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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. 64
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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  2. 183
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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  3. 60
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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  4. 110
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    Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

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  5. 12
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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  6. 88
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  7. 123
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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  8. 41
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    ranked low on reranks Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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  9. 79
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  10. 120
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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  11. 173
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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  12. 81
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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  13. 1
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    most listed Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  14. 115
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    ranked low on reranks Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  15. 32
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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  16. 92
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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  17. 128
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  18. 10
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  19. 182
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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  20. 44
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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  21. 30
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  22. 137
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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  23. 104
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music

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  24. 33
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  25. 76
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  26. 49
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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  27. 22
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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  28. 26
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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  29. 40
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  30. 170
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  31. 78
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  32. 184
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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  33. 164
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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  34. 135
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  35. 153
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  36. 43
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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  37. 116
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 112
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    Rock music, Hard rock

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  39. 94
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  40. 178
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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  41. 118
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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  42. 51
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  43. 162
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  44. 122
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    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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  45. 174
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    new! Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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  46. 113
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  47. 152
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  48. 84
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  49. 11
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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  50. 36
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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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