music The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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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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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

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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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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

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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

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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

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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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

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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

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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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

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave