16 Popular Rock Bands of All Time That’ll Rock Your World

The genre of rock has had a long-standing influence on many people, Several bands have created a legacy for themselves in this genre, a legacy that remains unmatched. From history-defining songs to crazy fan following, let’s have a look at some of the most popular rock bands of all time!

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1. The Beatles 

The Fab 4, with billions of fans all over the world, is the greatest rock band of all time. The Beatles is not simply a band, but a phenomenon that has meant so many different things to so many different people. The multiple accolades, the numerous chart-topping albums, and the overall popularity of the band speak a great deal about them. With songs such as Hey Jude, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Let It Be, and many more they have created a legacy for themselves that is difficult to match.

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2. The Rolling Stones

They are undeniably the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Formed back in 1962 and still active, this band has been ruling hearts! Mick Jagger with his harmonica and swoon-worthy moves, Charlie Watts with his drums, this band is filled with gems. It is difficult to think about the rock genre and not think about The Rolling Stones.

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3. U2

This Irish rock band needs no introduction. More than their albums, U2 is especially known for its spectacular live performances. Along with their worldwide popularity, their works such as The Joshua Tree have amassed worthy critical acclaim. Formed back in 1976, this awesome band is still active!

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4. Queen

I mean, does this band even need any introduction? With a classic line-up of Freddie Mercury with his amazing vocals, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon with their guitars, Queen is one of the most popular rock bands of all time. They will definitely rock you!

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5. Led Zepellin

Bow, for the kings! With a perfect blend of folk, blues, and hard rock, this English band was the most innovative of its time. Be it Stairway To Heaven or Black Dogs, their songs are timeless. The band split up in 1980 with the sad demise of their drummer John Bonham after which the lead singer Robert Plant started his solo career.

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6. Metallica

This hard rock, heavy metal American band was formed in 1981 and is known for its power-packed complex compositions. Their commercial success is enviable. With multiple Grammys and chart-busting albums such as Kill ‘Em All and Master of Puppets, Metallica is one of the most popular rock bands of all time.

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7. The Beach Boys

True to the band’s name, they started out with smooth surf-rock numbers and steadily reached a point where they were compared with bands like The Beatles. From California Girls to I Get Around, this band’s music will surely rock your world.

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8. Nirvana

It would have been a crime not to include them in this list. The impact that this American punk rock band has had on the world is unimaginable. With hit songs such as Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are, they have certainly won hearts.

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9. AC/DC

AC/DC is a rock and roll band, best known for their album Highway to Hell. Interestingly, the most selling studio album of this Australian band is not Highway to Hell but Back in Black, which was their seventh studio album.

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10. Linkin Park

There’s not a single soul who doesn’t know about Linkin Park. In The End, Lost In The Echo, Numb, are just some of the gems from their treasure chest of masterpieces. This American rock band has been active since 1996, though not the same after the death of the legend, Chester Bennington.

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11. Eagles

The popularity of the band Eagles is crazy! Hotel California did not only create a sensation in the United States but all over the world. It is the album through which most people are introduced to rock music. With some of the best-selling albums of all time to boast of, the American rock band Eagles is a force to reckon with.

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12. The Who

The Who is an English rock band that was wildly popular in the 60s and 70s. This influential band laid the foundation of rock opera through their path-breaking album, Tommy. Their contribution to the rock genre cannot be ignored.

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13. Pink Floyd

Their songs will definitely make you comfortably numb. English rock band Pink Floyd’s eighth studio album, The Dark Side of the Moon, was a blockbuster release of the 1970s having sold more than 45 million copies t0 date, and is one of the most sold albums of all time. The progressive psychedelic rock band is no longer active, but its legacy lives.

14. Radiohead

With chart-busters such as Karma Police and Creep this alternative rock band from Oxfordshire is known for their highly original and consistent music. The band was formed in 1985 and released their most popular album OK Computer in 1997 for which they received international recognition.

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15. Guns N’ Roses

Tell me that you have never vibed to Welcome To The Jungle! I dare you! This heavy metal hard rock band is one of the most popular rock bands of all time for sure.

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16. Green Day

This is not a band, it’s a sensation! This American rock band has Billie Joe Armstrong as the lead vocalist/guitarist, Mike Drint with backing vocals and bass, and Tre Cool being the coolest drummer! Their songs are hugely popular. Be it Boulevard of Broken Dreams, American Idiot, or 21 Guns, everyone knows and loves their songs.

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These rock bands are out-of-the-world! Which of these popular rock bands matches your vibe? Do let us know in the comments section.

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