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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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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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

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


    The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

  4. 4
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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

  5. 5
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    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

  6. 6
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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

  7. 7
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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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  8. 8
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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

  9. 9
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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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

  10. 10
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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

  11. 11
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

  12. 12
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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

  13. 13
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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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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

  16. 16
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    Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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

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


    Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    added by ChristineNewman
    Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Lynyrd Skynyrd 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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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

  30. 30
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    Green Day is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

  31. 31
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    added by mrblond
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

  33. 33
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    Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    often listed
    Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

  34. 34
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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    added by misterp01
    Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

  35. 35
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    - 278

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

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    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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

  39. 39
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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

  40. 40
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    Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

  41. 41
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    - 337


    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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    Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    added by mafitzer
    Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    added by mrblond
    Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

  44. 44
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    Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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    Genesis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

    added by Dismalhead
    Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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

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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

  49. 49
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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

  50. 50
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    - 440
    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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