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List Rules 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! 

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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2
+ - 3,034 2,221
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
+ - 2,306 1,855
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
+ - 2,389 2,048
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
+ - 2,239 2,075
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
+ - 1,662 1,948
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
+ - 1,610 2,098
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
+ - 1,386 2,096
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
+ - 1,360 1,732
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
+ - 1,439 2,137
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
+ - 1,434 1,850
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
+ - 1,234 1,420
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

13
+ - 1,092 1,225
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

14
+ - 1,147 1,887
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
+ - 1,081 1,581
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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16
+ - 951 1,198
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
+ - 1,084 1,581
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

18
+ - 970 1,665
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
+ - 882 1,065
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

20
+ - 1,021 1,478
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

21
+ - 962 1,310
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

22
+ - 751 1,056
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

23
+ - 624 563
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

24
+ - 647 803
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

25
+ - 647 496
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

26
+ - 840 1,254
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

27
+ - 610 590
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

28
+ - 737 975
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

31
+ - 996 1,356
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
+ - 784 1,022
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

33
+ - 721 945
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

34
+ - 965 1,176
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

35
+ - 487 427
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

36
+ - 927 1,197
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

37
+ - 574 787
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

38
+ - 782 1,122
Prince is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

39
+ - 991 1,158
Muse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

40
+ - 737 1,204
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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+ - 567 703
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
+ - 392 540
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

43
+ - 598 1,083
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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+ - 270 261
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

45
+ - 400 546
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

46
+ - 490 654
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
+ - 188 168
Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

48
+ - 408 494
Tool is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

49
+ - 345 515
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

50
+ - 501 728
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music