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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. 130
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    39
  2. 201
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    Down 23
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    29
  3. 198
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    29
  4. 137
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    Pearl Jam

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    38
  5. 26
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    66
  6. 148
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    Down 11
    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    35
  7. 165
    Up 14
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    33
  8. 62
    Up 39
    Down 22
    Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  9. 161
    Up 11
    Down 8
    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music More
    34
  10. 22
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    Down 114
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  11. 29
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  12. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    77
  13. 104
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    42
  14. 40
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  15. 187
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    30
  16. 41
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  17. 183
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    new! Rainbow

    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    31
  18. 32
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    The Moody Blues

    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    63
  19. 96
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    43
  20. 144
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    36
  21. 211
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    28
  22. 133
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    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock More
    39
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  23. 93
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    Down 14
    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    43
  24. 129
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    40
  25. 192
    Up 15
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    29
  26. 25
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
  27. 39
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    Down 88
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  28. 112
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    Eagles

    Rock music More
    41
  29. 139
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    37
  30. 146
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sex Pistols

    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock More
    35
  31. 69
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    47
  32. 113
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    Down 22
    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    41
  33. 127
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    40
  34. 43
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  35. 97
    Up 29
    Down 14
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    43
  36. 196
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
    29
  37. 12
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    77
  38. 67
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    47
  39. 68
    Up 44
    Down 17
    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    47
  40. 8
    Up 273
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    83
  41. 195
    Up 16
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    29
  42. 44
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    Down 65
    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    55
  43. 138
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    38
  44. 194
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    29
  45. 134
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    Down 45
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    39
  46. 119
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    41
  47. 140
    Up 14
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    37
  48. 199
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    29
  49. 58
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    often listed
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  50. 123
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    40
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