The Greatest Classic Rock Bands Bands/Musicians
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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 legends. Some of these famous bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (singers like Eric Clapton and bands like The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members. These old school rock bands are still rocking, what have you done with your life? 

What are the best old rock bands? You decide! This list of good 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 so other people can discover classic rock artists who may mean something to them. 

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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