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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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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
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    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
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  5. 201
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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
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  6. 200
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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  7. 199
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
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  8. 198
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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  9. 197
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    Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
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  10. 196
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock More
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
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  12. 194
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
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  14. 192
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
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  15. 191
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
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  16. 190
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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  17. 189
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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
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  18. 188
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
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  19. 187
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock More
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  21. 185
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
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    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
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  23. 183
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock More
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
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    The Raconteurs

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
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  32. 174
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    Rock music, Rock and roll More
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    Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul More
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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    Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music More
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion More
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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  42. 164
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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    The Runaways

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock More
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    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
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    Blind Melon

    Blues-rock, Grunge, Folk rock More
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  46. 160
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band More
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
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