Best Rock Bands of All TimeRock 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
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
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.
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.
The versatility, utter and complete command of the instruments played, and the chemistry between these men made for an awesome explosion of sound, feeling, understanding and sheer genius. The fact of the matter is, Led Zeppelin did what nobody else ever did: they sold millions of records without releasing any singles, none at all. Their music stood as a whole over each album, each album was coherent, it had a universal thought behind it, and anything and everything was geared up to that single thought.
And besides that, the sheer genius of a guitarist like Jimmy Page cannot ever be underestimated. Todays "top guitarists" took the tricks of Page, Clapton and all the blues, jazz and country guys that came before and just sped them up, added an effect pedal and called it style and innovation.
No thank you. Page, that's where the real innovation is at. Listen to the genius of a song like Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love (albeit that was "borrowed" from Willie ...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.
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
I guess Metallica isn't the generation of the voters either, so you can accomplish being born in the even "wronger" generation than most people
1. THE BEATLES (1 billion albums sold! ) (or claimed to be sold)
2. THE ROLLING STONES (210+ million! )
3. LED ZEPPELIN (300+ million! )
4. PINK FLOYD (250+ million! )
5. QUEEN (300+ million! )
AND ILL TELL YOU WHY:
Although it is no where near my favourite band, the truth is that it deserves number 1! Maybe I didn't fall in love with their music or like it as much as everybody else, but the following and album sales and the whole "beatlemania" literally took over the world for the 8 years they were in existence!
Rolling Stones should be number 2! Even though I despise most of their songs, they're is no denying what they have done for music! I like maybe 10 songs of theirs but they have hundreds of hits!
Led Zeppelin - 10 years - 9 albums - 200 million albums sold, they may have been cheeky bastards and ripped off everybody, but I'm happy they did - stairway to heaven - a masterpiece!
Pink Floyd - my personal favourite, over 250 ...more
It does not matter how many albums they have sold. We rank them based on our own individual taste and not how popular they are
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.
I made an account to reply to the comment above mine, which states that Pink Floyd only has 4 good albums and their popularity is unjustified. The albums before Dark Side are not even close to being bad. The albums made with Syd Barrett are considered to be revolutionary in the genre of psychedelic rock, and even after Barrett left, albums like Meddle and Obscured by the Clouds are amazing, with Echoes specifically being legendary. In my opinion, Pink Floyd's rise to popularity is completely justified.
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.
It is ONLY fair to place Pink Floyd at the #1 spot. Lets take this into perspective. When I decide the greatest bands of all time, I look at this criteria; Album sales, Originality, What they changed, and Ability to be successful despite adversity. Obviously some criteria are worth more than others, but lets look at this.
Led Zeppelin had great album sales.
The Beatles sold the most albums of all time.
Queen had dang good sales.
Metallica had good album sales.
Pink Floyd's Dark Side made record sales and all but one of their albums after Dark Side placed in the Billboard on the Top 5. 4 of them were #1.
Zeppelin copied many of their songs almost exactly from previous artists.
The Beatles brought British Pop to the US and the rest of the world, but all it really was was a British version of what people like Elvis already started.
Queen had a singer that made them original. They sounded ...more
Without any doubt, Pink Floyd is the number 1 Rock band & most influential band of all time.
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
Exactly that's my problem with Queen, it's all Freddy, none of the other super talented people, they only remember Freddy. You just proved my point.
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.
While I LOVE The Beatles, LedZep, and (sort of) Metallica, Queen is unquestionably the best live performer on this list, and possibly ever. I was blessed with tickets to Live Aid in '85, and there has yet to be a musical performance I have seen (and I've been to more rock concerts than I can count) that matches the heavenly sound produced there. In the studio, they still maintain the talent to hang with the best of them. Brian was the guy who walked in, read the music, played it amazingly (with a bit of improv here and there, almost all of which was kept), and then hung with Freddie outside the recording room. Freddie was the guy who insisted that he had assistants with notepads on hand at all times, in case inspiration for a song struck. Bohemian Rhapsody was written in one night, Who Wants to Live Forever was written when he was driving back from being diagnosed with AIDS, etc. Roger was one of the "coolest dudes" in the group (he wore Ozzy O-style glasses before Ozzy), ...more
Bohemian rhapsody was written over the space of years and who wants to live forever was written by Bryan May (before Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS - supposedly).
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.
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).
Metallica is an another meaning to rock metal!
Long live Metallica
This is very difficult to say-who is number one, the music is different, the generations are different. I started listen to disco when I was a young boy, but little by little I discovered that my blood is made for heavy rock. I do not say only rock, or hard rock or heavy metal-I have favourite groups from all these genres. I try to make many rankings and often wonder what is the most perfect way to reflect everything. It is truth that Metallica is my favourite group and although I try to be honest as much as possible, there will be always some subjectivity. Anyway-I really can not understand why for example AC/DC have sold most albums-they are not very influential, according to me of course. Beatles, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin and Yes Metallica have influenced most bands.
AC/DC can not be ranked neither for top 10 singers, neither guitarists, bassists or drummers. For God sake, people, they have no one ballad. No one song of them can make me cry. And even without that ...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.
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 is the greatest band of all time, I'll prove it to the top tens too, but first, heart is absolutely awful: I want to puke when I hear their songs, avenged sevenfold is overrated, I heard some of their songs and thought, "these guys aren't that good. " and X japan is some weird band. Now onto AC/DC, they are criticized for using the same 3 chords in almost every one of their songs, but the simpler the better. They tried to be the greatest band out of Australia when their frontman dies. Usually, it would be the end of a band when the singer leaves/dies (unless it's black sabbath) but ac/dc found a singer in some semi-popular band from England. They recorded their first album with the new singer and it ended up being their breakthrough success, selling over 42 million copies worldwide, being the second best selling album of all time. Angus young is a great guitarist, lying on floors having spasms, duck-walking across a stage, etc. Malcolm young is the hardworking rhythm ...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!
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!
They are a great classic rock band and they made lots of influences. Some people know them as The Beatles Rivals!
They Were, Are And Forever Will Be Garbage Compared To The Beatles
I speak of what I think, feel and believe you can go ahead and laugh at me all you want you can mock me all you want and you can insult me all you want but you wont break me so here goes nothing I guess. The Rolling Stones have seen everything and done everything Led Zeppelin haven't and neither has the Beatles and Pink Floyd aren't worthy of being above The Rolling Stones in my opinion Michael JACKSON is the greatest singer while ELVIS PRESLEY is number 2 and MICK JAGGER is at number 3 I think MICK JAGGER is underrated he did still sing well even after many years some would have lost it quickly after some years but MICK haven't and KEITH RICHARDS is an great guitar player in my opinion he's way better than Jeff Beck, George Harrison and John Lennon maybe even better than JIMMY PAGE and Jimi Hendrix KEITH RICHARDS is underrated as a guitar player. The Rolling Stones are way better than the Beatles because The Rolling Stones had remained together even if things weren't perfect the ...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.
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)
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!
I'm sure that the band called 30 Seconds to Mars is worse than Nirvana. I think.. Kurt Cobain was the real rocker. Not like Jared Leto. Jared Leto wants to be like Kurt Cobain. But Cobain was only one and always will be.. And I think that the band 30 STM doesn't play rock, plays maybe pop-rock. I don't like this style of music. It hasn't nothing together with rock.
I'm sure, that Kurt Cobain was the last real rock star. And Nirvana the real rock band. Yeah.. I know that Nirvana doesn't mean only Kurt Cobain. Dave was really great drummer! Without him wouldn't be songs like Smells like teen spirit (this song I don't like, but only because everyone know only this song.. I know - It's really great song, but.. If Kurt Cobain known what will be after the MTV played the song "Teen spirit" he never wanted it.. He didn't want to play this song on concerts because there were going mainly people who wanted hear this song. Just:"Ohh.. Nirvana! I know the song Smells like teen ...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.
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
Been around forever-great music-'Tommy'
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
Too bad slash left the band and pursued a solo career, but they still rock
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. ,
For once, this list is pretty accurate...for the most part. Guns n' Roses were probably the first rock artist I really got into growing up. I know the obvious rebuttal...it's "best of" and not "first" or even "favorite." But I guess I'm going outside the box here. Slash is one of the best guitarist of all time...his melodies were among the best I've heard and, even that said, he could even be a little underrated...especially if you try to compare him to the conventional list of all time greats.
If I were to go conventional, I can't see how I could pass on the Beatles. They were so artistically diverse and productive during their relatively short time together that it's amazing to contemplate. The fact that they produced such great music albums from start to finish is a testament to their greatness...especially when you consider how much they were at odds with each other during their later period.
Led Zeppelin was artistically much different than the Beatles, and it's ...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.
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
There is no way they are this 1ow Who started meta1? Who allowed the existence of band 1ike Ozzy Osbourne and dio? And which guitarist made 1ike 200 different riffs while keeping it fresh? This is the most influential band p1ease people think about what you're doing
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.
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!
Rush are simply the greatest band of all time. Neil Peart, one of (if not the most) technically gifted drummers of all time, as well as one of the most intelligent lyricists of all time. Geddy Lee, how he performs those insane bass lines whilst singing and playing the keyboards (whilst simultaneously uses synth pedals) all at the same time is beyond me. He's superhuman! And Alex Lifeson! One of the most diverse guitarists on this planet. I've never heard anyone play as many different styles as easily as he makes it look.
Not only are all 3 members insanely technically gifted, they have also created songs in every major genre of music in the past 40 years they have been around: Prog, Metal, Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz Fusion, Reggae, Pop, Grunge, Hip Hop, Nu Metal, New Wave, Stadium Rock, the list goes on. And no band have been able to change genre so seamlessly without "selling out". Neil Peart even plays a form of Dubstep on the new tour! That's how in touch they are ...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
I love Green Day! They're absolutely amazing! They changed how I think, how I react, how I even live!
I heard "Holiday" when I was 4 on the radio. I remember asking my older brother: "What's the name of that song and who sings it? ". My brother looked at me and said: "It's called Holiday and it's by Green Day. " Since I was kinda young to be listening to their music, I had to wait a while until I could properly introduce my love for them. They've changed my life somehow. They've been there when I needed someone... When I needed help... Through their music, they've taught me so many things. I don't know where I would be without them; I don't know WHO I would be without them.
Billie Joe's smart, funny and an amazing singer and guitarist. He really shows what he believes through his songs.
Mike's the best bassist in all of history. He can move his fingers in a way that completely captivates my soul.
And Tre... Oh Tre. What ...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..
Iron Maiden are very good, not as good as Led Zeppelin, but then no one is...
They DO deserve better though. I have loved songs from all their albums and have been listening to them since I was 10 when I first heard Piece Of Mind, I was totally captivated by 'Revelations' the images that the song through up in mind of a place in the desert long ago burning in the sun but yet with a dark dank place where the unspeakable weakness of man exists. Total magic. Then there was the song about the Desert world Arrakis. After having read Dune a few years later (14) (This book appears in my top ten books of all time) when it blew my tiny little malformed (now forever) mind right out of any kind ordinary view of the world and the song just made me feel like part of something bigger. I had read a book that Steve harris had read, I liked it, he liked it, we were brothers. Give me a break folks, I was like 14 man... Anyway
It goes on, I obtained the first 2 albums and loved them ...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...
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.
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.
All good with the list... but don't forget LP has just four albums... There is still a long way to go... hope you reach the pinnacle of this mountain... 'burning in the skies' is the best song...
PLZ LP come to INDIA...
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
Yeah we're all Aerosmith fans I mean, who doesn't like Steven' vocals or Perry's guitar work, but they lost their legacy and greatness because they turned pop, and the only number one single they have is a pop song and I hate it, so I'm not surprised that they are not in the top. - TAhaMohammedi
How is Aerosmith below stupid Linkin Park, Nirvana, and all them bands that are just inspirations off of Aerosmith?! Aerosmith has already shown they are One of the best bands ever- visiting Japan in their worst times in 2011 after their earthquake and rocking for them- selling 168 million albums in 40 years- countless hits- they even covered the Beatles, the Doors and other bands- making the original songs look like nothing. Admit it- Steven Tyler is the best rock band singer, or possibly just singer in general- Joe Perry is the best guitarist to walk the Earth- and so is Brad Whitford. Tom Hamilton is the best bassist and wrote their hit "Sweet Emotion", and Joey Kramer creates the thunder unlike ANY other drummer- he can drum so fast the strobe lights can't even catch him!
Aerosmith crowded so many arenas over the years- there was once so many people the arena was LOADED and the streets surrounding it were so crowded of people who wanted to hear them! Their shows are ...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.
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.
When I was a kid, The Red Hot Chili Peppers where just getting going and I had the great pleasure of witnessing their growth as a band, and fortunately for me I got to experience every single one of their songs and albums to their full potential. However, I do believe that the mojority of the amazing bands that are in the top 10's at the moment should remain in their places, I also VERY STRONGLY believe that Red Hot Chili Peppers should be up their also. With every song written by them, the mood of the song is really put across and often, listening to a sad song by them like 'Under The Bridge' or 'Soul To Squeeze' (for example) can make me feel sad even on the happiest of days. They create beautiful, heart warming songs to exciting, Funkadelic melodies that make your heart pump faster as you listen to them. I can honestly say with my heart and my soul that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the best band to ever walk the planet, in my opinion of course. Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary, ...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.
All of their albums kick ass and are rock cornerstones, so sad that there was only three
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
I rarely sit down and try to think about whom I consider to be the greatest band ever--my reasoning is simple: Such a designation is, to some degree, philosophically undefinable and untenable. What is meant by the moniker "greatest band ever? "
If people ask me what I consider to be the greatest album ever, I have throughout my life responded in various ways: The White Album and Revolver by the Beatles, Kid A by Radiohead, The Velvet Underground & Nico by the Velvet Underground, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, and Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones. This is an easier idea to turn and face because albums are nicely packaged into contrived units so we know the whole of what we are evaluating. Moreover, we all know approximately what is intended to be meant by the superlative 'greatest. ' With a band, the boundaries are equivocal; should we count their 'good' albums as pros and their 'bad' ones as cons? What about non-album singles? Can a band's story or setting play ...more
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.
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
just look at some of the bands higher up on this list, than The Doors, clearly that's because they only listen to all the 80s and later rock. Although I find some hope with Zeppelin being number one I can't see The Doors anywhere below t10. In my opinion they should be in the top 5 but they might not be for everyone.
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!
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.
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.
It's hard to argue the case for U2's greatness, primarily because of their HUGE popularity. Artists that are this big are usually pretty dismal quality wise with the odd obvious exception. U2 is the foremost of these exceptions - they are possibly the greatest rock band of all time and definitely the biggest. A lot of people don't like them because of this massive success, but they achieved it on the back of genuinely original, transformative music. No one sounds like them ( although they certainly try ) and their positivity and power stands out a mile amidst the general sea of anger and depression of most modern music. I love them regardless of how much money they make - if all " big " acts were this fantastic I would live full time in the mainstream.
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.
Oh yeah...their classic stuff is top notch. Roth MADE this group with his distinctive voice and over the top style. I am sure they realized this by now. Happy Eddie is doing well as he is still the number one lead guitar man, and still playing!.
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
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
I would have loved to vote for other bands like Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Queen, AC/DC, Guns N'Roses, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, U2, Rolling Stones, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Coldplay, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, etc.
And I AM TOTALLY DISMAYED AND FURIOUS THAT BANDS like Tokio Hotel, Linkin Park or Green Day are in the better positions! I just can't believe that! I mean THAT ISN'T EVEN ROCK, THAT ISN'T EVEN MUSIC, that is a pop-rap mixed with people who likes that trash.
After explaining this issues, I only have to say that Foo Fighters have completely changed my life, my point of view about life, I feel so identified with every single song they have made, that when I listen to them, I feel alive, free, glad and satisfied.
If everyone follows my example, we will together put THE TRUE ROCK BANDS AT THE TOP, and the TRASH AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE LIST.
I am from Argentina and I hope you to understand my English, the one I used when I traveled to NYC, Orlando ...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!
Breaking Benjamin Should be Number 1. They Are The Best Band, In My Opinion, And Their Music Is Very Relatable In Some Songs. The Lyrics Are Amazing Andy They Manage To Come Up With A Rhythm That Makes The SongS Even Better.
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
Okay. I like Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars and all, but they're not the best band of all time. And I'm not just some emo kid randomly voting for my favorite band (even though they are my favorite, but for the reasons I'm about to tell you. )
M. Shadows has one of the most unique voices to this date and is great at writing lyrics that actually have meaning to them unlike some bands (no names) where its just like "oh baby I love you" over and over again. He can scream, he can sing softly, and he can sing aggressively. My favorite vocals from him are from So Far Away- you can tell they're straight from the heart even though Syn wrote them.
Synyster Gates is terribly underestimated for a lot of stupid reasons- age, looks, the fact that he sometimes acts a little crazy when he's drunk, a ton of things that are irrelevant to his actual guitar playing skills. Listen to the solos in Buried Alive, I Won't See You Tonight Pt. 2 and Afterlife and then try to tell me ...more