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The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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

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.
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    most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    95
  3. 3
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    Down 175
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    95
  4. 4
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    94
  5. 5
    Up 380
    Down 194
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 364
    Down 167
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    87
  7. 7
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    Down 190
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    86
  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    84
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    82
  10. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    78
  11. 11
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    78
  12. 12
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    78
  13. 13
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    77
  14. 14
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  15. 15
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    76
  16. 16
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    75
  17. 17
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  18. 18
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    72
  19. 19
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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
  20. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Journey

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    69
  21. 21
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  22. 22
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
  23. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    69
  24. 24
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    68
  25. 25
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    67
  26. 26
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    66
  27. 27
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    66
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    65
  29. 29
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    Rock music More
    65
  30. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Moody Blues

    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    63
  33. 33
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    61
    added by: paldrinc
  34. 34
    Up 142
    Down 98
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    60
    added by: paldrinc
  35. 35
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  36. 36
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    Down 30
    Folk Rock, Rock More
    60
  37. 37
    Up 123
    Down 94
    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  38. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    59
  39. 39
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    59
  40. 40
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
  41. 41
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  42. 42
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  43. 43
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
  44. 44
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    Heavy Metal, Hard Rock More
    55
  45. 45
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    55
  46. 46
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    54
  47. 47
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    54
  48. 48
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    54
  49. 49
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  50. 50
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    Blues rock, electric blues, Texas blues More
    52
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