Best Rock Bands of All Time
The Contenders: Page 4
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...
ARE YOU SERIOUS?! BEST EVER!V 22 Comments
I've been listening to just about every kind of music, and Oasis is the only band that never dissapoints me! Noel Gallagher is the best songwriter of the last 20 years. Thank you for the good times Oasis!
How are Oasis #54? The Best Band to come out of Britain along with The Stones and The Beatles, But Oasis took inspiration and raised the bar to where it's never been, Noel writing songs wit unbelievable meaning and thousands of people relate to his lyrics, mix that with the attitude and arrogance of the best frontman there's ever been, You can't get any better? Manchester was the place to be back then!
How is Oasis at 53? They were the inspiration for all us growing up in the 80/90's. Some say they are not the best because they did not complete a world tour but does this really matter? They remind me of a time a long time ago when the world was easy to understand
This low? Jesus.V 146 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
Discipline isn't a end in it's self only a means to a end. Robert Fripp,Bill Bruford. Tony Levin and Adrian Belew that is all I have to say.V 15 Comments
def leppard is the best band ever. even after their drummer lost his hand they can still produce many great songs. - izzat127
The best rock band forever... They know how to bring it - ccontente
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
63? what! The best of all of these - EliHbkV 84 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.
Needs to be higher. Most creative band in my opinionV 31 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!
Of course sheer brilliance lets not forget peter green and need your love so badV 27 Comments
Best grunge band, one of the greatest hard rock sounds that I have ever heard. Just listen to "Jesus Christ Pose" or "Fell on Black Days" and you'll know what I mean. Should be much higher. Amazing riffs, Chris Cornell provides powerful vocals. Trying to burst back on the scene, 2010-2011, but popular culture now seems to disregard decent music...
Soundgarden are the Fathers of Grunge! They changed a whole Genre of Music! Chris Cornell's Vocals are Unbeatable! Thank God They Are Back! Rock On Soundgarden! You definitely Deserve to be in the Top 10! You are #1 to Me!
Soundgarden was a great act live and on CD. They were so powerful and could have been greater had they not broken up. Bon Jovi wishes they were as great as Soundgarden.
3rd best grunge band of all time in my opinion (Nirvana and Pearl Jam). Should be way higher!V 18 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
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE at 66? You people are so ignorant and need to WAKE UP!
This band is what every band should be like! All these punk bands now days cry about wanting to commit suicide and stupid stuff like that.. They think the "I'm so messed up" persona is "cool"... That's lame, this band mixes some of the most appealing sounds and lyrics about world issues that will be sure to get you banging your head, and most certainly change your view of the world!
Awesome band music is suppose to inspire you listen to How I Could Just Kill A Man and don't tell me it doesn't just wants to make you pull the trigger - RAGE
When the average first pick up an electric guitar, naturally, they strum the strings in an experimental manner. But, the average RATM fan picks up an electric guitar and flicks the "toggle" switch on and off to create an even COOLER sound.
Rage has influenced many guitarists around the world, including me. Tom Morello is THE guitar player. The fact that they lasted less than 20 years collectively breaks my heart.
:( please reunite.
That's actually true for me when I started to play electric guitar, and he probably inspired me to do so. - Feirceraven
Rage Against the Machine is one of my favorite band I love there version of f*** the policeV 39 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.
Needs top 20, not top 10, but they were super talented and original. Definitely deserve top 20. So talented. - KingofSnails42V 29 Comments
Sum 41 should really win this :) I think they deserve that because they really know how to rock the house, and they have everything a band could need. Besides, they rock live, and they play all kinds of different styles, from pop-punk to Heavy Metal
How can sum41 be at this position, in my opinion there music is awesome! More than that they play different kinds of music from punk to heavy metal. There first album all killer no filler is fabulous!
They are awesome. It's a tad sad that people can't understand that they should be way up there. That is all.
Sum 41 has song for every single mood that exists... they have lyrics that reflect hard times and inspire us to get better (for example: War), they have songs that people struggling through hard times can relate to, ultimately finding comfort in the lyrics Deryck sings because they CAN relate (as in Pieces, Sick of Everyone, Still Waiting, Walking Disaster...), and even have music for the outsiders that were looked down on (Fat Lip, God Save Us All (Death to Pop)). Long story short? Sum 41 deserves top 10, if not number 1. Amazing band.V 31 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. - DarkenedBrutality
I think if you consider their influence, versatility, creativity, shows and concerts, longevity and musicianship, and a higher age of fans were voting, Jethro Tull would be well inside the top ten. Still in my top playlist alongside my newest favorite artist, Joe Bonamassa.V 31 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
Their first 2.5 albums especially their first self titled Boston album are the greatest albums ever madeV 31 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.
Pure passion and talentV 46 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!
Learn to spell you pricksV 25 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.
I love Alice Cooper's music!V 12 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!
Close to the Edge is as good as any album ever done by anyone. So was The Yes Album. Going for the One has probably the most beautiful song ever written on it (Turn Of The Century), and the most psychedelic (Awaken). Besides this, there was Yessongs (The Ultimate Science Of God), Fragile (Roundabout, Heart Of the Sunrise, Long Distance Runaround), Tormato (Don't Kill The Whale). I could keep going. And as musicians, in rock, only ELP could match them. I mean, Steve Howe, Bill Buford, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Jon Anderson, and Trevor Rabin! Each of those guys are a legend on their own instrument. It is just a sin that they aren't at least in the top three. I mean, there was them, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, and everyone else. And they were never accused of plagiarizing anyone else. - TomJoadV 18 Comments
Although they haven't been on the scene for very long, Imagine Dragons is a truly fantastic band. They have set the bar for future rock bands with their upbeat tempo and excellent blend of alternative and rock music. If you disagree with me, all I have to say is welcome to the new age.
Hello? No one has a brain this is the best band ever my favourite it's amazing
I know they haven't been around for a while only about a year or two but some of they songs are truly amazing if you don't like them then don't listen to them just to make fun of them. But I think if want to insult them, then you should try singing as good as them and putting a record out. Then you can insult them.
Why is it not firstV 32 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?
Best group everV 31 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.
Why the hell is he not higherV 15 Comments
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