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. century that followed, a number of bands left an indelible mark on rock music, captivating millions of people and pushing the genre to new heights.
Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker and the Display panel 200 album ranking, 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 more recent experimental bands like Radiohead. . They vary by place of origin and include groups from all over America. To learn more about this, see the most famous band from each state.
While solo artists like Prince, David Bowie, and Elvis certainly belong in any conversation about rock’s biggest figures, this list only considers groups. To find out more about solo performers, see the most famous musician born in the year you were born.
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