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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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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
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    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
  3. 53
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    Rock music More
    51
  4. 54
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    51
  5. 55
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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    50
  6. 56
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  7. 57
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    The Byrds

    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    50
  8. 58
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    50
  9. 59
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  10. 60
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    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    49
  11. 61
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock More
    49
  12. 62
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    49
  13. 63
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    49
  14. 64
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
  15. 65
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    48
  16. 66
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    48
  17. 67
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    48
  18. 68
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    48
  19. 69
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    48
  20. 70
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    The Velvet Underground

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    47
  21. 71
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    47
  22. 72
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    47
  23. 73
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
  24. 74
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    47
  25. 75
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    47
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  26. 76
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    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    47
  27. 77
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    46
  28. 78
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    46
  29. 79
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    46
  30. 80
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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    Mötley Crüe

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    46
  32. 82
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal More
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    Tom Petty

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    46
  34. 84
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    Blondie

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    45
  35. 85
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    The Mamas & the Papas

    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    45
  36. 86
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    45
  37. 87
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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  38. 88
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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  39. 89
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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  40. 90
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    45
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco More
    44
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  42. 92
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    44
  43. 93
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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    44
  44. 94
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
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  45. 95
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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  47. 97
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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  48. 98
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    Blues rock,boogie rock, blues More
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  49. 99
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    Traffic

    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion More
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  50. 100
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    43
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