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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 Criteria: Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

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    1. 120
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      Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
      46
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    2. 161
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
      37
    3. 137
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      Bruce Springsteen

      Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
      43
    4. 67
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      Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      53
    5. 121
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      Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
      46
    6. 165
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      Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
      36
    7. 45
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      Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
      58
    8. 182
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
      34
    9. 139
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
      41
    10. 61
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
      55
    11. 87
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      Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock More
      50
    12. 124
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      Joe Cocker

      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
      45
    13. 169
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
      36
    14. 179
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
      35
    15. 12
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
      77
    16. 23
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      Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
      69
    17. 72
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      Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
      53
    18. 98
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      Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
      49
    19. 9
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      Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
      81
    20. 32
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      The Allman Brothers Band

      Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
      64
    21. 158
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      Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
      37
    22. 144
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      Muddy Waters

      Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
      40
    23. 24
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      Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
      68
    24. 13
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      Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
      77
    25. 133
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      Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
      43
    26. 71
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      Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
      53
    27. 1
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      most listed
      Led Zeppelin

      Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
      100
    28. 15
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      Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
      76
    29. 147
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      Blind Melon

      Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
      39
    30. 36
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      Blues-rock, Hard rock More
      63
    31. 88
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      Tom Petty

      Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
      50
    32. 204
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      Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
      32
    33. 30
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      Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
      65
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    34. 18
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      71
    35. 188
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      new! Rainbow

      Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
      34
    36. 58
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      Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
      55
    37. 8
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      Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
      83
    38. 198
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      The Stooges

      Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
      32
    39. 107
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      Eric Burdon & the Animals

      Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
      47
    40. 38
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
      60
    41. 83
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
      50
    42. 59
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
      55
    43. 81
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      Grateful Dead

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
      51
    44. 114
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
      46
    45. 190
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
      34
    46. 146
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      The Raconteurs

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
      39
    47. 215
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
      31
    48. 106
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      48
    49. 47
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      58
    50. 138
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      Vanilla Fudge

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      42
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