The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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 legends. Some of these famous bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (singers like Eric Clapton and bands like The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members. These old school rock bands are still rocking, what have you done with your life? 

What are the best old rock bands? You decide! This list of good 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 so other people can discover classic rock artists who may mean something to them. 
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    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

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    Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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    Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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    The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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    Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

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    Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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    Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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    Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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    (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold ...

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    Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The ...

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

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    The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    The Arcana Tomorrow is Yesterday, Ghostwriter, Flying High

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    At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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    4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

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    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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    Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, ...

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    'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

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    Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

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    Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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    Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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    The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

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    Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord ...

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    Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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    Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

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    Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits ...

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    Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna ...

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    Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

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    Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

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