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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. 206
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    26
  2. 205
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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave More
    26
  3. 204
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    27
  4. 203
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    Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock More
    27
  5. 202
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    28
  6. 201
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    28
  7. 200
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
    28
  8. 199
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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  9. 198
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    28
  10. 197
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
    28
  11. 196
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
    28
  12. 195
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    28
  13. 194
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    29
  14. 193
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
    29
  15. 192
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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
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  16. 191
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    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    29
  17. 190
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock More
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    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  18. 189
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    30
  19. 188
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  20. 187
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    new! Rainbow

    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    30
  21. 186
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    30
  22. 185
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock More
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  23. 184
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    Rock music, Rock and roll More
    30
  24. 183
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    30
  25. 182
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    30
  26. 181
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
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  27. 180
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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  28. 179
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
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  29. 178
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
    31
  30. 177
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    31
  31. 176
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
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  32. 175
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    new! T. Rex

    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    31
    added by: DrewDrums
  33. 174
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    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul More
    32
  34. 173
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    32
  35. 172
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    new! Toto

    Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music More
    32
  36. 171
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    new! Triumph

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    32
  37. 170
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    32
  38. 169
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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  39. 168
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    33
  40. 167
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
    33
  41. 166
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
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  42. 165
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    The Runaways

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
    33
  43. 164
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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music More
    33
  44. 163
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    33
  45. 162
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
    33
  46. 161
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    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
    33
  47. 160
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
    33
  48. 159
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    Cinderella

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    33
  49. 158
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    The Everly Brothers

    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    33
  50. 157
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    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
    33
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