Combining elements of rhythm and blues, country, jazz and gospel, rock music has had a strong cultural impact across America and the world since its inception in the 1940s and 1950s. centuries since then, a number of bands have left an indelible mark on rock music, captivating millions and pushing the genre to new heights.
Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker and the Billboard 200 album chart, 24/7 Tempo has determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time.
The bands on this list represent many different eras and movements in rock music, from British invasion bands like The Rolling Stones, to arena rock bands like Guns N’ Roses, to newer experimental bands like Radiohead. . They vary by place of origin and include groups from all over America. To know more, see the most famous band in your state.
While solo artists like Prince, David Bowie, and Elvis certainly have a place in any conversation about rock’s biggest names, this list only takes into account bands. To learn more about the solo artists, see the most famous musician born in the year you were born.
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