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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. 166
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
  2. 183
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    31
  3. 26
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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    66
  4. 147
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    Jim Croce

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    36
  5. 92
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    44
  6. 94
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    44
  7. 113
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    41
  8. 43
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
  9. 55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  10. 136
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    38
  11. 75
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    47
  12. 151
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    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    35
  13. 101
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    43
  14. 14
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    77
  15. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    69
  16. 49
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    53
  17. 61
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    The Byrds

    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    49
  18. 167
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    33
  19. 179
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    31
  20. 88
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    45
  21. 134
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    39
  22. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    83
  23. 117
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    40
  24. 82
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    46
  25. 159
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    34
  26. 35
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  27. 93
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    Iron Butterfly

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  28. 178
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    31
  29. 17
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    74
  30. 83
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    46
  31. 152
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    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    35
  32. 22
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  33. 148
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
    35
  34. 191
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    29
  35. 71
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    The Velvet Underground

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    47
  36. 27
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    66
  37. 98
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
  38. 76
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    47
  39. 1
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    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  40. 65
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    Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  41. 131
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  42. 164
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    33
  43. 69
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    47
  44. 18
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    72
  45. 60
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    49
  46. 200
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    28
  47. 37
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    59
  48. 165
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    33
  49. 118
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    40
  50. 28
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    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    65
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