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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
+ - 3,043 2,231
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
+ - 2,311 1,861
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
+ - 2,394 2,055
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
+ - 2,244 2,080
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
+ - 1,665 1,954
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
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
+ - 1,388 2,102
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
+ - 1,362 1,737
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
+ - 1,437 1,855
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
+ - 1,237 1,426
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
+ - 1,094 1,230
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
+ - 1,148 1,892
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
+ - 1,083 1,587
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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16
+ - 951 1,203
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
+ - 1,086 1,586
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
+ - 971 1,670
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
+ - 885 1,069
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
+ - 1,026 1,482
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
+ - 753 1,059
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
+ - 962 1,317
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
+ - 653 501
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

24
+ - 626 568
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

25
+ - 649 807
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

26
+ - 843 1,258
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
+ - 611 594
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

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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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+ - 786 1,025
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

31
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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

32
+ - 997 1,361
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

33
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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
+ - 966 1,179
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
+ - 931 1,199
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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+ - 487 431
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

37
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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
+ - 995 1,159
Muse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

39
+ - 785 1,124
Prince is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

40
+ - 740 1,206
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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+ - 569 704
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

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+ - 393 542
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
+ - 600 1,085
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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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

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

46
+ - 490 656
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
+ - 189 171
Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

48
+ - 408 497
Tool is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

49
+ - 501 730
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

50
+ - 416 646
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