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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    Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord ...

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

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

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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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    Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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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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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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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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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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

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    Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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

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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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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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    Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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

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    Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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    Free Live!, Heartbreaker, Tons of Sobs

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

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    1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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

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

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

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

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