New York City has consistently been a hotbed of incredible art—whether that be music, theatre, visual works or film. But there’s something specifically about the city that has always appealed to musicians, that has brought out the best in those who live here, and that has spurred some of the most successful rock bands over the last several decades.

From the hardcore scene, to the emergence of punk rock, indie rock, shoegaze, folk-rock and so much more, New York bands are marked by their intermingled members, local influences and constant innovations. From labels, to venue spaces, to the records themselves, here’s the 50 Best New York Rock Bands.

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