Ten Greatest Rock Bands of All Time

Updated on October 30, 2018
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimi Hendrix Experience

Who Dares Compile Such a List?

There have been a multitude of rock bands, of course, many of them spectacular. Who can pick the best? What the heck, I'll try. I've been around for awhile, since all the oldest bands on the list have been in existence - say, 1962. The list only includes bands whose forte is good ol' rock ‘n' roll. No players of blues, rhythm and blues, funk, soul, folk, hip-hop - much less jazz or other dissimilar genres - are included on this list. Moreover, all of these bands has (or had) a distinctive sound that few can imitate, dare they try. All of the bands were together for years - or decades or still perform - and made an indelible mark on the world of rock ‘n' roll.

(Please watch the videos below the text.)

The Beatles
The Beatles

1. The Beatles

What more can anybody say about The Beatles? John, Paul, George and Ringo became household names back in 1964 – in the UK and USA, at least. Soon they became known as the Fabulous Four or Fab Four. By the late 1960s many people thought they were sent here to save the world. Fancy that notion, eh? Perhaps their best album, Revolver, was VH1’s pick for best album of all time. Back in1967, during the psychedelic era, many of us marveled at their enigmatic, post-acid lyrics. Some examples were: “The walrus was Paul . . . Lucy in the sky with diamonds . . . When ignorance and haste may mourn the dead.” Yeah, right, gimme a hit!

Then that Japanese artist chick Yoko Ono broke them up. Or did she? Perhaps a more likely possibility is that aspirations for solo careers sent them in other directions. At any rate, we’ll probably never see their like again. But people must try to bring them back in some fashion. Currently, the Cirque du Soleil production of Love in Las Vegas is a musical production based on the Beatles’ music. Hey, Strawberry Fields Forever!

Fab Four

Led Zeppelin

2. Led Zeppelin

I’ll never forget listening to the first album by Led Zeppelin. This was truly incredible music! I’d never heard anything like Jimmy Page’s searing, hyperkinetic guitar slinging or Robert Plant’s otherworldly screaming, chanting and howling, and the other musicians were decidedly above average as well. The lead riff from the song “Dazed and Confused” is forever implanted in my gray matter – I may die contemplating it! Perhaps the band’s best album was Houses of the Holy, including its smash hits “Dancing Days,” “The Rain Song” and “No Quarter.”

And the Zep didn’t let me down for 12 years, though there was a drop-off in quality material during and after the double album Physical Graffiti (but who can forget the tantric “Kashmir”?) Then in 1980 drummer John Bonham died and the band broke up. Incidentally, in 2000, VH1 voted Led Zeppelin the number one greatest hard rock band. The Zep had a reunion concert at the end of 2007, and plans for a reunion “tour” have been in the works, but it will probably never happen.

Rolling Stones

The Stones in 2012
The Stones in 2012
Original Stones lineup
Original Stones lineup

3. The Rolling Stones

In 1962 Brian Jones brought together the members of a rhythm and blues band that would become The Rolling Stones. Their list of classic albums is long: Out of Our Heads, Aftermath, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Mainstreet. Unfortunately, the band transmogrified after the death of guitarist/musicologist Brian Jones in July 1969. Some rock purists think the Rolling Stones were never as good afterwards. The Stones’ sponsored Altamont bummer concert in December 1969, where a Hell’s Angel stabbed a black man to death, may not have helped their group psyche as well.

Be that as it may, about this time, the band began trumpeting themselves as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world. Evidence of this could be their live album Flashpoint, released in 1991. Rock never sounded so good. At any rate, their longevity certainly speaks for itself, as the band performed at the 12/12/12 Concert, highlighting a tour to celebrate 50 years of rocking out.

The Stones

Jimi Hendrix Experience

4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Reputedly, blues guitarist’s Eric Clapton’s jaw dropped when he heard Jimi Hendrix play Howlin Wolf’s “Killing Floor.” I’ll bet many jaws went south when The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the eponymous power trio, hit the music scene in the UK the latter part of 1966. The group lasted only four years or so, changing bass players and drummers a time or two (Mitch Mitchell was the drummer on all albums except Band of Gypsies, on which Buddy Miles played drums and sang vocals.) But the band’s leader, Jimi Hendrix, quickly established himself as the most explosive and inventive guitarist around and to this day is often considered the greatest rock guitarist of all time. (Rolling Stone magazine voted him as such in 2003.) Perhaps the band’s greatest songs were “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” “All Along the Watchtower” and “Machine Gun.”

Then, in the fall of 1970, Hendrix was planning to record an album with jazz great Miles Davis. Wouldn’t that have been incredible! Unfortunately, the band’s stardom was cut short by the death of Jimi Hendrix in September 1970. Well, to use an astronomical metaphor - appropriate somehow - blue giant stars, because they’re so enormous, burn out in a relatively quick and spectacular fashion, ending in a cataclysmic explosion known as a supernova. Yes, they go – BOOM! Alas, poor Jimi ended likewise.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Pink Floyd

5. Pink Floyd

Few rock bands have been as influential as Pink Floyd, which formed in 1965. Pink Floyd has sold over 200 million records and still performs from time to time. Their first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was released during the Summer of Love in 1967. Perhaps the album’s greatest hit was “Interstellar Overdrive,” a decidedly psychedelic title and tune, during a very trippy time, if you remember. In 1965, lead guitarist Syd Barrett, suffering from mental problems, was replaced by his friend David Gilmour. The band has produced numerous hit albums over the years, particularly classics such as The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. After breaking up in 1996, Pink Floyd reunited for the Live 8 concert in 2005. Sadly, Syd Barrett died in July 2006, but Pink Floyd’s space music will never perish.

Pink Floyd

U2

U2
U2

6. U2

U2 seems to be one of the most popular musical acts in the world – and a band with a social conscience. One of their first songs, 1983’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” commemorated the slaughter of civilians during upheavals in IRA-embattled Ireland. The band was also prominent at the Live-Aid (for Africa) concerts in 1985. Bono, the lead singer of the group, remains a social activist on the world scene, visiting trouble spots with the regularity of a United Nations ambassador. Of course, U2 has written ballads too, perhaps most prominently “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” featured on their album Joshua Tree, rated number 15 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Rock Albums of All Time, compiled in 2001. If any rock group lasts as long - or even longer - than the Rolling Stones, it may be U2.

By the way, U2 puts on a spectacular live show, particularly when performing in arenas or stadiums. In that regard, The Edge, aka, David Howell Evans, U2’s lead guitarist, seemingly uses a different guitar for every song U2 plays. Small wonder, since it appears every guitar has a unique tone the artist must utilize to its fullest.

U2

Aerosmith

Aerosmith
Aerosmith

7. Aerosmith

No American rock band has won more awards and honors – and sold more albums - than Aerosmith. Formed in the early 1970s, this Boston-based band developed a hard rock cutting edge that rivaled that of other hard rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC, though some critics considered them nothing more than a poor man’s Rolling Stones. Perhaps the band’s greatest hit is “Walk This Way,” covered by numerous groups, including the hip-hop band Run D.M.C. But it has been a bumpy ride for these guys. By the middle 1980s virtually every band member ended up in drug rehab, and the band didn’t rebound until every member swore off the contraband by the end of the decade. Since then, they've rocked. So, regarding rock longevity, only the Rolling Stones top these aging, though potent, rockers.

Aerosmith

Santana

Carlos Santana in 2010
Carlos Santana in 2010
Re-formed Santana in 2015
Re-formed Santana in 2015

8. Santana

A San Francisco Bay Area group that went stellar is Santana, which started as the Santana Blues Band, led by lead guitarist Carlos Santana. The band’s Latin-flavored rock ‘n’ roll became a quick sensation in San Francisco’s concert scene. Notably, the band became famous before the release of its first album by playing at Woodstock in August 1969. Over the years, their top-grossing albums have been Abraxas in 1970 and, in 1999, Supernatural, something of a comeback effort after many years of low record sales and no recording contract. Santana has undergone numerous personnel changes over the years, but Carlos Santana certainly hasn’t retired to the old folks’ home. He’s recorded and toured with such notables as Buddy Miles, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock, Vernon Reid and Eric Clapton. And, in 2016, classic band members regrouped, releasing the album Santana IV and its hit single, “Anywhere You Want to Go.”

Santana

Pearl Jam

Early Pearl Jam
Early Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam in 2016
Pearl Jam in 2016

9. Pearl Jam

A multitude of rock fans fell in love with the first album by the Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam. Ten, released in 1991, is certainly one of the greatest rock albums of all time. VH1 listed it as number 79 on the list of 100 Greatest Rock Albums of All Time. (Way too low, don’t you think?) Anyway, members of Pearl Jam thought enough of their fans to sue Ticketmaster because they thought it was charging too much for tickets to their concerts (they wanted to keep the price below $20 per ticket). Unfortunately, the band lost the lawsuit. After many changes in personnel over the years - though lead singer Eddie Vedder remains the group’s main man - the band continues touring and cutting albums. Moreover, many of their performances have been recorded and released on CDs (bootlegs of such are available too).

In 2017, Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pearl Jam

Queen

10. Queen

Queen is certainly one of the most innovative, progressive and experimental rock bands of all time, producing such timeless hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.” Having sold as many as 300 million albums worldwide, Queen has been one of the most commercially successful rock bands as well. Forming in 1971 and producing their first album in 1973, Queen’s best days featured Freddie Mercury on lead vocals, Brian May on lead guitar and Roger Taylor on drums. Generally, critics have loved Queen’s music too, as their singles and albums have landed on numerous “best of” lists such as A Night at the Opera, voted number 16 on Q magazine’s list of the 50 Best British Albums Ever, compiled in 2004.

Since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991, Queen has continued recording and touring, now a legendary assemblage of exemplary rockers with a list of accolades and awards too long to put in this meager space.

Queen

Questions & Answers

  • Why is AC/DC not on this list of greatest rock bands, but Santana is?

    In my judgment, AC/DC is not a top ten band, because Carlos Santana is a better lead player than the one in AC/DC.

  • What about the Doors as one of the greatest rock bands of all time?

    Maybe the Doors would crack the top 20.

  • If it's truly the greatest rock bands of all-time, then why would nationality matter? Put The Who on this list. They deserve it more than at least half of these bands. Penalizing them because they're from the UK is absurd.

    Many American bands are just as good as The Who; in fact, there are many California rock bands that are just as good. The Beachboys, Metallica, the Grateful Dead, the Doors and the Eagles. And then there are the Southern rock bands!...

  • Why is Queen so far down on the list?

    Queen is great but not as great as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix.

  • Why isn't Guns N Roses included in your "Ten Greatest Rock Bands of All Time" list?

    Because they'd be in the top 20 or 30 for me.

© 2008 Kelley Marks

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      DB$ 

      6 days ago

      Queen should be on everyone’s list

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      Robert 

      9 days ago

      Dylan? The who. The dead. The Band. Aerosmith has been awful since getting sober. U2? Not top 10. Same with Queen. Pearl Jam? No. Same with Santana. You have to put the Beach Boys on.

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      Robert 

      9 days ago

      Pearl jam? Really?

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      Bob Zombie 

      11 days ago

      1- Pink Floyd

      2- Queen

      3- The Rolling Stones

      4- Led Zeppelin

      5- Radiohead

      6- The Doors

      7- The Beatles

      8- AC/DC

      9- Guns N' Roses

      10- Black Sabbath

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      3AJP1 

      2 weeks ago

      1. Led Zeppelin

      2. The Beatles

      3. Guns N‘ Roses

      4. Metallica

      5. Pink Floyd

      6. The Rolling Stones

      7. Linking Park

      8. AC/DC

      9. The Who

      10. Queen

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      Aditya Mudgal 

      2 weeks ago

      1. Linkin Park

      2. Guns N' Roses

      3. Metallica

      4. System Of A Down

      5. Evanescence

      CAN ANYONE TELL ME THAT WHERE IS LINKIN PARK..............

      SYSTEM OF A DOWN.... AND EVANESCENCE

      SHOCKED TO SEE THIS LIST AND EVEN SOME OF THE ALSO REALLY SUCK.......HOW CAN ANYONE FORGET ABOUT

      LINKIN PARK NOBODY DIDN'T EVEN SUGGEST IT IN ANY OF THEIR LIST.........THAT'S HORRIBLE JUST HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Helmut Dick 

      3 weeks ago

      Where's Donny Osmond and the Bee Gees?

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      Paddy Rick 

      3 weeks ago

      I can partially agree with the top 3, definitely Led Zeppelin first, but easily all these bands are better than Santana and Paerl Jam

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      RONNIE AYERS 

      3 weeks ago

      HOW ABOUT GRAND FUNK RAILROAD AND ALICE COOPER

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      Rich Yanno 

      4 weeks ago

      Your list is terrible.Where is Van Halen only band to have two Dime platinum records both with DLR. Queen Santana Pearl Jam you’re lost Eddie VH so much better

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      Rock lover 

      4 weeks ago

      1. The Beatles

      HM. The Who

      2. Rolling Stones

      3. Led Zeppelin

      4. Queen

      5. Pink Floyd

      6. Jimi Hendrix

      7. AC/DC

      8. Iron Maiden

      9. Deep Purple

      10. Metallica

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      Rob 

      4 weeks ago

      1. Led Zeppelin

      2. Black Sabbath/Ozzy

      3. The Who

      4. The Beatles

      5. The Rolling Stones

      6. Queen

      7. Jimi Hendrix

      8. Rush

      9. KISS

      10. Deep Purple

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      Sam Pink floyd 

      5 weeks ago

      1-Pink Floyd

      2-led Zeppelin

      3-Ac/Dc

      4-Dire Straits

      5-The Eagles

      6-The Rolling Stones

      7-Queen

      8-The Beatles

      9-Deep Purple

      10-The Who

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      Chad ri 

      5 weeks ago

      This is mearly your opinion, and by your own admission you're not an avid Rock aficionado. It shows, reflected by your list. Piss poor. Santana? Pearl Jam...I'm surprised you didn't put Chicago n Eddy Money I the top five.

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      Jon 

      5 weeks ago

      This list was awful. Pearl jam? U2? Santana? Aerosmith? Where's Guns N' Roses? Black Sabbath? Smh. Laughable.

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      mm 

      5 weeks ago

      where is Nirvana

      ???!!!

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      Nevo H 

      5 weeks ago

      1. David Gilmour replaced Syd after 1965.

      2. Where would you place bands such as The Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Dire Straits and Judas Priest?

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      CSH 

      5 weeks ago

      What about the WHO?

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      JH 

      6 weeks ago

      Is this a piss take? Queen should be 1.

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      Dale 

      7 weeks ago

      1. Led Zeppelin

      2.Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

      3. Metallica

      4. Rolling Stones

      5. The Beatles

      6. The Doors

      7. Aerosmith

      8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers

      9. U2

      10. Guns n Roses

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      s.s. 

      7 weeks ago

      AC/DC, The Eagles, ELO, CCR just to name a few.

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      John R 

      2 months ago

      Sorry but too many minor-tho-successful names...Stones & Beatles, sure, but what about the Byrds ' first six lps, the Beach Boys, Sly & The Family Stone, Creedence, and of course the Faces ? All way better songwriters than say Aerosmith. Oh, and the Velvet Underground. Jefferson Airplane...etc etc....

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      Dennis marinelli 

      2 months ago

      Elton john band

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      Andrew 

      2 months ago

      Where's Red Hot Chili Peppers!

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      Greg 

      2 months ago

      You were doing so well and then the 2nd half of your list went sideways. Santana top 10? Pearl Jam over Nirvana? You really count the Jimi Hendrix Experience a band? Same as Santana? Aerosmith riped off the Stones, knock off 10 spots. Where are the Ramones? And yeah, the Beach Boys.

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      unkown 

      2 months ago

      how is queen last may I just ask..... WHY IS QUEEN LAST?!

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      Seb 

      2 months ago

      You ARE really sticking your neck out.

      My opinion, for what its worth.....where the hell is CREAM?

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      Christian Ham 

      2 months ago

      Guns and Roses are you serious ?

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      Austin 

      2 months ago

      If the Beach Boys are not on any top 10 list of greatest bands of all time then it's a crime. Most hits of all time by an american band, inspired bands like the beatles and queen, one of the greatest song writers of all time Brian Wilson, come on...

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      Kelley Marks 

      2 months ago from California

      Hey, Bernie, I put Queen on this list because their music is over-the-top, unique and very popular. Many people have left comments here expressing puzzlement why they aren't higher on the list or even number one. At any rate, they aren't one of my favorite bands, but a person needs to be as objective as possible when creating one of these lists. In fact, when I first wrote this list they weren't even on it, but I've changed my mind over the years. Anyway, keep on rocking!...

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      Bernie 

      2 months ago

      Queen is seriously pretty bad music. How come The Eagles aren't on this list. Does anyone with better than the brains of a monkey really truly believe that Queen's music is "musically" "harmonically" "tonally" better than The Eagles? Alright, Freddie raised the celebration of homosexuality to new levels, and maybe that's a good thing, but it doesn't make their music even close to good. Or The Doobie Brothers, or Jefferson Airplane, or The Doors, or The Beach Boys or so so so many others. If you REALLY made a VALID critique of great or even good bands, Queen "MIGHT" make it in at around #63...

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      Sebastian 

      2 months ago

      Queen should definitely be higher than most of these

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      Rick 

      3 months ago

      jethro tull, procal harum, Leo all befor U2

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      Ammar 

      3 months ago

      Why bands from england are at the top despite rock and roll is invented in united states

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      Craig 

      3 months ago

      This is entirely subjective. I would put Queen above every single one of thise bands.

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      Yeah dude 

      3 months ago

      For sure Pearl Jam. Should be number 1

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      Rose Prulx 

      4 months ago

      Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, Funkadelic, Chuck Berry, the Clash, Dave Clark Five, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Iron Butterfly, Mountain, Sweetwater

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      Flash Titan 

      4 months ago

      The Stones should be #!. Their best years were with Mick Taylor. Where is David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, The Doors, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers & the Eagle?

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      Kade 

      5 months ago

      1.Queen

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      Ken 

      5 months ago

      1. Deep purple

      2. Rainbow

      3. Whitesnake

      4. Thin Lizxy

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      Scott Leaver 

      5 months ago

      Tragically Hip

      The Rolling Stones

      Led Zeppelin

      AC/DC

      Hank Williams Sr.

      Queen

      Traveling Wilburys

      Jimi Hendrix

      Pink Floyd

      The Doors

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      Govorov 

      5 months ago

      Where's Nirvana?

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      Patricia 

      5 months ago

      I agree...Queen IS number one on MY list!!

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      NES 

      6 months ago

      Queen should be number 1. No question.

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      Nehemiah 

      6 months ago

      Kiss,journey,fleetwood mac

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      Sven 

      6 months ago

      1. The Who

      2. Metallica

      3. Pink Floyd

      4. Queen

      5. Dire Straits

      6. Deep Purple

      7. Alan Parsons

      8. Jimi Hendrix experience

      9. Iron Maiden

      10. Wishbone Ash

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      brian 

      7 months ago

      what about metallica fade to black, nothing else matters, and one

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      Lily 

      8 months ago

      1. Queen

      Thats all.

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      Kosmo Kelley 

      8 months ago

      In the early days, I put the Allman Brothers on this list and later replaced them with other bands. Life is filled with adjustments. Sorry!...

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      Moontan 

      8 months ago

      2nd greatest guitar player ever, Duane Allman, and no one put “The Allman Brothers in their top 10!

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      Phillip 

      8 months ago

      1. Queen

      2. Pink Floyd

      3. Nirvana

      4. AC/DC

      5. Guns N Roses

      6. Metallica

      7. Deep Purple

      8. The Who

      9. Def Leppard

      10. Black Sabbath

      8.

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      BDiddy 

      8 months ago

      1. The Doors

      2. The Beatles

      3. The Rolling Stones

      4. The Byrds

      5. The Kinks

      6. The Who

      7. Credence Clearwater Revival

      8. Velvet Underground

      9. The Yardbirds

      10. The Animals

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      thereverafter 

      8 months ago

      Okay, y'all putting GnR in the top ten need to seriously reevaluate. You can't just put bands in the top ten because you like them a lot. GnR #3? #5? There are so many greater bands. Top 25 maybe.

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      Slash123 

      10 months ago

      1.Led Zeppelin

      2.AC DC

      3.Deep Purple

      4.Guns and Roses

      5.Black Sabbath

      6.Bon Jovi

      7.Van Halen

      8.Aerosmith

      9.ZZ Top

      10.Derek and The Dominos/Jimi Hendrix

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      Sean 

      11 months ago

      1) Led Zeppelin

      2) The Beatles

      3) Pink Floyd

      4) Rush

      5) Rolling Stones

      6) Queen

      7) The Who

      8) Nirvana

      9) Black Sabbath

      10) The Beach Boys.

      I'm shocked no one added Rush, that's disgraceful! I do think Hendrix is the greatest guitarist ever but I don't think Experience really counts as a band on here.

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      ME 

      11 months ago

      1.Queen

      2.AC/DC

      3.The Beatles

      4.Guns and Roses

      5.Led Zeppelin

      6.Rolling Stones

      The rest is uncharted

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      Will 

      12 months ago

      I have know doubt that the beatles, and the stones are 2 and 3 it doesnt matter the order but number 1 has to be Queen

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      Hey 

      12 months ago

      YOU DIDN'T PUT NIRVANA AND METALLICA........

      I'm out of here

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      Alex 

      12 months ago

      1.Beatles

      2.Rolling Stones

      3.Led Zeppelin

      4.Pink Floyd

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      5.Black Sabbath

      6.The Clash

      7.Queen

      8. Nirvana

      9.Metallica

      10.U2

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      Bloopville 

      12 months ago

      I think that there is enough of a consensus that the artificial inclusion of groups, based on artificial criteria like "too many British bands" is ridiculous. No list should exclude the Who.

      If modernity is required, only Radiohead supersedes the rock genre.

      I get criticisms of including U2, but they do belong.

      The Jefferson Airplane, The Dead, The Byrds and CSN&Y were all greater bands of the Woodstock era than Santana.

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      Kosmo Kelley 

      12 months ago

      Hey, Rod, Pearl Jam made the list because I wanted to pick a grunge band and also one from a time later than the 1960s or '70s. As for the Who - there are enough UK bands on this list. If you could, which UK band would you take off the list so the Who could take their place? Later!...

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      Rod 

      12 months ago

      You have Santana but no mention of Peter Green who wrote wrote and performed Black Magic Woman. Follow him with Eric Clapton, John Mayall and Fleetwood Mac you may realize something I did. Fleetwood cover some of the best blues ever, then went on from there. With the test of time, I don't think Pearl Jam belongs there. They're good, but just haven't covered enough ground, at least IMO. Maybe in another 30 years. I also find it hard to believe the Who's not hear.

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      Rachel 

      12 months ago

      1. Led Zeppelin 2. Rolling Stones 3. The Beatles 4. Black Sabbath 5. Metallica 6. Judas Priest 7. Pink Floyd 8. Soundgarden 9. Alice in Chains 10. Motorhead. Honorable mention to two very rock and roll individuals, Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix.

      Pearl Jam has a huge following of boring mediocre people and had a few good songs (kind of like Foo Fighters) but they are not innovative at all. They belong nowhere near this list. U2 and Santana are really not very rock and roll at all. Others have mentioned Guns N Roses, AC/DC, The Who, Motorhead, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, etc. All very solid choices that are better than those made by OP, who apparently just likes the watered-down version of rock and roll.

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      Kosmo Kelley 

      12 months ago

      Hey, AnthonyBasileo, there's only so much room for UK bands on this list. Somebody, The Who or others, have to miss out. Sorry!

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      AnthonyBasileo 

      12 months ago

      You have U2 / Queen and Santana on this list but you don’t have the Who on this list. Who put this together a bunch of three year olds

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      jj 

      13 months ago

      The Who, The Police, The Doors.....The Who in my view should be #2 on the list.

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      HBoyy 

      13 months ago

      #1 THE ALMIGHTY LED ZEPPELIN

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      MC 

      13 months ago

      Beatles are a pop band NOT ROCK, Led Zep were the greatest to ever grace the stag/studio/radio, never has there or will be any better :)

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      David Wityk 

      14 months ago

      Where are Guns and Roses, arguably the greatest band of all time or at the very least the last great rock band. You hit the snooze button on this list.

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      Jay B 

      14 months ago

      How are The Who not at least #4 on that list?

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      Aditya 

      14 months ago

      U2, Pearl Jam and Santana don't really belong on this list. No consideration for hard rock like AC/DC or Maiden either.

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      Blackbart 

      14 months ago

      I get it’s subjective but even those who love Aerosmith would never put them on a damn list depicting them as the 7th greatest rock band of all damn time

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      Rhea 

      15 months ago

      U2??? LOLOLOL... what about the Doors and 90s Brtish rock like Oasis.

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      John 

      15 months ago

      So many great bands to pick from, it's impossible to make a true top 10 list or 15,20,,,,,,,,Long Live Rock!

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      Vicki Wood 

      15 months ago from Eldon, Missouri

      I think The Who and Queen also, but otherwise, I might bump Pearl Jam for Nirvana for the grunge age. Good list!

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      Jamie 

      15 months ago

      What.......???where's bon jovi...??

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      Jozo Kozoguzić 

      16 months ago

      1. The Clash by far. Much better than anyone else.

      2-4. Pink Floyd, Beatles, Stones. Not as Clash, but much better than anyone else. Order - not important, they are roughly the same.

      5- there are many good bands, and ranking them is difficult and pointless.

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      Ash Keir 

      16 months ago

      Why isn't Roxette on this list?

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      Michal 

      16 months ago

      Who bout A7x or Nirvana or Metallica or slayer

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      CLIFF 

      16 months ago

      THE WHO

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      jones 

      17 months ago

      here's what your list should look like

      Frank Zappa

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      metal 

      17 months ago

      how about Metallica,,,,your list is joke

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      Khetha 

      17 months ago

      If ac/dc is not on your top 10, there's something wrong with you.

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      miki 

      18 months ago

      John Harding .

      I agree 100%.

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      Benny 

      18 months ago

      Haha...... Bon Jovi ? Iron Maiden ?

      People please stop my gut hurts.

      Hahaha.

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      Bob 

      18 months ago

      What about imagine dragons!!!!!!!

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      Josh 

      19 months ago

      Okay. Pearl Jam? Pearl Jam and absolutely NO inclusion of Nirvana? Also, Freddie Mercury is above Queen.

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      Mat 

      19 months ago

      I am not much of a beatles fan. I am Stones man. Nevertheless i agree they should be number one. This list should only include Juggernauts of the industry who had a huge influence on music and are known not just to fans. Pearl Jam wouldnt crack the top fifty by this standard.

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      Mat 

      19 months ago

      You should probably do a bit more research. Claiming the stones werent as good after Brian died. Sticky Fingers and Exile on main street, albums you cite, were recorded after his death. Then you mention Satanic Majasties as a classic album. It is unanimously regarded by the stones themselves and their fans as a turd of an album. You clearly know nothing at all about the stones.

      Aslso where is AC/DC?

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      Matt 

      20 months ago

      Grateful Dead deserves top 5 IMO

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      Jon Harding 

      20 months ago

      1. Led Zeppelin

      2. The Beatles

      3. Guns N' Roses

      4. Black Sabbath

      5. AC/DC

      6. Jimi Hendrix

      7. Queen

      8. The Who

      9. Metallica

      10. Rolling Stones

      U2? Pearl Jam? Santana? Pink Floyd? Whoever made this list is an idiot lol. #1-2 is Zep & Beatles. The rest you could mix around but those are the ten best ever.......period. Pearl Jam hahaha GTFO. Nirvana, Sound Garden & Alice in Chains were bigger and better then PJ.

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      Yo 

      21 months ago

      The Who ?

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      Stad 

      21 months ago

      The Byrds, Jefferson Airplain, then at least Cream if not Derek And The Dominos, The Smiths, Simple Minds, Dire Straits, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Nirvana... to just mention but a few... Ah, and perhaps The Doors.

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      Queen_Misery 

      2 years ago

      Radiohead.

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      miguel 

      2 years ago

      Faltan SUPERTRAMP y BEE GEES

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      mike 

      2 years ago

      Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson , Al Jardine , Mike Love....The Beach Boys

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      Linda Jones 

      2 years ago

      You're kidding surely?

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      Steve 

      2 years ago

      What about Dire Str.?

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      Yes, you... Who on Black Sabbath Rushed through the Deep Purple Doors! 

      2 years ago

      And no Doors???

      Now this is a crime!!!

      (how could I've not seen it straight away)

      And that is just to stick to the older crews, but out of the younger generation (though not young) Guns'n'Roses simply must be mentioned, would be a sin not to... way rather than U2 and especially Aerosmith with all due respect to them, but they are just not the same class with Guns'n'Roses, and most certainly not with the Doors... whether you look at their music style or its complexity, their technique and skills or hit ration, timeless classics, songs for generations, always to be remembered, you just can't compare the Doors & G'nR on one hand, off the list, and U2 & Aerosmith on the other hand, on the list, that's now a cardinal sin ;)

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      Yes, you in Deep Purple, Who Rushed on Black Sabbath! 

      2 years ago

      U2, Aerosmith & Pearl Jam before Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Who, Rush, Yes, etc. c'mon... with all respect to the 1st three, but you gotta be kidding me???

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