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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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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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
    96
  3. 3
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    95
  4. 4
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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    93
  5. 5
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    Down 170
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    92
  6. 6
    Up 333
    Down 142
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    88
  7. 7
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    Down 165
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    86
  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    83
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    81
  10. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    77
  11. 11
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    77
  12. 12
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    77
  13. 13
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    77
  14. 14
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    76
  15. 15
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music 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
    71
  19. 19
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    70
  20. 20
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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    70
  21. 21
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    69
  22. 22
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  23. 23
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    68
  24. 24
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    68
  25. 25
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
  26. 26
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    66
  27. 27
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock 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
    64
  29. 29
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  30. 30
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    Rock music More
    64
  31. 31
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    64
  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
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  34. 34
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    61
  35. 35
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    60
    added by: paldrinc
  36. 36
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  37. 37
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    58
  38. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    58
  39. 39
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  40. 40
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  41. 41
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  42. 42
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    55
  43. 43
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  44. 44
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    55
  45. 45
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    55
  46. 46
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    54
  47. 47
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    53
  48. 48
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    52
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Cars

    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    52
  50. 50
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    Rock music More
    52
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