100 Most Popular Rock Bands of All Time

When Bill Haley and the Comets helped launch the rock and roll era with their hit “Rock Around the Clock” in the mid-1950s, few people imagined the profound effect that the raucous music would have on world culture, or that it would endure into the 21st century.

Rock and roll, more than any other music, is the genre of rebellion and change. And in the 1960s and 1970s, when the music form was at its zenith in popularity, bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin that tapped into the issues upending the culture — from drugs to love to war — remain the most popular groups of all time.

Using a number of different metrics, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. The selection of these artists is based on measures such as record sales, Billboard performance, Wikipedia page views, Facebook “likes,” and popularity on the online streaming platform Spotify. While there are many great rock performers who are better known as solo artists – such as Prince, David Bowie, and Elvis Presley – 24/7 Wall St. included only bands for this article.

100. The Strokes

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> Spotify followers: 2.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 1.5 million
> Most popular album: Is This It

99. Steve Miller Band

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> Spotify followers: 0.8 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 25.5 million
> Most popular album: Fly Like an Eagle

98. Nine Inch Nails

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> Spotify followers: 1.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 10.5 million
> Most popular album: The Downward Spiral

97. Foster the People

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> Spotify followers: 2.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Most popular album: Torches

96. The Cars

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> Spotify followers: 0.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 23.5 million
> Most popular album: The Cars

95. 30 Seconds to Mars

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> Spotify followers: 1.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 1.5 million
> Most popular album: A Beautiful Lie

94. Creed

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> Spotify followers: 1.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 25 million
> Most popular album: Human Clay

93. Scorpions

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> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 10.5 million
> Most popular album: Love at First Sting

92. The Monkees

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> Spotify followers: 0.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 18 million
> Most popular album: The Monkees

91. Ramones

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> Spotify followers: 1.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Most popular album: Ramones

90. Jefferson Airplane

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> Spotify followers: 0.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 14 million
> Most popular album: Surrealistic Pillow

89. Grateful Dead

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> Spotify followers: 0.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 18.5 million
> Most popular album: In the Dark

88. The Black Keys

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> Spotify followers: 2.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 5 million
> Most popular album: El Camino

87. Judas Priest

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> Spotify followers: 1.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 9.5 million
> Most popular album: Screaming for Vengeance

86. Electric Light Orchestra

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> Spotify followers: 1.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 10 million
> Most popular album: Discovery

85. Papa Roach

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> Spotify followers: 2.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: Infest

84. The Offspring

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> Spotify followers: 2.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 14.5 million
> Most popular album: Smash

83. 3 Doors Down

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> Spotify followers: 1.8 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 12 million
> Most popular album: The Better Life

82. Motörhead

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> Spotify followers: 1.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: N/A
> Most popular album: Ace of Spades

81. Foreigner

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> Spotify followers: 0.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 37.5 million
> Most popular album: Double Vision

80. Queens of the Stone Age

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> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: N/A
> Most popular album: …Like Clockwork

79. Megadeth

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> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6.5 million
> Most popular album: Countdown to Extinction

78. The Cure

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> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 8.5 million
> Most popular album: Disintegration

77. Soundgarden

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> Spotify followers: 1.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 9 million
> Most popular album: Superunknown

76. Rush

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> Spotify followers: 0.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 25 million
> Most popular album: Moving Pictures

75. Disturbed

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> Spotify followers: 2.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 11.5 million
> Most popular album: The Sickness

74. Three Days Grace

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> Spotify followers: 2.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6 million
> Most popular album: One-X

73. Pantera

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> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 7 million
> Most popular album: Vulgar Display of Power

72. Five Finger Death Punch

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> Spotify followers: 2.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1

71. Oasis

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> Spotify followers: 3.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6 million
> Most popular album: What’s the Story Morning Glory?

70. Rammstein

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> Spotify followers: 2.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Most popular album: Sehnsucht

69. Limp Bizkit

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> Spotify followers: 2.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 16.5 million
> Most popular album: Significant Other

68. Rage Against the Machine

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> Spotify followers: 2.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 9 million
> Most popular album: Evil Empire

67. Alice in Chains

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> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 12.5 million
> Most popular album: Dirt

66. The Animals

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> Spotify followers: 0.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 0.5 million
> Most popular album: The Animals

65. R.E.M.

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> Spotify followers: 1.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 20 million
> Most popular album: Monster

64. The Cranberries

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> Spotify followers: 1.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 14.5 million
> Most popular album: No Need to Argue

63. Depeche Mode

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> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 10.5 million
> Most popular album: Violator

62. Heart

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> Spotify followers: 0.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 22.5 million
> Most popular album: Heart

61. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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> Spotify followers: 0.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 31.5 million
> Most popular album: Full Moon Fever

60. Dire Straits

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> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 15.5 million
> Most popular album: Brothers in Arms

59. Simon and Garfunkel

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> Spotify followers: 1.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 38.5 million
> Most popular album: Bridge Over Troubled Water

58. ZZ Top

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> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 25 million
> Most popular album: Eliminator

57. The Beach Boys

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> Spotify followers: 1.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 22.5 million
> Most popular album: Pet Sounds

56. Kings of Leon

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> Spotify followers: 3.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 2.5 million
> Most popular album: Only by the Night

55. The Police

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> Spotify followers: 2.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 22 million
> Most popular album: Synchronicity

54. Deep Purple

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> Spotify followers: 1.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 7.5 million
> Most popular album: Machine Head

53. Santana

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> Spotify followers: 0.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 43.5 million
> Most popular album: Supernatural

52. Journey

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> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 48 million
> Most popular album: Escape

51. Slipknot

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> Spotify followers: 3.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6 million
> Most popular album: Slipknot

50. The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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> Spotify followers: 2.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: N/A
> Most popular album: Are You Experienced

49. Kiss

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> Spotify followers: 2.8 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 21 million
> Most popular album: Destroyer

48. Boston

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> Spotify followers: 0.8 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 31 million
> Most popular album: Boston

47. Def Leppard

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> Spotify followers: 1.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 35.5 million
> Most popular album: Hysteria

46. The Script

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> Spotify followers: 4.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: . million
> Most popular album: Science & Faith

45. The Killers

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> Spotify followers: 3.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: Hot Fuss

44. Korn

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> Spotify followers: 2.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 16.5 million
> Most popular album: Follow the Leader

43. Avenged Sevenfold

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> Spotify followers: 2.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 3 million
> Most popular album: City of Evil

42. Muse

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> Spotify followers: 4.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 3.5 million
> Most popular album: The Resistance

41. Evanescence

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> Spotify followers: 2.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 9.5 million
> Most popular album: Fallen

40. Marilyn Manson

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> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: Mechanical Animals

39. Radiohead

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> Spotify followers: 3.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6.5 million
> Most popular album: OK Computer

38. Fall Out Boy

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> Spotify followers: 5.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6 million
> Most popular album: From Under the Cork Tree

37. Panic! at the Disco

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> Spotify followers: 5.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

36. OneRepublic

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> Spotify followers: 5.7 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 2 million
> Most popular album: Native

35. Nickelback

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> Spotify followers: 3.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 24 million
> Most popular album: All the Right Reasons

34. Blink-182

> Spotify followers: 4.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 10 million
> Most popular album: Enema of the State

33. Arctic Monkeys

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> Spotify followers: 6.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 1.5 million
> Most popular album: AM

32. The Who

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> Spotify followers: 2.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 21 million
> Most popular album: Who’s Next

31. Creedence Clearwater Revival

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> Spotify followers: 2.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 28 million
> Most popular album: Cosmo’s Factory

30. Iron Maiden

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> Spotify followers: 3.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 6.5 million
> Most popular album: Somewhere in Time

29. Gorillaz

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> Spotify followers: 3.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 3 million
> Most popular album: Demon Days

28. System of a Down

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> Spotify followers: 4.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 7 million
> Most popular album: Toxicity

27. Van Halen

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> Spotify followers: 1.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 56.5 million
> Most popular album: 1984

26. Lynyrd Skynyrd

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> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 28.5 million
> Most popular album: Street Survivors

25. Paramore

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> Spotify followers: 3.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: Riot!

24. Pearl Jam

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> Spotify followers: 3.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 31.5 million
> Most popular album: Ten

23. Foo Fighters

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> Spotify followers: 5.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 7 million
> Most popular album: Wasting Light

22. Black Sabbath

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> Spotify followers: 3.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 15 million
> Most popular album: Paranoid

21. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

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> Spotify followers: 0.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 44.5 million
> Most popular album: Stranger in Town

20. U2

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> Spotify followers: 3.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 52 million
> Most popular album: The Joshua Tree

19. The Doors

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> Spotify followers: 3.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 33 million
> Most popular album: The Doors

18. Fleetwood Mac

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> Spotify followers: 2.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 49.5 million
> Most popular album: Rumours

17. Eagles

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> Spotify followers: 2.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 120 million
> Most popular album: Hotel California

16. Bon Jovi

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> Spotify followers: 4.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 34.5 million
> Most popular album: Slippery When Wet

15. Aerosmith

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> Spotify followers: 5.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 66.5 million
> Most popular album: Toys in the Attic

14. Nirvana

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> Spotify followers: 7.3 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 25 million
> Most popular album: Nevermind

13. Green Day

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> Spotify followers: 7.4 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 24 million
> Most popular album: Dookie

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers

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> Spotify followers: 8.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 25 million
> Most popular album: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

11. Maroon 5

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> Spotify followers: 13.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 12.5 million
> Most popular album: Songs About Jane

10. The Rolling Stones

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> Spotify followers: 5.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 66.5 million
> Most popular album: Hot Rocks

9. Guns N’ Roses

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> Spotify followers: 8.9 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 44.5 million
> Most popular album: Appetite for Destruction

8. Coldplay

> Spotify followers: 14.8 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 14.5 million
> Most popular album: A Rush of Blood to the Head

7. Metallica

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> Spotify followers: 8.2 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 63 million
> Most popular album: Metallica

6. Queen

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> Spotify followers: 9.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 34.5 million
> Most popular album: The Game

5. AC/DC

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> Spotify followers: 8.6 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 72 million
> Most popular album: Back in Black

4. Linkin Park

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> Spotify followers: 10.1 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 27 million
> Most popular album: Hybrid Theory

3. Pink Floyd

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> Spotify followers: 7.0 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 75 million
> Most popular album: The Wall

2. Led Zeppelin

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> Spotify followers: 5.8 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 111.5 million
> Most popular album: Led Zeppelin IV

1. The Beatles

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> Spotify followers: 9.5 million
> All time U.S. album sales: 178 million
> Most popular album: The Beatles