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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 old 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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    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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  3. 201
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 200
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    added by DrewDrums
    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  11. 193
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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    added by RobinGallego
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  14. 190
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    New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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    added by RobinGallego
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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    added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Space rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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    added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    added by RobinGallego
    New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Space rock, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Nederpop

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    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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  36. 168
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  37. 167
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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    often listed & added by RobinGallego
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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