Top Ten Stoner Rock Bands

The Top Ten
1 Kyuss Kyuss was an American stoner rock band, formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1987 by Josh Homme, John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Chris Cockrell. After releasing an EP under the name Sons of Kyuss in 1990, the band shortened its name to Kyuss and recruited Nick Oliveri, replacing Cockrell as bassist.

Josh Homme, Scott Reeder, John Garcia, and Brant Bjork are some of the creators of stoner rock. They evolved together and built their sound together. Seriously guys, without Kyuss, Josh Homme wouldn't be so badass. Face it!

This is easy. When you say stoner rock, you say Kyuss. This band should be first on every stoner rock list.

First by a long way in this category, the masters of stoner rock! Followed by Sleep.

2 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... read more

The root of all evil... Listen to early Sabbath records and enjoy their foresight and freshness, still today. Sweet leaf!

Forever at the top. Anyone who doesn't see it that way doesn't understand what this is all about.

All of these bands wouldn't be on here if it wasn't for Sabbath!

3 Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman, Dean Fertita, and recent addition Jon Theodore.

Burn the witches who voted for Kyuss! They're just not willing to go with the flow. The sky is falling if QOTSA isn't #1. Everybody knows you're insane if you don't love this band. They're like medication to me. No one knows just how amazing this band is.

I'm sure if they could, these guys would do it again.

Every Queens of the Stone Age song is good. Whether they grow on you or not, Queens of the Stone Age will always be the best!

Kyuss, a bit too heavy in sound, should be number two.

I don't personally know many stoner rock bands, but I would die for QOTSA. Such a great band. Their album Songs for the Deaf is stoner rock, but they got more alternative rock with their latest album covers.

4 Electric Wizard Electric Wizard are an English doom metal band from Dorset, England. The band formed in 1993 and have recorded eight full length albums, two of which are now considered to be genre landmarks.

How come no one mentioned Electric Wizard? Soundgarden shouldn't even be up there. Soundgarden is grunge/alternative rock, not stoner metal. Neither should blues and Southern rock legends ZZ Top.

Stoner metal is about the music, not about the fact that the members use drugs. Electric Wizard, the heaviest band of all time, should at least be mentioned.

Listen to "Stone Magnet" on their self-titled album. If you don't think they deserve to be top 3 after that, then you're not looking for stoner rock.

Most of these bands are NOT stoner rock. Electric Wizard most certainly is.

5 Sleep

Should definitely be second on this list. Kyuss first (of course), Sleep second.

Makes me feel alive and drunk. Music is vibrant, cool, and cool.

Of course Sleep. Focus people, it's a stoner rock list.

6 Clutch Clutch is an American rock band from Frederick, Maryland, originating in Germantown, Maryland. Its four members met while in high school in Germantown and consider themselves a Frederick-based band where they write/rehearse for every album/tour.

It surprises me that most of the bands mentioned here are not stoner. They belong in other genres. This is about bands that have the stoner rock sound, not bands to take drugs to.

Clutch is one of the best examples of the sound.

7 Corrosion of Conformity Corrosion of Conformity is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 1982. For almost the majority of its existence, the band has consisted of guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean, drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan.
8 The Sword

These guys are incredible! If you don't listen to them, you are missing out!

9 Monster Magnet Monster Magnet is an American rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf, John McBain and Tim Cronin.

Like the person above said, Monster Magnet originated the movement in 1991 with the release of Spine of God. Surprised Hendrix is not mentioned.

If you lived in the west, you would say Kyuss. If you lived in the northeast in the late '80s to early '90s, you would say Monster Magnet.

MM circa 1989 #6? Really? I have nothing.

10 The Eagles of Death Metal
The Contenders
11 Melvins The Melvins are an American sludge metal band that formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They usually perform as a trio, but in recent years have performed as a four piece with two drummers.
12 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... read more

Pink Floyd is the best. That's all there is to it.

Listening to Dark Side of the Moon start to finish while stoned is sensational.

13 Spiritual Beggars
14 Wolfmother Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Formed in 2000 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, the group currently includes Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, and touring drummer Alex Carapetis... read more
15 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, comprising vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most influential and controversial rock acts of the 1960s, primarily due to Morrison's lyrics and voice,... read more
16 Tool Tool is an American alternative metal/progressive metal band, that was formed in 1990.

The band is set together between Maynard James Keenan (Vocals), Danny Carey (Drums), Adam Jones (Guitar) and since 1995 Justin Chancellor (Bass).

The band is known for their influences from electronic... read more

I love Tool. Their music will blow your mind. They have so much meaning in every song. Great band to trip to as well.

Tool's music gets you high if you listen to it under the right light.

Best band ever created hands down. Anything else is trash.

17 Down Down is an American heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarist Pepper Keenan, guitarist Bobby Landgraf, bassist Pat Bruders, and drummer Jimmy Bower.
18 Soundgarden Soundgarden was an American grunge/alternative metal band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Chris Cornell died on May 17th, 2017.

They put so much soul in their songs that it seems like it possesses us in a good way. It's magical.

19 Graveyard
20 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
21 Nightstalker
22 Fu Manchu
23 Grand Magus
24 ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.
25 The Desert Sessions

Josh Homme jamming with a few pals in the middle of the desert? Yes, please. Definitely stoner rock. They've had some great records.

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