Top 5 Rock Bands of All Time

Rock music may no longer be the center of the world of music but one thing is for certain, it did have a major run during its era of popularity. Many bands have come up over time, some just singing noise that would not interest your ears. Some, however, have done rock music justice. Some of the top rock bands of all time are:

The Beatles

Being regarded as the most charismatic act in the era of rock, the Beatles are definitely the greatest band in the history of rock. This rock band of four was formed in 1960. The members are John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The band began with the 1950s rock and roll, skiffle and beat, advancing to Indian music, hard rock and pop. The band became popular in the UK after their hit “Love me do” in 1962 and over time became nicknamed ‘the Fab Four’. Other albums released by the Beatles include Rubber Soul in 1965, Revolver in 1966, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, The Beatles in 1968 and Abbey Road in 1969. The band split in 1970, after which each member enjoyed a successful music career. John Lennon was shot and killed in 1980 while George Harrison died in 2001. Starr and McCartney still remain active in the music industry.


THIS Irish band came to existence in 1976. The members include the Edge (lead guitar, vocalist and keyboards), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), Bono (rhythm guitar and vocalist) and Larry Mullen (percussion and drums). Throughout their existence, the group has had their sound built on instrumentals with their original sound being post-punk. Their lyrics, which are elaborated with lots of spiritual themes, usually focus on social-political issues and personal themes. Their debut album, Boy, was released four years after the band came to be. Until 1987, the band was more popular for their tours than their albums. U2 have released thirteen albums some of which include: The Joshua Tree in 1987, Achtung Baby in 1991, All that you can’t leave behind in 2000 and how to dismantle an atomic bomb in 2004.

The Velvet Underground

This American band was active from the year 1964 to 1973. The members included Tucker, Reed, Morrison and Yule. Although the group did not gain much success during their career, they later came to be identified as the most influential during its era. Their debut album, released in 1967 was The Velvet Underground & Nico. The band was position 19 in the list of ‘100 greatest artists of all time’ in 2004.

The Rolling Stones

This English rock band came to be in 1962. The initial members included Ian Stewart (pianist), Brian Jones (guitarist and harmonica), Keith Richards (guitarist), Mike Jagger (Harmonica and Lead vocalist), Charlie Watts (Drums) and Bill Wyman for bass. Stewart was removed from the group in 1963 but remained an occasional pianist till his death. Brian Jones left in 1969 and Mick Taylor replaced him. In 1993, Wyman left the group and Darryl Jones took over as the bassist. The band was initially identified for their long hair and their rebellious 1960s counterculture. They played a key role in making blues a part of rock and roll.


The Grateful Dead

This American band came to be in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1965. Member of the group includes: Bob Weir & Jerry Garcia (both guitarists and vocalists), Phil Lesh (bass and vocalist), Ron McKiernan (keyboards, vocalist and harmonica) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). The bands style was known for its uniqueness, ranging from quintet to septet with fusion of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, space rock, reggae, devoted fan base and live performances of long instrumentals. The band came position 57 in the greatest Artists of All Time issued by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1994, the band became induced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide.