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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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    Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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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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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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    Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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    Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

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    Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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    At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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

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    Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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

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

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    The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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    The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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

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    British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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    Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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

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    Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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    Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown

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

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    Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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    Naturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor

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

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

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

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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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    1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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

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

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    The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

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    The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road ...

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