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The greatest classic rock bands of all time embody the spirit of a generation of people who just wanted to rock. These top classic rock bands include some of the best live acts of all time and man, did they rock hard. For those who got to see these amazing classic rock bands live, you'll surely understand how they earned the title of best classic rock band; for those who missed out, they'll simply remain the bands you wish you could have seen live.

These top classic rock bands were all hit-makers of their time and have rightfully earned a spot on this list of the greatest classic rock bands. Some of these bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members.

What are the best classic rock bands? You decide! This list of the best classic rock bands is here for you so you can vote on who should be the greatest classic rock band of all time. Don't think one of the bands here should even be in the running for top classic rock band? Vote them down! And if you don't see your favorite classic rock band on the list, make sure to add them to the list of the top classic rock bands ever.

List Criteria: Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    98
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    ranked low on reranks
    Queen

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    98
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Rolling Stones

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    97
  5. 5
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pink Floyd

    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    96
  6. 6
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Who

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    90
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Doors

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    87
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    85
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    83
  10. 10
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    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    82
  11. 11
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Aerosmith

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
  13. 13
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    76
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    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
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    often listed
    Cream

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    76
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
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    often listed
    Van Halen

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    71
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    69
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Kinks

    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    69
  22. 22
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    68
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    ranked low on reranks
    Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Journey

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    66
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    Rush

    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
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    Rock music More
    66
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    Boston

    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    66
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    65
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    often listed &controversial
    Foreigner

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    63
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    63
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    62
  34. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kiss

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    62
  36. 36
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    61
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
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    60
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    often listed
    Styx

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Moody Blues

    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    60
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    ranked low on reranks
    Steppenwolf

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  42. 42
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    60
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    often listed
    The Scorpions

    59
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jethro Tull

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Miller Band

    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    59
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    58
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    58
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    58
  49. 49
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    58
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    often listed
    Kansas

    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    57
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