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List of music bands, sorted by date - oldest first (all time)

A list of music bands (music groups) of any type.

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Bee Gees
1

Bee Gees

(1958)
The Bee Gees were a pop music band formed in 1958. The band's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods o...
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8
from 1 vote
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The Beatles
2

The Beatles

(1960)
The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock er...
8.6
8.6
from 10 votes
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The Beach Boys
3

The Beach Boys

(1961)
The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine...
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9
from 1 vote
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The Rolling Stones
4

The Rolling Stones

(1962)
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill...
9.2
9.2
from 6 votes
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The Kinks
5

The Kinks

(1963)
The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies, along with Pete Quaife.
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7
from 1 vote
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The Byrds
6

The Byrds

(1964)
The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn (known as Jim McGuinn until mid-1967) remaining the...
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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Lynyrd Skynyrd
7

Lynyrd Skynyrd

(1964)
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band.
9.3
9.3
from 3 votes
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MC5
8

MC5

(1964)
MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thomps...
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7
from 1 vote
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Kool & The Gang
9

Kool & The Gang

(1964)
Kool & the Gang are an American jazz, R&B, soul, funk and disco group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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from 1 vote
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The Moody Blues
10

The Moody Blues

(1964)
The Moody Blues are an English rock band.
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8
from 3 votes
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The Who
11

The Who

(1964)
The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They sold over 100 million records world...
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7.7
from 3 votes
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The Velvet Underground
12

The Velvet Underground

(1964)
The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City. The group was briefly managed by Andy Warhol, and served as the house band at the Silver Factory and Warhol's Exploding Plast...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Grateful Dead
13

Grateful Dead

(1965)
The Grateful Dead were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.
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7
from 1 vote
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Pink Floyd
14

Pink Floyd

(1965)
Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in 1965 in London by students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and...
8.8
8.8
from 11 votes
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Scorpions
15

Scorpions

(1965)
Scorpions are a German rock band founded in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker.
8.7
8.7
from 3 votes
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Cream
16

Cream

(1966)
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world's first platinum-sellin...
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9
from 1 vote
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience
17

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

(1966)
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 drumme...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Buffalo Springfield
18

Buffalo Springfield

(1966)
Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band formed in 1966 whose members included Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Jim Messina, Ken Koblun, and Jim Fielder...
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8
from 1 vote
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Genesis
19

Genesis

(1967)
Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins. Other...
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9
from 1 vote
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Santana
20

Santana

(1967)
Santana is a Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana.
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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The Stooges
21

The Stooges

(1967)
The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame i...
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9
from 2 votes
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Jethro Tull
22

Jethro Tull

(1967)
Jethro Tull were a British rock group, formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. The band was led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and have included other significant members such as guitarist Martin Barre, keyb...
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8
from 3 votes
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
23

Creedence Clearwater Revival

(1967)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (often shortened to "Creedence" or "CCR") was a United States rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogert...
8.3
8.3
from 7 votes
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Chicago
24

Chicago

(1967)
Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois.
6.5
6.5
from 2 votes
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
25

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

(1968)
Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young...
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8
from 3 votes
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Yes
26

Yes

(1968)
Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson.
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Black Sabbath
27

Black Sabbath

(1968)
Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienc...
8.6
8.6
from 9 votes
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Rush
28

Rush

(1968)
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson; and dr...
8.8
8.8
from 4 votes
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Led Zeppelin
29

Led Zeppelin

(1968)
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...
9.3
9.3
from 4 votes
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Deep Purple
30

Deep Purple

(1968)
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968.
8.9
8.9
from 7 votes
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King Crimson
31

King Crimson

(1968)
King Crimson are a progressive rock band.
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8
from 1 vote
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UFO
32

UFO

(1969)
UFO are an English heavy metal and hard rock band that was formed in 1969.
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7
from 2 votes
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Supertramp
33

Supertramp

(1969)
Supertramp are an English rock band formed in 1969 under the name Daddy before renaming themselves in early 1970. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they later incorporated a combination of tradition...
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8
from 2 votes
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Thin Lizzy
34

Thin Lizzy

(1969)
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them...
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8
from 2 votes
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Alabama
35

Alabama

(1969)
Alabama is an American country, Southern rock and bluegrass band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals),...
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7
from 1 vote
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Grand Funk Railroad
36

Grand Funk Railroad

(1969)
Grand Funk Railroad (also known as Grand Funk) is an American blues rock band.
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7
from 1 vote
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ZZ Top
37

ZZ Top

(1969)
ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist, and musical arranger), bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill,...
8.5
8.5
from 4 votes
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Earth, Wind & Fire
38

Earth, Wind & Fire

(1969)
Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of the 20th century. Also known as EWF, the band w...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
39

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

(1970)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were an English progressive rock supergroup power trio formed in London in 1970. The group consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer and guitarist Greg Lake, and drummer and percussi...
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8
from 3 votes
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Aerosmith
40

Aerosmith

(1970)
Aerosmith is an American rock band. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/pianist/harmonicist St...
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7
from 2 votes
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Hall & Oates
41

Hall & Oates

(1970)
Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia.
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7
from 2 votes
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Queen
42

Queen

(1970)
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works...
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9.1
from 27 votes
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Judas Priest
43

Judas Priest

(1970)
Judas Priest is a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1970. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.
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8
from 2 votes
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Gentle Giant
44

Gentle Giant

(1970)
Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980.
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8
from 1 vote
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Electric Light Orchestra
45

Electric Light Orchestra

(1970)
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are a British rock group from Birmingham, England. They were formed to accommodate Roy Wood's and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's de...
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7
from 1 vote
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Eagles
46

Eagles

(1971)
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums...
7.3
7.3
from 3 votes
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New York Dolls
47

New York Dolls

(1971)
New York Dolls are an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971.
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7
from 1 vote
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Van Halen
48

Van Halen

(1972)
Van Halen is an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band comprised guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony...
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9
from 3 votes
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Styx
49

Styx

(1972)
Styx is an American rock band formed in 1970 from Chicago. Styx is best known for the hit songs "Lady" (#6, 1973), "Come Sail Away" (#8, 1977), "Babe" (#1, 1979), "The Best of Times" (#3, 1981), "Too Much Time on My Hands" (#9, 19...
8.7
8.7
from 3 votes
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ABBA
50

ABBA

(1972)
ABBA (stylised ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) are a Swedish pop group who formed in Stockholm in 1972. With members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, ABBA became one of the most commercially successful acts in the h...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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