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The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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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  1. 185
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    37
  2. 229
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    about to drop off
    No Doubt

    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    33
  3. 73
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    ranked low on reranks
    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    53
  4. 157
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    40
  5. 235
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    about to drop off
    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    32
  6. 124
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    Down 10
    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    44
  7. 167
    Up 5
    Down 1
    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul More
    39
  8. 168
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    38
  9. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Allman Brothers Band

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    63
  10. 101
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Grand Funk Railroad

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    49
  11. 39
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    often listed
    Styx

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  12. 205
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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
    35
  13. 71
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    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  14. 49
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    58
  15. 180
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    37
  16. 66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Doobie Brothers

    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    54
  17. 112
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    47
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  18. 43
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    often listed
    The Scorpions

    59
  19. 164
    Up 8
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    39
  20. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    62
  21. 213
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    34
  22. 209
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    Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music More
    34
  23. 18
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    often listed
    Van Halen

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
  24. 222
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    Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music More
    33
  25. 210
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    34
  26. 121
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    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    War

    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music More
    45
  27. 141
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    42
  28. 202
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
    35
  29. 199
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    35
  30. 93
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    often listed
    Iron Butterfly

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    50
  31. 162
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
    39
  32. 78
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    often listed
    The Guess Who

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    53
  33. 90
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    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  34. 26
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rush

    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  35. 69
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  36. 36
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    61
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  37. 197
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    36
  38. 135
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    Down 9

    ranked low on reranks
    Muddy Waters

    Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music More
    43
  39. 150
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    41
  40. 57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chicago

    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  41. 99
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    49
  42. 100
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    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Walsh

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  43. 219
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    34
  44. 221
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk More
    33
  45. 58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    56
  46. 136
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Vanilla Fudge

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
  47. 59
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    56
  48. 128
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    44
  49. 8
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    85
  50. 193
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    36
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