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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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kansas Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 52 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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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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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 54 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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 55 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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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 56 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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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Neil Young Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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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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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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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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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

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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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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 68 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) 69 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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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steppenwolf At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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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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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Morrison Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 76 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) 77 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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Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Judas Priest British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Grand Funk Railroad Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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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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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 82 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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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 83 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) 84 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Nazareth Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Joan Jett Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Yardbirds Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Guess Who Live at the Paramount, Shakin' All Over, Share the Land

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 92 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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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 93 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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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 94 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 Monkees is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Monkees Then & Now...The Best of the Monkees, Headquarters, Daydream Believer / Goin' Down

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Whitesnake is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Whitesnake 1987, Lovehunter, Slide It In

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road

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Free is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Free Free Live!, Heartbreaker, Tons of Sobs

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Eric Burdon & the Animals is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Burdon & the Animals The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals, House of the Rising Sun, The Best of The Animals

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bachman–Turner Overdrive Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, Rock & Roll Nights