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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 old 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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    Southern rock, hard rock, country rock

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    added by RobinGallego Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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    added by bojanthebest Boogie rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    added by paldrinc Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Hard rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  23. 68
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music

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    added by looksharp Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    ranked low on reranks Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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