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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. 179
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  2. 144
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  3. 28
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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  4. 115
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  5. 99
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 89
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  7. 128
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    Rock music, Hard rock

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  8. 57
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  9. 53
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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  10. 142
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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  11. 75
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  12. 155
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  13. 63
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  14. 168
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  15. 16
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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  16. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  17. 46
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  18. 67
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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  19. 90
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  20. 136
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  21. 7
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  22. 130
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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  23. 85
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  24. 126
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  25. 34
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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  26. 176
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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  27. 163
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  28. 170
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    added by RobinGallego New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  29. 112
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  30. 13
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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  31. 94
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  32. 172
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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  33. 171
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  34. 21
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  35. 146
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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  36. 66
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  37. 30
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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  38. 79
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  39. 82
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  40. 1
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    most listed Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  41. 35
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    Folk Rock, Rock

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  42. 162
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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  43. 71
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  44. 18
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  45. 49
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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  46. 40
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  47. 156
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  48. 139
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    Rock music, Hard rock

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  49. 26
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  50. 12
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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