Top 10 Best Rock Bands of All Time

Rock music has been the soundtrack to rebellion, freedom, and raw emotion for generations. From its early beginnings rooted in blues and R&B, it has morphed into a kaleidoscope of sub-genres, from punk to prog, grunge to glam, and everything in between. And at the heart of it all? Rock bands that have redefined what it means to let loose, connect with fans, and deliver anthems that stand the test of time.

The best rock bands don't just play music. They create experiences. They're the architects behind the guitar riffs that give you goosebumps, the drum solos that make your heart race, and the lyrics that articulate feelings you couldn't quite put into words. They offer us catharsis, community, and a break from the monotony of everyday life.
The Top Ten
1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted some previous success with The [original] Yardbirds and was friendly with some big names in rock... read more

Led Zeppelin, the true hard rock originals placed at No.2! It sort of pains me. They should be in the 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, and 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 the 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, run-of-the-mill rock songs (my Pre-Led Zeppelin years).

As songwriters, Zeppelin may not have been quite in league with the Beatles and Stones, but as musicians, instrumentalists, and performers, they were absolutely peerless. The complexity of their arrangements, combined with each member's virtuosity and ability to improvise, was well beyond all but the likes of Frank Zappa or Mahavishnu Orchestra, and those were more akin to jazz fusion bands.

Jimmy Page was a pioneer in electric guitar playing but also a phenomenal acoustic player as well. John Paul Jones was a masterful bassist, keyboardist, and could play just about anything and well. John Bonham is widely still regarded as the greatest rock drummer of all time, and Robert Plant had one of the most powerful and nuanced voices in a field full of powerful and nuanced voices.

The Beatles may have been better pop songwriters, The Stones were more danceable, but there really can be no question that Zep was the overall greatest rock band of all time.

2 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard... read more

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

The idiots who voted Metallica best need to seriously grow up. Metallica is for childish teens with anger issues. Led Zeppelin, on the other hand, is incredible, but the Beatles are still better. In fact, British music is over 1000% better than American music in general.

The Beatles are not just a band; they are a piece of history, something that had such a near-perfect, timeless effect on the planet. Their arrival in the music industry began good rock music. They influenced so many artists, even artists who came before The Beatles, and almost all of the 200 songs they recorded are excellent. Everything about them, including their music, story, films, and relationships, has shaped our lives. The Beatles are not just the best band ever - they are the most important thing to ever happen in history.

3 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968... read more

I honestly think Pink Floyd should be at number one. The combination of Waters' concepts and lyrics, along with Gilmour's guitar and vocals - as well as the fine musicianship of Rick Wright and Nick Mason - produces a force that continues to create Pink Floyd fans to this 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.

Pink Floyd being so low down is a disgrace to music. This band has been there right through the ages when there was no MTV, no internet publicity, and yet it survives. The band may no longer be active, but their songs still are what they were meant to be. Is there anyone out there who can say Comfortably Numb doesn't give them a high? Or that Wish You Were Here doesn't remind them of someone lost?

Floyd was way ahead of their age, maybe of this age too. Waters' concepts and lyrics, Gilmour's musical experimentation, Mason's technicality, all held together by Wright's subtle tones, the concept arts, and of course the pure psychedelic oblivion derived for which no drug is needed... Do they make music like this anymore?

They may not be the "best ever". But #16? Preposterous!

4 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate... read more

Queen is the best band ever. My sister and I are huge fans. I love all their songs. I know a bunch of their songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites the Dust, Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Bicycle Race, Fat Bottomed Girls, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, Under Pressure, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, Keep Yourself Alive, Don't Try Suicide, I Want to Break Free, The Show Must Go On, and Stone Cold Crazy. I'm a huge Queen fan. They have so many good songs. That's why they are the best band ever.

I find that Freddie Mercury has such a good vocal talent, and no man in the wide universe where we live, nor any other creature, can sing like Freddie Mercury! The different styles that Freddie Mercury can perform in different songs are simply incredible!

While I love The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, 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. 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-style glasses before Ozzy), often deviating extremely from the music sheet and wowing everyone in the studio.

Lastly, but certainly not least, came John, who was often the silent one in the background but godlike musically nonetheless. He wrote and did an amazing bass line for Another One Bites The Dust and The Invisible Man. He rocked everyone's (especially Vanilla Ice's) socks with his performance in Under Pressure.

Overall, the four titans of tune came together to make one of the greatest bands to ever exist, and that's why they deserve the #1 spot on this list.

5 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/Thrash Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman"... read more

Metallica opened my world, Metallica opened my eyes, and Metallica opened my ears. They released my soul. Metallica is the best metal band that will be playing in the whole universe. They are great performers! In fact, I listen to Nothing Else Matters now!

Metallica is truly such an amazing band. They have shown the truth of their lives to all of their fans, just to let them know what it is like to be in a band, moreover, one of the greatest bands out there. They have amazing energy in every single one of their songs. One can really feel the emotion they put into their songs and even feel adrenaline. To this day, they're still standing and performing for the huge family they have. Each day, they save more and more people's lives, including mine.

I don't respect the Beatles. They were just untalented young men who created simple yet extremely boring tracks. Not to mention Paul McCartney. He's a really bad vocalist. "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" prove that he never took singing lessons. He should have listened to and learned from Elvis Presley.

On the other hand, Metallica was just great. I mean, can anyone think of that solo in "The Thing That Should Not Be"? No guitarist in the world could have created such an awesome solo. Just listen to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and see how badly that was played.

Metallica's career is monumental, and songs like "One" and "Welcome Home" easily prove that.

6 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums).

Their best works include songs like Paint it Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Satisfication (Which ranked no. 2 in The Rolling... read more

Here is a fact: They can't ALL be in the top ten. Admittedly, some shouldn't be in the top ten or are too high up on this list. The only ones that should be there are Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. Metallica at number one? The only good albums they've made are "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning". That is IT. The Rolling Stones have made about forty albums, all of which are decent, and most of them are brilliant.

Rush should be here as well. And they are. Maybe they should be higher, but you can't have EVERYBODY in the top ten.

Where on earth are Black Sabbath? Although they started off as a twelve-bar blues band, they INVENTED heavy metal, and Tony Iommi is a metal god. Without them, there would be no Metallica! Black Sabbath are 47th.

The Who at 38? Tool at 43? Porcupine Tree not even here at all? Dream Theater not here? Cream so low down?

Really? Anything by them is magnificent! The fact that they have managed to stay together for so long, the Keith Richards/Mick Jagger songwriting team, the catchy beat of their songs, their lyrics, the way they have gotten so much better over time... The Rolling Stones, self-acclaimed and fan-supported, are "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." The Rolling Stones have been well into their fifth decade performing together as a group. They are the longest-lived, continuously performing band in the history of music. From the band's early British beginnings through the present, The Rolling Stones have continued to adapt their music to the sounds and styles of the past five decades to remain ever-visible and popular in the eyes of the world.

7 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson to front the band. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band.

AC/DC's dubious sixth place on this list is a clear indication of the ignorance of the current generation of iTunes-only kids who think Linkin Park is vintage and 30 Seconds to Mars is badass. Pick up a vinyl record or even a compact disc, if you know what that means, and listen to some real rock music. Then come back to this list and make an educated decision.

In what sane universe does Jared Leto wearing far too much eye makeup garner a better spot on a top ten list than AC/DC or Pink Floyd, for that matter? This list needs to be renamed "My Favorite Rock Band" to make any sense at all because this certainly is not a list of "The Top Ten Best Rock Bands of All Time." Surely rock bands that earn a spot on an all-time greatest list should, as a requirement, have a reasonable amount of staying power, not to mention talent.

Perhaps if AC/DC were to sell out and allow their albums to appear in the iTunes Store, the people voting on this list would be better informed, and this list would be more indicative of a true top ten?

8 Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band.

The band was comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass).

Nirvana is most well-known for their... read more

Who the heck is Tokio Hotel? Why isn't Nirvana in the top ten? They changed music forever! How is a band like Ah-ha or X Japan ahead of Nirvana? I've never even heard of them! Nirvana should have 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 wouldn't say Nirvana should be number one because they shouldn't be. However, they should certainly be up there. Nirvana is often overlooked on lists like this because they are from a different generation than most bands on the list. Some people view them as too recent to deserve recognition.

Personally, I believe it shows how they actually, in a way, saved the genre. When pop and hip-hop began to take over, rock was a fading genre, but Nirvana brought it back into prominence. Some say Cobain was the last great rock star, and that certainly is a true statement.

Raw music and angst made him the voice of a generation. Someone like him nowadays would be almost unheard of. Nirvana put alternative rock in the spotlight and inspired a lot of bands to keep making music with rock elements.

Nirvana speaks to a younger generation and helps the legacy of rock and roll live on. This makes them one of the greatest acts of all time in my opinion because even though they weren't a part of rock at its start and can't necessarily be considered "classic," they worked hard to make sure real music could take over for one (hopefully not) last time.

Let's just hope someone like Kurt comes around again and delivers this message to yet another generation. Only this time, let's hope this person sticks around for a bit longer.

9 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled Again. Some noted achievements were their rock operas, Tommy (album), Quadrophenia... read more

A lot of good bands on here, but the genius of Pete Townshend made/makes The Who the best. Check out an often overlooked Quadrophenia album. Who can ever forget the drumming of Keith Moon? The bass of Entwistle and the See Me, Feel Me voice of Daltrey. What a band! I agree, there never has been a better live album than Live at Leeds as the band was so tight for those shows, at their peak back then. Oh, and those jumpsuits Pete wore. Anyone who likes The Who should search engine Pete Townshend and listen to his solo stuff, as there are some real treasures to be found. They should be higher up, but I don't think they really tried to be at the top, as they never sold out back then like some others did. Rest in peace, Keith and John!

Sometimes I'll hear TOMMY, LIVE AT LEEDS, WHO'S NEXT, or QUADROPHENIA and think, "Yeah, this is one of the greatest bands of all time." Roger Daltrey is one of my favorite rock singers, John Entwistle is one of my favorite bass players, Keith Moon is so wonderfully insane, and Pete Townshend might be one of the best rhythm guitar players in rock and was the musical genius behind these great rock operas. We think of The Who as some bombastic band who destroyed their instruments after playing "My Generation," but in fact, a lot of their later work was quite thought-provoking. "Bargain" is probably one of the best examples of that, a beautiful song with great lyrics: "In life, one and one don't make two, one and one make one." But man, when they rock hard, they rock REALLY HARD!

10 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also associated with heavy metal... read more

No one quite has the range that Guns N' Roses has. Sure, they're most known for being the original bad boys of rock, with riots and no-shows peppering their tours. However, they have the largest range out of any of the "greats." From "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Rocket Queen" to "Patience" and "November Rain," they can play anything from acoustic to head-banging hard rock. Add to that Axl Rose being one of, if not the most entertaining lead (second perhaps only to Freddie Mercury), and the incredibly seamless yet absolutely mental hard-rock/blues guitar riffs from Slash, and you have the best rock band of all time.

If you want to define "great" as "most influential," then by all means, give the title to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Zeppelin. But in terms of music that is emotionally charged, complex, and, at times, rage-inducing, then no one can touch Guns N' Roses.

Ever since I first heard Paradise City, my life has changed in a way I can't explain. Everything fits in a perfect way to form the most badass band on the planet that you could never recreate. The way Axl's voice slithers from the microphone makes him the best damn frontman on the planet. Slash can create magic with a Les Paul. Duff has the most unique and rock 'n' roll bass tone and voice. Izzy's heart and soul made the band unique, and his songwriting is quite honestly amazing. Stevie tops the band off with songs like Rocket Queen and Mama Kin that blow your mind. If someone asked me what my dream band would be, it would be these five guys who changed my life forever, and I can never thank them enough for that. Thanks, guys.

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11 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.

The band became mainstream after improving after their debut album got panned. In 1978, Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Who went to release... read more

17? Are you kidding me? Black Sabbath is my absolute favorite band, no doubt. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and last but most certainly not least, Ozzy Osbourne. I don't know if it's just because I've been listening to their music literally my whole life, but I love them. Even though I had my doubts about the "13" album, I liked that too. Ozzy's solo career couldn't have gone better either. How could you possibly rank 30 Seconds To Mars and Green Day higher than Black Sabbath? I get that they attract the younger crowd, but Black Sabbath is legendary. Black Sabbath is the real deal.

Black Sabbath should definitely be at the top. Had it not been for Black Sabbath, there would be no Avenged Sevenfold, Green Day, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or Nirvana. Black Sabbath influenced both metal and punk bands like Black Flag, The Melvins, Pantera, etc., that went on to influence RHCP, Avenged Sevenfold, Green Day, and Nirvana. The Misfits should definitely be before Green Day. And Pantera should definitely be above Avenged Sevenfold, along with Megadeth, Anthrax, and Iron Maiden. Don't get me wrong, Avenged Sevenfold kicks ass, but it should be at least below these bands, next to System of a Down. Green Day is a disgrace to punk rock. I can list off more than 30 punk bands right now that deserve to be on this more than Green Day.

12 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. The band has had an iconic lineup since 1975, which included Neil Peart (Drums, Percussion), Geddy Lee (Vocals, Bass, Keyboards), and the guitarist, Alex Lifeson. Peart passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer in January of 2020. Because of this, Lee says there are no plans to keep the band going, so Rush is most likely... read more

Okay. I bet half of 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 three-piece band. Since 1973, they've released 19 albums, all of which 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 writes 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 Eddie Van Halen plays guitar, sings at a really high pitch, and plays keyboards all at the same time. If you want to understand what multitasking is, watch this man. He is absolutely insane, especially when he does bass fills. I've never heard such complicated bass riffs in my life when it comes to this guy.

Alex Lifeson is an absolute monster on the guitar. He plays odd chords that sound amazing while making complex riffs at the same time. He is one of the most underrated guitarists of all time. I don't ever see him on any top 10 or top 20 lists. He can play many different styles, which he puts into the songs we know today as "Rush songs."

Rush is just one of those bands who deserve to be in the top 10 because they are just amazing. They make amazing songs, all of which are so complex that it makes you enjoy them more! Listen to "YYZ" (they made it based on the Morse code of their private airplane), "La Villa Strangiato,"... more

13 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk/punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar). Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some of their influences include The Ramones, Sex Pistols, NOFX, and Bad Religion. They are best known for their... read more

Nothing compares to "Jesus of Suburbia"! It's like their songs are for everybody. Every audience that sings back their songs is not just reflecting what Green Day is saying with that song, but also reflecting their lives being in that song. Billie Joe is an amazing performer, musician, songwriter, and singer. Mike is an awesome, underrated bassist (with the best bass lines in history), and Tre' Cool is the most badass, funny, pure energy, and great rock and roll drummer (with awesome drum solos). Their lineup is the best.

I love Green Day! They're absolutely amazing! They've changed the way I think, react, and even live!

I first heard "Holiday" when I was 4 years old, playing 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 quite young to be listening to their music, I had to wait a while before I could fully embrace my love for them. But they've truly changed my life. They've been there when I needed someone, when I needed help. Through their music, they've taught me so many invaluable lessons. I don't know where or who I would be without them.

Billie Joe is smart, funny, and an amazing singer and guitarist. He really expresses what he believes through his songs.

Mike is the best bassist in all of history. The way he moves his fingers completely captivates my soul.

As for Tre - oh, Tre - what can one say about him? He's the quirkiest guy around and can really pound those drums.

There's so much more I could say about them, but if you've read this far, you're probably reaching the end of your patience. I wish I could tell them how much I love and appreciate them, but my feelings are so strong that I can't quite put them into words. Green Day is most definitely one of the best bands in punk rock history.

To: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool: Thanks.

14 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian Smith, and drummer Nicko McBrain. Smith left the band in 1989 and was replaced by Janick Gers... read more

I thought this list was about the best rock bands ever, but when I saw the first spot, I see no reason why Iron Maiden should not be in the top ten. Listen to their songs "Flight of Icarus," "Wasted Years," and, of course, their classics like "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "The Trooper." The vocals can't be called anything other than flawless. Even their newer songs like "Rainmaker," etc., are really, really good. Everyone should understand this: if Iron Maiden had given more gaps between the classic albums they released in succession (1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988) and promoted them with some mainstream media support, they would have sold more, much more albums than all the bands mentioned above Maiden in this list.

Maiden is one of the very few bands that could last for over 30 years and still have the same image as when they first came out, and still be writing, making, and playing as well as ever before. Their recent album releases rival the all-around greatness of their first couple of breakthrough masterpiece albums, and they show no sign of slowing down. When you have one of the greatest and most influential bassists, drummers, vocalists, and three of the greatest guitarists in metal, Iron Maiden is the only thing that can come from it.

Their greatness cannot be overstated, and I believe they should have been in the top three, along with Zeppelin and Metallica.

15 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American alternative rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The current members include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ), and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park is associated with a mixture of alternative rock, hip hop, and techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones,... read more

They've brought to the world an all-new genre. It's 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. It lives always somewhere within, somewhere very deep.

They can't be beat. They change their music and 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.

Linkin Park has done such great things for music that are too hard to describe. Their style is so unique that you really can't pinpoint the specific rock genre that they're in, even though they are technically nu metal and alternative. Each member has their own individual talents that, when brought together with the rest of the band, turns into an amazing sound. They are also one of the bands that don't do it for the money, but just for the love of rock and making music that everybody loves to listen to. There's at least one song a person will like by them, even if you do hate them, there is a song out there for you by them. They have inspired so many, especially me, into keeping rock alive and to keep rocking, as they've been for over 10 years, and will be until they're old and gray. Linkin Park for life.

16 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983.

The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.

The band is among the most well-known funk bands in music history with albums like "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and "Californification"... read more

If I hadn't been into Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP), I'd be dead right now. They're a band so outrageously funky, so beautifully melodic, and so unbelievably skilled that I can't believe they aren't at least in the top ten! Even looking at it from a commercial standpoint, they deserve it. Having been around for longer than most of the bands in front of them (a whopping 40 years), RHCP have been nominated for 19 Grammys (they won 6), have had the most number one singles, top ten hits, and cumulative weeks at #1 in rock history, and have sold over 120 million records. They're so big that back in 1995 when One Hot Minute came out and sold 2 million records, it was considered a failure! And that was before Californication! But their music itself - least of all the big hits - means everything to me. They inspired me to pick up a guitar. They changed my life. They've made me cry, made me laugh, made the most depressing days better, and the best days more solemn. People write them off as immature and uninspired. Nothing could be further from the truth.

17 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

How is Aerosmith ranked below Linkin Park, Nirvana, and all those other bands that were inspired by Aerosmith? Aerosmith has already proven that they are one of the best bands ever. They visited Japan during its worst times in 2011 after the earthquake and performed for the people. They've sold 168 million albums in 40 years and have countless hits. They've even covered songs by the Beatles, the Doors, and other bands, making the original songs seem insignificant.

Admit it - Steven Tyler is the best rock band singer, or possibly just the best 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 thunder unlike any other drummer. He can drum so fast that the strobe lights can't even catch him!

Aerosmith has filled so many arenas over the years. There was once so many people that the arena was packed, and the streets surrounding it were crowded with people who wanted to hear them. Their shows are amazing, and I'd love to see one myself. These electrifying shows get the crowd revved up. Aerosmith should have their own genre name because they're so great. Aerosmith will continue to rock until they hit their death beds. A true great rock band never stops rocking.

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

Jimi Hendrix is known to many as the best guitarist in the world. I wasn't born anywhere near the time when he performed or died, but the few songs of his that I do know sound like good hard rock to me. I'm sure Jimi Hendrix could have produced more hits like "Voodoo Child" and "All Along the Watchtower" to invigorate today's generation.

I love the experience, have 2 of their CDs, 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 backup band, and it wasn't always this. They are the best of his bands, but he had Band of Gypsies and a couple of other groups at different times. This is why groups like David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars aren't on the list because the band isn't noticed; the legend is. And what a super legend Hendrix is! He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and The Rolling Stones' best guitarist ever.

19 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery,... read more

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 stand 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.

Sorry, ridiculous list. U2 at 19, 20? The only band to win the Grammy for Album of the Year twice. Record number of Grammy wins. The biggest band in the world for four decades. Hugely influential in musical style - POP, Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree setting the scene for following music for years to come. All this list shows is how little the internet "music fans" actually know about music. Ask anybody actually working in the music industry who the best Rock Band of all time is, and you'll get a totally different list. U2 below Green Day, Iron Maiden, Rush, Aerosmith, etc.? You're having a laugh. Ask anybody with even an ounce of music knowledge to name 10 songs from memory from any other band on this list, and I'd bet good money they can't.

20 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

If anyone doesn't vote for Radiohead, it's only because they haven't had the opportunity to listen to their music. I've always been a "Radiohead," and as a result, I've listened to a very wide range of music throughout my years. To be really general, I'd categorize my taste in music as 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 is 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 at the moment (keep in mind, Radiohead can only exacerbate how strongly I feel about this claim as time goes on). I don't believe that the word "genius" is actually a word that can be attributed to any human being; we're all geniuses in one way or another, but colloquially speaking, Radiohead is genius. They're not Beethovens of the 21st century. Also, they are not the Beatles of the 21st century. They're better. They're more evolved, sensitive, and thoughtful. It wouldn't make sense to compare a humanoid of the 22nd century to a caveman of the Paleolithic Era, just as it doesn't make sense to compare Radiohead to anything that has existed in the past.

I'm convinced that, with some time (and a few more albums), there will be a widely accepted acknowledgment that Radiohead has been the greatest band that life as we know it has ever been graced with. Not to be vain, but I'm convinced that my opinion should be regarded as earnest. And if you happen to disagree with my opinion, that's fine, just please stay out of my life until you've managed to come around. I understand that it takes time for some people to understand certain things themselves.

21 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

There will never be another Jim Morrison. Jim paved the way for live concerts to come alive, for the audience to really come for a spectacle and witness art. First and foremost, Jim was a scholarly poet, singing and writing timeless classics, but then backed up by Ray, Robby, and John. These four were masterminds. They had film and literary backgrounds and were one of the smartest bands to date. These guys really were in sync when it came down to music. I've never heard a more consistent discography from any band, although there are only six albums (with Jim) by them, every song is a masterpiece. The Doors really turned the music scene on its back, true musicianship, and definitely top three.

What? So many mediocre bands are ranked ahead of these legends. I can name a few bands that have no business being near the top 10: Bullet for My Valentine, My Chemical Romance, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Evanescence, System of a Down, Muse, Green Day. All of these are above The Doors? The Doors are at #46! You've got to be kidding me! This is why I sometimes can't stand my own generation. They have no sense of history or interest in doing cool and fun stuff.

The Doors personified the rock and roll lifestyle: sex, drugs, and partying. People with no musical understanding vote for these safe, soulless bands that lack depth, creativity, and talent. This list already dismayed me with The Beatles not being number 1 and Jimi Hendrix being ranked around 30. Meanwhile, Linkin Park and Green Day are in the top 10, while The Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden are not. This just shows the ignorance in people's understanding of rock and roll. But to place The Doors at 46 is simply moronic. Move The Doors up, for the love of music, please!

22 Van Halen Van Halen was an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Really, twenty-four? How, just tell me how. Van Halen deserves to be higher, at least in the top ten. They were the first band to combine heavy metal with hard rock and truly produce their own sound. If their first album was their only album, they would still be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's one name for you... Eddie Van Halen. Him alone is one reason why they should be higher. Eddie is arguably the best guitarist in history. Just listen to Eruption sometime or even Runnin' With the Devil, Panama, Mean Street, or Light Up the Sky. 1984 is an album that not only changed rock history but also pop music with its synth and songs like I'll Wait, Jump, and even the instrumental piece 1984. Just tell me why they aren't number one.

Van Halen is one of the greatest, most iconic American rock bands. They're the only 80s hair metal band (with the exception of Guns N' Roses) that actually had the talent and songwriting skills to back up their egos. They are instantly recognizable. Eddie was a pioneer of shredding and had a unique tone that was impossible to match (he had a melodic shredding technique that no modern rock band has been able to mimic, with the exception of maybe Tremonti). Alex and Michael had an awesome, heavy, rocking rhythm section (which helped contribute to their relaxed but heavy sound). And David Lee Roth's (and later Hagar's) voice helped tie everything together to create the greatest party music of all time (nothing new can touch it). Van Halen needs to be up there with Aerosmith, Metallica, and the Eagles as one of the best American rock bands ever.

23 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American alternative rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate Mendel (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums, backing vocals), Chris Shiflett (lead guitar,... read more

Dave Grohl is an inspiration. He can play any instrument he wants and has a voice from heaven. The man was in two of the greatest bands on the planet, and that must count for something. Oh, and Taylor Hawkins is a badass on the drums. I wouldn't doubt it if he was actually almost better than Dave. Dave is the best drummer ever to live, other than John Bonham. Kurt could have been biased when he said he was the best drummer ever, but I'll take his word.

Foo Fighters kick ass. They have won 6 Grammys and are nominated for 6 more in 2011 for the album Wasting Light. Dave Grohl is a genius. He made the entire first album by himself. He's so passionate about his music, and he's a good dad. He doesn't do any drugs. I went to the Wells Fargo Center in Philly to see them, and they were great. They played for 3 hours, plus Dave's guitar tech even got me a flyer signed and a guitar pick from Dave Grohl. Nicest people ever, totally down to earth.

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

The band is one of the most well-known bands of its genre and is associated with its electronic sounds in... read more

I'm a 16-year-old kid, so obviously, I am going to pick a modern rock group. But you must understand that I grew up with rock. All my life, I've loved Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. I can gladly say my second favorite song is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and my third favorite is "Comfortably Numb." But my all-time favorite song is "Failure" by Breaking Benjamin. They have a sound that is so modern and melodic that I can feel the emotion their music brings. If you haven't heard Breaking Benjamin, you should. Start with "The Diary of Jane" and move on from there.

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!

25 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums).

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Drums), their most notable drummer, passed away in 2009, being temporarily replaced by Mike Portnoy, who was replaced... read more

Um, why is Linkin Park ahead of A7X? They had two 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. Thirty Seconds to Mars is trash, Tokio Hotel is trash, and Linkin Park should be off this list. A7X foREVer.

This band is amazing! Their music is crazy and has a "scary" and intimidating beat to it. They're all loyal band members since 2001. Everything about them is very unique. I think this band should be at least number six. They came up with their names, write their own songs, and play their own instruments. Some of their songs have also helped me through tough times. They have one of the most incredible guitarists of all time. Avenged Sevenfold is a great band! They're real and have a lot of good songs. Sure, most aren't at the top, but they still got it.

Avenged Sevenfold foREVer.

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