The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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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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    Breakfast in America, Crime of the Century, Even in the Quietest Moments… ...

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    Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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    Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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    Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential ...

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain ...

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    Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Cheap Trick Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

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    Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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    REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    REO Speedwagon Live: You Get What You Play For, Good Trouble, Can't Fight This Feeling ...

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    Blondie is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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    Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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    U2 is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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    Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

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    The Band is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    The Band The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Live at the Paramount, Shakin' All Over, Share the Land

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    Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Joan Jett Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll

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    If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas ...

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    Live and Dangerous, Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy, Renegade

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    Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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    Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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    Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Nazareth Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud

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    American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At ...

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Naturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor

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    Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Whitesnake 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands


    Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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    Toto is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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    Toto Toto IV, Legend: The Best of Toto, Turn Back

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    Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, Rock & Roll Nights

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    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

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    Buddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been ...

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    Girls Girls Girls, Shout at the Devil, Dr. Feelgood

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    The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

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    Foghat, Fool for the City, Foghat Live

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