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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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  1. 132
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    ranked low on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  2. 138
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  3. 27
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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  4. 140
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    ranked low on reranks Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  5. 156
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  6. 38
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    Folk Rock, Rock

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  7. 23
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  8. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  9. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  10. 99
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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  11. 39
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  12. 43
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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  13. 32
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  14. 95
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  15. 148
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  16. 111
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    added by bojanthebest Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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  17. 106
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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  18. 117
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    Southern rock, hard rock, country rock

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  19. 180
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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  20. 21
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  21. 42
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  22. 104
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music

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  23. 130
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  24. 143
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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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  25. 78
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  26. 114
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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  27. 121
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  28. 47
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  29. 102
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  30. 11
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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  31. 64
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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  32. 89
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    ranked low on reranks Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  33. 9
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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  34. 46
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  35. 136
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    often listed Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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  36. 181
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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  37. 124
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  38. 118
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  39. 141
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  40. 60
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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  41. 134
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  42. 92
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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  43. 116
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  44. 176
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  45. 28
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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  46. 97
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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  47. 80
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  48. 128
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  49. 153
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  50. 93
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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