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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. 184
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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  2. 183
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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  3. 182
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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  4. 181
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

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  5. 180
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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  6. 179
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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

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  7. 178
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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  8. 177
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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  9. 176
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  10. 175
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  11. 174
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    new! Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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  12. 173
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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  13. 172
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  14. 171
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  15. 170
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  16. 169
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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  17. 168
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  18. 167
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  19. 166
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    Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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  20. 165
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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  21. 164
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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  22. 163
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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  23. 162
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  24. 161
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  25. 160
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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  26. 159
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    often listed Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  27. 158
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    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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  28. 157
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  29. 156
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  30. 155
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  31. 154
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    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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  32. 153
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  33. 152
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  34. 151
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    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  35. 150
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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  36. 149
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  37. 148
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  38. 147
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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  39. 146
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  40. 145
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  41. 144
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  42. 143
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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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  43. 142
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  44. 141
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  45. 140
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    ranked low on reranks Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  46. 139
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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  47. 138
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  48. 137
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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  49. 136
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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  50. 135
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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