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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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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  2. 182
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  3. 181
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  4. 180
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  5. 179
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    new! & added by revconradhutchings Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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  6. 178
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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  7. 177
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  8. 176
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    new! & added by revconradhutchings Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  9. 175
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    new! & added by revconradhutchings Folk music, Folk rock

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  10. 174
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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  11. 173
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  12. 172
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    new! & added by revconradhutchings Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  13. 171
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  14. 170
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  15. 169
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    ranked low on reranks & added by RobinGallego Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  16. 168
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  17. 167
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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  18. 166
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  19. 165
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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  20. 164
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    often listed & added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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  21. 163
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    Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

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  22. 162
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  23. 161
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  24. 160
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    often listed Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  25. 159
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  26. 158
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  27. 157
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  28. 156
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  29. 155
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    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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  30. 154
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  31. 153
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  32. 152
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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  33. 151
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    ranked low on reranks & added by RobinGallego British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  35. 149
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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  36. 148
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  37. 147
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    added by datrlykewlfreekinguymandood Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 146
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    Rock, pop, jazz fusion

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  39. 145
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  40. 144
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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  41. 143
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  42. 142
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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  43. 141
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    added by looksharp Rock music, Hard rock

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  44. 140
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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  45. 139
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    ranked low on reranks Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  46. 138
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  47. 137
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  48. 136
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  49. 135
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Hard rock

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  50. 134
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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