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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. 131
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    38
  2. 204
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    Down 30
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    26
  3. 203
    Up 14
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    27
  4. 142
    Up 39
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    36
  5. 27
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    Down 131
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    66
  6. 182
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    31
    added by: DrewDrums
  7. 137
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    Buddy Holly

    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    37
  8. 165
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    32
  9. 36
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    Folk Rock, Rock More
    60
  10. 176
    Up 12
    Down 15
    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music More
    31
  11. 21
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  12. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  13. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
  14. 99
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    43
  15. 41
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  16. 173
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    31
  17. 42
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  18. 187
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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    29
  19. 32
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    The Moody Blues

    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    63
  20. 106
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    42
  21. 149
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    Foo Fighters

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    34
  22. 110
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    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock More
    41
    added by: bojanthebest
  23. 101
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    43
  24. 114
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    Southern rock, hard rock, country rock More
    41
  25. 188
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    29
  26. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    69
  27. 40
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    58
  28. 108
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    Eagles

    Rock music More
    42
  29. 133
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    38
  30. 145
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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock More
    35
  31. 67
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    47
  32. 115
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    40
  33. 120
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    40
  34. 43
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
  35. 96
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    43
  36. 12
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    78
  37. 74
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    47
  38. 82
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    45
  39. 9
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    82
  40. 45
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    55
  41. 135
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    War

    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    37
  42. 192
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    Down 29
    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    29
  43. 122
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    39
  44. 126
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  45. 141
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tesla

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    36
  46. 184
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    30
  47. 60
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    49
  48. 128
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    39
  49. 102
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Traffic

    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion More
    43
  50. 121
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
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