I think after going through quite a few lists that unfortunately the very young generally have more to say than the older group who might not necessarily even ventured onto a computer. There is a top 5 without a doubt, not in any particular order and they are Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd ( I never understood there popularity but it is there just the same ) and the newest member to the to group AC/DC
Groups should not even be considered unless they are loved worldwide and have been together for many many years with little change and still be able to command high venue sellouts and also in most cases if not huge radio play than at least high radio request. Many great great bands are biting at the doorstep of the big 5. Rush, Queen, U2 and Metallica, Black Sabbath to name a few.
I love these lists and they hold huge interest and although you will never get it just right for everyone they do make for great talk.
Pink Floyd deserves number 1 position, and the no.2 is Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham… Led Zeppelin; four individuals from differing backgrounds with diverse personalities and creativity came together composing, producing, and performing music without limits.
They are legendary and formed the backbone of what “hard rock” is defined as today. Jimmy Page was and still is the heart and soul of Led Zeppelin. They deserve their rightful place as the number one rock band of all time.
I love Stairway To Heaven, and whole Lotta love, but Led Zeppelin is overrated, I can see why they are very a legendary band, but I don’t like it, I think it is just me.
Led Zeppelin, the true Hard Rock originals placed at No.2! Sort of pains me. It should be in number 1 slot. And Metallica doesn’t deserve that number 1 position. I have heard Queen, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, The Who, Beatles, AC/DC, Metallica but none have that understated elegance in Rock Music, perfect tunes, great Guitar riffs, fantastic drums and of-course the lyrics. I have been a fan of all above mentioned Rock Bands at various times but finally getting hold of many Led Zeppelin albums made me an honest fan of them. Also at times I feel embarrassed that all these years I had been listening to average to run-of-the-mill rock songs (My Pre-Led Zeppelin years).
I still don’t understand Led Zeppelin being #1. The Beatles deserve #1. Led Zeppelin ripped off all of their good songs. Like Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, etc.
2. The Beatles
It seems I was born in the wrong generation, because I see that Metallica is the first. The Beatles is a legend, unbelievable phenomenon in the music history.
You should feel that you “born in the wrong generation”, at least you can still listen to it, and brag that you have superior music tastes.
This band started music without the Beatles the world would still be in the great depression
I too think that I am born in this wrong generation why people are going after Metallica or somebody because the Beatles is good
How is led zeppelin higher than the be beatles? The beatles invented rock!
3. Pink Floyd
I honestly think Pink Floyd should be at number one. The combination of Waters concepts and lyrics and Gilmours guitar/vocals (as well as the fine musicianship of Rick Wright and Nick Mason)produced a force that generates Pink Floyd addicts to this very day.
I recently saw someone write “Pink Floyd has never written a bad song. There may be a weak song, or a song that requires thought to understand, but never a bad song”. I agree with this 100%. This is one of the few bands that has never released a ‘filler’ album.
Metallica at the top? What a disgrace… Pink Floyd are easily one of the most influential bands in history, with one of the largest fan bases of any band. They definitely deserve to be number one!
The Beatles are the greatest rock band ever, but I was so horrified at the place of the second greatest that I had to put my vote here. Best progressive rock band ever. Dark Side of the Moon is the greatest album ever, and that includes Sgt. Peppers (which does have the most innovative use of the studio ever, but the songs themselves aren’t as good as on revolver).
Dude I agree with you 100 %. It should go 1. Beatles 2. Pink Floyd and Dark Side is the greatest album ever and Revolver is my favorite Beatles album as well. You read my mind exactly.
Why is Zeppelin number one?
I find that freddie mercury a so good vocal have and that no men of the wide universe where we live not other creature can sing so as freddie mercury!
And the different styles that freddie mercury can do in different songs is
Queen had it all. The sound, the show, the image, the everything. Queen has composed many songs that are still remembered today.
There’s nothing as attractive and magical as a Queen concert. Just buy one of their DVDs and try to imagine you were there. A great band and a mythical voice rocking you on and on. This was Queen, this was Freddie.
They got me into life and should be number 1
Metallica opened my world. Metallica opened my eyes. Metallica opened my ears.
Metallica released my soul. Metallica are the best metal band that will be playing in the whole universe. Great performers!
In fact… I listen nothing else matters now!
I can appreciate that you loved their music. It’s not that they weren’t good, it’s that they had a particular genre of rock (hard) that was GOOD and it may have influence on this genre of rock. It didn’t have the diversity to change the direction of rock music in general, which I think must be a factor in reaching top ten status.
Metallica roars like a lion that is what separates it from others and makes it the number 1 it’s the real HARDCORE man’s choice. Real EPIC hard Rock means Metallica
Metallica isn’t rock, maybe for two albums they were but that’s only a fifth of their catalogue (at least studio albums).
Metallica is an another meaning to rock metal!
Long live Metallica
Aren’t these metal though…?
What why is japan x and 30 seconds to mars higher than AC/DC, acdc are legendary their music’s raw and to the bone.
AC/Dc back in black album has sold more than 49 million copies, and is the second highest album sold WORLDWIDE! Is there any rock band in the world that can beat this EPICNESS!
I disagree. Look at the diversity of their music. AC/DC was the king of hard rock. But not rock overall. I saw them in concert back in 81, and was really into them, but they cannot top the Beatles or Pink Floyd in originality, for a few examples. This is not about who you like, but other factors need to be considered.
AC DC IS THE BEST ROCK BAND OF THE ALL TIMES! ANGUS, MALCOLM, CLIFF, PHIL AND BRIAN ARE PERFECTS, LIKE A ROCK�’N ROLL ORCHESTRA! THEY DID A LOT OF THE BEST ROCK SOUNDS IN THE HISTORY! AC DC FOREVER!Should be higher than 6
7. The Rolling Stones
The Stones #38? Are you kidding me? Proof positive why they shouldn’t let ‘tweeners vote on the all-time greatest anything except episodes of Sponge Bob. Twenty years from now, if this question is asked, the Rolling Stones will still be in the discussion. And bands like 30 seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, and their ilk will be just cutout records in the dump bin.+272
100% agree with you. Long live classic rock. It is sad that rock music is non existent these days. This generation has no idea what real music is. All the great rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s are timeless. Can you say that about today’s so called music? NO!
Kept scrolling down thinking ‘well surely the stones are next… ‘ Number 37? Are you kidding me? I think I’ve lost fate in humanity! I wouldn’t mind as much, but 30 Seconds To Mars are at number 6 for gods sake! The Beatles should be number 1 and The Rolling Stones should be number two! Any song by The Rolling Stones would have been a hit for 30 Seconds To Mars, but for The Rolling Stones it was just another song on another album!
They are a great classic rock band and they made lots of influences. Some people know them as The Beatles Rivals! – RichardKoshorekII+80 Will Be Garbage Compared To The Beatles
#1 without a doubt. If you voter for any other band, you are wrong, wrong, wrong.
Who the heck is tokio hotel? Why isn’t nirvana in the top ten? They changed music forever! How is a band like Ah-ha or X Japan ahead of nirvana! I’ve never even heard of them! Nirvana should of cracked the top ten at least! This list is rigged! Metallica number 1? They’re a really good band but number one maybe a bit much. I think the beatles should’ve made it number 1
I’m a big nirvana fan but did they really change music forever? Certainly not in a big way! I feel Grunge pretty much died the same day kurt did. Did they influence any bands? I’m sure they did but that can be said for 100’s of bands.
Nirvana is for me the best band ever, they may not be better than Metallica but they changed the history of RnR. And with Kurt Cobain as frontman they just must be in the top 10
“Have fun in hell! “. Don’t you mean a “lake of fire” (Nirvana fans will get the joke)
NIRVANA is the best band ever! Hands down. Nirvana should be at least in the top 5 or 10. Every single album they made was different and yet Awesome, so many fans worldwide in such a short period! NIrvana has inspired me in so many ways and I’m only 11 years old. ILY KURT!
9. The Who
Best band, hands down. from my generation to real good looking boy, the who have created fantastic music. Who’s next, Quadrophenia, Tommy, The Who by numbers, the who sell out, who are you. all great albums. this band should be #1. every person on earth probably likes at least one song by the who. the majority will like at least on album. and maybe 1/5 to 1/3 of people in the world like at least 30 who songs. I own 100 songs by them and every one of them (besides underture from tommy) is gold. – Nickname+130
This whole list is lame and really messed up due to too many fanboys and people who have a bad taste in music from this generation. Reading some comments and dear God, the fanboyism. And so many bands like the Rolling Stones so down on the list and bands like Muse so up there. What the… Anyway…
The Who were definitely the greatest rock band ever, and only Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Queen and Pink Floyd would equal them. And the albums, “Tommy” and “Who’s Next” say it all. Let’s not forget Live At Leeds. The greatest live concert ever. Hands down.
One last thing. Everything before the mid ’90s was pure great and everyone then was “equality” great. SO PLEASE STOP THE FANBOYSM! THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THEY ALL WERE ALL GREAT! Apart from this generation.
The Who created their own sound, it is completely unique. Many other band’s influences can be heard without much effort, in not saying this is a bad thing, but though The Who had their influences, their sound was their own. I think it’s easy to argue that this band was the best group of individually talented musicians that, when brought together, sounded perfect together. Pete Townsend, a true genius, provided most of the songs and lyrics. Lyrics which eluded to many relatable personal issues often disguised under more blatant topics (like in his rock operas Tommy, Quadrophenia, and Lifehouse (later adapted into Who’s Next)). Pete produced some of the best songs ever, and played guitar for the band with great finesse. His guitar playing was often more rhythmical (to make up for Keith’s often melodic drumming), but after Keith’s death and the addition of Kenney Jones, Pete was able to play more melodical guitar parts and showcase his truly amazing guitar talent since Kenney provided
Well, where do I start, 1964? Like the Beatles, the Who’s music has evolved pretty continuously over the past 50+ years. From fairly simple three chord, three minute songs to full blown rock operas. They have always produced interesting music, often with thought provoking lyrics, and always deliver a dam good live show. Am really looking forward to Wembley in July, they will have an orchestra to add to the mix! Who Put The Boot In
10. Guns N Roses
Best voice on the planet, Axl Rose
Best guitarist of all time, Slash
Coolest bassist ever, Duff GUNS N ROSES
Badass drummer, Steven Adler
Best songwriter, Izzy Stradlin
Too bad slash left the band and pursued a solo career, but they still rock
Why Guns n Roses is the best? Because it’s simply the best band you can Jam om with an air guitar. That’s why. Listen to slash’s awesome guitar strummin’ and axl’s voice combining in an awesome pack of songs
Yeah you’re right! They are the best band ever. , the original member is the best band formation of all time. ,