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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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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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

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    Blues-rock, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    the people's #1
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    most listed
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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