Hard Rock Musicians

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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 1 Dave Grohl

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Tommy Lee

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek, American
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.
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 3 Axl Rose

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer W. Axl Rose, being true to his rebel spirit, fled to Los Angeles on a bus at 17, before he co-founded the legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Working as the lead vocalist/lyricist of the band, he soon became a global sex symbol. 

 4 Nikki Sixx

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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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 5 Meat Loaf

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 6 Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: November 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 7 Scott Weiland

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Famous As: Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland was an American singer and songwriter. He is credited with co-creating the popular rock band Stone Temple Pilots where he served as the lead singer. He was also part of two supergroups, namely Velvet Revolver and Art of Anarchy. Known for his chaotic and flamboyant onstage persona, Weiland is widely viewed as a versatile vocalist.

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 8 Roger Waters

Roger Waters
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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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 9 James Hetfield

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

 10 Mick Mars

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Mick Mars gained fame as the guitarist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and came to be known for his aggressive style of playing the instrument. He has also written songs for bands such as Crashdïet. He has suffered from ankylosing spondylitis since his teenage years. 
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 11 Rick Rubin

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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 12 Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 2004

 13 Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: October 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 14 Neil Peart

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

 15 Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2010

 16 Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer
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Famous As: Snger
Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: September 26, 2003
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 17 Chad Kroeger

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
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.

 18 Pete Townshend

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: May 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Pete Townshend is an English guitarist, composer, and singer. He is credited with co-founding and leading one of the most influential and important rock bands of the 20th century, The Who. Also an influential guitarist, Pete Townshend was ranked 10th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all time list published in 2011.

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 19 Buckethead

Buckethead
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Banjoist, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: May 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 20 Ginger Baker

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Famous As: Drummer, Jazz musician, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
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 21 Richie Sambora

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Banjoist, Composer
Birthdate: July 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 22 Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Radio personality
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 23 Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 24 Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo
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Famous As: Bassist, Musician
Birthdate: October 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 25 Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins
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Famous As: singer, lyricist, songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British, Welsh

 26 Chad Smith

Chad Smith
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Famous As: drummer, musician
Birthdate: October 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 27 Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads
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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Classical guitarist
Birthdate: December 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 19, 1982

 28 Eddie Money

Eddie Money
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Actor, Guitarist
Birthdate: March 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 29 Nancy Wilson (Rock Musician)

Nancy Wilson (Rock Musician)
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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: March 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 30 Till Lindemann

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 31 Chris Daughtry

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Famous As: Vocalist, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 32 Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: June 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 33 Jason Newsted

Jason Newsted
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Famous As: Bassist, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: March 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 34 Duff McKagan

Duff McKagan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Autobiographer, Singer, Journalist
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 35 Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore
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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 36 Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Ace Frehley is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding the rock band Kiss, for which he served as the original lead guitarist. Renowned for his aggressive guitar-playing style, Frehley was named in Guitar World magazine's Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time list. He is also popular for playing guitars that emit smoke to create special effects.

 37 Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 38 Leif Garrett

Leif Garrett
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor, Model
Birthdate: November 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 39 David Draiman

David Draiman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 40 Mike D

Mike D
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Famous As: Rapper, Record producer, Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 41 Glenn Danzig

Glenn Danzig
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 42 Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 44 Orianthi

Orianthi
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Famous As: Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 45 Terry Kath

Terry Kath
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 23, 1978

 46 Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison
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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Record producer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 47 Peter Steele

Peter Steele
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 20, 2010

 48 Mick Ronson

Mick Ronson
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: May 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 29, 1993

 49 Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Cantrell
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Guitarist, Classical guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 50 Dee Snider

Dee Snider
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Actor, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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