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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. 86
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  2. 28
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    Rock music

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  3. 13
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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  4. 124
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  5. 32
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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  6. 20
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  7. 2
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  8. 174
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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  9. 3
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    the people's #1 Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  10. 31
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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  11. 100
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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  12. 49
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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  13. 134
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    often listed & added by RobinGallego Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  14. 79
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  15. 77
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  16. 133
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  17. 37
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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  18. 145
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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  19. 52
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  20. 25
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  21. 58
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  22. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  23. 35
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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  24. 84
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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  25. 151
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    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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  26. 82
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  27. 103
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    Southern rock, hard rock, country rock

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  28. 83
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  29. 85
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  30. 141
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    ranked low on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  31. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  32. 75
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  33. 40
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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  34. 80
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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  35. 137
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    ranked low on reranks Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  36. 122
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    ranked low on reranks Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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  37. 47
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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  38. 51
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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  39. 48
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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  40. 173
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  41. 157
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  42. 165
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  43. 92
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  44. 164
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  45. 62
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    ranked low on reranks Blues rock, electric blues, Texas blues

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  46. 66
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  47. 90
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  48. 38
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  49. 114
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    added by liriodendron Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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  50. 43
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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