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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. 189
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    30
  2. 203
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    27
  3. 126
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    39
  4. 9
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    Down 153
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    81
  5. 10
    Up 243
    Down 152
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    78
  6. 56
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    50
  7. 152
    Up 27
    Down 24
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    34
  8. 177
    Up 11
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    31
  9. 193
    Up 16
    Down 22
    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    29
  10. 191
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    Down 27
    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
    30
  11. 135
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    Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock More
    38
    added by: bojanthebest
  12. 34
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    61
  13. 143
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    Beastie Boys

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    36
  14. 105
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    42
    added by: paldrinc
  15. 163
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    33
  16. 115
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    41
  17. 75
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  18. 121
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    40
  19. 12
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    77
  20. 158
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    33
  21. 80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blondie

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    45
  22. 59
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    49
  23. 63
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    48
  24. 29
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    Rock music More
    64
  25. 60
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    Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
  26. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  27. 127
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    39
  28. 50
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    Rock music More
    51
  29. 144
    Up 21
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    36
  30. 136
    Up 28
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    38
  31. 47
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    53
  32. 41
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  33. 184
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    Rock music, Rock and roll More
    30
  34. 76
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    47
  35. 165
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    Cinderella

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    33
  36. 153
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    often listed
    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    34
  37. 14
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    76
  38. 180
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    30
  39. 11
    Up 258
    Down 123
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    77
  40. 64
    Up 40
    Down 24
    Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  41. 42
    Up 112
    Down 99
    56
  42. 179
    Up 19
    Down 25
    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    31
  43. 199
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    28
  44. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    58
  45. 13
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    77
  46. 40
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  47. 124
    Up 33
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    39
  48. 119
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    40
  49. 178
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
  50. 16
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    76
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