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

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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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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+ - 115 56
Muse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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+ - 72 39
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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+ - 89 81
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
+ - 80 87
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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+ - 69 104
U2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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+ - 46 42
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

8
+ - 36 48
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

9
+ - 49 67
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

10
+ - 42 57
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
My Morning Jacket Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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+ - 45 57
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

12
+ - 31 26
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

13
+ - 25 19
Korn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

14
+ - 34 34
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
+ - 41 73
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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+ - 34 59
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
The Flaming Lips Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

17
+ - 34 63
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

18
+ - 35 53
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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+ - 26 54
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Band of Horses Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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+ - 12 13
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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+ - 31 68
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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+ - 4 6
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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+ - 10 12
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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+ - 21 34
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Umphrey’s McGee Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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Gwar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Gwar Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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+ - 15 28
Galactic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Galactic Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk

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+ - 1 6
Civil Twilight is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Civil Twilight Alternative rock, Indie rock

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+ - 1 3
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Jimmy Buffett Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

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+ - 3 9
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
The Fray Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

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+ - 15 30
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

32
+ - 10 18
Young the Giant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Young the Giant Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

33
+ - 19 46
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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+ - 6 16
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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+ - 8 20
Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Drive-By Truckers Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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+ - 9 22
Bassnectar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Bassnectar Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electronic dance music

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+ - 15 34
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Widespread Panic Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 1 7
Christie Front Drive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Christie Front Drive Emo, Post-rock, Punk rock

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+ - 1 7
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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+ - 1 7
Lothar & The Hand People is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Lothar & The Hand People Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Slim Cessna's Auto Club Alternative country, Gothabilly

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+ - 1 7
Sugarloaf is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Sugarloaf Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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+ - 1 7
Wovenhand is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Wovenhand Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

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+ - 1 7
Letlive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Letlive Mathcore, Emo, Experimental rock

45
+ - 1 7
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

46
+ - 1 8
STS9 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
STS9 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine

47
+ - 1 8
16 Horsepower is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
16 Horsepower Folk music, Neofolk, Alternative country

48
+ - 13 44
The National is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
The National Indie folk, Indie rock

49
+ - 1 8
Axe Murder Boyz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Axe Murder Boyz Hip hop music, Horrorcore

50
+ - 1 8
Brave Saint Saturn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Brave Saint Saturn Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock