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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. 223
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
    33
  2. 165
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    Down 4
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  3. 204
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    Down 18
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    35
  4. 22
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    Down 89
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    68
  5. 148
    Up 10
    Down 2
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    41
  6. 77
    Up 22
    Down 11
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  7. 102
    Up 18
    Down 7
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  8. 101
    Up 17
    Down 12
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    49
  9. 41
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  10. 73
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    Down 30
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    53
  11. 121
    Up 12
    Down 8
    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    45
  12. 67
    Up 20
    Down 9
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  13. 220
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    33
  14. 136
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    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
  15. 90
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    Down 15

    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  16. 185
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    37
  17. 14
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  18. 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
  19. 66
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    54
  20. 75
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    often listed
    The Byrds

    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    53
  21. 162
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    Down 9
    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    39
  22. 175
    Up 6
    Down 3
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    38
  23. 130
    Up 18
    Down 10
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    44
  24. 108
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  25. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    84
  26. 116
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    47
  27. 65
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    Down 10
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    55
  28. 157
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    Down 0
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    40
  29. 235
    Up 6
    Down 12

    about to drop off
    Jet

    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk More
    32
  30. 39
    Up 75
    Down 57
    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  31. 93
    Up 25
    Down 26
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    50
  32. 172
    Up 5
    Down 2
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    38
  33. 16
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    Down 103
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  34. 76
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    53
  35. 158
    Up 7
    Down 12

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    40
  36. 27
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    Down 94
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  37. 233
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    Down 13

    about to drop off
    Skid Row

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    32
  38. 149
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Twisted Sister

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
    41
  39. 219
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    Down 15
    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    34
  40. 88
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Velvet Underground

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    50
  41. 31
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    often listed &controversial
    Foreigner

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    64
  42. 83
    Up 24
    Down 14
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
  43. 154
    Up 19
    Down 11
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    40
  44. 1
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  45. 63
    Up 27
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    Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  46. 126
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  47. 231
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    Down 13

    about to drop off
    Jimmy Eat World

    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo More
    32
  48. 168
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    39
  49. 74
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    Down 30
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    53
  50. 17
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
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