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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 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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    Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

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

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

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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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    Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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

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    Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

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    Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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

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

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

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

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

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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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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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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

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

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

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    Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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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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    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

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

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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    1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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

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

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

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    American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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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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    Naturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor

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    "But Seriously, Folks...", The Smoker You Drink

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    London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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