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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 legends. Some of these famous bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (singers like Eric Clapton and bands like The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members. These old school rock bands are still rocking, what have you done with your life? 

What are the best old rock bands? You decide! This list of good 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 so other people can discover classic rock artists who may mean something to them. 

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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