Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Contenders: Page 4
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
Listen to Zero, Blackbird or Metalingus and you will see why they deserve to be called the best Rock Band... no, the best band... of all time.
I love their songs I love their sounds.. Of course there are so many bands which already be famous like Metallica iron maiden... But we talk about ROCK BAND and ALTER BRIDGE deserve to be more and more votes..
I don't even like alter bridge but I recognize them as quite a sturdy band I don't have any recommended songs to show as examples-but get this-on most sites MOST sites not all, Mark Tremonti is considered a legend of a guitarist, and a gentleman, Myles is middling and when collaborated their music can generate a vast quantity of feelings-be it congenial or detestable-even as to one whom does not enjoy their music. And... therefore makes the band palatial somewhat, which is a brilliant standpoint to ANY band's career, which why the band should make it near top of the list
Alter Bridge is amazing. How they're so low on the list baffles me. Besides, bands like Metallica are more metal than rock (they're a great band though).V 61 Comments
They fantastic! Amazing music for all times! - DeDoDoDoDeDaDaDa
all three band members were unique, extremely talented individuals, and it shows in their music...should be in top ten
I think a lot of people forget what a great band The Police were because of Sting's insufferable solo career. Too bad, because they were incredibly unique and had a collective chemistry that none of them have matched on their own. Sting wrote tons of classics while he was in the group and they played them incredibly. A shame about all the later lounge jazz then.
Such a unique sound to them. Really no other band sounds like the Police. They just make you tap your foot and make you feel goodV 30 Comments
How did linkin park and 30 seconds to mars beat Cream, led Zeppelin, dire straits (who aren't mentioned), ac/dc, deep purple, rolling stones... All of the other young bands are crap, nothing innovative nor creative nor nothing. I'm 18 years old and discovered this beautiful music around 2 years ago. I just wish I was at the 60's 70's 80's and 30's 40's 50's (blues is the best) - Anthony987
Really, Cream #86... Really? Easily should be top 5 at least along with Jimi Hendrix Experience. I'm in my 60s but clearly recognize groundbreaking music when I hear it. Just to prove I'm just not some "old time" ex hippie; I also think Radiohead is top 10 material.
My thoughts on lists like this is that nothing less than 10 years old should be included. What seems good for a moment doesn't stand up to time.
After 44 years of listening, Cream is still standing.
Clapton is the second best guitarist from the 60s to present (of course behind Jimi) Ginger Baker has to be at least the #2 possibly #1 best drummer (John Bonham is quite a talented man as well) and those bass lines from Jack Bruce tie it all together so well... It's just a shame more people don't know about this legendary group. They possibly had some of the worst band chemistry in the history of rock and they still sounded like gods. Listen to Tales of Brave Ulysses... Oh Clapton...
It literally depressed me that so many people haven't heard Cream. Messed up world. - guyritchiV 56 Comments
As diverse as any band on the planet. Formed in 1968, toured every year from 1968 until 2012... Over 3,000 concerts. 2 #1 albums in the US both of which had one 45 min song of each of these albums... No other band can match that. Grammy award winner for best Hard rock album in 1989. Sold over 60 million albums but that figure has been bandied around since the 70s... Probably closer to 100 million. They played blues, they played acoustic, they played hard rock, they played metal, they played world music. They are my favorites and would you believe after all of that, they are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Linked Park are in the top 10 and Tull sit at 94? Get a grip of yourselves... Vote Tull!
Jethro Tull has to be in the top 20 Rock n Roll bands of all time. Possibly the best live show I have ever seen and I have seen some of the best. Can play blues, hard rock, ballads, etc and play them all equally well. Ian Anderson has to be one of the best rock musicians of all times. Plays everything, great vocals, rivals Mick Jagger on stage and plays the damned flute on top of everything else. I have seen them 5 times, most recent in 2002 and they still cook. As talented and versatile as any rock band ever. They can go from Aqualung to Wonderin Aloud and take you to two different places immediately. Definitely top twenty all time and have been touring from 1970 until recently, so what? Over 40 years. Incredible.
On this list, they are higher than Genesis, Yes, AND King Crimson, as probably the 3rd highest Progressive Rock band. In the best Progressive Rock bands list, they came in 9th, which actually seems very low, since I thought they would've been 6th once I first saw the list. In 1971, they released Aqualung, which was said to probably be one of their best, and in 1972, Thick as a Brick was their first album with a 45 minute long song. Rush only wrote a 28 minute song, Pink Floyd a 26 minute one, Genesis a 23 minute one, Yes an 18 minute one, and last time I checked, King Crimson never wrote any songs over 12 or 13 minutes. But who cares? I don't. Still though, they are a much better band than Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. The only progressive rock bands better than this are Pink Floyd, Rush, and Kansas.
Flute is an Heavy Metal Instrument! (Ian Anderson after getting an grammy for best heavy metal perfomrance - waldoV 34 Comments
Boston is amazing! Their songs Don't Look Back, Smokin', Peace of Mind, Rock and Roll Band and More Than A Feeling are BEASTLY! How do people think Metallica is better?!?! Boston should at least be in the top 10! GO BOSTON!
My favourite band. I love every single song (well, not in the new album :-D). Amazingly melodic solos (hitch a ride), incredibly catchy riffs (More than a feeling, peace of mind... Etc), best lead singer ever, innovative and very talented guitarist... EVERYTHING is great about this band. But the main reason I love them is because they totally changed my point of view on music. I don't remember the last time I was listening an album from the beginning to the end without skipping any song. every damn song is impressive AND is fun to play (yeah I play guitar). Their songs are not that difficult to play on guitar, but man, I wonder how did they come up with them. To create so many catchy but yet good quality songs.. You need some real talent and that is what Tom Sholtz have (and did I mentioned his guitar sound). Oh, and if you can sing like Brad Delp (THAT VOCAL RANGE! ) than I bow before you. And still, they are not that famous as they should be. These guys should be standing right next ...more
These guys are amazing, they are perfectionist, that is prob. why they are not still working out new albums, but they are what I think of when I think of "the perfect and". They are not in the top 10?! - Baltimore1993
Boston and bands like Journey and ELO won't ever be taken as seriously as the Beatles or many other well known bands even though they crafted meticulous classic sounding albums and songs that are in every way as great as any of those other bands releases and songs that are still in heavy rotation on radio. - frankmartinV 34 Comments
Got to go with Alice. His original band put out some classic albums like "Killer" and "Billion Dollar Babies" which are essential for any hard rock fan. Alice went on to a successful solo career which is still ongoing and he set the standard for all theatrical shows. Despite his age the guy still is a great live act and still records terrific albums. - hardrockfanatic
Why is Alice Cooper so low? He deserves to be in the top ten. Not only does he have killer music but he's a showman, which makes his performances all the more interesting. Most bands do music alone but don't put on a show. He's also one of the Gods of Rock and one of my Rock and Roll idols, along with Ozzy Osbourne and Steven Tyler. Both have done music with Alice, too. Alice Cooper should be in the top ten!
Simply the best rock performer. Nice and gorgeous. Elected, Department of Youth, The Black Widow - the real rock anthems.
Alice Cooper seriously needs to be near the top, not only are his vocals phenomenal, his concerts are hell of a lot of fun. Need I mention that He is The Godfather of Shock Rock. None of his albums have been awful, maybe not as "Alice like" as some may want, but never awful.V 13 Comments
I can't believe how DEATH is so underrated. Chuck Schuldiner is one of the best song writers ever.
Because death sucks. Sucks harder than cannibal corpse or deicide. I love its album called "Human" though. - awanshrestha
There probably not very high because there not well known outside the death metal community which is pretty underground when compared to the Beatles
Where is the Death Metal genre when they were here?
Who is it's pioneer and main progenitor?
What was the name of it's metal Genre? ? Metal
Yes you got it...
Hey don't you see the name think again...
Death metal on a rock band list dude? - frankmartinV 4 Comments
Genesis has my vote for greatest band in the history of music! It's a shame that 99% of people are only aware of their mostly mediocre 80's pop output. I think so many people would be surprised at the sheer songwriting talent of these guys after a little digging into their older pre-1980 material.
It really is like listening to two completely different bands, especially when Peter Gabriel was still the lead singer. I would recommend the following albums to get a good representation of their older material:
- Selling England by the Pound (1973)
- A Trick of the Tail (1976)
- Seconds Out (brilliant live album, released in 1978)
You might just be pleasantly surprised by what you hear! Probably the most unique sounding band ever.
It's a shame that this wonderful band is not higher on the list. They made great progressive music in the 70s' and great pop music in the 80s'. Genesis put two legendary singers on the map (Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel). Keyboardist Tony Banks is a fantastic musician and song-writer and Steve Hackett is an innovative guitarist. A perfect band I think.
Genesis are greatest live band in history. You all need to check out: Genesis Live, Seconds Out (their best), and Three Sides Live.
Shame on you - waldoV 35 Comments
311 is one of the most underrated bands in USA. Beautiful Disaster is a great song! This band with Social Distortion is the best Punk Rock bands in history. - ReservoirDog
They have the funk like know one else has - landocommando88
Actually the Ramones are.
Investigate 311V 2 Comments
Arctic Monkeys are definitely top 10 or 20 material. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is the fastest selling debut album in the UK, and it's a shame they aren't higher. I could understand that the Beatles, Metallica, Nirvana, etc. Are higher than them, but really? Tokio Hotel is in the top ten? Anybody who appreciates well crafted indie rock music will love the Arctic Monkeys.
Best Indie Rock band of all time, deserve top 50 status, listen to the first 2 albums. - 20STM
Quite simply and easily the greatest Rock band to come out of England, better than Beatles, Queen, Muse etc.. Just listen to a single song by this band and you will be addicted.
The Arctic Monkeys are awesome but I don't agree on them being better than The Beatles.
At least they aren't that high - waldoV 48 Comments
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band is one of the greatest bands ever. At least top 25 if not top 10. They have this crazy vibe when they perform. This is the worst list ever... Backstreet Boys? Bruce just by himself deserves a top ten spot! People need to listen to more good music... Metallica... Psh...
If bruce gets in at 62, behind linkin park and pink floyd, then the genre of rock really has been completely ruined. This is really embarrassing. Bruce and the e street band are one of the greatest groups of all time. They should be in the top 10 at a minimum. They're 23 of all time in any genre according to rolling stone mag. One of you might want to listen to bruce just one time. Enough with all this crap. I know I'm talking like an old man. I'm actually 13. My chemical romance ahead of Bruce? Cold somebody please grow ears?
Come on people, vote the e street band up! Can't be true that they're under tokio hotel and 30 seconds to mars -. -
This is a great band but I think people lump them in with Bob Seger, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty and that would be the heartland rockers category...writers that specialize in writing classic songs about everyday relatable things that happen in other people's lives. - frankmartinV 41 Comments
The best Hard Rock group in the world! There are a lot of beautiful tracks for example: Still Loving You, Send me an Angel, Wind of Change, Living for tomorrow, No one like you, Rock you Like a Hurricane, Cost to Cost...
SCORPIONS IS THE BEST ROCK GROUP! KLAUS Maine FOREVER! STILL LOVING YOU, WHEN THE SMOKE IS GOING DOWN, WIND OF CHANGE, HOLIDAY, WHEN YOU CAME INTO MY LIFE... THIS SONGS ARE WONDERFUL. LISTEN TO THEM AND YOU UNDERSTAND!
I was planning on voting for Queen when I noticed the Scorpions. I never expected them to be recognized as one of the top ten bands ever. I have now voted for them, being my favorite band and all. - sorpah
A great band that rose to greatness in the USA in the 1980s but they will never be taken seriously as more than another hard rock band that emerged with some success in the 1980s, had a few hits and fizzled out. They just aren't classic enough to rise to the top of the list. I like them. - frankmartinV 156 Comments
#94. Seriously?!?! They are the most influential band of the 2000's. Not just Seven Nation Army, but all of their songs. Their debut is awesome, De Stiji brings a certain hard rock awesomeness. White Blood Cells with its happy melodies, Elephant, widely considered the best album of the decade. Get Behind Me Satan, which proved that they were more than just an alternative band, and Icky Thump, a great album and my personal favorite. Jack White is one of the the musical genius of are generation. There is absolutely no bad White Stripes song, I dare you to name one because they are all awesome. They definitely deserve higher than 94.
This is one of the most original bands of the 21st century. They rose through the ashes of pop-country-rock crap and were able to bring classic blues and rock influences and cram it through jacks cheap, plastic, airline 59 that defined the tone of the band. Each album added another layer to the talent of this band: from the garage punk rock of their self titled ep, to the piano driven album Get Behind Me Satan, to the distortion filled album Elephant. Jacks skill on guitar and Megs simplistic drumming style should be in the top ten.
What?!? I LISTEN TO A LOT OF ROCK AND WHITE STRIPES DOMINATES! IT SHOULD BE 1st; ACDC and 2nd; THE white stripes. What's wrong with today's people? I mean the white stripes wrote history with seven nation army! So which idiot placed this band on 94?
Meg white is a terrible drummer, jack sucks at guitar he can't even tune it properly - Awesomenunny
A band known mostly for one or two songs on one album and whether or not Jack and Meg were brother and sister or married. That's what I got out of it - frankmartinV 33 Comments
Marilyn Manson is so cool and so underrated. He's not a bad guy but he's blamed for so much. His music is misunderstood and he gets so much more hatred and criticism than he deserves. And despite his music, he's a very nice and very intelligent guy. Even watch some interviews with him. I have a lot of respect for him. I saw him in concert with a friend one time and I had a great time. People also focus on his looks too much; underneath the makeup, he doesn't look that bad. But it's the personality that I care about. I love him! He's amazing!
Marilyn Manson isn't the greatest band, but really is a very good one. The only thing that holds Marilyn Manson back from being absolutely fantastic is the unfortunate truth that the band doesn't always have a consistent level of great content, in my opinion. Some songs could truly feel emotional to me, while some would sound like what an angry teenager would listen to when their dad pisses them off. Albums like Born Villain make me want to puke, but albums like Mechanical Animals or Holy Wood are works of art to me.
W-O-W. I love MM, he and his band are pretty cool, whenever I feel down, it just picks you right back up with that sorta mellowed out evil sound.
He has a unique style, he has the best attitude and beliefs about life for a rockstar, but few people can understand him.V 19 Comments
If Dimebag Darrel wouldn't have died and if the band wouldn't separate they would be the best. Still, they deserve top 3, not 10
Pantera is the greatest band that has ever existed. No band will ever be better. If dimebag wasn't dead and they were still together today, they would top all the charts guaranteed. I hope that the pantera experience is never forgotten. We miss you Dimebag
Pantera was the band who saved Metal/Rock during the 90's! Why they so low? Vulagar Display Of Power and Cowboys From Hell have helped shape up a lot of the bands higher up the list and yet everyone's forgetting it! PANTERA RULE Metallica! I'm also disappointed in not seeing Machine Head after going through 5 pages. That's just wrong. PANTERA deserve top 3 AT LEAST for saving a genre that nearly DIED in the 90's! PANTERA FOR LIFE!
These guys are way too heavy for a rock band and should be on a heavy metal list. - frankmartinV 24 Comments
Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash and Beneath These Crowded Streets are three of the best albums ever made. Crash is absolutely brilliant. There is not a single song that you want to skip and every song on the album could be your favorite song on the album at some point. It is a testament to the quality of work these guys are capable of that their recent albums, although they are not all that bad and do include some radio hits, are very disappointing to anyone who has listened to the first three.
I have an issue with DMB being 33 on this list. There is no sound around like their sound. Live performances are spiritual experiences and they can play absolutely any genre of music like the best. Dave gives the music such a unique vocal sound and every single one of the band members are greats in their own right. Greatest Jam Band of all times - no doubt
Dave Matthews band... They are the greatest band ever. It is just extraordinary the capacity Dave has to create bread taking songs out of day to day experiences; and also be able to create social complains against injustice politics and so... Crash into me, Dream girl, Spoon... And they don't need no monumental scenarios they are Art, simple, and everlasting.
Definitely better than SUM 41 and Papa Roach. Should be much higher on this list.V 11 Comments
They need to be higher, they are the best band from the 90's onward ever!
There under rated they should be up more, and KORN rules!
they are awesome, not really much into my genre, but they are very fun and weird with their music and thats awesome!
Should be at least in top 10V 28 Comments
Yes has always been my very favorite progressive rock band. The way Steve Howe plats the guitar is just amazing. Jon Anderson and Chris Squire vocals are magnificent. And all together Alan, Rick, Steve, Chris and Jon make one of the greatest English bands ever!. I just love them!
This is just such a unique and wonderful band. From the most delicate passages to rattling the floorboards they are amazing. - Dallas
Yes are the pioneers of progressive rock. King crimson is credited with starting it all, but Yes are the only band to take it so far. They have made so many masterpieces, I don't care what anyone says. Yes changed how I listen to music and how I see life, they are still active today after 44 solid years as a band, they should be number one! YES for the win!
BANAUSEN! (german) - waldoV 22 Comments
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!
Fleetwood Mac isn't really a rock band at all. They started off as a blues outfit and transformed into a pop band. Lindsey does some really out there stuff on Mac and solo albums but this isn't rock. - frankmartinV 28 Comments
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