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Best Rock Bands of All Time Who Took Music to a Whole New Level

Best Rock Bands of All Time
Ever since its inception into mainstream music a long, long time ago, rock has been on top of almost every other genre ever. The names in rock are bigger and better known to a fan than the top politicians in his or her country.
Arjun Kulkarni
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2019
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Who compiles the list of best rock bands? There have been so many bands and so many changes in 'rock music', it is only impossible to try to have a universally acceptable list. Any parameter to compare the bands like album sales or duration would be contentious.
Top 10 Best Rock Bands Ever
"Come crawling faster...
Obey your master..."

Metallica was, is and always be THE band. Hearing first notes to The Unforgiven II, people knew they had found someone, they would love forever!
Over the years, the line-up has seen a few changes. The earliest line-up included James Hetfield (Vocals and Guitar Riffs), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitars), Cliff Burton (Bass Guitar) and Lars Ulrich (Drums). Metallica released their first album Kill 'em All in 1983 and their latest album Death Magnetic in 2008.
Dave Mustaine was kicked out even before the first album was released and was replaced by Kirk Hammett in 1983. After the death of Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted came on to play the bass guitar. Jason Newsted left the band in 2001 for "personal reasons" and was replaced by Robert Trujillo who continues to play for the band.
The best songs by the 'monster' include Creeping Death, Master of Puppets, One, Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, and the more recent The Day that Never Comes.
Pink Floyd
"come on you seer of visions..
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner and shine!"

A band that is beyond classification, Pink Floyd, has successfully endured great turmoil to emerge one of the best. The original line-up in 1965 had Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (vocals, bass guitar), Richard Wright (keyboards) and Syd Barrett (guitars).
David Gilmour joined in 1968 as a lead guitarist. After many fights with the other band members, Syd Barrett left the band in 1968. The golden era for the band came in the 1970s, after which Richard Wright left, in 1979. After departure of Roger Waters in 1985, Gilmour took over vocals, but Waters' haunting singing will always stay with the listeners.
The best works of Pink Floyd include Wish You Were Here, Time, Money, Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall.
Led Zeppelin
(L-R) John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin attend a press conference
"'s been a long time, been a long time,
been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time..."
To the shock and horror of classic rock purists, Led Zeppelin comes in this list at a rather lowly third (most people think they should come at number one). The four-piece English band had quite an impressive line-up with Jimmy Page (lead guitars), John Bonham (drums), John Paul Jones (bass guitar) and the incomparable Robert Plant (vocals).
The line-up of this band formed in 1968 was unchanged till death of John Bonham in 1980, after which they disbanded. But in the short time that they played, they gave fans a lot to scream about. While Stairway to Heaven remains their best song (and perhaps the best song by any artist), other notables are Black Dog, Immigrant Song, Kashmir, Rock and Roll.
Iron Maiden
" take my life...but I'll take yours too..."

A bias for slightly louder forms of music comes to the fore, as number 4 spot goes to Iron Maiden. Another enduring British band, it has seen only a few line-up changes in the 24 years it has been playing. It was one of the best rock bands in the 80s and it still is one of the best acts you'll see today.
Iron Maiden was founded 1975 by Steve Harris (bass guitar). Iron Maiden are largely credited with ushering in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and it will take long to mention the bands who take musical influence from 'the Beast'.
Iron Maiden currently stars Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Dave Murray (guitars), Janick Gers (guitars), Adrian Smith (guitars) and Nicko McBrain (drums) along with the immortal Steve Harris. Their best works are The Number of the Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Fear of the Dark and a personal favorite The Trooper.
The Beatles
"...but when I get home to you,
I find the things that you do,
will make me feel alright..."

The Beatles are one of the bands which will be remembered by the whole world, not just rock-music lovers. They had a largely unchanged line-up from their inception in 1960 till their break-up in 1970. In fact, they made John and Paul most popular names.
The Beatles had John Lennon (vocals, guitars), Paul McCartney (vocals, bass), George Harrison (lead guitars), and Richard 'Ringo' Starkey (drums). Despite the speed drumming of today, Ringo Starr will be one of the favorite drummers for his style and how he surprised with brilliant drum rolls. The Beatles' best work are I Want to Hold Your Hand, Yesterday.
Guns N' Roses
"...woooaaaahhhh woah..
sweet child o' mine..."

A turbulent band from the United States, Guns N' Roses were one of the best bands of the 90s. GNR (as they are lovingly called) were formed in 1985 by the current vocalist Axl Rose.
While departure of their guitar player Slash left many quite disheartened, this band still ends up with a respectable enough sixth place on the list! You can revel in the great works of GNR like Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain, Paradise City, Patience and Civil War. And don't miss Slash's immortal guitar solos. You'll want to play them over and over!
"...I'm on the highway to hell..."

And off they went on their highway did brothers Malcolm and Angus Young as they formed this unusual-named band in Australia. This band like many others too has gone through terrible periods of attrition.
But the best known line-up of the band features Brian Johnson (vocals), Malcolm Young (guitars and backing vocals), Angus Young (lead guitars), Phil Rudd (drums) and Cliff Williams (bass). Look out for their 'high voltage' songs like Highway to Hell, Back In Black, TNT and a personal favorite You Shook Me All Night Long.
The Rolling Stones
"...I can't GET NO..."

They have only 2 prominent faces in their line-up: Mick Jagger (vocals) and Keith Richards (guitars). The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 and are still active (despite the numerous changes) making them one of the most longest lasting bands! Their greatest hits are Satisfaction, Time's on My Side, Get Off My Cloud, As Tears go By.
" drive me crazy...crazy...crazy
for you baby..."

While debates go on if vocalist Steven Tyler has really left the band, him and rest of Aerosmith will remain one of the greatest acts to grace the stage.
The antics of their talismanic vocalist aside, they will always be remembered as 'America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band'. Their most well-known lineup includes Joe Perry (guitar and backing vocals), Brad Whitford (guitar and backing vocals), Tom Hamilton (bass and backing vocals) and Joey Kramer (drums) along with Steven Tyler.
Their best hits are Dream On, Crazy, Pink, Dude Looks Like a Lady and the Armageddon soundtrack I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing.
"...No time for losers...
'Cause we are the champions..."

Queen was headed by one of the greatest vocalists ever, Freddie Mercury and had Brian May on Guitars, John Deacon on Bass and Roger Taylor on drums.
They remained largely unchanged over their 27 year history between 1970 and 1997. Their most memorable hits include We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, I Want to Break Free and Bohemian Rhapsody. Honorable mentions would include Black Sabbath, Dire Straits, Pearl Jam, The Doors, Nirvana, The Who, Van Halen, and a personal favorite, Oasis.
So this was the much debatable rock list! So if you're just getting started with rock music, it will be good for you to listen to one of these bands and their songs mentioned!