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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.

List Criteria: Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    35
  2. 201
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    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    35
  3. 226
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    Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock More
    33
  4. 116
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    38 Special

    46
  5. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    85
  6. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Aerosmith

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    80
  7. 61
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    ranked high on reranks
    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    56
  8. 147
    Up 21
    Down 12
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    41
  9. 157
    Up 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    40
  10. 177
    Up 12
    Down 9
    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    38
  11. 186
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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
    37
  12. 222
    Up 11
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    Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music More
    33
  13. 37
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock More
    60
  14. 215
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    34
  15. 117
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    ranked high on reranks
    Beastie Boys

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    46
  16. 112
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    47
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  17. 168
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    39
  18. 104
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    ranked high on reranks
    Billy Idol

    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    48
  19. 55
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  20. 178
    Up 15
    Down 13
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    37
  21. 13
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    76
  22. 141
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    42
  23. 89
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blondie

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    50
  24. 58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    56
  25. 54
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    57
  26. 27
    Up 81
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    Rock music More
    66
  27. 59
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    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks
    Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    56
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Boston

    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    66
  29. 128
    Up 26
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    44
  30. 51
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Rock music More
    57
  31. 156
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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    40
  32. 108
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    ranked high on reranks
    Buffalo Springfield

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  33. 56
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    often listed &controversial
    Cheap Trick

    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    57
  34. 57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chicago

    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  35. 189
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    36
  36. 188
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    Rock music, Rock and roll More
    36
  37. 67
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    ranked high on reranks
    Chuck Berry

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  38. 160
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    often listed
    Cinderella

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    40
  39. 227
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    33
  40. 158
    Up 7
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    ranked high on reranks
    Collective Soul

    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    40
  41. 15
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    often listed
    Cream

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    76
  42. 180
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    37
  43. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    82
  44. 62
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    ranked low on reranks
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  45. 47
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    58
  46. 194
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    36
  47. 197
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    36
  48. 34
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    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  49. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Deep Purple

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    76
  50. 52
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    often listed
    Def Leppard

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
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