Best Live Bands of 2011 Bands/Musicians

Best Live Bands of 2011

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The best live bands of 2011 include mainstream rock icons like U2 and Foo Fighters, indie and Americana darlings like The Avett Brothers, over-the-top arena acts like Muse and straight up classic bands like The Pixies (really, if you haven't seen The Pixies live, you are doing yourself a great disservice). I've put together this list to recognize the great live bands of the year, though it's a tough order. I've seen almost all of the bands on the list this year, but I'm sure I've missed a lot of great live acts. What was your favorite live band in 2011? If you don't see it on this list, add it. Vote up the bands you thought were the absolute best, and vote down those you saw and hated. Hey, to each his own, right? Not everybody thinks Coldplay is the be-all, end-all of live music.

The bands on this list brought it in 2011, big time, putting on incredible live shows. Several of them hit up the big music festivals, like Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW. With concert ticket prices soaring in a hobbled economy, a music festival can be a great way to catch several live bands for one price. That being said, if you have a favorite live band, they'll get a shorter set (usually) at a festival - so go for the whole enchilada and see just them. Also, pay close attention to some of the opening acts for the mega-bands - some of them will go on to become headliners (case in point: I saw Muse and Kings of Leon open for U2 a few years ago and was blown away...now look at them!)

Live music fans, this is your chance to be heard: Add your favorite live acts to this list, so we'll all know who to see in 2012. And if you're a live music aficionado, definitely check out these lists of the greatest live bands/artists of all time and the best rock bands ever.

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List Criteria: Vote on whether the band's should be considered the best live band of 2011

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    most listed
    Foo Fighters

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    91
  2. 2
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    often listed &controversial
    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    72
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Black Keys

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    70
  4. 4
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    68
  5. 5
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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica More
    63
  6. 6
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    controversial
    The Avett Brothers

    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass More
    60
  7. 7
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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop More
    60
  8. 8
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
    60
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock More
    59
  10. 10
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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock More
    57
  11. 11
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    controversial
    Coldplay

    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop More
    56
  12. 12
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    56
  13. 13
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    new! Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    56
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    54
  15. 15
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    ranked low on reranks
    Muse

    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    54
  16. 16
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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock More
    54
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock More
    46
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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal More
    44
    added by: KyleBurns
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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music More
    44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The National

    Indie folk, Indie rock More
    43
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ween

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia More
    42
  22. 22
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore More
    42
    added by: KyleBurns
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    41
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    39
    added by: gamedemon24
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    Rock music More
    37
    added by: duffyork
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    controversial
    Umphrey’s McGee

    Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock More
    34
  27. 27
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk More
    34
  28. 28
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    Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    33
    added by: stephjsolorio
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    Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music More
    33
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music More
    33
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    Jazz, Dixieland More
    32
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    Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock More
    31
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    Doom metal, Stoner rock, Sludge metal More
    31
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    Emo, Post-rock, Punk rock More
    31
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    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock More
    31
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    Alternative country, Gothabilly More
    31
  37. 37
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    Power pop, Indie rock More
    29
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    Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal More
    29
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    Rock music, Psychedelic rock More
    29
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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore More
    29
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    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk, Folk rock More
    29
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    Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind More
    29
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    29
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    No image
    Modern rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
    29
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    Dance-punk, Punk rock, Indie rock More
    29
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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock More
    29
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    No image
    Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock More
    29
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    Indie rock More
    29
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    about to drop off
    Brad Corrigan

    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    27
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    No image

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    The Gamits

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    27
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