The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

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    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    The Beatles Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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    A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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    The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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    Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

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    Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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    Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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    Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold ...

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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Cream Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The ...

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    Journey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    The Police is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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    Boston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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    Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    Heart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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    Santana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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    Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Bad Company Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, ...

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    Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

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    Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

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    Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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    Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

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    The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits ...

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    Yes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Yes Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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    Styx is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

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    Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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    Kansas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Kansas Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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    Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

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    Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord ...

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    Kiss is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

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    Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna ...

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