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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
    + 2,591
    - 1,781

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

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  3. 3
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    - 1,505
    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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    - 1,636


    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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  5. 5
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    - 1,661


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  6. 6
    + 1,386
    - 1,548


    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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    - 1,637


    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  10. 10
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    - 1,417


    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  11. 11
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    - 1,687


    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  12. 12
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    - 1,289


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

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  16. 16
    + 977
    - 1,079


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

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  17. 17
    + 851
    - 1,005


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  18. 18
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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  19. 19
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  20. 20
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    + 764
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    - 894


    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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

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    added by mainpleine
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    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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    - 925


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 989

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

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

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  32. 32
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    often listed
    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  33. 33
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    - 928


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  34. 34
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    - 992


    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  35. 35
    + 737
    - 1,036


    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    + 595
    - 732

    added by misterp01
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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  37. 37
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    - 860


    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    - 677


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    - 790


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    - 359

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

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

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  44. 44
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    - 578

    added by mrblond
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    - 464


    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks & added by fonkeemonkee
    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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    - 194

    ranked low on reranks
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  48. 48
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    added by mafitzer
    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    - 558


    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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  50. 50
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    - 569


    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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