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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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1
3,840 2,580
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
3,101 2,272
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
2,338 1,907
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,430 2,097
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
2,288 2,122
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
1,695 1,997
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
1,636 2,151
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,415 2,149
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,390 1,773
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,470 2,190
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,455 1,896
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
1,262 1,462
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
1,114 1,263
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
983 1,221
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

15
1,162 1,936
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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16
1,107 1,623
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

17
1,103 1,612
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
986 1,701
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
900 1,094
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
1,046 1,512
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
768 1,073
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

22
980 1,338
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

23
665 819
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

24
693 522
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

25
632 609
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

26
651 587
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mainpleine added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

27
850 1,277
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

28
764 860
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

29
795 1,036
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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30
736 958
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

31
984 1,192
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

32
749 992
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

33
953 1,217
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

34
696 891
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

35
1,028 1,174
Muse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

36
1,015 1,378
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
495 440
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

38
589 799
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

39
796 1,135
Prince is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

40
746 1,222
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

41
573 715
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
613 1,095
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

43
196 175
Santana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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44
400 549
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

45
406 558
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dismalhead added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

46
283 268
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

47
494 667
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
419 507
Tool is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
fonkeemonkee added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

49
223 251
Yes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

50
383 481
Journey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock