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The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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.

List Criteria: Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

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    The Standells

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    31
  2. 237
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    Godsmack

    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
    32
  3. 236
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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
    32
  4. 235
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    Jet

    Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk More
    32
  5. 234
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    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    32
  6. 233
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    Skid Row

    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    32
  7. 232
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    about to drop off
    Silverchair

    Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock More
    32
  8. 231
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    Jimmy Eat World

    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo More
    32
  9. 230
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    No Doubt

    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
    33
  10. 229
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    Tenacious D

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music More
    33
  11. 228
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    about to drop off
    Imagine Dragons

    Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock More
    33
  12. 227
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    33
  13. 226
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    Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock More
    33
  14. 225
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    Toad the Wet Sprocket

    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    33
  15. 224
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    33
  16. 223
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
    33
  17. 222
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Classic Punk More
    33
  18. 221
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    Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music More
    33
  19. 220
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    33
  20. 219
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    Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
    34
  21. 218
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
    34
  22. 217
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-punk More
    34
  23. 216
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    Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock More
    34
  24. 215
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    34
  25. 214
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    34
  26. 213
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    Pop music More
    34
  27. 212
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    Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock More
    34
  28. 211
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    34
  29. 210
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    Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music More
    34
  30. 209
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
    34
  31. 208
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    34
  32. 207
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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave More
    34
  33. 206
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    Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
    35
  34. 205
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    Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock More
    35
  35. 204
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    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    35
  36. 203
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    new! Rock Rockies

    35
    added by: Elham_Cello
    Egyptian old school  rock band 
  37. 202
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    13th Floor Elevators

    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    35
  38. 201
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    new! Pixies

    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
    35
  39. 200
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    35
  40. 199
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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
    35
  41. 198
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    The Stooges

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    36
  42. 197
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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
    36
  43. 196
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    36
  44. 195
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music More
    36
  45. 194
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    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    36
  46. 193
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    36
  47. 192
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    36
  48. 191
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
    36
  49. 190
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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock More
    36
    added by: MariaVitóriaSantos
  50. 189
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    36
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