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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. 193
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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  2. 192
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  3. 191
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  4. 190
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    added by RobinGallego Melodic Rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  5. 189
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    added by RobinGallego Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  6. 188
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    new! & added by RobinGallego Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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  7. 187
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    added by RobinGallego Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  8. 186
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Hard rock

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  9. 185
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  10. 184
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    added by RobinGallego Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  11. 183
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  12. 182
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  13. 181
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

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  14. 180
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  15. 179
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Space rock, Protopunk

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  16. 178
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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  17. 177
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    often listed Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  18. 176
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  19. 175
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Soul rock, Glam rock

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  20. 174
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  21. 173
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  22. 172
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  23. 171
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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  24. 170
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    often listed Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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  25. 169
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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  26. 168
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  27. 167
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  28. 166
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  29. 165
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    often listed Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  30. 164
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    added by RobinGallego Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  31. 163
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    added by RobinGallego New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  32. 162
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  33. 161
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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  34. 160
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  35. 159
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    often listed & added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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  36. 158
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    added by RobinGallego Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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  37. 157
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  38. 156
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  39. 155
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  40. 154
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    added by RobinGallego British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  41. 153
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  42. 152
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    ranked low on reranks Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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  43. 151
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  44. 150
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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  45. 149
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  46. 148
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  47. 147
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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  48. 146
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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  49. 145
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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  50. 144
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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