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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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  1. 236
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
    32
  2. 127
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    44
  3. 163
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    39
  4. 211
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    34
  5. 201
    Up 10
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    new! Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    35
  6. 176
    Up 13
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    38
  7. 137
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    Down 13
    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    42
  8. 22
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    68
  9. 156
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    40
  10. 170
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    Down 5
    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    38
  11. 63
    Up 27
    Down 7
    Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  12. 145
    Up 9
    Down 1
    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music More
    41
  13. 27
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  14. 28
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    66
  15. 12
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
  16. 92
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    Eric Burdon & the Animals

    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    50
  17. 35
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    62
  18. 172
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    38
  19. 57
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  20. 37
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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    61
  21. 90
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    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  22. 161
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    39
  23. 189
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    36
  24. 105
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    48
  25. 114
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    47
  26. 177
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    38
  27. 196
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    36
  28. 24
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    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
  29. 52
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  30. 133
    Up 20
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    Eagles

    Rock music More
    43
  31. 108
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  32. 129
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    Down 18
    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock More
    44
  33. 84
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    51
  34. 100
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    49
  35. 96
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    49
  36. 41
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  37. 115
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    Down 8
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    47
  38. 218
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    Down 16
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
    34
  39. 10
    Up 191
    Down 85
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    82
  40. 50
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    58
  41. 120
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Mamas & the Papas

    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    45
  42. 9
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    83
  43. 193
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    36
  44. 49
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    58
  45. 121
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    45
  46. 213
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    Pop music More
    34
  47. 181
    Up 12
    Down 10
    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    37
  48. 159
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    40
  49. 79
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    53
  50. 128
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    44
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