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Rock music’s place in the mainstream may have shifted over the years, but the enduring power of these iconic bands is undeniable. Despite competition from newer genres, these legendary artists continue to draw in millions of listeners on platforms like Spotify, proving that their music still connects with audiences worldwide.

Based on Spotify’s monthly listener data for 2024, the top 10 rock bands are proving that rock and roll still has a powerful voice.

10. Guns N’ Roses: 30.9 Million (Monthly Listeners on Spotify)

Guns N’ Roses continue to reign as hard rock icons, drawing in 30.9 million monthly listeners who can’t get enough of their rebellious anthems. Emerging from the Sunset Strip’s hair metal scene of the late ’80s, they injected a raw, dangerous energy into rock and roll. Their iconic hits like “Sweet Child of Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle” remain rock radio staples and helped usher in a new era of hard rock in the early ’90s.

9. Nirvana: 31.9 Million

Kurt Cobain’s raw vocals and the band’s grunge anthems continue to captivate 31.9 million monthly listeners. Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” ignited a cultural movement, and their legacy remains a defining influence on alternative rock today.

8. Fleetwood Mac: 34.5 Million

With 34.5 million monthly listeners, Fleetwood Mac’s melodic rock and intricate harmonies remain a staple on playlists worldwide. Their iconic album “Rumours,” filled with personal drama and relatable lyrics, is considered one of the greatest albums of all time, having sold over 40 million copies worldwide. This immense popularity undoubtedly contributes to the band’s continued success as one of the most listened-to artists on streaming platforms today.

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival: 35.8 Million

With 35.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is more popular than ever. Often underrated during their heyday, this band’s swampy Southern rock and soulful blues captured the essence of American roots music. Between 1968 and 1970, they released an astonishing five phenomenal albums: “Creedence Clearwater Revival,” “Bayou Country,” “Green River,” “Willy and the Poor Boys,” and “Cosmo’s Factory.” Packed with iconic hits like “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and “Fortunate Son,” these albums remain a testament to CCR’s raw talent and enduring legacy.

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers: 36.5 Million

With 36.5 million monthly listeners and over 40 years of funk-rock fusion under their belts, the Red Hot Chili Peppers show no signs of slowing down. Their recent double album releases, “Unlimited Love” and “Return of the Dream Canteen,” prove they’re still at the top of their game, and their global stadium tour, kicking off in June, promises to be a fiery celebration of their iconic career. The Chili Peppers continue to ignite stages and playlists worldwide, from classic hits like “Californication” and “Under the Bridge” to their latest sonic explorations.

5. The Beatles: 36.9 Million

36.9 million monthly listeners prove that the Beatles’ music is truly timeless. Their infectious melodies, innovative sounds, and universal themes continue to resonate with fans of all ages and backgrounds. From the youthful energy of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to the introspective depth of “Let It Be,” their catalog offers something for everyone.

4. AC/DC: 38.3 Million

38.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify prove that AC/DC’s high-voltage rock and roll never goes out of style. Angus Young’s iconic riffs and Brian Johnson’s (or Bon Scott’s) signature vocals in anthems like “Back in Black,” “Thunderstruck,” and dozens of other great hard rock songs have solidified their place in rock history.

3. Linkin Park: 40.2 Million

Even after Chester Bennington’s tragic death, Linkin Park’s music continues to find new listeners, with 40.2 million monthly tuning in. Their unique blend of heavy riffs, electronic elements, and introspective lyrics, showcased in songs like “One Step Closer” and “Faint,” solidified their place as a groundbreaking and influential force in the alternative rock scene.

2. Arctic Monkeys: 49.9 Million

Alex Turner’s lyrical prowess and Arctic Monkeys genre-bending evolution, from their raw, energetic debut “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” to the slick, sophisticated “The Car,” have earned them a devoted following of 49.9 million monthly listeners. Their ability to constantly reinvent themselves while maintaining their signature sound keeps them at the forefront of modern rock.

1. Queen: 52.8 Million

Reigning supreme with a staggering 52.8 million monthly listeners, Queen’s timeless anthems continue to captivate new generations. From the operatic “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the stadium-shaking “We Will Rock You,” Freddie Mercury’s voice and the band’s innovative sound remain iconic.

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