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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
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    the people's #1
    The Beatles

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    98
  3. 3
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    Down 132
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    98
  4. 4
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    most listed
    The Rolling Stones

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    97
  5. 5
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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    96
  6. 6
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    89
  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    87
  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
    83
  10. 10
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    82
  11. 11
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    80
  12. 12
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
  13. 13
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    76
  14. 14
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  15. 15
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    76
  16. 16
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  17. 17
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
  18. 18
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
  19. 19
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    70
  20. 20
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    70
  21. 21
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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music More
    69
  22. 22
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    68
  23. 23
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    68
  24. 24
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    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
  25. 25
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    67
  26. 26
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    Rock music More
    67
  27. 27
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  28. 28
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    66
  29. 29
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    66
  30. 30
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    65
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    often listed
    Foreigner

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    64
  32. 32
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    63
  33. 33
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  34. 34
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    62
  35. 35
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    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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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    61
  38. 38
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    60
  39. 39
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  40. 40
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  41. 41
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    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
  43. 43
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Miller Band

    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    59
  45. 45
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    59
  46. 46
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    58
  47. 47
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    58
  48. 48
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    58
  49. 49
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    58
  50. 50
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    58
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