Rock Bands That Have Lasted Over 30 Years

by Djesika | created - 1 month ago | updated - 2 days ago | Public

Dedicated to my all-time favorite band.

The following bands have since their formation lasted more than thirty years. Some bands have taken breaks and been reunited, while others have stuck together continuously. Many have struggled through setbacks and difficulties, members have come and gone, but the love and passion for their music never faded, and thus the hearts of these bands still remained.

Which of these rock* bands that have lasted over thirty years is your favorite, or would you most like to discover?

*limited to progressive metal/rock, heavy metal, hard rock and rock

1. AC/DC

Soundtrack | Iron Man

AC/DC is a legendary rock band from Australia, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States ...

Australian hard rock band, formed in 1973

2. Aerosmith

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" since they were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records ...

American rock band, formed in 1970

3. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre ...

British heavy metal band, 1968-2017

4. Deep Purple

Soundtrack | Twister

The group originally opened for Cream on Cream's farewell tour, but were removed after only three shows. They were replaced by the bands Taste and Yes.

British hard rock band, formed in 1968

5. Def Leppard

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Def Leppard is an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitars, backing vocals), ...

British hard rock band, formed in 1977

6. Dream Theater

Soundtrack | Sleeping Dogs

Dream Theater is a two-time Grammy nominated progressive metal band from New York City. The band was formed in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist John Myung while they attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Current band members are guitarist ...

American progressive metal band, formed in 1985

7. Europe

Soundtrack | Hot Rod

"Europe" is a Swedish rock band founded by vocalist Joey Tempest and guitarist John Norum. In the first period of its existence, the group belonged to the genre of glam metal, but after the revival moved to modern hard rock and heavy metal. Group Europe was founded in 1979 in Stockholm under the ...

Swedish hard rock band, formed in 1979

American progressive metal band, formed in 1982

9. Genesis

Soundtrack | American Psycho

One of the most successful British bands of all time, Genesis made their mark in the 1970s as a progressive rock band influenced by classical music, folk and even jazz fusion, before becoming a huge stadium band in the 1980s with a series of big pop hits fronted by a singer who was also a solo ...

British progressive rock band, 1967-2007

10. Guns N' Roses

Soundtrack | Body of Lies

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. The lineup, when first signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Guns N' Roses has ...

American hard rock band, formed in 1985

11. Heart

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Ranked #40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.

American rock band, formed in 1973

12. Iron Maiden

Soundtrack | Murder by Numbers

Studio Albums: Iron Maiden (1980) Killers (1981) The Number of the Beast (1982) Piece of Mind (1983) Powerslave (1984) Somewhere in Time (1986) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) No Prayer for the Dying (1990) Fear of the Dark (1992) The X Factor (1995) Virtual XI (1998) Brave New World (2000) ...

American heavy metal band, formed in 1975

13. Jethro Tull

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed its sound to incorporate elements of hard and folk rock to forge a progressive rock signature. The band is led by Ian Anderson, and has featured a revolving door of ...

British progressive rock band, formed in 1967

14. Journey

Soundtrack | TRON

Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006.

American hard rock band, formed in 1973

15. Judas Priest

Soundtrack | Adventureland

Judas Priest is an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. The band have sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the ...

British heavy metal band, formed in 1969

16. Kansas

Soundtrack | Pitch Perfect

Formed in 1970, the band Kansas, originally called Reasons Why, did not start to gain in popularity until 1973 and really did not have a hit until the release of their 4th album, "Leftoverture" in October 1976, which produced a hit single, "Carry on my Wayward Son". Some of their songs have been ...

American progressive rock band, formed in 1973

British progressive rock band, formed in 1968

18. KISS

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

KISS is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured ...

American heavy metal band, formed in 1973

19. Marillion

Soundtrack | Brave

Marillion are a British band that emerged from the short-lived progressive rock revival of the early 1980s. They went on to enjoy remarkable success in the UK charts for a band labelled progressive rock at a time when it was supposed to be dead and buried.

Formed in 1979 in Aylesbury, ...

British progressive rock band, formed in 1979

20. Megadeth

Soundtrack | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983. A pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, Megadeth is credited as one of the genre's "big four," along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, ...

American heavy metal band, formed in 1983

21. Metallica

Soundtrack | Mission: Impossible II

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship ...

American heavy metal band, formed in 1981

22. Motörhead

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Motörhead was an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which revitalized heavy ...

British heavy metal band, 1975-2015

23. Mötley Crüe

Soundtrack | Charlie's Angels

Mötley Crüe was an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead singer Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars. Mötley Crüe has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 ...

American heavy metal band, formed in 1981

24. Pink Floyd

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Syd Barrett: vocals, guitar (born: Roger Keith Barrett; 6 January, 1946; Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK). In 1968, Syd Barrett left the band. Syd died in July, 2006 at aged 60 from pancreatic cancer.

David Gilmour: vocals, guitar (born: David John Gilmour; 6 March, 1946; Cambridge, ...

British progressive rock band, 1965-2014

25. Queen

Soundtrack | Flash Gordon

Queen were one of the longest-lasting and most commercially successful bands to emerge from the British heavy rock scene of the early 1970s, but unlike their contemporaries such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, they soon became just as popular with pop fans as fans of hard rock and ...

British rock band, formed in 1970

26. Queensrÿche

Actor | Queensrÿche: Silent Lucidity

Queensrÿche is an American heavy metal band. It formed in 1980 in Bellevue, Washington out of the local band the Mob. The band has released 15 studio albums and continues to tour and record. Queensrÿche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States....

American progressive metal band, formed in 1980

27. Rush

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

The movie poster for Eraserhead (1977) appears 17 seconds into their music video "Limelight" (1981).

Canadian progressive rock band, 1968-2018

28. Scorpions

Soundtrack | Knight and Day

"The Zoo" was written about their first trip to New York.

German hard rock band, formed in 1965

29. The Moody Blues

Soundtrack | 45 Years

The name "Moody Blues" came about because band founder Michael Pinder was trying to get a sponsorship from a brewery named Mitchells and Butlers, and thought if he came up with a name with the same initials it might sway the brewery (it didn't). He picked "Moody" because one of his favorite songs ...

British progressive rock band, formed in 1964

30. The Rolling Stones

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...

British rock band, formed in 1962

31. The Who

Soundtrack | The Kids Are Alright

Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon ...

British rock band, formed in 1964

32. U2

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

U2 has been perhaps the biggest music act in the world since the late 1980s to the current day. They take prominent stands on human rights issues, expressed through their lyrics and other public statements and actions. The band's lead singer, Bono, has become quite prominent in charity movements ...

Irish rock band, formed in 1976

33. Uriah Heep

Soundtrack | Life on Mars

Members have included lead singer David Byron, Mick Box, Philippe Melançon, Bernie Shaw, Russell Broom, Ken Hensley.

British hard rock band, formed in 1969

34. Van Halen

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. The band went on to become major stars, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time. 1984 was their most successful album. The lead single, "Jump", became an international hit and ...

American hard rock band, formed in 1972

35. Yes

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire. The band has undergone numerous personnel changes throughout its history; twenty musicians have been full-time members. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are...

British progressive rock band, formed in 1968

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