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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. 203
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
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  2. 202
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    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    28
  3. 201
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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  4. 200
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock More
    29
    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  5. 199
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
    29
  6. 198
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  7. 197
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    29
  8. 196
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
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  9. 195
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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  10. 194
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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
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  11. 193
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
    29
  12. 192
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
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  13. 191
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
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  14. 190
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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
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  15. 189
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
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  16. 188
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
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  17. 187
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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  18. 186
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock More
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  19. 185
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
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  20. 184
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    new! +44

    Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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  21. 183
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  22. 182
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    Alternative rock, Indie rock More
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  23. 181
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
    31
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  24. 180
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
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  25. 179
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    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    31
  26. 178
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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  27. 177
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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music More
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  28. 176
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia More
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  29. 175
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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  30. 174
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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  31. 173
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    Rock music, Rock and roll More
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  32. 172
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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  33. 171
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    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    32
  34. 170
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    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul More
    32
  35. 169
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    Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music More
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  36. 168
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    32
  37. 167
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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  38. 166
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
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  39. 165
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    33
  40. 164
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    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
    33
  41. 163
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  42. 162
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    The Runaways

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
    33
  43. 161
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
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  44. 160
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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  45. 159
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    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
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  46. 158
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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  47. 157
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
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  48. 156
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
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  49. 155
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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  50. 154
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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