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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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      new! Ambrosia

      Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge More
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      Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music More
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      Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    5. 212
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      Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
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    6. 211
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      Pop punk, Rock music, Garage rock More
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    7. 210
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      Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
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      Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music More
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    9. 208
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      Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music More
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    10. 207
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      Glam metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
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      Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
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    12. 205
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      Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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    13. 204
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      Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave More
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    14. 203
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      Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    15. 202
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      Rock music, Desert rock, Experimental rock More
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    16. 201
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      Pop music, Christian alternative rock, Rock music More
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    17. 200
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      Glam metal, Heavy metal, Sleaze rock More
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    18. 199
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      The Stooges

      Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
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    19. 198
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
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    20. 197
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      Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
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    21. 196
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      Rock music, Rock and roll More
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    22. 195
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      Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
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    23. 194
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      Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
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    24. 193
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    25. 192
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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    26. 191
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      Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock More
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    27. 190
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock More
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    28. 189
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      Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal More
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      new! Rainbow

      Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal More
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    30. 187
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      Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music More
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    31. 186
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      13th Floor Elevators

      Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk More
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    32. 185
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      Jangle pop, Indie pop, Alternative rock More
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    33. 184
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
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    34. 183
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      Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock More
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    35. 182
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
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    36. 181
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      Rock music, World music, Acoustic music More
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    37. 180
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      Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music More
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    38. 179
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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    39. 178
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      Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
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    40. 177
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      Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock More
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    41. 176
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    42. 175
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      Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music More
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    44. 173
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      new! Toto

      Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music More
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    45. 172
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      Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul More
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    46. 171
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      Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
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    47. 170
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      Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
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      Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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    49. 168
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      Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
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    50. 167
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      Rock music, Rockabilly, Heavy metal More
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