70s The Greatest Classic Rock Bands  

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List Rules 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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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Supertramp Breakfast in America, Crime of the Century, Even in the Quietest Moments…

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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kansas Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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U2 is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Band The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
REO Speedwagon Live: You Get What You Play For, Good Trouble, Can't Fight This Feeling

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Morrison Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steppenwolf At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tom Petty Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Grand Funk Railroad Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Judas Priest British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rainbow Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll

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Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Nazareth Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Joan Jett Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous, Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy, Renegade

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Whitesnake 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Yardbirds Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Buddy Holly Buddy, 20 Golden Greats, What You Been A-Missin': What You've Been A-Missin'

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, Rock & Roll Nights

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Ray Charles The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Grateful Dead American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground