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The Greatest Rock Bands Of The 20th Century

These are, in my opinion, the greatest rock bands of the 20th Century. Criteria: Worldwide sales, impact and influence and personal taste. In your opinion what's the greatest rock band of rthe last century?
1Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


The most successful progressive/psychedelic rock band of the 20th century. Best selling album: The Dark Side of the Moon. Worldwide claimed sales: Over 200 million. Source: Wikipedia
2The Beatles
The Beatles


The most commercially successful band of the 20th century. Best selling album: The Beatles. Worldwide claimed sales: 600 million/1 billion. Source: Wikipedia
3The Rolling Stones
Hot Rocks


The Rolling Stones had "pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock". Best selling album: Hot Rocks. Worldwide claimed sales: 200 million. Sources: Wikipedia and Allmusic
4Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


The most successful hard rock band of the 20th century. Best selling album: Led Zeppelin IV. Worldwide claimed sales: 200/300 million. Source: Wikipedia
5Queen
Greatest Hits One


Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. Best selling album: Greatest Hits, 1981. Worldwide claimed sales: 150/300 million. Source: Wikipedia
6U2
The Joshua Tree


The most successful rock band of the 80's. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band. Best selling album: The Joshua Tree. Worldwide claimed sales: 150 million. Source: Wikipedia
7Genesis
Invisible Touch


One of the most successful and influential progressive rock bands of the last century. Best selling album: Invisible Touch. Worldwide claimed sales: 150 million. Source: Wikipedia
8Black Sabbath
Paranoid


Heavy metal pioneers, Black Sabbath is probably the most influential heavy metal band of the 20th century. Best selling album: Paranoid. Worldwide claimed sales: 50/100 million. Source: Wikipedia
9The Doors
The Best of The Doors


The most controversial rock act of the 60's. Morrison's poetic lyrics and unpredictable stage performances are legendary. Best selling album: The Best of The Doors. Worldwide claimed sales: 80 million. Source: Wikipedia
10Deep Purple
Machine Head


One of the most successful rock bands of the 70's, Deep Purple are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock. Best selling album: Machine Head. Worldwide claimed sales: 100 million. Source: Wikipedia
11The Who
Tommy


These legendary band became famous for their energetic and uncontrolled live performances. Tommy was the first full "rock opera" album ever released. Best selling album: Tommy. Worldwide claimed sales: 100 million. Source: Wikipedia
12Dire Straits
Brothers in Arms


One of the most successful rock bands of the 80's. Best selling album: Brothers in Arms. Worldwide claimed sales: 120 million. Source: Wikipedia
13Eagles
Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)


Eagles were one of the most successful U.S bands of the 70's. "Their Greatest Hits (1971?1975)" and "Hotel California" are ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. Best selling album: Their Greatest Hits (1971?1975). Worldwide claimed sales: 120 million. Source: Wikipedia
14Fleetwood Mac
Rumours


A famous British/American rock band with two successful periods: The late 60's, lead by guitarist Peter Green and from 1975 to 1987, with Stevie Nicks. Best selling album: Rumours. Worldwide claimed sales: 100 million. Source: Wikipedia
15Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneers, Iron Maiden is one of the most successful heavy metal bands of the 20th century. Best selling album: The Number of the Beast. Worldwide claimed sales: 85/100 million. Source: Wikipedia
16Judas Priest
British Steel


The band that got its name from the Bob Dylan song "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest", is one of the most successful and influential heavy metal bands of the last century. Best selling album: British Steel. Worldwide claimed sales: Over 50 million. Source: Wikipedia
17Metallica
Metallica


Speed/thrash metal pioneers, Metallica are the most successful heavy metal band of the 20th century. Best selling album: Metallica. Worldwide claimed sales: 100 million. Source: Wikipedia
18AC/DC
Back in Black


One of the most hard rock highest grossing bands of the last century. "Back in Black has sold an estimated 49 million units worldwide, making it the highest- selling album by any band and the second-highest-selling album in history, behind Thriller". Best selling album: Back in Black. Worldwide claimed sales: 200 million. Source: Wikipedia
19The Police
Synchronicity


One of the most successful and influential rock bands of the late 70?s. Best selling album: Synchronicity. Worldwide claimed sales: 50 million. Source: Wikipedia
20Yes
90125


One of the pioneers of the progressive and symphonic rock, Yes are known for their "lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, and elaborate album art and live stage sets". Best selling album: 90125. Worldwide claimed sales: 50 million. Source: Wikipedia
21Van Halen
1984


The most successful and influential U.S. Hard rock band of the early 80's. Best selling album: 1984. Worldwide claimed sales: 80 million. Source: Wikipedia
22Emerson Lake and Palmer
Pictures at an Exhibition


One of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands of the 70's. Pictures at an Exhibition remains the only complete classical suite that has hit the top 10 in either the US or the UK. Best selling album: Probably Pictures at an Exhibition. Worldwide claimed sales: 40 million. Source: Wikipedia
23Aerosmith
Get a Grip


The best-selling American rock band of all time, "The Bad Boys from Boston" scored 21 top 40 hits on the Billboard. Best selling album: Get a Grip. Worldwide claimed sales: 150 million. Source: Wikipedia
24The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds


One of the most successful American rock bands of the last century. Best selling album: Pet Sounds (unconfirmed). Worldwide claimed sales: 100 million. Source: Wikipedia
25Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced


Hugely influential on the development of hard rock and heavy metal in the late 60's. Jimi Hendrix is probably the most iconic guitar player of the 20th Century. Best selling album: Are You Experienced. Worldwide claimed sales: 20/40 million (unconfirmed). Source: Wikipedia . Classic rock legends
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