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The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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 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.
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  1. 51
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  3. 53
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music

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  4. 54
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    Blues rock, electric blues, Texas blues

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  5. 55
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  6. 56
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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  7. 57
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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  8. 58
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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  9. 59
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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  10. 60
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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  11. 61
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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  12. 62
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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  13. 63
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  14. 64
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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  15. 65
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  16. 66
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  17. 67
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  18. 68
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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  20. 70
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    added by paldrinc Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  21. 71
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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  22. 72
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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  23. 73
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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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  24. 74
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  25. 75
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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  26. 76
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  28. 78
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  29. 79
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    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  30. 80
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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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  32. 82
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  33. 83
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  36. 86
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  37. 87
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  38. 88
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  39. 89
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    ranked low on reranks Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by paldrinc Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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  42. 92
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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  43. 93
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  44. 94
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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  47. 97
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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  48. 98
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, British blues

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    Blues rock,boogie rock, blues

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