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100 Most Popular Rock Bands of All Time

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50. Panic! at the Disco
> Spotify followers: 8.9 million
> Facebook likes: 6.6 million
> Most popular album: Death Of A Bachelor

Out of the emo-era of the mid-aughts came Las Vegas-based Panic! at the Disco, who blended indie rock and punk with a dollop of psychedelic rock. Five of the band’s albums climbed into the Billboard 200 Top 10, with two of them — “Death of a Bachelor” and “Pray for the Wicked” — reaching the top of the chart. Five of their albums have gone platinum.

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49. Fall Out Boy
> Spotify followers: 7.6 million
> Facebook likes: 9.0 million
> Most popular album: Save Rock And Roll

Formed in 2001 in Chicago, Fall Out Boy helped usher in the era of emo rock throughout the early aughts. Fall Out Boy first achieved mainstream fame with the release of their second album, “From Under the Cork Tree,” which featured the singles “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance.” The band has since released five studio albums, four of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

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48. Evanescence
> Spotify followers: 2.5 million
> Facebook likes: 21.3 million
> Most popular album: Fallen

Formed in 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas by Amy Lee and Ben Moody, Evanescence first found mainstream success in 2003 with the release of their first official album “Fallen,” which featured the singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal.” While “Fallen” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, Evanescence later reached No. 1 on the album charts with the release of “The Open Door” in 2006 and the self-titled album “Evanescence” in 2011.

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47. Muse
> Spotify followers: 5.6 million
> Facebook likes: 16.3 million
> Most popular album: The Resistance

Fusing elements of alternative rock, electronica, pop, opera, and glam, Muse is one of the newer acts to rank among the most popular rock bands of all time. While “The Resistance” — the group’s best-selling album — peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 3 in 2009, the band later topped the charts with the release of “Drones” in 2015.

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46. Deep Purple
> Spotify followers: 2.9 million
> Facebook likes: 1.6 million
> Most popular album: Machine Head

Deep Purple started out as a prog rock band and transitioned into one of the greatest heavy metal groups ever. The Guinness Book of World Records credits Deep Purple for being the world’s loudest band. Their opening, growling guitar riff on the classic “Smoke on the Water” has been replicated by thousands of cover bands, and the song has frequent airplay on FM radio. That song, and the 1968 single “Hush,” were the band’s two highest-charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Four of their albums went platinum, among them “Machine Head” and “Made in Japan.”

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45. R.E.M.
> Spotify followers: 2.3 million
> Facebook likes: 4.5 million
> Most popular album: Out Of Time

The Athens, Georgia-based post-punk band helped bring alternative music to mainstream awareness with their first single “Radio Free Europe” in 1981. R.E.M., fronted by Michael Stipe, would go on to make seven platinum albums, including “New Adventures in Hi-Fi,” “Monster,” and “Automatic For the People.” The band has had four songs crack the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Losing My Religion” their biggest success, reaching No. 4 in 1991.

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44. Slipknot
> Spotify followers: 5.5 million
> Facebook likes: 17.5 million
> Most popular album: Slipknot

The masked heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, have been hugely popular throughout their 25-year career. While the band’s live act — which has historically featured nine members in assorted costumes — has caused some to dismiss the band as less serious, their critical and commercial success cannot be questioned. The band released four platinum records and won a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance for the song “Before I Forget.”

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43. OneRepublic
> Spotify followers: 9.4 million
> Facebook likes: 12.0 million
> Most popular album: Native

The Colorado pop-rockers are led by songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder, who’s worked with Adele, Paul McCartney, and Beyoncé. OneRepublic has had three songs reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, with two of the songs — “Counting Stars” and “Apologize” — going to No. 2. Their most successful album, “Oh My My,” went to No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

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42. Def Leppard
> Spotify followers: 2.4 million
> Facebook likes: 5.2 million
> Most popular album: Hysteria

No band was more skilled at softening and mainstreaming heavy metal for the MTV audience than the British group Def Leppard. Album success for the group began in the early 1980s and has continued well into the 21st century. Seven LPs cracked the Top 10, with the albums “Hysteria” and “Adrenalize” topping the Billboard 200. Four of their singles entered the Billboard Hot 100, with their biggest hit “Love Bites” topping the charts in 1988.

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41. ZZ Top
> Spotify followers: 2.3 million
> Facebook likes: 4.8 million
> Most popular album: Eliminator

The Texas-boogie band with their signature beards and fur-lined guitars were an MTV favorite in the 1980s. ZZ Top has had two Top 10 hits — “Legs” and “Sleeping Bag” — both of which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Seven of their albums cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, and seven albums went platinum, including “Eliminator,” which went 10x multiplatinum.

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