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309 bands
Rank Image Band / Formed / Genres Albums
1
Deep Purple
1968, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock
Machine Head (1972)  #14
In Rock (1970)  #106
Made in Japan (1972)  [Live]  #179
2
Led Zeppelin
1968, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)  #12
Led Zeppelin (1969)  #74
How the West Was Won (2003)  [Live]  #135
3
Black Sabbath
1969, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Doom Metal
Paranoid (1970)  #11
Heaven and Hell (1980)  #21
Black Sabbath (1970)  #44
4
Queen
1970, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Art Rock, Pop Rock
Queen II (1974)  #314
Made in Heaven (1995)  #331
5
AC/DC
1973, Australia
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Rock & Roll
Back in Black (1980)  #55
Highway to Hell (1979)  #411
The Razor's Edge (1990)  #717
6
Ozzy Osbourne
United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Blizzard of Ozz (1980)  #36
Tribute: Randy Rhoads (1987)  [Live]  #81
Diary of a Madman (1981)  #495
7
Guns N' Roses
1985, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
8
Rush
1968, Canada
Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Moving Pictures (1981)  #47
2112 (1976)  #171
Hemispheres (1978)  #353
9
Scorpions
1964, Germany
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
Love at First Sting (1984)  #209
Blackout (1982)  #252
Moment of Glory (2000)  #309
10
Judas Priest
1970, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Painkiller (1990)  #2
11
Rainbow
1975, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, AOR
Rising (1976)  #84
12
Bon Jovi
1983, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Pop Rock
Slippery When Wet (1986)  #285
Keep the Faith (1992)  #479
New Jersey (1988)  #596
13
Alice Cooper
United States
Hard Rock, Glam Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Trash (1989)  #853
Greatest Hits (1974)  [Compilation]
Hey Stoopid (1991)  #1133
14
Whitesnake
1977, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, AOR
Slip of the Tongue (1989)  #395
Live in the Heart of the City (1980)  [Live]  #787
15
Aerosmith
1970, United States
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Pop Rock
Pump (1989)  #480
Toys in the Attic (1975)  #812
Get a Grip (1993)  #824
16
Skid Row
1986, United States
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal
Slave to the Grind (1991)  #183
Skid Row (1989)  #239
Subhuman Race (1995)  #2263
17
Mötley Crüe
1981, United States
Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Dr. Feelgood (1989)  #220
Shout at the Devil (1983)  #912
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)  #1560
18
Van Halen
1974, United States
Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Glam Metal
1984 (1984)  #264
Van Halen (1978)  #416
5150 (1986)  #531
19
Def Leppard
1977, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Pop Rock, AOR, Glam Metal, NWOBHM
Hysteria (1987)  #112
Pyromania (1983)  #605
Adrenalize (1992)  #1288
20
Kiss
1973, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal
Alive! (1975)  [Live]  #1477
Dressed to Kill (1975)  #1557
Creatures of the Night (1982)  #1575
21
Extreme
1985, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Funk Metal
II Pornograffitti (1990)  #104
Extreme (1989)  #1537
22
Mr. Big
1988, United States
Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Glam Metal
Lean Into It (1991)  #473
What If… (2011)  #1349
Bump Ahead (1993)  #1375
23
Uriah Heep
1969, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
Demons and Wizards (1972)  #869
Uriah Heep Live (1973)  [Live]  #1370
24
Motörhead
1975, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Ace of Spades (1980)  #87
Overkill (1979)  #464
Inferno (2004)  #2090
25
Gary Moore
United Kingdom
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Heavy Metal
Still Got the Blues (1990)  #192
Wild Frontier (1987)  #434
Victims of the Future (1983)  #681
26
N.EX.T
1992, Korea
Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock
27
Metallica
1981, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal
Ride the Lightning (1984)  #6
Master of Puppets (1986)  #19
28
Stryper
1983, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Christian Rock
In God We Trust (1988)  #1955
Second Coming (2013)  #2581
29
Europe
1981, Sweden
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, AOR
The Final Countdown (1986)  #613
Prisoners in Paradise (1991)  #1210
Secret Society (2006)  #2295
30
Journey
1973, United States
Hard Rock, AOR, Pop Rock
Escape (1981)  #673
Frontiers (1983)  #1417
Greatest Hits Live (1998)  [Live]  #2158
31
Megadeth
1983, United States
Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
32
UFO
1969, United Kingdom
Hard Rock, AOR, Space Rock
Strangers in the Night (1979)  [Live]  #1251
Phenomenon (1974)  #1410
Force It (1975)  #1478
33
Thin Lizzy
1969, Ireland
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Thunder and Lightning (1983)  #1299
Jailbreak (1976)  #1400
Live and Dangerous (1978)  [Live]  #1545
34
Firehouse
1989, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, AOR
Firehouse (1990)  #435
Hold Your Fire (1992)  #1070
Good Acoustics (1996)  #3465
35
Fair Warning
1990, Germany
Hard Rock, AOR
Go! (1997)  #540
4 (2000)  #1677
Sundancer (2013)  #2496
36
Joe Satriani
United States
Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock
The Extremist (1992)  #1159
Flying in a Blue Dream (1989)  #2154
37
Poison
1983, United States
Glam Metal, Hard Rock
Flesh and Blood (1990)  #692
Open Up and Say...Ahh! (1988)  #1468
Power to the People (2000)  [Live]
38
H.E.A.T
2007, Sweden
Hard Rock, AOR
H.E.A.T II (2020)  #166
Tearing Down the Walls (2014)  #2100
Address the Nation (2012)  #2277
39
Steve Vai
United States
Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Experimental Rock
Passion and Warfare (1990)  #448
Alien Love Secrets (1995)  [EP]  #1043
Sex & Religion (1993)  #2971
40
Kansas
1972, United States
Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, AOR
Leftoverture (1976)  #346
Point of Know Return (1977)  #490
Song for America (1974)  #1300
41
Ratt
1981, United States
Glam Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Detonator (1990)  #1384
Out of the Cellar (1984)  #1883
Infestation (2010)  #2275
42
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1966, United Kingdom
Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Acid Rock
Electric Ladyland (1968)  #124
Are You Experienced? (1967)  #255
Axis: Bold As Love (1967)  #1734
43
Cinderella
1982, United States
Glam Metal, Hard Rock, Blues Rock
Long Cold Winter (1988)  #600
Night Songs (1986)  #1992
Heartbreak Station (1990)  #3444
44
Steelheart
1983, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal
Steelheart (1990)  #631
Tangled in Reins (1992)  #1574
Rock'n Milan (2018)  [Live]
45
White Lion
1983, United States
Hard Rock, Glam Metal, AOR
Mane Attraction (1991)  #1320
The Best of White Lion (1992)  [Compilation]
Radar Love (1989)  [Single]
46
Pink Cream 69
1987, Germany
Hard Rock, Power Metal, Heavy Metal
Ceremonial (2013)  #1258
In10Sity (2007)  #1415
Endangered (2001)
47
The Poodles
2005, Sweden
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, AOR
Performocracy (2011)  #712
Clash of the Elements (2009)  #1474
Metal Will Stand Tall (2006)  #1887
48
Budgie
1967, United Kingdom
Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
49
L.A. Guns
1982, United States
Glam Metal, Hard Rock
L.A. Guns (1988)  #973
Hollywood Vampires (1991)  #1933
Cocked & Loaded (1989)  #2233
50
Blue Öyster Cult
1970, United States
Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Heavy Metal
Agents of Fortune (1976)  #2062
Fire of Unknown Origin (1981)  #3256
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 46,076
Reviews : 10,026
Albums : 165,312
Lyrics : 216,820