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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 old 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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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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

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    ranked low on reranks Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Blues rock, electric blues, Texas blues

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    added by looksharp Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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

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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music

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

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    ranked low on reranks Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music

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    Lubbock sound, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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