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A subgenre of rock music, hard rock is characterised by powerful vocals, heavy drums, and bass guitar. The genre originated in the mid-1960s. Here are some of the most popular hard rock musicians of all time.
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Dave Grohl
(Founder of the Rock Band 'Foo Fighters')
Dave Grohl
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Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Meat Loaf
(Singer)
Meat Loaf
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Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: January 20, 2022

Born Marvin Lee Aday, rock singer Meat Loaf was best known for his Bat Out of Hell trilogy. Famous for his wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows, this Grammy-winning performer also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows. 

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Nikki Sixx
(Co-Founder and Bassist of Heavy Metal Band 'Mötley Crüe')
Nikki Sixx
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Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

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Gene Simmons
(Bassist and Co-lead Singer of Hard Rock Band 'Kiss')
Gene Simmons
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Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

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Angus Young
(Co-Founder and Lead Guitarist for the Hard Rock Band 'AC/DC')
Angus Young
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Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Angus Young, AC/DC co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter, migrated to Australia at 13. After dropping out of school at 15, he started playing instruments. Named the Best Australian Guitarist of All Time by Australian Guitar magazine, he is known for his uniform outfits and for reviving Chuck Berry's "duck walk."
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Roger Waters
(Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer)
Roger Waters
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Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey

Co-founder of the rock band, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is celebrated singer, songwriter and composer. Beginning his career with rhythm guitar, he initially served solely as a bassist in Pink Floyd before emerging as their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader. Later he left the group due to creative difference and embarked on his solo career, releasing numerous albums and singles

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Ted Nugent
(Lead Guitarist and Occasional Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band “The Amboy Dukes”)
Ted Nugent
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Birthdate: December 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Redford Charter Township, Michigan, United States

Rock guitarist Ted Nugent initially gained fame with the band The Amboy Dukes. He has also had a successful solo career, with hits such as Cat Scratch Fever. He was also part of the supergroup Damn Yankees. A National Rifle Association board member, he supports hunting and gun ownership.

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Dimebag Darrell
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician)
Dimebag Darrell
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Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: December 8, 2004
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Ronnie James Dio
(Former heavy metal singer, songwriter and composer)
Ronnie James Dio
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Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 16, 2010
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Robert Palmer
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Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batley, England
Died: September 26, 2003
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Rick Rubin
(Record Producer)
Rick Rubin
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Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lido Beach

A record producer, Rick Rubin is the former co-president of Columbia Records and a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. By promoting the musical groups  Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy, he helped popularize hip hop music. He has been named on Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Chad Kroeger
(Musician)
Chad Kroeger
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Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.
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Sammy Hagar
(Singer-Songwriter,)
Sammy Hagar
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Birthdate: October 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
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Billy Gibbons
(Guitarist, Singer)
Billy Gibbons
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Birthdate: December 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Houston
 15 
Paul Stanley
(Co-Founder, Frontman, Rhythm Guitarist and Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Kiss')
Paul Stanley
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Birthdate: January 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Singer, songwriter, and painter, Paul Stanley is best known for being a co-founder of the rock band Kiss. A rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band, he also wrote or co-wrote many of their hit songs. He has been ranked 18th on Hit Parader’s list of the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.

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Robert Trujillo
(Bassist for American heavy metal band Metallica)
Robert Trujillo
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Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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Randy Rhoads
(Guitarist, Musician, Classical guitarist)
Randy Rhoads
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Birthdate: December 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica
Died: March 19, 1982
 18 
Phil Lynott
(Lead Vocalist of the Irish Hard Rock Band 'Thin Lizzy')
Phil Lynott
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Birthdate: August 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
Died: January 4, 1986
Phil Lynott was the frontman of the rock band Thin Lizzy, which delivered hits such as Whiskey in the Jar and Jailbreak. After the group disbanded, Phil had a successful solo career, published two poetry books, and led the band Grand Slam. He struggled with heroin addiction throughout his life.
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Wolfgang Van Halen
(Bassist of the Rock Band ‘Van Halen’ and Son of Eddie Van Halen)
Wolfgang Van Halen
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Birthdate: March 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

The son of famous guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen is a musician and bassist. He is currently the youngest member of the popular rock band Van Halen, which was founded by his father. Over the years, Wolfgang Van Halen has contributed immensely to the success of his band.

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Suzi Quatro
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Suzi Quatro
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Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Ginger Baker
(Former Drummer known for co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream)
Ginger Baker
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Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London, England
Died: October 6, 2019
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Eddie Money
(Singer-songwriter)
Eddie Money
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Birthdate: March 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 2019
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Chad Smith
(drummer, musician)
Chad Smith
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Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Paul
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Chris Daughtry
(Vocalist, Guitarist)
Chris Daughtry
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Birthdate: December 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chris Daughtry gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Daughtry, which he formed after finishing fourth in the fifth season of American Idol. He has delivered hits such as It's Not Over and became the runner-up in the second season of The Masked Singer.
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Ritchie Blackmore
(Guitarist, Songwriter)
Ritchie Blackmore
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Birthdate: April 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare
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Dusty Hill
(Singer)
Dusty Hill
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Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dallas
 27 
Jason Newsted
(Bassist, Singer, Musician)
Jason Newsted
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Birthdate: March 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battle Creek
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Tony Iommi
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter)
Tony Iommi
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Birthdate: February 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham

Black Sabbath lead guitarist Tony Iommi was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Known for his signature black leather jacket and silver cross neckpiece, he is fond of playing dark guitar tones. While he successfully beat lymphoma, the cancer was in remission later.

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Mike D
(Rapper, Record producer, Singer)
Mike D
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Birthdate: November 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
 30 
Paul Rodgers
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Paul Rodgers
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Birthdate: December 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England

Paul Rodgers is a British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Over the years, Rodgers has performed with popular bands like Bad Company, Free, and Queen. Rodgers, who has influenced several notable rock singers, was honored with the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 2011. He has also been named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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Eddie Van Halen
(Guitarist and Keyboardist of the Rock Band Van Halen)
Eddie Van Halen
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Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen was an American songwriter and guitarist. The co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock music. He is credited with popularizing the tapping technique, which is now used extensively by guitarists all over the world.

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David Draiman
(Singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Disturbed since 1996)
David Draiman
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Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Joey Jordison
(Guitarist, Musician, Record producer, Songwriter)
Joey Jordison
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Birthdate: April 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines
 34 
Terry Kath
(Known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago)
Terry Kath
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Birthdate: January 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 23, 1978
 35 
Ian Watkins
(singer, lyricist, songwriter)
Ian Watkins
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Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Merthyr Tydfil

Once the lead singer of the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, Ian Watkins made headlines when he was convicted of multiple sex offenses, including sexual assault of a child, the attempted rape of a toddler, and performance of sexual acts on an animal. He eventually received a 35-year sentence.

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Mick Ronson
(Guitarist)
Mick Ronson
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Birthdate: May 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 29, 1993
Rick Allen
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Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dronfield
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Peter Criss
(Drummer, Singer)
Peter Criss
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Birthdate: December 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Scott Stapp
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)
Scott Stapp
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Birthdate: August 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orlando
 40 
Peter Steele
(Singer and bassist for the goth and metal band Type O Negative)
Peter Steele
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Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 2010
 41 
Richie Sambora
(Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013)
Richie Sambora
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Birthdate: July 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
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Andrew W.K.
(Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who released the single "Party Hard" in 2001)
Andrew W.K.
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Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stanford, California, United States
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Myles Kennedy
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Myles Kennedy
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Birthdate: November 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston
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Izzy Stradlin
(Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Izzy Stradlin
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Birthdate: April 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lafayette
 45 
Michael Lockwood
(Guitarist)
Michael Lockwood
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Birthdate: May 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hawthorne
 46 
Alex van Halen
(The Drummer and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Van Halen')
Alex van Halen
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Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

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Lou Gramm
(Singer-songwriter)
Lou Gramm
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Birthdate: May 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
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Ray Davies
(Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Ray Davies
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Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
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Jeff Porcaro
(Former Drummer best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musicians, working on hundreds of albums and thousands of sessions)
Jeff Porcaro
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Birthdate: April 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 5, 1992
 50 
Steven Adler
(Drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s)
Steven Adler
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Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States