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Rock Bands from A to Z

Updated on October 7, 2016

Rock Music Consists of Many Styles of Music

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Rock Bands from A to C

The Allman Brothers Band - Still rocking today (although they will be breaking up this year when two of the members leave the band to tour solo), The Allman Brothers Band started back in 1969 and have been referred to as one of the first bands to introduce the whole country to true "southern rock".

The Band - A mixture of Canadian and American rockers, The Band began in 1964, but had been playing together for years prior as backup to a rockabilly group that never gained the fame that The Band gained. Although they stopped touring in 1974, they are still popular today. They are best known for their song "The Weight", which ranked number 41 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of top 500 songs of all time.

Creedance Clearwater Revival - Also known as CCR, Creedance Clearwater Revival was an American rock band most famous during the late 1960s and throughout the 70s. Radio stations still play their music today, and as of 2013, the group has sold over 25 million albums in the US alone. They are a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Rock Bands from D to F

The Doors - The band The Doors were poets and rock stars. Taking influence from a number of artists, ranging from blues musicians to romantic poets, The Doors had a sound of their own. In 1971, lead singer Jim Morrison passed away at the early age of 27, and although the group still toured, they were never the same.

The Eagles - Formed in 1971, The Eagles have had five number one albums, a plethora of Grammy and Academy Awards, and have sold hundreds of millions of albums worldwide. Their first album, which was self titled, featured three top 40 singles and their second album, Desperado was less popular, but still garnered huge support.

Foghat - With 8 gold records, as well as 2 platinum and double-platinums, Foghat were a classic rock band from the UK. Despite originating in London, the band had a much larger following in the United States. Most famous during the 1970s, the band remained popular through the 80s and 90s and then seemed to fade away.

Classic Rock Blended Music with Culture During the 60s and 70s

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Rock Bands from G to I

Grateful Dead - One of San Francisco's first "psychadelic rock" bands, the fan following for the Grateful Dead is nearly as strong today as it was when the group disbanded in 1995. The Grateful Dead has sold millions of albums, their most popular seller being Anthem of the Sun.

Hall & Oates - Composed of two musicians, Daryl Hall and John Oates started playing music in the late 60s in Philadelphia. In 1975 they gained huge fame for their self-titled album released that same year. They are both members of the Singer/Songwriter Hall of fame.

Isley Brothers - A doo-wop group with a heavy rock and roll tone, The Isley Brothers began in the late 50s, introducing the world to "classic rock". Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they have been referred to as one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse groups in the pantheon of popular music".

Rock Bands from M to O

Marshall Tucker Band - Originally formed in 1972, the Marshall Tucker Band was an American born rock band that blended southern rock with country in a way that attracted millions. Taking influence from jazz, blues, country and rock n' roll, the Marshall Tucker Band was known for their beautiful instrumentals and unique sound.

Neil Young - Member of the famous classic rock group, Crosby, Nash, Stills, and Young, Neil Young is a classic rock legend of his own. He may have gotten his foot into the music industry via Crosby, Still and Nash when he joined the group in 1969, Neil Young gained a ton of fame as a solo artist. He was called "one of the best songwriters of all time" by Rock and Rall Hall of Fame.

The Outlaws - Together only for a short time, The Outlaws gained a large audience while they were together during the early 60s. The band formed in England in 1960, they created three hit singles as a band, and after the band split up, the members all created hit singles on their own.

Rock Bands from J to L

TIE Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix - Although not bands perse, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were amazing musicians who left a strong mark on the people of the 70s, as well as generations ahead of them.

Jimi Hendrix gained infamy for his mind-blowing guitar skills, while Janis Joplin was known for her incredible vocals. Neither Joplin nor Hendrix were able to fully enjoy their musical talents via a long career, but they used the time they had and lived life to the fullest. Tragically, they both died at the age of 27, and are members of the 27 Club.

Kansas - A progressive and classic rock fusion group from Topeka, Kansas. The group gained fame in the 1970s and are best known for their chart topping hits "Carry on My Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

Led Zepplin - Led by members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Led Zepplin is a classic rock band that started in 1968 and still remains popular today. Originally from the UK, Led Zepplin were known for their heavy metal sound and intricate instrumentals.

Rock Bands S to V

Steve Miller Band - Originally a blues group from California, The Steve Miller Band gained a huge following in the late 70s for their new classic rock sound that blended their blues roots with a number of rock styles.

Toto - Famous for their hit track Africa, Toto is a Grammy award winning music group formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. Toto is still touring today, although the group has undergone many member changes over the years.

Uriah Heep - Originally from London, Uriah Heep was a progressive rock and classic rock fusion band that had twelve albums hit the UK Top Charts list. They never gained the popularity in America that they gained in the United Kingdom, but during their prime years they managed to sell 300 million records in the UK and 4 million in the United States.

Van Halen - An American rock band formed in California, Van Halen gained popularity in the late 1970s into the early 80s and today are appreciated mostly by fans of rock/metal groups from that time period, such as KISS.

Rock Bands from P to R

Pink Floyd - Originally from the UK, Pink Floyd was one of the first bands to blend psychadelic rock, blues and progressive rock. While together they recorded a number of albums and several chart toppers. They are best known for their albums The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

Queen - A rock band that formed in England during the early 1970s, Queen has had 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, 10 number one DVDs just of their live performances. Their distinct sound has garnered them fame throughout the decades bringing them in over 300 million record sales worldwide. In 2001, Queen was named as a new member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rolling Stones - Formed in the 1960s in England, the Rolling Stones are regarded as one of the best classic rock bands of all time. One of the first "British Invasion" bands, The Rolling Stones gained a heavier following in the United States than in the UK, although they have topped the charts in both countries.

In the Late 1950s, Classic Rock was Created as a Fusion of Blues and Rock

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Rock Bands W to Z

The Who - Formed in the early 1960s in England, The Who is considered one of the best classic rock bands of all time. It was the fourth album released by the band that created such a buzz for The Who. Titled Tommy, this album was performed by the band at Woodstock in 1969.

Xtc - A new wave classic rock band originally from the UK, XTC gained popularity for their unique spin on traditional classic rock music. Formed in the 1970s, they stayed together until 2005 and produced chart topping hits in both America and the United Kingdom.

Yardbirds - Yet another band that originated in England, The Yardbirds changed members frequently, but featured famous musicians like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Although they broke up in 1968, they got back together in 1992 and still tour today.

ZZ Top - Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, ZZ Top was formed in Texas back in the late 1960s. With 11 gold records, 7 platinum records and has sold 25 million records in the US and 50 million across the globe.

© 2014 Kathleen Odenthal Romano

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      Edward Lane 5 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Where are Beatles? Otherwise, great list!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      AMEN About your comment regarding the Beatles alancaster. I completely agree with you. Yes, it is a rather odd assortment of genres and styles, but it was difficult finding one for each letter, I will probably have similar hubs in the future that I choose to approach in a different way so I am not limited by the alphabet!

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Interesting, Kath. Mind you you can't do these bands justice by lumping them together this way. Grouped, West Coast, Blues Rock, Progressive, Jazz Rock and so on, they'd make more sense.

      I've got fairly 'catholic' taste, (by the way you missed two great bands, The Kinks and The Animals), with a collection that spans British bands including Dr Feelgood, British artists including Chris Rea and Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones' albums are ranged down the centre (twenty-odd) and American artists and bands on the right including Dr Hook, BTO, Beach Boys, Chuck Berry and Jimmy Rogers.

      OK, more like eclectic then. Many more not mentioned.

      Mind you I was never a big one for the Beatles. Their early stuff was more dynamic but then they started trying to please everybody.

      Keep on truckin', Babe!

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      Amanda Oneal 3 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Still a great post!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Again, I tried to include artists that may be new to some readers, and I feel like everyone knows the beatles. I didn't claim that each artist is the best in their genre or anything, I tried to include both well known and lesser known bands, but those which I knew where remarkable none the less. I know many artists I didn't include but could have, including the Beatles, Yes, as well as CREAM, Jefferson Airplane, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, Velvet Underground, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwod Mac, and I could go on for hours. I grew up on classic rock, I love and appreciate classic rock, and I deeply appreciate the role this type of music played in society during the 60s and 70s. It would be impossible to list everyone, especially when I stuck to one artist a letter.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I don't mean to pick your list apart, as obviously everyone is going to have different opinion regarding what belongs on a list like this. But, the Beatles definitely belong on a rock band list since they played such a crucial role in the development of rock music during the 1960s and so many bands cite the Beatles as their main influence and inspiration.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      I figured the beatles were too easy, so I switched it up there, but yes, the beatles are one of the best and one of my favorites!

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Yes is a great band, I will definitely admit that, and I broke my own rules for J by having two, since I can think of at least two for every letter but I decided to go with the yardbirds because I love how they were this potpurri of talent during their peak years.

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      Amanda Oneal 3 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Where are the Beatles? They are my fav by far! But you have listed some of my other favorites which is cool - zepplin, doors, Hall and Oats, Van Halen - good stuff! Nicely written and organized article, great idea alphabetizing the artists!

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      No Yes on the list Rock Bands W to Z? My favorite rock band.