The Greatest Live Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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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 best live bands ever 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.

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

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    91
  2. 2
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    91
  3. 3
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    84
  4. 4
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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    82
  5. 5
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    81
  6. 6
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    72
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    70
  8. 8
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    65
  9. 9
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    63
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    62
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    62
  12. 12
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
  13. 13
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    60
  14. 14
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    59
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    59
  16. 16
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    58
  17. 17
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    58
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    57
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    ranked low on reranks
    Iron Maiden

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    57
  20. 20
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    56
  21. 21
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    56
  23. 23
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    56
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    56
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    ranked high on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
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    ranked low on reranks
    Foo Fighters

    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    55
  29. 29
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    54
    added by: misterp01
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    54
  31. 31
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    52
    added by: ChristineNewman
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    52
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    51
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    ranked high on reranks
    Rammstein

    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music More
    51
    added by: HeavyMetalSentinel
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    51
    added by: mrblond
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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    51
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    ranked high on reranks
    Scorpions

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    50
    added by: DebbyHood
  38. 38
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    50
    added by: hayleigh.hesketh
  39. 39
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    48
  40. 40
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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    48
  41. 41
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    47
  42. 42
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    46
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    45
  44. 44
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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  45. 45
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal More
    45
  46. 46
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    45
  47. 47
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    45
    added by: mrblond
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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    44
  49. 49
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    44
    added by: ginac02013
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    43
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