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100 Most Popular Rock Bands of All Time

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100. Pretenders
> Spotify followers: 0.7 million
> Facebook likes: 0.2 million
> Most popular album: Pretenders

The British rockers — except for Ohio-born frontwoman Chrissie Hynde — are on tour this year. They’ve had 10 studio albums, including their self-titled debut album in 1980 that went to No. 9 on the Billboard 200. The Pretenders had two Top 10 singles: “Back on The Chain Gang” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” Two albums, “Learning to Crawl” and “The Pretenders,” have been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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99. The Byrds
> Spotify followers: 0.5 million
> Facebook likes: 0.1 million
> Most popular album: Turn! Turn! Turn!

The band from Los Angeles, helmed by Roger McGuinn, underwent multiple lineup changes during their brief but impactful career. Their twangy guitar sound helped influence American popular music and led to the founding of groups such as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. They scored two No.1 hits in the 1960s on the Billboard 100 — “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

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98. Eurythmics
> Spotify followers: 0.9 million
> Facebook likes: 1.3 million
> Most popular album: Touch

The Grammy-winning British synth-pop duo of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were MTV mainstays in the 1980s with quirky, provocative videos and a series of hits. Among them were “Here Comes the Rain Again,” “Would I Lie To You?” and the chart-topping “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).” Their albums “Be Yourself Tonight,” “Touch,” and “Greatest Hits” have all gone platinum.

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97. The Band
> Spotify followers: 0.6 million
> Facebook likes: 0.6 million
> Most popular album: The Band

The Canadian-American rockers built a following by touring with Bob Dylan in the mid-1960s. The Band was not as popular as its contemporaries, but its folk-rock/country rock sound was very influential. The Band was the subject of the Martin Scorsese-directed concert movie “The Last Waltz,” a star-studded chronicle of the group’s final concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day in 1976. Two of their more notable songs are “Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Weight.”

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96. No Doubt
> Spotify followers: 1.5 million
> Facebook likes: 3.3 million
> Most popular album: Tragic Kingdom

Lead by singer Gwen Stefani, No Doubt blended influences such as rock, punk, and reggae to become one of the most popular groups of the 1990s. The band’s best-selling album, “Tragic Kingdom,” was released in October 1995. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in December 1996 and has since gone on to sell over 10 million units in the United States.

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95. Kansas
> Spotify followers: 0.8 million
> Facebook likes: 1.4 million
> Most popular album: Point Of Know Return

The classic rock band from Topeka has been together for more than 45 years, over which time they’ve sold more than 30 million records worldwide. They’ve had 14 songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including the enduring singles “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.” The latter song has been played more than 3 million times on the radio since its release.

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94. Supertramp
> Spotify followers: 1.6 million
> Facebook likes: 0.8 million
> Most popular album: Breakfast In America

The British group fused progressive rock and pop sensibilities into a successful formula in the 1970s. Supertramp played to sold-out arenas and stadiums, attracting crowds with songs such as “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “The Logical Song.” Their album “Breakfast in America” topped the Billboard 200 in 1979 and was a four-time platinum album.

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93. The White Stripes
> Spotify followers: 2.0 million
> Facebook likes: 2.8 million
> Most popular album: Elephant

The garage rock duo from Detroit — consisting of Jack White and Meg White — became one of the most popular bands of the 2000s. They released six studio albums in just eight years, including 2003’s “Elephant,” which features the enduring opening track “Seven Nation Army.” “Elephant” won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album — the first of four total wins for the group before they called it quits in 2011.

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92. Grand Funk Railroad
> Spotify followers: 0.5 million
> Facebook likes: 0.4 million
> Most popular album: Grand Funk

The power rockers from Flint, Michigan, who took their name from a local railroad, built a following in the 1970s with a heavy touring schedule. They’ve posted four Top 10 hits, including the No.1 hits “The Loco-Motion” and “We’re an American Band.” The album “We’re an American Band” rose to No. 2 on the Billboard 200, one of eight of the group’s albums to reach the Top 10, and six of their albums have been certified platinum.

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91. Weezer
> Spotify followers: 1.9 million
> Facebook likes: 3.3 million
> Most popular album: Weezer

Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, Weezer’s unique blend of heavy guitar, hooky melodies, and a geeky aesthetic has yielded more than a dozen studio albums and over 6 million certified album sales in the U.S. The band’s 14th album, titled “Van Weezer,” is currently scheduled for release in May 2020.

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