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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. 71
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    47
  2. 193
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
    29
  3. 179
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    31
  4. 60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    49
  5. 104
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    Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock More
    43
  6. 11
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    78
  7. 202
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    28
  8. 90
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    45
  9. 126
    Up 36
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    39
  10. 43
    Up 143
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    Heavy Metal, Hard Rock More
    56
  11. 79
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    46
  12. 117
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal More
    40
  13. 180
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
    31
  14. 82
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal More
    46
  15. 1
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    most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  16. 121
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    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    40
  17. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Moody Blues

    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    63
  18. 99
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Traffic

    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion More
    43
  19. 124
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    39
  20. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
  21. 199
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
    29
  22. 203
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    27
  23. 47
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  24. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    64
  25. 137
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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    38
  26. 106
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    Eagles

    Rock music More
    42
  27. 38
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    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    59
  28. 76
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    47
  29. 51
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    52
  30. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Journey

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    70
  31. 25
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    67
  32. 39
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    59
  33. 167
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    32
  34. 68
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    48
  35. 197
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    29
  36. 156
    Up 17
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    34
  37. 133
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    ranked low on reranks
    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    38
  38. 157
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    34
  39. 42
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  40. 123
    Up 31
    Down 26
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    40
  41. 111
    Up 27
    Down 31
    Rock music, Hard rock More
    41
  42. 94
    Up 37
    Down 20
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    44
  43. 191
    Up 16
    Down 28
    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    29
  44. 127
    Up 35
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  45. 56
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  46. 152
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    34
  47. 118
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    40
  48. 170
    Up 13
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    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul More
    32
  49. 108
    Up 36
    Down 26
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    42
  50. 155
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    34
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