Rock-n-roll changed the world and the bands that led the way changed music forever. Just like climate control changed the way people live comfortably in their homes—but we digress… Anyways, when you try to narrow down the best bands of all time, it’s hard to chose just a few. Some bands might pop into your head right away, but making a list of and not leaving out some of your favorites is almost. Many rock bands have created songs that let fans see a near religious experience when performed live. These bands have made impacts on the world and the quality of the music that has surrounded our lives. Of course, everyone has their own opinions on who they consider to be the “best bands” of all time. Here’s our list, as we’ve tried to incorporate a variety of opinions.

Best Rock Bands

According to an article on, “The Beatles are unquestionably the best and most important band in rock history, as well as the most compelling story. Almost miraculously, they embodied the apex of the form artistically, commercially, culturally and spiritually at just the right time, the tumultuous ’60s, when music had the power to literally change the world (or at least to give the impression that it could, which may be the same thing). The Beatles are the archetype: there is no term in the language analogous to ‘Beatlemania.'”

The same article by continued on to introduce another great rock band that took the #1 spot in the world following the Beatles vacancy: “When the Beatles ceased to exist in 1970, the title of ‘World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’ fell with very little dispute to the Rolling Stones, who by then were in the middle of such a wondrous creative peak that they might have challenged the Fab Four for the title anyway. It’s a title the one-time ‘anti-Beatles’ haven’t relinquished since. Not only have the Stones been the greatest rock band in the world for more than 30 years, but they have been a functioning rock ‘n’ roll unit for more than 40, the longest run in history.”

In addition to the Rolling Stones, no list would be complete with Aerosmith and Metallica. Both bands are known as “rockstar royalty” in the United States. Metallica helped to introduce hardcore heavy metal into the scene, while Aerosmith was inspired by the Rolling Stones but included their own southern twist.

Alongside these bands, comes individuals who have made a personal impact on rock-n-roll. It’s often been argued that Bruce Springsteen, known as “The Boss,” was one of the greatest to ever rock the stage. With the E Street Band, he created a wave that allowed fans to believe in the power of music. Another rockstar, argued to be the greatest guitarist the world has ever seen, is Jimi Hendrix. Not only was he super cool, but he had real raw talent. Then, we have Tom Petty. First inspired by the Beatles to get involved in music, Petty and the Heartbreakers had style and class—and they sure could rock a stage.

The beauty of this list is that it is no where near complete. There are names that were not included that should be added and there are names to come in the future that will rock our world.