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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. 210
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
    28
  2. 159
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    The Carpenters

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    34
  3. 188
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    Down 27
    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    30
  4. 26
    Up 153
    Down 117
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk More
    66
  5. 152
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    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    Jim Croce

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    35
  6. 94
    Up 34
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
  7. 100
    Up 29
    Down 16
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    43
  8. 109
    Up 23
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    41
  9. 43
    Up 74
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
  10. 58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  11. 138
    Up 18
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    38
  12. 77
    Up 33
    Down 19
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    46
  13. 202
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    Down 27
    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    28
  14. 158
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    34
  15. 96
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    43
  16. 13
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    77
  17. 25
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    67
  18. 51
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    51
  19. 65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Byrds

    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    48
  20. 157
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    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    Stone Temple Pilots

    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    34
  21. 174
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    32
  22. 83
    Up 33
    Down 17
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    45
  23. 139
    Up 26
    Down 33
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    37
  24. 9
    Up 313
    Down 147
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    81
  25. 118
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    41
  26. 106
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    Down 23
    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    42
  27. 176
    Up 10
    Down 9
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    31
  28. 34
    Up 110
    Down 78
    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    61
  29. 87
    Up 34
    Down 37
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  30. 187
    Up 9
    Down 13
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    30
  31. 17
    Up 215
    Down 134
    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    75
  32. 82
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    45
  33. 160
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    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    34
  34. 22
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  35. 208
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    28
  36. 149
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Twisted Sister

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music More
    35
  37. 184
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    31
  38. 73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Velvet Underground

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    47
  39. 27
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    66
  40. 102
    Up 34
    Down 24
    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    43
  41. 80
    Up 36
    Down 18
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    46
  42. 1
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    Down 192

    most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  43. 62
    Up 39
    Down 22
    Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  44. 125
    Up 25
    Down 18
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  45. 169
    Up 12
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    33
  46. 66
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    48
  47. 18
    Up 188
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
  48. 60
    Up 73
    Down 69
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    49
  49. 213
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    27
  50. 36
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
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