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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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beatles Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cream Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Deep Purple Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Kinks The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Arcana Tomorrow is Yesterday, Ghostwriter, Flying High

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Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bad Company Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Burnin' Sky

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

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Styx is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Neil Young Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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Yes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Yes Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends