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Top Ten Garage Rock Bands

The 13th ​Floor Elevators​
The 13th ​Floor Elevators​

The 13th Floor Elevators were an American rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist and vocalist Roky Erickson, electric jug player Tommy Hall, and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. The band existed from 1965 to 1969.

The Sonics​
The Sonics​

The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington that formed in 1960. Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they have been named as inspirations to Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, the Fall, and other major artists.

The Stooges​
The Stooges​

Adding guitarist James Williamson to the mix (Asheton switched to bass), the band then produced a punk-metal masterpiece with 1973’s Raw Power, all the while continuing to adhere to their deliberately primitive spirit. In a word, The Stooges brought a sense of danger to garage rock.

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The White ​Stripes​
The White ​Stripes​

The White Stripes were an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin) and Meg White (drums and vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock revival scene.

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The Rolling ​Stones​
The Rolling ​Stones​

Garage rock, which has existed since rock & roll's advent, and will probably always exist, had exactly one year when it was a national force. Meaning, when you could be a pimply virgin living under your parents' roof, team up with some of your friends and force your way into a trend that had hit-making ramifications.

Paul Revere ​& the Raiders​
Paul Revere ​& the Raiders​

Paul Revere (/ r ɪ ˈ v ɪər /; December 21, 1734 O.S. – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and Patriot in the American Revolution.He is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as ...

The Seeds​
The Seeds​

Though garage rock's heyday was in the 1960s, there are many garage rock bands that still are as important as some of the groups that came after them. Garage rock, and the best garage rock bands, thus, has been one of the most influential genres to cast it's umbrella over rock music during those formative years.

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The ​Kingsmen​
The ​Kingsmen​

Though garage rock and protopunk influenced many of the bands from the New York and London scenes of this period, punk rock now emerged as a distinct movement with a subculture all of its own, and the garage band era of the 1960s came to be viewed as a distant forerunner.

The Beatles​
The Beatles​

(To follow up my earlier post in the thread, the traditional implication for the term "Garage Rock," is sloppily played music. So it's actually an insult to say The Beatles had anything to do with "garage rock." You might as well say they invented the Bar Mitzvah band. I love The Beatles more than most, but some of these threads are ridiculous.

Count Five​
Count Five​

Garage rock still is flourishing today, of course, but its true flowering occurred in the ’60s. Below are 10 bands who were pioneers during that glorious garage rock heyday. The Count Five. With their 1966 hit, “Psychotic Reaction,” The Count Five assured themselves a prime spot in garage rock history.

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Question ​Mark and the Mysterians​
Question ​Mark and the Mysterians​

? and the Mysterians (also rendered Question Mark and the Mysterians) are an American garage rock band from Bay City and Saginaw in Michigan, who were initially active between 1962 and 1969.

The Standells​
The Standells​

The Standells are a garage rock band from Los Angeles, California, US, formed in the 1960s, who have been referred to as the "punk band of the 1960s", and said to have inspired such groups as the Sex Pistols and Ramones.

The Troggs​
The Troggs​

Later in the decade, a louder, more contemporary garage subgenre developed that combined garage rock with modern punk rock and other influences, sometimes using the garage punk label originally and otherwise associated with 1960s garage bands.

The Electric ​Prunes​
The Electric ​Prunes​

The Electric Prunes are an American psychedelic rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. Much of the band's music was, as music historian Richie Unterberger described it, possessed of "an eerie and sometimes anguished ambiance", and, early on, mainly consisted of material by songwriters Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz, though the group also penned their own songs.

Oh Sees​
Oh Sees​

Presently, artists like the Black Lips, Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees are in possession of said torch, champions of the lo-fi, DIY aesthetic who have managed to modernize the sound. In short, “garage rock” is a very wide umbrella, one that spans 50 years and countless local scenes.

MC5​
MC5​

MC5 was an American rock band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, formed in 1964. The original band line-up consisted of vocalist Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, bassist Michael Davis, and drummer Dennis Thompson.

The Cramps​
The Cramps​

In turn, The Cramps have influenced countless subsequent bands in the garage, punk and revival rockabilly styles, and helped create the psychobilly genre. "Psychobilly" was a term coined 1 by The Cramps, although Lux Interior maintained that the term did not describe their own style.

The Strokes​
The Strokes​

Although groups like the Strokes, the White Stripes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs might have longer legacies, bands like the Von Bondies, the Subways and the Hives all have a place in the garage-rock canon. Check out the 10 most meaningful members of a fondly remembered music movement, and see what they're up to now.

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The Kinks​
The Kinks​

Garage rock (sometimes called ' 60s punk or garage punk) is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada.

The Monks​
The Monks​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

The Velvet ​Underground​
The Velvet ​Underground​

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in 1964 in New York City by singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965).

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The Black ​Keys​
The Black ​Keys​

The Black Keys were nominated for three Billboard Music Awards: Top Alternative Artist, and Top Rock Album and Top Alternative Album for Brothers. The group continued to make appearances at American music festivals throughout the year, playing at Bonnaroo, Kanrocksas, and Outside Lands.

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The Music ​Machine​
The Music ​Machine​

The Music Machine was an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, ... Other compilations such as Beyond the Garage, The Very Best of the Music Machine, ...

The Remains​
The Remains​

The bands listed below, though often associated with garage rock, are also associated with other genres such as acid rock, psychedelia, blues rock, power pop, 1970s punk rock, hard rock, bubblegum, glam, prog rock, art rock or even heavy metal.

The Hives​
The Hives​

The Hives are a Swedish rock band that rose to prominence in the early 2000s during the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the album Veni Vidi Vicious, containing the anthem "Hate to Say I Told You So". The band have been acclaimed by music critics as one of the best live rock bands in current music.

Blues Magoos​
Blues Magoos​

List of garage rock bands This article ... Blues Magoos (The Bronx, New York, ... blues rock, power pop, 1970s punk rock, hard rock, ...

The Shadows ​of Knight​
The Shadows ​of Knight​

The Shadows of Knight are an American rock band from the Chicago suburbs, formed in the 1960s, who play a form of British blues mixed with influences from their native city. At the time they first started recording, the band's self-description was as follows: "The Stones, Animals and the Yardbirds took the Chicago blues and gave it an English interpretation.

The Von ​Bondies​
The Von ​Bondies​

Although groups like the Strokes, the White Stripes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs might have longer legacies, bands like the Von Bondies, the Subways and the Hives all have a place in the garage-rock canon. Check out the 10 most meaningful members of a fondly remembered music movement, and see what they're up to now.

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The ​Chocolate Watchband​
The ​Chocolate Watchband​

The Chocolate Watchband is an American garage rock band that formed in 1965 in Los Altos, California.The band went through several lineup changes during its existence. Combining psychedelic and garage rock components, their sound was marked by David Aguilar's lead vocals, as well as proto-punk musical arrangemen

Arctic ​Monkeys​
Arctic ​Monkeys​

Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, rhythm/lead guitar), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (lead/rhythm guitar) and Nick O'Malley (bass, backing vocals).

The Pretty ​Things​
The Pretty ​Things​

The Pretty Things are an English rock band, formed in 1963 in London. They took their name from Willie Dixon's 1955 song "Pretty Thing".

Flamin' ​Groovies​
Flamin' ​Groovies​

Flamin’ Groovies. Forerunners of both punk and power pop, Flamin’ Groovies crafted their garage rock aesthetic by fitting ’50s-style rock and roll with Brit-style melodies.

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The Kills​
The Kills​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

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Black Lips​
Black Lips​

Alice Cooper (the man) started out in high-school garage bands in the 60s; Alice Cooper (the band) were still making garagey songs such as this in the 70s. Plus, Cooper was, of course, given to shocking audiences with his on-stage antics – as indeed are the Black Lips now and then. Joe Bradley (drums and vocals): Is it Alice Cooper? JS: Oh yeah.

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The ​Trashmen​
The ​Trashmen​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

Strawberry ​Alarm Clock​
Strawberry ​Alarm Clock​

Strawberry Alarm Clock is a psychedelic rock band formed in 1967 in Los Angeles best known for their 1967 hit single "Incense and Peppermints". Strawberry Alarm Clock, who have been also categorized as acid rock, psychedelic pop and sunshine pop, charted five songs, including two Top 40 hits.

The ​Barbarians​
The ​Barbarians​

This list of garage rock bands includes all garage rock bands from music history, so that means garage rock revival bands like The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys are included on here with the likes of The Stooges, The Kinks and MC5. You'll also see popular garage rock bands like The Black Keys on this poll of top garage bands. All garage rock bands should be on this list, including new ones and ones you may not have heard of.

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The ​Dirtbombs​
The ​Dirtbombs​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

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The ​Raconteurs​
The ​Raconteurs​

Top 10 Garage Rock Revival Bands: Where Are They Now? After five long years, the Strokes have returned with "Angles," their fourth album out this week on RCA Records. It marks the comeback of a group whose debut album, 2001's "Is This It," was crucial in the garage rock revival that invaded U.S. shores and brought fuzzed-out guitar back into vogue in the early aughts.

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Them​
Them​

Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

The Vines​
The Vines​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

The ​Easybeats​
The ​Easybeats​

The best garage rock bands should be carefully chosen, so you need to vote on the greatest garage rock bands and not just the popular ones. If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular garage rock bands that you might've heard of.

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The Leaves​
The Leaves​

The best garage rock bands should be carefully chosen, so you need to vote on the greatest garage rock bands and not just the popular ones. If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular garage rock bands that you might've heard of.

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Led Zeppelin​
Led Zeppelin​

Watchmojo made a cool list of the Top 10 bands you need to listen if like Led Zeppelin and there are some really good bands there. ... hard rock, garage rock, ...

Weezer​
Weezer​

The bands listed below, though often associated with garage rock, are also associated with other genres such as acid rock, psychedelia, blues rock, power pop, 1970s punk rock, hard rock, bubblegum, glam, prog rock, art rock or even heavy metal.

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The ​Greenhornes​
The ​Greenhornes​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

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The Fabulous ​Wailers​
The Fabulous ​Wailers​

The Wailers' song "Out of Our Tree" was featured in the 1998 CD version of the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era collection. Several of the Wailers' tunes were also covered by The Ventures, and the two bands released an album together, Two Car Garage, in 2009 to celebrate their 50 years in existence.

Syndicate of ​Sound​
Syndicate of ​Sound​

September 12, 1945,) (lead guitar). The Syndicate of Sound rapidly became popular in the San Jose/Bay area, and the next year won a “Battle of the Bands” competition against about 100 groups at the San Mateo Teenage World’s Fair in California.

The ​Castaways​
The ​Castaways​

1980–present garage rock revival bands Some of these bands overlap with punk, garage punk, punk blues, the mod revival, psychobilly, noise rock/noise pop/noise punk, grunge, new wave and post-punk, post-punk revival, the Paisley Underground, indie rock, indie pop, neo-psychedelia, power pop, Britpop, hard rock and even riot grrl, queercore or traditional heavy metal.

Yeah Yeah ​Yeahs​
Yeah Yeah ​Yeahs​

Yeah Yeah Yeahs is an American indie rock band formed in New York City in 2000. The group is composed of vocalist and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboardist Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase.