The Greatest Live Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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 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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 798
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Led Zeppelin

    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music More
    100
  3. 3
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    Down 282
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock More
    93
  4. 4
    Up 559
    Down 313
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    92
  5. 5
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    Down 297
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    90
  6. 6
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    Down 285
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    79
  7. 7
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    Down 220
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    76
  8. 8
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    71
  9. 9
    Up 344
    Down 277
    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    67
  10. 10
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    67
  11. 11
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    67
  12. 12
    Up 303
    Down 285
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  13. 13
    Up 268
    Down 196
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
    65
  14. 14
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    Down 163
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    64
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    64
  16. 16
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music More
    64
  17. 17
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    63
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    63
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    62
  20. 20
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    62
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    62
  22. 22
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    Down 92
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    61
    added by: misterp01
  23. 23
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    ranked low on reranks
    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    60
  24. 24
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    ranked high on reranks
    Grateful Dead

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    60
  25. 25
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    60
  26. 26
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    59
  27. 27
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    59
  28. 28
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    59
  29. 29
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    59
  30. 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    Iron Maiden

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    58
  31. 31
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    57
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Radiohead

    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog More
    57
  33. 33
    Up 185
    Down 149
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    56
    added by: ChristineNewman
  34. 34
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    55
  35. 35
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    Down 150
    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
    54
    added by: hayleigh.hesketh
  36. 36
    Up 115
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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal More
    54
    added by: mrblond
  37. 37
    Up 123
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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music More
    52
  38. 38
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    Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music More
    50
  39. 39
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    49
  40. 40
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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    48
  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    48
  42. 42
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    47
  43. 43
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    47
  44. 44
    Up 83
    Down 69
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    46
    added by: mrblond
  45. 45
    Up 121
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    46
  46. 46
    Up 78
    Down 86
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    45
  47. 47
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal More
    44
  48. 48
    Up 85
    Down 97
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    43
  49. 49
    Up 57
    Down 120

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Flaming Lips

    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop More
    42
  50. 50
    Up 32
    Down 75

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Parliament-Funkadelic

    Psychedelic soul, P-Funk, Soul music More
    42
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