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.
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#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
Glad this moved up, but I feel it would fit better in the top 20/10. The music they make is extremely unique and I don’t think I’ll ever get the feeling when I first heard Tool for the first time.V 134 Comments
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.
Rip Nick menza they must be higherV 67 Comments
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
How it's 43? - DisturbedpotatoV 54 Comments
That's pretty funny, considering that about 130 bands rated ahead of them never would have existed if it weren't for the Velvet Underground.
What's the Velvet Underground doing down here? They set the pavement for the punk genre, wrote probably the most prophetic album ever and sang about things that N.W. A would be singing decades later and you give 149. Best rock band next to the Beatles.
Why are they so low. They're about one hundred times better than zed leppelin or any of the other bands on this list. Lou's vocals and guitar work along with John Cale's experimental genius is essential to all music that came after it. They influenced leigons after scoring no hits and no albums that cracked the top 100. As Brian Eno said: "only about 1000 people bought velvet underground records, but everyone of them formed a band." RIP Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison
You can't top the banana.V 17 Comments
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.
Dream Theater opened up a whole new world of music for me. I can't imagine where I would be without them.
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!
Not a rock band, a progressive heavy metal band and that is completely different from just a rock band. Put them on the appropriate list if you want them to score up higher. - frankmartinV 92 Comments
Red is truly an amazing band. They have a very distinct hard rock / metal sound that stands out from the crowd. Their vocalist, Mike Barnes, is truly amazing, and combined with the unique guitar riffs, and strings, Red songs are truly masterpieces. Red songs really stand out due to the strings used alongside the hard rocking' instruments. If you haven't heard Red, you DEFINITELY should. Their work is truly outstanding, they know how to make music. They are one of the few bands that can make albums in which ALL of their songs are amazing. Ihey would be higher on the list if they were more popular... There is so much more I can say about how good this band is, but the best way to show you would to say to listen to their music. It's so amazing, I think that this band deserves much higher up on the list
Red behind the JONAS BROTHERS?!?! If I hadn't already lost faith in humanity, it's completely gone now... - MusicAddict1993
Red is by far the best rock band in existence. Their lyrics are deep and meaningful (one of the few bands that has successfully made me cry), the music is complex and haunting, and at the same time they pull off some of the most intense/heavy music I've ever heard. Modern metal fans can't hear Red and not like them. Not to mention they're just good, nice guys.
Thanks for making my day every day, Red!
I love Red and Skillet because they do both Hard Rock and sing about God! - NintendoMaster853V 14 Comments
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.
Underrated band. Some of the greatest rock tunes.V 47 Comments
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
46? Really, This Band Is Easily Top 10 Top 15 at Best One Of The Best Artists/Bands Of The 21St Century and My All Time Favriote Band/Artist Ever And I'm A Music Lover Who Has Sooo Manny Artist Favriotes.V 274 Comments
Bullet for my valentine is the best
They are number one in the world they deserve to be in top ten list I just love them their tears don't fall is a great song
"BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE" is my favorite band,
So much difficult to play guitar @ drums on their songs at such a high speed
I love to play their songs on my guitar... This band be in top 10 bands,
I think they are much much better than Metallica, linkin park & other bands,
What a band, catchy and brutal. they have got it all. I have yet to be disapointed by a song from these guys.
People legitimately like this? - dubsinthetubsV 42 Comments
THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE WAY UP THIS DANG LIST. THEY ROCK!
The Greatest Punk Legend
Johnny Ramone is The Greatest Man In The Industry Of Punk
The Ramones should have made at least the top 15. This is a joke. Linkin park, system of a down, blink 182, green day all above the ramones? Lol. Insult to art itself. If it hadn't been for the ramones, many of the bands on this list would have never existed. I like blink and green day... but they are sons of the ramones. Nobody could ever fill the ramones shoes. And by the way... the Beatles should have made number 1. And the fact that the beach boys aren't on the list so far only goes to show how ignorant people is. Brian Wilson was a musical genius.
Why aren’t they higher? Talk about creative, influential, and unique. Definitely deserve top 5 at least.V 50 Comments
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
They should be 5V 88 Comments
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!
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
KISS should be above 10 positionV 163 Comments
their bass player uses a five and six string bass depending on the song. their singer is very distinctive and he can scream well. their newest guitarist is great as well. the drumming is nothing special but not bad at all. -
Five Finger Death Punch is an amazing band, I just don't understand how it's so low on this list. Sure, some people could consider it "bro-music" for muscle heads, but they have some really great songs. Maybe if people listened to the whole album, all the way through, they would understand how great 5FDP really is.
FFDP is one of the greatest rock bands ever. They can go from songs like Death Before Dishonor to Hard To See to Far From Home. The singer's voice is amazing and so is the rest of the band. If you have never heard of them listen to either of their albums.
RUNNIN OUTTA WORDSV 17 Comments
Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie are the best albums ever. Corgans and Chamberlain are the best guitar drummer tandem known to man.
I am in AWE of Billy Corgan and his out of this world talent.
There are probably better bands than the Pumpkins in all their years of rock, but I'd say there is NO band that comes even close to touching the pumpkins from 1992 to 1996. During that time, they released my favorite record ever (Siamese Dream) and the monster Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Amazing riffs, incredible drum fills, and those songs!
Billy Corrigan is one of the greatest song writers alive. No-one rocks harder than SP, or has such a varied, yet fantastic, range of songs.V 30 Comments
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!
Blink182 deserve better than this, I'm pretty satiafyed too see green day in top 14 but blink on 46? Seriously?V 101 Comments
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.
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
THEY SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! ! ! !
I beg to disagree with you. Hollywood Undead are FAR from being the best rock band. - DericWilsonMahilV 41 Comments
It has to be The Clash. I love Led Zeppelin and Queen, but The Clash... Imagine a 19 years old Spanish student in 2005 that hears them for the first time and feels related to what they sing: social problems, the anger,... That was the day I started my musical re-education and I never looked back. It has to be The Clash. - Esteluki
One of the greatest bands ever. No wonder they have so many immitators, even today. Iconic sound and energetic live performances. Incoroporated a wide range of styles into their music from reggae to funk. Listen to songs as diverse as "Train in Vain", "Rock the Casbah", "Brand New Cadillac", "What's my Name", "White Man", "Lost in the Supermarket". If you don't know the Clash, buy a copy of 'London Calling' today.
117 that's pathetic for the clash were intelligent and mainstreemed the punk sound along with the sex pistols how dare they be this far down
Their versatility is out of this world. Take a listen to "London Calling" or "Sandinista," and then compare that to their debut album. They could do any style of music that exists and still do it well. - dlbk03V 29 Comments
Very influential. Although they did not start the prog rock movement, they definitely perfected it. Their debut album In The Court of the Crimson King is widely considered a classic, an album to hear before you die, and it acclaimed by nearly every critic to have witnessed King Crimson's influence. They released 6 of the best albums of the '70s, including my favourite of theirs, Starless and Bible Black. This band is also one of the few who had a very consistent discography, having some of their most popular and best albums in the 80s.
The band that, with its debut album, virtually invented Progressive Rock. That album, In The Court of the Crimson King, is still one of the best prog albums ever, and despite the fact that they never quite matched it with anything else, it earns them a spot in the Top 10. - Blueyays
How come King Crimson will rank so low.. It is one of the best prog rock.. even better than Pink Floyd on many occasion.. Best experimental rock... deserve something better rank - avilash.jena
For years I owned all of their 13 records and I still listen to them and find new things in each one, every time.V 15 Comments
Surf Rock-Genius. Baroque Rock-Genius. Psychedelic Rock-Genius. Brian Wilson-Genius. Mike Love's voice was nasal and attracted millions. Dennis was th showman. Carl's voice was heavenly. You seriously have to stop listening to Bieber or Gaga if you don't rank them in the top 3.
How is the Beach Boys all the way down here?! It should be in the top 10 at least. Kinda proves that the Beach Boys, despite the praise from Pet Sounds, is one of the most underrated bands of all time. It was/is the American counterpart of the Beatles! Also shows how they've struggled badly with their image, which is a massive shame, especially with brilliant albums such as Pet Sounds, Smile, Wild Honey, 20/20, Sunflower, Surf's Up, Carl and the Passions - "So Tough", Holland, etc. They should be remembered from them, not their surf crap! Besides, Brian Wilson is a Genius!
Not even in the Top 50?! The Beach Boys are arguably one of the greatest bands in history. Their surf rock songs are catchy and memorable (even charting in the midst of Beatlemania), but their true ability blossomed with Brian Wilson's amazing songwriting. "Pet Sounds" is groundbreaking, and its predecessors "Today! " and "Summer Days" are great as well. "SMiLE" was set to also be one of the greatest albums of the '60s before it was shelved, and even after Brian's breakdown, they released great tunes all through the decade. Their harmonies are also unbeatable.
What? - waldoV 34 Comments
Very good music and unique vocals
great sound, really awesome lyrics, great for when you just wanna chill, listen to some great Rock and just perfect for parties!
Possibly one of the most energetic and talented rock groups of all time, yes, they are no Gun's or Roses and will never have huge mainstream success. However, every lyric, every riff and every baseline works perfectly for every song and quite possibly Jacoby Shadix is one of the greatest, albeit, underrated front man ever, and boy do they give a kick ass live performance. At least deserve to be in the top 25 for me!
Bro this band is so awesome they play the best songs like still swinging and where did the angels goV 13 Comments
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