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The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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List Criteria: Only a band's live show and not their studio albums. No pop stars

List of the greatest live bands or artists of all time, created and ranked by music fans worldwide asks the question "who is the best live act of all time"? What band or artist had such an impact up on that stage that it took their music to a whole new level? Maybe they had a spectacular stage show - like Floyd - or maybe they just overpowered you with their live presence - like Bruce. Or maybe their music just sounded better in person. Whatever your criteria, vote and rank the musicians you think had the absolute best live act of all time. If you see a group or artist that is missing, be sure to add to this list of the best live bands of all time! 

Share your thoughts on the very best live performers with your friends. To vote on more music lists, check out these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.
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    most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  2. 2
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    - 1,605

    the people's #1
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  3. 3
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    - 1,392
    The Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    - 1,472


    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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  5. 5
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    - 1,480


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  6. 6
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  7. 7
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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  8. 8
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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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  9. 9
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    - 1,455


    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  10. 10
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    - 1,511


    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    - 1,254

    ranked low on reranks
    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  12. 12
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  13. 13
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    The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Stardustmania
    The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

  14. 14
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  15. 15
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  17. 17
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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    added by ChristineNewman
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by hayleigh.hesketh
    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    often listed
    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    - 358

    added by mainpleine
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    - 422

    ranked low on reranks & added by midnightq2
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    - 953


    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    - 666

    added by mrblond
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    - 833


    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    - 898


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    - 703

    added by misterp01
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    often listed
    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    - 452

    often listed & added by Dismalhead
    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    - 554


    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    - 340

    ranked low on reranks & added by golddustwoman
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 341

    ranked low on reranks & added by fonkeemonkee
    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    added by mrblond
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by mafitzer
    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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  50. 50
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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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