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

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    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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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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

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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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

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

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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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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    added by misterp01
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by mainpleine
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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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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    added by mrblond
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    added by Dismalhead
    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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