Rock Bands That Have Lasted Over 30 Yearsby Djesika | created - 5 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Dedicated to my all-time favorite band, who captured a vision and turned it into a dream.
The following bands have since their formation lasted more than thirty years. Some bands took time apart and were reunited, while others kept going continuously. Many have struggled through tough breaks and setbacks; members have come and gone; but they never lost sight of what they believed in, and so they held the dreams within their hearts, always remaining true to themselves along the way.
Which of these rock* bands that have lasted over thirty years is your favorite? Or, which one would you most like to discover?
*including subgenres progressive metal, progressive rock, heavy metal and hard rock
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
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
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
Several members of the band have gone onto successful solo careers and careers in other bands. Ian Gillan formed the Ian Gillan Band, later simply called Gillan and briefly sang for Black Sabbath. Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow, David Coverdale formed Whitesnake and Roger Glover has produced ...
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
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
Actor | Fates Warning: Anarchy Divine
American progressive metal band, formed in 1982
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
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
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
American rock band, formed in 1973
11. 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
12. 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
American rock band, formed in 1973
14. 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
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
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
Soundtrack | Brave
One of the most forgotten bands of the 1980s, Marillion were - it seems hard to believe now - one of the biggest British rock bands of the decade, something which is often ignored in retrospectives of the era. They emerged from the short-lived progressive rock revival of the early 1980s and went on...
British progressive rock band, formed in 1979
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
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
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
21. 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
22. 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
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
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
Soundtrack | Man on the Moon
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, that was formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. R.E.M. was pivotal in the creation and development of the alternative rock genre. In 2007, the band was ...
American rock band, 1980-2011
Canadian progressive rock band, 1968-2018
Soundtrack | Knight and Day
German hard rock band, formed in 1965
28. 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
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
30. 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
31. Twisted Sister
Soundtrack | Ready Player One
Twisted Sister was an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based on Long Island, New York. They began playing in 1972 and disbanded in 2016. Twisted Sister's best-known hits include "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", which had music videos noted for ...
American heavy metal band, 1972-2016
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
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
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