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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. 105
    Up 44
    Down 42
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
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  2. 153
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Carpenters

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    34
  3. 127
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    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    39
  4. 52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    50
  5. 125
    Up 28
    Down 28
    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    39
  6. 168
    Up 14
    Down 14
    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    33
  7. 41
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  8. 177
    Up 10
    Down 14
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    31
  9. 132
    Up 25
    Down 22
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  10. 75
    Up 67
    Down 53
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  11. 106
    Up 22
    Down 16
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock More
    41
  12. 103
    Up 30
    Down 17
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    42
  13. 169
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    Down 22
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    32
  14. 182
    Up 10
    Down 15
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    30
  15. 12
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    77
  16. 25
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    68
  17. 85
    Up 35
    Down 26
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    45
  18. 92
    Up 40
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    43
  19. 9
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    81
  20. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    65
  21. 167
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
    33
  22. 140
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    Down 18

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    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    37
  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. 122
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    40
  26. 67
    Up 46
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    48
  27. 1
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    most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  28. 15
    Up 197
    Down 125
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    76
  29. 158
    Up 12
    Down 25

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    33
  30. 34
    Up 111
    Down 81
    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    61
  31. 79
    Up 39
    Down 17
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    45
  32. 198
    Up 15
    Down 29
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    28
  33. 33
    Up 135
    Down 91
    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    61
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  34. 18
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    Down 111
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
  35. 187
    Up 2
    Down 5

    new! Rainbow

    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    30
  36. 54
    Up 62
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    50
  37. 8
    Up 276
    Down 123
    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    82
  38. 191
    Up 11
    Down 44

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    29
  39. 100
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    Down 23
    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    42
  40. 43
    Up 107
    Down 70
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    55
  41. 94
    Up 39
    Down 28
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    43
  42. 64
    Up 62
    Down 40
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    48
  43. 73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    47
  44. 101
    Up 30
    Down 18
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    42
  45. 186
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    30
  46. 170
    Up 10
    Down 28

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    32
  47. 87
    Up 35
    Down 40
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  48. 44
    Up 76
    Down 62
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  49. 154
    Up 19
    Down 49

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    34
  50. 88
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
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