Special Report

100 Most Popular Rock Bands of All Time

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60. Kings of Leon
> Spotify followers: 4.1 million
> Facebook likes: 11.0 million
> Most popular album: Only By The Night

Nashville-formed Kings of Leon began as a southern-tinged garage rock band before evolving into a world famous pop rock act. Their major breakthrough was the 2008 multiplatinum album “Only by the Night,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the Grammy-winning single “Sex On Fire.”

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59. The Killers
> Spotify followers: 5.1 million
> Facebook likes: 9.1 million
> Most popular album: Hot Fuss

Formed in Las Vegas in 2002, The Killers are one of the newer groups to rank among the best rock bands of all time. The new wave band’s breakthrough came with the release of “Hot Fuss” in 2004, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in October of the following year. Later releases include “Sam’s Town,” “Day & Age,” “Battle Born,” and “Wonderful Wonderful,” which peaked at No. 2, No. 6, No. 3, and No. 1, respectively.

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58. Foreigner
> Spotify followers: 1.5 million
> Facebook likes: 2.8 million
> Most popular album: Foreigner

Led by British power guitarist Mick Jones and vocalist Lou Gramm, the British-American band reeled off a string of singles and album successes in the 1970s with hooky tunes that found a vast audience on FM radio. Nine singles broke into the Top 10. The band also had a chart-topper with the single “I Want to Know What Love Is” that went platinum. Six of their albums achieved Top 10 success on the Billboard 200.

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57. Genesis
> Spotify followers: 1.7 million
> Facebook likes: 1.9 million
> Most popular album: Invisible Touch

The British rockers can trace their origins to the late 1960s, when they were among the pioneers of the progressive rock movement, then their sound eventually evolved into more mainstream pop. Genesis became one of the biggest groups of the 1980s with seven Top 10 hits, including the No. 1 “Invisible Touch.” Their success would make drummer-singer Phil Collins and singer-songwriter-record producer Peter Gabriel into international music stars and launch the solo careers of members Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford, and Steve Hackett.

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56. The Kinks
> Spotify followers: 1.4 million
> Facebook likes: 1.3 million
> Most popular album: The Kinks Greatest Hits!

Pete Townshend, leader of The Who, described the Kinks as the group that “defined the British invasion of America.” The guitar-grinding, garage-band sounding group produced hits like “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.” They also did some playful gender-bending with the song “Lola” as well as a mocking commentary on conformity with the song “A Well Respected Man.” The Kinks are considered by rock historians as one of the more underrated bands in rock history.

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55. Oasis
> Spotify followers: 4.9 million
> Facebook likes: 8.7 million
> Most popular album: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

Formed in Manchester, England, in 1993, Oasis’s blend of catchy, Beatles-inspired guitar melodies, hard-partying image, and cool Britishness put them at the forefront of the British pop rock movement of the mid-1990s. The band put out seven studio albums until their 2009 breakup, three of which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.

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54. Dire Straits
> Spotify followers: 3.2 million
> Facebook likes: 3.2 million
> Most popular album: Brothers In Arms

Dire Straits emerged from the punk era as an understated, guitar-driven act from London in the late 1970s. The group was led by guitar master Mark Knopfler, who was influenced by blues rocker J.J. Cale and Bob Dylan. Dire Straits took their name from their difficult financial situation in the late 1970s. The British group’s self-titled album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 1979 and produced their first hit, “Sultans of Swing.” The advent of MTV helped to boost their fame. The album “Brothers in Arms,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in August of 1985, won a Grammy and produced the group’s lone No. 1 single “Money for Nothing,” a poke at the silliness of fame. “Brothers in Arms” went 9x multiplatinum.

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53. Blink-182
> Spotify followers: 5.7 million
> Facebook likes: 9.9 million
> Most popular album: Enema Of The State

Pop punk jokesters blink-182 are masters of crafting simple, catchy hits. Among their numerous popular albums is 1999’s “Enema of the State,” which is certified 5x multiplatinum and includes the Hot 100-charting singles “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?” Original member Tom DeLonge was replaced by guitarist and singer Matt Skiba in 2015, and the band has released two studio albums with this new lineup.

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52. Scorpions
> Spotify followers: 3.1 million
> Facebook likes: 6.7 million
> Most popular album: Crazy World

The German hard rockers have been a heavy metal staple since the 1970s. They’ve sold more than 22 million records worldwide thanks to hits such as “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Wind of Change.” The band’s most popular album in the U.S. was “Love at First Sting” (1984), which sold 3 million certified copies.

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51. Korn
> Spotify followers: 3.6 million
> Facebook likes: 12.4 million
> Most popular album: Follow The Leader

Nu-metal act Korn were one of the most popular American bands to form in the 1990s. The Grammy winners blended numerous music genres, including heavy metal, hip hop, and electronic to sell 16.5 million certified album copies in the U.S., with the most popular album being 1998’s “Follow the Leader.”