Best Rock Bands of All Time

This awe-inspiring genre, born in the American South during the 1950s, has captivated listeners across the globe for over half a century. What began as a blend of rhythm and blues, country, and gospel soon exploded into a multitude of sub-genres that have shaped the soundscape of modern music. From the raw energy of rock and roll and the earth-shattering power of hard rock to the rebellious spirit of punk and the unyielding force of metal, the world of rock has left an indelible mark on our collective psyche.

Embark on a sonic journey as we pay tribute to the trailblazing artists and timeless anthems that have defined generations. This top ten list is an electrifying fusion of unforgettable tracks, with each song bearing the unmistakable essence of rock while representing its diverse sub-genres. This celebration of the finest rock music transcends boundaries, uniting bands that have defied convention and revolutionized the industry.

So brace yourself for a whirlwind ride through the annals of rock history, and prepare to be exhilarated, moved, and inspired by the top ten rock songs of all time. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual listener, this list is guaranteed to awaken the rocker within you.
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. Page states it was Keith Moon of The Who that claimed the band could only go down, like a lead balloon -- thus prompting the iconic name of Led Zeppelin. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors more.

As song writers, Zeppelin may have not 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 members' virtuosity and ability to improvise, was well beyond all but the likes of Frank Zappa or Mahavisnu 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 song writers, The Stones were more danceable, but there really can be no question that Zep was the overall greatest rock band of all time.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham... Led Zeppelin; four individuals from differing backgrounds with diverse personalities and creativity came together composing, producing, and performing music without limits.

They are legendary and formed the backbone of what "hard rock" is defined as today. Jimmy Page was and still is the heart and soul of Led Zeppelin. They deserve their rightful place as the number one rock band of all time.

People call Led Zeppelin thieves, and whatever else they feel like calling the greatest band of all time just for the sake of saying it. But truthfully, it was made from the four greatest musicians in their respective areas, with songs all the way from the grit of Whole Lotta Love to the passion and melody of Stairway to Heaven and the reggae-style groove of D'yer Mak'er (super underrated song by the way). They did everything and more to get to the legend status they have now and they bloody well deserve it.

Led Zeppelin, the true Hard Rock originals placed at No.2! Sort of pains me. It should be in number 1 slot. And Metallica doesn't deserve that number 1 position. I have heard Queen, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, The Who, Beatles, AC/DC, Metallica but none have that understated elegance in Rock Music, perfect tunes, great guitar riffs, fantastic drums and of-course the lyrics. I have been a fan of all above mentioned Rock Bands at various times but finally getting hold of many Led Zeppelin albums made me an honest fan of them. Also at times I feel embarrassed that all these years I had been listening to average to run-of-the-mill rock songs (my Pre-Led Zeppelin years).

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 rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. more.

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

For those that lived through the 60's there was not anything that affected our society more than them. While later generations grew up with their own music it is impossible for them to fully appreciate the magnitude of change and contributions The Bealtes made.

I've heard the Beatles multiple times, heard other people play covers, and seen that they are considered the "best rock band in the world" by the internet and many many others. But in my opinion, I think that's unaccurate as hell. The Beatles suck! For example, their song, "lucy in the sky with diamonds". I can admit, yes, their lyrics to that song are unique, just like almost every other song they played, but being considered the best rock band in the world because of it? I disagree completely. There are other bands like queen, ac/dc and much more who actually deserve to be considered better than this crappy band.

How are The Beatles not nº1 ?
This is beyond debate, there will never be a musical artist/group as important or revolutionary in our lifetime.
All of the other bands on the list owe something to The Beatles.

3 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 stage and recording techniques. He then joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was also recruited to complete the line-up. more.

I find that freddie mercury a so good vocal have and that no men of the wide universe where we live not other creature can sing so as freddie mercury!

And the different styles that freddie mercury can do in different songs is
Not possible!

Queen reinvented music. There is no other way to put it. They changed what you can do with a rock song and created an anthem, a ballad and a statement in one six-minute song. Not to mention, John Deacon was incredible at bass, Roger Taylor was insane, Brian May will go down as a guitar god and Freddie Mercury... his voice gives me goosebumps. They will never be forgotten, truly.

QUEEN is the greatest band on the planet Ever! Now and forever, QUEEN RULES!
They're the only band whose members all wrote Number One hits!
Their live performances are legendary! I've seen every top act live, none of which were even memorable. Yet Queen, Through the T.V., (as I wasn't lucky enough to see them live), BLEW ME AWAY! I've been addicted ever since!
With 42 different genres, they're the most versatile, most innovative, most phenomenal band ever to grace the Earth! They could do Anything! Rock, love songs, opera, thrash, ballads, and so much more. Their harmonies are extraordinary!
QUEEN is the Most awesome band ever! No competition! I LOVE them with all my heart, mind, and soul, and will till my dying breath.
RIP... FREDDIE... The most stunningly magical performer EVER!

While I LOVE The Beatles, LedZep, and (sort of) Metallica, Queen is unquestionably the best live performer on this list, and possibly ever. I was blessed with tickets to Live Aid in '85, and there has yet to be a musical performance I have seen (and I've been to more rock concerts than I can count) that matches the heavenly sound produced there. In the studio, they still maintain the talent to hang with the best of them. Brian was the guy who walked in, read the music, played it amazingly (with a bit of improv here and there, almost all of which was kept), and then hung with Freddie outside the recording room. Freddie was the guy who insisted that he had assistants with notepads on hand at all times, in case inspiration for a song struck. Bohemian Rhapsody was written in one night, Who Wants to Live Forever was written when he was driving back from being diagnosed with AIDS, etc. Roger was one of the "coolest dudes" in the group (he wore Ozzy O-style glasses before Ozzy), often ...more

4 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. more.

I honestly think Pink Floyd should be at number one. The combination of Waters' concepts and lyrics and Gilmour's guitar/vocals (as well as the fine musicianship of Rick Wright and Nick Mason) produced a force that generates Pink Floyd addicts to this very day.

I recently saw someone write, "Pink Floyd has never written a bad song. There may be a weak song, or a song that requires thought to understand, but never a bad song." I agree with this 100%. This is one of the few bands that has never released a 'filler' album.

Pink Floyd being so low down is a disgrace to music. This band's been there right through the ages where there was no MTV, no internet publicity and still 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 were way ahead of their age, maybe of this age too. Water's concepts and lyrics, Gilmour's musical experimentation, Mason's technicality, all held together be 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!

Pink Floyd created some of the best music ever, better than most of the bands that are ranked higher than them. They changed music with the synthesizers and effects on the guitar, it was music no one had ever heard before. Waters without a doubt is the best musician of all time. Look at The Wall for example. It was done completely based on most of his life story. I think it is pure genius, with the lyrics, the music itself, and in some cases the live performances. Also, let's not forget Gilmour who has written some really great riffs and solos. The solo for Comfortably Numb can be ranked number 1 on the greatest solos of all time. That's how good it is and it goes along so well with the song itself. The song is really dark, so is the solo. And, Richard Wrights work on the keyboard and organ contribute to how the music is so divine. It can make the music sound very pleasant and sweet or dark, deep, even scary/horrifying. Mason being the drummer that he is. Is he the best? Probably not, ...more

The ultimate podium of rock bands will always be Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. Queen at no.4 is absurd. Obviously Queen are a great band and have good songs, but they just don't have a discography. They are a singles-band, and that doesn't mean a great band. They don't have an evolution of concept albums, that, when combined together, create an immortal legacy that influenced thousands of other bands, like Beatles, Zeppelin and Floyd.
Pink Floyd are simply the greatest. They knew what they were doing. It takes special people to write the albums "Dark Side of the Moon", "Wish you were here", "Animals" and "The Wall". Listen and feel their minds.
Their musical knowledge is far richer than other bands on the 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".

With their first two albums, Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning reaching underground success, their third effort, Master of Puppets has since become one of the most important heavy metal albums ever, as it became the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum. The title track has since become the band's most played song live. more.

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 an amazing energy in every single one of their songs, one can really feel the emotion they put in their songs 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.

Metallica opened my world. Metallica opened my eyes. Metallica opened my ears.

Metallica released my soul. Metallica are the best metal band that will be playing in the whole universe. Great performers!
In fact... I listen nothing else matters now!

Metallica came out with a album ( Kill em all ) with a style and crunch no band had at the time, also in Co-made with dave mustaine on 3 songs. Ride the lightning, Master of puppets,... And justice for all and Black album. 5 classic albums, And all the songs on those records was great, and some of them even greater! In a historical standpoint, they deserve what they had coming. And today they deserve a reward for keep on going strong, with james broken voice, that kinda get worse! And they have made more then a impression since everyone has a open heart to them still. So many changes, so many heart broken! No one in the world have more trusted die hard fans!

Don't respect Beatles. They were just untalented young men that created just simple but extremely boring tracks. Not to talk about Paul McCartney. Really bad vocalist. Hey Jude and yesterday proved that he had never taken singing lessons. Should have heard and learnt from Elvis Presley.
And Metallica was just great. I mean, can anyone think of that solo in thing that should not be. No guitarist in the world could have created that awesome solo. Listen to while my guitar and solo how badly that was played.
Metallica's career is just 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 Stones Magazine’s best songs of all time list). The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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 in this list. 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", "Ride The Lightening". That is IT. The Rolling Stones have made like forty which are all decent and most of them are brilliant.

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

About twenty of the top thirty should be t
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! 47th Black Sabbath are.
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 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, is "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band. " The Rolling Stones is well into its fifth decade performing together as a group. They are the longest lived, continuous performing band in the history of music. From the band's early British beginnings through the present, The Rolling Stones has continued to adapt its music to the sounds and styles of the past five decades, to remain ever visible and popular in the eyes of the world.

The best rock band of all time is The Rolling Stones, no doubt. When you listen to them you can hear how their songs sound like something else from the newer generations because every rock band have taken inspiration from them. Led Zeppelin is number 1 on this list and that's wrong. The most successful HARD rock band is Led Zeppelin, but it's not the best rock band, so if you are wise, don't vote Metallica or Led Zeppelin, and especially not something like Linkin Park. My favorite rock band is Cream, but I had to vote Rolling Stones because they deserve to be #1 and everything else is a crime.

I think The Rolling Stones are often overshadowed by The Beatles, and let's be honest, they made some bad albums later on. But at their peak, which for me would be '68 - '73, they could do no wrong. STICKY FINGERS is one of my favorite albums, thanks in part to Mick Taylor for his great guitar work. But Keith Richards shouldn't be forgotten, "Can't You Hear Me Knockin" come on! And as much as we like to make fun of Mick, you hear him sing "Moonlight Mile" or "Wild Horses," it's very soulful. Even when "Satisfaction" comes on, it gets me hyped. And definitely give them credit for still rocking out after so many years.

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.

Everybody says that AC/DC songs sound the same. There is an entirely valid reason for this staple of Australian pub rock to not change their formula through the years. After the death of their frontman, Bon Scott, they decided to keep his dream going, rather than break up because of the grief, like Led Zeppelin did that very same year (No hate on Led Zeppelin). They didn't change for the sake of keeping him alive in a way, and if they changed their style like Linkin Park did after the death of Chester, then Bon's remembrance would have disappeared. These guys are awesome.

AC/DC's dubious 6th place on this list is a clear indication of the ignorance the current generation of iTunes only kids who think Linkin Park is vintage and 30 seconds to Mars is bad-a$$. Pick up a vinyl record or even a compact disk, if you know what that means and listen to some real rock music and then come back to this list and make an educated decision. In what sane universe does Jared Leto wearing far too much eye make up 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 ...more

My absolute favorite band! Forget talking about Back in Black and Highway to Hell! Shot Down in Flames, Touch too Much, High Voltage, Ride On, Hells Bells, Hard as a Rock, Moneytalks, Are You Ready, The Razors Edge, Sin City, Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, If you want Blood (you've got it), For Those about to Rock (We Salute You), and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap are all songs by AC/DC that are without a doubt some of the best rock songs of all time. Angus Young is just amazing, and Bon Scott and Brian Johnson both have voices that fit perfectly. No matter what, there are more legendary songs by AC/DC than any other band on this list. Even their newer albums sound amazing. Not to mention the amazing Thunder chant on Thunderstruck during live performances! And Angus just creates a spectacle with all of his head bopping, running around the stage like a maniac, the guitar spasms, and the duck walk all for the fans amusement. What a great band all the way around. No matter how many ...more

They are absolutely the best in the heavy metal subcategory. They are so much deeper than anyone there is and I'm sorry to say there will be. Not one band has such legendary squad - world class in every position - solo, lead, bass, drums and of course vocal - Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. Angus Young is undoubtedly the best guitar player to ever live. Not any band has lyrics of songs that they do. Rebellious and conscientiously honest in their view of life, society and fun.

As far as wider hard rock category, I'd say they share number one spot with Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The Beatles I'm sorry to say trails. Metallica is not even top ten. What are they talking about? Accept, Iron Maiden are definitely higher than Metallica.

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). more.

Who the heck is tokio hotel? Why isn't nirvana in the top ten? They changed music forever! How is a band like Ah-ha or X Japan ahead of nirvana! I've never even heard of them! Nirvana should of cracked the top ten at least! This list is rigged! Metallica number 1? They're a really good band but number one maybe a bit much. I think the beatles should've made it number 1

My favorite band. So amazing, deserve to be at least top 5. Teen Spirit sucks but they have released some of the greatest music of our time. Kurt Cobain was the greatest rock frontman ever. RIP :(

I wouldn't say Nirvana should be number 1 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 ...more

The best way to know how amazing your band is, is by seeing how much you have influenced others. Bands and fans. That is why Nirvana is so important! Every single alternative rock band or any of its subgenres took cues from Nirvana. You hear all these bands and you hear that Nirvana influenced them. The punk energy, the angry nihilistic lyrics, the garage style production etc. And the fans truly connected either it. Nirvana created a generation of teenagers and young adults that set forth to fight the establishment and learn that it's ok to be messed up because there were 3 guys just as messed up like you. Like Kurt Cobain, Nirvana WILL live on forever!

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 (album), and A Quick One, While He's Away (song). more.

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 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, 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!

They are still a legend today with amazing songs that are still listened to and enjoyed by all ages. They explored so many different styles, and likewise Pete's guitar work was like no other, though he, due to the style of their music, was not able to show off like some others of his time, wasn't able to hold ten minute solos he still accomplished wonderful riffs and great beats that had the perfect balance of simplicity and complexity. Likewise he was the first person to smash a guitar, something that many other great guitarists have done on stage, that trend was set by Pete, and he and Roger just closed the Olympics, how's that for longevity.

This band has been around since the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and is definitely a major force in rock.

From classics such as Baba O'Reily, Won't Get Fooled again, My Generation, Magic Bus, My Wife... The list can go on! Besides that they have made two rock operas (Tommy and Quadrophenia) which are masterpieces on their own.

Also, the members of the band are LEGENDS. Pete Townshend, one of rock's greatest guitarist and composer of the majority of their songs? Roger Daltrey, who is known for his soulful voice that is still wailing during their concerts? Keith Moon, the Moon on the Loon, a drummer who was ahead of his time? And even John Entwistle, arguably the greatest bass player EVER?

They were (and still are) revolutionaries in music, so they deserve a higher spot. You won't regret it.

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 Kieth Moon? The bass of Entwistle and the See Me Feel Me voice of Daltery. 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 peek back then. Oh and those jump suits 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 Kieth and John!

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. more.

Ever since I've 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 planet you could never recreate. The way Axl's voice slithers from the microphone makes 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 song writing is quite honestly amazing and 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 that changed my life forever and I can never thank them enough for that. Thanks guys.

No one quite has the range that Guns N' Roses had. Sure, they're most known for being the original bad boys of rock with riots and no shows peppering their tours. But 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 anywhere from acoustic to hand banging hard rock. Add to that Axl Roses being one of, if not, the most entertaining lead (next to maybe Fredie 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 both emotional charged, complex, and at times, range-inducing, then no one can touch Guns.

Guns N'Roses are the greatest Rock N'Roll band of all time for 10 reasons-

1. They are made up of the Greatest Vocalist of all time, two of the greatest guitarists of all time, the best bass player in the world and the most awesome drummer ever. And when these five men played together, the earth stopped moving and everyone stared in awe.
2. Their songs are awesome.
3. Every song they sing/play is genius.
4. They changed the Rock N' Roll industry forever.
5. You can listen to their songs over and over again without wanting to stop.
6. Anyone who listens to them instantly becomes a fan.
7. Their music is addicting to listen to.
8. They can change people's lives with their music (they changed mine).
10. Axl Rose is fit.

This band is a rock legend they made music that you can understand and it understands you, their songs have this meaning that everyone will find different along their own path of life. This band of corse had its ups and downs, and yes not all of their songs will be to your liking but I am 100 % sure that you will be hooked on them after you listen closely and after you collaborate, you will get attached fast enough. And come on they clearly win some points for having the best guitarist of all time, SLUSH! I mean did you not hear him play, not to mention his absolute cool hair and hat!

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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 2 albums before leaving in 1983, only for Osbourne to return in 1992. more.

The list system on this site provides the same dilemma as the the MLB all-star game. People who know nothing about music are free to vote for their pop bands like 30 Seconds to Mars and have their votes drag down great bands like Sabbath.

But Sabbath isn't just a great band. They CREATED metal. Paranoid was one of the most influential metal albums of all time. Songs off of that album (and their self-titled effort) like War Pigs, Iron Man, and Paranoid laid the foundation for metal music. As much as I love Iron Maiden, Sabbath played a much more important role in creating metal. Ever since metal was forged in the early 70s, its bands have been following Sabbath's model.

Zeppelin is number one (a spot that they definitely deserve). The Beatles are number 2 (They were the original "band. " I completely agree with this). Other than the Stones and the Who, really no other rock band can touch Sabbath. Because, if you erased Black Sabbath from history, bands like Maiden, Priest ...more

Black sabbath should definitely be at the top. Had it not been for black sabbath there would be no avenged sevenfold or Green Day or the red hot chili peppers or nirvana. Black sabbath influenced both metal and punk bands like black flag, the Melvin's, pantera etc. that went on to influence rhcp, avenged sevenfold, Green Day, and nirvana. The misfits should definitely 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.

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/Led Zeppelin. You can argue which should be #1 & #2 between them, but there's no argument about them holding the top two spots. Plant/Page/Jones/Bonham were a force which had never been seen before or since. Osborne/Iommi/Butler/Ward arguably invented heavy metal. Any guitar riff you've heard since, was most likely originally done by Tony Iommi. And as an aside, anyone who voted for Nirvana on this list is a fool, Grunge, & those who promoted it, were the reason for Rock's downfall, & why (C)Rap is now more popular for the first time in history.

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 defunct. The band has become one of the most well-known progressive rock bands in the world, with such albums as "2112", "Hemispheres" and "Moving Pictures". More than half of their albums have gone gold or platinum, as certified by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America).

Simply the best band ever. 3 guys who make a lot of noise and technically gifted musicians. Absolutely incredible and the most talented band ever. Best drummer of all time, one of the best bassist and keyboardists of all time, one of the best guitarists of all time. Phenomenal band RUSH!

Okay. I bet half the people here voted for bands they've heard of or because of a song they heard by a band. Seriously, listen to Rush. They've been around since 1973 and have always been a 3 piece band. Since 1973, they've released 19 albums, all are Gold or higher. Every album has at least one or two hits that most people recognize. They started out with hard rock then moved to progressive, and that change was amazing. With Neil Peart smacking the drums and writing science fiction-like vocals, Geddy Lee slapping the bass, hitting those extremely high notes and playing the keyboards and Alex Lifeson shredding on guitar, the music doesn't get better than that.

Neil Peart is an amazing drummer. There's not one beat that he can't keep. He uses every piece of his drum kit to make music and his arms and legs always seem to be moving. Aside from that, he makes most of the lyrics for the band. You can thank him for that.

Geddy Lee is like a one man band. He plays bass like ...more

Rush are simply the greatest band of all time. Neil Peart, one of (if not the most) technically gifted drummers of all time, as well as one of the most intelligent lyricists of all time. Geddy Lee, how he performs those insane bass lines whilst singing and playing the keyboards (whilst simultaneously uses synth pedals) all at the same time is beyond me. He's superhuman! And Alex Lifeson! One of the most diverse guitarists on this planet. I've never heard anyone play as many different styles as easily as he makes it look.

Not only are all 3 members insanely technically gifted, they have also created songs in every major genre of music in the past 40 years they have been around: Prog, Metal, Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz Fusion, Reggae, Pop, Grunge, Hip Hop, Nu Metal, New Wave, Stadium Rock, the list goes on. And no band have been able to change genre so seamlessly without "selling out". Neil Peart even plays a form of Dubstep on the new tour! That's how in touch they are with music. ...more

It's really inexcusable that Rush is this low on the list. It still intrigues me to this day that a band with only three members can produce songs and albums with music that is so diverse and so full of different musical elements going on at once. Go listen to The Spirit of Radio, La Villa Strangiato, or Subdivisions, and tell me that this band does not put 100 % effort into creating music that is creative and different from album to album. That alone, that Rush can continually redefine themselves from album to album, and still kick ass, is enough to put them higher in that respect. Lifeson and Lee compliment each other great on the guitar and the bass, and Peart's complex drumming rhythms keep the listener guessing as to where the song is going next.

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 songs like ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’, ‘Basket Case’ and their ‘American Idiot’ & ‘Dookie’ albums. American Idiot sold 6 million copies in the U.S. and won a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album". Green Day have sold over 75 million records worldwide and have won 5 Grammy Awards. They more.

Nothing compares to the "Jesus Of Suburbia"! Its like their songs are for everybody, every audience that sings back their songs is not just reflecting what Green Day are saying with that song.. It is also.. Reflecting their lives being in that song.. Billie Joe is an amazing performer, musician, song-writer and singer, Mike is awesome underrated bassist ( with the best bass lines in history ) and Tre' Cool is the most bad ass, funny, pure energy, and great Rock and Roll drummer ( with awesome drum solos )... Their line up is the best

Green Day was my favourite band for years. They got me into rock music in the first place at the age of 10 or 11 after watching their musical, and for that I will always be thankful. While I have moved on from the rebellious spirit of punk rock, it was still their influence that led me (haha, a pun) to get into blues-rock and hard-rock bands the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Incredible guys with incredible talent.

I love Green Day! They're absolutely amazing! They changed how I think, how I react, how I even live!

I heard "Holiday" when I was 4 on the radio. I remember asking my older brother: "What's the name of that song and who sings it? ". My brother looked at me and said: "It's called Holiday and it's by Green Day. " Since I was kinda young to be listening to their music, I had to wait a while until I could properly introduce my love for them. They've changed my life somehow. They've been there when I needed someone... When I needed help... Through their music, they've taught me so many things. I don't know where I would be without them; I don't know WHO I would be without them.

Billie Joe's smart, funny and an amazing singer and guitarist. He really shows what he believes through his songs.

Mike's the best bassist in all of history. He can move his fingers in a way that completely captivates my soul.

And Tre... Oh Tre. What can you say about him? He the ...more

When one mentions punk rock, one must mention Green Day. For over 25 years, they have declared and proved themselves to be one of the most influential music legends of our generation. It has revolutionized the meaning of good music - the band is as strong as it is diverse, with amazing drums, incomparable bass lines, all supported by possibly the most talented and energetic live singer of our time. They are nothing short of pure talent, and they have a whole slew of songs to defend their worthy title as kings of the punk rock landscape - Basket Case, Longview, Welcome to Paradise, and their anti-political phenomena of American Idiot as a whole. Few bands, if ever, will ever come close to topping the standards that Green Day has set.

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. But returned in 1999, and now the band has three guitar players. more.

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 3 of the greatest guitarists in metal, Iron Maiden is the only thing that can come from it.

Their greatness can not be overstated, and I believe they should have been in the top 3, along with Zeppelin and Metallica.

Journey, Avenged Sevenfold, and Xjapan in the top 10 best bands of all time? What a sad and horrible list. Iron Maiden is the best metal band ever. They should be in the top 10 at least. Yes, they are even better than metallica. When they first started off in 1980, their music was just as good as metallica and probably even better. The difference between the two bands started showing with the later albums. Metallica kept on going downhill with load, reload, etc... They then finally died releasing the abomination called St Anger. Maiden never went to much downhill with their new albums which were always good and never bad or horrible. that's why their superior.

Together for about 30 years. Not one bad album. Everyone has something to offer even the less popular ones.
Virtual XI, has some of the most unique songs from the band though they don't get much recognition because people are to blind to see past the lead singer changing. (And Steve Harris writes most of the songs so the quality of their work has no reason to decrease).
X Factor has one of my personal favorites, Man on the Edge and other darker styled songs.
No Prayer for the Dying has some really nice slower songs like No Prayer for the Dying, and then some darker songs like Mother Russia and Run Silent Run Deep. There is even a real radio friendly song, Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter.
Fear of the Dark, my least favorite album, has some of their best songs, Fear of the Dark, Afraid to shoot strangers, and Judas my Guide
Killers and Iron Maiden have some of the catchiest riffs I have heard in any song.
Then you look at the bands list of ...more

Linkin Park Sucks, not as bad as jonas bros and one direction but still.

Green Day And Red Hot Chili Peppers are decent bands, but they don't even have the same legacy and level as some bands.

Metallica is good but no.5? that's blasphemy

Guns N' Roses and Nirvana isn't even that influential. Although they are good bands that get the recognition they deserve,They are NOT top 10 material. (Nirvana is a little overrated to be honest)

U2 is overrated.

All of these bands I mentioned don't even compare to IRON MAIDEN.

Maiden, Sabbath, The Doors, Ramones,Judas Priest, Motorhead, Radiohead, and Jimi Hendrix should be higher.

15 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative Rock, Hip Hop and Techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Roots and Aphex Twin. more.

They've brought to the world an all new Genre. Its called, Linkin Park. The combination of Chester (Amazing voice) and Mike Shinoda (Rap) is just insane. They're awesome. No one can match chester's voice when it comes to shouting like that and yet find it so pleasing. Linkin Park forever. They've produced music that no one can ever forget. Lives always somewhere within. Somewhere very deep.

They can't be beat they change their music they have so many hit songs they are in TRANSFORMERS. They have the most views of any rock band on youtube

New divide, what I've done, crawling, in the end, numb, faint, breaking the habit and so many more hit songs. THEY ARE SIMPLY THE BEST

Linkin Park have 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 grey. Linkin Park for life.

This may not make sense but while they are extremely popular, the quality of their music remains underrated. Not only are they one of the most innovative and diverse bands of all time but they are good at almost everything they experiment with. For those that say Linkin Park has fallen off, they haven't listened to Living Things enough (filled with amazing songs including "In my Remains", "Burn it Down", "Lost in the Echo", "Castle of Glass", "I'll be Gone" etc. ). It is hard to decide what aspect of their music I like better- their songs simply sound amazing, due to their ability to perfectly sync the instrumental and electronic with Chester's amazing voice and Mike Shinoda's underrated rapping talents. At the same time, Linkin Park also has amazing lyrics, with heavy use of subliminal meanings, metaphors etc. And their songs are extremely meaningful. They also have to be noted for their amazing music videos that are just pure awesomeness to watch and add to the content of the song. ...more

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" being some of their best known works. Throughout their career, the band has won numerous different awards and established an immense fanbase.

If I hadn't been into 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 ...more

Best Band to Grace this Earth Period. Been listening to them since I was a little tike and let me tell you something I'm a modern day Plato from listening to these guys. Kiedis theory isn't perfect but it's close, his insightfulness has been the foundation of my constitution of which I live by today. He's taught me more than any teacher could ever teach me and I love him for that, now back to the band. They fuse all these great sounds that we as humans know, love, feel and can't explain and the peppers extract those feelings from us and take us on a ride of a beautiful thing we call life. They are more than just a band to me, they are my medicine, I bleed the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If I had one wish other than everlasting wellness for my family, it would be that these guys would find the fountain of youth.

This band has defined me, 2nd only to Nirvana. Really, Metallica above them? They have it all: unbridled funk, unrivaled melody and constant greatness. At least a top 10 band.

I'm sure the bands above these guys are extremely talented and have been incredibly successful in their careers, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just a legend still being born. They've inspired the creation of many other bands and I really believe they deserve a Top 10 spot. Who doesn't know of RHCP? Who doesn't enjoy at least one of their songs? The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the greatest rock bands in history. They can generate a different sound, vibe and mood with every album released.

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".

I remember doing a song intro quiz before I started listening to Aerosmith. Dream On came on and I had never heard it before, but something possessed me to say "That's Dream On by Aerosmith, right?" and I was gobsmacked when I got it right. So, after it was over, I listened to the song and it begun a year-long love for Aerosmith, one that still goes on to this day.

How is Aerosmith below stupid Linkin Park, Nirvana, and all them bands that are just inspirations off of Aerosmith?! Aerosmith has already shown they are One of the best bands ever- visiting Japan in their worst times in 2011 after their earthquake and rocking for them- selling 168 million albums in 40 years- countless hits- they even covered the Beatles, the Doors and other bands- making the original songs look like nothing. Admit it- Steven Tyler is the best rock band singer, or possibly just singer in general- Joe Perry is the best guitarist to walk the Earth- and so is Brad Whitford. Tom Hamilton is the best bassist and wrote their hit "Sweet Emotion", and Joey Kramer creates the thunder unlike ANY other drummer- he can drum so fast the strobe lights can't even catch him!

Aerosmith crowded so many arenas over the years- there was once so many people the arena was LOADED and the streets surrounding it were so crowded of people who wanted to hear them! Their shows are amazing ...more

Aerosmith is bloody brilliant- To think they are actually below knock offs of Aerosmith is really sad. Tyler's got lyrical talent and amazing vocals- Perry is chock full of catchy riffs and Hamilton is great for a band that's not bass heavy.. The fact that these guys have lasted from '71 to now, still throwing out hits is just amazing. This list just shows how far people's musical knowledge has fallen.. Because these guys should be in the top ten.. Easy.

My Chemical Romance..

Not only has Aerosmith released a ton of material, but they've managed to stay relevant through not only the 70s, but the 80s and 90s as well. Hell, they even had a top 10 hit in the 2000s. I love most of these classic rock bands as much as the next person, but I don't think any of them have had the sheer staying power. Mostly people just remember them for their older songs. Aerosmith? Kept releasing great material long after most of these bands had just stopped.

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.

I consider all Jimi Hendrix led bands to be beyond any other rock artist in any given milieu. The only reason I can think of JHE languishing at 28 at the time of writing this, is that even to understand JHE you need to be an experienced musician; his riffs created genres, his lightning fast solos are to this day considered to be untouchable, he was the first to use guitar feedback as music, Mitch Mitchell's drums CANNOT be recreated by anybody other than himself.
Whoever brings a little bit of Hendrix into their playing style is considered to be a gifted player. Joe Satriani, Slash, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Frusciante (RHCP) among others all consider Jimi Hendrix to be their influence. Heck, even Jimmy Page acknowledged Hendrix to be the greatest.
This goes for the amazing Eric Clapton band Cream as well.

I love the Experience, have 2 of their cd's but the reason they aren't up there in the list is because Jimi Hendrix IS the band, no disrespect to the other guys but they are shadowed, Jimi always had a back up band, and it wasn't always this, they are the best of his bands, but he had Band of Gypsies and a couple other groups at different times. This is why groups like David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars aren't in the list, because the BAND isn't noticed, the LEGEND is, and what a super legend is Hendrix! Rock and Roll hall of famer and The Rolling Stones best guitarist ever.

Come on! How can I find The Jimi Hendrix Experience this far down on the list? The best guitarist of all time deserve a much higher place on this list.

Look at some of the bands above... How would any of them be able to beat the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Listen to "Machine Gun", "Voodoo Chile", "All Along the Watchtower" and then come back here. You'll see who really deserves the top spot of this list!

The fact that Jimi Hendrix is in this band should have already put it on number 1. Hendrix was a legend and even though his career was short-lived, his influence in rock music will stay forever. This man has made the best guitarists we know today not to mention invented distortion and thereby creating millions of hard rock and metal bands today. He created Rock music as it is today.

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, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

It's hard to argue the case for U2's greatness, primarily because of their HUGE popularity. Artists that are this big are usually pretty dismal quality wise with the odd obvious exception. U2 is the foremost of these exceptions - they are possibly the greatest rock band of all time and definitely the biggest. A lot of people don't like them because of this massive success, but they achieved it on the back of genuinely original, transformative music. No one sounds like them ( although they certainly try ) and their positivity and power stands out a mile amidst the general sea of anger and depression of most modern music. I love them regardless of how much money they make - if all " big " acts were this fantastic I would live full time in the mainstream.

Since All That You Can't Leave Behind the band has become more and more what their fan base wants ( expects? ) them to be. Nobody does U2 better than themselves, but I sometimes wish they would throw practical thinking to the wind and not think about the commercial market at all. Each recent album has about 7 or 8 songs I love on them but also some obvious attempts at trend following that, in my opinion, stand out glaringly. If they are going to go in the direction of their "classic sound", go all in and don't dilute it with sops to the popular sounds of the moment. They are leaders, not followers! Still one of the greatest bands of all time.

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. 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.

U2 is basically the biggest rock band out there right now. They have known how to adapt their sound every time, changing all their music a several times, reinventing! What makes them even bigger is the thing that although their have been reinvented quite a few times, their music is always good (except in the album Pop... ). They should be the number one of the list: With or without you, Where the Streets Have No Name, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, Pride, the Unforgettable Fire, Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's day, Vertigo, Beautiful Day, City of blinding lights, Walk On, Unknown Caller, Moment of Surrender... Someone can reach them, but no one can be better!

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 real general, I'd categorize my taste in music as being eclectic, with a preference for any music that sounds beautiful and actually has meaning (given there are lyrics in the music to analyze). That means that there exists some classical music that I find amazing, as well as some present day "house" music that I feel just as passionately about. With that being said, from what I've personally heard myself (which I'm confident should serve as a solid foundation to base my opinion on), there have been no musicians or bands as close to perfection as Radiohead are as of the moment (keep in mind, Radiohead can only exacerbate how strongly I feel about this claim as time goes). I don't believe that the word "genius" is actually a word that can be attributed to ...more

Radiohead are the greatest band since the Beatles. Very simply, here is why. In the end, there are only three things you can really judge a band by: diversity, influence (NOT popularity or record sales), and longevity. I don't care what all you Linkin Park or 30 Seconds to Mars know-nothings say about "OMGosh Chester Bennington's voice is just the best" or "3o Seconds to Mars are just musical Gods, " that is not a logical argument. Aesthetic arguments about music (I.E. , comparing vocals, instrumentals, etc. ) just don't work. Now, to explain my point:

In terms of diversity, Radiohead proved they could do hard rock sing-alongs with their smash hit "Creep, " raw, beautiful acoustic works with The Bends, crazy, spacey, compact electronic vibes with Ok Computer and Kid A, and it's fair enough to say they've taken an even more creative route with their latest releases In Rainbows and King of Limbs. If you disagree with me, well then find me a band that can do more than that. You ...more

I totally agree that Radiohead has been one of the best bands the world has ever seen. This band keeps creating great music and survived the demise of grunge. One thing that makes Radiohead amazing is that they adapted to the conditions and endured it well. Thom Yorke has an amazing voice, Jonny Greenwood and Ed O Brien are badass guitarists. My opinion is that despite their influence, they don't deserve a place this low. Radiohead truly deserve top ten place. Their influence will be everlasting. The music from OK Computer and The Bends has given a lot of influence in rock, especially in England. Without Radiohead, bands like Coldplay and Keane might not even have existed. They also did something that only a few bands can; go your own way, and they did it with the album Kid A.

After all this years I realized that music is equally great as it speaks to people, but not just to their feelings but deeper. Music is proportionally great as it speaks to your soul. Many bands do that. They connect to people's souls in many ways. But Radiohead is different. Cause their "music" IS your soul. Radiohead is the sound of people's souls. That's why I put the word music in quotations. Cause you can't define the sound of one's soul. It is felt, It is lived. Like every heartbeat in your chest, like every breath you have in this right moment. Like every beautiful thing that you've seen in your life. Like the feeling you have for the ones you love. It is felt. It is lived. No words to be said. No questions to be made. You just live it. Same's with Radiohead. The best band of all time.

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.

I can't believe The Doors aren't in the top 5, or top 10 at least. It saddens me to see how bands like Green Day, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds To Mars are higher on the list. Linkin Park in the Top 5?! SERIOUSLY?! Have you ever heard of "People are strange"? "Soul kitchen"? "Light my fire"? "The end"? "Crystal ship"? "Roadhouse blues"? These songs are LEGENDARY. The Doors are legendary! This list is a joke. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Queen. They do deserve their places. Nirvana should DEFINITELY be on the top 10 too, but they're not The Doors. They're not pure poetry combined with perfect melodies and the heavenly voice of Jim Morrison. Jim Morrison is GOD, everything about The Doors is perfect. The Doors gave us some of the best songs Rock N' Roll has ever created. And how are other classics, like The Who and The Jimmy Hendrix Experience so low on the list? Metallica, AC/DC, good but OVERRATED bands. I love Guns N' Roses but ...more

The Doors shouldn't be considered a Rock Band, they were so good, that they should just be called LEGENDARY. There are only 4 other bands in my opinion that are that good. (The Who, The Stones, Supertramp, and Yes.

Few have made records that are as perfect as "The Doors" and "Strange Days" and "L.A Woman" the only Exceptions would be The Who's "Quadrophenia", Yes' "Fragile", Pink Floyd's "Animals" Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" and of course Led Zeppelin IV.

All of these candy ass wimps from the 90s shouldn't even be on this list. They wish they could make music half as good as The Doors could. Nirvana, Radiohead, Green Day, Metallica, Linkin Park. All of their songs are all about partying, getting drunk, and white people with no soul being pissed off at the world, when their music is the real reason to be pissed off at the world.
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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 4 were masterminds. They had film and literary backgrounds and were oneof the smartest bands to date. These guys really were in sync when it came own to music. I've never heard a more consistent discography from any band, although there is only 6 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 3.

It is ridiculous how the Doors can be ranked number 23 while Linkin Park is ranked number 8. The Doors were gods among men during their time. Morrison's dark lyricism and moody vocals blended perfectly with Manzarek's driving organ. Krieger's flamenco inspired finger picking and Densmore's technical drumming accentuated the band's style even greater. They were the inventors of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Their lyrics spoke volumes about 60's and 70's America and they inspired more thought than any group around today. In the Door's four short years as a band they produced countless hits and achieved commercial success while maintaining their different style. They also dared to be different, something you don't see with many of the bands higher on this list. They strayed from the traditional singer, guitar, bassist, drummer structure and incorporated a piano-bassist/organist instead of a bassist, and they made it work. The Door's also inspired many greats that are above them on this ...more

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.

God, what do I need to say about Van Halen to make a point that they deserve the top spot? Oh, the answer should be nothing, that much is already clear. Eddie Van Halen was the greatest guitarist of all time, without a shadow of a doubt, and self-taught. Wow. His brother, Alex, is a fantastic drummer who tied the band together. David Lee Roth, without the typical singing skill, had the skills of a frontman able to control an audience, a true performer. And with Mark Stone on bass, these guys are just incredible and a true influence to almost every rock band nowadays.

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. 194 is an album that did not only change 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 kicks more ass than any band ever! The first six albums done with David Lee Roth kick more ass than any band ever! Now don't get me wrong... There are many other bands that are great (many already appear above here) but how can you beat the best rhythm section there ever was combined with the most incredible frontman the world has ever seen? This is the only band who can take my bad mood and turn me into god.

When I listen to Van Halen I feel like I can do anything.
My body feels lighter, I feel freer. Van Halen is a drug in and of itself, and I am forever addicted.

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 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, backing vocals) and the most recent addition, Rami Jaffee (keyboards). Former members include William Goldsmith (drummer) and Franz Stahl (guitarist). more.

Dave Grohl is an inspiration. Can play any instrument he wants and has a voice from heaven. The man was in two of the greatest bands on the planet, 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.

The Foo Fighters are the definition of the perfect stadium rock band. Dave Grohl has the amazing ability to make even those in the nosebleeds feel like they are in the front row, jamming along. The band has such intense feeling for their music and all of Dave's lyrics still remain as important to him as the day he wrote them. The Foo Fighters are a truly spectacular band who deserve to be much, much higher on this list.

Why is this band not in top 10? They are the fastest improving band over the years and the music that they play is melodious. Dave Grohl is a fantastic songwriter and vocalist and they've got a killer drummer in Hawkins as well. I have rarely heard any bad song of theirs. They even know how to experiment with other styles like acoustic ballads, slow country rock songs and garage rock distorted music.

I can't believe this list, it is ridiculous to have some of these bands on here period! Regardless I know Foo Fighters aren't the best here, but they definitely deserve mug better credit. I voted for them because they are the best modern rock band around. Also the classic rocks bands should definitely take the top ten spots E.G. (led zep, Pink Floyd, the doors, Beatles rolling stones etc. ) but that's just my opinion.

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 their songs and overall technicality. After the release of their second album "We Are Not Alone", the band gained a lot success in Europe and Asia.

I'm a 16 year old kid, 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, "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.

This band is simply amazing. Benjamin burnleys voice is superb. The guitar riffs are splendid. The quality of their music is marvelous. Songs such as the diary of Jane, had enough, crawl, dance with the devil, dear agony, what lies beneath etc are definitely must-listen sings. It is sad to know that not many people have heard of this band. Basically people just listen to the popular bands and ignore the " talent packed" bands such as BB. That is why BB is kind of underrated. Their songs give me solace whenever I'm distraught or I'm feeling crestfallen. This band deserves to be in the league of the other top bands!

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!

*Easily* my favorite band ever (and that's saying something, when I like to Within Temptation, Epica, Kamelot, Nightwish, et. al. ). Benjamin Burnley is a brilliant singer who is backed by an excellent band and a whole slew of amazing songs. Out of my 20 favorite songs, 7 of them are by Breaking Benjamin, led by the incredible "Diary of Jane", "Dear Agony", and "Anthem of the Angels. " Dear Agony is the only album I own with a perfect rating on every song (Sorry, Phobia, but "Topless" and "You Fight Me" don't make it, even though the rest are stellar).

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 by Arin Ilejay, who was finally replaced with Brooks Wackerman. A common phrase for fans "foREVer" was created after the Rev's death in his remembrance. more.

Um why is Linkin Park ahead of A7X? They had 2 good albums! That's it! Avenged Sevenfold has the most unique sound to this date. They have one of the greatest guitarists of all time and probably the best duo of guitarists I have ever heard. And M Shadows probably has the most unique voice for a rock band I've heard. Yes, nobody will ever beat Metallica but Avenged Sevenfold at number 9? Whoever voted apparently doesn't really know what good music is. 30 Seconds to Mars is trash, Tokio Hotel is trash, and Linkin Park should be off this list. A7X foREVer

All of Green Days stuff blends together making it difficult to enjoy there music and on top of that, there is hardly any range in the lead singers voice.
Linkin Park only had a couple good albums but then decided to evolve with the views of society and change the way the made music. All of it is garbage and they definitely shouldn't be among the top ten.
At the very least, Avenged Sevenfold should ranked number 10. I can only think of two voices more unique than M. Shadows and you honestly can compete with the incredibly skilled guitarists who have the finger dexterity of immortals to be able to play those riffs near flawlessly while recording and while live. Each song tells a very unique story and I have yet to come across one that sounds anywhere close to the next. Avenged Sevenfold is Love, Avenged Sevenfold is Life.

It was really a hard choice to select the best rock band out of these, cause all of them are just so great. Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Linkin Park, Guns N' Roses, and so on. But Avenged Sevenfold is just something else. A7X has got the most unique songs ever. The guitar is so amazing! And the drums, oh, how do I even begin? Jimmy was the best drummer ever! And the vocals are so great, too. I love all of their songs, and I mean ALL. From A Little Piece Of Heaven to So Far Away to Afterlife to Dear God to Bat Country and what not. They are so unlike the songs of other bands and some of them have so many emotions in them that it makes me cry sometimes. Truly a genius.

I would regularly vote for Led Zeppelin or The Beatles, but A7X is my favorite band, so I'm voting for them. I refuse to believe Linkin Park is ahead of Avenged Sevenfold. Don't get me wrong, Linkin Park used to be good, but they blow now. Avenged Sevenfold is quite the opposite. I'm a fan of A7X so of course I'm gonna say all of their music is great, but speaking in terms of popularity they have gotten better and more popular since their first album. On their most recent album, "Hail to the King", they went for a more classic style of hard rock/heavy metal and let me just tell you, I think they did a fantastic job. Their "break-through" album, "City of Evil", has had a more metalcore, thrash-metal sound to it and sounds phenomenal. If you haven't listened to Avenged Sevenfold here is a list of some of there best songs and some of my personal favorites.

Hail to the King
This Means War
Shepherd of Fire
Buried ...more

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