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

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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 Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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    Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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

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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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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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

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

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

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

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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    Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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

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    Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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

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

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

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    Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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

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    Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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    Naturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor

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

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

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    1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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    Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico, Loaded, The Velvet Underground

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

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    Toto IV, Legend: The Best of Toto, Turn Back

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

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    Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

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

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

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    Foghat, Fool for the City, Foghat Live

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