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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    Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits ...

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    Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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

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

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

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    Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

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

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    Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

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    Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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

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

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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

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    Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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

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

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

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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    Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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

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    Free Live!, Heartbreaker, Tons of Sobs

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    The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road ...

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    The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, ...

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

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    Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections ...

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    Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer ...

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    The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit ...

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

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