U2 360 held six concerts in Australia and four in the USA. The places that were held in Australia are Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelade, Perth and Canberra. The places that were held in the USA are Chicago, Washington dc, New York and Los Angeles. U2 have made over 300 songs and 24 singles. There most popular singles were Beautiful day, With or without you, One, Sunday bloody Sunday, All I want is you, Were the streets have no name, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, Desire, Pride, Vertigo, Elevation, Walk on, and much much more. There best albums are Actung baby, Rattle and hum, The Joshua tree, The unforgettable fire, All that you can leave behind, How to dismantle an anatomic bomb, Boy, War, Under a blood red sky.

This band should be number one. They have the most grammy's, and every single they come out with gets an award. Don't you dare try to tell me that they're not the best.

They deserve a more than 20

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21 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.

Wow van halen #56 so sad that people think this, that tokio hotel linkin park did I see abba up there? Is really sad they probably wouldn't be a tokio hotel without van halen best hard rock band ever and one of the best guitar players of all time! God bless eddie van halen

Greatest American hard rock band period. Can't beat the originality of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, not to mention the amazing live shows, consistently huge album sales & #1's, humor, & catalog spanning four decades.

I'm ashamed that these great American rock bands. Ac/dc guns n roses, and Van Halen aren't in the top 10. They're the best of the best

Mad band with some great tunes dunno why it’s so far up the list should Be in top 10.

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22 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock 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.

Most talented band all around nowadays, all their songs are great pieces of art. Plain genius

To the first reply, The Rolling Stones did not report it, it was Rolling Stone magazine. They are completely different. - Songsta41

I like avenged sevenfold because
Avenged sevenfold are the best band in the world
I like his song a dear god, almost easy, danger line, and anymore
The song is really best and nobody like avenged sevenfold
If you listen is song you be say amazing

Um why is Linkin Park ahead of A7X? They had 2 good albums! That's it! Avenged Sevenfold has the most unique sound to this date. They have one of the greatest guitarists of all time and probably the best duo of guitarists I have ever heard. And M Shadows probably has the most unique voice for a rock band I've heard. Yes, nobody will ever beat Metallica but Avenged Sevenfold at number 9? Whoever voted apparently doesn't really know what good music is. 30 Seconds to Mars is trash, Tokio Hotel is trash, and Linkin Park should be off this list. A7X foREVer

Best Rock band around they performed best in Dear God, Afterlife, Shepard of Fire, Nightmare, and So Far Away

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23 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.

Top 19? Are you kidding me? This band should be on Top 3 with much sold out concerts and I can't find any band playing with great harmony as good as Bon Jovi

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this, but Bon Jovi is complete trash. End of. - t-man

What?! How can 30 seconds to mars, Tokio hotel or any other boybands be better than the biggest rock band?! Bon Jovi MUST be in Top 10!

The best band around for years, there songs are real and most people know at least a couple of them and they put on the best live shows, have got better with age like a fine wine.

Great music

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24 Radiohead 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).

If anyone doesn't vote for Radiohead, it's only because they haven't had the opportunity to listen to their music. I've always been a "radiohead", and as a result, I've listened to a very wide range of music throughout my years. To be real general, I'd categorize my taste in music as being eclectic, with a preference for any music that sounds beautiful and actually has meaning (given there are lyrics in the music to analyze). That means that there exists some classical music that I find amazing, as well as some present day "house" music that I feel just as passionately about. With that being said, from what I've personally heard myself (which I'm confident should serve as a solid foundation to base my opinion on), there have been no musicians or bands as close to perfection as Radiohead are as of the moment (keep in mind, Radiohead can only exacerbate how strongly I feel about this claim as time goes). I don't believe that the word "genius" is actually a ...more

Radiohead are the greatest band since the Beatles. Very simply, here is why. In the end, there are only three things you can really judge a band by: diversity, influence (NOT popularity or record sales), and longevity. I don't care what all you Linkin Park or 30 Seconds to Mars know-nothings say about "OMGosh Chester Bennington's voice is just the best" or "3o Seconds to Mars are just musical Gods, " that is not a logical argument. Aesthetic arguments about music (i.E. , comparing vocals, instrumentals, etc. ) just don't work. Now, to explain my point:

In terms of diversity, Radiohead proved they could do hard rock sing-alongs with their smash hit "Creep, " raw, beautiful acoustic works with The Bends, crazy, spacey, compact electronic vibes with Ok Computer and Kid A, and it's fair enough to say they've taken an even more creative route with their latest releases In Rainbows and King of Limbs. If you disagree with me, well then find me a band that ...more

Yeah, Radiohead could easily be top ten. You will not find a more devoted band to their fans than Radiohead. Do you remember Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Beatles putting out an album where YOU, the listener decides what it's worth in cash? No? Radiohead has. And as far as meaning, this band is leagues above anybody. I honestly didn't look at the world as philosophically as I have ever since I began listening to Radiohead. It's a damn shame that "creep" absolutely ruined the band in terms of followers, but they've been together decades, and if you dig deeper than that one stupid song, you'll find they have some of the most thoughtful songs/albums of all time. The talent within the band is incredible, Thom and Johnny can basically play any instrument you put in front of them and make it sound good, Ed is one of the best background vocalist, Colin G. Has some sick bass lines, and Phil Selway really shines on a few tracks too. They were pioneers as well of electric music, they ...more

Talented, creative, ground breaking and inspiring. Easily one of the best of their generation.

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25 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American 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 guitar), Nate ...read more.

Dave Grohl is one of the most versatile musicians performing for the last 25 years in top rock music. Foo fighters Are way better than most of the bands in this silly list

Foo Fighters are the best band I agree with the comment above they are sickest and should be #1 on this list greatest alternative / rock band ever

What is the foo fighters without dave grohl. There new album was the top album in the world

They should be in top ten. get rid of ACDC they killed rock.

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26 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

Um this is the most disgusting list I've ever seen. Pearl Jam is the greatest American rock band of all time and is by far one of the greatest bands of all time. If you don't know Pearl Jam, you don't know music

Its hard to choose from so many awesome bands.. But I definitely didn't expect to find pearl jam at 57! I love ac/dc and rhcp and a lot of the other bands listed above but pearl jam definitely deserves a place above all of them! On the top ten at least.. I can't believe linkin park is on no.7! What bs! Eddie Vedder is way too amazing to be this low on the list! - nikitarao7

I knew this list was BS when I saw 30 seconds to mars at number 3. I mean really, number 3? A band that is known for one song and their singer is better known for his role in Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club than his singing. Meanwhile we have the greatest American rock band of all time sitting at number 57. Total crap. You couldn't take the greatest hits from the majority of these bands make an album and it be better than a mediocre Pearl Jam album.

Obviously this list was voted on by people who don't know music.

Greatest Grunge band ever

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27 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

The Eagles deserve to be on the top ten, there an icon in the rock and roll community.

Eagles! Seriously Eagles! Placed 78th! What is the world coming to doesn't anyone have some sense of music. Don't agree with me listen to Life In The Fast Lane, Get Over IT, New York Minute, Witchy Woman and the list goes on and on. Come on now get voting!

Wow I totally agree. They are extremely talented and great and CCR should be in the top list also... And the stones and fleetwood mac - Lizzthaashizz

Should be top 3 you fools.

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28 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's ...read more.

No matter what place they are on this list, they will always be the best band ever!

What! 11 three days grace at the 43rd? Are you kidding me? You gotta remove the 4 and make it to the 3rd position... Not a single bad song of the band... I hate everything about you, world so cold, break, pain, nver too late...

No one can beat them
They are the best ever

Three Days Grace is a really good band. - LeRoiDesSapins

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29 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.

Seriously? Deep Purple, 69th?!
No I must be dreaming... Damn it the internet got into my dreams now...

The greatest!
Their virtuosity, mixed with their ingenuity in their compositions make their sound so unique.
Their legacy is important not only for rock, but for music history.

This list only shows, that most of music lovers don't know where to direct that love...

Best band ever!

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30 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

OMG, it's a shame, dear everyone. Muse not in the top 10? OMG. I must die. They are the best! The singer (Matt) is a very talented person, he can play different kinds of instruments, and his voice! The drummer (Dom) is an energetic, really happy person, and the bassist (Chris) is the best bassist forever! (And ever) Anyway, they are the best. They have the best songs. Love at first listen.

Muse are an extremely versatile band, the five studio albums they have released vary in genre with the central theme always maintaining the rock we expect. They seem to be capable of achieving great results and catchy songs in all the genres they tackle. They have the ability to play their instruments with passion and also produce a huge wall of sound although there is only three members in the band. I think they deserve the title of best rock band because not only do people enjoy listening to their music, they influence new bands and their lyrics make you think of things that you perhaps haven't thought before including conspiracy theories and a particular favorite of mine, thoughts of a dying atheist, which does what it says on the tin. I think that Muse are rock giants and two sell out nights at wembley stadium can't be wrong. Muse produce not so much fans as devotees, so although they may not have the most fans, I am proud to be called a Muser.

They got to be higher. They've got amazing songs such as Unnatural Selection, Butterflies And Hurricanes, and the rest of their songs. The guitar riffs are very good, and Matt has a very good voice.

Most creative and extraordinary band.

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31 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

I love their music! They are so peaceful and inspiring

It pisses me off that they are down this low, they are way better than X Japan! COME ON GUYS? And I am a 14 year old saying this, you guys have no taste in music.

Best ever. That's all there is to it. From their powerful songs like Separate Ways to a softer ballad like Faithfully, they did it all. And their lyrics were great as well. They're one of the best examples of all-time of a band that is popular and is also TRUE MUSICAL GENIUS. And they backed that up with skills that kill. Steve Perry's voice is amazing, and the band was amazing as well. Journey is top 5 of all-time, easily.

I mean like who doesn't love separate ways, don't stop belivin, any way you want it, escape, so many good songs you love put them higher top tens. your weird. you know you love journey. just look inside you. you'll find you love them.

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32 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.

This is the best rock band
It is a very versatile band who sings song of almost most of the genres including rock, christian rock/metal, grunge, symphonic metal, alternative rock, and also electronic...

Rated 97? Gosh you gotta be kidding me. They are amazing, I believe they should at least be rated 5. Jen Ledger's voice is amazing, So is John Cooper's voice, I have not heard one song from them that I do not dislike. So many songs that I love, and did not hate one song ever. They're amazing.

THEY ARE AWESOME! VOCALS.. LYRICS... THEY ALWAYS TAKE MY BREATH AWAY! GOSH, AWAKE AND ALIVE ALBUM IS HEAVENLY!

They're such a great band. I'm not even CHRISTIAN & I love their music...it's cool to note that I was only 11 when they were formed, yet, I only discovered them about 2-3 years ago...lol - AstraMoon

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33 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.

One of the greatest. They don't just make you like the lyrics, they make you feel the song. Ben is just an amazing musical singer and guitarist. Aaron is a great guitarist and a funny guy. Mark and chad play very complicated parts and are very nice and selfless. They are some of the nicest people. One of the bands that proves that not all music is bad nowadays. If you haven't heard of them, go listen to them. They are amazing!

I love all kinds of rock, either its Apocalyptica, Metallica, Manowar or even Dragonforce, but when it comes to BB, everything comes together in one hell of a package, great lyrics, great sounds and mostly a huge feeling they gave me, hope the best for them. Peace!

Damn! Is this list even real?! I mean WTH is BB doing down in number 40?! Are you'll off your freaking heads!

They are 29? Then 28 shouldn't exist. They should be #1. Best singer ever, Benjamin Burnley, is their lead singer. Their music is the best. Bla bla bla, they're the best.

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34 System of a Down System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

Great great great band nothing to say
They are very good, lyrics are also fantastic.
Serj is awesome in concerts or music videos.
Good job guys.

I honestly think that they are true gods of alternative rock, and they have always been a few steps in front of others, their music is down to earth but takes you on a whole another dimension, lyrics that open your head and music that opens your heart!

Serj is easily one of the best singers of all time. Daron is great on guitar. John can play more that the same beat the entire song. And Shavo is more of a guitarist but is still awesome with bass. Their lyrics have good meaning... For the most part. Songs are just great, personal favorite is Question. GREAT band, its all about opinion I guess!

The best for ever!

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35 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

We live in a commercial-saturated, consumerist society hell today. If, like me, that causes you a lot of alienation and does not resonate with your own reality, then you need to have this music in your life. If you are suffering and all of the T.V. and youth pop culture, the disconnect between people, rampant materialism and empty, peppy brainwashing everywhere telling you everything's okay when you don't feel it is is making your fear and pain worse, then you absolutely need Alice in Chains' "Jar of Flies" album.

If anything else, it will really make you feel that there is someone who understands, and it will sooth you with its mellow beauty. It doesn't matter what the exact nature of the pain in your life is... These guys and Layne lived through hurt and understood it, and you can really hear it in the music. They excelled in both acoustic and hard rock and metal, with a sound all their own that... Well, you just need to hear it. So if you think you like those things, please- ...more

This has to be the most inaccurate, crappy list I've seen yet. There has to be an over-abundance of 13 year old girls voting. Girls, how "cool" a band is. Or how black they can dye the ratty, unbrushed, product-saturated hair. Or how cute the bassist is, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC. (Please. Take a Sharpie, write that down backwards on your forehead and go look in the mirror. )

30 Seconds to Mars, Avenged Sevenfold, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance, Muse, ahead of Alice In Chains, Cream, Rolling Stones, Radiohead? My God, this list has "Keane" ahead of Nirvana! PEOPLE: If you have Rhianna, Miriah Carey, Nelli Fertado, Akon, Miley Cirus or 30 Seconds to Mars in your CD collection, please, do not vote. You don't have a clue what "rock" music is. Just go what your Gilmore Girls reruns and forget your were here.

Keane and Fall Out Boy ahead of Foo Fighters. How pathetic...

- corebare32

There are a quite a few reasons why Alice In Chains should be higher than just 44th. Their names happen to be Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney, Mike Starr, Mike Inez, and William Duvall. If you listen to Facelift and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here back-to-back, you'll notice that the guitar, lyrics, and sound is just as strong.

Jerry Cantrell, the mastermind behind all of the guitar parts & most of the lyrics, makes it a joy to hear the quick and yet dense solo sandwiched by the best voice in rock -- ever.

Layne Staley. The soul of the group, before and after his death. Listen to "Nutshell" and tell me you can hear that potent sound of desperation and sorrow. And despite his passing (RIP), William Duvall has done a great job of filling that hole. The entirety of Black Gives Way to Blue proves it.

Mike Starr had an undeniable talent for the bass, from the intro to "Rain When I Die", to the wonderful end of "Would? ". ...more

The crunchy grungey metal riffs are amazingly played by Jerry Cantrell, the lead guitarist/vocalist for the band, Jerry is a great talent,and a great artist the amount of talent and heart he has is second to none. After the tragic death of Layne I don’t think the band was the same,but they have still come out with great and consistent records that sound great and always impress listeners, with nothing but the best riffs and vocals. There best album is “dirt”, it’s a timeless record with great guitar tone and one of the best vocal performances on a album ever,in my opinion. Laynes voice is powerful and enchanting, he had an aura about him and his vocals are pure emotion, and passion. If Alice in chains should be number one.

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36 Rise Against Rise Against Rise Against is an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999. The band's current line-up comprises vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, lead guitarist Zach Blair, bassist Joe Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes. They are known for popularizing punk.

How can be Rise Against so low? These band is so awesome! The lyrics, Tim Voice, the guitar, the bass and the drums are all perfect! Listen to a few of their songs and you don't want more nothing... They are fantastic. (sorry for my bad english )

They have the by far the best lyrics I've ever heard. They are also politically active. They should be much higher up. Listen to a few songs and you'll be hooked.

Oh yeah, in my opinion they're the best "modern" band, I mean, a band that's quite young, I hope you guess what I mean.

I think it's important to not only focus on the tunes and the music itself, you also need to make great lines. And that's what I love about Rise Against. The lyrics are so deep, with like very serious and critical topics like society and war and stuff like that. Just listen to songs like Hero of War or Make it Stop and you'll understand.

Beside, just everything fits in this band. The lyrics, the tunes, the guitars, the drums, the bass, the musicians, the music videos and so on. I really can't think of any else band that has this fantastic atmosphere. The band members are so sympathetic, mainly because of their ethnics. There are so many reasons why this is my favorite band, I just can identify myself so much with their perspectives of the world.

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They're the best, not System Of A Down that I accidentally voted for last time.

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37 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

I guess this just goes to show that CCR is the most underrated rock band ever. They are top 5 but easily forgettable. There is no way CCR and Nine Inch Nails should be this low, they are both so revolutionary and original.

Everyone has heard of their songs like 'proud Mary' and 'fortunate son' but somehow don't know the band. The live performances are possibly my favourite of any band, so raw and gritty, perfect blues. Who in their right mind votes metal bands above this true and raw expression? Music isn't about technique and playing to impress, it is about love and portraying yourself and emotions on your chosen instrument. Pop music also falls into genres of music I dislike due to the catchy, repetitive songs that are obviously trying to sell records, instead of being pieces of art. I don't condemn those who like the technique geared metal genres and the pop repetitive genres, but they push epic bands like this to the side, which is frustrating for me, as a musician, and a fan of really passionate, expressive music.

The Greatest Rock n' Roll Band that can ever be heard. The powefull vocal and Revolutionary music composition, beautiful lyrics and blended creation makes them the greatest of all Rock n' Roll Bands. #1 forever.

Skillet aged of CCR
Somethings wrong with the world

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38 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

The Skynyrd of Van Zant, Collins & Rossington is a top ten band without question. Their albums are all classics an it's a shame songs such as Comin Home, Needle &the Spoon, On The Hunt, Cry For The Bad Man ( I could go on and on ) don't get the airplay of Freebird and Alabama. True fans of classic rock music know how great this band were in their short space of time. Unlike a lot of bands Skynyrd didn't need a gimmick, their music was the gimmick. Ronnie van Zant was a truly great songwriter and few bands could match them live. The Allman Brothers spent many years playing middle of the road music without the much missed and loved brother Duane. Skynyrd have been the same without Ronnie, Allen & Steve.

Should be no. 1 without a doubt. Guitar Greats such as Rossington, Collins, and of course Steve Gaines, with the mindblowing Ronnie Van Zant... It cannot be beaten. The guitarists never used effects or pedals (with the exception of The Needle And the Spoon- Wah Wah) and produced some of the best guitar driven stuff of all time..

Who knows what could've been. Without a doubt in my mind, they would've been 1 on this list if it wasnt for that fateful planecrash.

RIP.

I think Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band of all time, but their not my favorite, and it made me depressed seeing my favorite rock band at number 65. I mean come on really? Lynyrd Skynyrd should be in at least the top twenty. Free Bird is no doubt one of the best guitar solos of all time, and not to mention all the other great songs they did such as Tuesday's Gone, Gimmie Three Steps, Sweet Home Alabama, and The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe.

The greatest rock band of all time and its real. I can't believe skillet is actually above them. Skynard have such great songs like free bird, swamp music, call me the breeze, sweet home alabama, and the ballad of Curtis loew. They need to be 1 and then pink floyd.

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39 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.

Why in the blue hell are they so low?
Here are reasons why KISS is the biggest and baddest rock'n roll band to ever grace God's green earth!
1. Paul Stanley is the sexiest front man ever (great voice too)
2. Gene Simmons tongue (7 inches baby! )
3. Ace Frehley's guitar solos! (sounds like a guitar on steroids! )
4. Peter Criss's bad ass drumming (just ' bad ass)
5. Native New Yokers
6. Paul Stanley's chest hair
7. Gene Simmons ego (can be seen outside your window)
8. Ace Frehly's laugh ( move over joker! )
9. Peter Criss's Brooklyn accent
10. THE MAKE UP & OUTFITS & SEVEN INCH LEATHER HEELS!
11. The pyro! The fire! The blood! The shows! The spectacle!
12. THE MUSIC!
ENOUGH said!

It would be a cold day in hell if guns n roses, avenged sevenfold or Metallica were actually better than kiss, first off many people who have never even heard kiss's music say that the reason kiss wears the makeup is to compensate for their lack of musicianship and ability to make good music, but that is simply not true, they wear makeup and have a fantastic stage show because and I quote gene simmons on this "when we were young we could remember going to see our favorite bands and being disappointed by them" so they decided to put on a show that would thrill their audiences. Second of all kiss always work their asses off to give people their monies worth by the way paul stanley is 61 and gene simmons is almost 64 I would rather see seasoned pros than a crappy ass one direction who will (mark my words) dissolve just as justin bieber and the jonas brothers before them and these kids just lip sync on stage to song they didn't write and the ones that they do help write are ...more

Those bands you mentioned are better than Kiss. Kiss wrote a few decent songs but they aren't even that good musicians. - mmarce445

Wow, I totally agree with @PyschoDriveBy

KISS was and still is a revolutionary band, that really set the bar on what a good rock concert should be about! They've done things other bands can't ever dream of ever doing! These men gave rock and roll a whole new life!

THE MOST iconic band on the planet! Tell me one person who can't identify
These four fabulous painted faces! EVERYONE knows KISS, KISS is a spectacle and an awesome rock band, a brand, a way of life and are rock superheros! Besides the image, KISS has had many wonderful albums, songs, etc. Their music is loud, in your face, obnoxious, feel good and everything a good rock and roll band should be! Paul Stanley's wailing vocals, Gene Simmons bass playing, Tommy's awesome guitar playing and Eric's bad ass drumming skills are why KISS was and always will be the hottest band in the WORLD! And they are living proof of what an awesome band should be!

I don't know what all the critics say! 38 years and ...more

KISS is the most over rated band of all time. No one on the planet is more annoying than Gene Simmons. They rely on pyro-technics and make -up to cover up that they suck musically. They've tricked millions of mindless Americans into thinking they are a legendary rock band, but compare them to some good bands of the 70s like Foghat or Boston, they're not even close. Not only do they not belong in the top 10. They're not even top 100. - kpopcraze

Ya, they are easily in the top 5 entertaining bands of all time!

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40 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

The reason I like Evanescence would definitely be... Amy Lee. That girl sorta jumps out at you from the lyrics and catches your attention, and she makes you feel what she's feeling, and wow, what a voice!

What! This is one of the best bands in the world and it's placed at 37? You gotta listen to songs like Bring Me To Life, My Immortal, Going under, What you want, Call me when you're sober, Lithium and much more and you'll realize why it should be in the top 10. Honestly, You can't have a better female singer than Amy Lee.

Same way, even Bon Jovi's on 19. This is HELL! It is an amazing band and composes brilliant music. It surely deserves a better place.
Also(according to me), Linkin Park is better than Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. Should be at least at no. 2.

Linkin Park IS a great band. Chester has one of the best songs I've ever heard, he has a voice full of emotion and suffering that it helped a lot of people. Get YOUR head checked if you can't comprehend that. - MillieTrina_Prower

Best band in the world. Their New CD is awesome. Lost In Paradise is an Epic tune!

Amy Lee draws you to every word, every note she sings. You feel every pain she sings about, every smile she experiences throughout the songs she sings. She puts so much passion into her music & into her lyrics as she sings them, you just can't help but feel it! - AstraMoon

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41 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

They are able to go from very Queen-ish, piano songs like Epitaph to very aggressive, fast metal songs like Painkiller.

They are one of not only metal's biggest influences, but rock in general, having influenced countless of great bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Slayer, the list goes on and on, not to mention they were the ones to bring the leather look into heavy metal.

They have 16 albums out right now (17th is gonna be released very soon), and STILL going strong after 40 years! Name another band that has done such thing, and although they may have had some average points in their career (Turbo, Demolition), they managed to come back with a killing blow.

Their 70s were probably their best years, having released 3 masterpieces during only a 3 year span (Sad Wings, Stained Class and Sin After Sin) which have beautiful songs with amazing melodies and harmonies, as well as very aggressive songs (Dissident Aggressor for example, an ...more

The original creators of Metal are so low? Sure Black Sabbath created Metal but JP took it and refined it into something more... Sorry but the Metal Gods definitely deserve to be # 1

They are the greatest Metal band ever existed. The most influential, the best voice, and the best guitarists team.

Best band ever

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42 Blink 182 Blink 182 Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

Blink 182 was THE GREATEST BAND EVER! Even if you didn't know their name, you still knew there songs. And now almost every punk band is doing covers from them, the should definitely be in the top 10 bands in the world!

They just changed the punk/rock music for ever, without them some bands like nfg, all time low, simple plan and many more would have never existed

Greatest band ever! Each day I listen to at least one of their songs, and they are just so meaningful. Songs like adam's song and stay together for the kids are truly legends. Mark, Tom, and Travis are just so great!

Amazing band. Why not in the 10's? come on you people!

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43 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave ...read more.

thrashy riffs by dave marty's orgasmic solos ! defines Megadeth! Rust in peace is probably the best structured piece of metal in the world! they are the real metal gods

Greatest metal band ever they are not like other bands that have changed their music style after 20 years like other bands they haven't changed since 1983 and that's a very good thing they deserve to be in the rock and roll hall of fame.

67?! Should be at least top 10, But actually 1 come on ITS BEST. Dave mustaine is man who made what metal is nowadays.

They good

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44 Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio album, American Tragedy, was released April 5, 2011. All of ...read more.

I don't know how they aren't top 20 but hey. This is one of the best bands by far in my opinion. They are if not just as, almost as good as slipknot, linkin park, or even bullet for my valentine. Either way HU4L. I listen to them all the time. They are also hilarious in interviews and in person.

Don't even compare this with Slipknot this band is so bad it makes want to rip my ears off! - Demogorgan

I don't see how people can see nostalgia in music with songs like Street Dreams, Sell
Your Soul, City, etc, etc

Hollywood undead is the best band right now

No

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45 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

#61! Are people crazy! They obviously have never listened to Tool before. Tool is by far the most talented band of all-time! Each member of Tool has such a high level of creative genius that no band comes close to their sound and balance. Tool formed in the early 90's and back than their sound was completely different than anything out there,.. I have never heard a more tight sounding band than Tool! Their odd signature tempo and off-beat sound is unmatched! There is no such thing as a repeated guitar chord/drum beat/bass chord in any Tool song. I took up drumming just because of Danny Carey and Tool songs are very very hard to play and play correctly. The more I play along to a Tool song the more I realize that Danny carry is God among drummers! Tool sells out very show they play, Tool sells millions of albums and I have never seen their band name on any "list" before but yet people KNOW Tool! Remember the guys in Tool are in their 40's! That's exceptional! I have been part of the ...more

The fact that Tool is ranked 41 and a "band" like Tokio Hotel is ranked in the top 10 really makes me question this list thing. Seriously.

If you haven't listened to Tool before, do yourself a favor: listen to Lateralus (the song, but also the whole album if you have the time), and read up on some facts about the Fibonacci-sequence. See if you can figure out something on your own, if not just read some song-facts about it or something. If you are not convinced that voting for Tool is the only correct thing to do after understanding the great musicianship of all four members of the band, I certainly don't understand your reasoning. - InPillForm

Have you listened to any of their s

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46 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.

This list is worthless if Fleetwood Mac comes in at 195. Rumours is the 8th best selling album of all time - they say that for a few years back in the 70s you could drive from the East coast to the West coast without ever being out of range of a radio station playing a Fleetwood Mac song. How on Earth anyone could think that the likes of Linkin-bloody-Park rate so highly by comparison boggles me.

One heck of a first rate band, from hard to soft rock...they go back and forth effortlessly. With great musicianship, expert writing, great lyrics, top 10 hits, great live performance and the yin and yang of male and female talent... These guys fly forever high as rock legends... And they are still performing one dynamite concert after another... The late 70's and then the 80's were helped shaped by this band... Plus all the intrigue going on in their personal lives, but it never got in the way of some outstanding music and mega hits. They owned the radio waves in their prime and the stuff still sounds good today... They were and still are an extremely cool band. Keep rocking' on Fleetwood Mac.

My passion! I rate best over all! From energy to passion to sound... it all has to meet... It is not about the guitar (of course important) but drums, beauty, guitar and stage it is all important. Go your own way is the definition for me. Lyrics, passion and talent... say what you will they are my favorite for a reason. I take nothing away from the greats... but this BAND is the best in my eyes!

They should be way higher

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47 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Absolutely amazing! Sad to see them so low on this list.. They are brilliant! The first song I heard by them and actually noticed properly was the song 'Clocks'. It has an otherworldly sound. Awesome band.

Oh come on, I never expected Coldplay to be in such a low position..! Coldplay has produced some of the best rock music ever! Same goes for U2 and Oasis, why are they placed so low? Coldplay is simply awesome!

Coldplay I think has produced more classical music then any other bands in the world

The alan parsons project? Deep Purple? Rainbow? Think before you write - waldo

How is Coldplay at 46? They deserve better than that. - LeRoiDesSapins

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48 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

def leppard is the best band ever. even after their drummer lost his hand they can still produce many great songs. - izzat127

Sorry to say this, I saw def leppard a few months ago and it was awful, they were just bad musically - Awesomenunny

Definitely Leppard is number 72? No. They should be top 10. Even after all of the disaster that has gone on with this band, they are still kickin it, they are still amazing. Think about it. Rick Allen, their drummer, has one arm. Not many drummers have one arm. Vivian Campbell, a guitarist, has cancer. Rick Savage, bass, went through Bell's Palsy. Steve Clark was an alcoholic. Should I continue? You would think that after all of this, they would have broken up by now. But no. definitely Leppard inspires me to never quit because something happens. These guys are amazing musicians, and deserve to be number one. Long Live definitely Leppard! - defleppard4ever

The best rock band forever... They know how to bring it - ccontente

Easily top 10 band. They are still to this day on tour and sound amazing

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49 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. ...read more.

They're not my favorite band of all time. There are some periods of time where all I do is listen to one band. I'm in that phase right now with Dream Theater. With a completely unbiased opinion, I really mean it when I say that they are, without a doubt, the greatest band of all time. In terms of technicality, they are literally perfect. Each person in the band (James Labrie, John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Ruddess, Mike Portnoy/Mike Mangini) is a master at their instrument. Every one of their albums are filled with emotion. The riffs are incredible. The bass lines are mind blowing. The vocals are emotional. The solos are jaw dropping. The drumming is top notch. They are also musical geniuses, where they play in the craziest time signatures, and none of the 4/4 BS that most bands use. Try counting to The Dance of Eternity. It's almost impossible.

This list was s weird. FALL OUT BOY AHEAD DREAM THEATER? It's so ridiculous and horrible. Dream theater should be #1. Their skill, their band and everything was the best ever. They're the best talent ever. No one can be compared with DREAM THEATER!

Dream Theater opened up a whole new world of music for me. I can't imagine where I would be without them.

Only 47? These are some talented and smart men! Every song is a masterpiece! - justdenise54

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50 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

pretty good sound, when you just wanna let loose and be a bit more into the Metal.

Disturbed is the greatest band that there was, is, and ever will be! Listen to Indestructible and Asylum, and you too, will be a believer. I have never listened to any band more than this one in my entire life. Why? Because no one is better, and no one will ever be better, than Disturbed! We Are.. DISTURBED! We Are.. DISTURBED! We Are DISTURBED! WE ALL ARE... DISTURBED!

Down with the sickness all the way! - Killerontheloose89

Let’s not forget there epic cover of the Sounds of silence that even Paul Simonon gave his blessings to. So in short they should be up higher on the list.

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