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Greatest Bands of All Time L-Q Rock & Pop Bands

There are numerous greatest bands of all time. At least subjectively – because everyone has their own taste in music. While some consider Queen to be one of the greatest bands of all time, others rave over The Beatles. Although the two bands are worlds apart they are now connected in this ADDucation list featuring the greatest bands of all time.

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Key: B=Bass | D=Drums | DJ=Turntables/Electronics | G=Guitar | K=Keyboard | SX=Sax | SYN=Synthesizer | T=Trombone | V=Vocals | =Died

Greatest Bands of all Time Line up Ex/Other Band Members Selected Albums and Hits (first release date)
Led Zeppelin
(GB, 1968-1980)
  • V: Robert Plant
  • G: Jimmy Page
  • B/K: John P. Jones
  • D: John Bonham † 1980


  • G: Jeff Beck
  • V: Keith Relf
  • B: Chris Dreja
  • D: Jim McCarty

Albums: Led Zeppelin I (1969), II (1969), III (1970), IV Symbols (1972), Houses of the Holy (1973), Physical Graffiti (1975), Presence (1976), The Song Remains the Same (1976), In Through the out Door (1979), Coda (1982), Celebration Day (2012)


Greatest Hits: Whole Lotta Love (1969),  Immigrant Song (1970); Black Dog (1971); Stairway to Heaven (1971), Kashmir (1975). One of the most popular, widely known, and greatest bands of all time.

Limp Bizkit
(USA, 1994)
  • V: Fred Durst
  • G: Wes Borland
  • B: Sam Rivers
  • D: John Otto
  • K: DJ Lethal


  • G: Rob Waters
  • G: Mike Smith

Albums: Significant Other (1999), Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000), Results May Vary (2003), The Unquestionable Truth (2005), Gold Cobra (2011)


Greatest Hits: Take a Look Around (2000), Rollin (2000), My Way (2001), Behind Blue Eyes (2004)

Linkin Park
(USA, 1996)
  • V/G: Mike Shinoda
  • V/G: Brad Delson
  • V/G: David Farrell
  • D: Rob Bourdon
  • DJ: Joe Hahn
V: Chester Bennington † 2017

Albums: Hybrid Theory (2000), Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2009), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), One More Light (2017)


Greatest Hits: Crawling (2001), In the End (2001), Numb (2003), What I‘ve Done (2007), New Divide (2009), The Catalyst (2010), Burn it Down (2012), Castle of Glass (2013), A Light that Never Comes (2013), Heavy (2017)

Lynyrd Skynyrd
(USA, 1964)
  • V: Johnny Van Zant
  • G: Gary Rossington
  • G: Rickey Medlocke
  • D: Michael Cartellone


  • S: Ronnie Van Zant
  • G: Steve Gains † 1977 in an airplane crash
  • G: Allen Collins † 1990

Albums: Second Helping (1974), Nuthin‘ Fancy (1975), Gimme Back my Bullets (1976), One More from the Road (1976), Street Survivors (1977), Skynyrd‘s First and Last (1978), Gold and Platinum (1979), Best of the Rest (1986), Legend (1987), The Last Rebel (1993); Edge of Forever (1999); Vicious Cycle (2003); God & Guns (2009); Last of a Dyin’ Breed (2012)


Greatest Hits: Gimme Three Steps (1973), Free Bird (1973), Sweet Home Alabama (1974)

Madness
(GB, 1976)
  • V: Graham McPherson
  • B: Mark Bedford
  • K: Mike Barson
  • D: Daniel Woodgate
  • V/TR: Carl Smyth
  • V/SX: Lee Thomson


G: Chris Foreman

Albums: One Step Beyond (1979), Absolutely (1980), The Rise and Fall (1982), Keep Moving (1984), Utter Madness (1986), Divine Madness (1992), Wonderful (1999), The Liberty of Norton Folgate (2009), Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da (2012), One Step Beyond (2014), Can’t Touch Us Now (2016)


Greatest Hits: My girl (1979), One Step Beyond (1979), My Girl (1980), Baggy Trousers (1980),  Embarrassment (1980), It Must be Love (1981), House of Fun (1982), Our House (1983), Wings of a Dove (1983), The Sun and the Rain (1983), Lovestruck (1999)

Mamas & Papas
(USA, 1965-1972)
  • V: John Philipps † 2001
  • V: “Mama” Cass Elliot † 1974
  • V: Michelle Philipps
  • V: Denny Doherty

Albums: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966), The Mamas & The Papas (1966), Deliver (1967), Farewell to the First Golden Era (1967), People Like Us (1971)


Greatest Hits: California Dreamin (1966), Monday, Monday (1966), Dream a Little Dream of Me (1968)

Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band
(GB/SFA, 1971)
  • V/K: Manfred Mann
  • V/G: Mick Rogers
  • V: N. McCalla
  • B: St. Kinch
  • D: J. Copley
  • D: Chris Slade
  • D: J. Lingwood


  • B: Colin Pattenden
  • B: Pat King
  • V: Chris Thomson

Albums: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (1964), Mann Made (1965), As Is (1966), Mighty Garvey! (1968), Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band (1972), Messin‘ (1973), Solar Fire (1973), The Good Earth (1974), Nightingales & Bombers (1975), Roaring Silence (1976), Watch (1978), Angel Station (1979), Chance (1980), Somewhere in Africa (1982), 2006 (2004)


Greatest Hits: Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1964), Sha La La (1964), Pretty Flamingo (1966), Ha! Ha! Said the Clown (1967), Mighty Quinn (1968), My Name is Jack (1968), Ragamuffin Man (1969), Joybringer (1973), Blinded by the Light (1976), Davy’s on the Road Again (1978), Don’t Kill It Carol (1979); For You (1980)

Maroon 5 (USA, 2001)
  • V/G: Adam Levine
  • G/K: Jesse Carmichael
  • B: Mickey Madden
  • D: Ryan Dusick

Albums: Songs About Jane (2002), It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), Overexposed (2012), V (2014), Red Pill Blues (2017)


Greatest Hits: This Love (2004), Makes me Wonder (2007), Won’t go Home Without You (2007), Moves Like Jagger (2011), Payphone (2012), One More Night (2012), Maps (2014), Animals (2014), Sugar (2015), Don’t Wanna Know (2016); What Lovers Do (2017)

Massive Attack
(GB, 1987)
  • V: Robert “3D” Del Naja
  • V: Grantly “Daddy G” Marshall
  • V: Andrew “Mushroom” Vowles

Albums: Blue Lines (1991), Protection (1994), No Protection (Massive Attack Vs. Mad Professor) (1995), Mezzanine (1998), Singles 90/98 (1999), 100th Window (2003)


Greatest Hits: Unfinished Sympathy (1991), Risingson (1993), Teardrop (1998)

Metallica
(USA, 1981)
  • V/G: James Hetfield
  • G: Kirk Hemmett
  • B: Robert Trujillo
  • D: Lars Ulrich


  • B: Cliff Burton † 1986
  • B: Jason Newsted
  • B: Ron McGovney
  • G: Dave Mustaine

Albums: Kill ‘em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1986), Master of Puppets (1986), …and Justice for All (1988), Metallica – Black Album (1991), Load (1996), Reload (1997), Garage Inc. (1998), St. Anger (2003), Death Magnetic (2008), Hardwire… to Self-Destruct (2016)


Greatest Hits: Enter Sandman (1991), Nothing Else Matters (1992), Until it sleeps (1996), Hero of the Day (1996), The Memory Remains (1997), The Unforgiven II (1998), Whiskey in the Jar (1999), I Disappear (2000), St. Anger (2003), Frantic (2003); The Day that Never Comes (2008)

Ministry
(USA, 1981)
  • V: Al Jourgensen
  • G: Mike Scaccia
  • G: Sin Quirin
  • G: Cesar Koto
  • B: Tony Campos
  • D: Derek Abrams
  • K: John Bechdel
  • DJ: DJ Swamp


  • D: Stephen George
  • D: Rey Washam
  • D/SX: Max Brody
  • D: Aaron Rossi
  • D: Bill Rieflin
  • K: Duane Buford
  • K: John Davis
  • K: Robert Roberts
  • G: Louis Svitek
  • G: Tommy Victor
  • G: Zlatko Hukic
  • G: Mike Scaccia
  • B: Paul Raven
  • B: Paul Barker
  • B/BV: Jason Christopher

Albums: Work for Love (1983), Twitch (1986), Land of Rape and Honey (1988), The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989), Psalm 69 (1992), Filth Pig (1995), Dark Side of the Spoon (1999), Animositisomina (2003), Rio Grande Blood (2006), The Last Sucker (2007), Relapse (2012), From Beer to Eternity (2013)


Greatest Hits: I Wanted to Tell Her (1983), I Believe (1986), N.W.O (1993)

Motörhead
(GB, 1975-2015)
  • V/B: Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister † 2015
  • G: Phillip “Wizzo” Campbell
  • D: Mikey Dee


  • G: Larry Wallis
  • G: “Fast” Eddie Clark † 2018
  • G: Michael “Würzel” Burston † 2011
  • G/BV: Brian “Robbo” Robertson
  • D: Phil Taylor “Philthy Animal” † 2015
  • D: Pete Gill
  • D: Lucas Fox

Albums: Motörhead (1977), Overkill (1979), Ace of Spades (1980), No Sleep til Hammersmith (1981), Iron Fist (1982), Another Perfect Day (1983), 1916 (1991), March ör Die (1992), Inferno (2004), Kiss of Death (2006), Motörizer (2008), The Wörld is Yours (2010), Aftershock (2013), Bad Magic (2015)


Greatest Hits: Ace of Spades (1980), Iron Fist (1982); Killed by Death (1984); Born to Raise Hell (1994); Wisplash (2004), Be my Baby (2006)

Muse (GB, 1994)
  • V/G/SYN: Matthew Bellamy
  • B: Christopher Wolstenholme
  • D: Dominic Howard

Albums: Showbiz (1999); Origin the Symmetry (2001); Absolution (2003); Black Holes and Revelations (2006); The Resistance (2009); The 2nd Law (2012); Drones (2015)


Greatest Hits: Time ist Running Out (2003); Knights of Cydonia (2006); Uprising (2009); Undisclosed Desires (2009); Psycho (2015)

New Model Army
(GB, 1980)
  • V/G: Justin Sullivan
  • G: Marshall Gill
  • K: Dean White
  • D: Michael Dean
  • B: Ceri Monger


  • G: D. Blomberg
  • G: Adrian Portas
  • G: Dave Blomberg
  • D: Phil Tomkins
  • D: Rob Waddington
  • D: Robert Heaton † 2004
  • B: Jason “Moose” Harris
  • B: Peter “Nelson” Nice
  • B: Stuart Morrow
  • K: Ed Alleyne-Johnson

Albums: Vengeance (1984), No Rest for the Wicked (1985), The Ghost of Cain (1986), Thunder & Consolation (1989), Impurity (1990), The Love of Hopeless Causes (1993), Strange Brotherhood (1998), Eight (2000), Carnival (2005), High (2007), Today is a Good Day (2009), Between Dog and Wolf (2013), Between Wine and Blood (2014), Winter (2016)


Greatest Hits: No Rest (1985), 51st State (1986), Lights go Out (1987), White Coasts (1987), Vagabonds (1989),  Stupid Questions (1989); Green and Grey (1989); Get me Out (1990); Space (1991); Here Comes the War (1993)

New Order
formerly Joy Division
(GB, 1980)
  • V/G/K: Bernard Sumner
  • G/K: Phil Cunningham
  • V/G/K: Gillian Gilbert
  • D: Stephen Morris
  • B/SYN: Tom Chapman
  • V: Ian Curtis † 1980
  • B: Peter Hook
Albums: Movement (1981), Power Corruption & Lies (1983), Low Life (1985), Substance (1987), Technique (1989), Republic (1993), Get Ready (2001), Waiting for the Sirens Call (2005), Music Complete (2015)

Greatest Hits: Blue Monday (1983), True Faith (1987), World in Motion (1990)

Nickelback
(CAN, 1995)
  • V/G: Chad Kroeger
  • B: Mike Kroeger
  • G/V: Ryan Peake
  • D/V: Daniel Adair


  • D: Brandon Kroeger
  • Ryan Vikedal

Albums: Curb (1996), The State (2000), Silver Side Up (2001), The Long Road (2003), All the Right Reasons (2005), Dark Horse (2008), Here and Now (2011), No Fixed Address (2014), Feed the Machine (2017)


Greatest Hits: How You Remind Me (2001), Someday (2003), Photograph (2005), Rockstar (2007), Edge of a Revolution (2014)

Nirvana
(USA, 1987-1994)
  • V/G: Kurt Cobain † 1994
  • G/V: Pat Smear
  • B: Krist Novoselić
  • D: Dave Grohl
  • D: Chad Channing
  • Aaron Burckhard
  • Dale Crover

Albums: Bleach (1989); Nevermind (1991), In Utero (1993), MTV Unplugged in New York (Live 1994); From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (Live 1996)


Greatest Hits: About a Girl (1989); Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991), Come As You Are (1992), Lithium (1992), Rape me (1993), Heart-Shaped Box (1993), All Apologies (1993)

Oasis
(GB, 1991-2009)
  • V: Liam Gallagher
  • G/V: Noel Gallagher
  • G: Gem Archer
  • B: Andy Bell


  • G: Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs
  • B: Paul McGuigan
  • D: Tony McCaroll
  • Alan White

Albums: Definitely Maybe (1994), (What‘s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995), Be Here Now (1997), The Masterplan (1998) Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000), Heathen Chemistry (2002), Don’t Believe the Truth (2005), Dig Out Your soul (2008)


Greatest Hits: Wonderwall (1995), Don’t Look Back in Anger (1996), Falling Down (2008), The Shock of the Lightning (2008)

Offspring, The
(USA, 1986)
  • V/G: Brian “Dexter” Holland
  • G: Kevin “Noodles” Wassermann
  • B: Greg Kriesel
  • D: Pete Parada


  • D: R. Welty
  • A. Willard

Albums: The Offspring (1984); Ignition (1992); Smash (1994); Ixnay on the Hombre (1997); Americana (1998); Conspiracy of One (2000); Splinter (2003); Rise & Fall, Rage & Grace (2008); Days go By (2012)


Greatest Hits: Self Esteem (1994); Pretty Fly (1999); Why Don‘t You Get a Job? (1999)

One Direction
(GB/IRL, 2010-2016)
  • V: Niall Horan
  • V: Liam Payne
  • V: Harry Styles
  • V: Louis Tomlinson
  • V: Zayn Malik

Albums: Up All Night (2011), Take me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), Four (2014), Made in the A.M. (2015)


Greatest Hits: What Makes you Beautiful (2011), Live While we’re Young (2012), Little Things (2012), One Way or Another (2013), Best Song Ever (2013), Story of My Life (2013), Drag me Down (2015), Perfect (2015), History (2015)

OneRepublic
(USA, 2002)
  • V/G: Ryan Tedder
  • G: Zach Filkins
  • Drew Brown
  • B: Brent Kutzle
  • D: Eddie Fisher
  • D: Jerrod Bettis
  • G/B: Tim Myers

Albums: Dreaming Out Loud (2007), Waking Up (2009), Native (2013), Oh My My (2016)


Greatest Hits: Apologize (2007); Stop and Stare (2007); Secrets (2009); Marchin‘ on (2010); Good Life (2010); Feel Again (2012); If I Lose Myself (2013); Counting Stars (2013); Love Runs Out (2014), Whereever I Go (2016)

Pearl Jam
(USA, 1990)
  • V: Eddie Vedder
  • G: Stone Gossard
  • Mike McCready
  • B: Jeff Ament
  • D: Matt Cameron


  • D: Dave Abbruzzese
  • D: Jack Irons

Albums: Ten (1991), Pearl Jam – Vs. (1993), Vitalogy (1994), No Code (1996), Yield (1998), Binaural (2000), Riot Act (2002), Pearl Jam (2006), Backspacer (2009), Lightning Bolt (2013)


Greatest Hits: Alive (1991), Even flow (1991), Jeremy (1991), Given to Fly (1998), Last Kiss (1999)

Pet Shop Boys
(GB, 1981)
  • V/G: Neil Tennant
  • K: Chris Lowe

Albums: Please (1986), Actually (1987), Introspective (1987), Discography (1990), Yes (2009), Elysium (2012), Electric (2013), Super (2016)


Greatest Hits: West End Girls (1985), Suburbia (1986), It‘s a Sin (1987), Go West (1993), Se a Vida é – That’s the Way Life is (1996), She’s Madonna (2007)

Pink Floyd
(GB, 1965)
  • V/G: David Gilmour
  • D: Nick Mason
  • B/V: Roger Waters
  • K/V: Richard Wright † 2008
  • G: Syd Barrett † 2006


Albums: Ummagumma (1969), Atom Heart Mother (1970), The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish you were Here (1976), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979), The Final Cut (1983), A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988), The Division Bell (1994), Pulse (1995), The Endless River (2014)


Greatest Hits: Money (1973), Time (1973), Wish you were Here (1976), Comfortably Numb (1979), Shine on You Crazy Diamond (1976), Another Brick in the Wall (Part II, 1979). One of the most popular, widely known, and greatest bands of all time.

Pointer Sisters, The (USA, 1971-2004)
  • V: Ruth Pointer
  • V: Bonnie Pointer
  • V: June Pointer

Albums: The Pointer Sisters (1973), Having a Party (1977), Energy (1978), Priority (1979), Special Things (1980), Black & White (1981), So Excited (1982), Break Out (1983)


Greatest Hits: Fire (1978), He’s so Shy (1980), Slow Hand (1981); I’m so Excited (1984), Jump for my Love (1984), Neutron Dance (1984), Automatic (1984), Dare me (1985)

Police, The
(GB, 1977-1986)
  • V/B: Sting
  • G: Andy Summers
  • D: Stewart Copeland


G: Henry Padovani

Albums: Outlandos d‘Amour (1978), Regatta de Blanc (1979), Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), Ghost in the Machine (1981), Synchronicity (1983)


Greatest Hits: Roxanne (1979), Message in a Bottle (1979), Walking on the Moon (1979), So Lonely (1980), Don’t Stand so Close to Me (1980); De Do Do Do De Da Da Da (1980); Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (1981); Every Breath You Take (1983)

Prodigy, The
(GB, 1990)
  • V: Keith Flint
  • K/DJ: Liam Howlett
  • V: Keith Palmer aka Maxim Reality


  • V/K: Leeroy Thurnhill
  • V: Sharky

Albums: Experience (1992), Music for the Jilted Generation (1994), Fat of the Land (1997), Hell‘s Kitchen (2000), Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004), Invaders Must Die (2009); The Day is My Enemy (2015)


Greatest Hits: Firestarter (1996), Breathe (1996), Smack My Bitch Up (1997), Mindfields (1997), Omen (2009)

Procol Harum (GB, 1967)
  • K/V: Gary Brooker
  • G: Geoff Whitehorn
  • B: Matt Pegg
  • K: Josh Phillips
  • D: Geoff Dunn
  • B: Alan Cartwright
  • B/Orgel: Chris Copping
  • B: David Knights
  • G: Mick Grabham
  • G: Robin Trower
  • V/K: Matthew Fisher
  • D: B. J. Wilson † 1976

Albums: A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967); Shine on Brightly (1968); A Salty Dog (1969); Home (1970); Broken Barricades (1971); Grand Hotel (1973); Exotic Birds and Fruits (1974); Something Magic (1977); The Prodigal Stranger (1991); The Long Goodbye (1996); The Well’s on Fire (2003); Novum (2017)


Greatest Hits: A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967); Homburg (1968); A salty dog (1968)

Queen
(GB, 1970)
  • G/V: Brian May
  • D/V: Roger Taylor
  • V/P: Freddie Mercury † 1991
  • B: John Deacon

Albums: Queen II (1974), Sheer Heart Attack (1974), A Night at the Opera (1975), A Day at the Races (1976), News of the World (1977), Jazz (1978), Live Killers (1979), The Game (1980), Flash Gordon (1980), Hot Space (1982), The Works (1984), A Kind of Magic (1986), The Miracle (1989), Innuendo (1991), Made in Heaven (1995)


Greatest Hits: Killer Queen (1974), Bohemian Rhapsody (1975), Somebody to Love (1976), We are the Champions (1977), We Will Rock You (1977), Bicycle Race (1978), Don‘t Stop Me Now (1978), Crazy Little Thing Called Love (1979), Another One Bites the Dust (1980), Flash (1980), Under Pressure (1981), Radio Ga Ga (1984), One Vision (1985), A Kind of Magic (1986), Invisible Man (1989). One of the most popular, widely known, and greatest bands of all time.

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