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Best Live Bands of 2011

List Criteria: 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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    most listed
    Foo Fighters

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
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    U2

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    64
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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica More
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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop More
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    Metallica

    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    54
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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock More
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass More
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock More
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    Muse

    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    51
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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop More
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    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    50
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock More
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    Rammstein

    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music More
    41
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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock More
    37
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
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    The National

    Indie folk, Indie rock More
    35
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    Ween

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia More
    33
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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal More
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    added by: KyleBurns
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    new! Vices I Admire

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore More
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    added by: KyleBurns
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    Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock More
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk More
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music More
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
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    added by: gamedemon24
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    Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music More
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    Rock music More
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    added by: duffyork
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    Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind More
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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock More
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    Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock More
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    Jazz, Dixieland More
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    Indie rock More
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    Dance-punk, Punk rock, Indie rock More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop More
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
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    Young the Giant

    Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    24
    added by: stephjsolorio
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    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk, Folk rock More
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    Power pop, Indie rock More
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    Rock music, Gamewave, Bitpop More
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    Rock music, Psychedelic rock More
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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia More
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    Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore More
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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    Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll More
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    added by: AlanMclaren
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