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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. 51
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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  2. 52
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  3. 53
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  4. 54
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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  5. 55
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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  6. 56
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  7. 57
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  8. 58
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  9. 59
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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  10. 60
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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  11. 61
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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  12. 62
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  13. 63
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  14. 64
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    Blues rock, electric blues, Texas blues

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  15. 65
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  16. 66
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  17. 67
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  18. 68
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  19. 69
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  20. 70
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 71
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    added by paldrinc Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  22. 72
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  23. 73
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  24. 74
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  25. 75
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  26. 76
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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  27. 77
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  28. 78
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  29. 79
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  30. 80
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    often listed New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  32. 82
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  33. 83
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  34. 84
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  35. 85
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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  36. 86
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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  37. 87
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  38. 88
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  39. 89
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  41. 91
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music

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  42. 92
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  43. 93
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  44. 94
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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  45. 95
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  46. 96
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  47. 97
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  48. 98
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    ranked low on reranks Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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  49. 99
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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  50. 100
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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