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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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  1. 127
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    39
  2. 202
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    Down 27
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    27
  3. 200
    Up 14
    Down 24
    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    28
  4. 141
    Up 36
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    37
  5. 26
    Up 155
    Down 120
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    67
  6. 175
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    new! T. Rex

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    31
    added by: DrewDrums
  7. 146
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    ranked low on reranks
    Buddy Holly

    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    35
  8. 168
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    33
  9. 63
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    Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  10. 164
    Up 12
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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
  11. 22
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  12. 29
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  13. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    78
  14. 100
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    42
  15. 40
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  16. 173
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    32
  17. 42
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  18. 187
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    new! Rainbow

    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    30
  19. 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Moody Blues

    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    63
  20. 96
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    43
  21. 148
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    35
  22. 135
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    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock More
    38
    added by: bojanthebest
  23. 98
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    43
  24. 126
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    39
  25. 193
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    29
  26. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    69
  27. 39
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  28. 111
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    Eagles

    Rock music More
    41
  29. 136
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    37
  30. 144
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex Pistols

    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock More
    35
  31. 72
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    47
  32. 113
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    41
  33. 125
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    39
  34. 44
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  35. 103
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    42
  36. 196
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
    28
  37. 12
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    77
  38. 69
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    47
  39. 65
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    48
  40. 8
    Up 275
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    82
  41. 195
    Up 16
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    28
  42. 45
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    55
  43. 137
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    War

    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    37
  44. 197
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    28
  45. 132
    Up 29
    Down 48
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    39
  46. 121
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    40
  47. 139
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tesla

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    37
  48. 191
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    29
  49. 57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  50. 122
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    40
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