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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. 177
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    Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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  2. 176
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge

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  3. 175
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  4. 174
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    Blues-rock, British blues, Jazz fusion

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  5. 173
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 172
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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  7. 171
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  8. 170
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    new! & added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Raga rock, Progressive rock

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  9. 169
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    added by RobinGallego Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock

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  10. 168
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal

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  11. 167
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  12. 166
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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  13. 165
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    added by RobinGallego Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  14. 164
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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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  15. 163
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    added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  16. 162
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    often listed Rock music, Heavy metal, Glam rock

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  17. 161
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  18. 160
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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  19. 159
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  20. 158
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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  21. 157
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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  22. 156
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    often listed & added by RobinGallego Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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  23. 155
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    ranked low on reranks & added by RobinGallego British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  24. 154
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  25. 153
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  26. 152
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  27. 151
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    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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  28. 150
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  29. 149
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  30. 148
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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  31. 147
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    Rock music, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

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  32. 146
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Rock music

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  33. 145
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  34. 144
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    Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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  35. 143
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    Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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  36. 142
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    Rock, pop, jazz fusion

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  37. 141
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    ranked low on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  38. 140
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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  39. 139
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    Gothic rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  40. 138
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    Rock music, Hard rock

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  41. 137
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    ranked low on reranks Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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  42. 136
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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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  43. 135
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    added by RobinGallego Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  44. 134
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  45. 133
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music

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  46. 132
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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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  47. 131
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  48. 130
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  49. 129
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  50. 128
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    added by looksharp Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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