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51 Best Rock Bands Of All The Time

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Here we go guys, In this article, we are going to present to you the best Rock Bands of all time you must know about. As you all know that A rock band consists of a group of people with multiple instrumentalists including, guitarists, drummers, flute etc.

Basically, rock music is especially popular among younger, adults and teenagers. Nowadays Rock bands are ruling all over the music world, and influence lots of people, that’s why the craze of rock music is increasing.

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50 Best Bands Of All The Time

1 – The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles were the most popular English rock band from the 1960s. Best-known for line-up comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are regarded as the most influential band of all time. The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide.

2 – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones Best Bands Of All Time

The Rolling Stones are the most famous rock band, they formed in London in 1962. The band consists of vocalist Mick Jagger, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts. One of the best rock bands of all time.

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3 – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. They are one of the best-selling music artists of all time, their total record sales are estimated to be between 200 to 300 million units worldwide.

4 – Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd Best Bands Of All Time

The band was a rock band formed in London in 1964. They became a leading band of the progressive rock genre, cited by some as the greatest progressive rock band of all time.

It founded in 1964 by Syd Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass guitar, vocals), Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals) and Bob Klose (guitars); Klose quit in 1965.

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5 – Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses

Guns N’ Roses is the most influential American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, they formed in 1985. The band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler.

6 – U2

U2 Best Bands Of All Time

U2 is an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), The Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion).

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7 – Queen

Queen

Queen is a British rock band formed in London in 1970. They consist of a line-up including, Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass). One of the best rock bands of all time.

8 – AC/DC

AC/DC Best Bands Of All Time

Australian rock band, AC/DC formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. It consists of members including, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, & Stevie Young.

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9 – Nirvana

Nirvana

American rock band, Nirvana formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Founded by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, the band went through a succession of drummers, most notably Chad Channing, before recruiting Dave Grohl in 1990.

10 – Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters Best Bands Of All Time

The band founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Foo Fighters have won 12 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album four times.

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11 – Metallica

Metallica

The band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. Metallica is known for its American heavy metal band. It consists of members including, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, & Robert Trujillo.

12 – Aerosmith

Aerosmith Best Bands Of All Time

Aerosmith is an American rock band consisting of Steven Tyler (lead vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums) and Brad Whitford (guitar). One of the best rock bands of all time.

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13 – Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

English rock band, Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.

14 – Eagles

Eagles Best Bands Of All Time

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. The band is one of the world’s best-selling bands, having sold more than 200 million records, including 100 million sold in the US alone.

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15 – The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys

American rock band, The Beach Boys formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. They are one of the most critically acclaimed successful bands of all time, selling over 100 million records worldwide. The members include Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, & Bruce Johnston. One of the best rock bands of all time.

16 – Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

English heavy metal band, Iron Maiden formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The bands consist of members including, Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain, & Janick Gers.

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17 – The Doors

The Doors Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, The Doors formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold LPs.

18 – The Who

The Who

English rock band, The Who formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. One of the best rock bands of all time.

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19 – Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac Best Bands Of All Time

British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac formed in London in 1967. It founded by guitarist Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer before bassist John McVie joined the line-up for their self-titled debut album. They have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands.

20 – Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam
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American rock band, Pearl Jam formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. The band’s lineup consists of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament & Matt Cameron.

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21 – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival Best Bands Of All Time

Creedence Clearwater Revival(CCR) was an American rock band formed in El Cerrito, California. The band initially consisted of lead vocalist, John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

22 – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

American rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd formed in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lynyrd Skynyrd No. 95 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

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23 – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

American rock band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in Los Angeles in 1983. They are the most successful band in the history of alternative rock. Current members including, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith & John Frusciante. One of the best rock bands of all time.

24 – The Clash

The Clash Best Bands Of All Time

The Clash was an English rock band formed in London in 1976. It consisted of lead vocalist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky “Topper” Headon.

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25 – R.E.M.

R.E.M.

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. R.E.M. released its first single, “Radio Free Europe”, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone.

26 – Green Day

Green Day Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band. Green Day formed in the East Bay of California in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. One of the best rock bands of all time.

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27 – Ramones

Ramones

American punk rock band, The Ramones formed in the New York City neighbourhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. In 2011, the group awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

28 – Rush

Rush

Canadian rock band, Rush formed in Toronto in 1968 by Alex Lifeson, John Rutsey and Jeff Jones, who was immediately replaced by Geddy Lee. Rush has been awarded 14 Platinum and 3 multi-Platinum albums in the US plus 17 Platinum albums in Canada.

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29 – The Kinks

The Kinks Best Bands Of All Time

English rock band, The Kinks formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. Currently, the group consists of three members including, Ray Davies, Dave Davies, & Mick Avory. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

30 – Def Leppard

Def Leppard

English rock band, Def Leppard formed in 1977 in Sheffield, consisted of Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell. The band’s greatest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s.

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31 – The Police

The Police Best Bands Of All Time

English rock band, The Police formed in London in 1977. It consisted of primary songwriter Sting, Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). One of the Best rock bands of all time.

32 – ZZ Top

ZZ Top

ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band consists of guitarist Billy Gibbons, drummer Frank Beard and vocalist bassist Dusty Hill until Hill’s death in 2021.

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33 – Talking Heads

Talking Heads Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, Talking Heads formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band was composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

34 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

American rock band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were Formed in 1976. The band consists of Tom Petty (lead singer), Mike Campbell, Ron Blair, Stan Lynch, and Benmont Tench.

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35 – The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, The Velvet Underground formed in New York City in 1964. They consisted of Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise.

36 – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi
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American rock band, Bon Jovi formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. Consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. Bon Jovi has released 16 studio albums, five compilations and three live albums. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

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37 – Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode Best Bands Of All Time

The group consists of a trio of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher (keyboards). English electronic music band formed in Basildon in 1980.

38 – The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band

American rock band, The Allman Brothers Band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson.

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39 – Journey

Journey Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, Journey formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of Santana, Steve Miller Band, and Frumious Bandersnatch.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Journey has sold 48 million albums in the U.S., making them the 25th best-selling band.

40 – Genesis

Genesis

English rock band, Genesis formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967. The band’s line-up consists of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

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41 – Linkin Park

Linkin Park Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, Linkin Park from Agoura Hills, California. The band consists of keyboardist Mike Shinoda, lead guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave Farrell, DJ/turntablist Joe Hahn and drummer Rob Bourdon.

Linkin Park is the best-selling band of the 21st century and the world’s best-selling music artist, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

42 – Kiss

Kiss

American rock band, Kiss (KIϟϟ) formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss. Kiss is regarded as one of the most influential best rock bands of all time.

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43 – The Byrds

The Byrds Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, The Byrds formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The original five-piece lineup of the band consisted of Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke (drums).

44 – Steely Dan

Steely Dan

American rock band, Steely Dan founded in 1971 at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

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45 – Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains Best Bands Of All Time

American rock band, Alice in Chains was formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley. The group has sold over 30 million records worldwide and over 14 million records in the US alone.

46 – Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine

American rock band, Rage Against the Machine Formed in 1991. The group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk.

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47 – The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins Best Bands Of All Time

The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan, D’arcy Wretzky, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), the band has undergone many line-up changes.

48 – The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds

English rock band, The Yardbirds was formed in London in 1963. The band lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell-Smith. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

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49 – The Cure

The Cure Best Bands Of All Time

English rock band, The Cure was formed in 1978 in Crawley, West Sussex. The band has 5 members including, Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell, Jason Cooper, & Reeves Gabrels.

50 – Soundgarden

Soundgarden

Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil. One of the Best rock bands of all time.

The band achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun”.

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51 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Best Bands Of All Time

Folk rock supergroup, Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) formed by American David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash.