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The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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. 182
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    Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    37
  2. 112
    Up 33
    Down 31

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    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    47
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  3. 165
    Up 9
    Down 4
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  4. 128
    Up 26
    Down 10
    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    44
  5. 69
    Up 47
    Down 53

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  6. 96
    Up 18
    Down 11
    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    49
  7. 170
    Up 9
    Down 5
    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    38
  8. 57
    Up 54
    Down 55

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chicago

    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  9. 154
    Up 8
    Down 1
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    40
  10. 125
    Up 15
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    Phil Collins

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  11. 55
    Up 51
    Down 36
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  12. 187
    Up 6
    Down 5
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    36
  13. 140
    Up 11
    Down 1
    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock More
    42
  14. 114
    Up 19
    Down 8

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Cocker

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    47
  15. 174
    Up 14
    Down 11
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    38
  16. 176
    Up 6
    Down 3
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    38
  17. 10
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    Down 85

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    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    82
  18. 20
    Up 112
    Down 65
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    69
  19. 75
    Up 19
    Down 12
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    53
  20. 101
    Up 30
    Down 26

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Grand Funk Railroad

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    49
  21. 8
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    Down 110
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    85
  22. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    63
  23. 146
    Up 19
    Down 10
    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
    41
  24. 135
    Up 23
    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    43
  25. 23
    Up 108
    Down 71

    ranked low on reranks
    Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    68
  26. 14
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    Down 87

    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  27. 144
    Up 10
    Down 9

    often listed
    Rick Derringer

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    41
  28. 78
    Up 34
    Down 30

    often listed
    The Guess Who

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    53
  29. 1
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    Down 145
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  30. 15
    Up 142
    Down 92

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Cream

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    76
  31. 141
    Up 8
    Down 12

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    42
  32. 37
    Up 74
    Down 57
    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  33. 94
    Up 20
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Petty

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    50
  34. 208
    Up 13
    Down 17
    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    34
  35. 30
    Up 95
    Down 62

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    65
    added by: paldrinc
  36. 17
    Up 142
    Down 78

    ranked low on reranks
    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
  37. 64
    Up 48
    Down 35

    often listed
    Jefferson Airplane

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    55
  38. 9
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    Down 90
    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    83
  39. 180
    Up 13
    Down 11
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    37
  40. 235
    Up 6
    Down 12

    about to drop off
    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    32
  41. 198
    Up 10
    Down 31

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    36
  42. 92
    Up 22
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Burdon & the Animals

    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    50
  43. 44
    Up 65
    Down 44

    ranked low on reranks
    Jethro Tull

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
  44. 68
    Up 27
    Down 12

    ranked low on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    54
  45. 54
    Up 37
    Down 19
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    57
  46. 72
    Up 53
    Down 63

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    53
  47. 100
    Up 18
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Walsh

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  48. 191
    Up 15
    Down 16
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    36
  49. 131
    Up 8
    Down 13

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    43
  50. 224
    Up 8
    Down 13
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
    33
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