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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 Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    the people's #1 Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Rock music

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    added by paldrinc Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    added by paldrinc Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Folk Rock, Rock

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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Rock music

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