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Led Zeppelin
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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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The Rolling Stones
2

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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Queen
3

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...
9.1
9.1
from 27 votes
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Metallica
4

Metallica

(1981)
Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. Metallica was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The...
9
9
from 6 votes
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Bad Company
5

Bad Company

(1973)
Bad Company are an English hard rock supergroup formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by two former Free band members—singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke—as well as Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson b...
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9
from 3 votes
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Van Halen
5

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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Dave Matthews Band
7

Dave Matthews Band

(1991)
Dave Matthews Band (often abbreviated to DMB) is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/...
9
9
from 2 votes
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The Beach Boys
8

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...
9
9
from 1 vote
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Pink Floyd
9

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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Heart
10

Heart

(1973)
Heart is an American rock band. Over the group's four-decade history it has had three primary lineups, with the constant center of the group since 1974 being sisters Ann Wilson (lead singer) and Nancy Wilson (guitarist)...
8.8
8.8
from 4 votes
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The Beatles
11

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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Radiohead
12

Radiohead

(1985)
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwood (bass), Phil...
8.6
8.6
from 5 votes
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Black Sabbath
13

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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The Cure
14

The Cure

(1976)
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure f...
8.5
8.5
from 4 votes
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Boston
15

Boston

(1976)
Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of cl...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Pearl Jam
16

Pearl Jam

(1990)
Pearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Amen...
8.3
8.3
from 6 votes
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
17

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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Nirvana
18

Nirvana

(1987)
Nirvana was an American rock band that was 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 Groh...
8.1
8.1
from 19 votes
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
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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...
8
8
from 3 votes
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Pain of Salvation
19

Pain of Salvation

(1984)
Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive metal/rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist. Pain of Salvation's sound is characterised by riff-oriented guitar work, a b...
8
8
from 3 votes
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Whitesnake
21

Whitesnake

(1978)
Whitesnake are a rock band, formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. The band's 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained tw...
8
8
from 2 votes
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Journey
21

Journey

(1973)
Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 19...
8
8
from 2 votes
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Supertramp
21

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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Counting Crows
21

Counting Crows

(1991)
Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion, keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar),...
8
8
from 2 votes
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Buffalo Springfield
25

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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The Velvet Underground
25

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...
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8
from 1 vote
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience
25

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...
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8
from 1 vote
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U2
28

U2

(1976)
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), the Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion)...
7.8
7.8
from 5 votes
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Dire Straits
29

Dire Straits

(1977)
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Wi...
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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The Byrds
29

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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The Who
29

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...
7.7
7.7
from 3 votes
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Toto
32

Toto

(1977)
Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Los Angeles, California. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Loverboy
32

Loverboy

(1979)
Loverboy is a Canadian rock group formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Loverboy's hit singles include "Turn Me Loose" and "Working for the Weekend".
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Oasis
32

Oasis

(1991)
Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGu...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Eagles
35

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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Bon Jovi
36

Bon Jovi

(1983)
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), pianist and keyboard player David Bryan, and drummer Tico...
7.3
7.3
from 4 votes
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Aerosmith
37

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...
7
7
from 2 votes
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Grateful Dead
38

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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Mumford & Sons
38

Mumford & Sons

(2007)
Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboard, piano, synthesizer), Winston Marshall (v...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Phish
38

Phish

(1983)
Phish is an American rock band. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1983 (with the current line-up solidifying in 1985), the band's four members—Trey Anastasio (guitars, lead vocals), Mike Gordon (bass, vocals), Jon Fishman (dr...
7
7
from 1 vote
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MC5
38

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...
7
7
from 1 vote
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The Kinks
38

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.
7
7
from 1 vote
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Tin Machine
38

Tin Machine

(1988)
Tin Machine were an English-American hard rock band formed in 1988, famous for being fronted by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The band consisted of David Bowie on lead vocals and guitar, Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Tony Sal...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Foreigner
38

Foreigner

(1976)
Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Chicago
45

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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The Tubes
46

The Tubes

(1972)
The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band whose 1975 debut album included the hit single "White Punks on Dope".
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6
from 1 vote
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