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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 the greatest classic rock bands. Some of these bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members.

What are the best classic rock bands? You decide! This list of the best 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 of the top classic rock bands ever.

List Criteria: Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

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    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Rock music More
    57
  2. 52
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    often listed
    Def Leppard

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  3. 53
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    ranked low on reranks
    Simon and Garfunkel

    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music More
    57
  4. 54
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    57
  5. 55
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
  6. 56
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    often listed &controversial
    Cheap Trick

    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    56
  7. 57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chicago

    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
    56
  8. 58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blue Öyster Cult

    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    56
  9. 59
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    Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    56
  10. 60
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    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    56
  11. 61
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    The Cars

    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    56
  12. 62
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    ranked low on reranks
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  13. 63
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    Supertramp

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  14. 64
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    often listed
    Jefferson Airplane

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    55
  15. 65
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music More
    55
  16. 66
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    The Doobie Brothers

    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    54
  17. 67
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    Chuck Berry

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    54
  18. 68
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    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    54
  19. 69
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    The Band

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  20. 70
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    ranked low on reranks
    Yes

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock More
    54
  21. 71
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    ranked low on reranks
    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  22. 72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    53
  23. 73
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    Steely Dan

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    53
  24. 74
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    often listed
    The Byrds

    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    53
  25. 75
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    53
  26. 76
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    Ray Charles

    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
  27. 77
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    Judas Priest

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal More
    53
  28. 78
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    The Guess Who

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music More
    53
  29. 79
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    53
  30. 80
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    Genesis

    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    52
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  31. 81
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    often listed
    Van Morrison

    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    52
  32. 82
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  33. 83
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
  34. 84
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    51
  35. 85
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    ranked high on reranks
    George Thorogood

    51
  36. 86
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    51
  37. 87
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    51
  38. 88
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Velvet Underground

    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    50
  39. 89
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blondie

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    50
  40. 90
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    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    50
  41. 91
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Traffic

    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion More
    50
  42. 92
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    Eric Burdon & the Animals

    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues More
    50
  43. 93
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    often listed
    Iron Butterfly

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    50
  44. 94
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Petty

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    50
  45. 95
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    ranked low on reranks
    Neil Diamond

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    49
  46. 96
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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    49
  47. 97
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    ranked high on reranks
    Sting

    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    49
  48. 98
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Motörhead

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music More
    49
  49. 99
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    Rock music, Hard rock More
    49
  50. 100
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    Joe Walsh

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
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