Best Rock Bands Of All Time

Rock and Roll Genre is loved all over the world and has blessed us with some of the greatest Rock Bands. The genre initiated from South America during the 1950’s, and further spread its wings to the rest of the world. Here are the Top 10 Rock Bands of all time, categorised on the following genre:

10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience


"Yeah, purple haze all in my eyes.
 Don't know if it's day or night. 
 You've got me blowing, blowing my mind. 
 Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?
 Help me, yeah, purple haze!"
                      - The Jimi Hendrix



These are lyrics from one of the most famous songs, ” The Purple Haze”, sung by the American-English Rock Band “The Jimi Hendrix Experience”. The band was formed at Westminster,London, in September 1966. It included Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell. The band went on until June 1969.
Are You Experienced (1967), Axis: Bold As Love(1967) and Electric Ladyland (1968), all three of the band’s studio albums featured in the top 100 of the Rolling Stone list of The 500
Greatest Albums Of All Time, at positions 15, 82 and 54 respectively. Furthermore, In 1992, Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame”.


9. The Rolling Stones

"I see a line of cars and 
they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love, 
both never to come back
 I see people turn their heads 
and quickly look away
 Like a new born baby, 
it just happens every day.”
    - The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones were an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The band comprised of lead vocalist Mick Jagger and lead guitarist Keith Richards, who were childhood friends and studied together. Brian Jones (rhythm guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums) were also members of the band. They influenced music in a way that people would never forget.

The Rolling Stones got themselves inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1989 and the “UK Music Hall of Fame” in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list. In addition, their estimated album sales climbed above 250 million.

8. Guns N Roses

   " She's got eyes of the bluest skies,
 As if they thought of rain, 
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide, And pray for 
the thunder
And the rain, To quietly pass me by
Oh, oh, oh, Sweet child o' mine"
                         - Guns N Roses


Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. They debuted as an American Hard Rock Band with the album Appetite for Destruction (1987) which featured the song ” Sweet Child O Mine “. The Band consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler.

In conclusion, Guns N Roses has been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, particularly at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and glam metal.

7. Metallica


"Say your prayers, little one. 
Don't forget, my son, to include everyone.
Tuck you in, warm within.                
Keep you free from sin till the Sandman 
he comes. Sleep with one eye open. 
Gripping your pillow tight.
Exit: light. Enter: night. Take my hand.
We're off to never never land."
                     - Metallica


Metallica roars like a lion, and this is what separates it from other bands and makes it the real HARDCORE man’s choice. It is a heavy thrash metal band which was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981, when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in local newspaper calling for artists to come together and form a band.

Consequently, Vocalist/ Guitarist James Hetfield and Guitarist Dave Mustain responded to the advertisement, which further lead to the recording of their first song. They received 9 Grammy Awards for various titles ranging from Best Metal Performance to Best Hard Rock Performance.


6. AC/DC

"No stop signs, speed limit, Nobody's gonna slow me down 
 Like a wheel, gonna spin it,
 Nobody's gonna mess me around  
Hey Satan, paid my dues, 
Playing in a rocking band 
Hey mama, look at me, 
I'm on my way to the promised land,whoo
I'm on the highway to hell, Highway to hell  

“I’m on a highway to hell, on a highway to hell, highway to hell”. These lines from “Highway to Hell”, were what made Ac/DC the band that they are. AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in 1973. It was formed by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.

The band has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, and were added to the” list of highest certified music artists in the United States” and the “list of best-selling artists“. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. 

5. Nirvana


"With the lights out, it's less dangerous
 Here we are now, entertain us
 I feel stupid and contagious
 Here we are now, entertain us" 
                      - Nirvana



“Smells like teen spirit “, the first official single by Nirvana, became a worldwide label in no time. Nirvana was an American Rock Band, formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. The band went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990.

They went on to become the most influential and important alternative rock bands in history. Nirvana’s active career ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.

4. Pink Floyd

"We don't need no education 
 We don't need no thought control
 No dark sarcasm in the classroom
 Teachers leave them kids alone
 Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone
 All in all it's just another brick in the wall
 All in all you're just another brick in the wall" 
                         - Pink Floyd


Pink Floyd were an English Rock band formed in London in 1965, by students which included lead vocalist / guitarist Syd Barrett , drummer Nick Mason , bassist Roger Waters, and pianist Richard Wright. Their fame to glory came when they released successful debut albums.

Pink Floyd were inducted in the “American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1996, and the “UK Music Hall of Fame” in 2005. By 2013, the band had sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million certified units in the United States.


3. Queen

 "  I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life
      I work till I ache in my bones 
      At the end (at the end of the day)
      I take home my hard earned pay all on my own
      I get down (down) on my knees (knees)
     And I start to pray
     Till the tears run down from my eyes
     Lord somebody (somebody), ooh somebody
    (Please) can anybody find me somebody to love?" 
                                          - Queen


“We will , We will , Rock You. ” Probably the most famous lines in any sporting event, this was Queen’s fame to glory. Queen was a British Rock Band formed in London in 1990, which had lead Vocalist/ Pianist Freddie Mercury, lead Guitarist/ vocalist Brian May, Drummer Roger Taylor and John Deacon(Bass Guitarist).

The band released a total of 18 number-one albums, 18 number-one singles, and 10 number-one DVDs. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Queen received the “Outstanding Contribution to British Music” Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

2. Led Zeppelin

        "There's a lady who's sure
          All that glitters is gold
          And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
           When she gets there she knows
           If the stores are all closed
           With a word she can get what she came for.
          Ooh ooh and she's buying a stairway to heaven.
                                        - 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. It was regarded as one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history.

The band’s heavy music sound rooted in blues and psychedelia, which earned them recognition.           Their album “Stairway to Heaven “, which gained massive popularity as a result of all the soothing tracks, is considered as the most influential work in music history. Various Sources estimate the group’s record sales from 200 to 300 million worldwide.


1. The Beatles

"Hey Jude, don't be afraid
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah"  
                      - The Beatles
No band,in the history of music, has influenced pop culture the way The Beatles have. They were one of the best things to happen in the twentieth century. The Beatles were an English Rock Band which was formed in Liverpool in 1960.  The Band had members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.  They were also known as the Fab Four, and were regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era.
The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. They received Ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. The group was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1988, and all four were inducted individually from 1994 to 2015. Due to their immense effect on people, they were also collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the twentieth century’s 100 most influential people.



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