Greatest Rock Bands of All Time

Strong riffs, breathtaking guitar solos and deep lyrics that got our hearts, what more do you want from music to be great? That’s exactly why rock fans are like we know them. AC/DC still perform live in front of hundreds of thousands people, Scorpions are still lovin’ you, Led Zeppelin and Guns n Roses never became unpopular. Rock is a place where great individuals and rebels are baptized. It gets you to jump, love and experience feelings that represent you entirely. We all love rock for that and we have to pay respect to rock bands that made it all happen. 50 years ago those guys were performing in garages and were yet to become the greatest rock bands of all time.

Rock has changed history, and especially artists who performed it. Think about the death of John Lennon that got us all shocked and grieving. The influence that comes with rock music is something else. That old-school feeling of greatness, energy and power soaks into the masses, becoming part of the identity and your everyday life. Even with huge stars like The Weeknd, Drake and many others, we still have that one or two Metallica songs in our playlists.

Do you share our opinion that time and influence define best bands of all time? This RankTopTen list includes best of the best that have been here for a while, like The Rolling Stones, or made a huge influence, like Nirvana. What is your favorite rock band? Let us know by smashing a like button next to your winner of our list.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. 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 of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

Brilliant musicians, consistently strong albums, and a phenomenal live act (when they didn't screw up). One of my favourites growing up, they lose points for their shameless (if somewhat overstated) plagiarism that dogs their early albums.

The best pure Rock band period. There is no debate. Sorry Stones fans. Zeppelin didn't try and match the Beatles or anyone else album for album and fall short in most cases. They are so much more than just their 5 or 10 mega hits, Each album has some great songs that any fan of rock & roll can appreciate.

When I put a led Zeppelin album on I feel like the air is sudenly heavier, they're dark and mysterious, very bluesy. They're music has an effect on me. It's like falling head first into a vortex. When the album is over, it's like waking up from a great dream. No other bands can do THAT !

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Metallica

Metallica is an American heavy metal band based in San Rafael, California. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. Metallica's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

They are a great band and I love a lot of their songs, and I am sure some people would consider them their favorite metal band ever.

Posibly the definitive metal band by the end of the 80's, they created the speed/agressive combo that has been the characteristic of metal since. If only more of their albums were like their first 4... anyway, 'til the early 90's they were untochable, but they jumped the shark and became a parody of themselves.

Impresionante banda al principio. Desde Load ya la estan cagando.

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Nirvana

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain, their music continues to maintain a popular following and to inspire and influence modern rock and roll culture.

I think people tend to either overrate or underrate Nirvana. Some think they're the best, some think they're trashy. Well, I disagree with both. What they were was the main face of a movement they didn't want anything to do with. They were certainly not as artistically groundbreaking as many people have been led to believe, but let's be honest, most grunge bands were hardly innovative. Their iconic status may be slightly undeserved, but their influence is undeniable. Their lyrics are often so-so, but the raw emotion of Kurt's voice and the band's passionate playing makes it irrelevant. Best band of all time? Fuck no. They're not even the best band of the 90s. Hell, they may not even be the best grunge band. But that doesn't mean they weren't good. They were actually a pretty solid act, in my opinion, and there will always be room for Nevermind in my top 100.

It would have been interesting to see where Nirvana had gone after In Utero/Unplugged, some of their finest work. Speaking honestly though, the only way it could have gone is the way it did. Nirvana and Kurt left their mark and defined a generation and then some.  This band might not be for everyone. But if you get it, you get it. Beautifully simplistic with thoughtful lyrics and great drumming. Nevermind, In Utero and the Unplugged are staples in my collection.

Nirvana has carried me all through my childhood, and this band is amazing. I absolutely hate how Smells Like Teen Spirit gets so much credit when Nirvana has so many other great songs that nobody really knows, such as Pennyroyal Tea, Breed, or even Something In The Way which are all great songs that I wouldn't think a "True" Nirvana fan would know. I wish I could see these guys live when Kurt was still alive. But other than that, great band.

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Queen

Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.

First 5 albums were amazing - singles band after that, but good singles. Innuendo is a hugely underrated album, and The Prophet's Song is probably better than Bohemian Rhapsody. Consistently an AMAZING live act. Huge talent in all four members. Probably the best overall band of all time from an objective perspective.

I love them!

They're more of a singles band, and not an albums band. There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm just saying it's probably a better use of money to buy two Greatest Hits albums than like seven albums where you only like two songs on each album. They're still legends though. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the best songs ever written.

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The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the counterculture of the 1960s.

Not that they really need my validation, but it's no surprise that they're pretty much ubiquitous as the greatest musicians of all time 50+ years after their peak. Man what it would've been like to grow up during the 60s....

"The Beatles" made in the mid and late 60's albums that influence people till today. My second favourite band of all time. "I read the news today, oh boy"

I know, i know. It was the sixties and they did not have much equipment, and they made the best out of it. But to be honest, I don't think that they have that many good songs on each album that it's worth listening to. I think they have more weird songs than good songs. Abby Road, Rubber Soul, Revolver and Help! are the only albums that I can enjoy from beginning to end. I like when Bands experiment with sounds, but I don't think that the sounds they managed make added more quality to their songs. The lyric is genius though. I'm sorry if you beatle-lovers feel hurt or pissed off. Please don't kill me.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music.

Pink Floyd transcend time. They are the human condition summarised in musical form. Can be over-indulgent at times though their many many fantastic albums make up for that.

Pink Floyd is my favorite band, and one of only four bands I gave a perfect rating to. (The others are Led Zep, The Beatles, and The Stones.) Their catalogue isn't perfect (whose is?), but in their prime they had three very talented songwriters contributing to music never heard before or since, music of a very high level of creativity. The period between Atom Heart Mother and the Wall was especially fruitful, with every album (except perhaps Ummagumma) another solid brick in the wall of their legend. A lot is made of the friction between the band members that eventually split them apart, but they (like The Beatles) were at their best when everyone was contributing equally. No one can move me like Floyd, and I'm fairly sure no one ever will.

Pink Floyd had and has no peer. Even their early, somewhat inaccessible music (Atom Heart Mother, Ummagumma) becomes a real treat if you take the band's journey into account. I saw them live in 1988 here in Oz and they are still the best live band ever. Odd that Radiohead is above them in the Band's rankings...

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The Who

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and holding a reputation for their live shows and studio work.

Live at Leeds is the best live album I've ever heard. It's what really pushes The Who well into my top 5 favorite bands.

Killer singles, fantastic albums and incredible concerts, The Who is the greatest rock band of them all.

One of the 5 best bands of all time. It's just plain wrong that the Who is ranked behind the Clash.

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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 ...read more.

great debut album, after that a bit hit and miss....

A band that burst onto the scene, burning with an intense flame, then burnt out. Too many egos. But for a brief while, they ripped apart hair metal and restored order to hard rock. Appetite is a landmark.

Great first album. Appetite truly kicked ass. It was also fresh and creative. After Appetite For Destruction they had a few good songs but no good albums. Axel has a good voice and Slash is one of the best guitar players rock music has ever seen, but the band didn't know where to go after their initial success. They ended up putting out shitty work.

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The Rolling Stones

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

Some on the BEA site love to rip on the Stones... I'd agree that in the last 30 years they've produced nothing of merit and have sullied their image somewhat. People forget how huge these guys were. They were rock and roll. They rivaled the Beatles, overshadowed Led Zeppelin, and developed the sleazy bluesy sound.

The greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the world? Yes. Just plain yes. Because in it's BEST form, RNR is four bar blues reassembled. Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman have my vote as the greatest rhythm section in the history of Rock and Roll.

A history of great music. They have released A LOT of crappy music, but have also released some of the best music ever written. A Bigger Bang was even worth coming back to. Favorite albums are Some Girls, Exile, and Hot Rocks (I feel they are a hits band, not the best album writers).

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AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. A hard rock/blues rock band, they have also been considered a heavy metal band, although they have always dubbed their music simply "rock and roll". AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975; Malcolm and Angus were the only original members left in the band. Membership subsequently stabilised until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage.

One of the best hard rock bands ever.

Yeah...they are what they are. Hard to deny the rockin' awesomeness of Thunderstruck and Shook me All Night Long but seriously, couldn't really listen to more than two or three songs in a row by these guys. If you're at a wedding and the DJ plays a little ACDC you gotta get out on the dancefloor but every song sounds the same so they have to be taken in small doses. They have limited application for short periods of time.

Not my favorite band... even though everyone seems to love them. Back in Black, High Voltage, and Highway to Hell. I think I'd be okay just with those. For Those About to Rock is great too. Watching Angus play is my favorite thing about this band.

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Aerosmith

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists.

Not particularly fussed on much post "Pump" but their 70s and to a lesser extent 80s stuff puts them up there with the greats.

Not an album band, but still make cool albums. Nonetheless, Rocks, Toys In the Attic and a few others are favourites of mine.

I really like Aerosmith but Toys apart, they haven't produced a truely great album so don't stand comparison with the true rock great like Jimi, Sabbath or Zeppelin.

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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are a British heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-eight albums, including sixteen studio albums, eleven live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Hallowed be thy name best metal song ever, one of the best of all time sure! I love Rime of the Ancient Mariner too, so strange and atmospheric, splendid lyrics

I remember I saw these guys live in 2010... Very good metal band, one of the best of all time no question.

A great metal band. Nothing wrong with Bruce as singer but Paul Di'Anno was seriosly underrated. Their first album is one of their best.

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Black Sabbath (Best Bands)

Black Sabbath is a top band when it comes to heavy music and heavy metal in particular. Since the origin in 1969, Black Sabbath have influenced the whole industry, setting the beginning of doom metal and reaching the mark of 70 million sold albums as of 2000. Ozzy and the crew know how to do crazy stuff.

I guess Ozzy Osbourne really needed Tommy Iommi and the others... On his own, he's become a caricature of himself. Black Sabbath deserve the plaudits they receive as the fathers of metal.

Creators of a genre of music. That's pretty fucking awesome I say. The albums Sabbath made are great also and it was with Ronnie James Dio that they made their perfect masterpiece. Heaven And Hell.

Folks, if you really love Black Sabbath during the Ozzy years, I HIGHLY recommend finding the English remasters. You can get them individually or in a fancy box set (you may have to special order them.) However, it is well worth it because they are much clearer and enhance instrumentation that is lost in the mush of the crappy U.S. Warner Brothers versions. Hey WB, get on the ball and Remaster Black Sabbath for release in the U.S.!

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

These guys are definitely one of the most popular modern rock bands to take you to the other side. Long prolific career, never ending fame, and hype, original clips, RHCP are the titans of the industry. Operating since 1983, they are gurus of funk rock and never fail in delivering quality content to the listeners. Despite the normal process of aging, the Peppers are not looking like stopping their engines. Improvised live performances get us the feeling of a constant jam and the fun and joy the artist are experiencing are viral, spreading through the audience and filling the concert halls with a distinct energy, only possible for the RHCP.

Like most of the bands, they experienced a change of personnel, rotating the musicians if need be, but absolutely no result in the end quality can be spotted. One of the major blows to the team was the death of Hillel Slovak, aged 28. His drug addiction undermined his health and eventually, his heart stopped beating after an overdose. He hid his addiction from everyone and this was one of the reasons for not getting help in time.

RHCP received the global fame only in the 90s and have not disappeared from the music radars ever since. Producing iconic albums and singles, guys were conquering huge space in their fans’ hearts. The band has already left a huge legacy behind them and a whole generation of young adults who were born and raised under their music and artistic performances. Only Californication sold 16 million copies worldwide, let alone the combination of all other albums.

What do you think about the Chili Peppers and how long ago did you hear their first song? All of that and more can be discussed in the comment section for this band, right below.

I guess I don't get it. They're good, they have some great singles. I've listened to a ton of their albums and honestly feel that they didn't change their sound up too much. I guess that's fine for some people, but I'm interested in artists who evolve over time. I found a lot of it to be bland.

The only band that succesfully kept the funk genre alive during the 90's. I respect that.

RHCPs changed music with their incredible style and energy. I have savored the experience of listening to their music for the better part of my life. I remember hearing Blood Sugar Sex Magik when it came out it blew my mind. They have continually rewarded us with great music with integrity. I recommend all of their albums not a mediocre in the bunch.

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Rush

Some say. Rush is the best band ever in Canada. Emerging in 1968, these guys have taken progressive rock and heavy metal up to a new level. Crazy number of 20 studio albums gives the fans a ton of material to listen and love the Rush even more. The legacy of this guys is going strong.

La mejor banda de hard rock-progresivo, desde su segundo album de estudio "Fly by night"('75) al décimo "Grace under pressure" ('84)alcanzaron picos máximos de creatividad. La segunda mitad de los ochenta los encontró demasiado imbuidos con el sonido del sintetizador, pero poco a poco retomaron el sonido de la guitarra como elemento principal. Su último album "Clockwork angels" ('12) los muestra en su mejor estado en décadas, y ya se habla de un nuevo clásico en su discografía. Rush es de las pocas bandas que con cada disco han ofrecido algo distinto, y cada album suyo garantiza, sino el total, no menos de la mitad de temas de altísima calidad.

I bet many people who first hear Rush think there are at least 4 people in the band. That is how well they sound and obviously I'm not the first to say that here. They are just one of the most fun bands to listen to and sing along with.

One of the most underrated bands of the seventies. Sure, some of their stuff was cheesy (Hemispheres, anyone?), but things like 2112 have never been duplicated in music.

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Linkin Park

It took these guys only one album to prove that they are among the best modern rock bands. 4 years after the formation of the band, they reach huge popularity, all thanks to the Hybrid Theory, which was a true revelation for the critics and those who love a good sound. The band emerged with nu metal and alternative music and the album sold 11 million copies, reaching the Diamond status.

The band was pressured by the fans who wanted more of the same and Meteora came out in 2003, following the same metal pattern and gained huge popularity. Linkin Park started touring and headlining many festivals worldwide along with the most famous musicians. Minutes of Midnight was a big turn towards more classic rock sound and band members confessed that this is what they feel comfortable with. Next albums were even a bigger step towards a lighter sound which was controversial, yet the albums were selling magnificently. LP music featured in movies and games.

2017 for Linkin Park is known for the release of the seventh album of the group. It is notable that we will not hear heavy drums and riffs as we are used to. The guys have reached a point in their career when they can sing whatever they like and still have millions of supporters purchasing their albums, creating full artistic freedom for experimenting and trying out the new look of the band.

Which albums do you like the most? Would you prefer hearing old songs or more into the recent creations of Chester, Mike and Co? Share your opinion in the comment section created specifically for the Linkin Park.

This band has it's highs and lows. When it has it's highs, such as Hybrid Theory, Meteora, or Minuets to Midnight, I find this band's high energy and loud music enjoyable. As for it's lows, such as A Thousand Suns, I find it hard to listen to some times, such as how they have so many instrumentals such as, The Requiem, Empty Spaces, Fallout, and many more. Living Things in my opinion is in the middle. This band is amazing live. If you ever get a chance to see them, go. Overall this is a good, not quite great band. And I don't understand why this band gets so much hate.

Rips of NIN's already hilariously bad lyrics, little musical talent besides that

So overrated. How many songs about anger can a band have? There's some musical talent here, but they need to spend many sessions in the counsellor's office before they can write about something else besides pain, loss, anger and how the world sucks. Maybe lock them in a room with Elmo?

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Oakfield

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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 ...read more.

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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. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a quote made by William Blake, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."

Easily my favorite band from the '60s, even a bit better than the Beatles.

Jim Morrison was pretentious as fuck, a Rimbaud wannabe, a big load of his poetry only made sense on his head, I guess this is what makes The Doors so good to me. The band takes you on a journey of madness, that yeah! It's all about style, but it's also all about musical quality.

One of my favorite bands, from the epic "The End" all the way to "Riders On the Storm", these guys have it all; rock, psychedelic, poetry, jazz, blues, folk, and so many more. Such an amazing electric band, the only thing that truly held them back was the erratic and drunkenness of Jim Morrison, if he hadn't of died, they would have possibly have published 3 or more albums, not counting the non-Morrison albums.

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Green Day

These Oakland kings of punk rock are still kicking it. One of the top modern rock bands, a regular and a wanted visitor of Billboard music charts, Green Day stands out a big time when talking about punk. More than 30 years on stage, these golden oldies know what is good music and we love them for it.

Green Day are on the stage since 1986, when 14-year-old Billie Joe Armstrong assembled his friends into an underground band. Green Day was performing in the clubs and gaining popularity step by step. While the period from the birth of the band and up to 1994 was a moderate success with Billy and company were working their way up the rock ladder, the next two years are a pure breakthrough.

Green Day are signed by Reprise and release Dookie, a total hit, which has skyrocketed band’s success, sales, and overall popularity. Guys were on top of commercial summary as their rock machine was going at full speed. After a lengthy period of mediocre success, guys release American Idiot and enjoy a new income of fame, money, and listeners. An album that targeted politics and specifically President Bush simply could not go unnoticed, especially when a good music was backing it up.

Twelve studio albums, Grammy awards, millions of fans, all of the was earned by hard work and sweat on the stage. Green Day still are the kings of punk rock, not listening to anyone and singing about what they please.

Tell us what you think about the music of Green Day and how much are you waiting for the thirteenth album to come out! Share your favorite songs, concerts, lyrics and opinions in the comment box below.

Another good rock band, in my opinion.

Green Day started out as a good post-punk band, along with The Offspring and blink-182, but eventually they evolved into a band that won't admit that they're not punk anymore but just write rock operas. They've made good music, but nothing comes close to Dookie.

Well Green Day were awesome when they first came out with Dookie. They were a cool punk band that you could listen to without getting yelled at by you're parents. But then they stopped being so punk and got a lot more full of themselves. I really respect them for still being around and for not letting this modern music industry swallow them up, but yeah there not very good (or as good) as they were before.

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Rise Against

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Breaking Benjamin

One of the most popular modern rock bands, Breaking Benjamin is a Pennsylvania band that is known for its consistency and hard-rock, alternative metal sound. Formed by Benjamin Burnley in 1999 and getting its name by pure coincidence, originating from a comment of the microphone that Burnley managed to break. There is only one member who has been active since the early beginnings and it’s the founding father himself, Ben Burnley.

The group started as two friends performing covers of popular artists in clubs and pubs of Pennsylvania. Burnley was writing songs and music on his free time, but it never saw the world until the 2002. It was the debut album, “Saturate” and the next one after 2 years that made the band popular outside of their state and they commenced a tour with Evanescence. Wide popularity was quick to come as the guys were touring all over the US, releasing multi-platinum singles and albums.

The band postponed their activity in 2011 due to the health condition of Burnley and later trials with the vocalist on one side and two other members on another. Burnley won the case and acquired the right to all products connected with the name Breaking Benjamin and the brand itself and fired the musicians. After recruiting new members, the band continued their tours and recorded new album. Breaking Benjamin now discovers new lands, as they are visiting Ukraine for the first time and generally Europe for the second. This is a true indicator of a loyal fan base around the world due to stability when it comes to the style and music that band adopts.

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Foo Fighters

Founded by Dave Grohl of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain, Foo Fighters quickly gained the fame and were called one of the best alternative bands. The band has recorded 9 studio albums, all much loved and revered by the fans and critics. All albums combined have sold 30 million copies globally.

This band can kick some ass! Dave Grohl is a genius, he makes the songs amazing with his vocals, and guitar. Even if he's screaming his balls off, or slowly and softly singing the song, it will come out awesome. This band is amazing live! You'll get what you paid for, and more. Overall one of the better bands of this generation.

Simply the best band since the 90s. They're always doing awesome albuns and their shows, what can I say, they just really love to play and Dave Ghroll is an fuc#ing amazing artist!

The Foo Fighters' longevity and ridiculous amount of success are Dave Grohl's answer to Kurt Cobain's despair at rock and roll's limitations.

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Van Halen

Van Halen is 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. The band went on to become major stars, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time.

I am a huge fan of the original lineup. I believe their debut is one of the best albums of all time. Van Halen II, And Women and Children First have some great songs but I prefer the Fair Warning and Diver Down. With 1984 they blew up and broke up. They were very much of their time.

Van Halen is one of the most influential rock bands of their time. Of course that means without Van Halen there probably wouldn't have been that god awful hair metal scene throughout the 80's. However, I forgive them for that because I enjoy their work with Roth and a number of tracks from the Hagar era. Very talented band with a couple classic albums.

Welcome to the most misunderstood band in rock and roll history. Van Halen's debut in 1978 ("Van Halen") is a rock n' roll "game-changer," in the same way as Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" or "Led Zeppelin," or "The Ramones." It's difficult to describe via antecedents: the attitude of The Ramones, the musicianship of Led Zeppelin, filtered through blaxploitation films, Southern California skateboarding culture, and drugs. The band's (now) seven studio albums with David Lee Roth will likely appeal to the inner-10 year old in everyone, (if that inner-10 year-old still exists, that is,) and its propensity to experiment with diverse musical styles will appeal to all but the most jaded, (a la The Beatles.) By "1984" (not just a year and George Orwell apocalyptic scenario, but a Van Halen album too) - the garage band aspects that defined Van Halen's first five albums have been smoothed, but not eliminated - and the band's experimentation continues, resulting in a blockbuster album that defined an era, (in America, an entire generation.) Van Halen - when David Lee Roth is in the band - mixes characteristics from diverse musical genres, ultimately creating something unique. This is evident on its 1970s releases ("Van Halen," and ""Van Halen II,") and even more so in the '80s, but impossible to ignore by Van Halen's "I can't believe it's this good" 2012 comeback album, "A Different Kind of Truth." Van Halen released five albums without David Lee Roth as singer, all of which sound quite different than those released with him. The best of these is "5150," (1986,) on which Eddie Van Halen continues his experiment with new wave. 1991's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991) can be inconsistent, but the highlights are enjoyable.

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U2

Originating from Dublin, Ireland, U2 is known for their incorporation of multiple genres which now makes alternative bands to worship these guys. U2 manages to play different music and keep the same style thanks to vocals and guitar. Since 1976 they have released 13 studio albums and don’t look like stopping.

It's strange to me that people either love this band to an obnoxious degree or hate them to death. U2 really are a good band, but I guess it's "cool" to hate them. At the end of the day, they are a singles band. Their albums struggle too much with consistency. When I listen to a U2 album, there's typically two or three awesome tunes, half a dozen mediocre to good songs and a song or two that is terribly subpar. I do think The Unforgettable Fire is the exception to this rule as it holds up pretty well. The only weak track on that particular album is the one that Brian Eno forced them to put on the record, so I can forgive them for that misstep.

I've tried to understand why they are loved by so many. I certainly don't think they're terrible, they're a good band, no more, no less.

What unfortunately hurts U2 is their comercial legacy and their "we are saviors of the world" attitude, however no one can deny that they have recorded some of the best albums in the last 30 years so I guess that is that. It's difficult for me to think they are overrated just becaus they aren't a metal band.

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Avenged Sevenfold

A lot of supporters name these guys among the top metalcore bands, but this title is more connected to the beginning of their career. Rough vocals and percussion were changed to heavy metal and hard rock, widening the circle of listeners. The band is hugely popular among all generations and supports Metallica in their tours.

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Can

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Muse

One of English best modern bands and worldwide heroes of alternative rock, Muse has already cemented their place in the rock history. Their debut album came out in 1999, despite the band’s foundation in 1994. It took them whole five years to get this thing sorted out properly, defining the sound of the group and stating that they are not in the industry to be forgotten soon. Next album followed up in 2 years, continuing the music ideas of its predecessor and solidifying the band’s positions as one that takes British music to the global popularity.

Third album broke the record, as the first one to stay at the top of UK albums five times in a row. 2006 was the year of Supermassive Black Hole and further extension of international popularity. Introducing electronic and pop elements, the album reinstated the legacy of Depeche Mode and increased the number of people who were looking for the good music and discovered Muse.

Band’s trophy shelf includes two Grammy awards and many British ones as the sign of global recognition and appreciation of their music. The sound itself combines progressive metal, art rock and electronic touches. It is not a rare thing to hear symphonic orchestras in their songs that just indicate how big of a scale these guys are aiming for. Since the global audience discovered Muse, there was no shortage in those who desired to see them in their country, therefore the band is touring all over the world and promise to visit North America in a short time. Are you waiting for Muse to come to your city? Tell us in the comments!

Matt Bellamy must be one of the most vocally overacted and affected singers of all time. I mean, I can enjoy some drama, but listening to this guy is like listening to Thom Yorke playing Jesus Christ Superstar right after telling him that his mother has died and while a football player kicks his balls.

Its incredible that the latest work has made them more successfull and is an indication of why they have become one of the biggest "sell out" bands of this generation. Enjoy the glory lads. In saying that I always felt they were commercially driven and a marketing wet dream.

Muse was my favorite band when I was younger, but I don't like them that much these days. Muse is very talented, but Matt Bellamy's voice is very annoying, his lyrics are cliched, overly simplistic crap that a middle school student would write, and their music is very repetitive. Similar to what other people have said, Muse is inconsistent, and their music feels so shallow, fake & artificial. Muse lacks emotion & substance, and they're so focused on being dramatic & over the top that they forget how to write genuinely good songs. Additionally, Muse has gotten worse over time; The Resistance was the beginning of the end for Muse, and The 2nd Law is basically a parody of everything that Muse has done over the years. Muse is also EXTREMELY overrated on this site. I cannot understand why their albums (particularly Absolution, Origin of Symmetry & Black Holes and Revelations) are ranked so highly on the "top albums of all time". Furthermore, Absolution, Origin of Symmetry & Black Holes and Revelations are actually ranked higher than albums by The Cure, The Clash, R.E.M., Talking Heads, Wire, Dead Kennedys, Elvis Costello, Gang of Four, The Replacements & Sonic Youth. WTF?! Seriously, Best Ever Albums, are you kidding me? I can't believe that this site implies that Muse is better than all of those artists that I mentioned. At the very least, though, Black Holes and Revelations is probably Muse's best overall album (I'm most likely in ythe minority for saying this, though), and it had some very good songs on it.

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Journey

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30 Seconds to Mars

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Pearl Jam

This Seattle-based group is one of the most popular alternative bands with more than 60 million copies of their albums sold, 32 million of which were sold in the United States. The band performs since 1990 and never experienced a shuffle of the members, retaining the same musicians in the ranks.

Yes you can listen to a lot of bands that sound like Pearl Jam now because there are a lot of bands that have tried to copy the Pearl Jam sound. But they were and continue to be innovators. Ten is one of my favorite albums of all time but I don't want another Ten every 2-3 years or that would get boring. The best thing about Pearl Jam is that they continue to challenge themselves to find new things and along the way they challenge their fans too. No Code and Binaural are much better albums than they are given credit for because they take time to sink in.

Ten is a decent album. However, Pearl Jam is not anywhere near the top 25 bands of all time. They don't produce any of the mind numbing garbage that floods the radio, however, they excel in doing nothing remarkable.

Pearl Jam is a performance band. Even though none of their albums are the top of my chart, they would be if I were to make a band chart. It seems the latest album you listened from them is always the best one. They have been so consistent.

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Three Days Grace

This Ontario-based band is the synonym for alt-rock and is among the best modern bands. Besides the distinct sound, the band is also famous for the previous vocalist Adam Gontier, whose voice was another landmark of a breakthrough in music that these Canadians have managed to pull off.

1997 is the year when Three Days Grace started their existence. First performing on underground stages in Canada, they quickly became famous in limited circles because the new vibes and experiments with a music that already had its laws. Grunge riffs and Gontier’s voice made the fans feel that specific tasty crunch. I Hate Everything About You hit the #1 spot in Canada and started a long series of singles that reached that height on charts. Their albums were acknowledged as platinum and double-platinum in some occasions. 3DG, starting as support band for more famous colleagues soon began touring and participating as the headliners of many festivals, along with Skillet and Seether.

2013 was the year of changes for 3DG, as Gontier announced his departure from the band. He has now started new band, named Saint Asonia, and performs separately. Matt Walst became the new lead singer of the band. This change was controversially received by the fans, as most of them miss the distinct voice of Adam and a huge migration of fans was recorded, pointing out that the vocalist is the defining part of any band.

What do you think about the band with the new vocalist? Let us know how you think the band should move on from their previous achievements and make Matt Walst the new idol for the diehard supporters.

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Bon Jovi

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Radiohead

How do you distinguish a representative of top modern rock bands? 30 million album sales should help you out a little bit. These English guys from boys’ school showed the world how the real music should be played and became the gods to the music community. The artists themselves mentioned that the influence behind their music was rock, electronica, and even hip-hop. We will have to thank big artists of those styles for inspiring the Radiohead to achieve what they have already and presenting to us some of the best albums in history.

Thom Yorke, the lead vocalist, is the main person behind most of the lyrics and songs and he is the one who created magnificent stories that we still can’t get enough of. Releasing “Creep” in 1996 instantly made Radiohead a known band throughout the world and their third album only increased the popularity. This is the band that was quick to gain the fame and never lets it go, unlike many other quick-born stars, known by only one song. Radiohead guys pressed on and kept creating music that got people by their hearts.

Guys have produced 9 albums so far, collaborating with artists, producers, and orchestras. Top quality content is a deserved landmark of Radiohead and the iconic look of the band members. The sound that they manage to extract from their instruments is sometimes beyond comprehension and that is what we love about these Brits.

What do you think about this gem of alternative music? Are you a creep and a weirdo and not afraid to sing about that publically? Let the community know in the comments! We’re sure there are millions of those who will gladly share the feeling with you.

Easily the most critically acclaimed artist since The Beatles, and their sparkling consistency shows it. They never really needed maturing, but they did grow as a group from album to album so that fans of all genres could eventually grow to love their music. Key Albums: Amnesiac, OK Computer, Kid A Key Songs: Pyramid Song, Paranoid Android, True Love Waits

I have to thank this band for introducing me to so many genres of music. Starting of with Pablo Honey they had a fun sound with some catchy grunge songs. The bends rook that idea and made it 100x better with better songwriting and much better performance from the band and Amazing production. OK Computer might be the best album ever. Kid A is my favorite record, in Rainbows is One of the most Well balanced albums ever with no bad song. A moon shaped pool was a sign that radiohead stays great even after 23years

I feel unfit to post my opinion of Radiohead. I've been listening to them for just over seven months. If it were up to me, I would have every album of theirs by now, and I would've bought them in order of release date to listen to their progression. Alas, I started with OK Computer. I listened to it all the way through, and wasn't immediately in awe of it, but after just one more listen, I was hooked. So far I own (in order of my personal favourites), OK Computer, Kid A, Hail to the Thief, and Pablo Honey. After listening to OK Computer for four months straight, I then listened to Hail to the Thief five or more times before listening to Pablo Honey around the same amount, now I own Kid A. After listening to each of these albums, I only have one thing to say to anyone who has not listened to Radiohead before; look up the style of each of their albums, then decide the best one for your taste, then buy that album. It's best to listen to an entire album, rather than the singles because you become more immersed in the music, and can appreciate it more easily. For the most part I think that people who say Radiohead are overrated, or just flat out terrible, don't really listen to their music, and don't listen to it enough. I'll be honest, the first time I listened to Kid A, I wasn't sure what to think of it, then, I really made myself listen to the music, and I found more appreciation for it with each listen through. Radiohead isn't a surface band, they aren't pop, where everything is spelled out for you, you have to really think of where they're coming from, and try to relate it to yourself. That's the only input I feel fit to give at this point, but I don't feel like I should need to give my input, their music speaks for itself, you just have to listen closely enough.

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System of a Down

System of a Down, sometimes shortened to SOAD or System, is an Armenian-American heavy metal band from Glendale, California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, backing vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums).

Thrown in a sea of below average bands in the nu-metal scene in the nineties System prevails to stand out but how much of that is actually worthwhile? Every time I go back to them remembering I was a huge fan a few years back I get an overwhelming feeling of average from the band. They have their strengths but I believe they falter a lot much like their peers (Static X, Mushroomhead, Deftones).

You have to have some respect for a band that managed to rise out of that cesspool of Limp Bizkit, Stain'd and Korn shit from the late 90s and still maintained more than a shred of dignity.

Una de mis bandas prodigias del heavy metal, sin ella nunca me hubiera gustado el rock ni la música, una banda realmente nostalgica. Ojala se venga el próximo disco.

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Huge under every point of view, one of the greatest and more influencial band ever.

Favorite artist of all time. Other artists have one or two good albums, then fade into obscurity. Zeppelin made a career out of writing good albums, and that is not even taking into account their live albums. Certainly worth a try if you haven't heard them yet.

t's not so much the albums that I love them for, it's just their indvidual songs. Because no other band in history has been able to create a catalog as vibrant or as driving as Led Zeppelin. Oh, and then there's the riffs. And the guitar solos.

Inventors of hard rock and one of the greatest bands ever. There isn't much more to say.

God bless the Holy Quartet!!! He learned what is real ROCK!!!

Mega talented. Incredibly consisitent. Greatest band ever in my opinion. Bowed out with dignity instead of flogging a dead horse like some other British rock bands.

Mega talented. Incredibly consisitent. Greatest band ever in my opinion. Bowed out with dignity instead of flogging a dead horse like some other British rock bands.

Fantastic music and very influential. Hard Rock and Metal wouldn't have turned out the way it did without these guys. Plant, Page, Jones, Bonham... I salute you.

Some of the greatest plagiarists in the history of music. They had great taste. It's a shame they seemed to fail to credit the original songwriters of many of their songs. Zeppelin's versions were usually pretty incredible.

I am not a huge fan of this band. Jimmy Page is an excellent guitar player and Robert Plant is a good frontman. Certainly a talented and influential band but not my style I guess.

One of the greatest of all time. Definitely deserve to be in the top 5 on this site.

Greatest Blues cover band of all time, because their hard electrified take on it became something of their own. Too bad they stole riffs instead of just covering them. Am I insinuating that Led Zeppelin was worse than the Stones in that respect?? YES. The Stones probably did steal quite a lot but they usually gave blues musicians credit when due. The only major Led Zeppelin song with a blues man credit is You Shook Me, what a load of shi*

The greatest example of evolution in music this world will ever witness.

The fact that The Beatles were able to pull off so many albums in a five year span is just amazing to me. I used to think that the Beatles were overrated until I truly started to listen to Sgt. Pepper's, Revolver, and Abbey Road.

I used to think of The Beatles as an overrated band that made catchy, fun pop tunes, and had received the mantle of best band ever because that music is pretty difficult to hate. This faulty opinion has since been corrected. They made incredible, inventive music, and that incredible music changed music history. 100/100 needs no justification.

Ask a random stranger on the street, what's the greatest band of all times? There are big chances of replying "The Beatles", their influences not only were in music, but went far away from that. They were already history even when George Harrison was still alive, one of the greatest groups of all time. At this point of time, who hasn't heard of the Beatles?

I thought the Beatles were overrated for a long time without even giving them a chance. I'm was an idiot for a long time. No one matches their songcraft, harmony, lyrics, cohesiveness, and versatility in a 10-15 year period. Truly a rare achievement where skill and popularity match. This isn't for everyone I'm sure. The pop sensibilities and McCartney/Ringo are prone to syrupy sweetness which will be a turn off to some. McCartney and Lennon battle/rivalry around the direction of the band and what musical genius is by definition and output pushed both to higher planes then they probably get to alone. A healthy rivalry is good. And their development is a blast to witness album to album. They are so poppy and cohesive in the beginning and then you see the rift in musical approach between the two. Lennon with his belief that a message is most important. McCartney believing it's a tune that matters most. It's a musical debate that still wages on today. Either way, The Beatles killed both aspects and that is why they reign supreme

Their massive influence aside, The Beatles were master craftsmen and above all, consistent. It's so hard NOT to like them given the amount of genres and styles they've covered.

Ever inventive, I can't think of a single band that evolved so much in such a short space of time. Listen to their first effort 'Please Please Me' and then their last, 'Abbey Road', and realise that just 6 years separate them. Everything else in between is also worth a listen too :)

Who'd have thought the Beatles could have been better? Here's my hypothesis: Lennon and McCartney only wrote songs together on a minority of occasions, A Day in the Life the best example. The usual coarse was that they would write individually, they just had an agreement to credit each other. It maybe that their egos spurred each other to greater song writing. However, Lennon was the better lyricist, McCartney the better melodic musician; so why not put aside rivalry and combine each others forte? If they had tried this approach for at least a third of the time we wouldn't have songs like Maxwell's Silver Hammer. After all other partnerships have benefitted by this method; Morrissey/Marr, Jagger/Richards, Waters/Gilmour etc

Not really my favorite band,but i can understand and even get behind the infinite praise they receive as the greatest musical artists ever. Still absolutely fantastic and extremely influential.

Personally, I think they were the greatest band ever, because I enjoy them the most and discover something new every time, especially with the later stuff.

I do not like The Beatles because of their influence I like The Beatles BECAUSE I LIKE THEM! Greatest band I've ever heard, personally.

I don´t quite get why everyone thinks you have to like their music just because they had so much influence. No offense, i like them, but it´s nothing special for me. Just my five cents.

nfluential band, that cannot be refuted. However, I find them vastly overrated as there are many bands who made overall better music than the Beatles.