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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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 153
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    The Carpenters

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    34
  2. 183
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    Down 30
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    30
  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
    35
  5. 93
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
  6. 101
    Up 30
    Down 18
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    42
  7. 109
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    41
  8. 44
    Up 76
    Down 62
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  9. 57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  10. 137
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    often listed
    War

    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    37
  11. 76
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    Down 20
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    47
  12. 154
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    34
  13. 96
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    Down 28
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    43
  14. 13
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    77
  15. 22
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    69
  16. 50
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    51
  17. 61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Byrds

    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    49
  18. 166
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    33
  19. 182
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    Down 15
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    30
  20. 84
    Up 34
    Down 19
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    45
  21. 136
    Up 27
    Down 36
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    37
  22. 9
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    Down 153
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    81
  23. 113
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    Down 25
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    41
  24. 107
    Up 31
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    41
  25. 181
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    30
  26. 34
    Up 111
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    61
  27. 87
    Up 35
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  28. 173
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    Down 14
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    32
  29. 17
    Up 217
    Down 138
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  30. 85
    Up 35
    Down 26
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    45
  31. 156
    Up 12
    Down 24
    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    33
  32. 23
    Up 185
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  33. 150
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    Twisted Sister

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
    35
  34. 189
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    30
  35. 68
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    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. 102
    Up 35
    Down 26
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    42
  38. 80
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    Down 21
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    45
  39. 1
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    most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  40. 63
    Up 40
    Down 24
    Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  41. 132
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    39
  42. 162
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    Down 12
    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    33
  43. 67
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    48
  44. 18
    Up 193
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
  45. 59
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    49
  46. 204
    Up 11
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    27
  47. 36
    Up 116
    Down 105
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  48. 157
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Everly Brothers

    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    33
  49. 121
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    40
  50. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    65
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