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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. 218
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
    35
  2. 165
    Up 9
    Down 4
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  3. 204
    Up 14
    Down 18
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    36
  4. 22
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    often listed
    The Police

    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    68
  5. 153
    Up 10
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    41
  6. 76
    Up 22
    Down 11
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  7. 101
    Up 18
    Down 7
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  8. 99
    Up 17
    Down 12
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    49
  9. 40
    Up 50
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  10. 72
    Up 35
    Down 30
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    54
  11. 121
    Up 12
    Down 8
    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    46
  12. 67
    Up 20
    Down 9
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  13. 220
    Up 12
    Down 18
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    35
  14. 133
    Up 15
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    controversial
    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  15. 89
    Up 26
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    51
  16. 188
    Up 22
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    38
  17. 14
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    often listed &loved
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  18. 25
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    often listed &controversial
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    66
  19. 66
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    54
  20. 75
    Up 38
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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    53
  21. 163
    Up 15
    Down 9
    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    40
  22. 176
    Up 6
    Down 3
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    38
  23. 131
    Up 18
    Down 10
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    44
  24. 106
    Up 22
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  25. 8
    Up 227
    Down 109
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    85
  26. 115
    Up 12
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    47
  27. 65
    Up 24
    Down 10
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    55
  28. 164
    Up 6
    Down 0
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    40
  29. 234
    Up 6
    Down 12

    about to drop off
    Jet

    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk More
    34
  30. 38
    Up 74
    Down 56
    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    61
  31. 93
    Up 25
    Down 26
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    50
  32. 179
    Up 5
    Down 2
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    38
  33. 16
    Up 150
    Down 102
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  34. 74
    Up 19
    Down 12
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    53
  35. 149
    Up 7
    Down 12
    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    41
  36. 26
    Up 131
    Down 94
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  37. 231
    Up 7
    Down 13

    about to drop off
    Skid Row

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    34
  38. 143
    Up 18
    Down 37

    controversial
    Twisted Sister

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
    42
  39. 217
    Up 10
    Down 15
    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    35
  40. 90
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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    51
  41. 33
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    Down 86

    often listed &controversial
    Foreigner

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    63
  42. 83
    Up 24
    Down 14
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
  43. 150
    Up 19
    Down 11
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    41
  44. 1
    Up 361
    Down 143

    most voted
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  45. 62
    Up 27
    Down 7
    Rock music, Folk rock More
    56
  46. 126
    Up 15
    Down 8
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
  47. 230
    Up 7
    Down 13

    about to drop off
    Jimmy Eat World

    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo More
    34
  48. 170
    Up 6
    Down 2
    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    39
  49. 77
    Up 34
    Down 30
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    53
  50. 17
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    often listed
    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    74
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