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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. 95
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    43
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  2. 165
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    32
  3. 178
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    No image
    Alternative rock, Indie rock More
    31
  4. 131
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    38
  5. 52
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    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    51
  6. 122
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    39
  7. 164
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    32
  8. 42
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  9. 168
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    32
  10. 123
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  11. 71
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  12. 105
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    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock More
    42
  13. 97
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    Blues rock,boogie rock, blues More
    43
  14. 50
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    Blues rock, electric blues, Texas blues More
    52
  15. 94
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    44
  16. 169
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    32
  17. 183
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    30
  18. 11
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    78
  19. 24
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    68
  20. 80
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    45
  21. 84
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    45
  22. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    84
  23. 28
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    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    65
  24. 166
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
    32
  25. 136
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    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    37
  26. 25
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    66
  27. 14
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  28. 126
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    39
  29. 68
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    47
  30. 1
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    most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  31. 13
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    77
  32. 161
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    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    33
  33. 36
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  34. 83
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    45
  35. 190
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    29
  36. 33
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    61
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  37. 18
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    72
  38. 189
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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    29
  39. 51
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    51
  40. 9
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    82
  41. 184
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    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    30
  42. 98
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    43
  43. 46
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    55
  44. 89
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    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    44
  45. 65
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
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  46. 75
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    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    46
  47. 96
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    43
  48. 191
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    29
  49. 175
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    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    31
  50. 86
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    45
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