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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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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  2. 209
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  3. 208
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    added by revconradhutchings Folk music, Folk rock

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  4. 207
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    added by RobinGallego Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by RobinGallego New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  11. 200
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  12. 199
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    added by RobinGallego Melodic Rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    added by revconradhutchings Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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

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  18. 193
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    added by amsmaia New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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    added by RobinGallego Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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  20. 191
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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

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    Rock music, Rock and roll

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  25. 186
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    added by RobinGallego Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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

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  28. 183
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Pop music, Nederpop

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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  30. 181
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  31. 180
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    added by DrewDrums Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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  32. 179
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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  33. 178
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    added by revconradhutchings Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    often listed Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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  35. 176
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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  36. 175
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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  37. 174
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  38. 173
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    often listed Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  39. 172
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    ranked low on reranks & added by RobinGallego New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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    new! New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

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  42. 169
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    - 87

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

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    often listed Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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